We find ourselves at the start of a weekend when there’s no real news of The Controversy between evolution and creationism, so what shall we do? It’s been a while since your Curmudgeon posted about his own peculiar political views, so this is as good a time as any to unload on our long-suffering readers.
It’s not easy being virtually the only Republican blogger on the sane side of the evolution-creationism debate. No one ever agrees with us, but that’s okay — we’re used to it. Your Curmudgeon is always indulgently benevolent toward those who fail to appreciate our superbly correct principles.
The last time we burdened you this way was “Tax the Rich!” That links to several other contentious posts. Besides those, we’ve also posted The Logic Is Undeniable, and before that America’s Future: The Worst Possible Scenario, and before that Evolution, Intelligent Design, and Barack Obama.
We know that such posts cause you some discomfort, but they’re all on topic because they deal with our larger concern — preserving the values of the Enlightenment, upon which our civilization depends.
Today’s post won’t solve all the world’s problems, but it’ll get a few of our ideas floating around the blogsophere. That’s not much, but it’s the best we can do. Feel free to ignore us if you wish. Okay, you’ve been warned, so here it comes.
If it were up to your Curmudgeon, the following reforms would be immediately implemented:
1. Abolish all unions for government workers.
2. Abolish the Civil Service system and re-institute the old spoils system, so that each new administration could sweep out the debris of the old.
3. Have mandatory term limits for Congress, as in the old Articles of Confederation.
4. Each state should have one roster of all living citizens, which would separately list those who are voters and those who are not. A name would appear only once, in one category or the other, and it would be automatically removed from the roster upon death. Those not in the voter section of the list would be in one of three separate categories — those who are: (a) under the voting age, or (b) on welfare, or (c) convicted felons. Yes, you understood correctly, those on welfare can’t vote.
5. All bills in Congress must deal with only one single subject (the budget would be an obvious exception); and — as has already been suggested — bills must clearly state the constitutional authority permitting such a law. Those sponsoring bills must certify that the bill does not specifically benefit a contributor to their election campaign. If a bill fails to meet all of those requirements, everyone sponsoring and voting for it should forfeit his job and pension.
6. Require mandatory military service, with the usual exceptions such as for medical and hardship reasons. We’re thinking about, but not yet insisting upon, making military service (unless properly excused) a requirement for being a registered voter.
7. Abolish the federal income tax and the tax on estates and gifts. Federal revenues can come from sales taxes (ideally collected by the states, as they already have the machinery in place for this), and possibly also a flat, uniform tax on all imports (without exceptions, except perhaps for food and medicine).
8. We’re also considering a system of paying bonuses to Congress for reductions in non-military federal spending.
There’s more where that came from, but that’s enough for now.
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