Even though Republicans lost the Senate and White House, I believe that they could score some major points with the 2014 and 2016 voters if they’d propose some much needed legislation. Of course, it will never go further than the House, but it’d put Democrats in the Senate on the record for refusing to take it to a vote.
First, pass a bill that prohibits Congress from passing any law that does not apply to all members of Congress. Actually, I think this should be a Constitutional Amendment.
Next, pass a true Balanced Budget Amendment.
Next, pass a bill requiring Term Limits. This is what the founding fathers envisioned: that citizens would serve in office for a few years, then step aside for others to do so. No more career politicians holding Congressional seats for 40 years. I think this should also be a Constitutional Amendment.
Next, pass a bill that prohibits Congress from using its taxing authority to force Americans to do or purchase something. I’m not sure if this can be done, but give it a try.
Now, pass a bill that prohibits the United Nations from imposing laws on Americans that violate our Constitution. Just for the record.
Now, pass a bill prohibiting earmarks. How about a bill that requires new legislation to focus on only one issue at a time instead of bills containing completely unrelated provisions.
There should also be a bill that requires 30 days of review and analysis for every 50 pages of legislation. No more “let’s pass it so we can see what’s in it”. The Congressional Research Service should post an explanation of proposed legislation in lay terms so Americans can understand what their representatives are getting them into.
I think all of these bills would be enthusiastically supported by the American people. And when these bills are passed by the House, stage a massive marketing campaign so the American people can see who’s really on their side…and who isn’t.