The Tea Party pledge
Pledges are something we ask our candidates to sign. They promise they will do certain things if they are elected. It is reasonable to ask them to sign pledges. After all, shouldn’t we have a commitment from them for what they are going to do before we vote for them?
What is in the Tea Party pledge?
The Tea Party pledge begins with a simple idea. Government spends too much money. There are only two ways government can get more money. It either has to tax more or borrow more.
If we stop government from taxing more and borrowing more, government must live within its means. Government at all levels has a problem. It is addicted to spending. The first thing any addict has to do is to realize they have a problem then they have to take steps to stop their bad behavior.
The bad behavior government engages in is massive spending. Government exists to grow and that growth is always at the expense of freedom. If we elect people who refuse to raise taxes and refuse to borrow more money for government, government cannot grow. Government will have to make the decisions you and I make on a daily basis.
The first two points of the pledge work to stop the growth of government. The second two work to correct the spending problems. The pledge states that not only will they stop new taxing and borrowing, but they will immediately work to live within their budget and then within a year work to cut government by 10%.
There is not a branch of government from the smallest town to the Federal Government that cannot cut 10% of its spending by simply eliminating waste, fraud and duplication of services.
As pledges go, it is fairly simple and straightforward. Stop increasing our taxes and the borrowing we cannot afford. Government should live within its means and it should shrink not grow.
The Tea Party pledge is for anyone running for office. It is designed to work for someone running for city council in a small town to someone running for Congress or even for President.
If your candidate wants to sign this pledge, simply download it, have them sign it and email it back to us. The email is Pledge@teapartynation.com.
We will feature those who sign the pledges so Tea Party people and other conservatives across the country can know who stands for fiscal sanity and who does not.
This election is about restoring fiscal sanity, not only in Washington but also in our states, our counties and our cities.
Judson, it breaks my heart to disagree with you but I don't like pledges in general. Presumably, the people we elect are smart enough to know how to do their job. If we aren't smart enough to pick people with integrity, a pledge isn't really going to do much to help matters. And it may actually hem them in on a critical decision.
There's already been at least one unintended consequence over a pledge. Michele Bachmann signed somebody's pledge that turned out to put her taking a position she didn't intend to take and it came back to bite her. Sorry but I can't get on board on this one.
Well said Carol. Thank you for stating the obvious.
We all would like to believe that when someone takes a pledge they will stand strong on that pledge.
Unfortunately, that is seldom the case.
I have lived and worked in Washington D.C. and have seen the strange and nearly universal and truly strange metamorphosis of initially good people into slimy slithering "scratch my back and I will scratch your back" creatures who lose all moral footing and all sense of commitment and need to serve this country.
Las Vegas, Nevada
"IF A MAN'S WORD IS NO GOOD....HE IS NO GOOD" ! FURTHERMORE, I WANT NO ASSOCIATION WITH SUCH SCUM !
Ron, you are absolutely correct. That is the way I was raised and that is the way my children were raised and the manner in which they live their lives.
My father used to say: "A man's word is the worth of a man.".
Yes, kind of corny but ingrained in my soul.
And do not lose faith. There are more and more good people that We The People are sending to Washington.
Las Vegas, Nevada