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Laws for the GOP to pass…rework the entire bureaucracy…and by rework I mean fire just about everyone

We’re winding down weekly law blogs.  Next week will be the last one that will be published every week…not that I won’t have any more law blogs but they just won’t be on a weekly basis.

So what am I going to suggest this week?  Well I have suggested a few departments be disbanded.  Now if you noticed the theme, I would argue that most of the departments should just be disbanded, with their few useful functions either handed to the remaining departments, given to the states, or simply privatized.  Now we’ve covered Transportation , Education , HUD , the Post Office , the TSA and the USDA.

But that still doesn’t cover a lot.  Why doesn’t it cover a lot?  Well take a look at the current U.S. Executive Branch.

This would be the definition of madness.  And technically one man controls all of that.  I don’t care it if it’s Obama, Bush or George Washington risen from the grave.  No one can possibly lead all of that or should be trusted with all of that.

So I suggest we just get rid of most of it.  The federal government should be there to protect our Constitutional rights, police crimes that cross borders, defend the national borders, resolves conflicts between states and a few other things that are too big for individual states to do.  Most of what’s on that list does not fall into the area of things states can’t be trusted to do.

In fact Congress should make it its job to make this look more like this:

You’ll notice that only the Departments of State, Defense, Treasury, Justice and Homeland are left.  And quite frankly if I had my way Justice would be all the legal ins and out and Homeland would have the FBI and all other federal police forces (ATF, DEA, ICE, etc) all rolled into that large FBI–it frightens me that numerous organizations are out there with the same purpose to catch criminals which results in numerous overlaps, wasteful spending and of course turf wars.  Also can we please change the name of Homeland Security?  It’s the dumbest name ever.  It’s sounds like Fatherland or Motherland (remind me which two countries referred to their nations that way).  How about Department of Internal Security.  That way you have a federal police force (Internal Security) and a federal prosecutor (Justice) without the two being the same department (you know how every city, county and state does it).

But as to the Departments I will be getting rid of, I will be brief (If you would like a full justification of why just about everything in that Department needs to be destroyed, I will be more than happy to write a whole blog for each request).

Scrap the Department of Transportation: Last week I had a blog saying infrastructure needs to be handed over to the state, that’s most of the Department there…the only thing that’s left and of value is the FFA and that can be regulated by Internal Security but mainly it just needs to be privatized

The Department of Energy serves no useful federal function other the fact that they hold all the nuclear stuff.  Defense and Internal Security can handle those.

The Department of Commerce is entirely unconstitutional right now, but the commerce clause needs to be clarified so even a liberal can understand it only applies to commerce that crosses state borders.  Its only useful parts are the Census Bureau and Patent Office (which can just be operated as independent federal offices), and NOAA which can be privatized.

Health and Human Services is not the concern of the federal government (FDA can be privatized, CDC over to the Department of Internal Defense)

Department of Interior…utterly useless…especially Indian Affairs.  The states can clearly handle all of this.

Department of sucking up to unions…I mean the Dept of Labor…does nothing relevant, kill it.

The Department of Veterans Affairs can be rolled back into Defense.  I think people in the Pentagon will care a hell of a lot more for veterans than bureaucrats in an office.

And then of course there are a lot of independent agencies I’m getting rid of.  I’m not going into all of them but here are a few highlights.

  • Kill the Peace Corp…if we didn’t send them all to Iraq and Afghanistan to help rebuild those places why the hell do we have them?  They serve no legitimate function.
  • Kill NASA and let the private sector take over.  We’ll be on Mars before the next generation if we let the private sector take over…we’ll never get anywhere if we let government continue to handle this.
  • Kill the African Development Foundation…really, does it look like we know what we’re doing with this?
  • Kill the Foundation on the arts and humanities…again this is a private concern.
  • Privatize Amtrak
  • Kill the National Science Foundation…again this should be a private concern.  Not to mention that this thing has become a liberal propaganda wing.
  • Kill OSHA…Two or three times just to be safe, and burn the buildings…I think all the employees should be put in jail (solitary for life) just to be safe, and probably have the bodies burned after they die to make sure they don’t come back.  No government office is as harmful to business, worker happiness and safety as this office which had to have been imagined in the 10th level of hell.
  • Office of Government Ethics…Huh?  Try not laugh when reading that.
  • Selective Service System…yeah we have a volunteer system now…and if it wasn’t too hard to set up in WWII it won’t be too difficult to set up again if we need it.
  • Small Business Administration…you know how best to help Small Businesses?  Stop having an administration that constantly gets in their way. Kill this thing too.
  • Social Security…I think I’ve been clear that we need to phase that out completely.
  • Why is the TVA still around?
  • US Commission on Civil Rights…if there is a real civil rights violation then that’s the domain of the Justice Department so you don’t need this redundant excuse.
  • Office of Drug Control Policy…uh-huh, and that’s worked so well…

