The Contract From America

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    In the tradition of the Contract with America that put a revolutionary group of conservative Republicans and Democrats into Congress and did very good things in 1994, tomorrow CPAC will vote to narrow down 22 to 10 proposals for reform in a new Contract from America. It combines the best of reform proposals out there with the Tea Party spirit for reform. It is a message to our elected leaders of what the people demand.

    What 10 do you see as most important? Or how would you narrow down the list to 10 most important?

    The Contract From America

    Here, for the first time, are the 22 solutions to be voted on beginning tomorrow:

    DEMAND A BALANCED BUDGET: Begin the Constitutional amendment process to require a balanced budget with a two-thirds majority needed for any tax hike.


    STOP THE TAX HIKES:
    Permanently repeal all tax hikes, including those to income, capital gains, and death taxes, currently scheduled to begin in 2011.

    COMMIT TO REAL GOVERNMENT TRANSPARENCY: Every bill, in its final form, will be made public seven days before any vote can be taken and all government expenditures authorized by any bill will be easily accessible on the Internet before the money is spent. (Proposed by: Steve Kulik, Gonzales, Texas; and Steve Hollis, San Francisco, Calif.)

    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.

    PASS REAL HEALTHCARE REFORM: Greatly improve affordability of health insurance by permitting all Americans access to all health insurance plans sold anywhere in the United States through the purchase of insurance across state lines and allow small businesses and associations to pool together across state lines to buy insurance.

    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.

    END RUNAWAY GOVERNMENT SPENDING: Impose a statutory cap limiting the annual growth in total federal spending to the sum of inflation rate plus the percentage of population growth.

    LET US SAVE: Allow all Americans to opt out of Social Security and Medicare and instead put those same payroll taxes in a personal account they own, control, and can leave to whomever they choose.

    PROTECT INTERNET FREEDOM: No regulation or tax on the Internet.

    GIVE PARENTS MORE CHOICES IN THE EDUCATION OF THEIR CHILDREN: Improve American education by reforming the broken federal role through eliminating ineffective and wasteful programs, giving parents more choices from pre-school to high school, and improving the affordability of higher education.

    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.

    PROTECT FREEDOM OF THE PRESS: Prohibit the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) from using funds to reinstate the Fairness Doctrine in any form, including requiring "localism" or "diversity" quotas.

    RESTORE FISCAL RESPONSIBILITY & CONSTITUTIONALLY LIMITED GOVERNMENT: 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.

    PROTECT PRIVATE PROPERTY RIGHTS: Block state and local governments that receive federal grants from exercising eminent domain over private property for the primary purpose of economic development or enhancement of tax revenues.

    REJECT CAP & TRADE: Prevent the Environmental Protection Agency from implementing costly new regulations that would increase unemployment, raise consumer prices, and weaken the nation's global competitiveness with virtually no impact on global temperatures.

    STOP THE PORK: Place a moratorium on all earmarks until the process is fully transparent, including requiring a 2/3 majority to pass any earmark.

    NO CZAR REGULATION WITHOUT REPRESENTATION: All "lawmaking" regulations must be affirmatively approved by Congress and signed into law by the president, as the Constitution requires for all laws.

    AUDIT THE FED: Begin an audit of the Federal Reserve System.

    NO MORE BAILOUTS: The federal government should not bail out private companies and should immediately begin divesting itself of its stake in the private companies it owns from recent bailouts.

    STOP CAREER POLITICIANS & CURB LOBBYIST POWER: Begin the Constitutional amendment process to require Congressional term limits. No person shall be elected to the Senate more than twice or to the House of Representatives more than four times.

    SUNSET REGULATIONS: All regulations will be "sunset" after ten years unless renewed by Congressional vote.

    LET US WATCH: Broadcast all non-security meetings and votes on C-SPAN and the Internet.
     
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    Wow, that's pretty much every GOP talky point.
     
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    Yeah, I thought you said this was coming from the Tea Bagger?
     
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    CURB LOBBYIST POWER????????????

    But, but, I thought the CONSERVATIVE Supreme court opened our political system to corporations making them US Citizens? Isn't that the exact opposite?

    How are you going to balance the budget fighting two wars and rebuilding two countries? I would say three, but Republicans don't seem to care about this one so much.
     
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    Well, it's most of the current conservative talking points. I only wish it it was the GOP talking points.

    Are there any that you have a problem with?
     
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    Larry

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    and Curly .........

    Yep all three Vapid Stooges present.

    Anyways, looks pretty good Foxfyre, although it would be hard to sort out the "most important" 10 without more details on each point.

    I would say the most important ONE is a balanced budget.
     
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    This is a good start to bringing some sanity back to Washington. I can support this Contract from America. Thanks Foxfyre.
     
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    The one point I most wanted isn't there.

    I wanted a constitutional amendment prohibiting Congress from dispensing any form of benevolence or charity to any individual, group, entity, or special interest.
     
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    You know, if Republicans would just stop taking the Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security, three things they hate and despise, and volunteer for those wars that "keep us safe", then for sure, we could balance the budget.

    Notice, I didn't call anyone names.
     
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    Contract on America you mean?
     

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