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The following is taken from the website Contract from America.

We, the undersigned, call upon those seeking to represent us in public office to sign the Contract from America and by doing so commit to support each of its agenda items, work

to bring each agenda item to a vote during the first year, and pledge to
advocate on behalf of individual liberty, limited government, and economic

Individual Liberty

Our moral, political, and economic liberties are inherent, not granted by our government. It is essential to the practice of these liberties that we be free from restriction

over our peaceful political expression and free from excessive control over our
economic choices.

Limited Government

The purpose of our government is to exercise only those limited powers that have been relinquished to it by the people, chief among these being the protection of our liberties by

administering justice and ensuring our safety from threats arising inside or
outside our country’s sovereign borders. When our government ventures beyond
these functions and attempts to increase its power over the marketplace and the
economic decisions of individuals, our liberties are diminished and the
probability of corruption, internal strife, economic depression, and poverty

Economic Freedom

The most powerful, proven instrument of material and social progress is the free market. The market economy, driven by the accumulated expressions of individual economic choices,

is the only economic system that preserves and enhances individual liberty. Any
other economic system, regardless of its intended pragmatic benefits,
undermines our fundamental rights as free people.

1. Protect the Constitution

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 Cap & Trade

Stop costly new regulations that would increase unemployment, raise consumer prices, and weaken the nation’s global competitiveness with virtually no impact on global

temperatures. (72.20%)

3. Demand a Balanced Budget

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

4. Enact Fundamental Tax Reform

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. (64.90%)

5. Restore Fiscal Responsibility & Constitutionally Limited Government in Washington

Create a Blue Ribbon taskforce that engages in a complete 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, or ripe for wholesale reform or elimination due to our efforts to
restore limited government consistent with the US Constitution’s meaning. (63.37%)

6. End Runaway Government 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. Defund, Repeal, & Replace Government-run Health Care

Defund, repeal and replace the recently passed government-run health care with a system that actually makes health care and insurance more affordable by enabling a

competitive, open, and transparent free-market health care and health insurance
system that isn’t restricted by state boundaries. (56.39%)

8. Pass an ‘All-of-the-Above” Energy Policy

Authorize the exploration of proven energy reserves to reduce our dependence on foreign energy sources from unstable countries and reduce regulatory barriers to all

other forms of energy creation, lowering prices and creating competition and
jobs. (55.51%)

9. Stop the Pork

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. Stop the Tax Hikes

Permanently repeal all tax hikes, including those to the income, capital gains, and death taxes, currently scheduled to begin in 2011. (53.38%)

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This Contract is very good, and should be widely distributed.

I would only add a few specific points:

Immediate across-the-board, PERMANENT tax reductions: personal income, capital gains, corporate income, and elimination of “death taxes”.
( Reference the JFK, Reagan, Bush tax cuts and positive economic results! The pie actually grows!)

Enact term limit legislation----2 terms (12yrs.) for U.S Senate, 3 terms (6yrs.) for U.S.Rep.

Abolish all “Czars”-----The President needs to acknowledge Constitutional processes to accomplish his goals.

Remove the “Government” from the automotive, housing, banking, and medical insurance industries.Work to repeal the medical legislation, divest ownerships in industry and banking.( Look what happened to Amtrak and the Post Office!) Start over on medical industry reforms—including Tort reform, and allowing medical insurance purchases across state lines.

Require—no,Demand—that ALL legislators read fully the bills they plan to cast votes on, and be able to dialog with their constituents on specifics of the bills.

Establish a Line-Item-Veto for the President.

Require—no,Demand—that ALL legislators read fully the bills they plan to cast votes on, and be able to dialog with their constituents on specifics of the bills.

Establish a Line-Item-Veto for the President.

Install and enable Congressional oversight –and approval or cancellation- of the arbitrary regulations imposed by all the regulatory agencies in the Cabinet----especially the EPA.

130 Senate and Congressional candidates have signed the Contract from America as of July 10, 2010.
The list of candidates who have signed the Contract from America can be found here.
70 incoming Senators and Congressmen have signed
the Contract from America
as of 1/3/11.

Daniel Dyer said:
The list of candidates who have signed the Contract from America can be found here.
When voting was completed, the top ten planks in the Contract from America were: (1) Protect the Constitution; (2) Reject Cap and Trade; (3) Demand a Balanced Budget; (4) Enact Fundamental Tax Reform; (5) Restore Fiscal Responsibility and Constitutionally Limited Government in Washington; (6) End Runaway Government Spending; (7) Defund, Repeal, and Replace Government-run Health Care; (8) Pass an ‘All-of-the-Above” Energy Policy; (9) Stop the Pork; and (10) Stop the Tax Hikes.

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