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The GOP’s ‘Pledge to America’; Update: White House Responds

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By Doug Powers  •  September 22, 2010 10:14 PM

**Written by Doug Powers

From Connie Hair at Human Events:

House GOP leaders are set to release their “Pledge to America” at an event in Virginia on Thursday, offering a bold set of proposals for a new governing agenda.

The document offers a pledge from Republicans on issues ranging from a GOP blueprint to reform congressional corruption to unleashing job creators by cutting taxes and reducing the debt burden on future generations by cutting government spending, according to a copy of the document obtained Wednesday by Human Events.

The pledge also commits House Republicans to a full repeal of Obamacare.

The “Pledge to America” in PDF is here. Give it a read and see what you think. I love it, provided the words jump off the paper and into reality at some point soon. Sure, signing off on political pledges is a little like ordering X-Ray glasses from a comic book — you just know it’s not going to be nearly as good as advertised — but I like the GOP’s effort so far. However, it’s a real shame that the Constitution has to be re-branded once in a while — I kind of like the original.

The Pledge is somewhat similar to Newt Gingrich’s Contract With America, which worked wonders… for a while — until a few deals were reached, a couple compromises were made, and a number of handshakes across the aisle, pats on the back, and Republicans who caved in like third world mine shafts caused things to slip back to right where they were, and then some.

If a pledge can be drawn up for elected Republicans to sign pledging that they pledge to stick to the original pledge for more than a hundred days, that would be a pledge that would help sell this particular pledge.

There are mistakes in the new pledge, however — such as with the Obamacare flowchart. This is way to over-simplified:

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Doug Ross has an in-depth and somewhat skeptical analysis of the GOP’s pledge.

Update: The White House has responded to the GOP Pledge and they don’t like it one bit — which means there’s some good stuff in there.

**Written by Doug Powers

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