Another Bogus Conservative "Contract"

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Another Bogus Conservative "Contract"
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Fri, 04-16-2010 - 10:57pm

How dumb do conservatives think America is?

Remember their famous Contract with America whose promises swept them into power in 1994? They promised, among others, fiscal responsibility and personal responsibility. Within a decade we had a Republican Congress rubber stamping Bush's outrageous deficit spending during a period of economic expansion when we should have been saving like we did under Bill Clinton. And we had Jack Abramoff and a web of Republican corruption in Congress. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Contract_with_America#Content_of_the_Contract In other words, we have a materially breached contract with massive damages to America and no remedy or accountability by Republicans.

Now, after only about a year since Bush and three years since our last Republican majority of wastrels in Congress, we have the "Contract from America" which promises, among others, more fiscal responsibility, balanced budgets, and ending "runaway government spending" and stopping the "pork", i.e. corruption, in Congress. http://www.thecontract.org/ In other words, we have a good case for fraud in the inducement.

This Contract from America is clearly aimed at people who are, to put it as gently as I can, gullible.

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iVillage Member
Registered: 02-01-2010
Fri, 04-16-2010 - 11:49pm
I guess the reason the Dems won't offer a "contract with America" is because they know it would be broken even before they signed it.
iVillage Member
Registered: 02-28-2010
Sat, 04-17-2010 - 1:53am

Nah, Democrats are too smart too introduce a crapper twice - like the Contract "on" America was in 1984......

iVillage Member
Registered: 02-01-2010
Sat, 04-17-2010 - 5:47am
The Dems don't stop at introducing a crapper twice...heck, it's their main platform. The same crap tax and spend morons they were a decade ago is the same tax and spend morons they are today...but they've thrown in a socialist agenda for flavor. It's just pathetic that so many people were fooled by their new packaging.
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Registered: 09-01-2009
Sat, 04-17-2010 - 1:11pm
I cannot wait until Newt uses the term "family values" this time around.

"Taxes are the price we pay for a civilized society."


       Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes

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Registered: 09-07-2009
Sat, 04-17-2010 - 9:07pm

Here is the 1994 contract with America


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


REPUBLICAN CONTRACT WITH AMERICA

As Republican Members of the House of Representatives and as citizens seeking to join that body we propose not just to change its policies, but even more important, to restore the bonds of trust between the people and their elected representatives.


That is why, in this era of official evasion and posturing, we offer instead a detailed agenda for national renewal, a written commitment with no fine print.

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.

Like Lincoln, our first Republican president, we intend to act "with firmness in the right, as God gives us to see the right." To restore accountability to Congress. To end its cycle of scandal and disgrace. To make us all proud again of the way free people govern themselves.

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;
  • SECOND, select a major, independent auditing firm to conduct a comprehensive audit of Congress for waste, fraud or abuse;
  • THIRD, cut the number of House committees, and cut committee staff by one-third;
  • FOURTH, limit the terms of all committee chairs;
  • FIFTH, ban the casting of proxy votes in committee;
  • SIXTH, require committee meetings to be open to the public;
  • SEVENTH, require a three-fifths majority vote to pass a tax increase;
  • EIGHTH, guarantee an honest accounting of our Federal Budget by implementing zero base-line budgeting.

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)

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. (Bill Text) (Description)

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. (Bill Text) (Description)

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. (Bill Text) (Description)

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)

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)

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. (Bill Text) (Description)

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. (Bill Text) (Description)

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. (Bill Text) (Description)

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

Further, we will instruct the House Budget Committee to report to the floor and we will work to enact additional budget savings, beyond the budget cuts specifically included in the legislation described above, to ensure that the Federal budget deficit will be less than it would have been without the enactment of these bills.

Respecting the judgment of our fellow citizens as we seek their mandate for reform, we hereby pledge our names to this Contract with America.





