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Thursday, November 05, 2015

What I want in 2016



The personalities in the presidential race are interesting but let us talk policy.

Here is what I want for 2016:

Repeal Obamacare. Replace it with nothing. The Census Bureai lied. There was never on any single day 47 million people without health insurance. The question was whether there was a time in the past year that you were without it even for a short period. Once Obamacare passed, they stopped asking. This was federal employees using their official positions to lobby for legislation. You lie, your law gets repealed.

Follow the 13th, 14th and 15th Amendments and end affirmative action. If after 40 years of racial preferences we still do not have equality, we never will under this program. It failed.

End the Federal Register. Require Congress to approve every promulgation of rules by every agency. It won't stop the madness, but at least we can hold someone accountable for the bureaucratic overkill of the United States.

Disband the Environmental Protection Agency. Our air is cleaner, and our water is too, so much that the bureaucrats have nothing to do so they made up a lie about carbon dioxide destroying the Earth. Sadly, years of issuing millions of diploma to people as educational participation trophies have led the public to think it knows science. It doesn't. There is not one iota of proof. You lie, your agency dies.

On top of that, this rogue agency destroyed the Animas River, and no one is being held accountable. Criminal prosecutions are in order, as we had when a private company did far less damage to the Kanawha River, and the federal government sentenced him to three years in prison.

The states can handle pollution now.

Replace the IRS with a flat tax of 10% of all income above $100,000. Corporate taxes would be 20%. No corporation except a bona fide church would be tax exempt. That includes finally taxing Harvard.

No more government guaranteed loans or mortgages.

Give the states the fuel taxes and get the federal government out of the highway industry.

Kill all tax subsidies to Elon Musk. Period.

Ditto Planned Parenthood. If its "services" are vital, then bid them out.

Cap Medicaid and food stamp payments to the states at 2010 levels and make them block grants to the states that will drop 5% a year, until they reach half of today's nominal value, and are eliminated.

Do not touch Social Security. The feel-good cry to stop payments to billionaires does nothing. You would have to halt checks to 23% of the recipients.

Instead, up the interest Congress pays on the money it took from Social Security to 6%. It now pays 3.6%. The difference in vigorish will keep it solvent.

Mandate retirement for all federal officials (except the military) after 30 years, including Congress. Only one federal pension per customer. We need fresh faces.

Create Legal Review Committees in each chamber of Congress to purge the federal code of antiquated laws. No new legislation can take place unless an old law is repealed.

An across-the-board cut of 10% of all staff except prisons. Add prison staff.

VA medical cards for veterans eligible for VA care.

Dump the FEC, FCC and TSA. They are useless.

Destroy the Department of Education, which does more damage to schools in America than we realize.

Oh yes, the border. Build a steel wall like the one Mexico installed along its Guatemalan border -- and then adopt Mexico's immigration laws.

16 comments:

  1. Every candidate in this race - R and D - will promise you this if you asked them to do so to their face. Once elected, said candidate - whether R or D - will not deliver though. Calling it now, doesn't matter who is the next prez is - R or D; male or female - this country will hit a slide like no other time in U.S. history. We the voters have zero choices this go around. They are all nut jobs. Both sides of aisles.

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    1. Yep. On top of the nutjobs, we have Democrat Lite policies of teh Republicans

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  2. Brother Don: One of your paragraps, ending in the word 'to' doesn't seem to be finished. Otherwise a wonderful post from a wise and thoughtful blogger. Thanks for being there.

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    1. Brother Timothy: Thanks. That was an extraneous word, but your comments hows you have read a few of my posts :)
      I need better proofreading

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  3. I don't see a single issue I disagree with. I would only add that the 10% staffing cut should be a start with annual reductions thereafter until a predetermined floor is reached.

    Don, you make Ted Cruz look liberal.

    Don Surber for President!

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  4. Prosecute both Clintons for multiple violations of the law. Both of them belong in jail.

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  5. "Do not touch Social Security. The feel-good cry to stop payments to billionaires does nothing. You would have to halt checks to 23% of the recipients.

    Instead, up the interest Congress pays on the money it took from Social Security to 6%. It now pays 3.6%. The difference in vigorish will keep it solvent."

    You do realize that SS taxes are NOT invested, so any interest paid must come from...income taxes.

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    1. Yep. I would cut Medicaid in half and end the gravy train for the medical industry. Health "costs" (prices) rise just like tuition and for the same reason: Congress

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  6. T says:

    Sam L,

    You are correct. That is a good catch! In fact taxes (not just income taxes) are the ONLY way a govt has money to spend on anything. The first law of economics is that, one way or another, the consumer (taxpayer) always pays the bill.

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    1. "Government is something which is supported by the people and kept alive by taxation. There is no other way of keeping it alive."
      --Civil Government in the United States (1902), John Fiske


      As to the supported by the people, that's a little to simplistic:

      "We call the social apparatus of compulsion and coercion that induces people to abide by the rules of life in society, the state; the rules according to which the state proceeds, law; and the organs charged with the responsibility of administering the apparatus of compulsion, government."

      --Mises, Ludwig von, Liberalism

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    2. Federal government prints money (through The Fed) and spends what it wants.

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  7. Forgive the length of my comment, but you have so really good stuff and I will want to comment on most of it. Delete this comment if the length is excessive. The software is unforgiving. I'll do it as 2 (or more) postings. This Part 1.

    What you wrote is signaled by > in the old email mood.

    > The personalities in the presidential race are interesting but let us talk policy.

