Nemo me impune lacessit

No one provokes me with impunity


No Title of Nobility shall be granted by the United States: And no Person holding any Office of Profit or Trust under them, shall, without the Consent of the Congress, accept of any present, Emolument, Office, or Title, of any kind whatever, from any King, Prince, or foreign State.

Article 1, Section 9, Constitution of the United States

If this is the law of the land...why in a republic (little r) and as republicans, do we allow mere POLITICIANS to the right to use a "title of office" for the rest of their lives as if it were de facto a patent of nobility. Because, as republicans, this should NOT be the case...just saying...

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Wednesday, August 25, 2010

ATR: 14 Ways to Reduce Spending

The organization American's for Tax Reform has come up with 14 ways to reduce spending by the federal government.  It's a shame that none will be implemeneted...

  1. Resurrect the “Byrd Committee.”
  2. Give the public five days to read bills before a floor vote.
  3. Put every federal transaction and contract online in real time.
  4. Term limit appropriators.
  5. Sitting Congressmen and Senators should not be able to name buildings or other monuments to themselves, and none should be named for them while they are still living.
  6. Block grant education funding and welfare to the states.
  7. Freeze the salary and benefit levels of federal employees.
  8. Require all eligible federal employees to compete for their job with a private sector bidder.
  9. Only hire one new federal employee for every two that retire from government employment.
  10. Repeal the Davis-Bacon Act.
  11. Reform farm subsidies along the lines of the 1996 “Freedom to Farm” Act.
  12. Leave defense cuts on the table.
  13. Stop using “emergency” spending loopholes to get around budget rules.
  14. Freeze discretionary spending at 2007 levels.


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