September 24, 2010 11:48 AM

Commentary: GOP's 'Pledge to America' is all platitudes, little substance

There are precious few new ideas in the GOP's 21-page "Pledge to America" campaign manifesto. There's a dismaying dearth of detail on how Republicans would actually balance the federal budget or tackle politically toxic challenges on Social Security and Medicare. And there's certainly no real road map for an economic recovery that would create the millions of jobs the country desperately needs. Instead, the legislative blueprint is full of platitudes about returning to America's founding principles, of attacks on President Barack Obama and of poll-tested, tired talking points designed to appeal to tea party activists and other disaffected Americans.

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