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GOP’s Pledge? Just words …
That’s my initial reaction. Can’t help it. Been there, done this.
Sure, I understand the urge to be something other than the party of “no”. I understand the desire to tell the American people what you stand for, and not necessarily only what you’re against. Ok … got it.
But until and unless substantial change is enabled and accomplished by the GOP, this is just another in a long line of promises that ended up on the ash heap of history.
Oh certainly, much of it sounds wonderful – on the surface. In fact, to the right, this is much like the sounds the left heard from the Obama campaign. The reality, as they learned, isn’t anywhere close to what was promised.
Then there’s the recent GOP history. An all Republican Congress led by a Republican President gave us Medicare Part D and No Child Left Behind among many other things which would be directly opposed to what is promised in “A Pledge to America”.
Steven Taylor does a good job of hitting most of my objections to a quick read of the “Pledge”:
I would take the whole affair far more seriously if the Pledge contained even the outline of real plan to deal with the country’s structural fiscal problems. Caps on spending, especially ones that seems to partially exclude security-based spending, always sound good, but aren’t a solution to the problem (not by a long shot). I am willing to accept the notion that one has to start somewhere, but this is nibbling around the edges. This pledge does not seriously address the major issue facing the country.
As Taylor points out, it’s mostly warmed over GOP talking points, which, to this point have mostly remained talking points vs. action. And the “Pledge” does indeed seem vague in a lot of areas. Perhaps instead of calling it a “Pledge” or a “plan” it would be better to call it a “blueprint” or “outline” – detailed plan to follow.
Certainly this will please much of the base – but frankly, they didn’t need much pleasing. They’re already eager to hit the polling booths. What one has to wonder – especially with the obligatory social con stuff thrown in when it wasn’t necessary – is what the independents will think. Certainly they been seen by polling data to at least be abandoning the Democrats – but does that mean they’ll embrace the GOP? The social con inclusion in what should have basically been a small government plan sort of argues against the whole premise, doesn’t it?
It will be interesting to see how indies respond.
I’m going to be reading the “Pledge” more closely and will respond with more detail, but at the moment, those are my thoughts. How about yours?