Wednesday, August 3, 2011

A Constipated Government

Are you as tired of the disunity, controversy and dysfunction as I am? Jack Nicholson said it best as the Joker in the original Batman -- "This town [country] needs an enema!" When you perform an enema you get a bucket load of #@$*%. It's stinky for a while, but it does the body good in the long run.

There comes a time when it no longer helps to add what you think will be helpful. You've swallowed enough Pepto-Bismol. It's time to take away the blockage. US citizens are losing hope that the system as it is can produce the change the country needs. This citizen believes that our elected government officials are no longer responsive. The federal government has become too big to fail. It exists to serve itself instead of "we the people."

Here's my prescription:

1. Eliminate the federal income tax and replace it with a "national sales tax." This will restore economic power to the people. Learn more about this at

2. Establish term limits upon congressmen and senators. This will take government out of the hands of "career politicians" and return it to citizen legislators where it belongs. Learn more about this at

3. Pass the 28th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution requiring the federal government to operate within an annual Balanced Budget. This will restrain those who are tempted by the power they have been given. Learn more about this at

OK. I feel better getting that out.

The common frame of reference here is the hope that the USA can become a moral leader in the world once again. It won't be easy to find our way forward with these changes, but that's what we elect these people for. As Viktor Frankl wrote, "He who has a why to live can bear with almost any how."

I'm ready to do my part to bring about this kind of change. How about you?

1 comment:

Sarah A.T.J. said...

I really like points 2 and 3. Shouldn't living in a balanced budget be a no brainer for our leaders?

Sigh. Oh well.