CBS News leaks GOP Agenda

CBS News has leaked an advanced copy of the Republican Congress Pledge to America agenda. The agenda was supposed to be set for Thursday announcement.See highlights and entire document below:

Jobs:
– 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

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

GOP Pledge to America

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  • Grammar Police

    Hahahaa! Agreement error in the second sentence.

  • Rupert in Springfield

    I love “Will require that every bill have a citation of constitutional authority”. What would make this better would be to regulate the Supreme Court so that if the authority cited was found to be lacking, the laws enacted by the bill would be removed rather than another constitutional authority used in its place.

    What would also be good is if the provision did not allow every bill to cite regulation of interstate commerce, the traditional catch all, to be used.

    Frankly I think that is all it will come down to so this line of the agenda is a little lame. Disallow endless citing of interstate commerce as the authority and you would actually have something here.

    Items one and two are great but will make the left apoplectic. According to them tax hikes, especially on the wealthy, are the key to prosperity. Of course since we have had little but exactly those kinds of tax hikes in recent years we should now be seeing robust economic growth. Sadly such is not the case. Yet I feel assured they will still go into a tizzy should this agenda get anywhere near the light of day in the event of a Republican majority in November.

    • Founding Fathers

      What, regulation of commerce doesn’t count?

      So, bills must cite parts of the Constitution that you like? Oh, and what part of the Constitution will you find this requirement that bills cite the Constitution?

      I love this. Conservatives are all for following a strict interpretation of the Constitution. Except when they aren’t.

  • valley p

    Wow. They are going to roll back spending and I guess taxes to the Bush presidency before TARP (a Bush program by the way) and save $100 whole billion? And that is going to plug a $1.3 Trillion deficit? And they are going to cut taxes some more? So I guess that $100 B is already spent?

    This is the brilliant program you all have been waiting for? Maybe it needs more work and they should wait until Thursday.

    Slogan: Back to the Bushes Everyone! This time it will work!

    • Rupert in Springfield

      >before TARP (a Bush program by the way)

      And one you support wholeheartedly. Hint – knocking TARP as a Bush program when you supported it doesn’t do a lot for your credibility.

      • valley p

        Right, but I’m not ‘knocking TARP,” nor am I running to be put back in charge. So my credibility doesn’t mean much. Its your boys who need and lack same, and they are the ones running.

        Let me ask you this Rupert. Do you believe them? And if they can implement all they are promising, which we know they can’t, what would the budget deficit and unemployment rate be next year? You like predictions. Make one.

        Or don’t answer, Call me names instead. That always works for you.

    • Pinkie French

      TARP was paid back with interest. What OBAMA did was totally different. Dont forget OBAMA was a member of the US Senate and voted for TARP.

  • Bob Tiernan

    What I’m looking for (aside from the obvious) is items such as
    “Eliminate the entire Department of Education”, which also means
    not even keeping it as an agency within another department like
    it used to be. A total elimination. Not needed at all.

    Bob Tiernan
    Portland

    • rural resident

      You’re right, Bob. Republican tea-party candidates across the country this year are living proof that that education stuff has failed miserably in America. Let’s do away with it!

    • valley p

      “What I’m looking for (aside from the obvious) is items such as
      “Eliminate the entire Department of Education”

      Does that mean zeroing out federal funding support for education? I’d like to see Republicans run on that one.

  • Veritas

    Nothing new, why waste the press?

  • Bob Tiernan

    *rural resident:*

    You’re right, Bob. Republican tea-party candidates across the country this year are living proof that that education stuff has failed miserably in America. Let’s do away with it!

    *Bob T:*

    Oh no, are you yet another person who thinks that without a national education department, public schools will close and states won’t do anything about it? That mentality of thinking in terms of top-down has certainly worked with you. Do you really think education will disappear if we don’t have a US Department of Education?

    *valley boy:*

    Does that mean zeroing out federal funding support for education? I’d like to see Republicans run on that one.

    *Bob T:*

    If the national government stops spending tax dollars on so-called education for K-12, no one will really notice since almost all spending copmes from state, county, and municipality. If anyone has been mis-educated, it’s one who actually believes that we need a US Department of Education to “make sure” that we have public schooling.

