I was particularly encouraged by this Contract From America process because, as I told you many times on the air, the
FairTax was ranked as the No. 1 idea by almost a two-to-one margin.
Clearly the people who logged in to this website wanted to see the
FairTax on the Republican agenda.
So ... last night I revisit the Contract From America website to see how the FairTax is doing.
Tomorrow I'm going to be announcing a new and innovative tax protest
that each and every listen and Nuze reader can participate in, and
wanted to see where we stood. Well guess what .... The FairTax had
completely disappeared from the Contract With America website. The page
where you vote on ideas is gone. Now on the home page you'll see a link saying "Choose your Top Ten. Vote here." When you look at the top ten the FairTax is nowhere to be seen.
This is not to say that the ideas presented by the Tea Party Patriots are
bad ... most are very good. But somewhere in that organization someone
made the executive decision that the FairTax would not be a part of
their Contract with America. The votes of the people who visited their
site were largely ignored. The number one idea, the FairTax, was
rejected in favor of what appears to be a flat tax. (See table below)
Just wondering what happened here.
Now .. here's the list from the Tea Party Patriots for their Contract From America. They want you to pick the top ten:DEMAND A BALANCED BUDGET
Begin the Constitutional amendment process to require a balanced budget with a two-thirds majority needed for any tax hike
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.
COMMIT TO REAL GOVERNMENT TRANSPARENCY
Every bill, in its final form, will be made public seven days before any vote
can be taken and all government expenditures authorized by any bill
will be easily accessible on the Internet before the money is spent.
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. (Proposed by: Brooke
Storrs, Midland, MI)
PASS MARKET-BASED HEALTHCARE & HEALTH INSURANCE REFORM
Make 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.
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.
END RUNAWAY GOVERNMENT SPENDING
Impose a statutory cap limiting the annual growth in total federal spending to the sum of inflation rate plus the percentage of population
LET US SAVE
Allow young Americans the choice of opting out of Social Security and
Medicare payroll taxes, creating both real financial security in
retirement through the freedom to own your personal retirement savings,
and reducing the long-term unfunded liabilities of the federal
PROTECT INTERNET FREEDOM
No regulation or tax on the Internet.
GIVE PARENTS MORE CHOICES IN THE EDUCATION OF THEIR CHILDREN
Improve American education by reforming the broken federal role through
eliminating ineffective and wasteful programs, giving parents more
choices from pre-school to high school, and improving the affordability
of higher education.
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
PROTECT FREEDOM OF THE PRESS
Prohibit the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) from using funds to
reinstate the Fairness Doctrine in any form, including requiring
"localism" or "diversity" quotas.
RESTORE FISCAL RESPONSIBILITY & CONSTITUTIONALLY LIMITED GOVT
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
PROTECT PRIVATE PROPERTY RIGHTS
Block state and local governments that receive federal grants from exercising
eminent domain over private property for the primary purpose of
economic development or enhancement of tax revenues.
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.
STOP THE PORK
Place a moratorium on all earmarks until the process is fully transparent, including requiring a 2/3 majority to pass any earmark
AUDIT THE FED
Begin an audit of the Federal Reserve System
NO MORE BAILOUTS
The federal government should not bail out private companies and should
immediately begin divesting itself of its stake in the private
companies it owns from recent bailouts.
STOP CAREER POLITICIANS & CURB LOBBYIST POWER
Begin the Constitutional amendment process to require Congressional term limits.
SUNSET REGULATIONS & ENACT FUNDAMENTAL REGULATORY REFORM
Sunset all regulations in order to eliminate those that are wasteful,
unconstitutional, and ineffective, and place strict limits on the
ability of agencies to create regulations
LET US WATCH
Broadcast all non-security meetings and votes on C-SPAN and the Internet.