An idea whose time has come?

Since Newt’s been in the news, and a friend insists that the Contract with America was in fact a good idea, I thought I’d throw it up for interests sake.

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.
2. THE TAKING BACK OUR STREETS ACT: An anti-crime package including stronger truth-in- sentencing, “good faith” exclusionary rule exemptions, effective death penalty provisions, and cuts in social spending from this summer’s “crime” bill to fund prison construction and additional law enforcement to keep people secure in their neighborhoods and kids safe in their schools.
3. THE PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY ACT: Discourage illegitimacy and teen pregnancy by prohibiting welfare to minor mothers and denying increased AFDC for additional children while on welfare, cut spending for welfare programs, and enact a tough two-years-and-out provision with work requirements to promote individual responsibility.
4. THE FAMILY REINFORCEMENT ACT: Child support enforcement, tax incentives for adoption, strengthening rights of parents in their children’s education, stronger child pornography laws, and an elderly dependent care tax credit to reinforce the central role of families in American society.
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.
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.
7. THE SENIOR CITIZENS FAIRNESS ACT: Raise the Social Security earnings limit which currently forces seniors out of the work force, repeal the 1993 tax hikes on Social Security benefits and provide tax incentives for private long-term care insurance to let Older Americans keep more of what they have earned over the years.
8. THE JOB CREATION AND WAGE ENHANCEMENT ACT: Small business incentives, capital gains cut and indexation, neutral cost recovery, risk assessment/cost-benefit analysis, strengthening the Regulatory Flexibility Act and unfunded mandate reform to create jobs and raise worker wages.
9. THE COMMON SENSE LEGAL REFORM ACT: “Loser pays” laws, reasonable limits on punitive damages and reform of product liability laws to stem the endless tide of litigation.
10. THE CITIZEN LEGISLATURE ACT: A first-ever vote on term limits to replace career politicians with citizen legislators.

Here’s the page I found this on. The links to more information still work.


3 replies on “An idea whose time has come?”

This reaffirms my position that Newt Gingrich is the smartest Republican of my lifetime. I don’t agree with everything he says, in fact I am really against a lot of the social engineering in #s 3, 4 and 5, but can you imagine how much better things would be in America right now if our president had pursued these goals with as much fervor as he has pursued war in Iraq, increasingly executive power, legislating science and removing Constitutional authority over prisoners?

It would be a much nicer place to live.

It’s amazing. And I think it points out where we need to go. I have apprehensions about many of these goals, but they are largely differences of priorities. Looking through this list reminds me that there are serious people with whom I seriously disagree that are not evil.

The guy who supports these goals and the guy who supports the Democrats’ first hundred hours initiatives (actually if you follow the link, the Contract has a similar list of must do legislation) are two guys who should talk in the public forum. We should elect one of them based on which approach is most appealing given our current situation. Then adjust our actions based on the result of initial efforts.

This Democracy stuff can surely work.

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