What is surprising, however - or, I suppose, not surprising in the slightest, depending on how cynical you are - is who wrote the GOP's new plan: a former lobbyist for Exxon Mobil and Andarko Petroleum Corp. From Huffington Post:
Wild also served as a lobbyist for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce where he helped steer more than $34 million worth of lobbying activity for the group that works overtime for Big Oil.
In a draft version of The Pledge that was being passed around to reporters before the official release, the document properties list "Wild, Brian" as the "Author." A GOP source said that Wild -- who is on House Minority Leader John Boehner's payroll -- did help author the governing platform that the party is unveiling on Thursday...
Until early this year, Wild was a fairly active lobbyist on behalf of the firm the Nickles Group, the lobbying shop set up by the former Republican Senator from Oklahoma, Don Nickles. During his five years at the firm, Wild, among others, was paid...$800,000 from energy giant Andarko Petroleum...[and] more than $1.3 million from Exxon Mobil..."
Paints a pretty clear picture of where the priorities of GOP leadership truly lie.