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Republicans are going back to their '90s playbook as Election Day approaches, planning to unveil a new "Contract With America."

A GOP spokesman told The Hill that House and Senate Republicans will introduce the new compact on Thursday in Virginia. The document will showcase the GOP's agenda should the party be restored to power on Capitol Hill.

GOP leaders have already hinted at some of the ideas that could be included. According to The Hill:
House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio), for instance, has called for a two-year freeze in tax rates and a reduction in spending to 2008 levels. President Obama and Democratic leaders want to extend most tax cuts, but would raise taxes on families with incomes above $250,000 annually and individuals who earn more than $200,000 a year.

Also in the contract could be a push for repeal of the president's health care reform law and a drawback of Wall Street reform rules.

John BoehnerDemocrats welcomed the plan, mocking Republicans for announcing it with less than two months to go before the election.

"Washington Republicans are finally getting around to releasing an agenda for this Congress. What's shocking is that it took them more than 20 months to repackage a plan that's no different from the one that caused the Great Bush Recession," Doug Thornell, a spokesman for Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, told The Hill.

The original contract, unveiled by Republicans in 1994, is said to have helped the party gain control of Congress for the first time in 40 years.

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Carlos

Well let me see! The Republicans already broke one contract. As soon as they got the White House and control of Congress they forgot the other contract. Now they want us to sign up for another without telling us what is in it. As President Bush once said "you fool me once, uh shame,uh you just can't fool me again" It's really easy to say "cut spending", but try telling us what it is you want to cut. Defense? Medicare? Social Security? Those are the big number budget items. The Republicans wont raise taxes they say. Something has to give if you are to reduce the deficit. Back to 2008 spending? That was the largest deficit in our history. And, it got us into the Bush recession. What about some answers to how the Republicans plan to create jobs? I have not heard of any plans other than cut taxes. Repeal health care? They cannot do that even if they win in November. They will not have a super majority in the Senate and they cannot overcome a veto. And what if they did? What is their solution to the problem? Let the free market take care of it? Or pass a law to make the states allow insurance to be puchased across statelines? Oh wait-aren't they the ones who are saying the Commerce clause overeaches and that they champion the Tenth Amendment(Sates Rights)?

September 21 2010 at 11:48 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
oldman1410

They release their plan when there is no chance the Congressional Budget Office can evaluate the economic affect it will have. They can make wild claims about what it will do and Fox News and Rush Limbaugh will claim it will solve all our problems. Proof of what the Republicans will do is in the results the country got from Reagannomics and Bush's tax breaks for the rich. Bush increased the National Debt $4.9 trillion and no complaints from the Republicans. He borrowed the money to pay for two wars and the tax breaks from China. Wall Street is now giving 70% of their money to Republicans. They used to give it to the Democrats but didn't get what they wanted. They know the Republicans will help the rich get richer and the poor get poorer. That is what they did under both Reagan and Bush. One in seven Americans are now below the poverty line and the middle-class has lost 5% of their net worth in the last ten years. If the Republicans get control of the House they will block funding for any of the Obama breaks for the middle-class.

September 21 2010 at 11:11 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
lgnu

Less tax for the wealthy, less regulation of wall street, cutting spending to 2008 levels (does that include our armed forces in Afghanistan, I bet not). Its pretty clear what segment of the population Republicans represent, and it sure isn't the guys on main street. You tea partiers looking to the republican party for help in a recession aren't going to find it there.

September 21 2010 at 10:45 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
mahrmach

This is the mistake most in the media make, That the RINOs in the senate are the GOP. THEY ARE NOT. The vast majority of Republicans and Americans are common sense Conservatives. The GOP has been infiltrated by progressives that are little more than Democrate Lite. But NO MORE. Not all Democrates are liberal progressive but many are. The Democratic party is now HOME to the liberal poision that infects OUR country. Common sense has left the Democratic Party long ago and was leaving the Republican as well till the losses of the last elections and the pull of the Tea Parties snapped the GOP back to it's roots. We are the last best hope for this country. We believe in the power and wisdom of the founding fathers and the Reagan dream of the shining city on the hill. We tea party people want to rebuild that gleaming city on the hilltop. The liberals want to drag us all down into the depths & darkness of the valley. After all to them fairness is a common shared misery. Why should anyone person be allowed to prosper by his own hand and talents and hard work while the slakers suffer. To the Dems Fainess dictates that the fruits of our hard work should be all given to the government so Obama and his croonies can lift the slackers slightly out of the muck while they themselves live in the palaces of state. What Obama and his like don't yet understand is the huge differance between a ruler and a leader. What I can't wait for is the day he learns the meaning of UNEMPLOYED personally. He had his shot. Now lets get him and his buddies the hell out of there!!

