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This week on The Journal Editorial Report the Republicans to roll -- is the new GOP agenda -- campaign gimmick.
For a guide to governing.
And with some key provisions of obamacare kicking in this week the president tries once again to sell the overhaul to the American people.
But will -- -- toxic for Democrats come November plus the school reform movement gets a boost from the left.
As Al Gore's movie director takes on that -- you but -- DC chancellor Michelle -- the there -- latest victim.
Welcome to the journal editorial.
-- I'm -- -- go house Republicans unveiled their so called pledge to America this week calling it a governing agenda.
They plan to pursue if they regain control of congress in November the pledge includes proposals to permanently extend all of the bush.
Era tax cuts including those for high earners.
Gives small business owners -- 20% tax deduction on their income.
Cancel all unspent stimulus funds and roll back spending to pre stimulus in pre bailout levels.
And repeal obamacare and replace it with proposals that include limits on malpractice lawsuits among other things.
The pledge is widely seen as an effort to do what the Republicans did when they won the house in 1994.
With a contract with America so will -- work.
Joining the panel this week Wall Street Journal columnist and deputy editor -- hitting her opinion journal dot com columnist John fund.
And Washington columnist Kim strossen so.
Down some conservatives are out there saying this is weak they wanted more are they right.
Well -- I'd say they're right but they have the wrong election.
I -- This is a document for the election of 2010 on the congressional election what they're talking about is the -- a lot of the election and 2012.
What congress has done here Republicans of trying to show that they got religion and I think this document does a pretty good job -- that especially that -- you mentioned about pushing spending back.
To below 2008 levels that would be a big deal but if you want big ideas and a big agenda you're gonna have to wait for the presidential candidates for left.
It was so John I mean what's the best thing in this.
The best policy proposal in this document.
All of Obama's proposals for expanding government.
Are frozen in place and -- the attempt is made to reverse them in other words.
The horrible stimulus package right didn't create new jobs Obama care the health care plan which is below 40% approval rating.
And all of the other and regulatory initiatives that have been.
Job killers right rolled back.
That's something the base of the Republican part of a -- sort of movement can -- But isn't that just Kim -- like the party of no accusation that the Democrats make about the Republicans that this is party that just wants to stop everything and doesn't have ideas of its own.
-- does have ideas and I don't remember -- Most of the country wants to stop this right now so.
The Republicans are -- something with this big they did to do two things here which was actually to show that they're not just a party know that they have ideas and and they do have some of these health care provisions in there they have the stuff on taxes they have issues on.
Government transparency which is going to resonate a lot out there at the public -- what I don't.
Well let's talk about that and -- won is 72 hour.
-- period before you vote on a final bill so everybody can actually read it as opposed to sticking in -- front of members who have no idea what they're doing what else's is is is in the reform area here.
One though that isn't the big one and you know this is this isn't deliberately -- there has just been so much discussion out there.
Of of how -- half of the members didn't read the health care -- didn't read the stimulus -- don't know what's in any of these things and and is that a major issue with the tea parties so that that is going to probably helped them a lot.
There's one other great idea.
Of every piece of legislation specific reference giving it constitutionality has to be included.
I've already heard from one member of congress today who called up legislative analyst and capital said can you find me the part of comes the constitutional I have to sell ya but -- This bill.
This is this is symbolic but important RA can -- this fall short.
There's a couple of things one earmarks you know.
That the Republicans house Republicans unilaterally.
That was a mark in their favor -- a lot of voters in this has been dropped from this new pledge.
And I think they were hoping you would notice but I think they don't understand how symbolic this has become for a lot of Tea Party voters in particular an independent so that's not bad.
Also not a lot on -- good tax policy there's a few things in there.
And the promise is there's a big focus in here on spending caps and and that reducing the deficit but it you don't have policies out there growing the government you're never really going to get out of this -- -- are growing the economy economy sorry growing the economy.
You're never going to get out of these deficits they they don't have as much on that and they're gonna need to work -- That's where I think it falls short you know well you know Paul what Democrats didn't count on and even the Republicans -- there in the new media age can imagine we're sitting here talking about earmarks process reform.
