Skip to comments.The Contract with America Lives
Posted on 03/07/2006 8:58:14 AM PST by Gipper08
Tomorrow, conservatives in the House of Representatives, led by Mike Pence and Jeb Hensarling, will introduce a bold budget that is modeled after the fabled mid-90's Contract with America. The conservative alternative will be a challenge to Congressional leadership in that it goes well above and beyong savings sought by the President's budget.
The budget will move beyond the current $75 billion in savings to nearly $700 billion. It significantly reduces the size and scope of three federal agencies: Departments of Education, Energy and Commerce.
The NY Times reports:
The authors of the proposal describe it as a sequel to the Contract With America, which helped catapult Republicans to power in 1994. An outline of the plan says the proposals require "tough choices, but members have expressed a serious desire to do the hard things to save America."
Mr. Bush's push for the line-item veto could benefit from the current scrutiny over the growing practice by lawmakers of inserting spending for pet projects into legislation a practice that has figured into continuing corruption scandals.
House conservatives are smart to bill this as The Contract II. Many of the votes that were there for the first Contract should still be there for the second. This billing also gives disallusioned fiscal conservatives a rallying flag. Like with Operation Offset, look for grassroots support for fiscal posterity to explode.
Republican Leadership would be wise to learn from Operation Offset. The initial indifference leadership should to that effort was overcome by vigorous grassroots support. Then Majority Leader Tom DeLay said there was no fat left to cut in the federal budget. He very soon after found out that he was wrong when many of the RSC proposals were passed into law with the help of House Speaker Dennis Hastert who saw the writing on the wall. Leadership would do well to embrace this new effort from the get-go.
Certainly, it is a tough budget. Certainly Democrats will demagogue it - they always do. Certainly, moderates' knees will tremble in fear at the thought of making hard decisions. But this needs to be done.
Given the future this country faces with exploding entitlement programs like Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid, budgets like this must become the norm. No politician likes making cuts, but if they are serious about relieving the mountains of debt we are currently piling on future generations, they must embrace a budget that calls for tough choices.
Americans will respect Congressmen who make tough choices for sake of the country's future. You just have to explain yourself and stop being ashamed.
Bring back the Balanced Budget Amendment.
Tomorrow, conservatives in the House of Representatives, led by Mike Pence and Jeb Hensarling, will introduce a bold budget that is modeled after the fabled mid-90's Contract with America.
Let the pandering begin!
RSC TOP TEN
1. Make the Tax Cuts Permanent, including the repeal of the marriage-tax penalty and the death tax and pass fundamental tax reform.
2. Pass Budget Process Reform, which includes budgeting for emergencies with a rainy day fund, instituting a sunset commission for federal programs, instituting a constitutional line-item veto, and making the budget resolution carry the force of law.
3. Pass another Deficit Reduction Bill in the form of budget reconciliation, to reign in autopilot spending, which has risen from 25% of all federal spending in 1963 to 54% today, and is expected to reach nearly 60% in 2014.
4. Pass Ethics Reform that requires transparency and earmark reform that permits Members of Congress to strike earmarks on the House floor.
5. Pass the Marriage Protection Amendment, to ensure that marriage, the union of a woman and a man as husband and wife, is not redefined by activist judges.
6. Pass a Balanced Budget Amendment to put our fiscal house in order.
7. Offset all emergency supplemental spending with spending reductions and offset all new programs with simultaneous, equivalent reductions in, or eliminations of, existing programs.
8. Defend the Sanctity of Human Life, which includes banning all human cloning, passing the Unborn Child Pain Awareness Act, promoting ethical adult stem cell research, and preventing federal funding for destructive embryonic stem cell research.
9. Pass Protections for Religious Freedom, such as the Pledge of Allegiance, the Ten Commandments, and religious expression in the public square.
10. Pass legislation that stops the raid on the Social Security Trust Fund and allows Americans to own a Personal Social Security Account.
The problem is everybody wants to get rid of pork, except for their own.
Go Mike Go!!!!! If you find out the Bill number could you post it?
Contract on America, humor on Democrats version.
Might need it's separate post.
Securing our borders is curiously missing.
THe RSC just fought for and passed a bill putting a wall on our souther border.It is now up to the Senate.
Ill belive it when I see it..this proposal is most likely DOA
Nice list. As someone pointed out, securing our borders needs to be included, even though the House did pass a bill already.
Keep it there until we get it done.
Also, sadly missing is fundamental tax reform.
You're just not going to energize a broad spectrum of the electorate without the promise of the elimination of the IRS and the income tax.
People are sick of rearranging the deck chairs of the Titantic.
ha ha ha ha ha ha You have to be kidding. I'll settle for them just slowing down the battleship. Even rearrangement of the deck chairs would be an improvement at this stage.
It's all about pandering, pork and collecting the
Commission campaign donation. The hell with the country and the American people. They have their reelection and retirement to worry about.
No it doesn't.. Americans are basically socialists and are getting more socialist.. Pence is urinating up a rope.. Heroic effort to be sure.. The weight of the academic socialist brain wash (of the prospective leaders) in the countrys colleges ensures a socialist outcome.. Socialism is being capitalized through democracy.. The massive Mexican insurgency encouraged by both MOST republicans and ALL democrats ensures more socialism..
Republican leaders could care less about democrat voter fraud -OR- massive Mexican(and other nationality) insurgencys.. In Washingtom D.C. there is a CONTRACT AGAINST AMERICA by BOTH parties..
How about the Dept of the Interior ? Why is the federal government still running the Indians' affairs ?
Agreed! Needs its own thread.
This is music to my ears. Praise the Lord and may they be successful!
No mention of illegal immigration though.
And you know my response to that.
Have you lost your mind??? the balance budget amendment is bad for several reasons:
1)Makes constitution a programatic document, which it is not.(except for 18th amandment repealed by 21st)
2)make raising taxes a constitutinal issue.
Yes, and it requires politicians to make tough decisions.
Well we can be certain that Dubya is freaking out... he may actually have to use his veto!!!
Hmmmmmm.... this oughta be called "Contract with America LITE"
Where's the tort reform and term limits???
"Contract with America LITE"
Yes but unlike Newt,these conservatives actually mean what they say.
Kudos to Pence and his leadership! We need more conservatives like him! He's the next Ronald Reagan!
Glad there's a good man like Pence that hasn't been run-off yet.
We need more men and women like them.
Most excellent, thanks for the ping!!!
Remind me again, which is which? :)
Good luck with that. Wonder if Bush will veto this or not. The very fact I have to ask this question is sad.
Whoooohooooo Go Mike Pence!
Pence in '08
"Many of the votes that were there for the first Contract should still be there for the second."
BWAHAHAHAHAHAA! Yeah, and I bet they'll vote to impeach Clinton, too!
This is exactly what the Republican Congress should be doing. ..five years ago.
To fix the public perception mess they're in, they need to start passing some constitutional amendments, not budgets. Still, this is better than nothing.
"Congressman Mike Pence (R-IN), chairman of the House Republican Study Committee (RSC), and Congressman Jeb Hensarling (R-TX), chairman of the RSCs Budget and Spending Taskforce, together with other RSC members will introduce a balanced budget based on the 1995 Contract With America budget tomorrow."
Mike Pence rocks...I think he'd work well as George Allen's Veep in '08.
Not necessarily, imho...you know what would shock the political world? What if the GOP proposed to spend less money next year than they are spending this year. No inflation adjustments, no baseline budgeting...we're just gonna spend less in '07 than we're slated to spend in 2006.
It's just crazy enough to work...lol!