September 23rd, 2010
07:01 PM ET
8 years ago

Dems: GOP pledges more of the same

(CNN) - Democrats unveiled their "Make it in America" agenda Thursday to counter the Republican "Pledge for America," which they say is more of the same.

"Americans deserve to hear a real plan," said Democratic National Committee vice chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz.

New Jersey Democratic Rep. Frank Pallone said his party is looking to the future with an agenda that would bring back jobs from overseas. They announced "Make it in America" at a press conference at DNC headquarters in Washington.

The announcement came after Republicans revealed their pledge, which Wasserman Schultz said was more of the same "failed" ideas.

"Democrats and President Obama have worked to move the country forward. This plan would take us back to the Bush years," Wasserman Schultz said.

Republicans are trying to repeal Obama's signature health care reform package and Wall Street reform and want to privatize Social Security - the work Democrats have done to overturn some the Republican policies that were implemented when Bush was in office, said Pallone.

Wasserman Schultz said Republicans are still not listening to America and have proposed a plan that's been drafted by lobbyists.

The Democrats did not draft a physical document like the GOP's pledge but reiterated the agenda they've been pushing through congress since they took office. It includes a small business tax credit, balancing the budget, growing the economy, make products in America, tax breaks for the middle class, rebates for seniors under Medicare and protecting and preserving Social Security.

Pallone said Republicans only want to help Wall Street, health insurance and big oil companies and create corporate tax giveaways and tax breaks for the wealthy and not the middle class with their pledge.

"If you have a vision for a future where we create jobs, we control healthcare - we provide healthcare - we help small businesses and we do things that are going to move America forward, then you have to reject the Republican pledge and move forward with Democrats," said Pallone.

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  1. Becker

    You bet and the Democrats are doing what they do best by raising our taxes (did you notice they do not want to take that issue up) and spending the $$. Democrats have had control since 2006 – Glad they are just coming out with a plan? They are on top of it.

    September 23, 2010 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  2. marie harland

    this GOP pledge is a total admission to the Party of No! Ridiculous, and I think and pray that more people then the GOP thinks will be out to Vote on Nov. 2. Good Luck, with your fantasy dreams, Democrats across this Great country are getting fired up. Not so apathetic as the Republicans may think Everytime they talk this junk we get mader and mader. They must think we are stupid!

    September 23, 2010 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  3. Sean in AK

    While I agree that a Republican-controlled Congress would be an utter disaster for this nation, I would like to see a little more in the way of concrete agenda items from the Dems and then the unity and gumption of that party to act on those items. As Bill Maher said, "The Democrats are the party of no ideas and the Republicans are the party of bad ideas." We need some sensible action and it doesn't appear as if either party is capable of delivering.

    September 23, 2010 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  4. Rick

    No matter how much sugar you put on crap it's still crap.

    September 23, 2010 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  5. Henry Miller, Libertarian, Cary, NC

    "Democrats and President Obama have worked to move the country forward."


    Yeah, right...

    The Dems have done their best to bankrupt the country and drag it into socialism, Bush did a lot of damage, but the harm he did was trivial compared to the catastrophes brought by the Dems.

    No, we don't want to revisit the era of Bush and the neo-cons, but the country definitely needs more real conservatism: fiscal restraint (i.e., not wasting trillions of bucks on healthcare welfare) and respect for individuals (i.e., not trying to dictate to people how run their lives).

    September 23, 2010 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  6. Rose

    Dems say more of the same with the GOP pledge. As far as I am concerned I sure don't want more of the last two years, that would be more spending, no jobs, back room deals, Obamacare just to name a few. Dems rating is now lower than a snakes belly.

    September 23, 2010 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  7. Smartvoter1

    Americans don’t be duped by Republicans again. All they do is incite fear, polarization and hate. The simple truth is they have nothing substantial to offer the American people, no new ideas, absolutely nothing. They are warmongorers and are in bed with Wall Street. They’re not looking out for your civil liberties, they talk about getting rid of big government yet in the same breath they say the government should stop women from having abortions. Umm, that sounds like a lot of hypocrisy to me. They are a bunch of nuts, crazies if you ask me.

    September 23, 2010 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  8. Clwyd

    More tax cuts for the rich with nothing to replace those funds. More deficits. The bush tax cuts without replacement money have cost us $7 trillion and the bush wars another $3. So $10 trillion of the 14 trillion deficit is directly related to bush and the republicans even though they don't think that that is fair to keep mentioning it!
    Basically their agreement will give them a second chance to financial ruin America since they almost did the first time, but just fell short the first time! Crazy how anybody would want this for America.

    September 23, 2010 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  9. Denise

    Sounds like the same old rhetoric that drove me from the Democratic party. Same old failed ideas, ObamaCare, class warfare, higher taxes, hatred of big business, Amenesty, social security fear mongering, redistribute the wealth, yada yada yada. Seriously, this is pathetic for them to say that the other party is the one out of touch and not listening to the American people. This party is hell bent on selling America out from under the feet of American citizens. Democrats = FAIL.l

    September 23, 2010 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  10. George of the jungle

    You had better reject the repos on all issues or you will be right back where we where 8 years ago. Can anyone take these people seriously. NO ideas. even the new plan they came out with doesnt say anything about what they will do. Thats because they will do nothing except let the rich get richer.If you are black brown or not christian and straight watch out. Your days are nubered under the repo rule.

