POLITICAL: OSTA (the One Subject at a Time Act) has already been introduced in both the House and Senate

https://downsizedc.org/act/one-subject-at-a-time-act/

One Subject at a Time Act
Don’t let Congressional leaders combine unrelated bills.

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OSTA will prohibit congressional leaders from clustering up unrelated proposals into a single bill. They will no longer be able to pass bad, loser proposals on the back of popular proposals. Bills will become shorter and easier to read. And government growth will slow – this is a Downsize DC idea, after all.

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OK, now that the election has been “decided”, or stolen, depending upon your own bias, it’s time to keep throwing “roadblocks” in front of the political machines.

OSTA will force them to consider different topics individually. 

Maybe the scrutiny will stop parts if we can’t stop the whole “steam roller”.

Argh!

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POLITICAL: Out of Afghanistan NOW!

http://www.downsizedc.org/blog/pulling-out-of-afghanistan-now

March 30, 2012
Pulling Out of Afghanistan NOW
Posted by James Wilson

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Quote of the Day:  “In my opinion, any future defense secretary who advises the president to again send a big American land army into Asia or into the Middle East or Africa should ‘have his head examined,’ as General MacArthur so delicately put it.” – Robert M. Gates

2012 has been bad for the U.S. occupation in Afghanistan. That’s why I wrote to my Representative and Senators telling them to pull the troops out.

The hard-wired message reads…

Remove our troops from Afghanistan now.

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What more does one have to say?

This is one reason I support Ron Paul.

We can add Korea, Japan, Germany, Iraq, … <insert all the other countries that we have troops in> … and Iran.

Oh yeah, we haven’t invaded there … YET … officially. (What do you bet we have scouts out? I would if I was the General who’s gonna get stuck with this duty.)

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POLITICAL: Energy Department mulit-decade abject failure

https://secure.downsizedc.org/etp/energydept/

Shut Down the Energy Department

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Finally, the very existence of a Department of Energy sends the wrong message: That the Federal Government should have the authority to control energy production and distribution.

Markets provide a more efficient, less-costly method of producing and distributing the energy needs of producers and consumers. You wouldn’t want The State to ration your food, clothing, or shelter, would you? If not, then why should The State control energy supplies?

Some functions of the Energy Department should be transferred to the Defense Department. The rest should be eliminated altogether. Ending the Department of Energy will send the RIGHT message: Our energy needs are too important to be left up to the whims of political favor and unelected bureaucrats.

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Dear Representative:

Please shut down the Department of Energy. End subsidies and cumbersome regulations. Allow a free market in energy.

Every President since Carter, that I remember, maybe as far back as Ike, promised energy independence. The Energy Department has NEVER accomplished its mission. So let’s stop.

“Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” — attributed to Einstein

So, in addition to closing the Department of Energy, permit drilling anywhere and such pipelines as needed,

NOW!

/signed/

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POLITICAL: A “right” to travel?

http://www.downsizedc.org/blog/travel-is-a-human-right

December 21, 2011
Travel is a Human Right
Posted by James Wilson

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Quote of the Day: “The right to travel enables the free exercise of the other rights we most cherish. We should not have to check our constitutional freedoms at the curb simply because we decide to leave the house. Sadly, freedom of movement has been one of the most disparaged rights throughout human history, and our country is no exception. If we are ever to be truly free, then we must possess an absolute, uninhibited right to travel throughout America and the world free from interference by government.” – Judge Andrew Napolitano

This holiday season, countless innocent air travelers will be screened, patted-down, and interrogated by the TSA.

Let’s make next Christmas merrier for them. Tell Congress to abolish the Transportation Security Agency.

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Clearly, the TSA is an unconstitutional agency. I believe that the Dead Old White Guys would call it a “private militia”.

I’m not a “political philosopher” by any stretch of the imagination. BUT, (and there is always a BIG butt), I’d opine that there are two components of a “right” — general human agreement and folks are willing to fight to have it.

ONE

Now, obviously, the slave master wants to keep the slaves on the plantation. Dialing it back a tad, the Feudal Lord wanted to keep the serf working. Back another tad, “sharecropping” was another attempt to control people. The “company store” another. It’s all about controlling people. It’s always about control.

Politicians and bureaucrats are no different.

Freedom to move is imho one of those “obvious” rights. It’s like saying you’re free to breathe.

TWO

Now the harder one, are people willing to fight?

imho the jury’s till out about that.

Now we know the TSA is “security theater” at best and a corrupt payoff to the Unions and gives the country a new voting set of bureaucrats beholding to the Gooferment for their livelihood. Like they’ll ever push for the TSA’s abolition.

There’s a problem in the USA: ½ the people are on the dole in one form or another, ¼ are in “public service”, and the other productive ¼ are “pulling the wagon” (i.e., paying for it).

So how can the trend be reversed?

We’ll have to see if the people are willing to fight for their rights. Any of them!

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