More on that contract

Re: “Guess who’s back? Key purveyor of partisan acrimony is advising GOP leaders to do more of the same,” by Carl P. Leubsdorf, Feb. 3 Opinion.

Leubsdorf’s memory of the Contract with America is not very good. The contract was transformational. It’s the reason you can go online and read a bill before Congress votes on it. Also, it gave us welfare reform, a capital gains tax cut and a balanced budget — supported by many Democrats and signed into law by President Bill Clinton.

We also got the Roth IRA, the ability of seniors to keep working without losing their Social Security benefits and the first child tax credit (which today, congressional Democrats want to make even more generous). The contract helped Republicans retake the House, but its contents were not partisan. They merely reflected good government.

John Goodman, Dallas

Read the original opinion posted on the Dallas Morning News website.

John C. Goodman is President of the Goodman Institute and Senior Fellow at The Independent Institute. His books include the soon-to-be-published updated edition of Priceless: Curing the Healthcare Crisis, the widely acclaimed A Better Choice: Healthcare Solutions for America, and New Way to Care: Social Protections that Put Families First. The Wall Street Journal and National Journal, among other media, have called him the “Father of Health Savings Accounts.”


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