I often hear people complain about political policies and laws. But, rarely do I hear viable solutions to these problems. So, I thought I’d start a wish list of legislative bills that I would like to see enacted.
- Campaign reform – Only registered individual voters should be allowed to donate monies to political campaigns. Donations should be capped to $100 per election per person. This way each and every registered voter has an EQUAL voice. No union, lobbyist, business, or special interest money should be allowed.
- Tax reform – The tax code should be completely re-written to reflect a fair and reasonable tax based on a flat percentage of income. No exceptions. Property taxes should be abolished and replaced because you can never truly own your house or property as long as you are required to pay taxes on it to keep it. Every single part of the tax code should be easy to understand and file for both business and individual alike.
- Education reform – The principal of a school should be adequate management of an education facility. Principals of public education schools should be elected by district and directly accountable to the parents of the district school they represent. A voucher system should be used so parents can send children to schools of their own choice.
- Health reform – Repeal Obamacare in it’s entirety. Open state borders so insurance carriers can compete with each other on a nationwide market. Fair caps on medical tort reimbursement for procedural errors that do not cause the victim irreparable damage. Reduce the amount of dependents on Medicare and make plans to phase it out completely. Everyone should be encouraged to invest a percentage of pre-taxed income into a health savings account that can be used to make tax free medical payments. These health savings accounts ‘could possibly’ be used as investment (with regulation) toward medical and pharmaceutical research.
- Legislative reform – All legislation before Congress should be understandable by, not only the representatives of Congress, but also by the people that it may govern. For this reason, and to determine Constitutionality, are why bills start in committee. Bills do NOT start in committee to be bundled together and earmarked. The majority leaders of the House and Senate should NOT be keeping bills that are ready to leave committee from hitting their respective floors for discussion and/or vote unless they come out of committee full of earmarks and/or are not understandable to the elected representatives (or the review committee failed to do their respective jobs).
- War reform – If any person in the House of Representatives, Senate, or Presidential office votes to go to war with another nation or votes to support it militarily, and then later publicly denounces his/her decision, they should be tried for treason to this country. If found guilty he/she should spend his/her remaining days in this country in a federal penitentiary. If politicians are going to vote to aid or participate in a war, they had better be sure, in advance, that they are making a decision they can embrace and defend for the rest of their life.
- Special Interest reform – Businesses, unions, activist, lobbyist, church, nor any other ‘special interest’ pushing an agenda should be ‘influential’ in regards to federal government policy and law. Every citizen already has the ability to correspond with their representatives and cast their vote. These groups get unfair advantages, preferential treatment, and pandered to by politicians.
- Entitlement reform – State and local government should be responsible for taxation and distribution of entitlement programs within their own districts. All federal entitlement programs should be stopped. Furthermore, ANY entitlement taxed for and distributed by the state and local government should be temporary.
- Judicial reform – If a judge is found to be aggressively interpreting law, ‘outside of the spirit within which it was written’, Congress (both House and Senate) should have the power to impeach said judge using the same method they would use to impeach a sitting president. Since the Senate appoints these judges, the Senate should be reviewing their decisions and any impeachment process should also start in the Senate and continue to the House of Representatives.
- Immigration reform – All immigrants should be required to obtain legal citizenship before they are allowed to obtain employment within the United States borders. Failure to comply on the behalf of the employer will result in heavy fines directly related to a fixed percentage of the employer’s income. The offending foreigner will be deported. Immigrants found within the United States illegally that commit violent crimes should be deported and put on “watch lists”.
These are merely 10 ‘common sense reform’ topics in a whole pile of other bills I would like to see discussed and voted on in Congress. Do you have a wish list of legislative bills you’d like to see discussed in Congress?