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Registered: 01-24-2010
Sat, 04-17-2010 - 11:51pm

"The same crap tax and spend morons they were a decade ago is the same tax and spend morons they are today...but they've thrown in a socialist agenda for flavor."

This is not a constructive comment.

Let me repeat a few key facts to which you and your conservative friends seem to have no reply thus far.

1. Republicans spend just as much as Democrats.

"The New Era (1970–2003)

The fact that Republican presidents have been bigger spenders than Democratic presidents during the past 34 years startles many people. This is probably a product of people's greater inclination to listen to the rhetoric of the candidates than to pay attention to what winning candidates actually do once they are in office.

Consider the case of Ronald Reagan. He called for cutting back government, but presided over a massive increase in the size and power of government, at least as measured by government spending per capita. Government spending during his administration grew at an average rate of 2.28%, nearly three times as fast as during the administration of Democrat Bill Clinton."

http://www.libertyunbound.com/archive/2004_11/bradford-spending.html

"Perhaps most startling is what’s happened since 1946.
From 1946 to today, Democratic presidents pushed the deficit up by 3.2 percent per year. Meanwhile, Republican presidents increased the budget deficit by 9.7 percent. In other words, since 1946, Republican presidents have outspent Democratic presidents by almost 3 to 1. So much for the party of fiscal discipline."

http://www.todaysfinancialnews.com/politics/republicans-vs-democrats-who-spends-more-3935.html

2. When it comes to government saving at a national level, the Democrats are okay and the Republicans are horrible. Republicans have skyrocketed our debt relative to the size of our economy since Nixon/Ford while Democrats have reduced that ratio, most recently in the case of Clinton quite substantially with Paygo. Yes, Obama appropriately has implemented deficit spending to get us out of Bush's near economic collapse, and so did Bill Clinton before he turned around the economy and helped us to be fiscally responsible and save as a nation.

"Everybody knows that free spending Democrats need to be reined in or they will bust the budget. Republicans are the party of fiscal responsibility while Democrats spend every penny they get, and more. Such has been the conventional wisdom for decades.

There is only one thing wrong with this homily: it flies in the face of the facts. Since the end of the Second World War, every Democratic president has left the national debt smaller relative to GDP than his predecessor. And since Richard Nixon’s second term (completed by Gerald Ford) every Republican has done the opposite, raising the national debt relative to income. There may be no political cliché more blatantly false than the idea that Republicans are fiscally conservative.

George W. Bush—whose tax cuts and spending increases have managed to turn a projected $5 trillion surplus into a $5 trillion deficit—is far from an exception to the fiscal norms of the past 30 years. In fact, both Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush racked up bigger accumulations of debt under their watches than the current president ."

http://www.tcf.org/list.asp?type=NC&pubid=677

3. As even his arch Republican rival admitted, President Obama is not a socialist.

http://www.politicususa.com/en/McCain-Obama-Socialist

More recently, the House Republican Minority Leader said the same thing:

"Gregory persisited: “Do you think the president is a socialist?”

“No!” the Ohio House representative exclaimed.

“But the head of the Republican Party is calling him that,” Gregory insisted.

“I didn’t call him that,” Boeher responded. “I won’t call him that.”"

http://rawstory.com/08/news/2009/09/20/boehner-obama-not-socialist/

So can you do me a favor? Can you please stop the silly name calling and incorrect factual assertions? How about we engage in a civil debate of the real facts and the real record of both parties?

Have a good night friend.

LN

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Registered: 02-01-2010
Sun, 04-18-2010 - 1:06am

<< "The same crap tax and spend morons they were a decade ago is the same tax and spend morons they are today...but they've thrown in a socialist agenda for flavor."

>>> This is not a constructive comment.

It wasn't supposed to be "constructive"...it was supposed to be "descriptive"...accurately "descriptive."

>>> Let me repeat a few key facts to which you and your conservative friends seem to have no reply thus far.

Okey doke! Let's review...

>>> 1. Republicans spend just as much as Democrats.