For an entire year the American people watched and they exchanged email messages about -- they know how congress works now and they don't like it.
The other big news this week John as the Democrats apparently have decided to hold off.
On that extending the bush era tax cuts passed the election and presumably do and I'm lame duck which means that if nothing happens.
All of the bush tax cuts on the high earners but also on everybody else.
Will expire January 1 Smart politics or not.
Inexplicable political and incompetence.
Of this basically gives they're Republican challenger the ability to go out to the voters and say.
This party has controlled Washington for two years.
They've done nothing.
To extend the tax cuts that are gonna expire in December through first and -- all of your taxes but -- Democrats -- presumably Smart enough to know that that's what Republicans will do so why not have the vote the president to come up and say -- -- think they're panicky and they don't want to vote on taxes they feel they'll lose the debate that they have a left wing that insists that the tax cuts for higher -- not be extended they have moderates that are basically can't wait to get home.
And they think it all try to save themselves every man and woman for himself is the month from the democratic house caucus now.
Boy wow OK when we come back Obama care and the mid term elections with a first provisions of the health care law kicking in this week.
The president once again tries to sell it to the American people.
But are they buying -- -- is the issue toxic for Democrats.
As they head into the fall campaign stretch.
Well with some key provisions of obamacare kicking -- this week the president renewed his effort to convince Americans of the advantage of his health care overhaul.
But just six weeks before the mid term elections it's proving to be a tough sell.
The plan -- proved to be more of a liability than an asset for embattled Democrats a new poll shows 61%.
Of likely voters favor repealing the law.
And opponents of obamacare are seizing on that unpopularity with ads.
Aimed at Democrats who voted for the legislation.
This one is funded by Revere America a group headed by former New York governor George attacking and it targets New York congressman's.
Congressman Paul voted for Obama care -- government run health care it's a bad plan.
Government bureaucrats will benefit to seniors will get hurt.
Costs will go up care will go down.
Longer waits and doctors' offices you right to keep your room doctor may be taken away it's a plan we didn't want him -- Foothold -- forward -- like defeat congressman home.
Well Kim that was -- -- yeah.
Democrats have remained have rain came radio silent about health care all summer suddenly they speak up why.
Get back into this debate now.
Well the reason the president is jumping back in here is because things are looking so dismal I think that there is a fear in the White House that it.
They don't go out there someone doesn't go out there and start saying something nice about this health care bill that there is going to be.
Come come January not just Republicans but members of the president's own party.
That are out there are saying that the bill needs to be repealed in some way changed elements of it killed.
And so there out there trying to make the case and and and get gin up a little enthusiasm okay stop the panic stop -- tha the arrived and they wrote this bill so that these benefits would kick in.
Just a few weeks before the election and -- president said they could brag about it what are that the new.
Well free preventative.
From brunt of health care quality pre you know allegedly for allegedly -- You know -- ban on lifetime spending caps and you have to cover children up to the age of 26.
All this basically was intended to punish the insurance industry and I think the effect is going to be very -- -- because inevitably premiums are going to rise to cover -- -- these things are gonna cost money mandates cost money right and we just you know HHS secretary Sebelius last week in this kind of speech which you punish the insurance industry that's going to continue for the next six.
Months and -- but -- -- many major insurers decided to drop their child only coverage which now cover about a million children with policies.
That parents by what typically when their kids go off to school.
And are no longer covered by their parents tipped their employer health care policy day by these supplemental -- they've dropped the coverage altogether rather than abide by these -- I talk to democratic congressman who voted for obamacare but -- strong political misgivings about it because he told his colleagues back in March.
If you vote for this what will prevent the insurance companies from raising premiums and adjusting coverage just before the election.
It may wash away any -- receive benefit from these new provisions and you know -- The people are watching with insurance companies do are doing they're blaming them in part but they're also blaming the congress the past -- -- dandy in the White -- -- -- the HHS secretary Kathleen Sebelius directly blaming the insurers calling them again for.
Blaming them for -- misinformation campaign -- threatening them.
-- out well you know we talk here Paul is so.
