With the Cut, Cap, and Balance Pledge continuing to climb the popularity ladder, a person’s signature seems to show just who in fact is a conservative. Eight presidential candidates, four governors, twelve Senators, and thirty-six House members have already given their approval. Predictably, all of the signers are Republican.
Despite this fact, House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) have not signed. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor has gone on record opposing the Cut, Cap, and Balance Pledge. Some conservatives see it as going too far. Others see it as not going far enough. The latter opinion is held by Michele Bachmann (R-MN), the only serious GOP presidential contender not to have signed the pledge.
No matter one’s personal opinion on the matter of the Cut, Cap, and Balance Pledge, it is important to see if it will truly have any impact. Will the pledge be a sign for things to come after 2012? Or is it merely a political tool used by so-called “conservatives” to broaden their electoral appeal to the Tea Party? Whatever the case may be, it is important to pause and realize what this pledge means for the current state of American politics: It is refreshing that such a radical proposal is even being considered. Back in 2010, the GOP’s Pledge to America did not mention a balanced budget amendment or a decrease in defense spending. Now that a Democratic president is in charge, it is now seen as a survivalist method for Republicans to oppose the agenda of the current administration. Only time will tell if this Cut, Cap, and Balance Pledge means anything. But given its newfound concern for the budget, taxes, and the national debt, we can hope that this pledge is something more than simply an electoral tool used to curry favor with the grassroots right that sees through the party name and the conservative rhetoric.
The video below is Senator Mike Lee (R-UT) introducing the Cut, Cap, and Balance Act in the Senate:Published in