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posted on Apr, 16 2010 @ 08:05 PM
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This was just posted yesterday on The contract


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%)


Alrighty then let's break this down shall we?

1. Protect the Constitution

No arguments on my end, but you have to ask yourself a very important question, "Who will be checking to see if it is constitutionally legal?" Well wouldn't these people be picked by members of congress? Wouldn't they just serve the congress' wishes?

= Bull Crap!


2. Reject Cap & Trade

It would definitly harm our economy and raise the unemployment rate as more people are unemployed, add to that I don't believe man made climate change is real. But here's a question for you, what will you do to fight pollution and destruction of our environment. Maybe we should check the constitution? Well that does not mention the environment, I guess we will just leave the free market to handle the environment, I'm sure the corporations won't hurt it.

= Absolute Crap!


3. Demand a Balanced Budget

So we will have a balanced budget, that's perfectly fine by me. But my question is, what will they be cutting, military and security budget? Nope never. General welfare programs? Absolutely. Demand 2 thirds majority to raise tax, while I disagree I don't see how this could be harmful..... to the rich. The middle class and poor will continue to get bombarded with the tax coming from our fiat currency, but I guess that's not a problem.

= Pretty Crappy!


4. Enact Fundamental Tax Reform

Okay so they want to establish a single rate tax system, that sounds fair right? Wrong! When you have a flat tax you could take lets say $2,000 away from a person making $10,000 and that means he/she will be left with $8,000 which is dirt poor the last time I checked. Then you might take $200,000 away from a person making $1,000,000 and that means he/she will be left with $800,000 which is very rich. That sounds very fair IMO. Then let's review all the countries with a flat tax system; Estonia, Bulgaria, Romania, Russia, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Latvia, Lithuania. So how are they doing? Can you spell E-C-O-N-O-M-I-C C-O-L-L-A-P-S-E? The part where the bill must have under 4,543 is a good idea IMO.

= Total Crap!


5. Restore Fiscal Responsibility & Constitutionally Limited Government in Washington

So they want to establish a blue ribbon task force to check all systems for waste and inneficiancy, and check for their constitutionality? Well that sounds great to me, except it will be the Republicans who establish this agency. I wonder which ones they will rule unconstitutional, inneficiant and wasteful? Probably everything other than the programs that they support. CIA, FBI, Military Industrial Complex, Department of Defense, Department of Homeland Security; I think we could all bet these things will be 100% constitutional. Say good bye to... Department of Education, Department of Transportation, Department of Housing and Urban Development, Department of Labor; I think we could pretty much guarantee these things will be history.

= Biggest piece of Crap!


6. End Runaway Government Spending

This one I could actually agree with.

= Good job!


7. Defund, Repeal, & Replace Government-run Health Care

Hahahaha, they think this recently passed healthcare bill is government run health care. I think that sums this one up.

= Horribly misguided crap!


8. Pass an ‘All-of-the-Above” Energy Policy

So basically lets sum it up in one stateme; scrap regulation and let the corporations search for energy. There's no way that would harm our environment and our natural wilderness. I guess we should disregard that correct?

= Degrading Crap!


9. Stop the Pork

I agree with this. I think they could have taken it a little further but it sounds good enough to me.

= Good start!


10. Stop the Tax Hikes

I agree with tax increases as long as they do not negatively affect the middle class. This will stop all tax increases which might be necessary since they won't cut their little war spending.

= Very much Crap!


[edit on 4/16/10 by Misoir]




posted on Apr, 16 2010 @ 08:16 PM
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Nice concept, but it assumes that the legal and election processes in the US still actually work, which they don't. There is no more working within the system. Sorry to have to tell you, but the only ammunition you can use anymore to back up your arguments is the literal sort.



posted on Apr, 16 2010 @ 09:37 PM
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Originally posted by Misoir
9. Stop the Pork

I agree with this. I think they could have taken it a little further but it sounds good enough to me.

= Good start!



Define pork.

Sarah Palin pointed out studying fruit flys was a clear example of pork where that money could have went studying autism.

and of course the follow up:
The discovery, made in Drosophila fruit flies may lead to advances in understanding autism spectrum disorders, as recently, human neurexins have been identified as a genetic risk factor for autism.

One person's pork is another person's progress. The big issue is anything that doesn't effect you/me/whomever personally or understandably suddenly is decried as pork by you/me/whomever. Palin is a perfect example of someone whom should never be allowed to "cut pork where she see's it"...and the contract on america people are the ones likely to push Sarah like people forward to do the cut


ntw. this contract on america (From...but whatever) are pushed by...tada...freedomworks...and a host of other corporations.

But...

then again...

Corporations are now people...so, sure...the corporation people have made their contract to own america.



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