Where is the positive?

iVillage Member
Registered: 01-25-2010
Where is the positive?
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Thu, 09-16-2010 - 2:04pm
Where is the positive ideas on how the nation can turn the economy around? Ideology will not fix anything. yet there are real problems to be addressed like reeducation of the workforce. And the lack of infrastructure maintenance,High speed rail. Why are we continuing with the F35 which is already obsolete?
Ideas?
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Registered: 02-28-2010
Tue, 09-21-2010 - 9:22pm
Where's the no more illegal wars that aren't paid for?
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Registered: 01-25-2010
Tue, 09-21-2010 - 4:17pm
Thanks.Can't say I agree with all but some. However it is interesting.
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Registered: 04-04-2001
Tue, 09-21-2010 - 3:45pm

From Wikipedia article on the Tea Party Movement:



Tea Party agenda "Contract from America"

The Contract from America was the idea of Houston-based lawyer, Ryan Hecker. Hecker stated that he developed the concept of creating a grassroots call for reform prior to the April 15, 2009 Tax Day Tea Party rallies. To get his idea off the ground, he launched a website, "ContractFromAmerica.com," which encouraged people to offer possible planks for the contract.









A Tea Party protest in Hartford, Connecticut, on April 15, 2009.


Hecker told The New York Times, "Hundreds of thousands of people voted for their favorite principles online to create the Contract as an open-sourced platform for the Tea Party movement. The agenda had the imprint of everyday citizens every step of the way (in the online voting process.)" Based on the Contract with America authored by Newt Gingrich and Dick Armey, Hecker said the Republicans’ 1994 Contract with America represented the nation’s last intellectual economic conservative movement, but the new list, he said, was “created from the bottom up. It was not crafted in Washington with the help of pollsters."



From the original 1,000 ideas which were submitted, Hecker reduced it to about 50 based on popularity. He then narrowed that list down to 10 items with the help of former House Republican Leader Dick Armey, whose conservative group, FreedomWorks, has established close ties with many Tea Party activists around the country.



Ideas to be included in the contract were proposed and debated on a website designed for that purpose and the resulting statements were voted on online, with 454,331 votes being cast. The resulting document including the vote percentages for the statements included was posted online on April 12, 2010.



The Contract lists 10 agenda items that it encourages congressional candidates to follow:





  1. Identify constitutionality of every new law: Require each bill to identify the specific provision of the Constitution that gives Congress the power to do what the bill does. (82.03%)


  2. Reject emissions trading: Stop the "cap and trade" administrative approach used to control carbon dioxide emissions by providing economic incentives for achieving reductions in the emissions of carbon dioxide. (72.20%)


  3. Demand a balanced federal budget: Begin the Constitutional amendment process to require a balanced budget with a two-thirds majority needed for any tax modification. (69.69%)


  4. Simplify the tax system: Adopt a simple and fair single-rate tax system by scrapping the internal revenue code and replacing it with one that is no longer than 4,543 words – the length of the original Constitution. (64.9%)


  5. Audit federal government agencies for constitutionality: Create a Blue Ribbon taskforce that engages in an audit of federal agencies and programs, assessing their Constitutionality, and identifying duplication, waste, ineffectiveness, and agencies and programs better left for the states or local authorities. (63.37%)


  6. Limit annual growth in federal spending: Impose a statutory cap limiting the annual growth in total federal spending to the sum of the inflation rate plus the percentage of population growth. (56.57%)


  7. Repeal the health care legislation passed on March 23, 2010: Defund, repeal and replace the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. (56.39%)


  8. Pass an 'All-of-the-Above' Energy Policy: Authorize the exploration of additional energy reserves to reduce American dependence on foreign energy sources and reduce regulatory barriers to all other forms of energy creation. (55.5%)


  9. Reduce Earmarks: Place a moratorium on all earmarks until the budget is balanced, and then require a 2/3 majority to pass any earmark. (55.47%)


  10. Reduce Taxes: Permanently repeal all recent tax increases, and extend current temporary reductions in income tax, capital gains tax and estate taxes, currently scheduled to end in 2011. (53.38%)
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Registered: 01-25-2010
Sat, 09-18-2010 - 1:35pm
YEP!
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Registered: 02-28-2010
Sat, 09-18-2010 - 11:05am
and now you see why this boards activity is a "trickle" as in down.
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Registered: 09-03-2010
Sat, 09-18-2010 - 1:46am
And so we've come full circle...where I'll leave you. ; )
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Registered: 01-25-2010
Fri, 09-17-2010 - 3:47pm
What ideas?
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Registered: 09-03-2010
Fri, 09-17-2010 - 2:31pm
You asked where the ideas were...can't help you if you want to ignore them.
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Registered: 01-25-2010
Fri, 09-17-2010 - 3:29am
For what, just another bunch of fools. That want the stupid to see pie in the sky. Liberal,conservative just words without meaning. Can't tell them apart.
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Registered: 09-03-2010
Fri, 09-17-2010 - 1:36am
Go listen to the Republicans.