Thursday, July 15, 2004

Some Constitutional Amendment Ideas to Chew On

How about a Balanced Budget Amendent (like 40+ of the States have in their own Constitutions)? One that includes:

1) A requirement that Spending increases by no more than the increase in the rate of inflation plus the increase in population, on a year-by-year basis,

2) A two-thirds majority in both houses of Congress in order to increase Spending above that rate, good for only one year,

3) A two-thirds majority in both houses of Congress in order to increase Taxes, good for only one year,

4) One half of all yearly surpluses automatically goes toward Nation Debt relief, the other half being returned to Taxpayers,

5) A Presidential Line-Item-Veto (as 40+ States already have in their own Constitutions), with a two-thirds majority in both houses of Congress in order to override the veto.

6) A Ban on all non-germain, rider amendments to Congressional legislative bills.


Speaking of Taxes... How about a Constitutional Amendment to Repeal the 16th Amendment, thereby ending the Income Tax and the I.R.S. in one fell swoop. We can then go back to collecting Federal revenues the way our Founding Fathers intended.


How about a Constitutional Amendment to Limit Terms for both offices of Congress (just as there already is an Amendment to limit the terms for President - Two Terms. 8 years, 10 years maximum):

1) Two Terms for U.S. Senate (12 years. 15 years maximum due to vacancy appointments),

2) Six Terms for U.S. House of Representatives (12 years. 13 years maximum due to vacancy appointments).


How about a Constitutional Amendment to put appropriate Checks & Balances on the Federal Courts, including the U.S. Supreme Court to limit Judicial Activism and instill Judicial Restraint when the Courts overstep their bounds into legislative and executive realms:

1) This could include instituting Judical Term Limits to 20 years or a Mandatory Retirement Age of 75 (whichever comes first).


Just a little food for thought.

3 comments:

LiLOrion said...

Two questions:

1. When will you be running for office?
2. Will "The Arbiter of Common Sense" be your campaign tag line?

Trubador said...

I'm not vain enough to enter politics, LiLO. But, if I did, I'd probably have generic_screenname as my running mate (unless the polls said otherwise). ;-)

grinner said...

here is an interesting take on this by the Claremont Institute...

http://www.claremont.org/writings/19970415arnn.html