Easy, common-sense solutions that eliminate the mess, free up our time, and restore “Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness”
By Robert John Stevens, CEO of WriteExpress Corporation
This article will expand as new ideas come.
- Abolish all taxes except sales tax. Make it simple: You buy, you pay. Benefits: No more IRS, no more months wasted preparing annual taxes, no more mountains of government red tape. Nations have rebelled over far less taxation or fewer days of slavery, including thirteen American colonies.
- Forgive all debt—both nationally and individually. Time to start over folks. Under Biblical law, the release of debts came at the end of seven years:
“At the end of every seven years you shall grant a release of debts. And this is the form of the release: Every creditor who has lent anything to his neighbor shall release it; he shall not require it of his neighbor or his brother, because it is called the LORD’s release” (Deuteronomy 15:1-2).
“…in the seventh year you shall let [your Hebrew slave] go free from you. And when you send him away free from you, you shall not let him go away empty-handed; but you shall supply him liberally from your flock…” (Deuteronomy 15:12-14).
Interest on the U.S. debt grows by the second. National, state and personal debt is crushing us. Collapsing the dollar may eliminate the national debt, but not personal debt. Abolishing all debt will have enormous repercussions, but our nation will survive—hopefully with better laws and guidelines for debt financing.
- Eliminate health care insurance. We don’t need it. Replace it with a good software solution for paying bills. More on How to Fix Health Care.
- Abolish anything unconstitutional. Pose this question to any new or existing law, program or proposal, “Is it contrary to the Constitution or the Bill of Rights?” If yes, invalidate it. The Constitution was designed to protect citizens from government, not visa versa.
- End the Fed: Every day more Americans realize the Federal Reserve isn’t federal nor is it a reserve. It is a private institution that escapes auditing and oversight. It is manipulated by extremely wealthy bankers with advanced notice of its monetary policy decisions. Until its formation in 1913, the buying power of the U.S. dollar remained fairly constant. Since 1913, it has lost 96% of its value. Congressman Ron Paul in his best-selling book “End the Fed” says the Fed is to blame.
- Require reading before voting. On November 18, 2009 the Senate introduced their 2,074-page healthcare bill. They voted on it just three days later on November 21. Do you think any Senators had time to read it? The purpose of quickly passing legislation without reading it can be summed up in two words: Criminal Activity.
- Investigate WTC 7: Heard about the third tower that collapsed on 9/11 but wasn’t hit by a plane? Thousands of architects and engineering professionals say it was demolition. Why won’t the media show these videos on TV? Because it is the smoking gun of 9/11 that will cause the public to question the “official story” and demand a real investigation with subpoena power.Since all that has transpired since 9/11 rests on the “official story” foundation, what would citizens do if that foundation was exposed as a fraud?
- Prosecute conspirators and secret societies who deliberately mislead the public, commit crimes against humanity or work to invalidate or overthrow the U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights. At present they all know they are immune from prosecution. Once individuals are prosecuted, the guilty will expose each other creating a domino effect.
- Break up media monopolies. Hitler understood the power of the one-way media. What thinking American hasn’t concluded that today’s media is feeding us propaganda? They have become the strong arm of unconstitutional government, conspiring societies, lobbyists and the opinions of their mega-wealthy media owners. The one-way media manipulates the public, attacks freedom-loving patriots and hides massive corporate and government crimes.
- Limit the duration of political staffs. If we don’t pour new wine old bottles, then why risk compromising an honest, elected official with a corrupt staff?
- Limit total campaign spending to the amount an average citizen with an advanced degree will save in a lifetime. We need sincere, educated public servants, not lifetime politicians who are bought by special interest groups.
- Expand the Electoral College to any citizen with an advanced degree at an accredited college or university. The Founding Fathers knew that democracies do not work so they set up a republic. Today only 1 in 570,000 voters are eligible to elect the President, but more of our citizens are highly educated and qualified. Plus why not create another incentive for obtaining an advanced degree!
- Let every politician demonstrate his or her understanding of the American Franchise—the Constitution. In the USA, hairdressers require certification but politicians do not. New franchise owners must read piles of manuals. Isn’t the Constitution the franchise that politicians are sworn to uphold? How many politicians can recite the Bill of Rights? How many do you think have read the Federalist Papers?
- Recall any politician that strays from the constitution.Wrote George Washington in 1787:
“The power under the Constitution will always be with the people. It is entrusted for certain defined purposes and for a certain limited period to representatives of their own chusing; and whenever it is exercised contrary to their interests . . . their servants can, and undoubtedly will be, recalled.”
