Thursday, September 23, 2010

The GOP's "Pledge To America"

I don't believe for one minute that the Republicans will adhere to the Pledge for one minute longer than it takes to get rid of the complete clusterfuck that is President Obama and the radical democrat congress.

Lets just take a few highlights shall we? my analysis/commentary is interspersed after each bullet point, at the --

Read The Bill: We will ensure that bills are debated and discussed in the public square by publishing the text online for at least three days before coming up for a vote in the House of Representatives. No more hiding legislative language from the minority party, opponents, and the public. Legislation should be understood by all interested parties before it is voted on

-- Great. Grand. So WHY pray tell have we not been doing this for the last ohhh..I don't know 20yrs, 50..hell the last HUNDRED years goddammit! This is something that should be standard procedure, and I suspect WAS for a good deal of time after our country was formed. After the bureaucracy started growing by leaps and bounds in the early 1900's, I believe it fell by the way side. Can't have people seeing, reading, comprehending and fully understanding what an abortion of a bill we're passing now can we?

Adhere To The Constitution: For too long, Congress has ignored the proper limits imposed by the Constitution on the federal government. Further, it has too often drafted unclear and muddled laws, leaving to an unelected judiciary the power to interpret what the law means and by what authority the law stands. This lack of respect for the clear Constitutional limits and authorities has allowed Congress to create ineffective and costly programs that add to the massive deficit year after year. We will require each bill moving through Congress to include a clause citing the specific constitutional authority upon which the bill is justified.

--Absolutely. Again..this is something that started to fall by the wayside in the early 1900's. Somewhere around 1920 or thereabouts I believe.

Make It Easier to Cut Spending: By forbidding amendments on spending bills, Democrats have denied lawmakers the opportunity to tighten Washington’s belt and slash wasteful and duplicative programs. Structure dictates behavior, so we will let any lawmaker — Democrat or Republican — offer amendments to reduce spending.

-- Lets make it simpler....You will vote on what the bill is about..NOTHING ELSE. There will be no additions to a bill which will make it what I refer to as an Omnibus Bill. You know..kinda like what Obama Care was. 3000 fucking pages? Really? If a bill can NOT be explained in simple concise language and written in 100 pages or does not even make it on to the house and senate floors. This will be made a new legislative rule of law.

Advance Legislative Issues One at a Time: We will end the practice of packaging unpopular bills with “must-pass” legislation to circumvent the will of the American people. Instead, we will advance major legislation one issue at a time.

--This one goes to congress overstepping it's constitutional boundries.

Here's the CBS Breakdowns....
- 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.

--Okay..stopping job killing's a novel concept..the tax system as it is now..gets flushed down the toilet. Everyone pays a new 10% flat tax. No exemptions
The corporate tax laws will be simplified as well..probably in a very similar way.
Congressional approval? must adhere to the constitution. And EVERYONE either must be present or no vote. Also...You MUST vote either yea or nay. No voting 'pass' or 'present' or 'not present'
Repealing the business mandates in the healthcare law. Uhmmm..NO. The ENTIRE abortion of a healthcare bill will be repealed.

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 and Freddie.

--Healthcare? tired of repeating myself. Rollback on spending? We will not ONLY roll back spending to pre 2008 levels..there are any number of departments that will be immediately defunded and dismantled. To include just off the top of my head...
Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security, The BATF[or as I refer to it. ..the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Fuck ups!] The FBI will be have it's funding cut back some, as will the US Marshalls. The Tennessee Valley Authority..defunded or at least cut back massively. The IRS..defunded, dismantled and rebuilt on a MUCH smaller scale after the Tax laws are tossed out and the new tax system is starting up. The goddman STATE Dept, will have massive budget cut backs..I think by oh..about 50 or 60% IOW they will only be about 40% of the size they currently are. Fannie and Freddie will be defunded, dismantled and everyone involved WILL be under criminal investigation. There are others [I have a list oh yes I have a large list]
Oh and by the will save more than a $100billion dollars since haven't spent all the Tarp and other bailout funds yet.

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

---Every bill will cite where in the constitution it gives the authority to them to DO what the bill proposes and will give their reasoning behind it. FACTS, NOT feelings gentlemen and ladies.
3 days? Oh that sounds reasonable to read what will be at most a 100page bill. [see my bullet point on no more omnibus bills.]

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

--resources to troops? Absolutely. And will someone please explain the concepts of logistics to certain don't put your troops on the ground before you've got the supplies to keep them in in place or damn near there..and you don't put more troops down than you can supply. Supply is the tail that wags the dogs you idiots and stories of troops not having critical things like oh..FOOD, toiletries, etc that they need is not predisposed to making me happy. As a matter of fact, stories of troops not eating for 24hrs or more because the mess hall isn't 24hrs for the sake of the troops that aren't there and are on patrol when it's normally open for meals, and closing down and throwing out the places like McDonalds etc that opened in the safe zones and bases/forbidding the troops to go there..truly pisses me off.

--Funding missle defense is a necessity. The U.S.S.R. The Russian Bear is STILL the Russian Bear. New name either the Commonwealth or simply clothes same old shit. they are not a new and improved on their way to democracy country. Vladimir Putin runs that country. He's not nice. He hates our guts. He's exKGB and he still thinks that way. Therefore he has no....thoughts of happy endings for us. Bad ones on the other hand..oh yes. We also need missle defense because every terrorist nation under the sun either is working towards getting their hands on nukes and because contrary to popular belief..China, like Russia, is NOT our friend.
Enforcing Sanctions on Iran...are a complete and total waste of time and energy. They Do. Not. Work. Never have. Iran does NOT care what we think. Take out their Nuclear power plant for starters..because let them start producing nuclear materials and we will have mushroom clouds blossoming over American cities. Iran will give nuclear weapons to Terrorist groups..probably free of charge. You can take that to the bank.

After I've had a chance to read the entire 21 pages of the document and not just the highlights I'll speak my mind a little more.


  1. To me, the most important thing missing is 'term limits.'

  2. Piccalo..I think I've mentioned this before but we are 'rapidly' approaching the point where term limits will be enacted with a hangman's noose.


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