Saturday, December 01, 2012

Pressure on Congress

I shared my thoughts with Representative Billy Long, Senator Roy Blunt, and Senator Claire McCaskill in response to Thursday's Downsizer Dispatch:
Do NOT raise the debt ceiling ever again.

Don't raise taxes either. Tax increases are used to increase spending. They're NOT used to balance the budget or reduce the national debt.

* When Reagan agreed to tax increases in 1986 the national debt continued to rise.
* When the elder Bush agreed to tax increases in 1991 the same thing happened.

Don't try to scam us. We know the truth. Tax increases AREN'T used to balance the budget or reduce the national debt!

Instead, maintain the debt ceiling and you can balance the budget right now.
After that, I wrote 4 more times:
RTBA
Rand Paul has introduced the "Read the Bills Act" (S. 3360) in the Senate. Please co-sponsor this bill.

I want you and every member of Congress to sign an affidavit for every bill, that affirms they have read and agree to every portion of that bill if they vote yes.

You can start in the spirit of this concept, even before the Read the Bills Act is passed. If you haven't been given the time to read the full text of a bill PERSONALLY, not just your staff reading it for you, then you should vote no. I won't try to claim you hate this or that because you voted no on a bill you didn't get to read.

Do your job. Only vote yes on bills you have personally read, and become a co-sponsor of RTBA as soon as possible!
OSTA
I would notice and appreciate your co-sponsorship of the "One Subject at a Time Act" (OSTA), HR 3806 & S. 3359.

I'm tired of bad laws being attached to spending bills, or unpopular laws being attached to "must pass" legislation. Just stop. If a law cannot stand or fall on its own merits then it shouldn't be a law.

I want you to vote NO on every single bill that comes to the floor and contains legislation that is unrelated to the Title and Summary of the bill. This means you will have to READ THE BILL before you can vote YES, but it also means it's an easy decision to just start voting NO more often.

I promise that I'll begin to respect you and your colleagues far more if you just vote no on all bills that have multiple subjects.

Follow Justin Amash's lead. He publishes his reasoning behind every single vote on Facebook. Start voting no, and tell the world that you won't vote YES on bills until they're separated out into properly Titled and Summarized bills.

Do you wonder why Congress has sub 20 approval ratings? It's because you lie cheat and steal to rip the American Public off!

One Subject at a Time! You don't have to wait for it to be passed, just start telling the people that you won't vote YES for a bill that is cluttered with unrelated laws. Start offering amendments that remove unrelated laws from these bills. You might not win friends in Washington DC, but, hey, everyone hates those guys.
WTLA
Rand Paul has introduced the "Write the Laws Act" (S. 3361) in the Senate. Please co-sponsor this bill.

Here's a news flash: There are too many laws and regulations in the United States. I think it's because you and everyone else in Washington DC have delegated far too much authority to The Agency of This, and the Foundation of That. Stop giving open ended authority to Executive Branch departments to write rules, regulations, and allowing them to come with guns to enforce them.

We hired you to write the laws of this nation. We don't want you handing off that responsibility. Start repealing laws, removing departments, and allowing the people to breathe in the air of Freedom once more.

It is impossible for someone to feed, clothe, and shelter their family without breaking the voluminous laws that have been created. The situation is so bad that nearly any Federal Department can arbitrarily decide that they don't like what someone is saying or doing and find a rule or law that they've violated.

Roll it back. Repeal laws. Only allow new laws that have been written by the members of the House of Representatives. Even the Senate shouldn't be writing the laws.

Write the Laws
Free Competition in Currency
Please co-sponsor the "Free Competition in Currency Act" (HR 1098).

1913 was a bad year. We created the Federal Reserve, we passed the 16th Amendment allowing the Federal Government to tax us directly, and we removed one of the checks and balances to Federal Power by allowing the direct popular election of US Senators.

I'm only actually wanting to focus on one of those right now, the Federal Reserve. I want you to free the American People to conduct business in whatever currency they deem fit. I want you to break the monopoly control that the Federal Reserve has over the US economy by controlling the Dollar.

By allowing Americans to do business in the best currency they can get their hands on, it would require the Federal Reserve to improve the strength of the Dollar to prevent flight from it. A stronger Dollar would improve the position of the United States everywhere in the world. All People in the US would be allowed to hold the currency that they thought best suited their financial aims.

Can you really argue against freedom? Are you going to try to tell me that we don't deserve that freedom? Are you going to tell me that we can't handle that freedom?

The reality is that this freedom decentralizes the power over money. This is a very large win for the public, and a very big hit to you and Washington DC's power over us. So of course I want you to pass this bill.

I know you won't. You don't answer to your constituents. You're in Washington DC.

Won't you join me in pressuring Congress to be more accountable, and make Freedom legal again?

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