The Stump

Republicans' New 'Pledge:' Spending, Tax Cuts, Health-Law Repeal

Rep. John Boehner and fellow Republicans

hide captionHouse Minority Leader John Boehner and his fellow Republicans'  "Pledge to America" includes tax and spending cuts and shows the Tea Party movement's influence. 

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Expect to hear a lot in coming days about the Republicans' "Pledge to America," the promises they expect to deliver on if voters should return them to control of the House.

The pledge, a sequel to 1994's "Contract With America" contains many familiar Republican proposals.

For instance, to create jobs, Republicans promise tax cuts.

And surfing on the wave of popular hostility to the health-care overhaul, they also vow to repeal the law.

Another promise that will be familiar to many is medical tort reform.

By the way, President Obama defended the health-care legislation in a suburban Washington, DC backyard Wednesday in Falls Church, Va.

Republicans will be unveiling their pledge at a hardware store in Sterling, another Northern Virginia suburb of Washington.

One aspect of the pledge that seems new is House Republicans weaving Tea Party movement themes and language into their pledge.

Borrowing the sensibility of the Declaration of Independence, the pledge contains this language on its first page:

An unchecked executive, a compliant legislature, and an overreaching judiciary have combined to thwart the will of the people and overturn their votes and their values, striking down long-standing laws and institutions and scorning the deepest beliefs of the American people.

An arrogant and out-of-touch government of self-appointed elites makes decisions, issues mandates, and enacts laws without accepting or requesting the input of the many.

That's very much the kind of "don't tread on me" language frequently heard at Tea Party gatherings.

You can read the pledge for yourself below.

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