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A Plan to Reduce the Size and Cost of our Federal Government

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This proposed Plan shall be Initiated on the Start Date of
October 01, 2017

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A "government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish".
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The Transition

翻云覆雨逐艳曲A sudden Change to our economic system could have a serious adverse impact on our citizens.Theworst hardship would be on those who might lose benefits or their Goverment Jobs.

翻云覆雨逐艳曲These were some of the concerns that the Simpson-Bowles Commission had when they compiled theirDecember, 2010 Moment of Truth report to Congress.

Before continuing, it is suggested that this report be scanned for content so that the varioussections and recomendations can be matched to corresponding sections of this plan. Questionsthat must be answered are as follows

  1. Does the PLAN accomplish what is addressed in the REPORT?
  2. Is the PLAN more drastic or less drastic than the REPORT?
  3. Does the goal of the PLAN need to be altered?
  4. Is the goal of the PLAN achievable?
  5. How can we minimize the collateral damage to our citizens and still achieve the goal?
  6. What does the REPORT address that the PLAN does not?
Please note that this plan is meant to define the limits of Federal Government responsibility toits citizens. It shall be up to each State to decide which of the excluded services and programsare to be retained as State Functions.

This plan will span a period of Tenyears. The goal of this plan will be to reduce the size of government and number of employees bytwo thirds (66%).

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Before the start of the Transition, a preparation documentmust be in place to outline the activities necessary to achieve the desired results. A year byyear progression of events shall lead our government to the desired outcome ten years later.

State Participation

The Transition Plan shall change our Democratic Republic by reflecting new methods of governance. New powers are to be granted to theNational Governors Association (NGA) and would enable thisorganization to:
  1. Assure that qualified potential candidates are presented to our citizens when they enter the voting process at the Federal Level
  2. Control actions by rogue federal leaders that could destroy our form of government and the freedoms we now enjoy
Therefore it is appropriate that our States take the first actions to initiate these changes.

Congress Participation

During the preparation phase, our congress must agree to abide by the new powers of the National Governors Association.These new powers will include:
  1. Approving the Rules of the House and the Rules of the Senate, including any changes made to these rules. These rules shall notbe official and cannot be used without such approval. All Congressional Rules and the Parliamentary Rules of all federal agenciesmust comply withthe current version of Robert's Rules of Order .Newly Revised. A Parliamentary Procedure Advisor shall always be available.
  2. Prior to each federal election, approving the Rules and Bylaws of each Political Party wishing to submit canadates running for office.Independent candidates must abide by a set of rules and bylaws provided to them by the National Governers Association
  3. Approving the salaries and pensions of our President, Vice President, Elected Members of the House, Senate and all Federal Judges.
  4. Providing a Disciplinary Committee that has the authority to adjudicate misconduct involving the President, Vice President,United States Attorney General, Congressional Leaders and Federal Judges. This committee shall also have the legal authorityto impose a penalty for actions committed.
  5. Managing any temporary replacement of the aforementioned officers of our government. This shall assure that all constitutional requirements have been metand that our citizens have been properly notified of these actions
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The Steps to Success


Step 1 - Change the Tax System

Our government's system of taxation has grown into a wastefull and unmanagable monster. All Taxessupporting our government must be rescinded and replaced by Taxing the People or by Taxing the States.

Step 2 - Modify Social Security

The plan for Social Security features moving the benefit eligabilityage to (70) and eliminating taxes on benefits. Where taxes arerescinded, benefits are rolled back an equivalent amount so the benefit recipient seesno change in income.

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Step 3 - Modify Medicare

The plan for Medicare moves the eligability age to (70) and includes the imposition of limits on the amount of money a singlerecipiant can receive from the federal government.

Catastrophic medical costs cannot be allowed to threaten the whole health recovery system.Therefore, a special tax has been proposed to provide a pool of money to soften the affects ofthese large expenditures.

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Step 4 - Regulations

This government must control its power to Regulate. The federal governmentmust restrict regulations to the three major areas of responsibility as outlined in our Constitution.These are:

  1. National Security
  2. Interstate Commerce
  3. Foreign Policy

We must recognize that our States are perfectly capable of regulating where necessary andhave done so.

Our Constitution does not authorize the Federal Government to regulate Education,Housing and the Minimum Wage.

We must also remember that nonconformance to National Standards can also result in abstractregulation. As an example, nonconformance to National Standards could cause our Insurance Premiums togo up. Therefore, a good Standard can be a subtle Regulation.

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Step 5 - Grants and Subsidies

Unless otherwise protected by our Constitution, the following shall apply thruout the FederalGovernment and its Agencies:

  1. Over the transition period, all grants and subsidies shall bediscontinued.
  2. After the transition period, grants and subsidies must be approved by a certification requiringa two thirds vote of congress.
  3. After the transition period, the congressional approval of grants and sibsidies shallautomatically expire after two years.If desired,congress can decide to continue the grant or subsidyfor another two year period with a majority vote.
  4. It shall not be the intent of this government to extend any grant or subsidy indefinitely.Therefore, after the approval period has reached eight years, congress must recertify the grantor subsidy with a two thirds vote.
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Step 6 - Reorganization and Staff Reduction

During the transition period, the Executive Branch, the Judicial Branch and the Legislative Branchwill all be changed to reduce cost.

