The GOP’s “A Pledge to America” is the same dead, ideological junk the Republicans have been peddling for decades.
The 45-page document, which was released by the GOP leadership Wednesday, supposedly contains ideas that will solve the country’s economic problems, but it’s really just a pledge to return to market fundamentalism. That means tax cuts for rich people and cuts in government services. The free market will determine our realities.
Of course, the faux document is simply part of some political theater enacted right before the midterm elections, but its empty language and retro-inspired pledges should make even Republicans yawn.
Here’s the pledge on taxes:
We will help the economy by permanently stopping all tax increases, currently scheduled to take effect January 1, 2011. That means protecting middle-class families, seniors worried about their retirement, and the entrepreneurs and family-owned small businesses on which we depend to create jobs in America. “significant” and costly that it may harm job creation, Congress should vote on it first.
Translation: This means that the GOP wants to extend tax cuts to the country’s wealthiest citizens. Democrats have already floated a plan to keep tax cuts for the middle class, but eliminate them for the rich. This plan would help reduce the deficit, but the Republicans want to make sure rich people retain their tax cuts.
Here’s the pledge on health care reform:
We offer a plan to repeal and replace the government takeover of health care with common sense solutions focused on lowering costs and protecting American jobs. We will enact real medical liability reform; allow Americans to purchase health coverage across state lines; empower small businesses with greater purchasing power; and create new incentives to save for future health needs.
Translation: The Republicans want to continue a health system that is dominated by health insurance company profits. This is market fundamentalism in its most pure and reckless form. The market will determine if you can get medical treatment. The market will determine the quality of health care. The new rules that prevent health insurance companies from rejecting children with preexisting conditions will be discarded because, well, that’s just unfair to corporations.
In essence, the GOP pledges to get the country back on track by using the same economic models and ideology of former President George W. Bush, a Republican whose fiscal policies and deficit spending helped create the Great Recession. There’s nothing new here
Republicans, if empowered in the midterm elections, will make things worse economically. I know that’s not necessarily a winning campaign slogan, but then the truth often doesn’t make for good bumper stickers.