With the 2013 elections now behind us we need to muster up some courage and commit ourselves to regaining control over our government. Every two years as the election cycle nears, the opportunity to make any change is less likely. Since we have the maximum amount of time immediately after and election now is the time to effectively get something done.
Remember in early February we’ll be facing yet another debt ceiling crisis, and that’s just a few short weeks away. Time and time again our elected officials have failed to do what they’ve promised to do. The debt ceiling continues to steal the future from our children and grandchildren. From the President, down through the Senate and Congress they have repeatedly grandstanded on issues and have refused to live within their means.
Even the farce of the most recent “Government Shutdown” proved little since funds always seemed to be available to cause inconvenience for the families of our fallen heroes or to repeatedly put up barricades to open-air monuments. Federal workers were reimbursed for time away from work and it was even reported that some government workers were a little put out when they were called back to work on a Thursday of all things. From their perspective, the following Monday would have been much better to complete a paid three week vacation. Remember our country has never, not paid the federal employees who were shut-out of work.
If we are going to pay them why do we allow are government to play this charade? The answer is simple. We don’t stand up to them. Instead we thrown money at them, place them on pedestals, name buildings and roads after them and allow them to tell us right from wrong.
Here is a game plan for starters to begin the overhaul that is long overdue;
We must have term limits for both the Congress and the Senate. Incumbency only serves to build wealth and control for the legislator.
Neither of which is good for the country as a whole.
Change the Presidential term to one six year term. If you did a great job and the person who follows you into office didn’t do so well we will allow you to make a second run if it’s the will of the people after you’ve sat out for six years.
We must remove the over the top benefits and retirement packages these elected officials receive. The lure of these benefit packages and millions dollars made from serving in office by those we elect to office separate them from the people they’ve sworn to serve.
Restrict legislators from becoming lobbyists immediately after their term has expired. A six-year ban removes the influence they could exert over colleagues still in the House. Legislators must be more accountable to their constituents than they to those that helped get them elected.
We must insist on financial reform election. The Super PACs that dominated the last presidential campaign must be outlawed. We need to cap the maximum donations given by individuals, corporation, unions and PACs. Failure to address this insures that elections are out of the people’s hands and in those who can afford to manipulate the outcome.
Congress has rigged the system when redistricting comes into play. All too often they are not done for geographical or population purposes but for political purposes that guarantees elections.
Both parties play this game and it is time we put a stop to it.
These are just a few ideas I have to get the ball rolling. I’m certain you to have thoughts. Send them to me.
We’ll compile a list and see if we can’t get the ball rolling from our corner of the country. Something must be done soon or we’ll be evicted from our own country for failure to pay the bills.
Dan Alexander is associate publisher of New Market Press and publisher and CEO of Denton Publications. He may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.