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:
Majority Party Leader - $193,400
Minority Party Leader - $193,400
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?
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.