Friday, April 16, 2010

The Contract From America


Back in 1994 soon-to-be-speaker Newt Gingrich and the Republicans in the House of Representatives captured the majority back from the Democrats with the 104th congress under the promise that they would pass a legislative agenda named The Contract With America.

Unfortunately not all of those very sensible items in that contract were passed into law, and the Republicans eventually lost their way with governing in a Constitutional manner and were thrown out of office and the placed back into the minority governing party accordingly.

With the excesses, corruption, and out-right illegal (un-Constitutional) usurpations of the current presidential administration and the Democratically-controlled congress, the Tea Party has coming into being and has been warning those in congress that THEY work FOR WE THE PEOPLE.

With that in mind, they have now come up with an excellent list of Constitutionally-directed and common sense rules to restore freedom, liberty, and justice to our greatest of all nations. This list of legislative items that has come from grass roots people across America is entitled The Contract From America, and politicians of any party would do well to take notice, vow to support, and then follow through in producing and voting for the appropriate legislation to get these enumerated items below enacted into law.

Following is that contract and you can go to their website to sign your support for it here.

The Contract from America


We, the undersigned, call upon those seeking to represent us in public office to sign the Contract from America and by doing so commit to support each of its agenda items, work to bring each agenda item to a vote during the first year, and pledge to advocate on behalf of individual liberty, limited government, and economic freedom.

Individual Liberty
Our moral, political, and economic liberties are inherent, not granted by our government. It is essential to the practice of these liberties that we be free from restriction over our peaceful political expression and free from excessive control over our economic choices.

Limited Government
The purpose of our government is to exercise only those limited powers that have been relinquished to it by the people, chief among these being the protection of our liberties by administering justice and ensuring our safety from threats arising inside or outside our country’s sovereign borders. When our government ventures beyond these functions and attempts to increase its power over the marketplace and the economic decisions of individuals, our liberties are diminished and the probability of corruption, internal strife, economic depression, and poverty increases.

Economic Freedom
The most powerful, proven instrument of material and social progress is the free market. The market economy, driven by the accumulated expressions of individual economic choices, is the only economic system that preserves and enhances individual liberty. Any other economic system, regardless of its intended pragmatic benefits, undermines our fundamental rights as free people.

1. Protect the Constitution
Require each bill to identify the specific provision of the Constitution that gives Congress the power to do what the bill does. (82.03%)

2. Reject Cap & Trade
Stop costly new regulations that would increase unemployment, raise consumer prices, and weaken the nation’s global competitiveness with virtually no impact on global temperatures. (72.20%)

3. Demand a Balanced Budget
Begin the Constitutional amendment process to require a balanced budget with a two-thirds majority needed for any tax hike. (69.69%)

4. Enact Fundamental Tax Reform
Adopt a simple and fair single-rate tax system by scrapping the internal revenue code and replacing it with one that is no longer than 4,543 words—the length of the original Constitution. (64.90%)

5. Restore Fiscal Responsibility & Constitutionally Limited Government in Washington
Create a Blue Ribbon taskforce that engages in a complete audit of federal agencies and programs, assessing their Constitutionality, and identifying duplication, waste, ineffectiveness, and agencies and programs better left for the states or local authorities, or ripe for wholesale reform or elimination due to our efforts to restore limited government consistent with the US Constitution’s meaning. (63.37%)

6. End Runaway Government Spending
Impose a statutory cap limiting the annual growth in total federal spending to the sum of the inflation rate plus the percentage of population growth. (56.57%)

7. Defund, Repeal, & Replace Government-run Health Care
Defund, repeal and replace the recently passed government-run health care with a system that actually makes health care and insurance more affordable by enabling a competitive, open, and transparent free-market health care and health insurance system that isn’t restricted by state boundaries. (56.39%)

8. Pass an ‘All-of-the-Above” Energy Policy
Authorize the exploration of proven energy reserves to reduce our dependence on foreign energy sources from unstable countries and reduce regulatory barriers to all other forms of energy creation, lowering prices and creating competition and jobs. (55.51%)

9. Stop the Pork
Place a moratorium on all earmarks until the budget is balanced, and then require a 2/3 majority to pass any earmark. (55.47%)

10. Stop the Tax Hikes
Permanently repeal all tax hikes, including those to the income, capital gains, and death taxes, currently scheduled to begin in 2011. (53.38%)

8 comments:

Tim said...

Hello
Just a visit here..
I think you and I are very,very different in our views. So be it.
Good luck with your blog. :)
Tim

T. Paine said...

Tim,

You are welcome any time, sir.
I welcome "different" views from those of my own. That is how I learn. (Most of the time I still end up thinking that my conclusions are the correct ones, :) but I have been known to change my mind when a logical argument shows the weakness of my own opinions.)

Civil debate on issues is vital for coming up with the best ideas on how to fix problems. Come back any time, Tim. Perhaps you can prove that your different views are the correct ones and that I am the one in error!

Joaquin said...

Not sure if the contract 'thing' will work without a sound, experienced, legitimate voice.
Here's to hoping I'm wrong!

T. Paine said...

Better yet, we need to put such a voice in the office of President so that we can affect these changes and hopefully save our country.

lisa said...

At least those are original statemnets unlike the "Hope and Change" rhetoric right out of Karl Marx playbook.

T. Paine said...

Yes ma'am! You got that right!

Dave Splash said...

Nothing like a new conservative "movement" to move the country into the future...1994.

But if the parallel holds true with the 90s, then President Obama should have a pretty easy re-election bid in 2012.

But, in all honesty, despite my loathing of Newt Gingrich for being such a sleazy hypocrite, at least he had ideas. The current crop of GOP-ers bring nothing to the table at all except attacks on President Obama. John Boehner is not exactly in the same intellectual league as Gingrich. He has a better tan, but that's about it.

lisa said...

Ideas are better than ideologies.
And this admin wants to move us into the future-1932