[Swiftwater Gazette] 'Contract With The American Voter'

Ed kroposki kroposki at att.net
Sat Oct 22 17:54:42 EDT 2016

 'ContractWith The American Voter' 
TRUMP'SPLAN FOR JOBS AND TRADE 1.Renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement or withdraw fromit 
2.Withdraw from the Trans-Pacific Partnership
3.Order the secretary of the treasury to label China a 'currencymanipulator' 
4.Use U.S. and international laws to end foreign trading abuses thatunfairly impact American workers
5.Lift restrictions on the production of $50 trillion dollars’ worthof U.S. energy reserves including shale, oil, natural gas and coal
   - Approve the Keystone XL pipeline project and other 'vital energy infrastructure projects'
   - Cancel billions in payments to U.N. climate change programs and use the money to improve U.S. water and environmental infrastructure

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DonaldTrump planted a flag on hallowed ground Saturday morning by layingout near the Gettysburg National Battlefield what he would do in hisfirst 100 days as President of the United States.
Touting'the kind of change that only arrives once in a lifetime,' Trump toldan audience of about 300 invited guests that he will 'drain theswamp' in Washington, replacing the current government 'with a newgovernment of, by and for the people.'
Thesymbolism factor was high, with a campaign aide telling reportersFriday night that the Civil War battle in Gettysburg memorialized byPresident Abraham Lincoln in 1863 'was the moment when the warturned.'
TheRepublican nominee left the podium and made a beeline in hismotorcade for the National Military Park – the battlefield memorial– spending about as much time there as it took Lincoln to speak his272 words.
Trump'sown war – a two-front clash against both Hillary Clinton and themass media – will come to a climax on November 8 when mostAmericans will choose a leader for the next four years.
Hesummed up the substance of his campaign in a 'Contract With TheAmerican Voter' – a point-by-point set of initiatives that trackwith the themes he has focused on for 16 months.
DonaldTrump laid out an agenda for his first 100 days as President of theUnited States – provided he can win – with a Saturday morningspeech in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania Trumpstopped at the Gettysburg National Military Park after his speech,speaking with Park ranger Caitlin Kostic (center) and campaign CEOSteve Bannon (right) near 'Cemetery Ridge' where Confederate generalRobert E. Lee ordered the attack known as Pickett's Charge 'Gettysburgwas the moment when the war turned,' a senior campaign aide saidFriday night in a hopeful comparison with this year's presidentialelection 'Itis a contract between myself and the American voter, and begins withrestoring honesty, accountability and change to Washington,' Trumpsaid.
Includedare six anti-corruption pledges, seven actions related to jobs andtrade and five on immigration and the 'rule of law.' He ended hiscontract with a list of 10 bills he said he would try to quicklyshepherd through Congress. 
Aidespromised the Republican nominee would put more meat on the bare bonesof some of his mainstay pledges, but little in the speech broke newground.
Instead,Trump formalized his signature pledges by announcing a legislativepackage that he said he would help shepherd through Congress.
TRUMP'SANTI-CORRUPTION TO-DO LIST 1.Constitutional Amendment to impose term limits on members of Congress
2.Hiring freeze on federal employees to reduce the workforce throughattrition 
3.Requirement to eliminate two federal regulations for every new one 
4.Five-year-ban on White House and Congressional officials becominglobbyists 
5.Lifetime ban on White House officials lobbying for foreigngovernments 
6.Complete ban on foreign lobbyists raising money for Americanelections 
Healso reiterated a laundry list of executive actions that he hassketched out in speeches stretching back more than a year. 
Thesmall crowd gathered in a hotel ballroom was a far cry from the10,000 rowdy fans he typically draws, but they brought moments ofenthusiasm.
Theaudience rose to their feet and chanted 'Trump! Trump! Trump!' as heentered. One man shouted: 'We love you!'
