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In 1994, Newt Gingrich and House Republicans offered the voters of the United States the “Contract with America.” After the Democratic Congress and President Clinton over-played their political hand in 1993-94, Republicans were swept into power in Washington. This success lasted at least until 2003, when the “Bush Tax-Cuts” were enacted, but when the growth of government began with earnest.
The Contract with America promised that on the first day of their majority in 2005, the Republicans would hold floor votes on eight reforms of government operations:
While unfortunately forgotten by free-spending Republican Congresses between 2003 and 2006 (when Democrats won major victories in the House and Senate), the Contract was a major success in bringing about government and economic reforms.
So perhaps it is time for Republicans to propose a new Contract with America. They would need a Newt-like leader to advocate for it. I’d propose my own district’s FairTax-supporting John Linder, but unfortunately he is not the charismatic man that Congressman Gingrich was. Perhaps Mike Pence or some other Republican with a strong track record for real conservatism could lead the effort.
So here are some proposed legislative or rule changes that I’d like to see voted on the first day of the 112th Congress in a new Contract with America:
These are just ideas, and some may not be palatable to every Republican, or to the moderate voters that Republicans wish to woo while still holding-on to traditional conservatism. At the least, I think they should be considered for a vote.
Many of the ideas would be opposed by President Obama, but that could work to his detriment. If Americans elect Republicans to a majority based upon these promises, the President would be ill-advised to strongly oppose them. It may force him to actually respect Republican ideas, instead of claiming bi-partisanship and ignoring conservatives and libertarians while steam-rolling liberal legislation through Congress.
I’m just brain-storming here. Anyone else have ideas?