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    New Contract With America to be Unveiled

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    Come November the Republicans have a chance to retake both houses of congress but before you get to giddy perhaps a little review of recent history would be in order.

    http://www.thenewamerican.com/index....to-be-unveiled
    Written by Charles Scaliger Wednesday, 22 September 2010 18:00

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    History is about to repeat itself, if the activity of House Republicans is any indication.
    First, a primer for those unfamiliar with electoral politics 16 years ago. In fall of 1994, the Republican Party was making electoral hay over widespread anger at Democratic President Bill Clinton, a fresh face who, two years before, had been elected on a platform of change. And change President Clinton brought: on his first day in office, he signed an executive order overturning the military’s long-standing ban on homosexuals, creating with the stroke of a pen the so-called “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy that continues to stir controversy. Faced with huge budget deficits, President Clinton raised taxes sharply. His wife, meanwhile, was leading an aggressive task force charged with overhauling the American healthcare system. And there were unending allegations of moral impropriety on the part of the President. The American electorate, feeling betrayed by Clinton’s radical agenda and sick of their obvious prevarications, was in a mood for change.
    Enter the Republican Party, whose most visible representative in those days was Representative Newt Gingrich. With the support of other Republicans in Congress, who were in a minority in both houses, Gingrich and his allies (who included John Boehner, now the House Minority Leader) unveiled a new plan that they promised to enact if Republican majorities were elected to Congress. Called the “Contract with America,” the Republican program consisted of eight planks for enactment on their first day in office:
    1. All laws that applied to the rest of the country would be required to apply also to Congress.
    2. Congress would be comprehensively audited by a major accounting firm for fraud and abuse.
    3. House committees deemed superfluous would be jettisoned, and committee staff would be reduced by a third.
    4. All committee chairmanships would be subject to term limits.
    5. No proxy votes would be cast in committee.
    6. Committee meetings would be open to the public.
    7. A three-fifths majority would be required to pass a tax increase.
    8. Zero base-line budgeting would ensure honest accounting of the federal budget.
    During their first 100 days in office, Republicans additionally promised in the Contract with America to enact balanced budget legislation, tax cuts for small businesses and families, term limits for all lawmakers, and Social Security and welfare reforms.
    Most of the Contract with America died in the Senate or failed to see light of day at all. Without reviewing all the sordid details, suffice it to say that the freshman Republican class of 1994 failed miserably to deliver on its promises of smaller government and an end to corruption on Capitol Hill. By 2000, Edward Crane, president of the Cato Institute, could observe that “the combined budgets of the 95 major programs that the Contract with America promised to eliminate have increased by 13%.”
    However, as a number of sober observers, including The John Birch Society, pointed out 16 years ago, the Contract with America was itself a bogus program, a distraction from the inconvenient fact that a contract already existed, then as now, between America and her political leaders in Washington. It’s called the United States Constitution, and it lays out, in clear, unambiguous language, what the powers delegated to the various branches of the federal government are to be (the word “federal,” by the way, comes from the Latin foedus, meaning “covenant” or “contract”).
    One thing that the Constitution does is limit the size and power of the federal government. No power not enumerated in the Constitution may be exercised by the federal government, as James Madison, the father of the Constitution, explained clearly in The Federalist, #45:
    The powers delegated by the proposed Constitution to the federal government are few and defined. Those which are to remain in the State governments are numerous and indefinite. The former will be exercised principally on external objects, as war, peace, negotiation, and foreign commerce; with which last the power of taxation will, for the most part, be connected. The powers reserved to the several States will extend to all the objects which, in the ordinary course of affairs, concern the lives, liberties, and properties of the people, and the internal order, improvement, and prosperity of the State.
