Hey, GOP: It's Time for Contract With America 2.0
Strong statement of principles could win more seats this year
By Harry Kimball, Newser Staff
Posted Jan 25, 2010 12:44 PM CST
Newt Gingrich.   (AP Photo)

(Newser) – Republicans will probably gain seats this year by doing nothing, Matt Lewis writes for Politics Daily. But if the GOP wants a real victory, it should take a page from Newt Gingrich’s playbook and come up with Contract with America, version 2.0, "a promise that if Republicans are given control of the Congress, the following acts will be brought to a vote in the 112th Congress." Lewis has some ideas on what those acts should be:

  • The American Health Care Act: a promise to repeal any aspects of ObamaCare that are enacted, while passing reform that aligns with conservative principles.
  • The e-Congress Act: to diminish the corrupting power of Washington, certain votes should be held electronically to keep legislators at home more often.
  • The Energy Independence Now Act: "up the ante" by proposing 100 new nuclear plants and immediate drilling in Federal lands
  • The Strong National Defense Act: "an explicit resolution that an Iranian nuclear weapon is a casus belli justifying regime change, by force if necessary."
  • The Science and Final Frontiers Act: put a man on Mars by 2019 and make curing cancer the "nation's top national health priority."
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Jan 26, 2010 12:43 PM CST
@Cornelison - OK. You've made a good point. When the GOP was in power, they spent like drunken sailors. No question about it. It was shameful. But now apply your fiscally responsible reasoning to the BIGGEST SPENDING EVER in 2009 and EVEN MORE in 2010. The Dems want to increase the debt ceiling by nearly 2 TRILLION!!!! What say you?
Jan 26, 2010 12:37 PM CST
What happened to all those jobs that they promised once NAFTA was passed? It seems like its been downhill ever since the 1980's.
Jan 26, 2010 12:35 PM CST
Hi LReyes. The "family values" issue seems to fill the gap where their constructive ideas should be. They borrow money in order to cut taxes. They could cut taxes if they drop Medicare, Medicaid, social security & emergency relief to the states. Watch what Texas & the southern States do when a bad hurricane hits.