The GOP's "Pledge To America"
POSTED: Thursday, September 23, 2010 - 4:24pm
UPDATED: Saturday, September 25, 2010 - 1:30pm
With less than six weeks to go until the midterm elections Republicans are making their closing arguments in the form of a "Pledge To America".
"The new agenda embodies americans rejection of notion that we can tax borrow and
spend way to prosperity," California Representative Kevin McCarthy said during the pledge's unveiling.
The pledge outlines plans to slash spending, repeal President Obama's health care plan, vote weekly on spending cuts and extend the Bush tax cuts for everyone.
The pledge isn't a new political play.
It's similar to 1994's "Contract With America" that handed Newt Gingrich and Republicans a Congressional takeover.
This year's 21-page promise doesn't include many details or any mention of Afghanistan, Social Security or Medicare.
"Given that those two entitlement programs represent such a big slice of government spending, for Republicans who say they want to cut government spending it's a little bit ironic that they didn't mention either of those two programs," points out NBC Political Analyst Mark Murray.
Democrats pushed back against the pledge.
"Their plan would take us back to the Bush years to a stagnant economy, to spiraling deficits," warned Florida Representative Debbie Wasserman Schultz.
Former President Clinton, the man in the White House during the 1994 congressional coup, offered Democrats this advice:
"I believe they should say give us two more years to do this, if it doesn't work throw us out."
Polls continue to show voters fed up with government in general.
The latest Associated Press poll indicates nearly 3/4 of Americans disapprove of the way Congress is handling its job.