This phrase repeal and replace is just a phrase as those somehow all this momentum is -- -- roll back obamacare it is not going to be that easy.
That is not at all it right.
But I think what the White House is doing is making sure that they push back hard and make it difficult.
To overturn pieces of this law which are going to be expensive and cost this country money for a long time but don't expect the Republicans just Waltz in there in January and.
Turn this but that's for the court's command in early junior were probably gonna get a decision from a district judge in Florida was hurting received a suit by 23 attorneys generals.
Against Obama -- constitutionality.
That may well drop.
Obama -- off the map constitution now constitutionally because if one piece is taken away the whole.
Edifice collapses -- you're Kim what about the Republican proposal to repeal and replace there's on the I'm not a lot of specifics there the one specific thing -- repeal is this.
Mandate on small businesses to report all transactions -- any contractor above 600 dollars which is a huge paperwork burden.
But other than that I don't see a lot of specific repeal planks in their new platform.
No I mean they're -- bobbing along on the notion that they're going to repeal this in its entirety is Dan says that's highly unlikely and they're gonna need to be more.
-- said that one idea too that is percolating out there as.
Simply an idea to not fund it to not give money to it and strangle it that way.
And I know that a lot of Republicans -- -- even valley in terms of their own.
Replace ideas it's a lot of things that Republicans have talked about before stuff like allowing you to buy insurance policies across state lines but but that's not going to be a while coming they've got to deal with the Obama -- first.
Right on the politics and Bill Clinton promised Democrats if they only voted for this bill.
That would become popular before the election is he gonna have to offer a lot of these people jobs -- is foundation after that run out of town and the election.
Paul Bill Clinton led them down the garden path as -- Barack Obama this was perhaps the greatest political miscalculation.
In the last fifty years this thing is not selling and yeah he is gonna have to offer job -- on the line.
Going to be long when we come back the latest salvos in the battle over school reform the movement.
Gets a boost of Al Gore's movie director sets his sights on the teachers' unions but.
They have DC schools chief Michelle -- in -- sites will she hold onto her job.
With the future of school reform in Washington DC very much in the balance that cities hard charging chancellor Michelle -- met this week with a man who will decide her fate.
Democratic mayoral nominee Vincent Gray gray defeated mayor Adrian fancy who -- -- to turn around DC's failed public school system.
In the democratic primary last Tuesday thanks in large part to the support of the teachers union under -- -- more than 200 underperforming teachers have been fired.
Almost twenty failing schools have been closed.
And teacher pay has been tied to merit the valuations.
-- who has become the national face of education reform figures prominently in a new documentary that opens this weekend called.
Waiting for Superman produced by Davis Guggenheim.
The Academy Award winning director of Al Gore is a global warming documentary.
An inconvenient truth.
The film takes a devastating look inside America's public school system.
Only think about six.
Thousand people -- of the -- forty years 40000.
Didn't graduate this is the damage this school is done in this neighborhood.
Child doesn't finish high school won't -- less than eight times more likely to go to prison -- -- -- school.
For these kids their only chance of getting -- to a great school.
It depends on when their number is -- the lottery.
Is another -- Now.
Wall Street Journal columnist bill -- earn an editorial board member Jason Riley -- me with more so bill you and I've been making these arguments about education reform for I hate to say -- something like thirty years.
Why is this film significant this film is significant because it comes from a liberal.
And the way he talks -- public schools he saw the gentleman in the trailer he's at Locke high school.
Any talks about this high school that's failed 40000 of -- 60000 students.
Erin Brockovich would talk about a factory that's that's polluting the drinking water -- local community he shows himself driving past three public schools.
Every morning to drop his kids off.
And -- at a private school you know he said when he made globe when he -- -- globe brand warming.
He was aiming to to to try to persuade the -- address the pick up not a radius.
This is aimed at liberals and it's it's it's very powerful is this said.
Major cultural turn in the argument Jason this is -- second such move -- we talked about earlier this year about the lottery is similar movie about.
About that that focused on the Harlem.
Reform as this is this a really significant cultural turn.
I I hope so and Indian -- do you think it has that potential.
Tom to sway public opinion.
