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 Contract with America - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The Contract with America was a document released by the Republican Party of the United States during the 1994 Congressional election campaign.
The Contract with America was introduced six weeks before the 1994 Congressional election, the first mid-term election of President Bill Clinton's Administration, and was signed by all but two of the Republican members of the House and all of the Party's non-incumbent Republican Congressional candidates.
The Contract was revolutionary in its commitment to offering specific legislaion for a vote, describing in detail the precise plan of the Congressional Representatives, and marked the first time since 1918 that a Congressional election had been run broadly on a national level.
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 The Contract With America
Calling it a contract was brilliant: President Clinton, the enemy, the other (actually, he is mentioned more with pity than with malice in the document) is perceived by the public as untrustworthy, unfaithful, a breaker of compacts and promises.
But a contract is a document agreed to by both parties, and a good contract unambiguously sketches out the four corners of the deal it describes, leaving nothing significant unsaid.
The Contract With America has a chapter on supporting families (the dangerous words "family values", so evocative of the 1992 campaign, are not used).
www.spectacle.org /295/contract.html   (943 words)

 The Contract with America: Implementing New Ideas in the U.S.
Thus, the third leg of the conservative revolution in post-World War II America is represented by the Contract With America and the election of a clear conservative majority in the U.S. House of Representatives.
The Contract's lineage can be traced back to the 1980 election campaign when most of the Republican candidates for federal office similarly stood on the steps of the Capitol in early October of that year and promised to support tax cuts, a strong national defense, and reductions in federal spending.
Politically, the Contract found a particularly receptive audience in the elections in the fall of 1994 because of a combined disenchantment with the existing Congress and the widespread view of a lack of leadership being provided by President Bill Clinton in the White House.
www.heritage.org /Research/PoliticalPhilosophy/HL549.cfm   (3804 words)

 A *Real* Contract with America
The last successful effort to nationalize Congressional races in a nonpresidential year came in 1994, when Newt Gingrich and movement conservatives unfurled their Contract With America and shocked themselves by gaining fifty-four seats to take control of Congress, ending forty years of Democratic rule.
Gingrich's Contract With America was a notably cynical document.
Gingrich was able to pull off the Contract in 1994 partly because Republicans were ready to try anything after four decades in the minority.
www.ourfuture.org /onmessage/borosage/20051024_boro_cwa.cfm   (1763 words)

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A recent analysis by two former Treasury Department officials projects the policies in the Contract with America would"boost the near term annual growth rate by 2 percentage points" and "by the year 2000, annual GDP would be $1.1 trillion higher than otherwise".
The Contract with America is an honest effort to provide a positive agenda It is unfortunate that the Clinton Administration has, in standard form, has opted for misinformation rather than rising to the challenge of intellectually debating the issues raised by our ten bills.
Our Contract with America agenda was put together by everyone you see here today, working together to draft common sense legislation to address the many real problems where government can play a proper role.
www.udel.edu /htr/Psc105/Texts/contract.html   (2480 words)

 TAP: Vol 14, Iss. 9. A Contract with America's Youth. .   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-07)
We see this contract as something of a first stab at what is needed.
America needs to show resolve in the face of terrorism, and to do so as part of a global community so that our young men and women stationed abroad are emissaries of democratic values, not unwelcome invaders.
America's foreign policy cannot be separated from the lives of younger Americans, for it is young men and women who fight and die in war.
www.prospect.org /print/V14/9/contract.html   (733 words)

 Prentice Hall Documents Library: Contract with America (1994)
It is the reality of every family in America, and it is, in part, because of a flawed economic policy and plan that was put in place in the 1980`s - a plan that proved to be an economic disaster for this country.
The proposals in the contract are simply a recycling of the hollow promises from 1981: large tax cuts, defense spending increases, and a balanced budget.
The contract proposed specific legislation to limit government and hold it accountable to the people; to promote economic opportunity and individual responsibility for families and businesses; and to maintain security both at home and abroad.
cwx.prenhall.com /bookbind/pubbooks/dye4/medialib/docs/contract.htm   (9904 words)

 BTC News » Red Tom: “Contract on America = Magna Carta”
When the The Contract with America was issued in September of 1994, it presented clearly defined positions on issues of concern to the American people.
Just like the Magna Carta, the Contract brought several pieces of legislation to the floor, triggering a fundamental alteration of the balance of power between the King and his subjects, or at least the rich ones.
And here’s the preamble to the Contract on America:
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 Contract With America: 100 Days   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-07)
The House's single-minded passage of the Contract's provisions (with the unfortunate and sloppily-handled exception of term limits) was an exhilarating interval in recent political history.
The Contract's greatest legacy may be that it reversed the rising tide of antagonism that had severely eroded Washington's goodwill with the American public.
The Contract and the GOP's takeover of Congress have led Washington to discuss seriously the abolition of the income tax, the closing of at least four Cabinet departments, and a balanced budget by 2002.
www.policyreview.org /summer95/thnewt.html   (4697 words)

