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David G
11-18-2018, 02:46 PM
1994, and the R's - running on a reform platform - won both houses of congress. It was a Very Big Deal at the time. Some say it was the inflection point that led to the Republican party of today, the Tea Party, and the national embarrassment of Trump as president. I'd say it was not THE major pivot... but it was certainly one of them.

The 'contract' - and the chief agitators Armey and Gingrich - promised several things. It's worth looking back to see how these 'reformers' did. You can judge for yourself. Were they sincere... or was it just another modern-day Republican flim-flam job? --



require all laws that apply to the rest of the country also apply to Congress;
select a major, independent auditing firm (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Big_Four_auditors) to conduct a comprehensive audit (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Audit) of Congress for waste, fraud or abuse;
cut the number of House committees, and cut committee staff by one-third;
limit the terms of all committee chairs;
ban the casting of proxy votes (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Proxy_voting) in committee;
require committee meetings to be open to the public;
require a three-fifths majority vote to pass a tax increase;
guarantee an honest accounting of the Federal Budget (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_budget_process) by implementing zero base-line budgeting (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zero-based_budgeting).


For more, and some conservatives evaluation -- https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Contract_with_America

Canoeyawl
11-18-2018, 03:25 PM
The only thing concrete change that I see is a reduction in corporate taxes, and social services.

"Flim-flam" is understatement, that was a full on confidence trick. The reds were duped...

"a distinctive species of fraudulent conduct, . . . intending to further voluntary exchanges that are not mutually beneficial,​

Too Little Time
11-18-2018, 04:39 PM
Considering that a Congress cannot pass laws that bind future a future Congress ...

I am also not sure how many in Congress agreed to that "contract," but it was not enough to get the votes. Not much different than any other campaign.

S.V. Airlie
11-18-2018, 04:44 PM
Considering that a Congress cannot pass laws that bind future a future Congress ...

I am also not sure how many in Congress agreed to that "contract," but it was not enough to get the votes. Not much different than any other campaign.It wasn't a contract to make into a law, it was or seems to have been an agreement that a majority of Republicans agreed with! I didn't hear anyone, Republican, say anything about opposing it!

SMARTINSEN
11-18-2018, 10:12 PM
Newt bears direct responsibility for the fracture of polity in this country with his no holds barred disparagement of political opponents as hateful and unpatriotic enemies.

webishop14
11-18-2018, 10:37 PM
That was not a contract with America. That was Newt Gingrich's Contract ON America.

CK 17
11-18-2018, 11:12 PM
I’ve seen pundits suggest that democrats should follow Gingrich’s lead on this. They ran on healthcare. They have no hope of passing it with a republican senate and trump in the White House. They should still pass it in the house and then point out to the world that the senate and WH are holding it up, just like Gingrich did. I’m all for a progressive contract with America.

Osborne Russell
11-19-2018, 02:37 PM
Considering that a Congress cannot pass laws that bind future a future Congress ...

As the name suggests, it's a contract with America. America promises to vote Republican. Republicans promise to do X.

skuthorp
11-19-2018, 03:13 PM
The GOP is no more, it's the Trump Party…...
https://www.nationalreview.com/videos/mcconnell-rejects-vote-on-bill-to-protect-mueller/