Contract with America

Cross-posted at the Brock Log.

In 1994 the Republicans running for House and Senate seats had a grand plan for victory: The Contract with America.

The Contract had several schemes that a Republican majority was going to accomplish within 100 days. Many of the ideas were taken from a speech given by President Reagan during the 1980s.

One of the biggest points in the Contract was the Citizen Legislature Act. The Citizen Legislature Act, if passed, would have installed an amendment to the Constitution of the United States creating term limits (6 terms for the House of Representatives, 2 terms for the Senate).

This is important because many of those Republicans that signed and supported the Contract with America are coming up for reelection into their seventh term in the House or third term in the Senate.

The most important people that signed the Contract with America and are seeking to break that contract are Congressman Walter B. Jones, Jr. (NC-3) and Congresswoman Sue Myrick (NC-9).

If you’re in any those Districts do not vote for these people! They made promises and now they want to break them.

Comments

Lies.

Another example of a lawmaker promising to do something totally within their power, then not doing it. It's called a lie, which makes them...liars. Say it loud, say it proud - Sue Myrick and Walter Jones are liars and they should be ashamed of themselves.

Jesus Swept ticked me off. Too short. I loved the characters and then POOF it was over.
-me

They promised before they were elected.

That IF elected, they would voluntarily step down after 12 years. Someone should find a clip of that, play it in a commercial then say something like

"I guess promises don't matter once big business starts buying you lobster and flying you across the country for golf vacations. It's time to clean out Washington, just like Walter Jones said we should."

Jesus Swept ticked me off. Too short. I loved the characters and then POOF it was over.
-me

Good find, Thomas.

I wasn't aware that both of these Republican hypocrites signed on to the Contract with America. Perhaps some enterprising young lawyers out there will sue their lyin' asses for breaking that contract with We the People.

Read it and weep...

That is if you signed on to this and didn't deliver

  • 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.

I love the 2nd (audit the books), 4th (limited chairmanship), 6th (open meetings) and 8th (honesst finance) - they all are critical weaknesses of the current Rep controlled Congress.

Someone needs to ask Myrick and Jones where they stand on Se. Stevens "secret" hold of a citizen-searchable database of federal expenditures. Or the near infinite hold on chairmanship their folks have. Or where the F%$K are the audits of all the war profiteering /missing money in Iraq/Katrina/etc.?

Citizen Legislature Act

Summary:

This resolution provides for consideration of two joint
resolutions which propose amendments to the constitution limiting
the number of terms members of the Senate and the House of
Representatives can serve. The first joint resolution
(identical to H.J.Res. 38 as introduced in the 103rd Congress)
limits the number of Senate terms to two and the number of House
terms to six. The second joint resolution (identical to H.J.Res.
160 as introduced in the 103rd Congress) also limits Senators to
two terms, but it limits members of the House to three terms.
Under the terms of this resolution, the joint resolution with the
text of H.J.Res. 38 will be debated first and the first amendment
in order will be a substitute consisting of H.J.Res. 160.

Background:

The idea of limiting the tenure of elected officials has recurred
through our history, but it has become more popular in the last
few years. In 1992, 14 states passed initiatives limiting the
tenure of federal legislators. Two of these laws, however, have
been challenged and found unconstitutional in court. The U.S.
Supreme Court will review the ruling by the Arkansas Supreme
Court. Since there is a chance the high court will uphold the
state court's ruling, a constitutional amendment may be necessary
to limit congressional tenure.

CitizenWill
there comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular, but he must do it because Conscience tells him it is right. MLK,Jr. to SCLC Leadership Class

CitizenWill
there comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular, but he must do it because Conscience tells him it is right. MLK,Jr. to SCLC Leadership Class

LTE time

Dear Charlotte Observer Editor,

In 1994, Sue Myrick signed the Republican Contract With America, which among other things called for limiting terms of Congressmen to 12 years total. Which makes it all the more difficult to understand why Ms. Myrick is once again running for Congress.

While Ms. Myrick may not be able to single-handedly enforce all parts of the Contract With America, the part regarding term limits can be done simply and easily. All it takes is keeping her word. I suppose that's too much to ask.