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U.S. Senate Candidate George Allen (R-VA) First Candidate in Virginia to Sign Contract From America in 2012 Cycle

HOUSTON, TEXAS – The Contract from America Foundation announced today that U.S. Senate candidate George Allen (R-VA) has joined over 70 currently elected Senators and Congressmen nationwide by listening to the wishes of his constituents and signing the “Contract from America,” a Main Street, tea party-driven legislative blueprint for 2011 and beyond.  He is the first to do so in Virginia for the 2012 election cycle.

 

Ryan Hecker, one of the organizers of the Contract from America, elaborated: “George Allen, by signing the Contract from America, has shown himself to be a true champion of Main Street and tea party values.  He has illustrated that, if elected, he will listen to his constituents and be a true grassroots conservative leader in the Senate.  We are especially glad that George is the first candidate in Virginia to sign the Contract in the 2012 cycle.”

 

In signing this bottom-up call for economic conservative and good governance reform, George Allen stated: “Virginians are anxious about the struggling economy, out-of-control spending, and growing debt that is threatening to rob our children of the opportunities we had.  Rather than the dictates, mandates and tax hikes coming out of Washington we need a pro-growth agenda based on our foundational principles of freedom, personal responsibility and opportunity for all.  In the U.S. Senate I pledge to protect and build upon the basic principles of the Contract from America – individual liberty, limited government and economic freedom.”

 

The Contract from America is not a list handed down from on high by old-bull politicians, but one handed up from the true grassroots in this country. After garnering nearly half a million votes in less than two months, the Contract from America is a blueprint that will serve notice to public officials about what the people want for their future.

 

When voting was completed, the top ten planks in the Contract from America were: (1) Protect the Constitution; (2) Reject Cap and Trade; (3) Demand a Balanced Budget; (4) Enact Fundamental Tax Reform; (5) Restore Fiscal Responsibility and Constitutionally Limited Government in Washington; (6) End Runaway Government Spending; (7) Defund, Repeal, and Replace Government-run Health Care; (8) Pass an ‘All-of-the-Above” Energy Policy; (9) Stop the Pork; and (10) Stop the Tax Hikes.

 

More information about the candidates who have signed this Main Street Agenda is available at the Contract from America’s website, www.contractfromamerica.org.

About Tom White

Tom is a US Navy Veteran, owns an Insurance Agency and is currently an IT Manager for a Virginia Distributor. He has been published in American Thinker, currently writes for the Richmond Examiner as well as Virginia Right! Blog. Tom lives in Hanover County, Va and is involved in politics at every level and is a Recovering Republican who has finally had enough of the War on Conservatives in progress with the Leadership of the GOP on a National Level.

3 Responses to “U.S. Senate Candidate George Allen (R-VA) First Candidate in Virginia to Sign Contract From America in 2012 Cycle”

  1. Welcome and thank you for being the first with the courage to take the stand for what is right, not just what is easy or expedient. Yet remember, we will hold you to your promises, do the best you can to hold up to them then.

  2. QRow says:

    Geewhizzz! Are we supposed to stand up and clap?

    Did it take a lot of guts to sign, I wonder?

    • Tom White says:

      Well, as the only candidate (so far) with any kind of voting record to look at, the others are attacking Allen on his votes for various programs that are held up as examples of government waste. Many of us sat quietly as President Bush pushed to expand social spending and accepted that our leader knew what he was doing. And since our silence was tacit approval of these policies many of us (including myself) now know were absolutely wrong, Allen’s votes were, in large part, a reflection of that silence. Republican leadership had gone off track, but we still signaled our approval for our elected officials to follow this path.

      Times have changed and these policies are now exposed as seriously flawed.

      While how a politician thinks is important to a degree, what is most important is how they will vote on issues. Past performance is one indicator, but when one’s philosophy has changed, that is no longer an accurate predictor of one’s future actions. Criminals find God and become a different person. Liberals become Conservative and vice versa. In other words, people change.

      Politicians, on the other hand, are known to say one thing to get elected, and DO another when in office. John McCain is a perfect example. He is a RINO that pretended to be a Conservative, and has now reverted to a RINO again. But this has always been his pattern.

      George Allen did a really good job as Governor, but took a left turn as Senator by most accounts. But he never promised to be a fiscal conservative, so, while he voted for many things that were ill advised, to my knowledge he never broke any campaign promises.

      Consider the 10 points of the pledge he just signed:

      Protect the Constitution
      Reject Cap & Trade
      Demand a Balanced Budget
      Enact Fundamental Tax Reform
      Restore Fiscal Responsibility & Constitutionally Limited Government
      End Runaway Government Spending
      Defund, Repeal, & Replace Government-run Health Care
      Pass an ‘All-of-the-Above” Energy Policy
      Stop the Pork
      Stop the Tax Hikes

      By signing this pledge, he has now made Virginians a promise. One that he can be held to and measured by.

      So, stand up and clap? Did it take guts? Obviously not.

      But as you decide which candidate you will support, it is one of many things to add to your decision process. But by signing it, he is telling voters what to expect if we elect George Allen. And it makes him a one term Senator should he violate this signed pledge.

      I would hope that all of the candidates will sign this pledge eventually as the low water mark. Of course they are all free to go over and above these promises.

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Nothing is more conservative than a republican wanting to get their majority back. And nothing is more liberal than a republican WITH a majority.

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