DISCUSS: The GOP’s New Contract with America

DISCUSS: The GOP’s New Contract with America September 30, 2022

In 1994, Congressman Newt Gingrich worked with other Republicans to put together the “Contract with America,” designed to give their a unified message that would lead them to victory in the midterm elections over Bill Clinton’s Democrats.  It did, as both the House and the Senate flipped to Republicans for the first time in 40 years.

Now the Republicans are trying the same strategy.  They hope to unite the different factions in their party with a document entitled The Republican Commitment to America.

Here is the website.  Here are the bullet points, via The Daily Wire:

Commitment to America

An Economy that’s Strong

  • Fight Inflation and Lower the Cost of Living
    • Curb wasteful government spending that is raising the price of groceries, gas, cars, and housing, and growing our national debt
    • Increase take-home pay, create good-paying jobs, and bring stability to the economy through pro-growth tax and deregulatory policies
  • Make America Energy Independent and Reduce Gas Prices
    • Maximize production of reliable, cleaner, American-made energy and cut the permitting process time in half to reduce reliance on foreign countries, prevent rolling blackouts, and lower the cost of gas and utilities
  • Strengthen the Supply Chain and End Dependence on China
    • Move supply chains away from China, expand U.S. manufacturing, and enhance America’s economic competitiveness and cyber resiliency

A Nation That’s Safe

  • Secure the Border and Combat Illegal Immigration
    • Fully fund effective border enforcement strategies, infrastructure, and advanced technology to prevent illegal crossings and trafficking by cartels
    • End catch-and-release loopholes, require legal status to get a job, and eliminate welfare incentives
  • Reduce Crime and Protect Public Safety
    • Support 200,000 more police officers through recruiting bonuses and oppose all efforts to defund the police
    • Crack down on prosecutors and district attorneys who refuse to prosecute crimes, while permanently criminalizing all forms of illicit fentanyl
  • Defend America’s National Security
    • Support our troops, invest in an efficient, effective military, establish a Select Committee on China, and exercise peace through strength with our allies to counter increasing global threats

A Future That’s Built on Freedom

  • Make Sure Every Student Can Succeed and Give Parents a Voice
    • Advance the Parents’ Bill of Rights, recover lost learning from school closures, and expand parental choice so over a million more students can receive the education their parents know is best
    • Defend fairness by ensuring that only women can compete in women’s sports
  • Achieve Longer, Healthier Lives for Americans
    • Personalize care to provide affordable options and better quality, delivered by trusted doctors
    • Lower prices through transparency, choice, and competition, invest in lifesaving cures, and improve access to telemedicine
  • Confront Big Tech and Demand Fairness
    • Provide greater privacy and data security protections, equip parents with more tools to keep their kids safe online, and stop companies from putting politics ahead of people

A Government That’s Accountable

  • Preserve Our Constitutional Freedoms
    • Uphold free speech, protect the lives of unborn children and their mothers, guarantee religious freedom, and safeguard the Second Amendment
  • Hold Washington Accountable
    • Conduct rigorous oversight to rein in government abuse of power and corruption, provide real transparency, and require the White House to answer for its incompetence at home and abroad
    • Save and strengthen Social Security and Medicare
  • Restore the People’s Voice
    • End special treatment for Members of Congress by repealing proxy voting, and increase accountability in the election process through voter ID, accurate voter rolls, and observer access
My questions for this weekend’s discussion:
(1)  If you are a Republican of whatever flavor (MAGA, neo-Con, nationalist, libertarian, pro-business, moderate), could you get behind these proposals?
(2) If you are an Independent or a Democrat of whatever flavor, do you find this platform attractive enough to vote for someone advocating it?
(3)  Whatever your affiliation, do you see anything here to disagree with?
(4)  What is left out that you think should be there?
(5)  Do you think this platform will be effective in rallying voters to the Republican banner?

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