Campaign Laws to Improve our Democracy, and other Ideas
1. One dollar, one vote. This is an old Billionaires for Bush idea that for every dollar you have, including dollars in offshore tax havens and investments, you get one vote for president and other offices. With the Citizen United decision, we almost have that now.
2. Auction off Congress and Governorships to the highest bidder. It’s high time we stopped wasting money on the charade of elections and just sold Congressional seats outright. We could get Ryan Seacrest of American Idol fame to run the auctions and make it a production. Each seat would have a theme song and production value. For example, when selling a Senate seat from Oklahoma, they could play the song from Oklahoma. We can sell DVD’s of the production at a later date. This is the only fiscally sound course to take, for reducing is the debt is the only thing we should concern ourselves with.
3. Sponsorships for Congress and Governors. I can see my Tex Shelters, Industries logo on Paul Ryan’s jacket right now. Scott Walker could wear a Koch Brother’s tie with their logo emblazoned on it. Heck, he’s basically wearing one around his neck right now.
4. Advertising in the Senate and House chambers. Every once in a while I will go to a sporting event like the U.S. Tennis Open. All along the sideline I see advertisements from A.I.G. or Bain Capital and then I think to myself, why don’t I see this advertising in Congress when I watch C-Span. That is lost advertising revenue, dear Americans. Just once I would like to see an ad in the House saying, “Speaker Boehner’s Gavel provided by Home Depot”, or in the Senate a sign that reads, “California’s Senators dressed in the latest from Talbots.” We could use a voice over during the proceedings on C-Span that says, “Bernie Sanders likes to relax in his Abercrombie and Fitch summer collection when not dressed in his Dolce and Gabbanna suits while in the Senate." This is lost revenue folks!
5. House of Overlords Perhaps having auctions for Congressional seats is too generous. Why not have permanent seats in Congress for those who pay for them. Like you have executive suites in sports stadiums, you could have executive suites in Congress. There would be the Walton suite, the Gates Suite, the Zuckerman and the Oprah suites, and so on. These Overlords would only have the power to recommend, advise, suggest, change, write and veto legislation, much as they do now through groups like ALEC.
As James Madison pointed out when writing the Constitution, “ ‘…if elections in England were open to all classes of people, the property of landed proprietors would be insecure. An agrarian law would soon take place,’ giving land to the landless. The Constitutional system must be designed to prevent such injustice and ‘secure the permanent interests of the country,’ which are property rights.”
My ideas are the only way to prevent the injustice of income equality being forced on the ruling class and to protect democracy as we know it in America.