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The No Excuses Contract with America

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As the leader of the Fort Walton Beach, FL, Tea Party, I try to stake out a course that seeks to limit the size of government, cut wasteful spending and defend our freedoms.

I hear much hope in Republican circles of taking back at a minimum the House of Representatives in November, and an outside chance at the Senate. Yet, the Republican Party left me around 2005 with their focus on increased spending and expanding government, and ignoring our Constitution.

How will we know if we can trust the Republicans to do the right thing this time around?  The truth is we can’t, unless we make a contract with them.

Republicans in the Florida legislature grew the size of government, funded a new taxpayer subsidized train system, and continue to accept federal stimulus dollars.  How do we know this behavior will suddenly change if they take over in DC?

I have yet to see a concerted Republican effort on what they will actually do if they gain the House, so once again it’s time for the FWB Tea Party to step up and show leadership.  We have to demand performance in advance or once again, it’s our fault for the condition of our great nation.

That is why I am introducing, and asking for YOUR input, on the “No Excuses Contract with America”.

If the Republicans take back the House, let’s demand, in advance of the election, they bring to the floor in the first 100 days:

  • The Fair Tax.  There are 62 Republican co-sponsors.  Let’s see action.  The bill is ready to go and has been well reviewed. 
  • Repeal Obamacare.  You’ve said you were opposed to it, now let’s see it when you are in charge.  So far, we’ve already seen the House Republicans backing away from this.
  • The Wars.  Our Constitution gives the power to Congress to declare War.  Not “ongoing operations” or “war like authorizations”.  Either put the country in a state of war or defund the wars.
  • Your ideas!!  What specifically do you want to see OUR House of Representatives do?

Yes, the President can veto anything the House does.  Yes, the Senate may not pass anything done by the House.  So what?? Let’s see the Senate vote on these items, and let the President to veto them. Let’s see the votes of our Congressmen on your issues!

The House of Representatives was designed to Represent us, the People.  If you read the Federalist papers, the Senate was set up to represent State interests, not the people.  Only the House was designed to represent the people – their angers, passions, hopes and dreams.

There is no filibuster in the House, no “super-majority”.  If you get 218 votes, the measure passes. Period.

I don’t want to hear, “well, we are waiting to take the White House and/or Senate to get that done”.   I don’t want to hear “well, we are cleaning up a mess”.

I say – “the mess exists – you ran for office – what are you going to do about it?”

This is a “No excuses contract”.  If your party controls the House, you can pass whatever you want.  If you have the will to do it.

Every day we wait until 2012 we have more debts, more spending, and less freedoms.  And how do we know the right person is going to be elected?  We don’t. How do we know who will control the Senate? We don’t.  I guarantee a lot of Democrats now wish they had voted for Hillary Clinton in the primary.

What ideas do you want to contribute to this “No Excuses Contract?”  If we don’t hold the new House accountable, who will?  Send me ideas to [email protected] and let’s start building the FWB Tea Party “No Excuses Contract with America”.

Once completed, I will be sending to my Congressman and House Leaders to see if they really walking the walk, or are they just talking the talk?

Henry Kelley

[email protected]