DividedByZero (dividedbyzero) wrote in live_n_let_live,

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Contract with who ?!?

So my memory got jogged today by NPR on the topic of the Contract with America. Remember that? It's what Newt Gingrich assembled to make great media bites to get Republican control back in the House. And it worked. It didn't help that Clinton was floundering during that period.

Of course, when I go back and revisit it, it sure hasn't been fulfilled. Of course, we aren't going to bring that up in the mainstream media, are we ? Not when the Republicans are doing such a bang up job with the country, right ? My comments are in italics...

From http://www.house.gov/house/Contract/CONTRACT.html

"This year's election offers the chance, after four decades of one-party control, to bring to the House a new majority that will transform the way Congress works. That historic change would be the end of government that is too big, too intrusive, and too easy with the public's money. It can be the beginning of a Congress that respects the values and shares the faith of the American family. "

On the first day of the 104th Congress, the new Republican majority will immediately pass the following major reforms, aimed at restoring the faith and trust of the American people in their government:

FIRST, require all laws that apply to the rest of the country also apply equally to the Congress;

Hrm. Not sure how this is fairing in reality. There's always been a double standard for the rich and powerful.

SECOND, select a major, independent auditing firm to conduct a comprehensive audit of Congress for waste, fraud or abuse;

They may have selected a firm...but I daresay there's still a lot of waste, fraud, and abuse. I wonder if this is ongoing and if there's a public report ? I confess that I haven't explored that.

We're going to skip onward because I haven't researched to see what the status is on three through eight.

Thereafter, within the first 100 days of the 104th Congress, we shall bring to the House Floor the following bills, each to be given full and open debate, each to be given a clear and fair vote and each to be immediately available this day for public inspection and scrutiny.

1. THE FISCAL RESPONSIBILITY ACT: A balanced budget/tax limitation amendment and a legislative line-item veto to restore fiscal responsibility to an out- of-control Congress, requiring them to live under the same budget constraints as families and businesses. (Bill Text) (Description)

I can't even keep a straight face talking about this. Of course, I'm sure the war on terror will be blamed for budget imbalances. But the tax rollbacks couldn't have come at a worse time and damage the ability to balance the budget.

We're skipping two and three...two because I don't know the status and three because that one actually doesn't seem horrid, all things considered. And four actually seems like a good idea, so we'll keep moving.

5. THE AMERICAN DREAM RESTORATION ACT: A S500 per child tax credit, begin repeal of the marriage tax penalty, and creation of American Dream Savings Accounts to provide middle class tax relief. (Bill Text) (Description)

I think having a tax credit for each child sets a bad precedent. Why encourage population growth ? We don't need it. I do agree with the marriage tax penelty repeal, though. But the latest tax relief went mostly towards the upper middle class and wealthy.

6. THE NATIONAL SECURITY RESTORATION ACT: No U.S. troops under U.N. command and restoration of the essential parts of our national security funding to strengthen our national defense and maintain our credibility around the world. (Bill Text) (Description)

Either be in the UN or don't. It seems so bizarre to be a member and to constantly kick sand in its face.

We're skipping seven, too because it's agreeable.

And others because I'm tired now... :)

10. THE CITIZEN LEGISLATURE ACT: A first-ever vote on term limits to replace career politicians with citizen legislators. (Description)

This is the big one. Where is this ? Meet the new boss...same as the old boss...

I don't think we'll ever truly solve a lot of our problems until we have term limits. And not just term limits, but prohibition against holding any elected office for X years after holding any elected post at the federal level.

Anyone else want to weigh in here ? This is a half assed look at this. Anyone that's actually more tuned in and knowledgeable want to build it up or tear it down ?
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