For the last three months the two strongest and most consistent Republican candidate debate performances have come from businessman Herman Cain and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich. Rajjpuut’s preferred G.O.P. ticket is Cain-Gingrich. The current surge in Cain’s popularity shows that Republican voters as a whole are starting to honor TEA Party principles and repudiate the G.O.P.’s former ugly movement toward bigger, more irresponsible government during the G.W. Bush years. Rajjpuut suggests that Herman Cain needs to outline a "platform" and begin to accentuate his ties to the TEA Party’s Contract from America and to educate American voters upon that document’s principles. To that end . . . .
Rajjpuut’s Suggested Herman Cain
“Contract with America’s Voters”
Government is growing too fast, too much, too expensively, too expansively, and too destructively . . . crowding out cherished economic freedoms. This great country will never fulfill its long-run potential to prosper, create jobs and lead the world unless constitutional limits to government are restored. America’s greatness, exceptionalism and historical allure to the oppressed people of Planet Earth is tied to three founding documents the Magna Carta, the Declaration of Independence, and the United States Constitution (and most importantly: within the American Constitution the first ten Amendments known as the Bill of Rights). A Herman Cain presidency will return to these documents as the inspiration and playbook for America’s return to greatness and exceptionalism emphasizing Individual Liberty, Limited Government and Economic Freedom.
While critics of recent Constitutionalist movements (such as the TEA Party) have called these fine Americans “racists,” “haters,” “Nazis,” “devils” and other slurs without any actual evidence to back up their words, these well-behaved and thoughtful citizens have created a 10-point Contract from America which a Herman Cain presidency would be based upon. The first ten of the eleven main principles “PLANKS” of my presidency are based upon the TEA Party Contract from America.
#1 Protect the Constitution:
by requiring each bill to identify the specific provision of the Constitution that gives Congress the power to do what the bill does.
#2 Reject Cap and Trade and all overstepping by the EPA destroying businesses, jobs and incentives:
by stopping all costly new regulations and repealing old regulations that have increased unemployment, raised consumer prices, and weakened the nation’s global competitiveness with virtually no impact on global temperatures; and institute a sensible American energy independence policy.
#3 Pass a Balanced Budget and Citizen Tax Freedom
requiring a balanced budget and a pay-down of the debt and funding of heretofore UNFUNDED liabilities. To preserve balanced budgets for posterity require a 2/3 majority in both the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate to pass tax increases or to run a temporary deficit; but only a simple majority in both chambers to reduce or eliminate taxes; or to eliminate a temporary deficit or to pay-down or eliminate national debt.
#4 Enact Fundamental Tax Reform:
by scrapping 100% of the present tax code and replacing it with a 0-0-9-9-9 tax plan. The 0-0-9-9-9 tax plan means that after the first $20,000 of personal income which is NOT taxed (0%); and all inheritance which is also not taxed (0%). . . institute a 9% personal income tax; a 9% corporate tax; and a 9% capital gains tax. To preserve tax freedom for posterity require a 2/3 majority in both the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate to pass tax increases but only a simple majority in both chambers to reduce or eliminate taxes.
#5 Restore Fiscal Responsibility & Constitutionally-
Limited Government in Washington, D.C.:
by creating a Blue Ribbon taskforce that engages in a complete audit of federal agencies and programs, assessing their Constitutionality, and identifying FRAUD, MALFEASANCE, duplication, waste, ineffectiveness, and agencies and programs better left for the states or local authorities, or ripe for wholesale reform or elimination due to our efforts to restore limited government consistent with the US Constitution’s meaning.
#6 End Runaway Government Spending and eliminate
by pegging the price of Gold in America at $4,000 per ounce and imposing a statutory cap limiting the annual growth in total federal spending to the sum of 1/2 the rate of inflation until the budget is balanced all national debt is eliminated and all now UNFUNDED liabilities are paid for. Once our fiscal house is in complete order, federal spending can be raised by the yearly percent of population growth added to 1/2 the rate of inflation. (Note: by limiting federal budget increases to ½ the rate of inflation, lawmakers will mainly be hurting their ability to spend and not the populace by inflating the currency.)
#7 Defund, Repeal, & Replace Government-run Health
Care and the Dodd-Frank Financial Act:
Repeal the Dodd-Frank Financial Act. Defund, repeal and replace the recently passed government-run health care with a system that actually makes health care and insurance more affordable by enacting national tort reform and 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:
by authorizing 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. Add a 1% tax upon all profits from energy resources which will be set aside for funding green-energy innovation. All green energy innovation grants will be under control of a blue-ribbon committee of responsible scientists and not bureaucrats. Remove the most burdensome of taxes upon; and 100% of subsidies to all energy businesses.
#9 Stop the Pork:
by asking my party to eliminate all earmarks until our nation’s fiscal house is 100% in order; by vetoing ANY bill which contains earmarks placed before me; and then passing a bill into law requiring a ¾ majority in both the Senate and House to pass any bill with earmarks for the future.
#10 Minimize Taxes:
because a revolt against uncontrolled government, uncontrolled spending and irresponsible attacks upon economic freedom has taken place since 1989. No intelligent person NOW trusts Washington and its bureaucracy to be good and responsible stewards of our money who put we citizens, voters and taxpayers first . . . a strong emphasis on constitutional limits and restraints on legislation, spending, taxing government interference and government control of the economy must replace business as usual in the Nation’s Capitol. We must restore and advance the Constitutional-restraint of government championed by Ronald Reagan who ended a debilitating recession and created 20 million jobs.
#11 Re-think and Refine our Foreign Policy:
because America has lost power and prestige around the world in recent times; because Defense and Foreign Aid are such drags upon our nation’s economy; because their appears to be no integrity to recent American actions around the globe . . . we must identify our enemies; identify our friends and allies; strengthen the economic and other bonds with friends; eliminate all foreign aid that is NOT in our national interest and create a new and coherent 21st Century military and foreign policy.
Ya’ll live long, strong and ornery,