Bill Clinton wanted to shrink the military but he had a problem. There were a lot of military bases and closing some of them would save a lot of money Clinton could blow on wasteful projects that would reward key Democrat donors and constituents.
Clinton could not close the military bases out right because the Congressmen and Senators in the states worked very hard to protect their turf.
So the answer became BRAC. The Base Realignment and Closure Commission. It was a simple idea. The “experts” would review all the bases and recommend those for either closure or realignment. Once their report was prepared, it was submitted to Congress for either an up or down vote. No amendments, which meant no powerful members of Congress could act to protect bases.
I have lamented why we did not do this with the rest of the Government.
Under the heading of great minds think alike, Louisiana Congressman John Fleming came up with the same idea.
He introduced a bill last year called H.R. 2680. It is called the Federal Realignment and Closure Committee (FRACC).
The idea is just like the BRAC. The experts will go through the Federal Government and look for programs that do not work, are duplicative, have failed or are so riddled with abuse as to not be useful.
Those programs would be selected and there would be the same kind of up and down vote.
This is a great idea, right?
It is such a great idea that Govtrack.us gives this bill a 2% chance of becoming law.
The Indianapolis Colts have a better chance of winning the Superbowl without Peyton Manning than this bill does of becoming law.
The fact that this bill is languishing in the dark abyss of Congress, stuck in a committee where it will most likely die.
This brings up the obvious question. If we in the Tea Party brought the GOP into the majority to cut spending, and this is a great tool to get rid of wasteful spending, when the hell is the GOP going to get serious about cutting spending?
The answer is as long John Boehner’s freshly laundered white flag of surrender flies above the Speaker’s chair, it is not going to happen.
This is a good bill for Tea Party groups to get behind.
On Monday, let’s start calling Congressmen and Senators and tell them to enact this bill. We need to do something to start shrinking the government and this is as good a way to start cutting it as any.
Take a moment to forward this blog to the people on your email list. Let’s tell Congress to start doing something now, before our nation starts looking like Greece.
This is one fire we really need to fan!
They need to make Congress have to reauthorize every recurring expense every ten
years or less. If they vote it down, or "let the sun set on it" without a vote, it goes away!
It would make Congress have to actually WORK for a living...
Tonight on Fox News I heard Pelosi talking about her "wants" to change the Constitution like wiping out the Bill of Rights. We had better start yelling - loud!
You do understand what Progressive means? It means the constitution is obsolete and must be ignored when desired. Did you know that Democrats usually like to be called progressives?
Yeah, as if it has anything to do with "progress."
Transparency is what obama promised so this falls under Transparency,just another good thought obama and the democrats will shoot down.Transparency remember?Too bad all the scumbag ,anti American liberal handout voters just don't move to the socialist nation of there choice instead of trying to turn a Free America into a socialist nation. Transparency right?
Here's some fodder to tell your Representative or Senator about.
I have more than 400 more examples like this.
WHY can't any of our elected officials find these obvious examples of waste, fraud, abuse and corruption?
Because they don't want to.
Thank you USARogue, with information such as you have provided, it gives us a "hands-up", when calling in to the Congress, and House, ears perk up when you know the number of the Bill, can somewhat describe it, and then state whether you are for it, or are not. It goes back to the same thing, if we like or dislike something, we must tell our Representatives. I know, I know, we have called them a lot of times, but the Battle is not over, and speaking frankly, I believe this is going to be a long pull, even with Romney in Office. Too long, we "let it ride" and now we are seeing the disasterous results of inattention. We must make our Voices heard, loud and clear. In your acquaintance pool, you must know some Democrats, well, take a close look, do you think they can give up their self-love, long enough, to pay attention and call Washington?? Don't think so. So, by Logic, it will be us they hear from.
@USARogue You have an impressive list of all of the fraud, waste and abuse being done to taxpayers. Is your total list available somewhere? It would perhaps be useful for everyone to email it to their contacts and create a daily post of one of your examples on Facebook and other social media to keep this circulating.
Because they don't want to..
Sorry about the delay in responding. I find most of my information by researching the blogosphere and just Googling "Waste, fraud and abuse (WFA) in government".
Here are some of the links I found.
This one is older but it proves the fact that WFA is an ongoing problem:
This one is from Donald Berwick, former CMS Director, about WFA in Medicare and Medicaid. This should outrage even the most Liberal/Progressive. But it won't. The first and 12th paragraphs are the crime we are dealing with. Now with the government controlling 1/6th of our economy (AKA Health Care) you can guarantee the amount of WFA will spiral even higher.
I'll post more soon.
Where do I sign up for this commission? Regular citizens should be on it as well; if Obama thinks 15 unelected, distant people can tell me what kind and how much healthcare I can get, why can't I tell THEM how much government they can run (other than voting them out of office, that is)?
America must change
We, the America people, have a very serious problem in our economy and our nation. We’re going to have to change our attitudes and face some hard realities. Number one: We are the people (each of us) responsible for our country!!!!! In any civilization, past present or future, under any form of government, republic, dictator, king, bureaucracy or congress there is only one person responsible and you can meet that person when you look in the minor. When we abrogate our responsible to any form of government that government will eventually make use their slaves. Number two: You cannot turn a sex maniac loose in a whore house with a credit card. We in the United States have turned loose our congress, presidency, and bureaucracy with our credit card. We have got to take that credit card back or we will never right our economy or our nation. Number three!! Government is not God; it only thinks it is God. Government is a tool a people of a nation use to do those activities that we can do more efficiently and effectively, collectively then we can do individually. Four: Bankruptcy is on its way!!!! Our Federal debt including all unfunded obligations exceeds the net worth of the USA. We have spent 60 years creating this debt, if you think our children are going to spend their lives paying it off, your nuts. Five: We have no leadership in America today. We have a President that is a lost dog in tall grass and a congress that is brought and paid for by vested interests. Many of the lobbyists are foreign countries. It is up to us, we must solve the problem.
We have got to change our Constitution in a way that power is taken away from Government and makes the America people directly responsible.
1. Taxes must be taken off of everything except final consumption. When a family goes to the grocery store and buys $100 in groceries and the checker add $35.00 for federal tax, $10.00 for state tax $5.00 for local taxes and $40.00 to pay off the debt, the crap will come out of the heads of the America people about the cost of Government. Also, no person or item is exempted, everyone pays. Americans will be ready to fight back with gusto!!!!
2. Take away the power of Congress to pass legislation. All legislation (bills) must come before the people to be approved or disapproved. We have the communications capacity via the internet, etc. to do this. Furthermore, all bills must be broken down by item and a cost must be accessed to each item. We need line item voting power.
3. Any person or group, who can obtain 3% of the registered voter’s signatures, can design and/or present a bill (legislation) to congress. . Congress must debate, approve or disapprove legislation; however, again the people must approve or disapprove the legislation.
4. We need an accounting system that is as accurate as possible, so Americans know where their tax money is going and can make decisions.
With these new Constitutional tools, there will be 300 million Americans who will decide what they want to spend their dollars on. Our government and our nation would be changed forever. This recession and federal debt maybe a great blessing, in that we will advance our democracy, freedoms and life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Or become slaves to our government. There is no way the United States Congress is going to solve this Debt problem. The American people are going to have to do it themselves. We are going to have to change our Constitution. There is no other way.