What Congress Has to Do.
- Pass legislative limits to spending, and kill the stupidity known as "earmarks". Create legislative control of other unessential pork-barrel spending. Either give the President a line-item veto, or establish rules that there can only one subject per budget bill.
- Pass Immigration reform that includes strong border control and a very limited guest-worker/amnesty program based on past performance, not blanket acceptance. I discussed how to weigh immigrants and accept/reject their petitions for continued residency/citizenship here.
- Acknowledge that the United States is at war, and put the nation on more of a war footing. Loosen up some of the environmental rules impacting recruiting, training, and daily operations. Expand the size of the Armed Forces by ten active (7 Army, 3 Marine), three reserve, and three National Guard Brigade Combat Teams over five years, and provide necessary equipment and training. Especially increase the intelligence-collecting capabilities of all branches of the Armed Forces
- Pass a meaningful energy bill - one that allows more drilling, more exploration, expanded refinery capacity, and a single-blend formula for gasoline in all 50 states. Limit funding for alternative energy sources to research and development, and put the pressure on for results. Quit playing games with trying to force the country to use ethanol or other non-petroleum products - let the market decide if these are worthwhile to pursue.
- Expedite review of existing federal regulations in all areas, and reduce, consolidate, or eliminate those that are ineffective, counterproductive, or just plain silly (they exist).
- Reduce the size and expense of government by consolidating, downsizing, or eliminating non-functioning, marginal, or redundant operations.
- Establish a minimum voter identification requirement of a photo identification document with the voter's current address. This will do more to reduce voter fraud than any other single action, and can be done at modest expense. Citizens may have stopped screaming about voter fraud, but it hasn't left their memory. They expect Congress to correct the problem.
- Rescind McCain-Feingold. It's a worthless restriction on free speech, and has done nothing but change the way the money is funneled and made the average citizen's life miserable.
The choice is up to the politicians. The one thing they cannot do is nothing. The people are upset over the games being played by both parties in Washington, the constant excessive spending, and the failure to truly address the needs of our nation. If they don't get their act together and do what's necessary, the American people may decide the entire lot needs to find new employment.