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LARRY KUDLOW: “America’s Constitutionalist Revolt”

By Larry Kudlow

So much is being written in the mainstream media about who the tea partiers are, but very little is being recorded about what these folks are actually saying.

We know that this is a decentralized grassroots movement, with many different voices hailing from many different towns across the country. But the tea-party message comes together in the “Contract from America,” the product of an online vote orchestrated by Ryan Hecker, a Houston tea-party activist and national coordinator for the Tea Party Patriots.

With nearly 500,000 votes recorded in less than two months, this Contract forms a blueprint of tea-party policy goals and beliefs.

Of the top-ten planks in the Contract, the number-one issue is protect the Constitution. That’s followed by reject cap-and-trade, demand a balanced budget, and enact fundamental tax reform. And then comes number five: Restore fiscal responsibility and constitutionally limited government in Washington.

Note that two of the top-five priorities of the tea partiers mention the Constitution.

Filling out the Contract, the bottom-five planks are end runaway government spending; defund, repeal, and replace government-run health care; pass an all-of-the-above energy policy; stop the pork; and stop the tax hikes.

What’s so significant to me about this tea-party Contract from America is the strong emphasis on constitutional limits and restraints on legislation, spending, taxing, and government control of the economy. Undoubtedly, the emphasis is there because no one trusts Washington.

As I read this Contract, tea partiers are reminding all of us of the need for the Constitution to protect our freedoms. They’re calling for a renewal of constitutional values, including — first and foremost — a return to constitutional limits on government. The tea partiers who responded to this poll are demanding a rebirth of the consent of the governed. The government works for us, we don’t work for it.

Continue reading at National Review Online

  • Ned Smith

    We need a flat tax item in the contract. It is not right that 50% of americans pay no tax!!!

  • Judy

    I had to work or would have been there which now says the people you see who physically can be present is just a portion of the people who are behind the tea parties. I am 100% for what they and I believe. Take America back and so glad the majority feel the same way. Obama and the dems just think this is small movement. It is in fact HUGE.

  • Ken

    I agree with the flat tax comment. I suggest the flat tax apply to all – with no exemptions or deductions. Everyone pays the same rate, corporations, rich, poor. The rich don’t pay, the poor don’t pay. Everyone should pay the same. This would take the lobby out of Washington as there would be no reason for them. The political parties could then campaign on the tax rate they could govern on. The democrats might say they could run the government on 12%, the republicans might say they could run the governement on 11.5%. Another party might propose a 10% rate.

  • Dan R Smith

    Glen Beck just suggested on tonite’s program: flat tax of 12.5% – period. One page form, easy to figure in 2 seconds with a calculator.

    We need limits on the total tax take too.

    Everyone needs to pay something for the priviledge of parking their ass in the USA.

  • Roger Martindill

    Let the Freedom Riders ride to Constitution Ave and take back America.

  • Jim Stuart

    If 30% of the population are conservative/tea-party sympathizers, and contribute on average $100 to put the contract into effect, that would amount to $10B. Wouldn’t that overwhelm the opposition? Why not set $100 per person, $10B total as a fund-raising goal?

  • http://www.meetup.com/tri-state-tea-party/ Jim Bratten, Evansville, IN

    Ryan:

    Congrats! Excellent product and achievement… particularly Larry Kudlow’s article on NRO – nailed it.
    Tea Party Patriots are proud to have talent such as yours on board… Patriots all over the country are standing up to restore the Founders’ America – their vision and bequest to our freedom in the form of First Priciples.
    Thank you for your help in defending our Constitutional Republic!

    Jim Bratten
    National Leadership Council Local Coordinator, Tea Party Patriots
    Board of Directors, Hoosier Patriots
    Co-Organizer, Tri-State Tea Party, Evansville, IN

  • Scott

    On November 3 1976, I was standing in line outside the old New York Coliseum to sit for the first section of the CPA exam. I was depressed because Jimmie Carter had been elected. Next to me was another candidate who was jubilant. He was a member of a Democratic committee in Brooklyn. He was happy to have a Democratic President and Congress because he hoped they will make the tax code more complex and confusing so he will always have plenty of work.

    Tax preparation is a multibillion dollar industry. I heard an H&R Block commercials bragging that their tax preparers have had over 10 million hours of training.

    Obama wants to slash the NASA budget. The US cannot get back to the Moon which we did over 40 years ago with primitive technology.

    Why can’t we as a nation unleash the brainpower wasted on tax preparation and apply it to space exploration or something productive? Why can’t we have a flat tax? Why must businesses have to consult a tax attorney for so many business decisions? I want tax disputes to be settled with a calculator and not litigation.

  • Scott

    On 11/3/76, I was standing in line to sit for the CPA exam. Jimmie Carter had just been elected. Next to me was another candidate who was jubilant. He was a member of a Democratic committee in Brooklyn. He was happy to have a Democratic President and Congress because he hoped they will make the tax code more complex and confusing so he will always have plenty of work.

    Tax preparation is a multibillion dollar industry. I heard an H&R Block commercials bragging that their tax preparers have had millions of hours of training.

