Fixing The Mess In Washington

I had a previous post where I made some suggestion on how to fix some of the problems in the Federal Government.  I however though about some of what I had said earlier and decided that some of my suggestions did not go far enough and not only changed some of my original ideas but have thought of further suggestions.  This is my new list or ideas:

1.  Term Limits; the reason so many of the politicians today don’t have to worry about any consequences for their actions is because many cannot be thrown out of office due to the support of their districts who they essentially pay off and bribe, using tax dollars from the whole country.  We all complain about pork and if a congressman knows that he only has a limited time on office he has less incentive to try to bribe the electorate.  The presidency has term limits why not Congress?  To fix some the the problems The Presidency and seats in the Senate should be one six year term with the House seats being one four year term.  No member who has served their six year term in the House or Senate can ever sit in the House or Senate again in any other district or State.  If a House member is really a voice for the people, the state would elect him to the Senate, if he doesn’t have support outside his own little district than he won’t get elected, this way he can’t spend all his time trying to us taxpayers money to buy votes.  The new election cycle would be every 2 years dividing up the seats evenly to insure continuous turnover of the House and Senate with the Presidential elections starting on Year Three of the new policy and continuing from there.  Term limits should be mandatory for all state offices as well.

2.  The policy of giving members of Congress in both the Federal government and the states retirement packages for life after only serving one term needs to end.  No matter how long a Congressmen or President has served they should not be rewarded for life for the simple ability to dupe people into getting the majority of the vote.  The only retirement package most politicians deserve is a life sentence in prison and they certainly don’t deserve to leach off of the taxpayers for life.

3.  Every Law that is passed must be able to show how it is Constitutional before it can be enacted.  The bill must be able to site the exact article in the Constitution that would apply to the Bill and how it is Constitutional, if the Bill and it’s sponsors cannot show how this law would be Constitutional it cannot be made into law.  Any member of the government intentionally violating or attempting to violate any constitutional rights can be impeached for this offense, the penalty for violating the constitution is a lifetime ban from any governmental post, up to an including working the counter at the post office, with the worst violations punishable by imprisonment or death.  Further more, all bills must be read in their entirety by every member of Congress as well as the President before they may vote on it or in the case of the President either sign it into law or veto it.  Not only must every bill be read in it’s entirety by every politician who will be voting on it, it must be read out loud in it’s entirety the floor of both the House and Senate by a member of each with every member who plans on voting on it present and must be posted in the public domain for no less than three weeks prior to the actual voting in order for the Citizens of this country to be given ample time to read and understand it before the vote may take place.  The only exception to this is anything that one would need a security clearance to read (almost nothing) can be omitted but the rest of the Bill must still be read.

4.  No law can be made by any unelected official.  Only elected members of Congress have the right under the constitution to make laws, any law or regulations not coming from Congress are unconstitutional and are illegal.  Any law that is proposed must be written by either a member of the House or Senate.  Any Regulatory agency who wishes a law to be enacted must request Congress – who must be able to prove it’s constitutionality – to write them a regulation into law before for any regulation can take effect.  Further more, any Bills coming from Congress must be written by a member of Congress and my not be written even in part by anyone else including Congressional staff.

5.  The government may not be allowed to give money to any business or organization, unless it is a payment for goods or services rendered, such as buying military hardware, or equipment necessary for work, such as office computers or fax machines.   No money may be spent on things like grants, or subsidies.

6.  Voter registration must be done at either a State or Federal courthouse, no private entity may do this for the government.  If people are too stupid to figure out how to register to vote, they probably don’t need to vote.  When voting the voter must be able to prove he is who he says he is, if someone can’t figure out how to get a photo ID they probably don’t need to be voting, plus it’s not like you can’t scrounge up the $10 for an ID by panhandling for a day or so if you really want to vote that badly.  This will help keep outside organizations with hidden political agendas from attempts at fraud.

7.  The Federal Government needs to get out of any business that is not specifically in the constitution.  The 9th and 10th amendments are not negotiable, nor is any other.  If your State does not provide a service you want and it is not within the federal Governments Constitutional duties move to a state that does do it, or lobby you state representative like you are supposed to do.  If something is unconstitutional on both levels then lobby to change the Constitution, it is legal to do, although most people might not want to do it, that’s life.  Remember this, if you can ignore one part of the constitution to get what you want that means the whole thing means nothing, even the parts you like.

