ISSUE: Congressional Equity
Over the past century, our leaders have legislated more intrusive and expensive rules for the rest of us to live under. They have little regard for what a new tax means to the people who must pay it, or for the burden of cost a new mandate forces on a state, municipality or business. Keep in mind any tax on a business is passed on to you and me. The same applies to the cost of complying with a mandate, both for business and for our towns. That’s a large part of the reason your local government never seems to have enough of your money.
When it comes to tax cuts we hear phrases like, “Washington just can’t afford to cut taxes right now.” Have those of us who pay the tax ever been asked if we could afford the tax hike?
“CONGRESS SHALL MAKE NO LAW THAT APPLIES TO THE CITIZENS OF THE UNITED STATES THAT DOES NOT APPLY EQUALLY TO THE SENATORS OR REPRESENTATIVES, AND CONGRESS SHALL MAKE NO LAW THAT APPLIES TO THE SENATORS OR REPRESENTATIVES THAT DOES NOT APPLY EQUALLY TO THE CITIZENS OF THE UNITED STATES.”
This language is not my own, but I couldn’t have said it any better. This, combined with term limits and removal of congressional pensions will go a long way toward bringing government back to the place where it’s more attractive to statesman than politicians.
Our leaders don’t consider the consequence of their laws, because they’re above them. Our Founders intended for citizens to go to the seat of government, contribute for a time and go home. Naturally, they would live with the consequences of their contributions. This way is the only one that ensures a government of, by and for the people. When the people choose to stay out of government, rulers come to happily fill the office.