But we know from covering education over the years that he that you really need to get your hands dirty in terms of the politics and the public policy.
And the sad reality is that one of the stars of this movie.
Bill does not fighting for her job harder tonight Michelle already assured -- that issue in this is a woman who uses appearing on Oprah on the cover of time magazine.
But more than that it achieving actual results on the ground -- -- -- celebrated hello reformers.
In the country is fighting for her job because the teachers unions spent a million dollars trying to fire her boss and they -- and they want.
This is a thing about the teachers unions bill they think they can wait you out right and they aid typically prevail and in the -- what that.
-- -- about the -- how many divisions does -- -- have I how many divisions does a movie director well I I think it's pretty strong he's likened taking Michelle Rhee out now.
To turning the lights out during heart surgery.
And and I think one of the things -- you know we're waiting to hear from President Obama on this with one word.
If he said we need to keep these reforms I don't think anyone would doubt has he spoken -- has his own -- he's been silent has his education secretary spoken not not that that they W silent you know when they took away the voucher thing.
There -- toss -- your program that's quite successful right -- That Democrats in congress have zeroed that out right and they have not oppose that act by -- so if they're silent on this you know he's intervened in New York.
Islamic center dispute in -- Boston cop dispute -- be nice to intervene for kids in DC for which the federal government has some responsibility.
And I think this is where Barack Obama could use his influence in a very healthy way and we're waiting.
There's another decision this week Mark Zuckerberg the FaceBook a billionaire has decided to donate a hundred million dollars to Newark, New Jersey schools contingent.
On some reforms and it looks like built near new -- -- governor Chris Christie.
Newark mayor Cory Booker and a Democrat but a reformer -- to take charge of the Newark schools got a big development.
And it is a big development and not so much because of the money because we hung up -- Newark schools and to take -- there are some of the worst in the -- -- some of the worst but also.
Per pupil spending it's already very high school so we're really talking about.
How all the money will be spent in the nice thing about this donation is apparently reportedly it will be conditioned.
Or be targeted to certain reforms Cory Booker the mayor nor.
Will be able to use it to expand charter schools and for teacher evaluation systems and so forth so it's it's it's money targeting reforms that we know can be -- fact.
-- gonna change does this have the potential bill.
All of this momentum to change.
The way the Democratic Party thinks about education because there been a big protector.
Of the union interest not children's exactly and look give Barack Obama credit during the campaign you did say some things that got the teachers unions very upset.
Let's say look the problem is not that the school system is failing.
The problem is -- for -- school system is working for adults it's working.
Four at the teachers' unions for the politicians of bureaucratic kids not working for the kids aren't we -- take one more break when we come back hits and misses of the week.
Time now for hits and misses bill.
-- hit for a medal of honor winner for an unsung hero Vietnam name was Richard -- burger.
He was work and -- secret CIA reader station miles when it came under attack by the north Vietnamese.
Only seven -- nineteen Americans made off the hill that day three of them because of this guy.
But because the operation was classified even his children didn't -- -- with some.
So we know that in -- there's many on -- -- acts of heroism and self sacrifice but it still.
Good to see a good man get his -- from a grateful nation great Jason.
This is -- for Harvard which -- said it will continue to ban ROTC from campus until gays are allowed to serve openly in the US military.
The -- is also lobbying congress to allow illegal immigrant students.
Too much regulated Harvard.
And gain legal status so apparently their policy is to allow illegal immigrants but ban military personnel from campus I think these priorities are exactly backward.
All right Dan.
Paul a big hit for whatever mysterious force in New York State this week -- quinnipiac blow a save and Republican insurgent Carl Paladino is it within six points six points of democratic tightened.
Andrew Cuomo -- -- Republican mayor Mike Bloomberg endorsing mr.
Cuomo followed by former democratic -- Eliot Spitzer saying.
Cuomo is the dirty as nasty -- politician out there.
-- political competition wonderful the buffalo storm coming in across Albany all right Dan thank you.
And remember a few of your own hit or miss police -- said JER foxnews.com.
For this week's edition of The Journal Editorial Report thanks to my panel and to all of you for watching I'm -- -- we hope to see you right here.
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