ROFL!!! Sorry, but after Barry has spent three times, in one year, what Bush spent in eight, that struck me as very funny. And considering the fact that Barry has also spent more in his first year than all previous US Presidents COMBINED it's also complete crap. Next!

>>> 2. When it comes to government saving at a national level, the Democrats are okay and the Republicans are horrible. Republicans have skyrocketed our debt relative to the size of our economy since Nixon/Ford while Democrats have reduced that ratio, most recently in the case of Clinton quite substantially with Paygo. Yes, Obama appropriately has implemented deficit spending to get us out of Bush's near economic collapse, and so did Bill Clinton before he turned around the economy and helped us to be fiscally responsible and save as a nation.

ROFL!!! Sorry, but after Barry has spent three times, in one year, what Bush spent in eight, that struck me as very funny. And considering the fact that Barry has also spent more in his first year than all previous US Presidents COMBINED it's also complete crap. Oh, and to clarify...1) Slick Willy didn't to a thing to turn the economy around...he was the dumbfounded beneficiary of the internet boom and handed Bush an economy in recession...and 2) the economic collapse in 2008 was the direct result of Democrat corruption and social-engineering policies "coming home to roost." Next!

<< "Everybody knows that free spending Democrats need to be reined in or they will bust the budget. Republicans are the party of fiscal responsibility while Democrats spend every penny they get, and more. Such has been the conventional wisdom for decades.

>>> There is only one thing wrong with this homily: it flies in the face of the facts. Since the end of the Second World War, every Democratic president has left the national debt smaller relative to GDP than his predecessor. And since Richard Nixon’s second term (completed by Gerald Ford) every Republican has done the opposite, raising the national debt relative to income. There may be no political cliché more blatantly false than the idea that Republicans are fiscally conservative.

ROFL!!! Sorry, but after Barry has spent three times, in one year, what Bush spent in eight, that struck me as very funny. And considering the fact that Barry has also spent more in his first year than all previous US Presidents COMBINED it's also complete crap. Next!

>>> George W. Bush—whose tax cuts and spending increases have managed to turn a projected $5 trillion surplus into a $5 trillion deficit—is far from an exception to the fiscal norms of the past 30 years. In fact, both Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush racked up bigger accumulations of debt under their watches than the current president ."

Ya gotta love the left's lies and propaganda...as if Bush was spending trillions on socialist programs like Barry and the Dem clown circus instead of spending billions on Democrat supported improvements to national security and to conduct two Democrat supported wars. Too funny!

>>> 3. As even his arch Republican rival admitted, President Obama is not a socialist.

Sorry, but McCain wouldn't even call out Barry on his terrorist friends and corrupt colleagues. As for the others...they're just playing nice. It's pretty much been proven that Barry IS a socialist.

>>> So can you do me a favor? Can you please stop the silly name calling and incorrect factual assertions? How about we engage in a civil debate of the real facts and the real record of both parties?

Name calling? No...the idiot Dems deserve to be called idiot Dems, after all, they've proven they're idiots by their idiotic policies. As for "a civil debate of the real facts and the real record of both parties"...sure as soon as you start using facts instead of drivel from the far-far-left newsletter.

>>> Have a good night friend.

You too.

iVillage Member
Registered: 02-14-2010
Sun, 04-18-2010 - 1:16pm

Hachet job drivel. The articles aren't worth

iVillage Member
Registered: 10-25-2006
Sun, 04-18-2010 - 7:20pm

Gotcha! When a liberal cites specific examples, its "hatchet job drivel". When a conservative does it, the Word is handed down from God and, therefore, the undeniable truth.

Thank God for the holy, humble conservatives who clarify everything for us with their SPECIFIC EXAMPLES!

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Registered: 02-14-2010
Sun, 04-18-2010 - 8:41pm
Posting examples of cherry-picked, misleading information is not 'proving' me wrong, it's proving me right.

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