Step 7 - Agency Reduction

There are way too many agencies funded by our government. While we hold theseorganizations in great esteem, many do not make any contributions to the operation of ourgovernment. During the transition, the funding for nonessential agencies will be reduced by ten percent (10%)each year until they are no longer "on the books".

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Step 8 - Excess FundsWasted

For decades, managers of government projects have deliberatly wasted excess funds bybuilding roads and bridges to nowhere, or painting rocks around cafeterias. They did thisbecause their has been no easy and formal way to return excess funds to the Treasury.Managers were told that if they did not spend all the money allocated, they would notreceive as much next year.

Now we all know that any well designed project must include Contingency Funds in itsbudget. Unforseen glitches often occur. Problems such as missing parts, employee errorsand bad weather can often raise the cost of most endeavers. But when the job is completed,managers must be held responsible for the Contingency Funds that were not needed.

During the Transition period, the Department of the Treasury should be directed to designand impliment a process to aid the return of excess funds to the treasury. Managers shouldbe encouraged to use such a system. It is suggested that all managers be required to writean additional report if no excess funds are returned.

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Step 9 - Unused Property

Unused lands owned by the federal government shall be reduced by the specified goal by returningsuch lands to the states in which they reside. This shall be accomplished at no cost to the States.

All other unused property, including buildings, shall be disposed of at auction during thetransition period.

Step 10 - Securing our Borders

Our Northern Border with Canadais 5525 miles long and gets very cold in the winter. Its security would be establishedby the construction of a wall along its entire length. The total cost to the average tax payerwould be about 30 dollars a year during the 28 year construction period.

Our Southern Borderwith Mexico is approximately 1900 miles long. Its security would be establishedby the construction of a wall along its entire length. The total cost to the average tax payerwould be about 30 dollars a year during the 10 year transition period.

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Step 11 - Controlling our Federal Reserve System

Congress seems unwilling to tinker with the Federal Reserve. This is because such a financial systemis very unique in its size and scope. This organization was created in 1913 to prevent the devastatingdamage to our economy caused by the bank runs experienced in 1907. As has other parts of this government,it has grown to proportions that could not be imagined one hundred years ago.

We must reorganize this bureaucracy so that it is more easily understood and can be more adequatelymanaged. This will be accomplished by providing congress with the unique tools required to understandand control the biggest banking system in the world. Only then can we limit its size.


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Step 12 - Controlling the Technology Power of our Federal Government

Our federal government will soon have the power to predict the political behavior of each individualamerican citizen. This will be accomplished with new technology including enormous data storage capabilityand large numbers of high speed computers.

This new acquisition of power has been officially motivated by claims that it will enhance the government'sability to catch would be terrorists. However, improper use could include the intimidation of each citizenwho may be deemed a threat to the controlling political party.

The scope of use of this equipment must be closely controlled and the use of this new power must befrequently audited by independent auditors.


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Step 13 - Controlling our United States Congress

Congress continues to overspend and has raised the national dept to unheard of levels ($16 Tr). Theyignore requests to use established business practices such as approving and complying with a budget.

To control this behavior, the voters must fight back by voting incumbents out of office at everyopportunity. This is a shameful state of affairs for our government.


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Step 14 - Selecting our President

A Federal Official with the power of our President requires special attention by the Voters. With a government of the people, the Votersare responsible for selecting a capable person to lead their country.

The President of the United States must be able to earn the Trust, the Respect and the Loyalty of the American People. The President must also be able to assemble a cadre of advisors and officers that already have the Trust, the Respect and Loyalty of the people.


Government Assistance


Organizations that provide assistance and services to the States and Citizens.

Agencies and commissions that advise and provide guidence toour government officials.


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Supporting Our Expectations


To see how this plan supports the promises of some of our political parties we can compare it totheir platforms.

  1. The G.O.P. Platforms
  2. The Democratic Platform
  3. The Libertarian Platform

The Final Judgement


Currently, this presentation is just a Plan. Hopefully, other citizens have submitted their plansand our government officials will excercise the option of reviewing all of them.

The process of review could include the following steps:

  1. Is this plan Feasable? Knowledgable accountants, past and present administrators and otherscould swiftly make this determination.
  2. Is this a good plan? Many more people and agencies must determine this, including the military.
  3. Can this plan be improved? Surviving the first two steps, this plan must be reviewed by the Statesfor their input and a more thourough review must be conducted at the federal level.
  4. What is the consensus of the people? Can government sell such a plan to our citizens? The peoplewill be paying for it.

After assembling this plan, it is my opinion that too many of our federal officials have determinedthat, to retain their jobs, they must make a charity organization out of the U. S. Government. Toomany government workers pat themselves on the back whenever a Grant is Awarded or a Regulation iswritten or an Agency is created. Each of these actions has cost the american people hard earnedmoney. The truth is that our governent must restrain itself, confine its activities and, each year,present an ever smaller bill to the american people until our goal is reached.


The Future

For those of you who anticipate future changes that could wreck the plan I say this:

  1. No plan can be bullet proof against change. Nore should it be.
  2. Modifications that propose increases in tax rates should require a vote of the people.
  3. Modifications that change benefits should require a vote of the people
  4. Alterations that reduce the power of the states should require a vote of the people
  5. The people must hold our government officials accountable under our Constitution

May the lord bless my children, my grand children, my great grand children and all of our citizens.

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