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A commonsense pledge for members of Congress

January 14, 2013 12:10 am

The letter by Charles Davis ["The country is going to hell in a handbasket," Jan. 6] hit the nail on the head. The question is what are we going to do about it?

If we don't take a stand at the ballot box, and stop the contributions to hit these politicians in the pocket, nothing will be done. We must insist that all candidates, new and incumbent, sign a pledge before the next election that includes:

Work to pass a "balanced budget" amendment.

Work against raises for Congress and the executive branch if the budget isn't reduced by at least $500 billion per year and the budget isn't balanced within eight years.

Revision to the tax code to implement a "flat tax." (Russia has implemented a 13 percent flat tax and has increased revenue substantially over its normal revenue, so why can't we?)

Vote against any bill that has "pork."

Refusal to vote on a bill not provided for review and debate in ample time frame.

Work vigorously to put all government politicians and federal workers on Social Security and Medicare like the people they govern.

Propose and/or work toward a bill that all federal agency official regulations must pass through congressional and judicial review before being implemented. This review can cause the regulation to be discarded. (This year, there were more than 5,000 federal agency mandates placed on the people after the election.)

Work to pass a "term limit" bill for Senate and House.

I will no longer contribute to a candidate or political party but will give money to the poor and needy. I will ask God to give us and our political leaders wisdom to bring sanity to the political process laid out so well by our forefathers.

Mitch Fournet


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