04-15-2010, 09:49 PM
Here is the basic platform being adopted by the Tea Party. Pretty difficult to argue against any of their points. I particularly like the one that would force congress to include in all legislation the actual constitutional basis where they have authority to pass a law in the first place!
<span style='font-size: 14pt'><span style="color: #000000">The Contract from America
We, the undersigned, call upon those seeking to represent us in public office to sign the Contract from America and by doing so commit to support each of its agenda items, work to bring each agenda item to a vote during the first year, and pledge to advocate on behalf of individual liberty, limited government, and economic freedom.
Our moral, political, and economic liberties are inherent, not granted by our government. It is essential to the practice of these liberties that we be free from restriction over our peaceful political expression and free from excessive control over our economic choices.
The purpose of our government is to exercise only those limited powers that have been relinquished to it by the people, chief among these being the protection of our liberties by administering justice and ensuring our safety from threats arising inside or outside our country’s sovereign borders. When our government ventures beyond these functions and attempts to increase its power over the marketplace and the economic decisions of individuals, our liberties are diminished and the probability of corruption, internal strife, economic depression, and poverty increases.
The most powerful, proven instrument of material and social progress is the free market. The market economy, driven by the accumulated expressions of individual economic choices, is the only economic system that preserves and enhances individual liberty. Any other economic system, regardless of its intended pragmatic benefits, undermines our fundamental rights as free people.
1. Protect the Constitution
Require each bill to identify the specific provision of the Constitution that gives Congress the power to do what the bill does. (82.03%)
2. Reject Cap & Trade
Stop costly new regulations that would increase unemployment, raise consumer prices, and weaken the nation’s global competitiveness with virtually no impact on global temperatures. (72.20%)
3. Demand a Balanced Budget
Begin the Constitutional amendment process to require a balanced budget with a two-thirds majority needed for any tax hike. (69.69%)
4. Enact Fundamental Tax Reform
Adopt a simple and fair single-rate tax system by scrapping the internal revenue code and replacing it with one that is no longer than 4,543 words—the length of the original Constitution. (64.90%)
5. Restore Fiscal Responsibility & Constitutionally Limited Government in Washington
Create a Blue Ribbon taskforce that engages in a complete audit of federal agencies and programs, assessing their Constitutionality, and identifying duplication, waste, ineffectiveness, and agencies and programs better left for the states or local authorities, or ripe for wholesale reform or elimination due to our efforts to restore limited government consistent with the US Constitution’s meaning. (63.37%)
6. End Runaway Government Spending
Impose a statutory cap limiting the annual growth in total federal spending to the sum of the inflation rate plus the percentage of population growth. (56.57%)
7. Defund, Repeal, & Replace Government-run Health Care
Defund, repeal and replace the recently passed government-run health care with a system that actually makes health care and insurance more affordable by enabling a competitive, open, and transparent free-market health care and health insurance system that isn’t restricted by state boundaries. (56.39%)
8. Pass an ‘All-of-the-Above” Energy Policy
Authorize the exploration of proven energy reserves to reduce our dependence on foreign energy sources from unstable countries and reduce regulatory barriers to all other forms of energy creation, lowering prices and creating competition and jobs. (55.51%)
9. Stop the Pork
Place a moratorium on all earmarks until the budget is balanced, and then require a 2/3 majority to pass any earmark. (55.47%)
10. Stop the Tax Hikes
Permanently repeal all tax hikes, including those to the income, capital gains, and death taxes, currently scheduled to begin in 2011. (53.38%)
Get involved. Sign the Contract. Join the movement. Make sure your voice and your priorities are heard. Together, we can and will make a difference.</span></span>
<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Quote:</div><div class="ubbcode-body">I particularly like the one that would force congress to include in all<span style='font-size: 20pt'> <u>legislation</u></span> <span style='font-size: 17pt'>the actual constitutional basis where they have authority to pass a law in the first place!</span> </div></div>
<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Quote:</div><div class="ubbcode-body">All <span style='font-size: 20pt'><u>legislative</u> Powers herein granted shall be vested in a Congress of the United States</span>, which shall consist of a Senate and House of Representatives </div></div>
Anything else you don't understand about the USCON?
Does it mention crack cocaine or meth amphetamine in the USCON?
NO! So......... why can't you buy your rocks at WalMart?
According to you, Govt doesn't have the right to declare these substances illegal, do they?
<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Quote:</div><div class="ubbcode-body">Legislation is regarded as one of the <span style='font-size: 14pt'>three main functions of government, which are often distinguished under the doctrine of the separation of powers</span>. Those who have the formal power to create legislation are known as legislators; a judicial branch of government will have the formal power to interpret legislation (see statutory interpretation); the executive branch of government can act only within the powers and limits set by the law.
That was incredibly lame even by your incredibly lame standards.
Read the entire document and get back to me.
04-16-2010, 07:34 AM
Q...here's a simple concept that even you should be able to get. Congress is given the task of writing and passing laws. It is given to them in the constitution. At the same time, the laws that they pass are required to meet the limits and standards also set in the constitution.
For example, if Congress wanted to pass a law forcing every person in the country to purchase a product, they would be required to include in that law where the constitution gives them that authority. If they can't find it, then they probably shouldn't be passing the law, and it would become an issue for individual states to address. That is the way the constitution is written.
See how easy it is???
Apparently complete accountability is more troublesom than passing a 3000 page health care bill that nobody could be bothered to read and understand.
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