In a desperate attempt to recreate the sweeping victories of 1994's Congressional midterm elections, spawned by Newt Gingrich's Contract With America, the Republican Tea Party on Thursday will release it's "Pledge to America," a broad, unspecific blueprint for making everything in the country wonderful again. It's chock full of catchy over-reaching promises aimed at shrinking government; controlling spending; reducing the deficit; balancing the budget; creating jobs; reforming Congress; strengthening national security; honoring the nuclear family; and restoring trust. But it's woefully short on detail and substance.
And, it's bullshit. It's code-language for simply returning America back to the days of the failed Bush administration and its misguided economic and foreign policies. To the days when the GOP, as it does historically, focuses exclusively on making the rich richer while screwing the poor.
In its final "Checks and Balances" section, the Pledge to America calls for an end to the Democrats' one-party control of Washington. This is the same party that, if it wins House and Senate majorities in November, will fight to the death to also win the presidency in 2012 and return America to the days of Republican one-party rule; corrupt, special interest anti-reform days that served as the precursor to the worst economic crisis the nation experienced since the Great Depression.
So to cut through it all and expose it for what it truly is, here's the real GOP Pledge to America:
We the Republican Tea Party pledge:
-To lower taxes for the rich
-To cut spending on all programs that help the poor and middle class
-To end any program that helps you buy a house, a car, pay for college, save for retirement
-To cut Social Security and Medicare
-To repeal all those horrible Health Care Reform benefits such as no pre-existing condition exclusions; no lifetime caps; coverage for kids up to 26; and affordable coverage for everyone
-To eliminate those "unconstitutional" unemployment benefits
-To permanently freeze the minimum wage
-To let corporate special interests and lobbyists set policy
-To cancel aid and tax breaks for small business
-To waste trillions on unnecessary defense spending
-To employ more illegal anti-terror tactics such as spying and torture
-To let Wall Street run wild and reckless with the same sort of high-risk investment schemes that brought about the financial crisis of 2008
-To let corporations influence elections without any transparency whatsoever
-To let right-wing religious extremists run the country
-To ban gay marriage
-To ban abortion
-To mock scientific reasoning
-To eliminate funding for environmental/clean air/climate control initiatives
-To cut funding for the arts
-To cut funding for sex-education programs
-To bust the unions
-To deport all illegal aliens
-To "take America back" to the days when blacks, Hispanics and Muslims were discriminated against and deprived of their basic civil rights and liberties
-To fear-monger and further turn Americans against Islam
-To return America to its isolationist days, and reduce America's standing in the world
-To demonize and attack as "hating America" anyone who disagrees with us
-To obstruct government and reject every single initiative of the Obama administration
There's your choice America: this, or the Democrats.