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The Contract with America Lives
townhall ^ | 3-6-06 | Tim Chapman

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.


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Front Page News; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: 109th; 2006agenda; contractii; contractwithamerica; jebhensarling; mikepence
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1 posted on 03/07/2006 8:58:16 AM PST by Gipper08
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To: Gipper08

Bring back the Balanced Budget Amendment.


2 posted on 03/07/2006 8:58:50 AM PST by GeorgefromGeorgia
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To: SittinYonder

ping


3 posted on 03/07/2006 8:59:14 AM PST by eyespysomething
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To: 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.




And the party big wigs will immediately declase it dead on arrival. C'mon folks what we have now is a two party system. The Big Spenders vs the REALLY big spenders.


4 posted on 03/07/2006 9:00:38 AM PST by trubluolyguy (Islam, Religion of Peace and they'll kill you to prove it.)
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To: Txsleuth; ovrtaxt; Justanobody; Happy2BMe; sam_whiskey; Scholastic; nonliberal; writer33; ...
Tomorrow will be the opening battle for the budget.This v battle could well determine the future of conservatism and the majority or minority party status of the GOP.
5 posted on 03/07/2006 9:01:54 AM PST by Gipper08 (Mike Pence in 2008)
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To: GeorgefromGeorgia

http://www.townhall.com/blogs/capitolreport/TimChapman/story/2006/02/28/188151.html


6 posted on 03/07/2006 9:03:27 AM PST by Gipper08 (Mike Pence in 2008)
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To: Gipper08

Let the pandering begin!


7 posted on 03/07/2006 9:03:56 AM PST by null and void (I nominate Sept 11th: "National Moderate Muslim Day of Tacit Approval". - Mr. Rational, paraphrased)
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To: GeorgefromGeorgia

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.


8 posted on 03/07/2006 9:04:22 AM PST by Gipper08 (Mike Pence in 2008)
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To: Gipper08
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.

Praise the Lord. Somebody up there still gets it.
9 posted on 03/07/2006 9:06:22 AM PST by JamesP81
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To: trubluolyguy

The problem is everybody wants to get rid of pork, except for their own.


10 posted on 03/07/2006 9:06:28 AM PST by dfwgator
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To: Gipper08
Those top ten would be nice, but I think we would need to see a completely new set of politicians in order for it to happen.
11 posted on 03/07/2006 9:07:02 AM PST by cpprfld (Who said accountants are boring?)
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To: Gipper08

Go Mike Go!!!!! If you find out the Bill number could you post it?


12 posted on 03/07/2006 9:10:23 AM PST by MNJohnnie ("Good men don't wait for the polls. They stand on principle and fight."-Soul Seeker)
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To: Gipper08

http://www.scrappleface.com/?p=2200

Contract on America, humor on Democrats version.
Might need it's separate post.


13 posted on 03/07/2006 9:12:00 AM PST by HuntsvilleTxVeteran (“Don't approach a Bull from the front, a Horse from the rear, or a Fool from any side.”)
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To: HuntsvilleTxVeteran

LOL!


14 posted on 03/07/2006 9:15:34 AM PST by Gipper08 (Mike Pence in 2008)
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To: Gipper08
RSC TOP TEN

Securing our borders is curiously missing.

15 posted on 03/07/2006 9:18:33 AM PST by jackbenimble (Import the third world, become the third world)
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To: jackbenimble

THe RSC just fought for and passed a bill putting a wall on our souther border.It is now up to the Senate.


16 posted on 03/07/2006 9:19:33 AM PST by Gipper08 (Mike Pence in 2008)
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To: Gipper08
The battle is going to be whether we spend way too much or way, way too much and none of it will result in addressing the problems such as energy or borders in any meaningful way.
17 posted on 03/07/2006 9:23:16 AM PST by paul51 (11 September 2001 - Never forget)
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To: Gipper08

Ill belive it when I see it..this proposal is most likely DOA


19 posted on 03/07/2006 9:48:32 AM PST by Prysson
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To: Gipper08
I feel energized again. I have something to support other than just killing Islamic fascists.

