Dems' 'New Direction' Is Higher Taxes, Open Borders, GOP Says

By Susan Jones | July 7, 2008 | 8:23 PM EDT

( - Democrats may call their election-year agenda a "new direction" for America, but Republicans say it's just a "rehashing of the failed, tax-and-spend liberal policies of the past."

Rep. Tom Reynolds, chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee, pointed to the results of last week's special election in California's 50th congressional district, where Republican Brian Bilbray -- running on a "stricter immigration" platform -- defeated Democrat Francine Busby, who stressed Republican corruption in her campaign.

"As the results in CA-50 illustrated, voters do not want to send another Democrat to Washington who will raise taxes and open borders," Reynolds said.

Reynolds said Democrats have offered no new policy positions -- "aside from subpoenas, surrender, and impeachment."

"The Democrats' 'new direction' is the wrong direction for America, and Democrat leaders would be wise to stop taking their cues from urban focus groups and turn their attention to the communities and townships where most voters live," Reynolds said.

Reynolds was responding to House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), who said if Democrats win a majority of congressional seats in November, they know just what they'll do.

"On the first day that Congress comes into session next year, if Democrats are successful at the polls, the first piece of legislation will include our reform package to make it an honest Congress. Second, we will do our civility package to make it a bipartisan Congress; and third, we will pass our accountability legislation that will say no new deficit spending," Pelosi said at a press conference on Wednesday.

"Fiscal soundness, pay-as-you-go, audit the books is the guiding principle."

"Nowhere is the need for a new direction for America more obvious than in Iraq," Pelosi added. Among other things, she mentioned the loss of life in Iraq and the cost of reconstruction -- and she questioned whether U.S. troops are fighting for a "future worthy of their sacrifice."

"While they're fighting, what's happening here at home?" Pelosi asked. She complained about rising health insurance, gasoline, and tuition costs at a time when the "purchasing power of middle-income families' wages has been greatly reduced."

"Democrats want to take us in a different direction," Pelosi said. "Energy, minimum wage, health care, higher education, fiscal soundness -- this is the New Direction in which we want to take our country. (Pelosi was quoted as saying that Democrats deliberately avoided big, new government programs in their election year agenda; and she indicated that "pay-as-you-go" means Democrats would roll back the Bush administration's "tax cuts for the wealthy.")

Pelosi said the "New Direction" platform allows Democrats to define themselves, which is a response to Republican charges that Democrats are nothing more than obstructionists -- the "Party of No."

For the record, Democrats need to win up 15 seats to take control of the House in November, something that would make Pelosi House Speaker.

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