    And no, the Repubs really won’t do anything about this. That’s why the so-called progressives always win — they create programs and new powers for government, and when the Repubs get
    back in charge they are too afraid to repeal anything and instead vow to “manage” the new
    powers better than the Dems do. And that’s the insidious thing about all of this government control — those who oppose them in the early stages wind up getting addicted to them later on.

    Bob Tiernan
    Portland

    • valley p

      You are expressing a bit of confusion here Bobby, along with some frustration. I would feel the same way if I had gotten my hopes up and then been faced with the “Pledge to America” as the best the Republicans could offer after 2 years of hysteria about the deficit, spending, and the size of government.

      Let me put it to you bluntly. People bitch about government in the abstract, but they like it in the particulars. Geezers are not going to let Republicans cut their welfare, and suburbanites are not going to let them defund education. Farmers are not going to let them cut subsidies. No one is going to let them close national parks. What you will have at the end of the day is status quo plus or minus a small bit. That is the best you can hope for, so deal with it.

      If the Republican party manages to eke out a small majority this November, then based on tehir flabby “pledge we are assured it is back to the Bushes for you and me. But you can always console yourself by reading Ayn Rand or Hayek while soaking in the hot tub, thinking about what a wonderful dog eat dog it could be if only people and politics did not get in the way. And I can console myself knowing that in the end reality will always assert herself.

  • skippy

    What a difference a day makes. The “Pledge to America” nonsense has been vetted. Independent estimates say the Republican pledge actually adds about $3.7 trillion to the debt over the next decade. There is only one specific cut to spending proposed – canceling the rest of the Troubled Asst Relief program, which Republicans claim would save $16 bilion which is less than half of a percent of the budget cost of those tax cuts.

    Rupert, every bill already has a required citation of constitutional authority and they have that requirement for years and years.

    The Pledge worsens the national debt and has been exposed for what it is by media on the Red and Blue sides.

    Remember the Bush administration increased Medicare spending. The Pledge does exactly the same thing.

  • Bob Tiernan

    *valley boy:*

    and suburbanites are not going to let them defund education.

    *Bob T:*

    Eliminating the US Department of Education will have essentially zero effect on the
    funding of education. Almost all funding and control of public education K-12 is
    at the state and local levels. Heck, Canada, the beloved nation to the north which
    must be a model for you because of health care etc, well, they don’t even have a
    national department of education.

    *valley boy:*

    Farmers are not going to let them cut subsidies.

    *Bob T:*

    Again, that’s why it was not a good idea to get into this subsidy business in the
    first place. Get people hooked into the system, and real issues no longer
    matter to them. We vote for politicians whom we disagree with on issues that
    are truly national in scope, all because they send money (buy our votes) for
    screwdriver museums, etc.

    By the way, were you aware that one of the results of your beloved agricultural
    controls and subsidies is that the Jimmy Carter family of Plains, Georgia
    became a multi-millionaire family? The government would allow only so
    many peanut farmers, supposedly to “protect” the consumer from gluts of
    cheap peanuts, so Jimmy Carter became very wealthy because the government
    (which has a monopoly on force) kept him free of real competition.

    Bob Tiernan
    Portland

    • valley p

      “Eliminating the US Department of Education will have essentially zero effect on the
      funding of education. ”

      Let me clarify. Suburbanites will not let your Republicans cut national education funding to zero. Its a non starter. and your party is smart enough to not even suggest they will go there, except for a few outliers.

      “By the way, were you aware that one of the results of your beloved agricultural
      controls and subsidies ”

      Whoa there Bobby-boo. The farm subsidies are not beloved to me. I think they are a suckfull waste of money. I think they should be zero funded. My point is that your beloved Republican pledge is not going to touch farm subsidies. The whole Republican pretense that they will do any serious budget cutting is a sham precisely because THEIR OWN VOTERS are on the public dole. Its designed to fool people like you for the 15th or 50th time that Republicans are as fiscally responsible as their rhetoric might indicate. You are the one who falls for this nonsense over and again, for 30 years running now. Good luck with that.

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