For those who read my November 23rd post, "All Road Lead to Nashville," on Eagles for America, you may have additional thoughts and ideas. For those who didn't, you can review it by visit www.eaglesforamerica.com to reference.
The post introduced 15 planks to a platform that would be unveiled in a proposed "first quarter 2015 convention" in Music City. No, one of the 15 planks isn't a proposal to move the national capital to Nashville. Governor Mike Huckabee proffered this idea some days following the post. It has merits. But, it's not covered in "All Roads Lead to Nashville."
Instead, we address numerous concerns. The objective is to return to the people, the America our forefathers died for. It begins with identifying the problem. Then we must come up with a game plan. I call it "The Nashville Compact."
That problem can be summed up as "a government, owned and operated by a special class of self appointed people who have distanced themselves from the country." In short, they are "Americas' ruling class." They make the rules, set the expectations and determine the standands for the nation, often exempting themselves from participation. To think that they will change voluntarily is a pipe dream! Immediate and decisive action is an imperative.
It starts with Plank number one- "Term Limits for Congressman and Senators:" Two, six-year Senate terms and six, two-year terms for Congressmen. To think that the Senate and Congress will fire themselves from the best job in America is whistling Dixie! If plank number one becomes law, it will likely take a constitutional amendment. The process will begin in Nashvile.
Plank two calls for "Repeal of the 17th Amendment." For those who need to grab a copy of the constitutution to find the 17th amendment, let me save you some time. The 17th Amendment allows for direct election of United States Senators. The founders intended these U.S. Senators to be elected by the individual state senates. Why? Because the states retain more control. As it is now, any out-of-state PAC with a load of cash can buy an election. Repealing the 17th returns power to the states.
Plank number three calls for "Actual Ratification of the 16th Amendment." You mean it wasn't actually ratified? Nope! Only 26 states ratified it.(The U.S. had 48 states at that time)We needed 32! Don't know what's included in the 16th? Might be surprising. Bottom line, we now need 37 states to ratify this amendment. And what happens if we don't gain the necessary three-fourths? Then we won't have a federal income tax! Imagine that! It will be "consumption tax" or some other tax. But not a progressive income tax. This might put a "crimp" in the Washington D.C., big-spenders style!
Number four calls for "Ending All Federal(non-military) Employees Pensions." Instead, they would receive a 401k like the private sector. Elected officials would be included in this change. In the process, we would bring the federal workers compensation rate in line with their private sector counterparts. Currently they are making about 60% more.
Number five would "Cut Congressional Pay in Half, Making the Position Part Time." I don't think it would kill these elected officials to spend some time with their constituents!
Number six would "Eliminate the Education, Energy and Commerce Departments. E.P.A. Would be Reduced to 1975 Levels." It's current staff of 17,000 is larger than that the I.R.S.! It's focus would return to the 1975 goal of "providing information to the public," not serving as a partisan police force, working outside of the law."
Number seven is the "Replacement for Obamacare." Read the post. I think you'll like it!
Number eight will require that you read "E" is for English. But the main crux is to "make English the Official Language." The result would be tens of billions of dollars in savings for the individual states.
Number nine would amount to a "Federal Land Sale-off to Pay Down the Deficit." Only Americans would be eligible to buy. Has anyone realized how much the federal government owns. This is our traditional way of raising money. Why not now? Why does the government need to own this much real estate anyway?
Plank ten calls for the "Repeal of Dodd-Frank and all Accompanying Measures." We would wipe clean every piece of financial regulation has come down since 2008. Why? Because there were 900,000 jobs eliminated in the financial sector during this time, thanks to all of the unnecessary regulation imposed! Nuff said!
Number eleven calls for "Cutting the Corporate Income Tax Rate to 15%." Are we tired of all the off-shore outsourcing? Then let's do something about it! This will bring millions of job back to the U.S. For those who can't understand simple economics, consider this: "Why would any company stay in America(or come to America) to endure the world's highest corporate tax rate? It shouldn't require a P.H.D. in Economics to figure that one out!
Number twelve is the Nashville Compact's gift to Middle Class America. "No Capital Gains Tax for any Family Making Less than $500,000 per year." Mitt Romney proposed $200,000 and it was determined that it would save the average American family $167 per year in taxes. So this isn't a radical idea!
Lucky thirteen calls for "The Elimination of the Department of Homeland Security." Wouldn't this amount to eliminating a lot of jobs? Perhaps. But, we must take into consideration the danger of having a large, standing professional armed force. In truth, D.H.S. is eerily reminiscent of the S.S. in Nazi Germany. Of course, it would be unfair to suggest that these men and women have ever served in such a capacity. The S.S. was not originally seen as a collection of terrorist thugs. The point is, they became such over time. Who is to say the same fate couldn't unfold with our D.H.S.? For the sake of real national security, we must consider this option.
Plank fourteen introduces a "Fair, Practical and Far Reaching Blueprint for Immigration Reform." This plan would include a path to citizenship for illegals in the country through no fault of their own. It would also target future immigrants who were (a) under thirty-years of age, (b) fluent in English (c) with an education or trade and (d) who had training or skills needed in the U.S. .This would amount to a partial remedy for the expected Social Security shortfall, because these new Americans would likely pay in to the system for 40 years.
The last plank of the "Nashville Compact" would be to "Invigorate the Space Program." Why not build a space station on the moon? Mining helium three alone could justify such an objective. What's wrong with a joint mission to Mars and even Europa with the Russians? Why can't the public and private sector pool resources?
This is the topic of "All Roads Lead to Nashville." It's about "unfettering America" by reducing the "size, scope and cost" of government. Yet to do this, we must break up the old status quot. They have created an American political nobility."