Stop The Madness

I have to be honest: I can’t decide which kind of news I hate more, the shit about our Government or the shit about mindless, attention whore celebrities who do virtually nothing but get paid nonetheless. Come to think of it, put that way I suppose I could just as well pick both and be good. Seriously, what’s the difference?

I could stop there and call it a Random Thought, and you’d all be tickled, mainly. But you know what? I’m pissed, and it stems from the fact that the more I see the more concerned I get about our future. All the talk about voting the fucktards out is just that: talk. The truth is, that would be an exercise much like picking up the dog shit from your yard. You get rid of the old shit, and more shit magically appears. What we need, really, is a change in the system. One that will use inherent human corruption tendencies, greed, and Darwinism to self-correct.

Term Limits. The term limit for the President will remain two terms. For continuity and planning, the term limit for Congress shall not exceed the number of years required to reach voting age, therefore setting the Senate to three terms and the House to nine. Time in service will be cumulative regardless of continuity of terms served. Should the various parties be unable to sponsor a candidate in any state or district, then a Senator or Representative will be selected by lottery from citizens registered for jury duty but not receiving state or Federal entitlements.

Pay. Congress and The President will be paid a fixed salary subject to taxes as defined by applicable US Code. However, the annual rate will be apportioned based on work performed in the Capitol, pro-rated based on a 40-hour work week. Overtime will not be considered for a higher marginal rate if required based on the notion that they volunteered for the job. Hours spent outside elected work will remain unpaid, and all funds remaining annually will revert to the Treasury. All elected members will be subject to government shutdown before any other Federal employee will go unpaid but will be legally required to continue to work until the budget is resolved.

Benefits. All elected officials will be required to fully and completely participate in whatever government plans they pass. The Executive and Legislative Branches will fall under jurisdiction of all laws immediately as measures are passed. Further, there will be no special pensions or other similar remunerations for tenure other than existing Federal programs for those elected. As elected officials, they will also be banned from unionizing. Members will have the option of choosing private health plans or utilize local military facilities.

Funding. For starters, any legal entity enjoying corporate status will be prohibited from contributing money directly or indirectly to any campaign. Lobbies and special interests will have nice, anorexic limits applied to what they may contribute as well. Further, any public official will be required to put donations into designated accounts run by the OMB, and daily status will be posted online, to include the originating account bearing-name. Transparency is a powerful tool. Additionally, no elected official may spend more than one-fifth of his or her tenure in fundraising activity. Once the funded election is over, all residual money raised by the individual and not under party control will transfer to the Treasury to be applied to the national debt. Of note, there will be no cap on personal funds donated by the candidate himself, but details of personal accounts will be made public as well immediately upon announcement of candidacy.

Presidential candidates may use party-owned funds but the same contribution statutes will apply. There will be no barriers, legal or regulatory, against new party creation, and the party committee may raise funds in support of their collective candidates. Should a party lose a national election, one-quarter of all remaining party funds will revert to the Treasury. Further, it will be among the party committee members to decide how the collective funds are apportioned among the various Senate, House, and Presidential candidates.

Amendment. No act of Congress or the President alone will be sufficient to modify any of the terms of this framework. In order for any modification to pass into law and code, a direct referendum of the People will be required with the passing vote not to be less than 75% of the popular vote. Further, the various party committees will provide funds from internal remaining party reserves equally to pay for the referendum.

This looks ready to go in my opinion. Hit ‘print’ and mail it to your favorite waterhead in office.

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50 Responses to “Stop The Madness”

  1. Let me just jump in here and say that I have like, ten tabs open right now, so I don’t have an educated opinion to offer on your post at this point. Give me a few and I’ll be back.

    And thanks for all the homework, big brother. I feel smarter already. 🙂

  2. 75% is just nuts , no way on earth anything will get done that way . Agrre with you on pretty much everything else .
    Btw , if you really want to see some degenerate politicians , flip to Indian news . I see my parents laugh their heads off all the time :-/ .

  3. savorthefolly Says:

    let me just second H.E. on that. The more I read into this post the dumber I felt ’cause I felt like I needed to go do some homework before I could write an intelligent response. I actually have no idea whether I totally agree with you or think you’re an idiot.

    My first instinct on a Sunday morning is to assume you’re an idiot because then I wouldn’t have to go do any homework – but actually if I go with that then I really do need to do my homework to justify insulting you.

    So perhaps the best way to support my Sunday morning laziness is to applaud your insightful analysis and nominate your for office.

    Do I hear a second?

  4. So you’re running in 2012 under the Rant Party?

  5. Repeal the ‘Citizens United’ ruling first.
    If we can’t get that done, all the other ideas will remain that – just ideas.

  6. I agree that we need to get corporate money out of campaigns. And there needs to be much more transparency in campaign financing.

