Ed Gillespie on Government Reform
By May, 527s opposing the president, fueled by tens of millions of dollars from liberal financier George Soros and others, had spent more than $100 million against him. Our interpretation of the law was that such expenditures were illegal, and on May 5 we filed a complaint with the Federal Election Commission making our case.
2 weeks later, the FEC gave the 527s a green light, and Republican-leaning organizations soon entered the fray. It was at this point the pundits began to thunder in righteous indignation. Especially after the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth aired their first ad in August.
"I guess you don't want to call it a lobbying firm, huh?" he asked, suggesting with a certain amount of smugness that I was somehow trying to conceal that QGA does lobbying.
Most lobbyists represent honest companies, industry associations, union members, or groups of people with a common interest and do so with integrity, but are lumped in with the guys who unfairly bilked millions from unsuspecting Indian tribes.
The growth of Washington lobbying is the natural by-product of the growth of the federal government, which is too large and too regulatory, and of a tax code that has grown too complicated. I didn't go to Washington in hopes of becoming a lobbyist, and I didn't actually know anyone who did.
And that principle is subsidiarity.
The principle of subsidiarity says if something can be done at the individual level, it should be.
If it can be done at the community level, it should be.
If it can be done at the municipality level, it should be.
If it can be done at the state level, it should be.
If it can't be done at any of these levels, only then should it be done at the Federal level.
In addition to these government functions, I would add that if something can best be done in the private sector, it should be.
[As part of the Contract with America, within 100 days we pledge to bring to the House Floor the following bills]:
The Common Sense Legal Reforms Act:
“Loser pays” laws, reasonable limits on punitive damages, and reform of product liability laws to stem the endless tide of litigation.
The Citizen Legislature Act:A first-ever vote on term limits to replace career politicians with citizen legislators.
This year’s election offers the chance, after four decades of one-party control, to bring to the House a new majority that will transform the way Congress works. That historic change would be the end of government that is too big, too intrusive, and too easy with the public’s money. It can be the beginning of a Congress that respects the values and shares the faith of the American family.
Like Lincoln, our first Republican president, we intend to act “with firmness in the right, as God gives us to see the right.” To restore accountability to Congress. To end its cycle of scandal and disgrace. To make us all proud again of the way free people govern themselves.
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AL: Strange(R) ; no opponent yet
AZ: Flake(R) vs. Ward(R)
CA: Feinstein(D) vs. Eisen(D) vs. Sanchez?(D) vs. Garcetti?(D)
CT: Murphy(D) ; no opponent yet
DE: Carper(D) vs. Biden?(D) vs. Markell?(D)
FL: Nelson(D) vs. DeSantis(R) vs. Jolly(R) vs. Lopez-Cantera(R)
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MO: McCaskill(D) vs. Kinder?(R)
MS: Wicker(R) vs. McDaniel?(R)
MT: Tester(D) vs. Racicot?(R)
ND: Heitkamp(D) vs. Becker?(R)
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NJ: Menendez(D) vs. Chiesa(R) vs. Codey?(D) vs. Chiesa?(R)
NM: Heinrich(D) vs. Sanchez(R)
NV: Heller(R) vs. Sandoval?(R)
NY: Gillibrand(D) vs. Kennedy?(D)
OH: Brown(D) vs. Mandel(R)
PA: Casey(D) vs. Saccone(R)
RI: Whitehouse(D) ; no opponent yet
TN: Corker(R) vs. Crim(I)
TX: Cruz(R) vs. Bush?(R)
UT: Hatch(R) vs. McMullin?(R) vs. Romney?(R)
VT: Sanders(I) vs. Giordano(D)
VA: Kaine(D) vs. Cuccinelli?(R) vs. Fiorina?(R)
WA: Cantwell(D) ; no opponent yet
WV: Manchin(D) vs. Raese(R) vs. Goodwin?(R)
WI: Baldwin(D) vs. Grothman?(R) vs. Gallagher?(R)
WY: Barrasso(R) ; no opponent yet
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