They say, “feed a cold, starve a fever.” That might be the best advice to move towards restoring America’s fiscal health. Spending is out of control. The President and Congress are exceeding their Constitutional limitations as they pander to special interests that keep them in power. Something’s got to be done to fix the situation – and soon - or America will slip into an economic slime pit that could take 50 years to escape.
Last year I wrote about the three steps I would take to begin moving the federal government towards fiscal sanity. Let’s look at those again.
Step One – Eliminate the federal income tax. Let taxpayers file one return with their state, then have each state pay the federal government a fixed percentage of the income tax it collects. This would eliminate the social engineering and special interest provisions that make a copy of the federal tax code heavier than a main battle tank.*
Step Two – Conduct a 10th Amendment audit. While the federal government has been delirious with spending fever, it’s wandered well outside the lines of authority granted by the Constitution. The Constitution has a list of “must do” and “may do” functions that the federal government is charged with conducting. The 10th Amendment says that any functions not specifically authorized are the responsibility of the states. Conduct a wall-to-wall audit and transfer unauthorized functions from the federal government to the states, then let the states decide if they want to continue each function, modify it, or eliminate it.
Step Three – Conduct an audit of foreign aid spending. The President wants aid for Syrian rebels, Palestinian terrorists and rogue governments across North Africa and the Middle East. This is insanity. International friends are made through good foreign policy, not cash payoffs. No more foreign aid for our terrorist regimes (which eliminates at least 50% of all foreign aid).
These steps would be impossible without elected officials in Congress and the Oval Office who keep their oath to support and defend the Constitution. Replacing the scoundrels currently in office is, therefore, Job #1.
* I know you engineers and Methodists are wondering how much a tank actually weighs - an M1 Abrams main battle tank weighs a little over 67 tons.