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Contract From America - Tea Party Cheat Sheet (DRAFT) by [deleted]

Contact from America - Tea Party

This is a draft cheat sheet. It is a work in progress and is not finished yet.

We, the unders­igned

We, the unders­igned, call upon those seeking to represent us in public office to sign the Contract from America and by doing so commit to support each of its agenda items, work to bring each agenda item to a vote until all items are passed, and pledge to advocate on behalf of individual liberty, limited govern­ment, and economic freedom.

Individual Liberty

Our moral, political, and economic liberties are inherent, not granted by our govern­ment. It is essential to the practice of these liberties that we be free from restri­ction over our peaceful political expression and free from excessive control over our economic choices.

Limited Government

The purpose of our government is to exercise only those limited powers that have been relinq­uished to it by the people — chief among these being the protection of our liberties by admini­stering justice and ensuring our safety from threats arising inside or outside our country’s sovereign borders. When our government ventures beyond these functions and attempts to increase its power over the market­place and the economic decisions of indivi­duals, our liberties are diminished and the probab­ility of corrup­tion, internal strife, economic depres­sion, and poverty increases. Economic Freedom

The most powerful, proven instrument of material and social progress is the free market. The market economy, driven by the accumu­lated expres­sions of individual economic choices, is the only economic system that preserves and enhances individual liberty. Any other economic system, regardless of its intended pragmatic benefits, undermines our fundam­ental rights as free people.




1. Protect the Consti­tution
Require each bill to identify the specific provision of the Consti­tution that gives Congress the power to do what the bill says.
2. Reject the EPA’s Overreach
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.
3. Demand a Balanced Budget
Begin the Consti­tut­ional amendment process to require a balanced budget with a two-thirds majority needed for any tax hike.
4. Enact Fundam­ental Tax Reform
Adopt a simpler, flatter, and fairer tax system by scrapping the internal revenue code and replacing it with one that is easily unders­tan­dable. Eliminate the death tax and cut the capital gains tax.
5. Restore Fiscal Respon­sib­ility & Consti­tut­ionally Limited Government in Washington
Execute a full indepe­ndent audit of federal agencies and programs. Assess their Consti­tut­ion­ality, and identify duplic­ation, waste, ineffe­cti­veness. Determine which agencies and programs are better left to the states or local author­ities to reform or eliminate, and restore limited government consistent with the US Consti­tution.
6. End Runaway Government Spending
Impose a statutory cap limiting the annual growth in total federal spending that balances the budget within 10 years.
7. Defund, Repeal, & Replace Govern­men­t-run Health Care
Defund, repeal and replace the recently passed govern­men­t-run health care with a system that actually makes 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.
8. 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 creating compet­ition and jobs.
9. Stop the Pork
End all earmarks.
10. Protect American’s Privacy
Protect Americans’ privacy, including data and any other records from government intrusion by prohib­iting and criminally punishing any private or political use of data gained or distri­buted by government officials.
11. Stop Uncons­tit­utional Executive Branch Power
Develop a plan to sunset federal regula­tions and limit the Executive Branch’s power, which has grown substa­ntially over the past decade.