WASHINGTON -- Thousands of protesters descended on the nation's Capitol for April 15 tax deadline protests as activists offered up a new "Contract From America" aimed at using the winning formula of the 1994 Republican revolution while also developing a direction for the burgeoning movement.
The document was created by compiling votes of visitors to the contractfromamerica.org, website to propose and vote upon an agenda. Their results are not a list "handed down from on high by old-bull politicians, but one handed up from the true grassroots in this country."
In less than two months, half a million votes were registered and the Contract from America has now been shaped into a blueprint designed to serve notice to public officials about what the people want for their future.
When the votes of more than 443,000 were cast, the top ten planks in the contract included:
(1) Require each bill to identify its constitutional authorization
(2) Defund, repeal, and replace government-run health care
(3) Demand a balanced budget
(4) End runaway government spending by imposing a statutory cap limiting growth in federal spending
(5) Enact fundamental reform to simplify and lower taxes
(6) Create a Blue Ribbon task force that engages in a complete audit of federal agencies and programs
(7) Reject cap-and-trade
(8) Pass an “all of the above” energy policy
(9) Stop the 2011 tax hikes
(10) Stop the pork
If by some miracle, cap-and-trade becomes law, (Cap-and-trade is scheduled to be considered by the Senate this April,) or, more likely, if politicians short-circuit the legislative process and the administration enacts it as a regulation to be overseen by the EPA, your taxes, fees, and costs are projected to increase by $2,000 - $4,000 per year once fully implemented.
Government spending is out of control. Spending is off the chart. Regulatory agencies are rampantly adopting rules and regulations that will have a decidedly negative impact upon virtually every aspect of your life in the future. Why should any of this matter to you? Future decisions will affect your financial well-being and your retirement, not to mention those of your children and grand children. What can you do? Be vigilant, do your research, and contact your congress persons and voice your opinions.