Politics

A Look into Trump’s “Contract with the American Voter”

By The Banner Staff

President-elect Donald J. Trump’s triumph over former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on November 8 took the country by storm.

At the time of print, Trump, at first, seemed to be playing it safe as he selected Reince Priebus—former head of the Republican National Committee and a beloved figure amongst establishment Republicans—to be his Chief of Staff, which is often touted to be the most powerful position in the White House.

Then he announced that he has chosen Stephen K. Bannon—a noted racist and anti-Semite who previously ran Breitbart News, a conservative digital news outlet—to be his senior counselor and chief West Wing Strategist.

Bannon’s appointment drew ire from both Republicans and Democrats and signaled a potential embrace of the “alt-right,” a fringe wing of conservatism made up primarily of white nationalists.

He has also selected Myron Ebell, who doesn’t believe in climate change, to head the Environmental Protection Agency.

Despite the daily protests since his election, Trump is expected to continue rolling out cabinet picks over the next few weeks.

In the meantime, The Banner has decided to publish Trump’s “Contract with the American Voter,” which his campaign published in October, in full:

(PLEASE NOTE: The following has not been vetted or fact-checked. In fact, leaders in Congress have already expressed opposition to many of the socially liberal policies. It should be taken as an insight into Trump and his campaign’s idealistic vision)

Six measures to clean up the corruption and special interest collusion in Washington, DC:

1.) propose a constitutional amendment to impose term limits on all members of Congress.

2.) a hiring freeze on all federal employees to reduce the federal workforce through attrition (exempting military, public safety, and public health).

3.) a requirement that for every new federal regulation, two existing regulations must be eliminated.

4.) a five-year ban on White House and Congressional officials becoming lobbyists after they leave government service.

5.) a lifetime ban on White House officials lobbying on behalf of a foreign government.

6.) a complete ban on foreign lobbyists raising money for American elections.

Seven actions to protect American workers:

1.) I will announce my intention to renegotiate NAFTA or withdraw from the deal under Article 2205.

2.) I will announce our withdrawal from the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

3.) I will direct the Secretary of the Treasury to label China a currency manipulator.

4.) I will direct the Secretary of Commerce and U.S. Trade Representative to identify all foreign trading abuses that unfairly impact American workers and direct them to use every tool under American and international law to end those abuses immediately.

5.) I will lift the restrictions on the production of $50 trillion dollars’ worth of job-producing American energy reserves, including shale, oil, natural gas and clean coal.

6.) lift the Obama-Clinton roadblocks and allow vital energy infrastructure projects, like the Keystone Pipeline, to move forward.

7.) cancel billions in payments to U.N. climate change programs and use the money to fix

America’s water and environmental infrastructure. Five actions to restore security and the constitutional rule of law:

1.) cancel every unconstitutional executive action, memorandum and order issued by President Obama.

2.) begin the process of selecting a replacement for Justice Scalia from one of the 20 judges on my list, who will uphold and defend the U.S. Constitution.

3.) cancel all federal funding to sanctuary cities.

4.) begin removing the more than two million criminal illegal immigrants from the country and cancel visas to foreign countries that won’t take them back.

5.) suspend immigration from terror-prone regions where vetting cannot safely occur. All vetting of people coming into our country will be considered “extreme vetting.”

Trump’s contract then goes on to list several major policy initiatives.

“I will work with Congress to introduce the following broader legislative measures and fight for their passage within the first 100 days of my Administration,” the contract reads.

Middle Class Tax Relief and

Simplification Act

An economic plan designed to grow the economy 4% per year and create at least 25 million new jobs through massive tax reduction and simplification, in combination with trade reform, regulatory relief and lifting the restrictions on American energy.

The largest tax reductions are for the middle class. A middle-class family with two children will get a 35% tax cut.

The current number of brackets will be reduced from seven to three, and tax forms will likewise be greatly simplified.

The business rate will be lowered from 35% to 15%, and the trillions of dollars of American corporate money overseas can now be brought back at a 10% rate.

End the Offshoring Act

Establishes tariffs to discourage companies from laying off their workers in order to relocate in other countries and ship their products back to the U.S. tax-free.

American Energy and Infrastructure Act

Leverages public-private partnerships, and private investments through tax incentives, to spur $1 trillion in infrastructure investment over ten years. It is revenue neutral.

School Choice and Education

Opportunity Act

Redirects education dollars to give parents the right to send their kid to the public, private, charter, magnet, religious or home school of their choice.

Ends Common Core and brings education supervision to local communities.

It expands vocational and technical education, and makes two and four-year college more affordable.

Repeal and Replace Obamacare Act

Fully repeals Obamacare and replaces it with Health Savings Accounts, the ability to purchase health insurance across state lines and let’s states manage Medicaid funds.

Reforms will also include cutting the red tape at the FDA: there are over 4,000 drugs awaiting approval, and we especially want to speed the approval of life-saving medications.

Affordable Childcare and

Eldercare Act

Allows Americans to deduct childcare and eldercare from their taxes, incentivizes employers to provide on-site childcare services and creates tax-free dependent care savings accounts for both young and elderly dependents, with matching contributions for low-income families.

End Illegal Immigration Act

Fully-funds the construction of a wall on our southern border with the full understanding that the country of Mexico will be reimbursing the United States for the full cost of such wall; establishes a two-year mandatory minimum federal prison sentence for illegally reentering the U.S. after a previous deportation, and a five-year mandatory minimum federal prison sentence for illegally reentering for those with felony convictions, multiple misdemeanor convictions or two or more prior deportations; also reforms visa rules to enhance penalties for overstaying and to ensure open jobs are offered to American workers first.

Restoring Community Safety Act

Reduces surging crime, drugs and violence by creating a task force on violent crime and increasing funding for programs that train and assist local police

[I]ncreases resources for federal law enforcement agencies and federal prosecutors to dismantle criminal gangs and put violent offenders behind bars.

Restoring National Security Act

Rebuilds our military by eliminating the defense sequester and expanding military investment; provides veterans with the ability to receive public VA treatment or attend the private doctor of their choice; protects our vital infrastructure from cyber-attack; establishes new screening procedures for immigration to ensure those who are admitted to our country support our people and our values.

Clean Up Corruption in

Washington Act

Enacts new ethics reforms to drain the swamp and reduce the corrupting influence of special interests on our politics.

“On November 8th, Americans will be voting for this 100-day plan to restore prosperity to our economy, security to our communities and honesty to our government,” the contract concludes.

“This is my pledge to you. And if we follow these steps, we will once more have a government of, by and for the people.”

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