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Buzzard Roost News

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Wish List & OMG List

Posted on June 17, 2014 at 1:42 PM
Government should operate on the assumption that elected and appointed officials have pre-mandated expiration dates. Every law makers' term should expire automatically after a fixed period of time say, 8 or 12 years...House and Senate...unless lawmakers and constituents expressly vote to reauthorize it. Likewise every legislatively created agency and program. Members of Congress and state legislatures should be required to revisit their handiwork on a regular basis, reviewing it for relevance, efficacy, and soundness, and allowing measures that have outlived their usefulness to lapse...such as the E.P.A."The presumption should be that laws and lawmakers are experimental solutions to social problems we want to eliminate," says political scientist Matthew Franck of the Witherspoon Institute in Princeton, N.J. If the solutions are working and continue to be needed, a legislature is always free to extend them. But if the experiments fail the "solutions didn't solve test" a sunset provision helps forestall the problem of vested interests, in and out of government, building up to protect them despite their failure or irrelevance."Initial eligibility and expiration dates would be established on a matrix which takes into consideration the constitutional validity of serving members' legislation and service provided their constituents in which their constituents grade them on a 4 point scale. Any serving member who has a constituent mean grade of 2.5 or less will automatically be denied the right to run for re-election at the close of his or her term. Those whose eligibility mark is between 3.0 and 2.5 will have their standard party election donations cut by 50%. This means they themselves must personally provide half of their campaign monies.Scores of between 3.5 and 3.0 will have their expiration dates evaluated within 90 days of that expiration of current term and their eligibility will be determined by constituent approval/disapproval.This should keep our legislators more "in touch" with their constituents and remove the deadwood ...e.g. RHINOs. And the lame excuse currently in vogue of legislators telling their constituents that "Sorry I had to throw all of you under the bus...I had to vote with my heart on this one" would come to a screeching halt and keep them ever mindful of who voted them into office. "The invasion of private rights is chiefly to be apprehended, not from acts of Government contrary to the sense of its constituents, but from acts in which the Government is the mere instrument of the major number of the Constituents."Departing the Wish List and entering the O.M.G. list:Am I to understand that Obama and Kerry are considering making Iran an ally? A nation that has expressed a desire to nuke Israel and the United States? Apparently this came to Barak between the third and fourth holes. "Okay. If I triple bogey this hole, we'll ally with Iran; if I merely double bogey the hole, we'll go it alone. Yo! John! Roll me another one!"James Phillips is the senior research fellow for Middle Eastern affairs at the Heritage Foundation. Phillips says the potential of the U.S. working with Iran on the situation is a sign of “desperation.” “We are talking about turning to Iran to help stabilize Iraq – that effort in itself will weaken our pressure on Iran in nuclear [negotiations],” Phillips said.He points out the major concern for the West, beyond working with Iran, is making sure ISIS does not become a “transnational jihadists threat,” that could later use Iraq as a base for terrorism. “If they are able to consolidate their stranglehold over eastern Syria, western Iraq then they will use it as a base for exporting their Islamist revolution elsewhere in region,” Phillips said. “We are seeing the formation of a dangerous sanctuary in the heart of the Arab world.”The invasion of Iraq was logically foreseeable. It was only a matter of who and when.Jim Morris

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