The Budget cuts that will have to be made will affect a lot of people, but will do wonders for the fiscal health of our country.

I hate it when I read articles like I read in the paper this morning about how the small deficit reduction law just passed is affecting the college loan program. Some college students will have to pay a little longer on their student loans. GIVE ME A BREAK

Budget cuts will reduce subsidies for many programs that amount to middle class welfare. I would rather reduce the size of these programs and balance the budget. However, many people will complain. Remember how Gingrich was taking the food out of the mouths of those poor kids (school lunch program).
20 posted on 03/07/2006 9:57:56 AM PST by GeorgefromGeorgia
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To: Gipper08; Taxman; pigdog; ancient_geezer

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.


21 posted on 03/07/2006 10:14:12 AM PST by EternalVigilance ("..Dubai..the bazaar of WMD components for the world’s rogue regimes.” -Congressman Duncan Hunter)
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To: GeorgefromGeorgia
Bring back the Balanced Budget Amendment.

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.

22 posted on 03/07/2006 10:21:25 AM PST by plain talk
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To: The Mighty Kong
Until a majority of Republicans remember Reagan's "Government IS the problem" attitude, mesures like this are doomed to failure.

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.

23 posted on 03/07/2006 10:33:48 AM PST by paul51 (11 September 2001 - Never forget)
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To: Gipper08
[ The Contract with America Lives ]

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..

24 posted on 03/07/2006 11:04:48 AM PST by hosepipe (CAUTION: This propaganda is laced with hyperbole..)
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To: The Mighty Kong

How about the Dept of the Interior ? Why is the federal government still running the Indians' affairs ?


25 posted on 03/07/2006 11:36:05 AM PST by cinives (On some planets what I do is considered normal.)
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To: HuntsvilleTxVeteran

Agreed! Needs its own thread.


26 posted on 03/07/2006 12:29:51 PM PST by Taxman (So that the beautiful pressure does not diminish!)
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To: eyespysomething
It significantly reduces the size and scope of three federal agencies: Departments of Education, Energy and Commerce

This is music to my ears. Praise the Lord and may they be successful!

27 posted on 03/07/2006 12:40:39 PM PST by SittinYonder (That's how I saw it, and see it still.)
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To: SittinYonder

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1591668/posts?page=8#8

No mention of illegal immigration though.


28 posted on 03/07/2006 12:54:10 PM PST by eyespysomething
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To: eyespysomething
No mention of illegal immigration though.

And you know my response to that.

29 posted on 03/07/2006 1:38:48 PM PST by SittinYonder (That's how I saw it, and see it still.)
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To: GeorgefromGeorgia
Bring back the Balanced Budget Amendment

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.

30 posted on 03/07/2006 1:39:58 PM PST by Ouderkirk (Funny how death and destruction seems to happen wherever Muslims gather...)
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To: Ouderkirk

Yes, and it requires politicians to make tough decisions.


31 posted on 03/07/2006 1:45:38 PM PST by GeorgefromGeorgia
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To: cinives; paul51
While we're on a roll let's go ahead a trim the executive branch back to a State Department, War Department, Treasury Department, and possibly a Department of Justice.
32 posted on 03/07/2006 2:32:20 PM PST by Milhous (Sarcasm - the last refuge of an empty mind.)
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To: Gipper08
Certainly, moderates' knees will tremble in fear at the thought of making hard decisions.

Well we can be certain that Dubya is freaking out... he may actually have to use his veto!!!

33 posted on 03/07/2006 2:35:55 PM PST by Willie Green (Go Pat Go!!!)
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To: trubluolyguy
The Big Spenders vs the REALLY big spenders.

Remind me again, which is which? :)
34 posted on 03/07/2006 2:37:04 PM PST by eraser2005
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To: Gipper08
The Contract with America Lives

Hmmmmmm.... this oughta be called "Contract with America LITE"

Where's the tort reform and term limits???

