Conversations on more than 50 actions to expand freedom in the United States
Below are 20 actions that should be the highest priority for Congress in 2011, with links to further discussion.
1. TAXES morePass the Fair Tax (H.R. 25) to start a fairer, simpler tax system in 2012.
2. HEALTH CARE morea. Repeal the Patient Protection and Affordable Care (Obamacare) Health Care Bill, largely because of the mandatory insurance purchase provisions that violate the Constitution.
3. FINANCIAL REFORM moreBreak up the six biggest banks, making them tolerant to failure, by separating commercial banking, which should be using government-guaranteed deposits to provide credit to the economy, from capital market trading, which mis-allocates those deposits into high-risk proprietary activities.
4. AGRICULTURE moreEliminate farm subsidies and farm price controls.
5. EDUCATIONRestore DC Opportunity Scholarships in the District of Columbia. more
6. ENERGY moreAllow nuclear waste disposal in Yucca Mountain to permit safer operation of the 104 existing nuclear power plants and the construction of additional plants.
7. COUNTERTERRORISMTry enemy combatants in military tribunals and continue to operate the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay. more
8. FREE TRADE
Approve free trade agreements with Colombia, Panama, and South Korea. more
9. SPENDING moreRescind remaining TARP and Stimulus funds. Ban earmarks. Streamline the government bureaucracy to save $1 trillion in ten years.
11. POVERTY moreRemove financial penalties for marriage among the poor in means-tested welfare programs such as food stamps, public housing, Medicaid, day care, and TANF.
12. UNIONS moreAllow non-unionized as well as unionized construction companies to compete for construction work supported by federal funds.
13. SOCIAL SECURITY more
a. Allow workers to invest Social Security taxes in personal retirement accounts.b. Increase the retirement age for Social Security to keep pace with life-expectancy.
c. Allow seniors to defer Social Security benefits to a later age with increased
benefits if they work longer.
14. PROPOSE CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENTS more
a. TERM LIMITS: "No person shall be elected to the House of Representatives more
than four times or to the Senate more than twice." more
b. REMOVE SPECIAL INTEREST MONEY FROM CAMPAIGNS: "Individual citizens may, but groups of citizens and organizations may not, contribute to the political campaign for any federal office or to the holder or candidate for such position." see Lobbying
c. CLARIFY THE EXPRESS POWERS: Require federal courts to interpret in accordance with the 10th Amendment any power that Congress claims under the “interstate commerce” or “necessary and proper” clauses. The 10th Amendment reserves to the States or to the people any powers not expressly delegated to the United States by the Constitution. more
See also Contract from America.