    Unfortunately, this crystal clear doctrine of enumerated powers hasn’t stopped federal legislators from passing laws and regulatory bodies dealing with everything from education to food quality, and from spending money on projects as diverse as crop price supports and foreign aid — none of which is mentioned in the Constitution.
    The Contract with America was thus a clever counterfeit, a substitute program to distract the electorate from the contract every legislator swears an oath to uphold, and whose limitations on federal power clearly invalidate at least three fourths of everything the federal government does nowadays. Note that the 1994 Contract did not promise to eliminate unconstitutional programs like Social Security and welfare, but merely to reform them. While it made a few laudable procedural proposals to render the activities of lawmakers more transparent to public scrutiny, it did nothing to address the real problem confronting America, then as now: the size and constitutional legitimacy of government.
    To be sure, the Contract promised to enact much-needed tax cuts. But tax cuts without corresponding cuts in government spending are mere eyewash for the masses, leading (as the tax cuts later enacted by President George W. Bush did) to higher deficits which must be serviced in the end by more taxes.
    All of this, obvious in hindsight, was lost on many in the fall of 1994. The so-called “Republican Revolution,” born with all the hallmarks of a genuine popular revolt, fizzled in no small measure because of the misleading program created by Gingrich & Co.
    Fast forward to fall of 2010, and once again, an energetic young Democratic president is on the electoral hot seat. Like President Clinton, President Obama is deeply unpopular for his radicalism and for his love of big government. Although President Obama has yet to raise taxes, the mounting debts his administration has created will eventually come home to roost. Further, Obama the Populist lost little time, once in office, in approving hundreds of billions of dollars in bailouts for corporations deemed too important and well-connected to fail.
    And once again, like in ’94, an electoral backlash appears to be brewing, fomented this time around by the Tea Party movement and the timeless urge to “throw the bums out.” A number of Tea Party candidates (like Kentucky Senate candidate Rand Paul) have all the markings of genuine constitutionalists, and the Republican Establishment is running scared. What if the party is truly taken over by people who are serious about reducing the size of government and re-enshrining the Constitution into the bargain? Such a state of affairs might lead to — heaven forfend — the abolition of the Federal Reserve system, the winding-down of regulatory bureaucracies, genuine tax reforms, and many other profound changes that would threaten the power and wealth of “Country Club Republicans” and their allies in the Democratic Party Establishment.
    As if on cue, Congressional Republicans have just announced (wait for it!) the unveiling on Thursday of a brand-new Contract with America. Although the particulars will not be revealed until tomorrow, Republican leaders have informed the AFP that the platform of the new Contract with America will include “a proposal to freeze non-essential federal spending at current levels for the next two years” and “a reaffirmation of the party's support to extend tax breaks put in place during former president George W. Bush's first term in the White House and due to expire on December 31.”
    In other words, every indication suggests that the old canard, tax cuts, will be coupled with a commitment to freeze — not reduce — non-essential federal spending for the next two years; in other words, the new Contract is designed to perpetuate the status quo (and presumably not even that in the case of supposedly essential spending). We are safe in predicting that there will be nary a word in the new Contract with America about the Constitution, and no effort to actually reduce the size of government or the amount of government spending.
    After all, changes like that would be truly revolutionary.
    By faith Noah,being warned of God of things not seen as yet, moved with fear,prepared an ark to the saving of his house;by the which he condemned the world,and became heir of the righteousness which is by faith Heb.11:7

