The GOP unveiled a “Pledge to America” last week and the agenda is aimed at increasing jobs, cutting spending, reforming congress and maintaining the safety of the United States. The opening statement of the pledge states:

“The need for urgent action to repair our economy and reclaim our government for the people cannot be overstated. With this document, we pledge to dedicate ourselves to the task of reconnecting our highest aspirations to the permanent truths of our founding by keeping faith with values our nation was founded on, the principles we stand for, and the priorities of our people. This is our Pledge to America.”

Sounds like a Knute Rockne (greatest college football coach of all time) speech to me.

The Pledge also outlines that House GOP leaders hope to permanently extend all of the Bush-era tax cuts. The plan says it will continue all the tax cuts, including cuts for the wealthy, which the Democrats strongly oppose. Also, the plan would allow small businesses to take a tax deduction equal to 20 percent of their income. The plan is to encourage small business owners to expand and create more jobs to stimulate the economy by reducing their tax bill. 

The GOP did address the need to reduce the deficits, but as in most political plans they didn’t detail specifics on how to restrain the growth of programs such as Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid.

According to CNN, the document gives respect to the growing Tea Party. “Some provisions in the GOP document match positions of the conservative Tea Party movement that has helped defeat mainstream Republican candidates in several primary elections this year. For example, the document calls for a federal hiring freeze on nonsecurity employees and requiring all legislation to include a clause showing that it is authorized under the Constitution.”

Tea Party, Green Party or a birthday party - I think America wants a government that is going to govern and allow Americans to do business and not worry about advancing their political careers. People want a stable economy, to stay in their homes and get back to work!

How is this pledge going to be different?

“A GOP lawmaker involved in putting together the document told CNN Wednesday that House Republicans realize voters are angry with both Democrats and Republicans. The agenda contained in the ‘Pledge to America’ is intended to convince such voters that their concerns are taken seriously by Republicans, who will act differently if returned to power than they did when controlling Congress during parts of the Bush administration, the legislator said.”

I think Mr. Rockne’s rhetoric would still apply today in the political arena. “The best thing I ever learned in life was that things have to be worked for,” Rockne said. “A lot of people seem to think there is some sort of magic in making a winning football team. There isn’t, but there’s plenty of work.” - Talk is talk and we've seen it on both sides of the aisle.

Get to work America! This includes our political leaders.