Pundits Pan 'Pledge to America'
Well, except the 'National Review'
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Sep 23, 2010 1:52 PM CDT
House Minority Leader John Boehner of Ohio, left, holds up a copy of the GOP agenda, "A Pledge to America", Thursday, Sept. 23, 2010, at a lumber yard thirty miles from the Capitol.   (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

(Newser) – The reviews are in for House Republicans' new "Pledge to America," and mostly they ain't pretty. Here's what people are saying:

  • Erick Erickson of RedState hates it, calling it “a series of compromises and milquetoast rhetorical flourishes in search of unanimity among House Republicans. … It is full of mom tested, kid approved pablum.”
  • “When you get past the adjectives and soaring language” you’re left with policies that would jack up the deficit, take health insurance away from millions, and suck demand out of the economy, writes Ezra Klein of the Washington Post. They assert that “America is an idea.” Yeah, well, “it’s also a country. It needs to be governed.”

  • “Alas, ‘The Pledge’ is pretty easy to make fun of,” writes Marc Ambinder of the Atlantic. Besides, the Republicans can’t “pledge” anything—realistically, they won’t have a governing majority.
  • But the National Review is buying in, calling the Pledge bolder than the Contract with America, committing Republicans to “a broad conservative agenda that, if implemented, would make the federal government significantly smaller, Congress more accountable, and America more prosperous.”

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Sep 24, 2010 11:21 AM CDT
Oh, the National Review likes it so it must be good. Right!!
Sep 24, 2010 10:35 AM CDT
Sep 23, 2010 9:18 PM CDT
did anyone else notice that they want to remove all of the revenue generating part of healthcare reform that helps families living in poverty pay for health insurance, but they don't mention anything about getting rid of the mandate? I'm guessing their insurance industry contributors won't let them get rid of the requirement that everyone buys insurance, so their just going to step on the throats of the working class a little more instead.