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Holy Toledo! I downloaded the Pledge To America document. Before reading I skimmed through it and noticed the photos. You try it. Download it and look at the photos. It is clear just who is and who is not “American” in their eyes.

After looking at the pictures, read the thing. Like the pictures, it’s about some kind of white fantasy America. The rich won’t have to pay taxes, “other” spending will be cut — but not anything that might affect you or any programs you like (since nothing is specified) no matter who you are, people won’t need government assistance and certainly won’t get it, companies won’t need to be regulated, women won’t need an abortion even to save their life, the environment won’t need to be protected or cleaned up. Oh, and no one will need to sue corporations – because you won’t be able to anymore. And if people do need those things, well too bad.

The deficit they created with tax cuts will be cured by … tax cuts? The TARP bank bailout they left us with will be cured by … tax cuts? The jobs that never appeared after their tax cuts will be created by … tax cuts? The health care bill will be replaced by … tax cuts? Terrorists will be fought with … tax cuts?

RJ Eskow names it: GOP’s “Pledge” To Rob The Middle Class: No Jobs, No Health Care, No Security,

Once you strip away the rhetoric, the answer is simple: Off the top, their plan is a trillion-dollar giveaway to the rich – at everybody else’s expense. Their “pledge” would slash needed spending, kill jobs and end any hope of growing the economy. It declares open season on the public’s health and safety with a deregulation agenda that would unleash BP, Goldman Sachs, and every other corporation whose risky behavior endangers us. It would lead to even more financial crashes and environmental disasters. Firefighters, cops,and teachers would be laid off in droves. The deficit would soar. We’d face a permanently stagnating economy. The middle class would wither away.

That’s the future they’re offering. It’s Bush on steroids, fattened up and ready to feast on … you. If you like today’s economy, you’ll love the one these guys are cooking up.

RJ goes into detail. Go read.

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