    > Here is what I want for 2016:

    > Repeal Obamacare. Replace it with nothing.
    [snip]

    > Follow the 13th, 14th and 15th Amendments and end affirmative action.

    Repeal 16th and 17th Amendments.

    Add an Amendment to be referred to familiarly as the Sunshine and Sunset Amendment, which requires:

    That every action of any body or any official be taken "in the sunshine" which is to say not in secret. (Exceptions for bona fide national security matters to be permitted provided that videographic and other documentation explaining the action to be filed with the National archives and reviewed annually.)

    That every law, regulation or similar enactment currently in effect or made in the future have a Sunset--a date and time of expiration without further action. (New enactments by the original enacting body to seamlessly continue the matter in force is permitted. The Sunset expiration period shall be seven years or less.

    [snip]


    > End the Federal Register. Require Congress to approve every promulgation of
    > rules by every agency. It won't stop the madness, but at least we can hold
    > someone accountable for the bureaucratic overkill of the United States.

    Do not agree. Why have executive agencies if the legislature is going to do all the work?

    > Disband the Environmental Protection Agency.

    See also the Bureau of Land Management, much of the National Parks and National Forests services. Gut NASA (or abolish it).

    [snip]

    > The states can handle pollution now.


    > Replace the IRS with a flat tax of 10% of all income above $100,000. Corporate
    > taxes would be 20%. No corporation except a bona fide church would be tax
    > exempt. That includes finally taxing Harvard.

    I would include bona fide charities as long as 90% of all revenue is disbursed to charter-defined beneficiaries or is retained as endowment.

    > No more government guaranteed loans or mortgages.

    Or other "bailouts".

    [Continued]

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  8. Part 2.

    > Give the states the fuel taxes and get the federal government out of the highway
    > industry.

    ...and air and rail industries.

    > Kill all tax subsidies to Elon Musk. Period.

    > Ditto Planned Parenthood. If its "services" are vital, then bid them out.

    > Cap Medicaid and food stamp payments to the states at 2010 levels and make
    > them block grants to the states that will drop 5% a year, until they reach half of
    > today's nominal value, and are eliminated.

    > Do not touch Social Security. The feel-good cry to stop payments to billionaires
    > does nothing. You would have to halt checks to 23% of the recipients.

    Make provision for a replacement for Medicare and Social Security that depends on personal responsibility and gets government out of the "insurance" business.

    > Instead, up the interest Congress pays on the money it took from Social Security to > 6%. It now pays 3.6%. The difference in vigorish will keep it solvent.

    Disagee. It has to be funded by taxes, let it be a line item that shines a light on that fact.

    > Mandate retirement for all federal officials (except the military) after 30 years,
    > including Congress. Only one federal pension per customer. We need fresh faces.

    I DISAGREE. If a pension is part of the compensation package (as for a member of the military, for example) they are entitled to the pension no matter what employment they may subsequently take. Your plan will dry up the well of "fresh faces".

    Make the pension value similar to the "private sector" for a similar assignment.

    > Create Legal Review Committees in each chamber of Congress to purge the
    > federal code of antiquated laws. No new legislation can take place unless an old
    > law is repealed.

    See "sunshine and Sunset" above. (I'm not sure the "no new if no old removed" is a good idea.)

    > An across-the-board cut of 10% of all staff except prisons. Add prison staff.

    I would require that one third of the line items in the federal budget be "zero based" each year. (After three years, every line item will have been justified "from scratch"--no more COLA, no more undocumented continuations.)

    Outlaw ALL "off-budget" transactions. Make all contingency funds transactions reviewable by a House committee.

    > VA medical cards for veterans eligible for VA care.

    Revise VA to make it use contract services from nearby hospitals.

    > Dump the FEC, FCC and TSA. They are useless.

    > Destroy the Department of Education, which does more damage to schools in
    > America than we realize.

    > Oh yes, the border. Build a steel wall like the one Mexico installed along its
    > Guatemalan border -- and then adopt Mexico's immigration laws.

    And (or instead) shut down all the enticements (welfare, et al) that make illegal crossings worth doing.

    The Berlin wall metaphor bothers me a lot.

    Provide a humane path to naturalization or resident alien status. The path length should not exceed one month for "resident alien" and one year for "naturalization".
    Both, and "visitors" should be warmly welcomed at ports of entry.

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  9. No income tax. The 16th Amendment may have made the concept of an income tax constitutional, but current events prove that it cannot be administered constitutionally. Fund the federal government with a progressive tax on state government expenditures.

    Agree with eliminating Federal Register. That eliminates the ability of the president to rule as King by legislating through the departments. The 2,000 page ObamaCare legislation spawned over 20,000 pages of new laws that in some cases are diametrically opposed to the wording of the original law.

    The Sunrise Clause should require a law to be available for public review for 30 days before it can be voted on in Congress. Changing a period restarts the clock. Emergencies can be addressed with an emergency clause similar to the War Powers Act that lets the President act for 45 days without Congressional approval.

    The sunset clause should be for 40 years. It eliminates the current circumstances of being ruled by dead people. It disbands federal agencies not specifically exempted in the Constitution (State, War, Treasury, Justice) after the 40 years. NASA is disbanded. A new US air and space agency would need to be set up. This would mitigate the tendency of bureaucracies to linger indefinitely. buh by James Hansen.

    TERM LIMITS!!!!!!!!!!

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  10. Any law or regulation that applies to the general public applies with equal force to any member of government. No more special exemptions for members of Congress or the executive branch.

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