 NewsMax.com: Commentmax Archives   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-07)
Just as vague were the Contract's 10 planks or bills, which the signers promised to introduce and vote on within the first 100 days, each bill having a catchy conservative title.
The foregoing has been a brief introduction to Third Way betrayals found within the Contract With America, a right-of-center approach which appealed to the right even as it legislated to the left, with but one design in mind, to radically alter or replace the U.S. Constitution.
Historically, the Contract With America will someday be remembered for what it truly was and is, a blind-side attack on constitutional conservatism, more fittingly catalogued as a Contract On America.
newsmax.com /commentmax/get.pl?a=2001/8/20/224127   (3040 words)

 Cruise and CruiseTour Contract - Holland America Line Inc.   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-07)
Although this contract refers to Owner, HAL and the HAL Companies as "we" and "us," no Owner or HAL Company shall be liable for the acts or omissions of any other Owner or HAL Company or with respect to the services provided or to be provided by any other Owner or HAL Company.
Except as otherwise set forth, this contract shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the general maritime law of the United States; to the extent such maritime law is not applicable, it shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of the State of Washington (U.S.A.).
Any additions, deletions or other alterations to, or waivers of any term of, this contract which are purported to have been made by us and which have not been agreed to in writing by the President of HAL will not be legally binding upon us.
www.hollandamerica.com /policies/cruise.do   (3927 words)

 Contract with America - dKosopedia
The Contract with America was the brainchild of Newt Gingrich as an election ploy used during the 1994 House election campaign.
Commonly referred to by opponents as the Contract on America.
Contract With America: 10 Years Later by Fri Jan 14th, 2005 at 02:52:57 EST Devilstower
www.dkosopedia.com /wiki/Contract_with_America   (175 words)

 WorldNetDaily: Return of 'Contract with America'?   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-07)
Seeking to revive the once-heralded Republican "Contract with America," a group of GOP lawmakers is offering an alternative budget that allows American families "to keep more of their own money and spend it on their own priorities rather than Washington's."
The 1994 "Contract With America," introduced six weeks before the congressional election, was touted as a "detailed agenda for national renewal" designed to "restore the bonds of trust between the people and their elected representatives."
Republicans credited the Contract with helping the party gain a majority in the 104th Congress after 40 years of Democratic control.
www.worldnetdaily.com /news/article.asp?ARTICLE_ID=49170   (554 words)

 MyDD :: Do the Democrats Need a Contract with America?
Twelve years after the Contract With America and the staggering GOP sweep, architects of the storied manifesto concede it played a more mythical than material role in victory.
What is at issue is the public perception of the "Contract" as a response to the circumstances at the time, and those circumstances were of course different in 1980.
At best the contract with America was brandished symbolically by the Gingrich crowd, and I am of the opinion that had the internet been more developed at that point (I believe I first used mosaic in 1995) we would probably have seen a negative impact from the Contract.
www.mydd.com /story/2006/4/8/163056/9671   (3848 words)

 Ten Candles for the 'Contract'
Thus, on Sept. 27, 1994, the Contract With America was born.
The Republican House was not able to pass all the Contract into law, mostly due to obstructionism in the Senate and by President Clinton.
But congressional Republicans fulfilled the Contract, and were able to run on a new slogan in 1996: "Promises made, promises kept." The American public confirmed its endorsement of limited government by voting in another Republican majority, marking the first time Republicans held onto back-to-back majorities in Congress since 1928.
www.freedomworks.org /informed/issues_template.php?issue_id=2099   (1316 words)

 GOP's broken Contract With America | TPMCafe
The Contract with America was rooted in 3 core principles:
The Democratic party should stop worrying about coming up with their own version of the "Contract with America" and should instead focus on encouraging promising candidates to run in as many districts as possible.
The beauty of the "Contract with America" was that in "ten commanments" style, simple and to the point, it addressed some of the ills that the nation percieved or would be consistently told about.
www.tpmcafe.com /story/2005/11/28/225327/92   (1213 words)

 Kerry Introduces Contract with America's Middle Class...   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-07)
The second priority in Kerry's contract is putting the economy and the government back in-line with our values - the same values families live by every day when they work hard, pay their bills and do right by their families and their country.
Kerry said his plan will help middle-class families and make America stronger by creating 10 million jobs with a proven strategy built on a simple principle: reward work, make sure Americans have a chance to work, and get ahead when they do.
Noting that he cannot build a stronger America by himself and reminding his audience of America's long tradition of service, Kerry said he will ask every citizen across this country to live up to their responsibility to give back and serve.
releases.usnewswire.com /GetRelease.asp?id=29291   (603 words)

 Government, Law and Society: Contract on America
MYTH: The "Contract With America" is needed to cut the deficit.
According to a table "Cost Estimates for 'Contract with America'" released by the Republican-controlled House Budget Committee, the Contract will increase the deficit by $147.9 billion over 5 years.
Despite what we are led to believe by the Rush Limbaugh show, people are not as meanspirited as the proposals in the "contract." We must awaken and organize the now-silent majority who support compassionate and constructive spending by the government.
eserver.org /govt/contract.html   (1270 words)

