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Tom DeLay: De Blasio’s Liberal ‘Contract With America’ Unconstitutional
Tuesday, 12 May 2015 09:40 PM
By Greg Richter
The “progressive” Contract with America outlined by New York Mayor Bill de Blasio will spark a debate, but ultimately won’t pass constitutional muster, former Rep. Tom DeLay told Newsmax TV on Tuesday.
The Texas Republican said de Blasio’s use of the term was flattering to himself and others in the GOP who crafted their own conservative “Contract with America” in 1994 that helped sweep Republicans into office and in control of both chambers of Congress.
“This is just a great opportunity for a masterful debate in the country between progressivism and constitutionalism,” DeLay told “Newsmax Prime” host J.D. Hayworth, who was a freshman member of Congress when he signed the 1994 contract.
The progressives are not trying to hide their socialism, and that’s going to force the Republicans to answer it, DeLay said.
Former GOP Rep. Bob Walker of Pennsylvania said de Blasio and Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts are listing their ideas, but are not offering specific legislation they would introduce if elected — unlike the GOP in 1994.
“We told the American people not only what we stood for, but we said here’s the legislation to implement what we stand for,” Walker said. “Then when we took control in Washington, we actually went about passing the exact pieces of legislation that we told the American people that we were going to take up.”
De Blasio’s plan includes universal prekindergarten and a $15 minimum wage.
“I just want to say that in looking at the 15 points, not one of them is constitutional,” DeLay said. “It is going to be a constitutional debate, because all the Republicans have to say is they all sound really good, but it’s not constitutional.”
Bill de Blasio Criticized for Frequent Trips Outside NYC
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is under fire for spending too much time traveling outside the city for political appearances, The New York Times reported.
De Blasio has spent time recently in Washington, D.C., Iowa, Wisconsin, and California, and of the last 31 days he spent at least part of 10 of them outside the state.
The mayor’s aides defend his travel, saying that his national trips are directly linked to his municipal efforts and that he continues to be focused on the needs of the city, particularly in health and education.
“He’s using every tool as mayor of New York City to combat the central issue of our times, which is income inequality,” John Del Cecato, a political consultant who is helping to oversee de Blasio’s travels, told the Times.
“But he knows there is only so much that a mayor can do on his own,” he added, saying that the travel would help bring in federal aid for reforms in New York. “He really feels it’s an obligation to his constituents, to 8.4 million people, to help push the federal government to do its part.”
For example, Michael Bloomberg pursued smoking and gun campaigns and considered a run for president. He also traveled frequently to Bermuda. Rudolph Giuliani ran for Senate as the end of his tenure approached, while John Lindsay campaigned for the Democratic presidential nomination in his second term, the Times said.
“You have to strap them to the mast, like Odysseus,” Gordon Davis, a senior aide to Lindsay and former city parks commissioner, told the Times. He added that New York mayors can find the prospect of fame “intoxicating.”
He said, however, that being in the national spotlight comes with the territory.
“Is it the obligation of the mayor of the City of New York to be a spokesman on national issues? Absolutely, it is part of the job,” Davis said, according to the Times. “There may be some style issues on when you do it, and how you do it, but I think it’s perfectly appropriate.”
Chirlane McCray, de Blasio’s wife, is also building a national profile with an interview with National Public Radio and a Mother’s Day essay in Time magazine, the Times said.
Gingrich Slams de Blasio for ‘Contract For the Left’
Sunday, 10 May 2015 09:16 AM
By Sandy Fitzgerald
Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich panned New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio over his plans for a “Liberal Contract With America,” warning him that his plans to push the Democratic Party further left will lead to disaster.
“He said he was inspired by the 1994 Contract With America, of which I was the lead architect,” Gingrich said in an opinion piece for The New York Post. “I’m flattered, Mr. Mayor. But allow me to offer a few cautionary thoughts.”
De Blasio said last week that he has been working closely with other leaders and experts to pull together a progressive list of priorities for progressives, in the vein of Gingrich’s famous Contract With America, which at that time detailed actions Republicans promised to take if they were voted in as the majority party in the House.
He said he plans to unveil the contract on the steps of the U.S. Capitol on Tuesday.
“De Blasio is clearly trying to pressure the Democrats to move to the left,” Gingrich said. “But that is the exact opposite of the Contract with America model. The purpose of the Contract was not to pick a fight within the Republican Party. It was to define a center-right majority with a platform that commanded the broad support of the American people.”
Gingrich suggested that before the mayor writes his contract, he should call former British Labour Party leader Ed Miliband, who resigned after his party was wiped out in last week’s elections, losing to conservative Prime Minister David Cameron and his party.
Cameron’s win “holds lessons for both Democrats and Republicans,” said Gingrich. “The historic collapse of the Labour Party and its dramatic under performance is a warning for those who believe a “true” left-wing agenda is the key to electoral victory.
Conservatives dominated British politics for 18 years, from the time Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher was first elected in 1979 until Tony Blair moved the Labour Party to the center, winning the election in 1997.
Blair was succeeded by Gordon Brown in 2007, who moved the party further left, and after the party was hammered by the economic crisis in 2010, Brown resigned.
“The lesson Labour learned from this defeat was the de Blasio lesson,” Gingrich said in his opinion piece. “Ed Miliband became leader and moved Labour toward its militant left, redistributionist, big-government base. The result is that Conservative Prime Minister David Cameron has governed a center-right coalition that the British people decisively reaffirmed this week.”
Back in the United States, de Blasio “has to come to grips” with the realities that dominate American politics and government.
“British Conservatives emphasized their concerns for ‘working Britons,'” said Gingrich. “In the United States, Maine Gov. Paul LePage, a Republican, won reelection last year on similar themes. Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan won big in a blue state by emphasizing high taxes and the needs of working Marylanders.”
And the mayor “wants higher taxes and bigger governments,” said Gingrich, while polls say Americans want smaller government and more take-home pay.
And as such, Gingrich said it’s “impossible” for de Blasio to create a document in the mold of his own “contract” if it’s based on “far-left ideas.”
In addition, Gingrich said his document was one that committed to specific steps, and that House Republicans had already written legislation for all pledges.
“As President Obama taught us with the stimulus and Obamacare, the left can’t write its bills out in the open, because the American people would repudiate them as soon as they understand them,” Gingrich said.
But he said he looks forward to the mayor’s efforts to “practice the self-destruction and self-delusion of the British Labour Party,” and he’d be happy to debate the merits of the two contracts.