You have probably heard of the Repubs Pledge to America announced by House Minority Leader John Boehner. It is a pledge all right; a pledge to enact a combination of tax cuts for the rich and cuts in domestic spending that if enacted will result in a loss of an estimated 1.1 million jobs according to an analysis by the Economic Policy Institute. See http://www.epi.org/page/-/pdf/pm171.pdf
Teachers and parents--the Repubs pledge to cut spending on education $10 billion IN ONE YEAR ALONE.
All you people worried about heart disease, strokes, childhood cancer, the spread of infectious diseases and medical research in general that might save your life or the life of someone you love—the Repubs pledge to cut $7 billion from those efforts IN ONE YEAR.
Those of you concerned about our deteriorating roads, bridges, water and sewer systems, and other infrastructure--the Repubs pledge to cut spending on those investments in our country’s future by $8 billion IN ONE YEAR ALONE.
These are just some of the cuts the Repubs pledge to make if elected.
The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities says that the cuts that the Repubs pledge to make would “represent the deepest cut in funding for these programs from one year to the next in recent U.S. history. See: http://www.cbpp.org/cms/?fa=view&id=3286
Oh, those of you who are worried about the tax burden of the rich--- the Repubs pledge to give people who make over $1 million a tax break of over $100,000 per year. That's a tax break equal to more than double the entire annual income of the average American household NOT JUST FOR ONE YEAR BUT FOR EVERY YEAR IN FUTURE. $100,000 per year FOREVER.
What a party. What a pledge. Newt had a contract on America. Boehner and his Repub/Tea Party friends have made a pledge to destroy America.
Why would they do this? I have said it before. Repubs see continued economic stagnation and high unemployment as the best path to control of the Congress and White House in 2012. Their strategy is to do nothing to make things better for average Americans, keep unemployment high and blame Obama and Democrats for continued high unemployment and sluggish economy. They think that strategy is working for them in 2010. If the Repubs win in November, then the do nothing/make matters worse for average Americans strategy will become Repub gospel.
So what is the pledge Repubs are really making to America?
Bad times for average folks? You betcha!
A double-dip recession? You betcha!
A possible second Big Depression? You betcha!
More power for themselves? You betcha!