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.
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.
should slide through, either. No
one would have wanted to read all
those pages, or more importantly, explain them to the public
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.
special interest sycophants at the trough will be squealing when cut
* 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.
executive orders, past, present, and future are to be listed in a
readily accessible spot on the Internet, such as
* 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 most problems.