Republican’s Pledge To Do Nothing


Republicans Pledge To America is exactly what you’d expect from a political party which has absolutely nothing to offer in the way of new ideas.  The following excerpt from their decree which they believe describes the last two years is actually more indicative of the eight years under President Bush than anything else I’ve ever read.

An unchecked executive, a compliant legislature, and an overreaching judiciary have combined to thwart the will of the people and overturn their votes and their values, striking down long-standing laws and institutions and scorning the deepest beliefs of the American people.

CBS summarizes.


– Stop job-killing tax hikes
– Allow small businesses to take a tax deduction equal to 20 percent of their income
– Require congressional approval for any new federal regulation that would add to the deficit
– Repeal small business mandates in the new health care law.

Cutting Spending:

– Repeal and Replace health care
– Roll back non-discretionary spending to 2008 levels before TARP and stimulus (will save $100 billion in first year alone)
– Establish strict budget caps to limit federal spending going forward
– Cancel all future TARP payments and reform Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac

Reforming Congress:

– Will require that every bill have a citation of constitutional authority
– Give members at least 3 days to read bills before a vote


– Provide resources to troops
– Fund missile defense
– Enforce sanctions in Iran

On social issues, the same old bigoted and religious rhetoric.

We pledge to honor families, traditional marriage, life, and the private and faith-based organizations that form
the core of our American values


Some on the radical right feel the pledge does not go far enough as exemplified in a post by Erick Erickson.

These 21 pages tell you lots of things, some contradictory things, but mostly this: it is a serious of compromises and milquetoast rhetorical flourishes in search of unanimity among House Republicans because the House GOP does not have the fortitude to lead boldly in opposition to Barack Obama.

I have one message for John Boehner, Eric Cantor, and the House GOP Leadership: If they do not want to use the GOP to lead, I would like to borrow it for a time.

Yes, yes, it is full of mom tested, kid approved pablum that will make certain hearts on the right sing in solidarity. But like a diet full of sugar, it will actually do nothing but keep making Washington fatter before we crash from the sugar high.

It is dreck — dreck with some stuff I like… Overall, this grand illusion of an agenda that will never happen is best spoken of today and then never again as if it did not happen. It is best forgotten.

David Frum describes it best as a “pledge to do nothing.”

Here is the GOP cruising to a handsome election victory. Did you seriously imagine that they would jeopardize the prospect of victory and chairmanships by issuing big, bold promises to do deadly unpopular things?

But if the document is unsurprising, it’s also unsurprising that Erickson and those who think like him would find it enraging. The “Pledge to America” is a repudiation of the central, foundational idea behind the Tea Party. Tea Party activists have been claiming all year that there exists in the United States a potential voting majority for radically more limited government.

I’d like to see a Modern Republicanism that responds better to the needs of the country, while retaining still the Tea Party’s reforming spirit. What I fear is the worst of all worlds: a Republican majority that rejects not only extremist ideas, but all ideas.
The Republican “Pledge to America” declares: Sorry, we don’t believe that.


I’d like to see a Modern Republicanism that responds better to the needs of the country, while retaining still the Tea Party’s reforming spirit. What I fear is the worst of all worlds: a Republican majority that rejects not only extremist ideas, but all ideas.



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10 thoughts on “Republican’s Pledge To Do Nothing

  1. Five minutes after they take power, their manifesto will be forgotten. How stupid can people be to believe anything republicans say?

  2. I’d like to see a line-by-line comparison of this with the “Contract On America” that they noised about back when Newtie shut down the government.

    By the way, anyone who takes the trouble to look up the Aprill 1995 issue of Esquire magazine, on page 68, will find out that some things really haven’t changed much in the last fifteen years.

  3. I’ve always thought the best politicians are ones that do nothing. I think it’s time we turn Washington DC into Flint. Put the company town out of business.

  4. Get serious Tommy. Your world view of unicorns is childish and makes no sense. It’s all pretty pictures with no substance.

  5. It’s interesting to note that if the same people who are pushing this Plage On….er….Pledge To America had enacted their “Contract On America”, none of the Plage’s…Pledge’s authors would be in office today:

    10. THE CITIZEN LEGISLATURE ACT: A first-ever vote on term limits to replace career politicians with citizen legislators.

    In detail: The first joint resolution (identical to H.J.Res. 38 as introduced in the 103rd Congress) limits the number of Senate terms to two and the number of House terms to six. The second joint resolution (identical to H.J.Res. 160 as introduced in the 103rd Congress) also limits Senators to two terms, but it limits members of the House to three terms.

    Meanwhile, Tommy Pane gibbers on in the background.

  6. “I’ve always thought the best politicians are ones that do nothing.”

    Sadly Tommy, it is you who comes off as a child. Your Libertarian “ME ME ME” view of politics is unworkable but I hold little hope of you ever understanding.

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