Tomorrow, GOP congressional leaders are expected to unveil their long-awaited Contract With America II. Or maybe they’ll decide to be hip and call it Contract With America 2.0!
Personally, I would have avoided the whole “Contract” language, given the obvious comparisons it will draw to a) the original Contract, which Republicans hardly fulfilled, and b) the Contract From America that tea party groups have put together, a name that does a much better job of conveying that the people mad at government right now are looking for politicians who are ready to take the public’s orders — and not to tell them which orders they’d be OK with carrying out and which ones they’ll ignore.
And the man with one of the biggest megaphones on the right, Georgia’s own Erick Erickson, is already warning about one of the public’s orders the GOP is already poised to disregard:
There will be good points we will all love [in the new Contract]. But what will be missing will make it a wasted exercise by a party that still shows little sign of getting exactly why it lost power in 2006.
One of the best examples of how terrible this thing will be is the lack of an earmarks ban. It’s not sexy, but cutting off the gateway drug to big government in critically important. Earmarks have been used by the leadership of both parties to pass every bad piece of legislation in the last several years.
Right now, the House GOP has a conference rule prohibiting earmarks. The Democrats have no such rule. That the GOP is not willing to extend the ban across the aisle via House Rules is a clear sign they really just don’t get it.
While the Illusion with America will surely defund Obamacare and rein in the regulatory zeal of the Obama administration, I hear it will do nothing about already enacted regulations, will have very little in it relating to a pro-family agenda, and most troubling it will most definitely not rein in the federal government itself.
That last bit, which relates directly to earmarks, is the most disturbing. The government should secure our borders. The government shouldn’t be funding abortions. The government shouldn’t be pushing Obamacare. Putting these in Contract 2: Back to Power are such no-brainer issues, you can hardly call them bold or exciting. Republicans have been campaigning on these for a year now. But there are major other areas the government should not be involved in.
Without, at minimum, an earmarks ban and a repeal of the Congressional Budget and Impoundment Control Act of 1974, we are left asking one question: where the hell is the check on government itself, including on a Republican Party whose last foray into the majority saw a number of them hauled off to jail in scandals largely related to earmarks and spending?
Read the whole thing at RedState.com.