Sometimes what begins in jest surprises us all...
So, I was sitting here thinking (it's rare, but it happens). How do we end the double speak, mis-info, dis-info, and yes my friends... blatant
propaganda that spews forth from our politicians on a daily basis. Think about it... it is a constant barrage of utter bull# from both sides... it is
numbing. As we all know here on ATS, the gubment luvs a numb, mindless public.
How do we get these morons to only say what is relevant to what WE need as a society, and a functioning American Republic once again?
We start taxing them (I will call it a tax... I am no politician) for every single word that they utter in public... in print media... in press
releases... in ANY form of public media... every ELECTED or APPOINTED government representative or any government spokesman will be taxed when they
open their mouths... this includes legislation!
This also includes their attorneys.
Let's face it. The people no longer have a voice... we can't get a word in anywhere with the cacophony of utter crap being flung at us by people whose
paychecks WE ultimately sign.
We are three days screwed from last century and we get to pay for it. Why? They tax us. We have been lining their pockets for far too damned long,
let's let them line ours for a change.
No, this isn't a joke, and it might be just damned crazy enough to work.
This actually empowers
And it it so simple.
Mr. President loves to extoll the virtues of his White House.gov site and its land of misfit petitions. We could USE a Death Star, but probably
should not be allowed to ever build one... but the press ate it up... (dis-infor, blabber...)
However, if a serious petition starts to garner literally tens of MILLIONS
of signatures, maybe it will finally prove that we have
had enough of their crap
Now, this is subject to some tweaking... but I am thinking of sliding scales based on personal wealth, sleaziness, and hygiene...
Every time they open their yaps in front of a camera or microphone... 20 cents a word
Every written press statement... 40 cents a word.
Every piece of printed legislation brought to a vote... $1000 per word. (Any guesses as to what happens to 3000 page legislation forced down our
throats? They go away or daddy is gettin a caddy... more to follow on that as well...)
Government regulations and all of the other crap that they churn out that only 3 people on Earth could possibly EVER understand without an army of
lawyers and a miraculous stroke that just activated the other 90% of their brain...
$20,000 per word
And, no, before you ask, they cannot just regurgitate old crap and call it an edit... no no no
All of those horrible wastes of dead tree get to be re-written under the new rules...
EVERY federal statute, regulation... any thing that they have used for so many years to hamstring us and take our money...
Need a regulation to define a flight safety issue? Write well. Want to craft a new regulation to define a ducks wet fart as a protected wetland?
Another long winded tax loophole to make you rich buddies richer?... Maybe you save those words for the flight safety thing... Just sayin...
So, what happens to these tax dollars, you may ask? Easy.
Sign the petition, and you get a check every month for the rest of your life. (And be a US citizen eligible to vote in Federal elections)
We can't do that, you say... why not? Do they not get a check every month from us?
What about the 1st Amendment? Ask that young military man or woman what they are and aren't allowed to say publicly... we just happen to pay their
checks as well...
You can't just tax someone for speaking... they do it all of the time. Does an DJ not get paid money for using his voice (on the air)... which is
The thing is... let's say you get 45 million signatures; no one is going to get very wealthy with this... maybe a couple of bucks a month. In fact,
the less the better most of the time...
It isn't even about the money... it is about accountability. Generally, the more they screw up, the more they have to publicly back pedal and explain
themselves... that gets pricey. That is why we tax their attorneys as well, incidentally... It is also about honesty. No more are the days of talking
around an issue, or being vague and overly verbose as to confuse...
Election year and you want to make long campaign promises to everyone? Hope you brought your checkbook.
Part 2 of my plan is this... a website where we get to log on and vote for the tax rate we think is appropriate for the following month... within
reason of course... we do still need them to speak for us as our representatives...
We could discount tax rates in election years... maybe...
The requirement for voting on the website is simple... sign the petition (and be a US citizen, eligible to vote)
It is the ultimate re-balance of power. Think about it. If the banks want bailed out, THEY get to go on CNN and explain to us why we need to save
their asses... without paying a politician to handle it. Big pharma wants to do whatever it is that they do, THEY get to go on FOX news and explain
why we need new pills to get erections paid for by medicare... let the CEO of Bayer be the one to sell that idea...
They may find a backdoor way of paying the politicians to talk, but it will now be our pockets getting lined...
Here is the best part... what happens if it were to get, say, 60 million signatures and suddenly the administration tried to make it go away? I think
there could be serious hell to pay...
SO... I have made my pitch... I did the whole idea part... anyone want to run with it?
edit on 4-1-2014 by madmac5150 because: My cat made me