September 21 2010 at 7:49 AM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply
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Carlos

Oh Brother! There must be somethin in that tea. Tell me Marmach---How are you going to cut spending?

September 21 2010 at 11:52 AM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
garyrjas

So which is the party of Wall Street? Simply read the platform: a drawback of Wall Street reform rules. Aren't the reform rules what the American people wanted? Reform Wall Street? So the republicans would get rid of that. Any third grader can figure out what they want is to go back to what got us in this mess in the first place. People who support this must have a very short memory span.

September 21 2010 at 7:33 AM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply
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sadams8174

Again the regulation was there but no enforcement. That was the resposibility of the Democratic controlled Congress , since 2006. They controlled what was investigated, not the Republicans or Bush. The Democrats said everything was fine in Freddie and Fannie, when in reality the backing of bad loans by these 2 giants , controlled by the Democrats Frank and Dodd was the epicenter of the failure of our economy. When warned they did nothing, they let this happen to the citizens.

September 21 2010 at 8:47 AM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply
S321Saint

Democrats took over Congress in 2006, up till then there was no recession. But month after month, since President Bush was elected, democrats in congress and those appointees by clinton/gore, aided by left wing media, kept pushing for liberal policies, deriding EVERY single Bush policy. Every attempt by Bush to be reach across the aisle was rebuffed. Policies that democrats allowed to pass came to fuitition. Recession came a year AFTER democrats took over Congress. They refused to make housing reform, but allowed Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to fail--simply to get elected. As the recession deepened, more liberal policies, guaranteed to keep those hurting dependent on govt handouts. Then of course, lets not forget jumping on a disaster (Gulf oil spill), making it worse (moratorium) destroying the economy of a Republican stronghold....hmmmmmm anyone wonder why Mr Inept (President Obie)'s approval ratings are so low?

September 21 2010 at 7:33 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
bopaan

People this Country is in deep trouble. The blame is Congress both parties. Bush policies and spending were bad, Obama's are twice as bad. Obama has taken Bush policy and put them on steroids. Our Government is out of control. They no longer listen to or work for the people. They work for special interest and anyone who can get them re-elected. They have put us in such debt that even if they raised taxes to 85% at the top, 65% middle income and 25% on the poor we could not sustain the spending much less pay down the debt. The Bigger Government gets the less the people have. The more regulations the less freedom you have. As far as wall street and banking regulations they were in place but congress did not do their job of policing them and actually pushed them to give out loans to people who were not qualified. You all blame wall street I blame both Dems and Repubs for not following the laws. It is time to fire every last one of them who has frivolously spent our money and cheated the American people.

September 21 2010 at 7:25 AM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply
sjboehning

Democrats mocking the GOP. What's new about that? With the help of the very biased media, they smeared President Bush and every thing he tried to do for our great country. If the Demos would get their information from something other than MSNBC and/or Bill Maher, they might even leave tehir ignorance and understand that congress was controlled by the Demos in 2006, and that is when the trouble really started. President Bush's attempt to get hold of Fannie and Freddie was stampeded by the Demos,with Chris Dodd and Charlie Rangel making big bucks from those two giants. It is no wonder the Demos are aptly called the Donkey party.

September 21 2010 at 7:16 AM Report abuse +8 rate up rate down Reply
cplkling

It is about time the NEW GOP laid out their playbook. The OLD GOP has been run out of town by the Tea Party. If Boehner and the rest of the GOP, if they assume control of Congress, think they can keep playing the DC games they and the Dems play, well they will be gone too. The reason it has taken this long to roll out their plan is becasue they have been taking input from We the People. Imagine that, politicians not being tone deaf to what We the People want. It is so predictable that the Democrats are now going to be the Party of No. As in No Spending Cuts, No Tax Reduction, No New Ideas, No Morality, No Liberty and No Freedom. Their Knee Jerk Reaction to the GOP "Contract" has them shaking in their high heels. The original Contract with America was very successful. Of the 10 items on that agenda, 9 of them passed within the first 100 days of the GOP lead Congress in 1995. Too bad the Democrats will be steamrolled by the Conservative wave that the Tea Party represents. As far as the concern about "going back to the ways of the Bush administration, well the Tea Party is making sure that doesn't reoccur. Bush is a RINO just like his potential successor, John McCain, is. It is amazing that Dems hate W so much as he is so much like a Democrat. He didn't veto anything and because of that the Federal Government grew and grew and grew. Come on Nov 2nd!!!

September 21 2010 at 7:07 AM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
nulook41

here we go again.republicans are at it again,same old bull and crap.sorry as lisers.time for term limits.senate and representaves were not suppose to be life time jobs.if the republican s are serious,vote for term limits.2 terms for president and vice pres,why ont everyone else.to many old men like mcconnell and kyle and mccain.time for younger ideas.vote to change the staff.

September 21 2010 at 7:06 AM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply

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