GOP’s Pledge to America Falls Short in 112th Congress

Despite their win of many new seats in Congress during the 2010 midterm elections, and their vows to respond to the “call of the people,” they have done nothing but put forth a bill to repeal a law that is saving American lives, stabilizing a flawed health care system through elimination of waste and smarter work procedures, and so much more — and all for the sake of scoring political points. That’s it. That is all they got. What really is a slap in the face to hard-working American citizens is that our tax dollars pay the GOP to go to Washington and do nothing more than score points in a game of chance with our lives.

This country’s two party (or more) system is set in place for a reason.  After the campaign process and Congress convenes, the American people want lawmakers to do something relevant besides continuing to campaign.

While the GOP continue their two-year game of chance politicking against the President, the President is hard at work for the American people and making good on his promises. Even President Obama’s “lame duck” session was historic; it was one of the most productive lame duck sessions, if not the most productive, in our history.

In fact, the past two years of this Presidency has been incredible despite the GOP striving to do little more than disrupt the work of the Congress. Their Pledge to America offers nothing but more politicking against the President. In contrast, President Obama’s exemplary record of change is what America wants and needs:

— We passed the Recovery Act, which saved and created more than 3 million jobs, provided the largest middle-class tax cut in a generation, and made landmark investments in clean energy, infrastructure, and education.

— We made critical investments in General Motors and Chrysler, saving tens of thousands of jobs — and perhaps the companies — and spurring a rebirth of the American car industry.

— We wrote into law student loan reform and credit card reform, which ended the worst abuses of the banking industries and are making lending fair for American families.

— We put two new Supreme Court justices on the bench — Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan, who bring rich and diverse experience to the Court.

— We have begun to reset America’s relationship with the international community, from the ratification of a new START nuclear arms treaty with Russia to tough new sanctions on Iran to strengthening our long-term partnership with a unified Iraq.

— And we finally repealed “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” which was the right thing to do — not only because it makes our military stronger at a time when it needs to be the strongest, but because we are seeking that military might with an abiding sense of justice. [Download Full Report in PDF]

And to all of this and more, all John Boehner, Mitch McConnell, Michele Bachmann and the rest of the GOP have had to offer is “just say no” to the President at the risk of the American people.

The GOP just doesn’t get it. Americans want a two-party system — but one that actually goes to work for us. One that is united after the voting booth is closed, packed up and put away. Maybe if Boehner stopped crying for five minutes, he’d get it.

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