    September 23, 2010 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  11. Pedro

    With no actually plan to solve the health care problems dealt with under the recent reform bill, the GOP look to make America hell on earth for anyone who isn't making less than a CEO. I think I'll stick with the Dems for another few years, thanks. Perhaps you GOPers should look to someone other than Newt Gingrich for your ideas. They didn't work then, they will only spell disaster now.

    September 23, 2010 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  12. Eddieb

    we need to come back to making things in america we have become a service country. just as rome was before the fall of the roman empirer. the back bone of america is gone. Like Donaled trump said chine is eating our lunch. we need a higher tax on there produces coming into our country.

    September 23, 2010 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  13. If You Want To See More Jobs Shipped Overseas Vote . . .

    Fighting to make our counrty dependent on multi-national unregulated corporations.

    September 23, 2010 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  14. Kenneth

    And the Democrat's are saying they are listening: I think I know where a new Bell hearing Aid store would do well.

    September 23, 2010 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  15. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Republicans don't need Democrats to tell them this is a "Pledge to the Republican Party", they aren't stupid enough not to ask for specifics because there are none. Furthermore, Boehner himself said in so many words the specifics would come later, did you hear me later. These rich boys are playing the same game, it's called money to the rich and money to them from the lobbyist.

    September 23, 2010 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  16. kathy brogman

    republican conservatives? what have they conserved? when was the last time a republican president and congress
    balanced the federal budget? Republican energy plan-"drill baby drill". Put social security into the stock market. Cut taxes
    for the rich,cut regulations for the banks and wall street gangsters, "made off" with golden parachutes. Pledge to America
    is nothing more than the contract with America which was a complete failure .republican tea party you will go away soon!

    September 23, 2010 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  17. Steve (the real one)

    Americans deserve to hear a real plan
    Fully agreed! The only plan we hear from the Dems is spend, spend, spend! Americans do deserve to hear a real plan, It just not coming from the Dems!

    September 23, 2010 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  18. southern cousin

    If it doesn't feel like we are moving ahead after 4 years of a Democrat liberal controlled Congress,(remember they assumed control in January, 2007 and the recession started in December, 2007) and they installed the dream president (corrupt, inept, incompetent, union toady) 19 months ago. It would appear to me that things were not that bad when Republicans controlled congress and the presidency. Perhaps we should go back.

    September 23, 2010 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  19. Monster Zero

    I think it is the Dumbocrats that are out of touch with what American citizens want and need. Obamacare is revealing what a monstrosity it truly is, rationed healthcare for seniors, increased premiums, increased burden on small businesses. Had they listened to what the GOP offered they could have taken the market driven items that would truly do something to help lower costs, but NO they remain to think that healthcare is a right not a commodity. 12 to 20 million illegals and who knows how many "socially irresponsible entitled" people swarm our emergency rooms for whatever their health need be. Who do you think pays for it all, take a guess, it is anyone responsible enough to take care of their own business. This expansion of government into every aspect of our lives...Did you ever think that the Federal Government would tell you what kind of appliance you could buy or what kind of light bulb to use? They want control over every aspect of our lives while living off our hard earned money and living far above what the normal citizen can have. I cannot wait to vote these idiots out of our lives and out of our government.

    September 23, 2010 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  20. spanglish

    Who is talking the Democrats have been saying the same thing over and over again during the campaign, during election, after elections, and during the presidency, they don;t have any ideas their brains are full of alcohol, ditto, ditto, ditto, bis, bis, bis, repeat, repeat,repeat, blah, blah, blah......

    September 23, 2010 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
  21. Limbaugh is a liberal

    The GOP plan is: tax cuts for the rich, further deregulation of all industries including health care, and zero plans to actually cut spending in any way. This is what they stated. It's their words! Exactly how is any of that different from the policies of the previous administration?

    September 23, 2010 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  22. Bill from GA

    How about Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz for Speaker of the House??
    She is smart, tuff, cool, and seems more level-headed than Pelosi.

    September 23, 2010 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  23. Louisiana Man

    REMINDER: Who got us into this mess we're in now//////
    Altogether now ////idoit bush, cheney and the GOP.

    Attack on our soil during his watch-two worthless, deceitful wars-tax breaks to his rich pals-borrowing from China- deregulation and near collapse of Wall St-defaults on mortgages -turned a surplus into a multi billions deficit- the list is endless


    September 23, 2010 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
  24. Liberal4Obama

    The GOP thinks Americans are stupid, proposing the same failed policies of the last 8 years that drove the economy into almost depression status

    September 23, 2010 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  25. usn

    I'llm take more of the same ! 4.5% unemployment , 13.500 dow , lower taxes , higher home value . a future for my kid's , not paying for 3 rd world country abortions, and and and .

    September 23, 2010 08:27 pm at 8:27 pm |
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