    I also agree that we need term limits for all elected officials, but 18 years is too long. Too much damage can be done in 18 years, hell, quite a lot can be done in 8.

    As for pay, I would propose that pay for first year congressmen be 40 hours a week at minimum wage. Raises in subsequent years would be the same as cost of living adjustments that are in place for other federal employees. Since Walmart is the largest private sector employer in the country and MacDonalds is the second largest, it might be good for our elected officials to have a better understanding of how many of their constituents live. Getting by on $290 (gross pay) a week isn’t easy.

  7. Thats why I only watch the Colbert Report. As far as the rest, very reasonable. Check out the Quick Hitts podcast. He has a few episodes on this type of irritation. 🙂

  8. I do enough posting about politics over on my blog, but I’ll make a comment. The number one problem with politicians today, more than ever before in our nation’s history, is the they are far more beholden to the desires and demands of their respective parties than they are to reason, logic, sense, decency, or their constituents, fellow citizens and the world in general.

  9. I have to totally agree with your proposals. If only there were some realistically possible way to implement them. The similar problems are, perhaps, not quite so severe, here in Canada, but our government could also use the catheter of reality inserted and a high colonic administered.

    Anthony Justin seems to miss the point. If we could ever actually get measures like this enacted, the significant 75% majority requirement would almost ensure that it would never be defanged or watered down. To do so, in a time of need, would require that the great unwashed would actually have to make themselves aware of what was happening, and then do more about it than they do about the weather, bitch, bitch, bitch. He’s right; there would probably never be a 75% vote to change, and mores the gooder.

    I came late to this series of rants and have been going back and reading the archives. I read about you getting your eyes fixed for free by the army. I’m happy for you, but there was one thing that concerned me. You had 20/400 vision, and they let you play with tanks with 120MM cannon firing grapeshot? Suddenly I don’t feel quite as safe and protected as I did. “Oh, was that the general’s tent?”

  10. Alright, I finished my homework, and my conclusion is I agree.

    Mostly.

    If you want a laugh you can check my math here:

    http://heellisgoa.com/homework/

  11. John Erickson Says:

    I’d really like to see an elimination of the electoral college. That stuff was put in to handle people spread all over the countryside when top speed was about 8 mph (a horse). Now with electronic voting, you can actually get the people’s voice, not the representation of what some politicians believe to be the people’s voice. That would help clean up the executive branch – then we get the Rants party elected to the legislative.
    Sound like a plan?

  12. how about this:

    Congressional Reform Act of 2011

    1. No Tenure / No Pension.
    A Congressman collects a salary while in office and receives no pay when they are out of office.

    2. Congress (past, present & future) participates in Social Security.
    All funds in the Congressional retirement fund move to the Social Security system immediately. All future funds flow into the Social Security system, and Congress participates with the American people. It may not be used for any other purpose.

    3. Congress can purchase their own retirement plan, just as all Americans do.

    4. Congress will no longer vote themselves a pay raise. Congressional pay will rise by the lower of CPI or 3%.

    5. Congress loses their current health care system and participates in the same health care system as the American people.

    6. Congress must equally abide by all laws they impose on the American people.

    7. All contracts with past and present Congressmen are void effective 1/1/12.
    The American people did not make this contract with Congressmen. Congressmen made all these contracts for themselves. Serving in Congress is an honor, not a career. The Founding Fathers envisioned citizen legislators, so ours should serve their term(s), then go home and back to work.

    • We agree on a lot; I think elements of your points I covered. Your #1 opens things up to a lot of corruption to my mind, but I can’t think of another system at the moment.

  13. p.s. agreed something must change for us to move forward…the perpetual congressional logjam vis-a-vis the passage of bills created to help the middle class is very counter-productive to conducting what should be the peoples business. continue ranting…

  14. First time visitor here … I would like to see all candidates/elected officials wear NASCAR type outfits displaying their sponsors.

  15. Impressed with your post, depressed that you have to make it at all.

  16. Aaaa dont get yourself so worked up. In a couple years it will be a puppet government to our chinese masters anyhow. Dont worry, be sad. Or happy if you have booze stockpiled.

  17. I think I agree the most with your points on pay. But I agree with other comments that term limits should not be as long as 18 years. Maybe 10 or maybe even less depending on the situation.

    • I picked the limits based on established terms, etc. We need a balance between tenure long enough for decent, strong leaders to make good things happen and short, limited clocks to keep the dilweeds from spreading.

  18. Amen brother. Your blog suitably amuses me:)

  19. I’m a little late to the party…I found you on FP and got completely sidetracked reading through your archives. I wholeheartedly agree that some major changes need to be made before our country goes down the shitter…

    I was going to write myself in when I vote in the next presidential election, but I think you might be more qualified.

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