Andin a sign of how deeply the GOP's most negative campaign slogan hastaken root, half the crowd chanted 'Lock her up!' at the firstmention of Hillary Clinton's name.
Trumpreinforced his improbable but now undeniable populist bona fides,casting Clinton as the embodiment of a corrupt politicalestablishment that's willing to throw the middle class under bus theday after Americans vote.
'HillaryClinton is running against all of the American people, and all of theAmerican voters,' he said.
Thebillionaire real estate tycoon minced no words about his fears thatrampant voter fraud could cost him and other Republicans a fair shotat winning 17 days from now. 
CitingPew Research Center numbers, he said that '1.8 million dead peopleare registered to vote.'
'Andsome of them are voting. I wonder how that happens!' 
Healso referred to 2.8 million people who are 'registered in more thanone state' and said that '14 per cent of non-citizens are registeredto vote.'
'Ican't think of a more historic place,' retired U.S. Army Lt. Gen.Keith Kellogg said before praising Trump as the best candidate forpresident
FormerNew York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani spoke to Trump's Gettysburg crowd:'I don't know if I could call government, right now, "of thepeople, by the people and for the people"' Saturday'stwo loudest applause lines were Trump's pledge to repeal and replacethe Obamacare medical insurance law and to end federal funding for'sanctuary cities' – Democrat-run municipalities that offer safeharbor to illegal immigrants.
Saturdaymarked the second time Trump has engaged in the customary 'first 100days' routine: In June he tacked a laundry list on to a speechcastigating the Clintons for profiting from a 'special interestmonopoly' in Washington.
TRUMP'SPLEDGES ON IMMIGRATION AND 'RULE OF LAW'1.Cancel Obama's 'unconstitutional' executive actions, memoranda andorders
2.Pick a conservative replacement for Supreme Court Justice AntoninScalia 
3.Cancel all federal funding to 'sanctuary cities' that harbor illegalimmigrants
4.Begin removing the 2 million criminal illegal immigrants from theU.S., and cancel visas to countries that won’t repatriate them 
5.Suspend immigration from terror-prone regions where incoming peoplecan't be properly vetted.
Thatset of promises was predictably vague, including pledges to 'appointjudges who will uphold the Constitution,' 'stand up to countries thatcheat on trade' and 'pass massive tax reform to create millions ofnew jobs.' 
Buton Saturday, for instance, those vagaries were supplemented by someconcrete initiatives.
Hisfamed wall on the U.S. border got a budget line-item with a proposedpiece of legislation that will fund its construction – 'with thefull understanding that the country of Mexico will be reimbursing theUnited States.'
Trump'slight overtures on tax reform were ornamented with a few new numbers:a 35 per cent tax cut for middle-class families with two children,and a reduced 10 per cent rate for American companies that bring overseas money back home.
Beforerattling off his policy to-do list, Trump aired more grievancesagainst the journalism profession and the parade of women who haveaccused him of unwanted kissing and groping years – and in somecases decades – ago.
Hesaid after the election, he plans to sue them.
'Everywoman lied when they came forward to hurt my campaign. Totalfabrication. The events never happened. Never,' Trump declared. 
'Allof these liars will be sued after the election is over.'
Healso said he would litigate against the Democratic Party forallegedly paying saboteurs to start fistfights at his campaignrallies. 
Republicanshope this is the face of America's 45th president, and Donald Trumplaid out his governing philosophy on Saturday to make his case
TheGettysburg speech marked the second time Trump has previewed hisfirst 100 days in office, but it provided a bit more detail andformalized some proposals with legislation
TRUMP'SPLAN FOR JOBS AND TRADE 1.Renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement or withdraw fromit 
2.Withdraw from the Trans-Pacific Partnership
3.Order the secretary of the treasury to label China a 'currencymanipulator' 
4.Use U.S. and international laws to end foreign trading abuses thatunfairly impact American workers
5.Lift restrictions on the production of $50 trillion dollars’ worthof U.S. energy reserves including shale, oil, natural gas and coal
6.Approve the Keystone XL pipeline project and other 'vital energyinfrastructure projects' 
7.Cancel billions in payments to U.N. climate change programs and usethe money to improve U.S. water and environmental infrastructure
OnSaturday he enlisted two advisers to tee him up.
