Take Back Washington!
Washington has been broken for decades! Rampant with greed, big money with big ideas that only suit people with big pockets! It's time we take back Washington: for ourselves and for our children!
My 3 Point plan is simple:
My 3 Point plan is simple:
- A Constitutional Amendment creating an order of priority of agency funding in the event of a government shutdown. The first ones not to be paid: Congress and the White House. If the government has still not reached a budget agreement after 15 days, Government shutdown will occur in a staggered fashion, making the least essential agencies shutdown first, ending with agencies considered most essential. This places more financial stress on our Nation's decision makers to reach an agreement while the government continues to run daily business--and those who serve Americans daily may still be paid. This plan then allows enough time for decision makers to feel the pinch of their decisions before a complete government shutdown occurs.
- Campaign Finance Reform starting with strict limits on soft money contributions along with PAC and Union electoral campaign contributions. For every dollar raised by a PAC or Union for a candidate, that candidate must provide documentation to the Federal Election Commission (FEC) that they raised a dollar-for-dollar match from American's like you and me (those who make less than $250,000 per year) before they can have access to that PAC or Union money. In the meantime, this money will be held by the federal government in a "campaign reserve" until such time that every dollar raised by a candidate grants access to an additional dollar from the campaign reserve. If a PAC/SUPERPAC or Union decide that they wish to campaign on behalf of a candidate (e.g. fundraising, ad placement, etc.), the market value of that campaign effort is quantified and added to that candidate's dollar-for-dollar match quota.
- Completely Reform Agency Funding Practices. When a department in a large corporation meets or exceeds their agency's goals while under budget, they are rewarded either with a bonus, or perhaps a company party; in the government however, when an agency meets its goal under budget, congress slashes spending towards the next year's budget because that agency has proven that they "don't need as much funding to get by." Cuts in funding mean that we can't replace valuable employees we lose to early retirement or work-related stress. This creates a compounded negative affect on our public servants. This cycle also creates a negative, morally deflated, environment where day-to-day government managers are forced to hold back productivity out of fear of next year's budget. How does this make any sense? We need to learn from the private sector, reward our agencies and public servants for serving us well; this is why I propose that any monies left over from a previous year's budget should be added to the following allocation for the next fiscal year and left out of the equation when calculating said budget.