Republicans Release “Pledge To America” Position Paper

WASHINGTON - MAY 25: Members of the Republican House leadership (L-R) Rep. Candice Miller (R-MI), House Minority Whip Eric Cantor (R-VA), Rep. Peter Roskam (R-IL), Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA), Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) and House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-OH) introduce the party's new 'America Speaking Out' campaign at the Newseum May 25, 2010 in Washington, DC. The GOP leaders said the campaign aims to 'engage Americans across the country and give them a voice in creating a new agenda for Congress.' (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

It’s supposed to be a Contract With America for a whole new generation, I guess, and what’s in it is all well and good (like like the focus on fiscal issues as opposed to social issues) but what disturbs me is what’s not in it.

Read the full document below.

The pledge calls for a roll back of discretionary spending to 2008 levels. That’s great, but discretionary spending is only about 44% of the budget. Social Security, Medicare and other non-discretionary spending makes up 56% of the budget.

Cuts for that spending are glaring in their omission from this document.

What’s more, unless I’m missing something, the proposed spending cuts in this bill won’t actually eliminate deficits. Which is nothing short of frustrating. Tax cuts are all well and good, but unless we cut spending to the point of at least eliminating the deficits (if not paying down the national debt) all we’re doing is deferring tax hikes to the future.

This is some pretty thin gruel, I think, and I wonder if Republicans wouldn’t have been better off not offering anything at all.

GOP Pledge to America

Rob Port is the editor of SayAnythingBlog.com. In 2011 he was a finalist for the Watch Dog of the Year from the Sam Adams Alliance and winner of the Americans For Prosperity Award for Online Excellence. In 2013 the Washington Post named SAB one of the nation's top state-based political blogs, and named Rob one of the state's best political reporters. He writes a weekly column for several North Dakota newspapers, and also serves as a policy fellow for the North Dakota Policy Council.

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