We Need a New Contract With America
The GOP simply cannot win on running against ObamaCare. We cannot repeal it because we will not have a veto-proof majority. But, we an put a dent in things. We can take our country back with a positive, pro-active Contract with America.
This is about winning hearts and minds, and appealing to a broad spectrum of people. De-stress the cultural and go for the financial. Remember, it’s the economy stupid.
In no particular order of importance:
- End the culture of corruption in Washington. Stress Democratic corruption and cover-up of that corruption.
- Bring back very serious transparency in government.
- Listen to constituents
- Require monthly town halls
- Require tabulations of voter calls on an issue
- Campaign finance reform (serious stuff)
- Require everyone in Legislative and Executive branches to buy into Ocare.
- Realistic limits on lobbyists.
- End earmarks
- Balance budge Amendment to the Constitution.
- Balance budget
- Line item veto
- Control spending
- Support for NASA, high tech
- Drill here drill now
- End dependency on foreign oil
- Support war on terror
- Support our vets
- Require 20% cut of all personnel from every agency except those in national security.
- Roll back punitive government regulations
- Flat income tax – cut income tax
- End death tax
- End capital gains tax
- Set corporate taxes at a lower, more competitive rate
- Delete much of IRS power
- Tort reform
- Eliminate punitive medical malpractice suits
- Eliminate punitive lawsuits against small business
- Require attorneys in this country to do 50% of their business as pro-bono
- Stress law reforms to help people who cannot get legal help – do unto lawyers what they have done to doctors
- Biometric voter ID Cards with finger-print and photo
- Eliminate federal matching funds for all elections except POTUS
- GOP version of health care reform – make changes
- Reign in out of control governmental agencies
A few of these ideas would cause conservatives to have conniption fits and spasms, but The Pink Flamingo would like to suggest these people shut up and use their heads for once.
CAMPAIGN FINANCE REFORM
Let’s approach it a little differently. Instead of limiting contributions, let people donate what ever they want.
Limit campaign spending instead.
One of the reasons people cannot run for office is the obscene amount of money it causes very good men and women not to run. If a reasonable limit is placed on House & Senate races, say a million bucks, it will give anyone a chance. Doesn’t matter how much corporate, PAC, or in-kind donations go into a campaign, it just cannot total over a specific amount.
Put limits on local races, state races, and the POTUS race.
Require all donations to come from Registered American Voters. NO foreign donations.
BIOMETRIC VOTER ID CARD
This would be a cool idea. In order to vote in Federal (POTUS, Senate, House) one must have a bio-metric voter ID card. Before you start screaming 666, think about it. Your finger print and photo must be on a laminated card. Use a bar-code that is the same as your social security number. There is NO possible way such a card can be issued on the same day as the election. It would go a very long way to eliminating voter fraud.
TAX CUTS & BALANCED BUDGET AMENDMENT
Do you realize how darn much damage the GOP could do to Ocare and the Dem plans with a balanced budget requirement? It is possible that we have never been so close to a balanced budged amendment to the Constitution. That is the BEST way to stop Ocare. You can spend it if you don’t have the money.
National flat tax
End death tax
End capital gains tax
Slash corporate taxes
Cut power of the IRS
Cut small business taxes
Recognize the fact that the best way to create jobs is to lower taxes. The best way to salvage what is left of our economy is to lower taxes and to balance the budget. If we do not have the money we do not spend it (save for national security). No Bucks No Bama Spending
LEGAL & TORT REFORM
Any reasonable person knows one of the two reasons health care is so expensive is mal-practice insurance. If we were to put limits on such things, and to set strict guidelines for punitive damages medical costs would be cut. Instead, have reforms within the medical community to seriously discipline physicians, hospitals, and nurses who make a habit of mal-practice.
The Pink Flamingo has NEVER heard anyone complain about their lack of health insurance. The complaints are about the quality, portability, and about the lack of dental insurance. BUT, one of the things I have heard repeated, over and over, is the fact that normal people who truly need legal assistance cannot afford it.
Perhaps we need strict pricing guidelines for lawyers. I know of several families who are in serious danger of losing everything, not because of the lack of medical insurance, but because of punitive harassment from the legal system. There is no need for a lawyer to charge $100 to read or send an email.
It is possible you may find more people suffering and more families destroyed because of either the lack of legal services or absolutely out of control legal fees than you will ever find destroyed because of lack of health insurance. The average person today cannot afford to even contact an attorney, let alone retain one. People are prey for collection agencies, home-owner’s associations, out of control regulations, you name it.
STRESS CONSTITUENT SERVICES
One of the beautiful way to seriously do damage to the Dems is to go after their complete lack of constituent services and the way they were so tone deaf during the Ocare debate. Make our GOP candidates sign a pledge to do townhalls at least once a month. Make them accountable to calls coming into an office about a specific hot button subject.
GO FOR THE CORRUPTION JUGULAR
Go after Democratic corruption like a pit-bull. Never stop. Keep at it.
NEVER FORGET – IT’S THE SPENDING STUPID
It’s the spending stupid. The Dems have destroyed our economy. We are broke. Stress the fact that every single non national security spending program must be cut or de-funded until we can balance our budget. Do it quick and dirty.
Do the whole doom/gloom thing when it comes to out of control spending.
Require all Federal agencies to cut back at least 20% – all but national security. Require a hiring freeze, and an elimination of at least 20% of Federal employees, primarily through attrition. Stress Federal pay cuts, shorter hours, and pay freezes. Require all Cabinet level agencies to live within specific requirements. Do a rotating Federal work-week where people only do 4 days. Eliminate all over-time (except for national security). Force the Federal government to live like a small business, with all the problems.