Letter to the Editor
It was just 12 years ago that the Republicans took control of Congress with their Contract with America. In this contract the Republicans pledged to do the following:
“Require all laws that apply to the rest of the country also apply equally to the Congress; select a major, independent auditing firm to conduct a comprehensive 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 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 our Federal Budget by implementing zero base-line budgeting.”
It goes on to say, “This year’s election offers the chance, after four decades of one-party control, to bring to the House a new majority that will transform the way Congress works. That historic change would be the end of government that is too big, too intrusive, and too easy with the public’s money. It can be the beginning of a Congress that respects the values and shares the faith of the American family.”
“Like Lincoln, our first Republican president, we intend to act “with firmness in the right, as God gives us to see the right.” To restore accountability to Congress. To end its cycle of scandal and disgrace. To make us all proud again of the way free people govern themselves.”
So – if you think that the Republicans upheld the contract then reelect them. if not then it’s time to throw the bums out and drain the swamp.