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Options include a constitutional amendment requiring a balanced federal budget, a repeal of all tax hikes scheduled to begin in 2011, and no regulation or tax on the Internet.

Newt Gingrich is back with a new 'contract'

Mr. Gingrich is talking about crafting a Contract With America II, and has laid out themes, starting with jobs, balanced budget, and energy. Rep. Paul Ryan (R) of Wisconsin, one of the party’s rising stars, has put out a “Roadmap for America’s Future.” Rep. John Boehner (R) of Ohio, the House minority leader, says he’s drafting a Republican campaign platform.

And Sen. John McCain of Arizona, the GOP presidential nominee in 2008, says Senate Republicans will lay out a 10-point election year agenda this spring – the 10 things the Republican Party would seek to enact within 60 days upon retaking control of Congress.

Then, of course, there’s the manifesto (of sorts) by Michael Steele, the chairman of the Republican National Committee, who released a book last month called “Right Now: A 12-Step Program for Defeating the Obama Agenda.”

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