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  3. HK4U, I really do not have any faith in the Republicans pulling us out of the muck. The Democrats and Republicans as well are wallowing in the cesspool of power. There is almost as much scum on the Republican faces as there is with Democrats. I truly believe that the only way to put this county back on tack as our founding fathers meant it to be is to vote an independent party that is not already associated with the scum in Washington. Things may change for a short period of time with the Republicans in control but it will go right back to the same old same old.
    Bill
    "When plunder becomes a way of life for a group of men living together in society, they create for themselves in the course of time a legal system that authorizes it and a moral code that justifies it."Frederic Bastia

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    Gotta agree with that. At best, the Repugs are the lesser of two evils, and that just barely. At worst, there ain't a whit of difference between 'em in the long run, as far as this country being run as the Constitutional Republic it was meant to be.
    Prov. 27:3 - "Stone is heavy and sand a burden, but provocation by a fool is heavier than both"

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    I'm looking forward to the new version.

  6. Quote Originally Posted by wooddoctor View Post
    HK4U, I really do not have any faith in the Republicans pulling us out of the muck. The Democrats and Republicans as well are wallowing in the cesspool of power. There is almost as much scum on the Republican faces as there is with Democrats. I truly believe that the only way to put this county back on tack as our founding fathers meant it to be is to vote an independent party that is not already associated with the scum in Washington. Things may change for a short period of time with the Republicans in control but it will go right back to the same old same old.
    Bill
    As much as I agree with what you wrote....
    With all the vested interests in the two party system I don't ever see a major change....

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    Quote Originally Posted by RobertW View Post
    As much as I agree with what you wrote....
    With all the vested interests in the two party system I don't ever see a major change....
    and that may very well be why we will never see a major change or improvement in the direction our country is heading.
    By faith Noah,being warned of God of things not seen as yet, moved with fear,prepared an ark to the saving of his house;by the which he condemned the world,and became heir of the righteousness which is by faith Heb.11:7

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    Both parties are culpable for the conditions we're in now. Both have bought the vote of special interest to the NTH degree. We the People must return to the principals and tenets of our Constitution and ONLY vote for those with similar views. I just don't understand how no one will take a true Leadership position founded on those beliefs.
    Abolish the 16th and 17th amendment. Reaffirm the 10th. Revert back to US Senators being appointed by the Governors and or appointed by their Legislators. Create a new amendment for a National Sales Tax, say 16%. That way ALL (EVERYONE) would pay the sales tax. Illegals, visiting heads of State, crack heads, pimps, the rich, the poor. ALL would contribute with absolutely NO EXCEPTIONS ( I would add up to age 65)
    We have got to take back our America!!! Or maybe go back to the good ole Tar & Feather when politicians spew some of the defecation out of their faces. Latest being the Dream Act.
    "The smallest minority on earth is the individual. Those who deny individual rights cannot claim to be defenders of minorities." --author and philosopher Ayn Rand (1905-1982)

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    The Haircut

    One day a florist went to a barber for a haircut.

    After the cut, he asked about his bill, and the barber replied, 'I
    cannot accept money from you , I'm doing community service this week.' The
    florist was pleased and left the shop.

    When the barber went to open his shop the next morning, there was a
    'thank you' card and a dozen roses waiting for him at his door.

    Later, a cop comes in for a haircut, and when he tries to pay his bill,
    the barber again replied, 'I cannot accept money from you , I'm doing
    community service this week.' The cop was happy and left the shop.

    The next morning when the barber went to open up, there was a 'thank
    you' card and a dozen donuts waiting for him at his door.

    Then a Congressman came in for a haircut, and when he went to pay his
    bill, the barber again replied, 'I can not accept money from you. I'm doing
    community service this week.' The Congressman was very happy and left the
    shop.

    The next morning, when the barber went to open up, there were a dozen
    Congressmen lined up waiting for a free haircut.

    And that, my friends, illustrates the fundamental difference between the
    citizens of our country and the politicians who run it.


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    New contract for America huh? Sounds more like the paper would have been better used in Charmin Extra Soft. The latter at least gets rid of the ....... instead of adding more.

    We the People keep electing business owners to Congress and the over educated to President. Quick poll boys and girls:

    Who on this forum is a rich, sucessful Businessperson? Who here went to an Ivy league school?

    The not me's win. Now lets try voting for a "not me" who understands the concepts of working to live, paying bills, and worrying about important things like, oh, raising and caring for a family.
    My way is not better, it is just mine, your way is not better, it is just yours.
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  11. These are all really good comments regarding the Republican's "Pledge to America". It is again an attempt to maintain the status quo by making it look like they stand for real change. There was nothing bold about the pledge. It did not promise to make any significant cuts in spending. It did not promise to abolish the income tax and dismantle the IRS. It did not promise to abolish the Department of Education and return that responsibility to the states. Both parties are faced with a real challenge. A significant number of Americans are demanding cuts in spending and a smaller government, but many employees are saying, "but no cuts to social security"; teachers are saying "but no cuts to pensions and the Federal Department of Education"; accountants and tax attorneys are saying "but no cuts to IRS or changes in the current tax nightmare". Somebody in America is going to have to sacrifice something and politicians are going to have to speak truth if they want to save the Republic.

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