Bob Barr on Government Reform
Libertarian nominee for President; Former Republican Representative (GA-7)
“We hear about Joe the Plumber or hear about how much money Senator Obama is going to spend or how much money Senator McCain is going to spend,” Barr said, “but we don’t hear about the Constitution. That’s what we need to put back front and center.”
Furthermore, Reno herself hardly kept her distance from the fund-raising scheme. In just one example, she received a personal memo updating her on the Democratic National Committee’s plans to raise $100 million prior to the 1996 elections. The memo included a hand-scrawled note to “Janet” from a top party fund-raiser. Needless to say, this put Reno in an awkward position.
Reno kept documents [from this investigation] hidden from public view. If the Freeh and LaBella memos had become public in 1997, they would have galvanized our [impeachment] efforts.
To amend the Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971 to increase the penalties imposed for making or accepting contributions in the name of another and to prohibit foreign nationals from making any campaign-related disbursements.
[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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