Top 5 Actions I Believe Will Save the US Government

I want to start by noting this is all in my own opinion, and what I think would be the best course of action for the Government and other agencies to implement in order to preserve our economy and ensure our nation thrives toward the future. The way things are at this moment, as we are all painfully aware, our economy is in the drain. There are things we can do to help, that is for sure, but our government needs to really take the reigns to create the big changes we require. I believe if we fought for the changes we need, it is plausible. Out of the 27 Amendments to our great constitution, 7 of them became law set-in-stone in less than a year. This was all because of the pressure of the people (us) pushing our congressmen(or women) for the changes. Anything is possible.

#1: Overpaid Fat-Cats in Congress

I propose we lower congressional pay. The 2011 pay for rank-and-file of congressional and senate members is around $174,000 per year- and it increases almost every year. Now, I understand the importance of Congress and our Senate, but 174,000 and rising is just not realistic when we have millions of citizens in our country working a thousand times harder for barely a quarter of that! Even if congress were to lower their pay to 150,000 a year, between them all it would mean millions back into our government budget. Between the 541 members of senate and congress, that's almost 13million dollars back into our pool. But that estimate is incorrect. Why? It doesn't take into account the leadership of congress. Here are the average salaries of leadership within the house and senate:

Senate Leadership
Majority Party Leader - $193,400
Minority Party Leader - $193,400

House Leadership
Speaker of the house - $223,500
Majority Leader - $193,400
Minority Leader - $193,400


#2: Useless Bought Friendship

My second thought for change, less foreign aid! Why in any reasoning, should MY tax dollars go to help some other country and get nothing in return? I pay my taxes to improve MY country, and help support MY countrymen. I can understand sending a few workers and possibly some soldiers overseas to help in time of a disaster, but we have our own problems we need to eradicate before we start worrying about everyone else's problems. In 2010 Alone 28.305 Billion US Dollars were given out in foreign aid programs, a large chunk of such to countries that aren't in development and don't necessarily need our help. One for instance being Israel, and a large bit of that money given to Israel yearly is used on military endeavors or development. In fact, in 2010 3.175 Billion US Dollars were given to Israel alone. So I ask this, Why is MY money going to fund foreign nations and their wars and not our own country?


#3: Welfare

My third Idea. This is where things start to get a bit more controversial....

Consent to submit to random drug urinalysis, upon receiving any form of government aid, grant or program. If you do not have enough money to buy food for yourself and your children, then you don't have enough to buy drugs. Simply put. Opposition will argue that this is a violation of privacy. I don't see it as such. If the government can give you money to live on, you can take the extra effort and not do any illegal substances. I've done time in the military, and I've had to involuntarily submit to urinalysis before, why can't citizens on government funding do so as well? And while we're at let's require them to provide proof of searching for a job, while receiving unemployment benefits. There are way too many people in the world coasting on government programs while the government does nothing to push them off of the programs and make them support their own selves. I believe raising standards and requirements to sustain your status on government programs would deter freeloading and encourage people to work toward bettering themselves, while the people who really need it can still get the help required.


#4: Fix our tax issues

A flat tax. Its only fair. Every citizen pays the exact same percentage of their annual income. Even corporations. As it stands right now, many people and corporations don't pay ANY tax at all, and the burden is put on the middle class and up. If everyone paid the same flat amount, the burden would be much more widely spread, leaving more money for companies and employers to create more jobs. In the end it would mean more money for everyone.

Heck, there was NO federal taxation until 1918, and the country ran fine until then, leaving the states to levy taxes for civil works projects such as roads, etc.


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crystolite 5 years ago from Houston TX

Useful hub that can also serve as a good documentary,thanks for sharing.


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American Romance 5 years ago from America

why lower taxes on lower income people? You have subscribed to a myth! How many lower income people pay taxes that you know? they always get it all back at the end of the year so they don't pay taxes? Also how many poor people ever gave you a job? We lower taxes on the wealthy and business, then more jobs are created and more tax revenue flows into government coffers! Proven principles that work! ...........study reagonomics or read my hub about Reagan!


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tehgyb 5 years ago from Easton, Pennsylvania Author

@ American Romance

You make a very valid point, but not everyone gets all their money back every year. I understand your point, but how does lowering taxes on the wealthy and businesses raise our tax revenue, if the jobs created by such action are all lower-income, and everyone working those jobs gets all or most of their money back anyway? Im kind of lost on that part but this is why I welcome input and opinions =) Thanks for the reply and I will definately take a look at your hub and read up more on the subject.


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nathandanials 5 years ago from Golden Valley, MN

nice research, good write.


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M. T. Dremer 5 years ago from United States

I had no idea that's how much money people in congress were making. There really needs to be a cap on that. Yes, they're supposed to be making our country better, but if we ever gridlocked production at our places of employment, we would get fired. Congress just gets paid when they stop things from happening. So I completely agree with you in that regard. I would go even further to demand that all corporate lobbyists be banned from Washington, permanently. Regular people don't have the money to fly to Washington to repeatedly influence and coerce their representatives, so I don't think corporations should have that leg up.

