Posted 9 months ago on Aug. 10, 2012, 2:28 p.m. EST by NoGoodTreason
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I propose three Amendments to our constitution in pursuit of a more perfect union:
AMENDMENT XXVIII Remove legislative authority from congress. Balancing the budget is the main job of congress. It MUST be balanced and on time or those voting against it or abstaining are fired and interim replacements appointed by a comittee of the offending member's political opponents. Their power to tax, declare war, conduct congressional investigations, and impeach the president etc is unchanged. The power to mint currency is returned to congress and the Federal Reserve Bank is dissolved. Interest rates are determined by markets.
AMENDMENT XXIX Anyone can write a bill. All bill must be no more than two 8.5"x11" pages long, single spaced, 12 pt font, Helvetica or Arial font with standard 1" margins. Bills are vetted by signed public petition. Every January 1st and June 1st the six bills with the most signatures are compiled and publicly disseminated by the secretary of state no later than Jan 4th and June 4th. Signature counts on all other bills are nullified and reset to 0. February 4th is a national holiday "Democracy Day." Every Democracy Day and Independence Day the people vote on the six bills locked in the previous month. We've all had at least 30 days to read up to 24 pages of raw legislation which is plenty of time to inform ourselves. No law passes without the informed consent of the people. Lobbying for legislation requires bribing 300 million citizens rather than their 535 house and senate members. We pass or reject 12 laws per year. Lobbyists lose most of their influence.
AMENDMENT XXX All state and federal non-constitutional statute and common law (including executive orders, tax code, government code, passed or established after September 17, 1787 is rendered null and void. This country started with no laws except the constitution then and we can do it again. This time we'll do it right though.
I'd appreciate your feedback.
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