This mess needs to be cleaned up.

  Because of our NATIONAL DEBT and INTEREST SQUANDERED, any member of the House and Senate in office more then 4 years needs to be replaced (personally I believe the best plan is to fire them all) for failure of fiduciary responsibility, and dereliction of office.

Oath of Office for the United States Congress:
  I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter: So help me God.


  To many Politicians have been bought by Millionaires & Billionaires.
 The one or two good Politicians that get tossed could best be written off as collateral damage, (a business decision) to restore this nation to a sound financial situation.

  "It is to be regretted that the rich and powerful too often bend the acts of government to their own selfish purposes." Andrew Jackson

  One private equity chief went so far as to publicly thank Ben S. Bernanke, the former Federal Reserve chairman, whose program of extraordinary economic stimulus has helped push stocks higher, feeding the private equity machine. “Thank you, Ben Bernanke. I saw him last Thursday, and I thanked him,” Mr. Schwarzman of Blackstone said during a conference in December. “The opportunity for us to be able to attract funds is very, very high.”

  Stephen A. Schwarzman, the head of the Blackstone Group, took home $452.7 million, also more than double what he made in the previous year

  From 1940 through 1963 the highest tax rate was over 80 percent going as high as 94 percent according to the IRS site on tax rates. That is how World War II & the Korean Wars the Interstate Freeway System our bridges and the infrastructure was paid for.

Reinstating these tax rates will repair our financial integrity

  If Stephen Schwarzman, the head of Blackstone Group, a Hedge Fund; had been taxed at 80% he still would have taken home $90,440,000 (90.4 million).

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Tax Cut Triggers

To bad the majority of Republicans and Democrats
listen to the lobbyists instead of the people.
March 9, 2001

  A trigger on monetary policy is an excellent idea.
Any plan to have a trigger in place to institute future tax cuts is such a logical idea it should require no debate.
  If you feel that triggers must be debated try this; ask your banker how many checks you can write beyond the amount of money you have deposited in the bank. Write a check for more money then is in your account and the bank will inform you that a trigger point has been reached (with penalties).
  The average person with a surplus in their budget would surely choose to pay for present needs and past debts before considering other alternatives.
  What happened to the issues of Social Security, Medicare, our schools and infrastructure? These have been the problems before us for the last decade but no longer seem to be part of the debate. Why? Did I miss the miracle that took care of these problems?
  Is Social Security fully funded now?
  Has the prescription drug problem for Medicare gone away?
  Have our roads, highways and schools been brought up to standard?
  Is our national debt paid off?
  If any of the aforementioned problems still exist then we most definitely need a mechanism for triggering a stop to tax cuts.
  From newspapers and magazines I have read our old problems are still around. These are still priorities for the majority of American people.

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  This specific solution would not be very difficult: add twenty-six words to corporate law and thus create what is called the 'Code for Corporate Citizenship'.

  Directors and officers would still have a duty to make money for shareholders, but not at the expense of the environment, human rights, the public safety, the communities in which the corporation operates or the dignity of its employees.

Redesigning Corporate Law

  “As a result of the war, corporations have now been enthroned and an era of corruption in high places will follow... until all wealth is aggregated in a few hands, and the Republic is destroyed.” -Abraham Lincoln

Unfettered "capitalism" is every bit as dangerous as communism and fascism

 
We have a Minimum wage, how about a Maximum wage of 25 times the minimum
($10 an hour for minimum $250 an hour for maximum)

“Investors” & “Management”
Destroyed American companies
Some of the history here

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Simple Solutions (A Start?)

Mid to late 1990's

  There is no need to reinvent the wheel. A large number of ideas on how to rein in our elected officials are available, or at least enough to put a serious crimp in pork barrel and special interest legislation.

* All legislation and treaties to be voted on by the House and Senate that are to be passed into law or obligations must be read in their entirety on the floor of the House and the Senate by the individual submitting them.

  This would put a stop to treaties like GATT, a document of 22,000 confusing pages. I do not think bad legislation like N.A.F.T.A. would have passed either. No one would have wanted to read all those pages, or more importantly, explain them to the public in plain, simple, unembellished English.

* No riders of any kind may be attached to any legislation. All legislation is to pass or fail on its own merit.

The special interest sycophants at the trough will be squealing when cut off.

