A Proposed Constitutional Amendment
I realize this is off topic but, given all the discussion on politics consisting primarily of the usual tit for tat partisanship I feel it appropriate to offer what I consider a fundamental reform to address what I consider the root cause of the problem with our government.
It seems obvious that the Congress has become increasingly unable to come to grips with any number of large problems that face our country nor to propose, debate, negotiate, or pass suitable legislation to address their solutions. Much has been said about the corrupting influence of money in the political process and that Members of Congress are increasingly beholden to lobbying and politically active organizations whether more recent organizations such as Move-On.org or more established bodies such as the National Rifle Association. Various proposals have been offered and some, such as McCain-Feingold passed into law with little practical effect on what seems to be an endless campaign played out nightly on various talk and news programs.
I offer in very rough draft form (I’m no Constitutional Authority nor am I trained in the Law so I am sure my words can be refined in a more appropriate form) the following Amendment to the Constitution:
“No Candidate for Federal Office may solicit, receive, or disburse funds in any form except those received from citizens who are legal residents of the electoral jurisdiction of the office sought. Funds not disbursed in the course of the campaign must be returned to the donors on a pro-rata basis or donated to the Treasury within 90 days after a winner is certified in the election.”
In other words, House Members can only raise funds from citizens in their district, Senators their State, and the President the Country. None from Pacs, companies, 567 groups, parties, etc. Just the people they are elected to represent. This would lower the costs of elections and bring forth candidates who would have to appeal to the voters to garner support to run.
It would change the game overnight and return to the Congress more candidates who actually listen to their constituents in stead of whoever or whatever raised the millions they now use to win re-election. The second sentence makes it illegal to keep excess campaign funds personally which is the biggest scam they have going now.
I am sure this can be improved just as I’m sure this would be a change for the better – a change that will never happen unless….
Well the dream of a more perfect union never dies….