Wednesday, October 2, 2013
Welcome to Bizarro World. . . .
It's almost not worth pointing out teh Stoopid anymore. Because it seems to be The New Normal.
Consider: the Park Service is threatening to ARREST 90+ -year old World War Two vets, for DARING to visit an open-air memorial during the Shutdown. . . because the White House told them to. With more reinforcements than Benghazi ever got. . . .
Trust me, the guys who did this. . . .
Are NOT going to be afraid of these guys. . . .
Oh, and by the way, that World War Two Memorial ?? I have a message for you, Mr. President. . . .
YOU DIDN'T BUILD THAT. . .
But. . . . I have a genuinely bi-partisan solution to the underlying budget problem. An Amendment to the Constitution.
With the following terms:
A budget, NOT a continuing resolution, must be passed by the House and submitted to the Senate by June 1st of every year. The Senate must hold a vote on the budget by July 1st of every year.
If the House and Senate cannot agree on a budget, they MUST go into conference on the budget on the next business day, and neither the House or Senate may consider ANY other business until the Budget is settled.
A Continuing Resolution may be allowed from October 1st until November 1st.
Enforcement: If any deadline is missed for any reason, the entire membership of the offending body (i.e. the House or Senate) is automatically recalled from office, and the entire current personal and committee staffs of the offending body are immediately dismissed from their employment for cause, without possibility of appeal. No elected member shall be eligible for re-election to the Congress in any district or State, for a period of five complete terms of office for the last office held. And in case of auto-recall, all pensions for elected members are forfeit, less any contributions made directly from the elected members' salary.
(And yes, that WILL clear out the geriatrics in the Senate. That's a Feature, not a Bug. . . . )
No staff member may be employed by any Federal Agency or Organization for ten calendar years after auto-recall.
(And the staffs are an even worse problem: de-facto mandarins. . .)
And, after recall/dismissal, neither elected members or staff enjoined from being employed by, or compensated in any way by, any organization that participates in Lobbying to the Federal Government.
(Which tries to fix the Revolving Door Problem in Washington. . . )
Should both bodies fail to pass a permanent budget by November 1st, the budget of the previous Fiscal Year shall be adopted for the new Fiscal Year.
That should clear the deadwood, both political and institutional, from the Hill, stop the shutdowns, and maybe, just maybe, get some actual citizens elected. . . .