Politics daily headline, September 21, 2010: "GOP prepares to unveil new 'Contract with America'"
The article begins with "Republicans are going back to their '90s playbook as Election Day approaches..." The author then goes on to delineate how Republicans are making promises about what they will do, such as freezing tax rates, cutting back on spending, and a repeal of Obamacare.
I referenced the appeal of the 1994 Republican "Contract with America" previously, in 2005. One of the points that I raised was that such a contract would hold politicians acountable. They will either do what they agree to, or they won't.
In the current political environment everyone wants to appear Conservative -- Democrats are running ads that they opposed Obama, and John McCain reversed his longheld position on border security (now he's for it.) Politicians will say anything to get elected. A scorecard will make it easier to see if they keep their word.
But what if they don't? Senators stick around for six years, and Representatives for two. They can do a lot of damage before we have a chance to evict them. Politicians lie. (72% of Americans have an unfavorable opinion of members of Congress, according to a Rasmussen survey.) If Republicans win in November, as current projections show, their feet need to be held to the fire. If -- or when -- they divert from what they agreed to do while campaigning for the job, they need to be blasted by their constituents. Lying politicians should not have a moment's peace.