RetiredLieutenant General Keith Kellogg delivered the first pre-speechwarmup, a somber seven-minute note of reverence on what Trump hopeswill be remembered as the day his battle with America's establishmenthad a rebirth.
'Ican't think of a more historic place,' Kellogg said.
'It'sreally a historic time in our life,' he added as he drew parallelsthat stretch backward 153 years to a similar 'time when the future ofour nation was in doubt.'
'Weare waging another battle – a political one,' he said.
FormerNew York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani framed the day in more practicalterms, quoting Lincoln's famous three-minute speech.
'Idon't know if I could call government, right now, "of thepeople, by the people and for the people",' Giuliani said.
'Ithink it's government of the lobbyists, permanent politicians ... thebig gigantic multinational corporations, and the unions that candonate massive amounts of money.'
'Peopleare somewhere down there – somewhere,' he lamented.
ATrump aide said Friday night Hillary Clinton's campaign is 'sittingon their lead' and 'waiting out the clock' instead of offering policyspecifics
 Theaide said Trump and Clinton are 'running two different campaigns inthe home stretch'
TRUMP'SLAWS: BILLS HE WOULD PUSH IN HIS FIRST 100 DAYS1.'Middle Class Tax Relief And Simplification Act': Economic plandesigned to grow the economy 4 per cent per year and create 25million new jobs. Involves tax cuts, trade reform, regulatory relief,lifting restrictions on energy production, and encouraging companieswith offshore funds to bring them back to America.
2.'End The Offshoring Act': New tariffs on goods brought into the U.S.by American companies that relocate jobs outside the U.S.
3.'American Energy & Infrastructure Act': Uses public-privatepartnerships and tax incentives to generate $1 trillion ininfrastructure investment over 10 years
4.'School Choice And Education Opportunity Act': Redirects educationdollars to allow parents to choose any public, private, charter,magnet, religious or home school; ends the 'Common Core' federalstandards; and expands vocational and technical education
5.'Repeal and Replace Obamacare Act': Replaces the Affordable Care Actwith health savings accounts, removes barriers to purchasing healthinsurance across state lines, allows states to manage Medicaid fundsand speeds up drug approval inside the Food and Drug Administration
6.'Affordable Childcare and Eldercare Act': Provides tax deductions forchildcare and elder care and incentivizes employers to provideon-site childcare services
7.'End Illegal Immigration Act': Funds a wall on the U.S.-Mexicoborder, 'with the full understanding that the country of Mexico willbe reimbursing the United States'; establishes 2-year mandatoryminimum federal prison sentence for illegally re-entering the U.S.after deportation, 5-year mandatory minimum for felons who illegallyre-enter, and 5 years for coming back after multiple deportations;increases penalties for overstaying visas
8.'Restoring Community Safety Act': Creates a Task Force On ViolentCrime, increases federal funding of police forces and boosts federalsupport for anti-gang prosecutions
9.'Restoring National Security Act': Eliminates the federal defense'sequester' to restore military funding, guarantees veterans theoption of private health care if VA facility wait times are long,institutes new defenses against cyber-attacks, and establishes newimmigration screening based on 'values'
10.'Clean up Corruption in Washington Act': Enacts new ethics reformsaffecting politicians and their staffers
Thepolicy agenda Trump described, a senior campaign aide said Fridaynight, was far beyond what Democrat Hillary Clinton could put on thetable.
Shecan't articulate her policy goals, the aide said, because her donorshaven't yet told her what to think.
'SecretaryClinton has no core,' the aide charged during a conference call,quoting a Democratic aide in a hacked email recently released byWikiLeaks.