* All executive orders are to be read in their entirety by the President to the citizens of the United States on prime time television. The U.S. Senate must then either vote it up or down within 14 days without changes. Again, only one issue per executive order.

* All executive orders, past, present, and future are to be listed in a readily accessible spot on the Internet, such as www.presidentialexecutiveorders.org.

* The government must no longer spend more money than it takes in. A minimum of 7 percent of net income to be used paying off principal on the national debt.

These simple solutions
which create accountability
would correct a large number of problems.

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WITH FREEDOM COMES CHOICES

  This is what freedom is all about: “… the only purpose for which power can be rightfully exercised over any member of a civilized community against his will is to prevent harm to others. His own good, either physical or moral, is not a sufficient warrant. He cannot rightfully be compelled to do or to forbear because it will be better for him to do so, because it will make him happier, because in the opinions of other to do so would be wise or even right. These are good reasons for remonstrating with him, or reasoning with him, or persuading him, or entreating him, but not for compelling him, or visiting him with any evil in case he do otherwise.”
--John Stuart Mill, On Liberty [1859]

WITH FREEDOM COMES CHOICES, WITH CHOICES COMES RESPONSIBILTY

  We live in a country where millions died for you and I to have freedom. One must always remember that freedom was and is not free; it was bought with blood.
I am tired of the “elitist’s” trying to tell us what we can or cannot do. That blood that was shed for their freedom was also shed for ours. There are things in this life that we should or should not do; but with freedom to make choices comes the freedom to suffer the consequences.
  We the people are not getting, or else we are choosing to ignore the information given to make informed choices. If it is a matter of not getting the information to make an informed choice then this becomes an “educational” issue: (when people cannot read the information this is a schooling issue). If people are ignoring the information given to make an informed decision, they should be free to suffer the consequences. In some circles this is known as owning up to our responsibilities. Sometimes this is not pretty.
  Being a parent is more involved then making babies. Sometimes parents need to pay attention to what their kids are doing instead of abdicating responsibility (what a concept).
  Let’s take smoking for instance (which taxpayers subsidize). There has been a written warning on the side of each pack of cigarettes for over 30 years, with people fighting the cigarette industry over the health risks of smoking longer then that. If a person freely chooses to smoke because he or she wants to be “cool” or whatever, it is their problem because with freedom comes responsibility.

  If the 6th, 7th, 8th grader cannot read the warning on the pack of cigarettes we have an “educational” problem. If the person can read but chooses to ignore the warning it becomes their problem. FREEDOM IS NOT FREE.

  When a tobacco company official lies under oath this becomes a criminal act. FREEDOM DOES NOT GIVE YOU THE RIGHT TO LIE!!
  Another one is the television, if you do not like the crap being dished out (mindless fodder) either change the channel or turn the idiot box off. Do something, quit whining.
  If a person on his or her own free will, goes out and has multiple sex partners after being informed that this sort of behavior could lead to problems (part of the educational issue) and comes down with a sexually infectious disease they should be free to suffer the consequences. Yes folks some lessons in life are more difficult then others. Again freedom has a price.
  A wise man named Paul Harvey used to say we cannot legislate morality. The morality issue is not the disease but rather the multiple sex partners. The consequences are the disease. If we want to change the moral standard (which was the Bible) the rest of us need to be informed.
  We can make good choices or we can make bad choices. The biggest problem facing this country is a clear definition as to which standard to use for morality. We seem to have thrown God out of our courthouses and also out of our schools. The court system seems to have the power and freedom to do that. I happen to believe tossing out God was a mistake and every day one can read about the consequences of our moral dilemma ripping at the fabric of this country. I am willing to listen to suggestions for standards of morality, although I prefer the Bible.
  Do not just blindly trust some preacher to tell you what the Bible says. Open the book and read it yourself. Why is it that people like George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Ben Franklin, Daniel Webster, Abraham Lincoln, Martin Luther King Jr. just to name a few, could accept the Bible but many so called “intellectuals” can not?
  Yes this requires one to get off their duff and show some initiative. Freedom is not free it comes with responsibility

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Abstinence

Dads matter

No one living today is perfect

Dont close the door on constructive debate

Education Instead of Legislation

Loyalty to convictions

Pretty good not good enough