35 posted on 03/07/2006 2:47:51 PM PST by Willie Green (Go Pat Go!!!)
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To: Willie Green

"Contract with America LITE"

Yes but unlike Newt,these conservatives actually mean what they say.


36 posted on 03/07/2006 2:53:03 PM PST by Gipper08 (Mike Pence in 2008)
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To: Gipper08

Prayers!!!!!


37 posted on 03/07/2006 3:03:33 PM PST by Just mythoughts
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To: Gipper08

Kudos to Pence and his leadership! We need more conservatives like him! He's the next Ronald Reagan!

www.pence08.com


38 posted on 03/07/2006 4:33:07 PM PST by Brian Sears (Time flies like an arrow, and fruit flies like a bannana)
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To: Gipper08

Nice thread.

Glad there's a good man like Pence that hasn't been run-off yet.


39 posted on 03/07/2006 4:47:15 PM PST by CowboyJay (Rough Riders! Tancredo '08)
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We need more men and women like them.


40 posted on 03/07/2006 5:46:50 PM PST by Sun (Hillary Clinton is pro-ILLEGAL immigration. Don't let her fool you. She has a D- /F immigr. rating.)
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To: Gipper08
Pence's heart is in the right place, but unfortunately, even this modest budget-cutting proposal has ZERO chance of getting through this Congress. The revolution of 1994 seems like a million years ago. {Sigh}
41 posted on 03/07/2006 6:05:55 PM PST by Libertarian444
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To: gidget7; Victoria Delsoul; relent_less; Indy Pendance; Conservative Goddess; One Proud Dad; ...
Be sure to see post #8.
If you loved Ronald Reagan and all that he stood for you will most assuredly appreciate the Republican Study Committee's top ten legislative priorities for 2006.
42 posted on 03/07/2006 7:09:20 PM PST by jla (Urge Mike Pence to run for POTUS in '08: http://mikepence.house.gov)
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To: jla

Most excellent, thanks for the ping!!!


43 posted on 03/07/2006 7:13:11 PM PST by yellowdoghunter (I sometimes only vote for Republicans because they are not Democrats....by Dr. Thomas Sowell)
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To: jla; Gipper08
Thanks so much for the ping and for the link as well.
44 posted on 03/07/2006 7:28:10 PM PST by Victoria Delsoul
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To: eraser2005

Remind me again, which is which? :)




I think the good guys are the party against illegal immigration....does that help any?


45 posted on 03/07/2006 7:47:28 PM PST by trubluolyguy (Islam, Religion of Peace and they'll kill you to prove it.)
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To: Gipper08

Good luck with that. Wonder if Bush will veto this or not. The very fact I have to ask this question is sad.


46 posted on 03/07/2006 7:56:01 PM PST by libertarianben (Looking for sanity and his hard to find cousin common sense)
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To: Gipper08

Whoooohooooo Go Mike Pence!

Pence in '08


47 posted on 03/07/2006 7:56:49 PM PST by gidget7 (Get GLDSEN out of our schools!!)
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To: Gipper08

"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.


48 posted on 03/07/2006 8:10:17 PM PST by LibertarianInExile (Freedom isn't free--no, there's a hefty f'in fee--and if you don't throw in your buck-o-5, who will?)
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To: jla; Corin Stormhands; iceskater; Gopher Broke; P8riot; Coop; Flora McDonald; AdSimp; yankhater
"RSC to Release Balanced Budget in Press Conference Tomorrow (3/07/06)"

"Congressman Mike Pence (R-IN), chairman of the House Republican Study Committee (RSC), and Congressman Jeb Hensarling (R-TX), chairman of the RSC’s 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.

49 posted on 03/07/2006 8:31:36 PM PST by relent_less (Strategy for Iraq: Win the War...Win the Peace!)
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To: LibertarianInExile
"To fix the public perception mess they're in, they need to start passing some constitutional amendments, not budgets."

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!

50 posted on 03/07/2006 8:36:20 PM PST by relent_less (Strategy for Iraq: Win the War...Win the Peace!)
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