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09-21-2010, 07:41 PM
I'm sure an announcement like this would be welcomed by both parties-- for GOP unity and for some significant written tidbits for the Democrats to argue against. I suggest the Republicans come up with a different name than "Contract With America". Nostalgia for failure isn't what the party wants.



House GOP's 'governing agenda': a 2010 Contract With America?
House Republicans are set to release a 'governing agenda' Thursday, outlining their priorities should they take control after the 2010 election.

For months, pundits have been comparing this election with 1994, when Republicans took back control of Congress and gained 54 seats in the House of Representatives. Can they do the same this November, with the public mood seemingly turned against Democrats and incumbents?

Comparisons with Newt Gingrich’s 1994 “Contract With America” are inevitable; that document was also released six weeks before the election (on Sept. 20) and set forth eight reforms the GOP backed and 10 bills lawmakers promised to bring to the floor should they be elected.

The Republicans' victory – and the resurgence of the conservative movement – became closely linked to the contract.

No details are available about this year’s document, which will be announced at a hardware store in Sterling, Va. – a contrast with the Capitol-steps signing ceremony that accompanied the Contract With America release – but it is supposed to contain about 20 points. It’s likely to include a repeal of President Obama’s health-care-reform and economic priorities, including reining in spending and emphasizing job creation.

At least in part, the agenda is fueled by public input, via “America Speaking Out,” an Internet project that solicited ideas earlier this year.

So will this election be 1994 redux?

The polls have not been in Democrats’ favor. Two weeks ago, Gallup polls showed the biggest “generic” lead for Republicans – 51 percent to 41 – in 60 years of polling. And most pundits – including Charlie Cook’s political report – are predicting House Republicans will gain the 39 seats they need to take control, though few are predicting anything like the 1994 rout.

But not everything is bad news for Democrats. That Gallup poll may have been an aberration. This week, the poll shows a virtual tie in the generic ballot: 46 percent favoring Democrats versus 45 percent for Republicans.

And a Senate takeover, which once seemed likely, probably become more of an uphill battle for the GOP in the wake of Christine O’Donnell’s primary win in Delaware.

While Thursday’s agenda may be Republican lawmakers’ attempt at creating a new Contract With America, it’s unclear just who in the fractured party is taking up the leadership role that Newt Gingrich held in 1994. John Boehner, the Ohio congressman and minority leader who will be the likely speaker in a Republican House, is the one option. But Representative Boehner seems an uncomfortable spokesman for the direction the party is headed, and has already caused a stir within with his statement that he’d be open to a compromise on tax cuts.

On Monday, President Obama gave his view of the election, when asked whether he would debate Boehner before the election, as President Bill Clinton did with Gingrich 16 years ago.

“I think that it’s premature to say that John Boehner’s going to be speaker of the House,” Mr. Obama said at a CNBC town hall meeting.

09-22-2010, 05:14 PM
Cliff Note Version here ..... Actual Text of the Pledge to America below Cliff Note Version

Cliff Notes from CBS News

CBS News has obtained a final draft of House Republicans' legislative agenda for the next Congress, a 21-page "Pledge to America" that they will formally unveil Thursday morning at a Virginia hardware store.

"The need for urgent action to repair our economy and reclaim our government for the people cannot be overstated," the introduction says.

It continues: "With this document, we pledge to dedicate ourselves to the task of reconnecting our highest aspirations to the permanent truths of our founding by keeping faith with the values our nation was founded on, the principles we stand for, and the priorities of our people. This is our Pledge to America."

For a breakdown of the document, check out "Pledge to America: The New Republican Agenda," by CBS News Senior Political Producer Jill Jackson. Below are some highlights, and the full document is at the bottom.


- Stop job-killing tax hikes

- Allow small businesses to take a tax deduction equal to 20 percent of their income

- Require congressional approval for any new federal regulation that would add to the deficit

- Repeal small business mandates in the new health care law.

Cutting Spending:

- Repeal and Replace health care

- Roll back non-discretionary spending to 2008 levels before TARP and stimulus (will save $100 billion in first year alone)

- Establish strict budget caps to limit federal spending going forward

- Cancel all future TARP payments and reform Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac

Reforming Congress:

- Will require that every bill have a citation of constitutional authority

- Give members at least 3 days to read bills before a vote


- Provide resources to troops

- Fund missile defense

- Enforce sanctions in Iran


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09-22-2010, 07:28 PM
Reforming Congress:
- Will require that every bill have a citation of constitutional authority
Nice but I expect to be betrayed again in a couple of years.

- Enforce sanctions in Iran
Yup! The Tea Party has been hijacked and infiltrated. This has nothing to do with our defense. This is totally at odds with the original Tea Party movement.
You can't have fiscal conservative while ginning up for another war while we're already in two fronts.

09-22-2010, 07:32 PM
Just expect some good gridlock instead. I don't want to see y'all dissappointed. Like the line where they plan to repeal Obamacare but REPLACE it with something else.

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