Currently in Goodyear AZ (Low 55 Sunny High 79)
When we started the blog we decided it would only be travel and food and avoid religion and politics. As Linus from the Charlie Brown strip said, "There are three things that I've learned never to discuss with people: religion, politics, and the Great Pumpkin."
In spite of that advice and our earlier feelings we offer this nonpartisan 3 point plan to fix our current political system, because it is broke. We have heard that we need a third party but we believe we already have three parties; Democrat, Republican and Washington. No matter what the great intentions are with the newbies once they get to Washington they only worry about being able to get reelected and not doing what is best for the country. Here is the 3 Point Plan.
1. Term Limits - the Founding Fathers never intended Congress to be a lifetime job.
2. All laws passed should apply to everyone including all elected officials but especially Senators and Representatives. For instance, imagine how they would feel if Social Security was their pension and not the outlandish pension they awarded themselves?
3. Any entity that receives federal funding should not be allowed to donate to political candidates or lobby for funding. Ridiculous that we send them tax dollars so that they can send it back to Senators and Representatives to get more tax dollars for funding and support.
The path forward is a Constitutional Convention since we cannot count on the Senators and Representatives to vote for these changes to the Constitution. This Constitutional Convention should address Term Limits since a previous attempt was deemed unconstitutional, and probably address the applicability of laws to Congress since they would also never do this on their own. Political contributions would probably also need an Amendment since it has some free speech implications. Any other amendments to the Constitution could be considered at that same Convention. Then 2/3rds of the States would have to approve the Amendment(s).
No matter what the politicians say during the election cycles, they are only out for one thing and that is for themselves.
Till next time,
Bob and Jo