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There oughta be a law ....

December 2, 2010 - Rob Weaver
I realize the restrictions I am about to suggest have no chance of taking effect, but blogs tend to be cathartic, so perhaps I’ll feel relieved when I’m done.

Because fiscal restraint is such a foreign concept in Washington, it would be better if citizens start considering methods to fiscally handcuff lawmakers. I’ve thought of a couple ways to compel Congress to curtail spending.

My first idea to prompt members of Congress to balance the budget involved using their salaries and expenses to cover the shortfall. If spending exceeded revenues, the difference first would come from their pay, then their budget for staff and supplies, etc.

I quickly realized this could lead to independently wealthy people running our government (pretty much like now).

My next idea was to reduce their pay and expense accounts by the same amount the budget was out of whack. For example, this year, members of Congress would take about a 40 percent cut.

I quickly realized this could lead to lawmakers resorting to graft and gifts to stay in office (pretty much like now).

The I came up with an idea that members of Congress would like, and wouldn’t encourage unethical behavior. It would involve allowing members of Congress to spend money for pork-barrel projects and grand social schemes, and printing the cash to cover the costs.

Pretty much like now.


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