- Fire any politician that doesn’t live up to his or her campaign promises. If he or she has reason to flip flop, let their constituents vote on it.
- Eliminate the two-party system. Today, the two political parties are mainly theater. It matters little which party dominates Congress or holds the office of President. The agenda continues with little variation.Said George Washington during his Farewell Address on September 17, 1796:
However [political parties] may now and then answer popular ends, they are likely in the course of time and things, to become potent engines, by which cunning, ambitious, and unprincipled men will be enabled to subvert the power of the people and to usurp for themselves the reins of government, destroying afterwards the very engines which have lifted them to unjust dominion.
- Restore the unwritten City on the Hill policy: Whether or not you believe in Satan, his goals include endless war and endless terror. Contrast that to Love thy neighbor and whatever you want men to do to you, do also to them. Where in the Constitution, Old or New Testament, Book of Mormon or any religious scripture are we taught to send armies around the world to kill people who don’t like us? America will be safest when it rekindles its beacon of light that stands for freedom, liberty and excellence.
- Require paper voting ballets. Would you feel comfortable depositing money at a bank and not getting a paper receipt? Any programmer can list a number of ways to rig voting machines.
- Offer huge tax incentives for families who teach their children to read and write before the first grade. The return on investment is enormous. Read our literacy statistics.
- Stop paying farmers to not grow crops. Any policy that increases the price of food in third-world countries results in more hunger, starvation and death. More than one billion people—nearly a sixth of the world’s population—suffer from chronic hunger. And more than a million children regularly go to bed hungry in the US.
- Pave our streets with granite, not asphalt. Finland paves a lot of city streets with blocks of granite, but the highways are asphalt. Why can’t America?
- Outlaw corporations from moving profitable factories out of the country. This practice has not only destroyed millions of American jobs, our citizens are forgetting how to make things. Plus how can we improve on the manufacturing process if we don’t manufacture? Fact check—Honda makes cars in Ohio and stays competitive.
- Outlaw unnecessary job offshoring. Sending jobs overseas destablizes our economy, contributes to massive unemployment and weakens our technology base. Greed, Wall Street and increased profits are usually the culprit.For example, after fifteen years of service several friends lost their programming jobs at Novell to Mexico. It didn’t matter that their team had just thirty employees and the product they worked on, Novell GroupWise, enjoyed 100 million in annual sales. Insiders told me the real reason—Mexican programmers are paid 30-60% less.
- Outlaw high-fructose corn syrup. Studies report the body converts it directly to fat. When I was a child it was rare to see an obese child or parent. Now it is commonplace. Will Costco beat Sam’s Club in becoming the first high fructose syrup-free wholesaler?
- Free the prisoners convicted of drug possession. When it comes to prisoners, the American Experiment has failed. We incarcerate more than 1% of our population—more than any nation on earth. We can’t afford to imprison citizens who casually use drugs, especially when alcohol is a drug too. That’s hypocrisy. Plus drug courts have been proven to be far more effective than incarceration.
- Fine or imprison employers of illegal aliens. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the U.S. population gains one international migrant (net) every 35 seconds. Would they come or stay if they had no jobs? Offer free deportation. Steadily increase fines and penalties for convicted employers and immigration will turn into emigration.
- Abolish the Department of Education. States and private institutions can manage their own educational needs just fine. We the people don’t need the Feds telling us how to educate our children or passing bureaucratic legislation like, “No Child Left Behind” that teachers hate because it inhibits their freedom to teach creatively and effectively.
- Place the interest of the people before that of the banks. Citizens do you want to be debt slaves to banks and a small group of mega-wealthy private bankers or are you brave enough to declare freedom from their financial bondage trap?
- Outlaw chemicals in tobacco that addict smokers. Imagine if you could create a donut that would hook consumers and cause them to eat donuts daily by the box! Citizens and corporations have a constitutional right to grow and smoke tobacco, but not to sell tobacco after including or soaking it in additives that destroy the lives of millions, including innocent children and teenagers.
- Convert to gas-powered vehicles. Who hasn’t seen a gas-powered car or bus? The technology works and America has the largest reservoirs of natural gas in the world.
- Admit our design is more advanced than our intellect: Human DNA is 50% the same as bananas. Why would that be unless God, like programmers, re-uses software designs? A scientist can spend his or her entire career studying a single strand of DNA or human metabolic pathway and never fully understand it. Plus humans are just one of more than 1.5 million species. When we begin to comprehend the vastness of God’s creations, we realize that if mankind has higher purpose then so must entire nations.
Copyright © 2009 Robert Stevens. All rights reserved.
This article was commenced on November 30, 2009. Last update: December 7, 2009.
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