Newt Gingrich plans to release his new contract with America soon. The original contract with America was an ambitious plan that helped the republicans gain control of both houses of congress. The contract represented an agreement by the Republican Party to pursue the legislative goals of that contract. Most of the candidates for congressional seats endorsed the contract.
Most of the goals of the contract with America were achieved. Notable exceptions to bills passed were term limits and a balanced budget. Many new freshmen congressmen were elected and these people were pivotal in passage of that legislation. Unfortunately as time passed many of the freshmen legislators were either disillusioned by the party political system, or corrupted by it.
Newt Gingrich is still working on his new contract with America and reviews are mixed so far. It does seem to be as ambitious as the first contract, and also includes ideas to improve the economy and create jobs.
Actually folks we already have a contract for America. It is called the United States Constitution and was designed and drafted by the fathers of our country.
What we need are congressmen and a president who will support and defend this contract, as each of them has already sworn to do. We have some really serious offenders in this present government in both political parties. One prominent congress person has called our constitution a scrap of paper, and this entire government has treated it as exactly that; a scrap of paper.
Legislation was passed that no congressman ever read. Was the gigantic health care bill drafted by lobbyists? Who were its authors? This bill was passed in secrecy in back room deals and has been struck down by federal courts as having elements that are unconstitutional.
The president appointed people to fill vital positions in his government and those positions have no credibility under the constitution. Our constitution does not mention Czars; the Russian constitution might. The people who serve in these positions answer only to the president.
Our congress established the EPA and hundreds of other government agencies, and every agency is supposed to be overseen by congress, yet congress has no control over these agencies. The EPA decided to exercise a preemptive strike on the coal fired power plants in this country to just close them down.
The Obama government has guaranteed loans for solar and wind power installations that would provide tens of thousands of jobs, yet the EPA has effectively shut these projects down by regulatory decree. Congress must either provide oversight for these government agencies or disband them.
Most of our problems would be solved if congress would honor our original contract with America, the U.S. Constitution.