The Front Porch Agenda?By Caleb Stegall for FRONT PORCH REPUBLIC
With all the talk about “what is to be done,” in terms of a decentralizing political agenda, I thought I’d throw some ideas out there, with the intent only of providing a beginning point to a discussion. Some of the ideas may be hairbrained, some are old hat. The intent behind each, however, is to undermine the power of the centralized managerial “trusts” and devolve power as far as possible back down the line to families and households.
1. Govenor’s Veto Act. By special session, the governors of the 50 states may by simple majority vote veto any act of Congress, subject to the same veto override rules applicable to the Federal Executive.
2. Supreme Court Expansion Act. Grant each state one seat on the Supreme Court to be appointed by the various governors subject to confirmation by the various state legislatures.
3. Balanced Budget Act. The Federal budget must balance unless overridden by a 3/5 vote of Congress.
4. Small Business Protection Act. Exempt all small businesses (defined generously … 250 employees? 10million gross?) from every single federal law.
5. Fair Tax Act. National sales tax to replace income tax. Flat exemption for first X number of dollars per person, so a family of 4 gets 4 times the exemption of a single person.
6. Free Speech Act. Unlimited speech/spending by individual persons on campaigns and/or lobbying with complete bar to corporate persons spending.
7. Term Limit Act. Term limits for federal elected positions.
8. Congressional Responsibility Act. Make every congressman sign a statement of having fully read any piece of legislation they vote on.
Some other ideas … real imigration reform, end national banking … allow state banks and banking systems … end selective service and require declaration of war before extended military adventures …
This kind of thing has to be boiled down and simplified a la the Contract With America in order to congeal into a political movement with any umpph. Tactically speaking, the Front Porch Agenda should look to winning governor’s mansions as the only remaining legitimate means of challenging the dominion of the federal beast. The states must live again as politically sovereign jurisdictions.