This is not the normal reforms that the politicians have promised for years, with no real intent of delivering. I want to bring back the Constitutional Government the founding fathers always intended, and carefully laid out for this country.
Restoration of the Balance of Power
In order to re-establish the government we want, need and deserve, we need to reign in the unregulated power and abuse of bureaucrats that were not elected by the people, and do not have to answer to the people. Each year more and more power has been stripped from Congress and granted to department heads appointed by the President. This has placed an enormous amount of power into the Presidential office that it was never meant to have. It has distorted the balance of power, and the checks of that power to prevent unbridled abuse.
Many of these agencies were created with good intentions, but over time we have seen them increase in size, cost, and control. The regulations and rules, which are treated as law, and are put in place by these bureaucrats FAR outnumber and outweigh the few laws that our elected Representatives pass every single year. Some of these departments have also succeeded in stripping away the powers and rights of the States, and thus further distorted the balance of power.
Placing regulatory power back under the control of Congress, the way it was intended, can restore the balance of power in our nation, and keep the regulators that have been truly controlling our country accountable to us, the voters.
To guarantee a stable country for our children and grand children, we need to remove the rampant wasteful spending that has become the normal state of affairs. Congress holds budgetary power over all government spending including the Administrative agencies that create the repetitive annual over-spending we have been forced to endure. Through aggressive, but flexible, budget cuts these agencies can to be forced to restructure and aim for efficiency with funds. This will place budgeting issues back under the control of Congress.
Forcing positive restructuring and improving administrative efficiency can remove much of the wasteful spending and put the money back into programs that have been ravaged, like Medicare and Social Security. It not only places budget control back in the hands of people voted into office, and therefore the people that vote them into office, but it can also help balance our budget and ensure a stable future for every citizen in this great nation.
Term limits should be placed on both Senators and Representatives. It has long been a common practice for everyone else in the working world to serve at some form of labor for about 20 years and then retire. Politicians have been using public service as a means of retaining power and multiplying personal wealth for far too long.
Senators serve a 6 year term as outlined by the Constitution. With this in mind, I believe they should be limited to three terms. That would give a Senator eighteen full years to be a useful public servant, instead of selfishly holding power for far too long, and amassing wealth at the expense of his or her constituents. Once the Senator has served a total of 3 terms, whether consecutively or not. His or her service to the country should be considered complete and no longer eligible to hold elected Federal Office. Their experience would make them eligible for Cabinet or other appointed offices, however, they will not be eligible to pursue any active lobbyist position as they have already served in the capacity of legislation influence.
House of Representatives
Members of the House serve 2 year terms as outlined by the Constitution. With this in mind, I believe they should be limited to ten terms. This would grant them the opportunity to give a full twenty years of service for their country. Once the Congressman/woman has served a total of 10 terms, whether consecutively or not. His or her service to the country is considered complete and no longer eligible to hold elected Federal Office. Their experience would make them eligible for Cabinet or other appointed office, however, they will not be eligible to pursue any active lobbyist position as they have already served in the capacity of legislation influence.
This, of course, assumes that the American people continue to re-elect them. This would, as it always has, keep all politicians accountable to the people that they serve and the keep the government out of the living room.