By David Dorman, TSB Contributor
“A Government for the people, by the people.”
Somewhere along the way, we are no longer a country of a government for the people, by the people. We are a government that benefits 545 people in Washington: 100 Senators, 435 Congressmen, 1 President, and 9 Supreme Court Justices.
When you really think about it, we exercise our vote, and yet those individuals that we have elected have strayed so far from the truth. For example, today the Government says our debt is $14 trillion, and with President Obama’s new budget there’s an additional $1 ½ trillion deficit, for a total of 15 ½ trillion dollars in debt. That’s a lie. What they didn’t tell you is that the debt comes with interest. So how much do we really owe? 50 trillion? I can’t even calculate it.
If this country is going to survive for the benefit of its citizens, there are several things that are going to have to happen. The first, and most important, is a constitutional amendment for a balanced budget. We cannot spend more money than we take in, just like every household in America who gets a paycheck and has to live by it.
And I believe that the only way this is going to happen is that we citizens demand that this amendment be put on the ballot for its citizens to approve. As our constitution is pretty clear, amendments to the constitution can only be proposed by congress, and so far to the best of my knowledge, every time it has been proposed it has been voted down. I personally don’t believe that the Democrats or Republicans as a whole want a balanced budget, because if they did, this would already be done.
It is the responsibility of Congress to approve the budget. The President recommends it, yet every congressman and senator has their pet project somewhere in an approved budget that will benefit them and their constituents. Simply said, “How do I keep my Job?” is their thought. Their elected position enriches them personally, so that the majority of Senators and Congressmen and Presidents that come out of office become a multi-millionaire. Gee, I wonder how that happens.
The only way to stop this corruption is to amend the constitution, demanding term limits. That no elected official can be in a federal office for more than 10 years for a congressman, 12 years for a senator, and as it remains, eight years for a president.
The current pension trust for senators and congressmen should be dissolved, and all funds moved directly into social security. They should only receive the same benefits that we, the citizens, receive from social security. The same goes for Medicare.
This is a good start to saving our country. Perhaps the Tea Party could start a petition for these constitutional amendments. I’d really like to think that there are honest elected officials out there that would agree with this point of view. If they don’t, then we need to fire them, and elect those that are serving the country, not themselves. I’d like to hear from other individuals that might have some of the same thoughts.
Quote of the day
Any change, any loss, does not make us victims. Others can shake you, surprise you, disappoint you, but they can’t prevent you from acting, from taking the situation you’re presented with and moving on. No matter where you are in life, no matter what your situation, you can always do something. You always have a choice and the choice can be power.
– Blaine Lee
David Dorman is a TSB editorial columnist. He served as Mayor of Melissa until 2009, beginning public service there in 1999 after being elected to the city council. Dorman worked many years in the business world prior to public service. He contributes to numerous charitable entities and continues continues to invest in children by offering his time and finances to further the goals of Collin County Children’s Advocacy Center, Children’s Medical Center of Dallas. He currently serves on the board of Court Appointed Special Advocates of Collin County.