Though the name may remind some of Newt Gingrich's Contract with America, this is something very different.It's a set of ideas developed via an interactive Web site, where voting determines which elements are most important. And it's not a top-down contract consisting of promises made by leaders to the voters -- it's more in the nature of a contract of employment from the voters, which politicians may choose to accept, or look for alternative employment.
This is basically a crowd-sourced party platform, with the smoke-filled rooms and convention logrolling taken out of the picture. More dis-intermediation. I'm guessing that the political class won't like it much, either.
TheContract.org is no longer accepting new proposals, but you can help narrow the list and draft the final version of the Contract from America. Click here to vote on your priorities. You can vote for 10 of the 21 proposals. The final document will be unveiled on Thursday, April 15, 2010
- Commit To Real Government Transparency: Every bill, in its final form, will be made public seven days before any vote can be taken and all government expenditures authorized by any bill will be easily accessible on the Internet before the money is spent.
- Let Us Watch: Broadcast all non-security meetings and votes on C-SPAN and the Internet.
- 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.
- Protect Freedom Of The Press: Prohibit the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) from using funds to reinstate the Fairness Doctrine in any form, including requiring “localism” or “diversity” quotas.
- No More Bailouts: The federal government should not bail out private companies and should immediately begin divesting itself of its stake in the private companies it owns from recent bailouts.