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Congressional Wishlist

My Congressman put up a post on his FaceBook page* asking his constituents what they wanted from Congress in 2014.  Here are a few of my thoughts:

  1. Passage of the “Firearms Owners Freedom Act” (I know, snowball’s chance)
  2. Passage of the “I Am Not Your Baby Daddy, So Get A Damn Job Act”, which would encourage the chronically impoverished to make better life choices because the rest of us aren’t going to keep footing the bill generation after generation.
  3. The “National Security Agency Mission Definition Act”, which would make it crystal clear that military organizations, even ones like the NSA, are not tools to be used against the American people.  It would move domestic surveillance over to the FBI, and dissolve the FISA courts.  If they need to watch the communications of a U.S. person, then they need a warrant, and they can get one in a court that’s accountable and public.
  4. A House resolution stating that if the President wants to use military force anywhere in the world and it’s not an emergency of national survival, then he needs to come to Congress for a declaration of war.  Not an “Authorization to use force”, but an Honest to God, kill people and break shit, declaration of war.  If it’s not that important, it’s not worth our time, treasure, and blood.
  5. The “Put Up or Shut Up Act” – In which the Congress withdraws all Federal subsidies of private, for-profit companies, be they industrial, energy,  transportation, or whatever.  If a business has an idea good enough to make a product or provide a service that the market wants, then let them get investors and convince consumers to purchase it.

That’s my list.  What do you all think?

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  1. Daddy Bear 2016!


  2. I think you nailed it. About the only other thing I could ask for (and one that has a snowball’s chance in hell of passing) would be an amendment stating that no individual in any branch of government is exempt from any law passed by congress, nor from any tax passed by congress.


  3. jefferson101

     /  December 28, 2013

    I’m down with all of it, except that you only take money away from the “for-profit” Corporations. Why should a Non-Profit be exempt from not getting Government subsidies?

    We could not only quit paying for Big Sugar, but we could quit sponsoring NPR, too. That would all work for me.


  4. Lazy Bike Commuter

     /  December 29, 2013

    I like it.


  5. Steve

     /  December 29, 2013

    I like it….
    Jefferson101…let me add that if a nonprofit PBS TV show, “coughmuppetscough” make any money then they need to turn that money over to the government…



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