 David Brin's Official Web Site: "Should Democrats Issue a New "Contract with America"?" (article)
Take the Republican Contract With America that Newt Gingrich and the first wave of neocons used with startling effectiveness in 1994, during their drive to seize control of Congress.
Certainly, none of today's GOP Congressional leaders would be caught dead mentioning the words "Contract With America." In part, because they remember the punishment that they implicitly accepted, if they were to betray their promises.
Exceptions must come from a single pool, no larger than one tenth of a percent of the discretionary budget, and must be placed in clearly marked and severable portions of a bill, at least two weeks before the bill is voted upon.
www.davidbrin.com /contract.html   (4693 words)

 WorldNetDaily: America's Broken Contract
Many theologians believe one reason for America's unprecedented blessing is due to the original contract that our forefathers made with God.
That original contract was dated November 11, 1620 and was made by the Pilgrim passengers of the Mayflower.
Husbands and wives don't even honor the contract they made with each other much less the ones they made to pay their bills and keep their commitments.
www.worldnetdaily.com /news/article.asp?ARTICLE_ID=12800   (384 words)

 Contract For America   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-07)
I would rip the veil of secrecy off the Cheney Energy Task Force as to who was in attendance and what was discussed that day.
Since I have known about Bridas Corporation and their contracts with Turkmenistan, Pakistan and Afghanistan to build the TAP (Trans-Afghanistan Pipeline) since 1999, we would get to the bottom of what our real policy was and why we attacked Afghanistan to take over that pipeline.
This is a battle about the future of America and all that we love.
www.rense.com /general68/contract.htm   (1403 words)

 Amazon.fr : Winning the Future: A 21st Century Contract with America: Livres en anglais: Newt Gingrich   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-07)
According to former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, America currently faces five threats that could undermine, if not eliminate, the United States if immediate steps are not taken to correct them.
He also calls for tripling the size of America's intelligence community, reforming its election system, developing a more intelligent health care system that creates jobs and increases quality of life, and balancing the federal budget.
As Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives (1994-1998), Gingrich was the prime mover and shaker behind the 1994 Contract with America that ushered in GOP dominance in Congress.
www.amazon.fr /Winning-Future-Century-Contract-America/dp/0895260425   (622 words)

 Citizen's Contract With America - 2005 by Mike Rogers
This contract is based on the Republican Contract With America.
Even more important, it is necessary to understand today that a restoration of the bonds of trust between the people and their "elected" representatives is an impossibility.
B) The citizens of the United States of America pass a federal tax increase by a three-fifths majority vote.
www.lewrockwell.com /rogers/rogers126.html   (1199 words)

 MyDD :: Most House GOPers Bail on Contract with America
As Alexander Bolton reported this past week for The Hill a whopping 58 percent of the House GOP caucus voted against a budget based on the hallowed Contract with America.
Like the House GOP budget of '95, the "Contract with America Renewed" budget proposed by conservatives this month sought to slash federal spending, place caps on Medicare payments, shift Medicaid payments to block grants and significantly restructure the Departments of Energy, Commerce and Education.
The CWA has been thrown into sudden relief of course by Hastert's recent strenuous protestations for special rights for Congressmen regarding warranted searches of their offices, violating the first of the CWA's pledges.
www.mydd.com /story/2006/6/3/19341/64164   (1595 words)

 Jeff Aldrich & Tony Fabrizio on Electionson National Review Online
Sixty-eight percent thought that legally binding employment contracts with the voters that state that a candidate, if elected, will make good on specific campaign promises within a defined length of time — or not run again — was a “good idea.” Of course, the American voter isn’t naïve.
This contract idea may be the next phase in a decades-long quest for accountability that began, and continues, with candidates’ signing pledges.
Such a contract could be posted on the Internet and used to recruit volunteers, raise money, and drive turnout.
www.nationalreview.com /comment/aldrich_fabrizio200511290826.asp   (879 words)

 'Values voters' call for congressional action - Nation/Politics - The Washington Times, ...   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-07)
A summit of evangelical Christians and conservative Catholic and Jewish activists yesterday produced a "Values Voters' Contract with Congress," an outline of what the religiously minded expect their elected representatives to bring about in the near future.
The "contract" was released at a "War on Christians and the Values Voters in 2006" conference at the Omni Shoreham Hotel, where speakers painted a gloomy picture of a war by "neo-pagans" against "values voters" for about 300 listeners.
Five Jewish speakers on one of the afternoon panels seemed unconcerned by other speakers' rhetoric about "losing Christian dominance of America" by noting that their safety depends on the existence of evangelicals.
www.washingtontimes.com /national/20060327-101943-9837r.htm   (484 words)

 Beyond the Contract
News: The Republican "Contract with America" is a popular exercise meant to divert attention from their real agenda: deep cuts in many programs that Americans rely on--from poultry inspections to health research.
Each tenet of the 10-item contract has its own hole, and the entire course is a fun, popular, and largely diversionary exercise meant to satisfy middle-class sensibilities.
But the contract is no more an agenda for governing America in a new way than playing miniature golf is a way to play real golf: Instead, it diverts attention from the Republicans' real agenda.
www.motherjones.com /news/feature/1995/03/garrett.html   (2811 words)

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