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Rush, The Republicans and real bi-partisanship

Posted by foundersfreedom on January 26, 2009

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President O has recommended the Rs quit listening to Rush to get things done in Washington.  The problem is that they haven’t been.  Hence the solid beating they have taken the last 2 cycles.

If it weren’t for Rush, Hannity, Glenn Beck et al helping to get ANY of the base out for the “bi-partisan” McCain it could have been worse than the Reagan-Mondale election.  I had nearly committed to not vote for President at all until McCain engaged his brain and chose one of us as his running mate.  Like her or not, she was NOT the reason McCain lost.  We were voting against a leftist / Marxist and not really for bit less liberal McCain.

Back to Rush.  Rush has been accused of lots of things and those  who don’t listen to him take his tongue-in-cheek statements out of context.  A regular feature of his is to demonstrate absurdity by being absurd. 

No one has been harder on Republicans in the public broadcast media than Rush Limbaugh.  20 million people listen to him every week and many have their voices heard through Rush Limbaugh.  There is no one who more represents middle America than Rush Limbaugh.

Those in the small, but densely populated blue areas (moreso prior to this aberration of an election) don’t understand the middle’s love for America and our total distrust and disdain for the politicians in Washington. Of both parties. 

As recently as 15 years ago, Newt Gingrich and the Republicans won the hearts of Americans in a landslide with their ‘Contract With America’ based on traditional American values of smaller and accountable government.  He wasn’t able to get everything implemented, but it was all brought up for a vote.   Read the list below to see how b-partisan is supposed to look.

What then brings us to where we are now?  The Republicans turned and walked away.  Here’s the Contract With America from Newt’s site.

FIRST, require all laws that apply to the rest of the country also apply equally to the Congress;
Congress has a very long record of exempting themselves from laws. Health care, employment taxes especially and others.

SECOND, select a major, independent auditing firm to conduct a comprehensive audit of Congress for waste, fraud or abuse;
With all the mind-boggling spending going on with the Republicans and Dems it would take an army to do this now.

THIRD, cut the number of House committees, and cut committee staff by one-third;
Right.  My guess is that these have increased. Not a word since 1994. 

FOURTH, limit the terms of all committee chairs;
Not gonna happen – either party.  “We need experienced chairman that know how the sytem works.”  THAT IS THE PROBLEM. They know how to WORK THE SYSTEM. 

FIFTH, ban the casting of proxy votes in committee;

SIXTH, require committee meetings to be open to the public;
The Dems love to expel the public and hold their meetings with the Rs looking in the window, but have the Rs done the same? Probably.  If not, where’s the outcry to rectify the situation? 

SEVENTH, require a three-fifths majority vote to pass a tax increase;
This one’s a little easier because they usually CUT taxes.

EIGHTH, guarantee an honest accounting of our Federal Budget by implementing zero base-line budgeting.
This is where Dems love to call a decrease in increase a cut.

Thereafter, within the first 100 days of the 104th Congress, we shall bring to the House Floor the following bills, each to be given full and open debate, each to be given a clear and fair vote and each to be immediately available this day for public inspection and scrutiny.
This rule was in fact put in place at that time, but just a couple weeks ago was rescinded by Pelosi and company.

THE FISCAL RESPONSIBILITY ACT
A balanced budget/tax limitation amendment and a legislative line-item veto to restore fiscal responsibility to an out-of-control Congress, requiring them to live under the same budget constraints as families and businesses.

THE TAKING BACK OUR STREETS ACT
An anti-crime package including stronger truth-in-sentencing, “good faith” exclusionary rule exemptions, effective death penalty provisions, and cuts in social spending for this summer’s “crime” bill to fund prison construction and additional law enforcement to keep people secure in their neighborhoods and kids safe in their schools.

THE PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY ACT
Discourage illegitimacy and teen pregnancy by prohibiting welfare to minor mothers and denying increased AFDC for additional children while on welfare, cut spending for welfare programs, and enact a tough two-years-and-out provision with work requirements to promote individual responsibility.

THE FAMILY REINFORCEMENT ACT
Child support enforcement, tax incentives for adoption, strengthening rights of parents in their children’s education, stronger child pornography laws, and an elderly dependent care tax credit to reinforce the central role of families in American society.

THE AMERICAN DREAM RESTORATION ACT
A $500 per child tax credit, begin repeal of the marriage tax penalty, and creation of American Dream Savings Accounts to provide middle class tax relief.
They went way beyond this.

THE NATIONAL SECURITY RESTORATION ACT
No U.S. troops under U.N. command and restoration of the essential parts of our national security funding to strengthen our national defense and maintain our credibility around the world.
Any problem with this one?

THE SENIOR CITIZENS FAIRNESS ACT
Raise the Social Security earnings limit, which currently forces seniors out of the work force, repeal the 1993 tax hikes on Social Security benefits and provide tax incentives for private long-term care insurance to let Older Americans keep more of what they have earned over the years.
Done.

THE JOB CREATION AND WAGE ENHANCEMENT ACT
Small business incentives, capital gains cuts and indexation, neutral cost recovery, risk assessment/cost-benefit analysis, strengthening the Regulatory Flexibility Act and unfunded mandate reform to create jobs and raise worker wages.

THE COMMON SENSE LEGAL REFORM ACT
“Loser pays” laws, reasonable limits on punitive damages and reform of product liability laws to stem the endless tide of litigation.

THE CITIZEN LEGISLATURE ACT
A first-ever vote on term limits to replace career politicians with citizen legislators.
Failed on this one.

These are truly bi-partisan in nature and the Republicans took a strong majority which they held for several years after decades of minority status. 

Rush expounds and reminds the Rs on a daily basis as to what they used to stand for when they were in power.  Turning their backs on these very powerful planks and NOT listening to Rush has gotten them where they find themselves today.

Continue at your own risk, Washington Republicans, as you consider selling your soul in the new New Deal being offered in front of you.  If you sell your soul to “get along” and “get things done” don’t think a reversal of fortune is in the offing.

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