8.  Party affiliation must be removed from the ballot.  Too many people simply vote for a party without even bothering to know anything about the candidate, by removing the party affiliation  it would force people to at least learn a little bit about the different candidates before they vote.  If they still want to vote only on party lines that is fine but they have to do the research to figure it out in the first place.

9.  Tax law has to be standardized, when companies or special interests can get the government to give them tax breaks in order to get a leg up on their competition it creates a climate where people with money have incentives to bribe politicians.  Subsidies also need to be done away with for the same reason.  It is more economical to use sugar than corn syrup as a sweetener, however do to Government subsidies it makes corn syrup appear cheaper when purchasing, but that is only a trick since the real cost is hidden and passed on to consumers in the form of higher taxes.  Not only does this give an unfair advantage to the corn syrup industry but it ends up costing the taxpayers millions of dollars every year.

10.  The Speaker of the House will not be chosen by a political party, and will be elected to that position through a vote by the people with no person allowed to hold that position for longer than three years.  Elections will be held 6 weeks prior to the departure of the former Speaker.  Any member of the House who wishes to become Speaker must submit their name for the position one month prior to the election, and after the initial election a secondary runoff election for the top five candidates two weeks later and in the event of a tie or if the top two candidates are within a 5% margin another election will be held two weeks later with only those two on the ballot.

11. Any Elected Official convicted of a crime the penalty for the crime will be the highest legal punishment doubled without eligibility for early release or parole. So if something would usually be a maximum three-year jail sentence and a $10,000 fine they would automatically get six years in prison a $20,000 fine. In the case of any crime over a misdemeanor they will be stripped of their right to vote permanently, be banned from ever serving in any branch of the government or ever holding any kind of State or Federal job and lose any entitlement to any State of Federal aid they may be otherwise entitle too permanently including pensions, welfare and Social Security.  Any crime committed by an Elected Official that would normally carry a maximum fifteen year jail sentence automatically requires capital punishment and not a doubling of the jail sentence, the doubling of fines however will still be valid and will be paid by the Official prior to his death or by his estate afterwards, so that if the maximum penalty for the Officials crime is normally fifteen years in prison and a $250,000 dollar fine the Official would be required to pay $500,000 and receive the Death Penalty.

12.  Any bill that proposes a raise in the salaries or benefits of any elected official will be voted on by the people and not the elected officials themselves.  The only time it is permissable for elected officials to raise their own salaries without a popular vote shall be that every ten years the House and Senate may vote on raising salaries but only enough that is covers the average inflation over that previous ten-year period rounded down to the whole number, so that if the average rate of inflation was 3.6% they can vote on raising their salaries by 3%,  If it was 1.9% they can raise their salaries by 1%.

13.  Any governmental expenditures will be posted in the public domain except in the case of certain Defense expenditures where it would give away classified information.  All expenditures on classified projects will be posted with only the total monetary amount of all expenditures under the title of “Miscellaneous Defense Spending”.

14.  The federal Government cannot be allowed to run a deficit except in extreme emergencies such as war-time.  After the emergency is over all debts will be paid off within 4 years.

15.  Any law can be constitutionally challenged in Federal Court without having to show that it is personally harmful in any way other that it’s violation of your Constitutional Rights.   That does not mean that it has to go to the Supreme Court but it does have to be recognized and tried by the lower district courts.

16.  Reintroduction of the backing of currency with precious metals.  The government must back all monies with either gold or Silver and must have enough of each to cover the amount of paper or electronic money.  The government cannot print more money than 90% of the worth of the gold and silver reserves in its possession except in the time of war it can print up to 99% but only as a last resort. It can however print less but no less than 60 percent.

UPDATE:

I had more to say so while I should add more about how to stop the BS way Congressional Districts are created but I ended up making it a whole new post so go here for that.

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5 Comments

  1. great ^_^!

  2. I like your list and I will steal it wholesale.

  3. [...] the thoughtful, foul mouthed, gin fueled, America loving currently living in Japan blogger: Letters To a Dying Dream 1.  Term Limits; the reason so many of the politicians today don’t have to worry about any [...]

  4. GREAT IDEAS BUT WE WOULD HAVE TO HAVE CONGRESS ON THE BUSINESS END OF A GUN TO GET THIS PASSED. ROUND THEM ALL UP AND I WILL GLADLY PULL THE TRIGGER ON THE GUN.

  5. The current crop yes, but we can try to replace them with decent people, that is if any decent person wants to be a politician, some might but not many. I wouldn’t go for the guns just yet.


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