Laura Ingraham’s Ten for Ten

by Sal on September 30, 2009

in Election 2010,Politics

Laura Ingraham has created an online petition/list of principles that she feels can propel the Republicans to victory in 2010.  Dubbed “Ten for Ten“, the idea seems to mirror somewhat the Contract With America created by Newt Gingrich and the House Republicans in 1994.  The idea is being spread by RedState and Michelle Malkin, and has been signed onto by prominent members of the Republican Study committee and some congressional candidates such as Marco Rubio in Florida.  Ingraham’s platform proposals are:

  1. Taxpayers’ Bill of Rights: Limit federal spending growth to the percentage in population growth plus the rate of inflation; provide taxpayers the option of filing a post-card sized return using a low, flat tax rate of 15%.
  2. End Tax-funded abortions: Stop federal payments to Planned Parenthood and prohibit any taxpayer-subsidized health insurance plan from covering abortion.
  3. Defend American Border: Complete America’s border-protection initiatives using remaining funds from the so-called stimulus bill.
  4. King Dollar: Preserve a strong dollar so that Americans’ savings aren’t wiped out by inflation and the U.S. dollar remains the world’s reserve currency.
  5. Empower American Business: Immediately slash corporate tax rates to 15% and scrap the capital-gains tax altogether.
  6. Defend America: Strengthen America to defend our homeland and fully fund an operational, layered missile-defense system.
  7. Statism Exit Plan: De-fund czars; immediately cease bailout payments to failed companies; ban future bailouts.
  8. End Generational Theft: As few believe America’s entitlement programs will be able to pay benefits to future generations, provide younger workers the choice of diverting payroll/Social Security taxes into personal retirement accounts.
  9. Restore America’s System of Justice. Introduce penalties for frivolous lawsuits, where those who launch unsuccessful lawsuits are liable for the defendants’ legal bills.
  10. American Energy Independence All-of-the-Above strategy that embraces alternatives, expands and accelerates exploration and production of oil and natural gas, and jumpstarts dramatic increases in nuclear power.

While not a bad start, I think that these principles need further fleshing out and more specific policy items.  I also think that there are a few items missing, including cutting spending in wasteful programs, balancing the budget, looking at term limits, addressing health care in a Conservative way, addressing education in a Conservative way, and more.  The original Contract With America was a list of specific policy proposals that the Congress would vote on, and I think something similar needs to be done here.

I applaud Laura for the effort of seeking to define a platform that the Republicans can run on.  It is sad (and this is no knock against Laura) that a radio talk show host needs to be the one who comes up with something like this.  It illustrates the lack of a good leader in the Republican party, at least at the time being.  Laura’s ideas should be embraced, expanded upon, refined, and used across the country as a platform for Republican politicians to run on in 2010, as a party cannot simply build an enduring majority simply on opposing the party in power.

{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

Mike September 30, 2009 at 11:28 am

I think Laura struck the right balance. If you make the petition too long, no one would read it. Good ideas all.

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Joe Ratway November 24, 2009 at 10:07 am

One important missing proposal is elimination of for non-commercial REAL ESTATE taxes. Real estate taxes discourage improvement of property and force fixed income seniors out of their homes over time. Put simply, real estate taxes discriminate against the poor and elderly.

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