Another governing contract
Mark McFall’s Feb. 11 letter really makes a good case for state-initiated action to restore our Constitution. As an intermediate step to hopefully rein in nanny-state government and its out-of-control spending, we should all demand that political candidates (those who can propose or pass legislation) of each party, before every election cycle, tell us in writing what their legislative priorities are.
This should be a pledge signed by every candidate supporting it. The document should fill up a page but not exceed one page in length. We should demand that state and local candidates do this, too. This kind of pledge has been very successfully tried before in 1994. It was called the Contract with America, brilliantly authored by Newt Gingrich.