And I think you're spot on where drug tests are concerned. I receive government aid, and I would have no problems, whatsoever, taking a drug test. I'm clean and I'm not afraid to prove it. It's like you said; if they can't afford food, how are they affording drugs? It's the same thing with overweight people on disability. They're getting money because they didn't lead healthy lives, so they can continue to lead unhealthy lives. I don't have anything against overweight people, and I understand that various diseases and conditions can worsen a given situation, but all of that information would be taken into account when you sign up for the program. I'm just saying that the program should encourage getting better rather than letting you stay the same. Though a lot of that is related to the crappy healthcare system, but I won't get into that. Great hub!


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cjv123 5 years ago from Michigan

You had me until tax the rich. Lower income people aren't job creators. Taxing NEVER helps - ever - it's an economic fact historically. However - the "rich" and small business owners are the job creators - they are the ones who put the middle class to work - thus - they pay more taxes (they will profit, they pay more taxes on the profit) and those who work pay taxes. The more people who work, the more tax money that will be generated.

Never has raising taxes helped any type of actual recovery, no less long-term.

Otherwise - overall you actually have an excellent plan.


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Gail Anthony 5 years ago

I agree with your 2nd, 3rd, and 5th ideas. On your 1st idea, congressmen are not overpaid, however, their staffs are bloated and many abuse their expense budgets. Congressmen's staffing and expenses need to be controlled. On your 4th point and I'm relying on some very old info, 90% of our taxes are paid by the wealthiest 10% of our citizens. It is not more or less taxes that are needed. We need to control the use of that tax money. There is absolutely too much misuse of our tax dollars.

You've made some very good points. Keep writing good hubs.


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Aplethora23 2 years ago from North Cali

Nice Hub.

Oh, and Thank You for your service! Much respect to you for that! I whole heartedly agree that people collecting welfare and other forms of monetary aid, food stamps and other funding (FAFSA) should only be doing so while they move forward on a journey to better themselves, their lives and ESPECIALLY the lives of their children if they have any. People should not be caring for kids while using drugs or drinking alcohol anyway because kids deserve parents who are present and self less. People should be focused on climbing out of their poverty ditch, which would leave them no time to party at the end of the day, in my opinion. By the way, Yes, I can have an opinion on this matter because I am in recovery from several 'isms' myself. I have worked real hard to go from absolutely nothing, to asking for help, to respecting the people and entities who gave me the help that I needed, to launching myself into parenthood, college and employment. I love climbing ladders and feeling the gratification of hard work at the end of the day. Earning my own keep feels so much better than getting a free ride because it eliminates the stressful feelings of depending upon someone else for my survival. I know that it can be done because I am doing it. Everyday I do this thing called life, and I can tell you that I would not EVER have been successful at anything if I had been under the influence of mind altering drugs or alcohol. Submitting to drug testing should be mandatory for people who receive assistance, otherwise, the government is simply supporting their habits, and they give the rest of us a bad name when we honestly and truly needed the extra help & support.

Thanks for listening.

And thank you for sharing your hub.

Voted Up and Useful.

- Angie


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Jackie Lynnley 2 years ago from The Beautiful South

I absolutely believe welfare recipients should be drug tested and children taken if proven positive, at least there would come some good from that. I certainly don't mind feeding children and citizens of this country but we have no money as such so how can we house and feed immigrants when we have homeless citizens we turn our backs on and our government does all they can to prevent us from feeding? What is with that, huh?


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tehgyb 2 years ago from Easton, Pennsylvania Author

Jackie, thanks for the comment and the read! Also, Amen to that sister! I agree!


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lone77star 2 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

Very nice, Mr. Colfax. I like your thinking. I don't agree with all of it, but I think you're on the right track, for the most part.

Our problems with personal income tax started in 1910, when several bankers got together on Jekyll Island, NC, to plot the creation of a 3rd Central Bank -- a private bank from which they could control the American economy. This was the Fed. End the Fed and you end the insane tactic of creating debt-based money, instead of asset-based money.

Why not get rid of income tax altogether? Dr. Ron Paul had a plan that would cut government spending so much, we'd end up with a surplus from corporate taxes alone.

Get rid of welfare altogether. Skip the drug tests. Compassion should never be legislated. Compassion should come from the individual. When we shove this responsibility onto the government, we shirk our own responsibility.

The psychopathic elite would love for our children to "Love the State" and to depend on it for everything, divorcing themselves from their parents. This is their Orwellian ideal. As Nick Rockefeller supposedly told the late Aaron Russo, this is why the Rockefellers supported Women's Lib. They wanted not only twice the income into their private Fed coffers, but children depending more and more on their State.

You can't fix what has been corrupted to the core. The American government now belongs to the Corporate Party. They've been bought a long time ago. Very few ever stray very far from their corporate benefactors. They're all on a relatively short leash. There have been exceptions but too rare to be counted. When legislators keep coming out with draconian legislation to shred the very Constitution they swore to defend, you know they are CRAZY! SOPA, PIPA, CISPA and TPP are just a few of the examples they've attempted to curtail freedom of speech.

When every organ is infested with parasites and fungus, you can't save the patient without killing them. It looks like we need a new Continental Congress.

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