Gary J Duarte
. . . and the truth shall set you free!

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AN OPEN LETTER
CONSERVATIVE VALUES AND FISCAL RESPONSIBILITY SHOULD BE THE MISSION STATEMENT OF
INDIVIDUALS, FAMILIES, BUSINESS AND ALL FORMS OF GOVERNMENT ENTITIES
THESE ARE THE PRIMARY ELEMENTS OF TEA PARTY GROUPS ENDORSING
THE “CONTRACT FROM AMERICA” DIRECTIVE

 

Dear Friends:

 

 

 

As an American citizen, I like many of us have seen our government allow a downward spiral away from protecting our fiscal responsibility, Constitutional principles and producing a balanced budget. We are at a point where people under 40 years of age really don’t have a basic understanding of our Constitution or its purpose as a document for guiding the governmental process of our country.

 

After considerable personal consideration on the topic of “political parties”, the divisions between them and the divisions within themselves, I have personally come to the following conclusions.

 

1)      As the original “Tea Party American Citizens” “considered” the concept of “throw them all out”. I have reached the point where I concur with this principle. The concept of the Tea Party participants is to put “principals” before party politics.  

 

2)      It is my challenge that “our first priority” in the bureaucratic arena is to seek, support and elect candidates who’s conservative values, truth, fiscal and moral principles are first and foremost and that they sign and attest to the “position statements” as drafted by the “Contract From America”.

 

3)      In my “opinion” any vetted candidate from any party who “signs” the Contract From America” should receive the support of any and all Tea Party organizations who have adopted the Contract From America as their mission statement.

 

4)       The management of government and political organizations are driven by many different factions.  We must bring the message to them that THEY are there to serve “we the people” using our Constitution as the handbook.

 

5)      There are no government agencies which produce a profit or resource to support their existence. Small business and labor are the largest “contributors” of the American tax base and they contribute to an entity (government) which does not generate but only “spends and/or distributes” tax income while consuming some 20% thereof for its “operating costs”. We can better serve ourselves with public – private entities.

 

With these thoughts and opinions I would urge all “Tea Party” individuals, organizations and personal friends to adopt and adhere to the basic principles of the Contract from America and its simple basic principles of ACTION PLEDGE:

 

We, the citizens of the United States of America, call upon those seeking to represent us in public office to sign the Contract from America and by doing so commit to support each of its agenda items and advocate on behalf of individual liberty, limited government, and economic freedom”.

 

Gary J. Duarte   Sparks, Nevada

 

Contract from America website: http://www.thecontract.org/

 

The Contract from America Agenda Statements

Individual Liberty

Our moral, political, and economic liberties are inherent, not granted by our government. It is essential to the practice of these liberties that we be free from restriction over our peaceful political expression and free from excessive control over our economic choices.

 

Limited Government

The purpose of our government is to exercise only those limited powers that have been relinquished to it by the people, chief among these being the protection of our liberties by administering justice and ensuring our safety from threats arising inside or outside our country’s sovereign borders. When our government ventures beyond these functions and attempts to increase its power over the marketplace and the economic decisions of individuals, our liberties are diminished and the probability of corruption, internal strife, economic depression, and poverty increases.

 

Economic Freedom

The most powerful, proven instrument of material and social progress is the free market. The market economy, driven by the accumulated expressions of individual economic choices, is the only economic system that preserves and enhances individual liberty. Any other economic system, regardless of its intended pragmatic benefits, undermines our fundamental rights as free people.

 

1. Protect the Constitution

Require each bill to identify the specific provision of the Constitution that gives Congress the power to do what the bill does.

 

2. Reject Cap & Trade

Stop costly new regulations that would increase unemployment, raise consumer prices, and weaken the nation’s global competitiveness with virtually no impact on global temperatures.

 

3. Demand a Balanced Budget

Begin the Constitutional amendment process to require a balanced budget with a two-thirds majority needed for any tax hike.

 

4. Enact Fundamental Tax Reform

Adopt a simple and fair single-rate tax system by scrapping the internal revenue code and replacing it with one that is no longer than 4,543 words—the length of the original Constitution.

 

5. Restore Fiscal Responsibility & Constitutionally Limited Government in Washington

Create a Blue Ribbon taskforce that engages in a complete audit of federal agencies and programs, assessing their Constitutionality, and identifying 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

Impose a statutory cap limiting the annual growth in total federal spending to the sum of the inflation rate plus the percentage of population growth.

 

7. Defund, Repeal, & Replace Government-run Health Care

Defund, repeal and replace the recently passed government-run health care with a system that actually makes health care and insurance more affordable by 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

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 and jobs.

 

9. Stop the Pork

Place a moratorium on all earmarks until the budget is balanced, and then require a 2/3 majority to pass any earmark.

 

10. Stop the Tax Hikes

Permanently repeal all tax hikes, including those to the income, capital gains, and death taxes, currently scheduled to begin in 2011.