    Obama wants to slash the NASA budget. Why can’t we as a nation unleash the brainpower wasted on tax preparation and apply it to space exploration or something productive? Why can’t we have a flat tax? I want tax disputes to be settled with a calculator and not litigation.

  • Bob Kovac

    This is an excellent article from Larry Kudlow describing the Tea Partiers and the Contract. This surprises me in a sence in that he works for CNBC.

  • Martin Devine

    Not a flat tax but a Fair tax – on the retail purchases made by everyone, rich, poor, legal, illegal. You get to choose when and how much. The money you earn and save never gets taxed until you spend it.

  • Kriss Plond

    How did everyone like what the President said ab0ut the Tea Partys to the Democrats in his speech??? I don’t think he realizes 40% of the Tea Partys are DEMOCRATS and INDEPENDENTS. HE does not get it!! He was mocking us….HIS attitude was SHAMEFUL. Yes, we are Thankful ,President Obama, for getting us to a loud roar. We are awake and no longer silent. The

  • Ed Baker

    We need to denand term limits: A maximum of two terms for the senate and three terms for representatives.

  • peterverkooijen

    “We need a flat tax item in the contract. It is not right that 50% of americans pay no tax!!!”

    Why are some clueless conservatives now all of a sudden arguing for more taxes for more people? Are you insane?!

    Abolish income tax. Cut government down to size.

  • http://higgenbothamauctioneers marty higgenbotham

    The comment on Flat Tax is on target, Everbody has to support this system, this
    will stop the Rob the Rich movement.
    The next thing that has to happen is stop the Pay increases in the Federal Government just because people live to be a year older. The federal government
    in the largest employer in the world. Ever time there is a wage hike on the federal
    level it increases the cost of everything from Bread to toilet paper. The Private sector cannot raise there salaries, with out some increase in production.
    Once we get our budget and spending under control we can readjust.

  • Julie Wright

    I agree with the flat tax and i also think the feds.and congress should also have to be audited about every three years. I think the president and congress should be held to the highest standards, meaning if you accuse another party of something and the facts are not true, you will be impeached if allegations are founded to be true. They should NOT be aloud to have any marxist,socialists,proggressives in or around them for any type of advisement, PERIOD. They are after all AGAINST our constitution. Most of all to be in office you cannot have any connection to any government or business that you may have been affiliated with. You cannot give special favors to unions, media, or any other affiliations for votes or support of any kind, (if you are truly a protectorant of our constitution,then we will know and no problem.)

    Thank you for letting me share my opinion.
    Julie Wright

  • Steve Bang

    I suggest the FairTax over the Flat Tax. The reason is that the FairTax actually is GOOD for the economy. The Flat tax goal, while worthy, is mostly simplification and a broader base. That’s all good but does not help grow the economy like the FairTax does. The FairTax is even simpler than the Flat Tax and is even broader based. There is a book on this call Fair, not Flat. Easy read.

  • http://www.windsofchange.net/ Joe Katzman

    Larry, I loved Ronald Reagan dearly, but “balanced budget” does not come to mind when thinking of him.

    The difference is that the America Reagan inherited had the reserves to handle it, and the threat was overwhelming and existential. America no longer has the capacity to repeat his approach – and the main threats to its future are internal and structural. Which means we must get absolutely and inflexibly serious about having our finances in order, and a limited government.

    That will not be easy, because the Ron Paul approach to foreign relations is an unmitigated disaster, the world lacks civilized great powers to fall back on like America’s early days, and there are real threats out there.

    But it has to be done. Ultimately, it all does come back to consent of the governed, limits on government, and the Constitution. It will be done in a way that doesn’t look like any one faction’s solution. And many of those involved in government – and let’s face it, many of us along the way – are going to find some of it very uncomfortable. It’s going to challenge things we believe, and this will be every bit as true for the Ron Paul types as it will for the GOP establishment, independent tea party supporters, et. al.

    As we travel this road together back to a Free Republic and Constitutional Limited Government, a lot of our certainties are going to be taken out and shot – by circumstances, by reality, and by need. That’s always uncomfortable.

    Just not as uncomfortable as watching our children grow up in a country whose future has passed it by.

  • Gene Haberl

    I agree with Steve that the FairTax is superior to a flat tax in that it would bring money and jobs back to America. It will generate growth which means revenue for all including the government. I realize that the flat tax appears to be easier to implement, but it is also easy to change. The FairTax bill in both houses of congress shuts down the IRS. There is also a companion bill to repeal the 16th amendment. Don’t get me wrong, government spending at all levels must be cut including entitlement programs. I am on social security and Medicare and believe that all seniors should support cuts in those programs for our children and grand children’s sake.

  • Al Barrs

    I agree generally with The Contract, but am disappointed there isn’t something in it to stop the politicization of our schools and socialized indoctrination of our children…our next generation of leaders. Political issues have no place in our schools and liberal brainwashing must end. Outlaw teacher unions and demand a neutral system of the three Rs in K-12.

  • http://Mozilla Shirley Hendrickson

    Wow Joe Katzman said it best in few words! I don’t think any of us truly realize what a job we are facing to get back to the future!! It will take a great proportion of us and I do wonder about our resolve? Think I’ll spend a lot of time on my knees!!