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House Republicans just released a draft of their legislative agenda for the next Congress, a 21-page "Pledge to America" that they will formally unveil Thursday morning at a Virginia hardware store.
"The need for urgent action to repair our economy and reclaim our government for the people cannot be overstated," the introduction says.
It continues: "With this document, we pledge to dedicate ourselves to the task of reconnecting our highest aspirations to the permanent truths of our founding by keeping faith with the values our nation was founded on, the principles we stand for, and the priorities of our people. This is our Pledge to America."
Here are some highlights. The full document is below.
- Require congressional approval for any new federal regulation that would add to the deficit
- Repeal small business mandates in the new health care law.
- Repeal and Replace health care
- Roll back non-discretionary spending to 2008 levels before TARP and stimulus (will save $100 billion in first year alone)
- Establish strict budget caps to limit federal spending going forward
- Cancel all future TARP payments and reform Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac
- Will require that every bill have a citation of constitutional authority
- Provide resources to troops
- Fund missile defense
Originally posted by saltheart foamfollower
To me, that one right there REALLY should be pushed. Maybe even push a Constitutional Amendment to require this of ANY legislation and past legislation.
How bout that for an idea?
An arrogant and out-of-touch government of self-appointed elites makes decision, issues mandates, and enacts laws without accepting or requesting the input of the many.
We pledge to honor the Constitution as constructed by its framers and honor the original intent of those precepts that have been consistently ignored - particularly the Tenth Amendment, which grants that all powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the states, are reserved to the states respectively, or to the people.
Originally posted by Jenna
Very pretty words, but I have little faith in their ability to keep to this pledge. We can hope, but I won't be holding my breath over it. Especially not after all the promises congressmen have made over the years that they've turned around and broken once the elections are over.
Originally posted by Misoir
Here's my proposal and it is as simple as one paragraph.
Hand over all businesses not own by individuals over to the workers whom will then create a democratic workers council where they will make decisions with equal say and every worker will have access to the company’s profits determined through the work they contributed. All workers will receive 100% return on everything they contribute since there will be no more employers. Government will return to its constitutionally defined limits and the workers will own the means of production.
Originally posted by Misoir
reply to post by centurion1211
Soviet Union collapsed because it was a top-down bureaucratic tyrannical oppressive regime which tried to manage an entire economy from a single federal level. That form of economics NEVER works and the authoritarian nature of their regime was horrifying. True Socialists fought vehemently against Soviet Bolsheviks and their corruption. They replaced the Capitalist class with a State class where they stole peoples wealth, freedom and democracy and fed them lies.
There was no democratic workers council ever in the Soviet Union, they existed in 1960's Yugoslavia when the economy was pushing 6.1% growth per year, life expectancy reached 72 and the literacy rate reached 91% while unemployment nearly vanished. That was a true Socialist form of economy, not governance since they did not permit freedom, but that all changed in the 1970's when they tried a new form of Socialism which led to inflation and a massive national debt.
Please just read this: en.wikipedia.org...
And if you have the time read this too: en.wikipedia.org...
That should give you a better understanding of what I am talking about and how it is extremely different than any other so-called Socialist model.
edit on 9/22/2010 by Misoir because: (no reason given)
- Give members at least 3 days to read bills before a vote
The Contract with America was introduced six weeks before the 1994 Congressional election, the first mid-term election of President Bill Clinton's Administration, and was signed by all but two of the Republican members of the House and all of the Party's non-incumbent Republican Congressional candidates.
Government and Operational Reforms
On the first day of their majority in the House, the Republicans promised to pass eight major reforms:
require all laws that apply to the rest of the country also apply to Congress;
select a major, independent auditing firm to conduct a comprehensive audit of Congress for waste, fraud or abuse;
cut the number of House committees, and cut committee staff by one-third;
limit the terms of all committee chairs;
ban the casting of proxy votes in committee;
require committee meetings to be open to the public;
require a three-fifths majority vote to pass a tax increase;
guarantee an honest accounting of the Federal Budget by implementing zero base-line budgeting.