Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Two Sides, Same Coin

            Now that we have begun swinging the other way with the political pendulum, we must wait to see what our newly-elected members of Congress will do for our country.  I’m not holding my breath to see if we secure our border(s), initiate nuclear power plant construction, begin drilling in ANWR, or pass The Fair Tax bill.  I really don’t expect any substantive change.

            So, here’s a thought for 2012.  If the Republicans and Democrats continue to avoid making important decisions for the betterment of our country, then why don’t the many tea party organizations across the land unite to promote their own candidate for president?  No, not necessarily Sarah Palin.  Along with this would be a requirement for the candidate to sign a legally-binding contract with the American people to ACT, without delay, on a list of issues critical to our future.  Here is an example:

Under A Legally-Binding Contract With Voters, the Tea Party Candidate for President Will, Without Delay:

Secure our border(s).
Order the Navy Seabees and Army Corps of Engineers to work from the coasts inland to erect a secure fence with secure crossing points, establish Coast Guard patrols, guard border with National Guard.

Revoke Most Favored Nation trading status from China.
            China has not complied with rules governing trade

Remove punitive powers from OSHA and EPA.
            Make OSHA and EPA advisory agencies; only states should prosecute.  Revoke
            their ability to impose monetary fines.

Close the Departments of Energy and Education.
            They have never achieved their purposes, but have become bloated
bureaucracies full of patronage workers.

Sign into law The Fair Tax, with repeal of the 16th Amendment.
            Congress should never have taken the power to tax our incomes.

Abandon Federal Minimum Wage law.
            Allow states to set their own minimum wage if they choose to do so.  Let a job
            pay what it is worth.

Revoke one-term pension from Congress.
Nobody else in this country gets a pension for working two years (except some executives by contract).

Will NOT convey executive pardon on any prior administration workers or presidents for

Make “Loser Pays” the national standard for tort reform.

Order that Congress shall make no law that applies to the citizens of the United States
            that does not apply equally to the Senators and/or Representatives, and
            Congress shall make no law that apples to the Senators and/or Representatives
            that does not apply equally to the citizens of the United States.

Drill for oil now in the USA in ANWR, offshore, etc.  Increase domestic production to
            eliminate need for foreign oil.  Initiate construction of nuclear power plants.

Expand existing petroleum refineries and build at least three more, with one specializing
            in diesel fuel.

Stop all government subsidy of corn ethanol production.
            The corn ethanol industry has increased cost of food in the US.  We can buy
            ethanol from other countries for far less than it costs us to make it.

Invoke 12-year, cumulative term limits for Congress. 
            If you’ve been in Congress longer than 10 years, you are no longer working for
            the people you represent, but for yourself.  If it takes longer than 6 months to
            learn your job, you are not competent to hold that job.  For some, common sense
            is too hard.

Declare English our national language.

            Now, of course, this list must be agreed upon by the tea parties, and can be extensive.  It would legally require that, if elected, the President would do what his/her contract requires, all within the four-year term, and some ASAP.  Yes, I’m aware that he/she needs Congressional cooperation to do many of these things (except ordering the military construction of the border fence), but without the parties’ conflicting actions, perhaps an independent could get more done?

            Time to begin planning is now, unless you’re still “hoping” for “change.”

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