'Herpolicies are determined by the checks that are given to her, andnothing else. And of course no one actually disagrees with that.Everyone understands that she's a special-interest-driven candidate.'
Theaide described Saturday's event as 'our chance to lay out a positivevision for the country, from Mr. Trump, about what he's going to doin his first 100 days in office, and how he's going no go about doingit.' 
Clintonwon't follow suit – 'she can't even go there' – the aidepredicted, 'because she doesn't even know what checks she's going toget between now and when she would hypothetically be elected.' 
Theaide promised 'new material' on Saturday but quickly played it coy,saying: 'I don't want to say what it will be.'
'Whatyou're seeing tomorrow, is Mr. Trump identifying the 10 mostimportant principles for the first 100 days, and then offering policysolutions to go with those.'
Trump'sGettysburg address comes with just 17 days to go before the Nov. 8election. He and Clinton have debated three times. And, mostworrisome for Republicans, an estimated 4 million Americans havealready cast ballots through early voting programs.
Asthe call was going on, Trump himself appeared on the Fox News Channelwith host Sean Hannity to preview Saturday's speech in an equallyvague fashion.
Trump'sGettysburg address – and the battlefield visit that followed –came on a day so windy that his signature coiffure flapped in thebreeze
Trump'sstaffers were vague in a conference call with reporters, and thecandidate matched them stride for stride with a host of non-specificson the Fox News Channel's 'Hannity' show, but he put some more meaton the bare bones Saturday in Gettysburg
'We'regoing to be lowering taxes. We're going to be strengthening ourborders,' he said, remixing buzzword bromides that have been speechstaples for months.
'We'regoing to be getting rid of regulations,' Trump continued. 'Theregulations are going to be gone ... we need them for security or weneed them for certain things like the environment, but ourregulations are just taking over our companies. We can't competeanymore.'
'We'regoing to be terminating, repealing and replacing Obamacare. We'regoing to be saving our Second Amendment, There are a lot of things,Sean. It's gonna be - I think it's gonna be very special.' 

Trumpis engaging in a full-court press of Clinton with a dizzying scheduleof 3 to 4 rallies per day, often in as many different states
TheRepublican drew close to 7,000 people in Pennsylvania's rust-belttown of Johnstown on Friday afternoon, drawn to his message aboutrecovering jobs lost to a global economy
Asecond senior campaign aide on Friday night's conference callcompared Trump's promised policy brain-dump to a famous 1994Republican congressional gambit responsible in part for the GOPtaking over the lower chamber of Congress after 40 years in theminority.
'Iworked on the original "Contract with America" back in themid-'90s,' that second aide said.
'AndI think the most important aspect from that contract, in addition tothe 10 principles, was the accountability provision – thatbasically the Republican candidates in 1994 said, "If we fail tobring these to a vote in the first 100 days, you can kick us out".'
Onesenior Trump aide compared Saturday's policy rollout to theRepublicans' 1994 'Contract with America,' which then-House SpeakerNewt Gingrich – now a Trump adviser – introduced as a way to putlawmakers' feet to the fire
Acknowledgingthat 'it's a little bit different when you're the president,' thesecond aide said that 'the sentiment will be the same, which is thatchanges need to come very rapidly. And progress needs to come veryrapidly.'
Thepolicy proposals Trump will unveil Saturday, the aide said, 'are notgoing to wait until deep into his term, or in his second term.'
Thecomparison with the Contract with America could be fraught withtrouble, even though its architect Newt Gingrich is advising Trump'scampaign.
WhenGingrich became Speaker of the House, his rank-and-file pledged toenact eight budget reforms and bring 10 specific bills to a vote.
Thebills met with varying levels of success: Some became law whileothers died in the U.S. Senate or met the business end of PresidentBill Clinton's veto pen. The U.S. Supreme Court later ruled one wasunconstitutional.---------- // -----------
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