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The Milquetoast GOP "Pledge"

Posted on Sep. 23, 10 | 10:00 AM by Andrew Roth | Topic: Government Spending
Link to Article: http://www.clubforgrowth.org/perm/?postID=14124

I want to like the new GOP Pledge to America.  I want to endorse it, but it's so milquetoast that it proves to me that these guys just aren't ready to lead.
 
In order to prevent a return of the big-spending Republican ways during the Bush years, the House GOP needs to institute two things that will FORCE them to behave -- getting rid of earmarks and enacting a balanced budget amendment or a spending limit amendment.
 
This new Pledge was silent on both.  Therefore, the Pledge has no teeth.  Voters have no reliable assurances that House Republicans will behave appropriately.
 
Hogan at RedState has a great blog post up that makes several other excellent points.  Specifically, this pledge does not address the 800-lb gorilla in the room.  Excerpt:
 
The Pledge fails to address the single greatest threat to our nation’s long term fiscal health - the fact that we have precisely $0 set aside for the more than $106 trillion in unfunded liabilities staring us in the face for Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid. Instead, we get more of the same political rhetoric about seniors standing to lose Medicare because of Obamacare. MEDICARE IS BANKRUPT. SOCIAL SECURITY IS BANKRUPT. FOR GOODNESS SAKE, MAN UP AND DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT.
 
Finally, did anyone notice the GLARING contradiction in the pledge?  Under the section titled "A Plan to Reform Congress and Restore Trust," the pledge states that the House GOP will adhere to the Constitution.  Specifically, it will require every bill to have a clause in it citing the constitutional authority upon which it is justified.  Solid stuff.  But in the section on healthcare, the House GOP wants to slap three new mandates on health insurance companies.  They want to FORCE health insurers to insure anyone who wants coverage, regardless of the cost, FORCE insurers to eliminate annual and lifetime spending caps, and FORCE insurers to not drop your coverage if you get sick.  How is that constitutional?  And how does this make health insurance cheaper?  It will only raise costs.
 
This Pledge is weak.  I wasn't expecting bold leadership with this Pledge, but I was hoping for it.  It didn't deliver.
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