Yes there are legitimate functions of the federal government.  But right now it is overstepping those functions, usually at the price of those functions.  The states and the private sector can handle a lot of these things more efficiently, cheaper, with less corruption, less paperwork and at a greater benefit to the public.

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The Random Thoughts of October

Never again am I doing a movie a day for a month series without doing some prep work the month before.

Sorry for the lack of some of the political and religious stuff.

Okay with the candidates.

I am disappointed beyond the telling of it that Giuliani did not run. Beyond the telling of it. So what do I have to say about the losers who are left?

Santorum, as always seems to know something about economics but when you get even a fraction off economics he turns into a raving lunatic.

How did Gingrich make a comeback? The man may be intelligent but he has personal financial problems to no end, and supports the idea that global warming is man-made and that healthcare is a right. WTF? How is this man doing well in the polls?

Perry. I used to think that Romney was Obama-lite. Romney should be getting down on his knees every night and thanking god that someone more sleazy and more willing to abuse executive power came into the race.

Romney. Eh.  He’s saying all the right things right now, but his actual actions have yet to show he is nothing but a New England Republican…

Bachman. Isn’t it nice that basically all of her ideas have been co-opted by other opponents and no one but Gingrich gives her credit for them? Isn’t it nice that she is the only one up there with any knowledge of foreign policy but no one seems to care? Isn’t it fascinating that she was the only one to explain, in detail, why 9-9-9 had very serious flaws with compounding nature of sales tax at every point in production which actually forced Cain to change some of the specifics (but not the name)? Being the only one who knows anything you would expect her to be out front…oh wait, I forgot what misogynists this country was filled with. What was I thinking? …However I will concede that she’s still making gaffes, like when you’re trying to down play your religious credentials because it has no bearing on your presidency don’t make the comment about turning 9-9-9 upside down.

Ron Paul continues to be a moron on foreign policy. Also I was struck dumb by his statement against the 9-9-9 plan that a problem with it was that it was a regressive tax and would force some of the people who aren’t paying taxes now to pay taxes in the future. I looked at that as a virtue of the plan. If you want to talk about fair then the fact that 47% of the population doesn’t pay taxes is what’s unfair. Why should someone reap the benefits of living in America but not pay for it…yes the argument will go, but they’re poor, they don’t get the benefits…really, well then let’s have them go be poor in Somalia or North Korea for a month and then tell me there are no benefits to being poor in the U.S. (Hell, a third of the country is on food stamps, it’s not like we’re taxing those, so it wouldn’t be regressive to the poorest among us.)

Oh and on that note do you know which group will see the biggest increase in tax payments if we go to a no loopholes flat tax (the Ryan plan) or a sales tax (9-9-9), it would be the rich who no longer have volumes of loopholes to get out of paying taxes. So really the liberals need to stop their bitching and get behind one of these plans.

And Cain continues to impress me. I still am a little hesitant about his lack of knowledge about foreign policy (especially in this day and age) but he may surprise me there as well. Yes I am a little worried that pundits may be right that he doesn’t have the structure ready to get voters out in Iowa and N.H. …but these are the same pundits who said he would never break single digits and who said he would be done by now. So there you go.

In other news Operation Fast and Furious continues to be the biggest cluster you know what I’ve ever heard of. This makes Iran-Contra look bright, Nobel worthy in fact, by comparison. At the absolute least Holder and Napolitano need to be fired and prosecuted.

Solyndra, Pigford, Fast and Furious…no, the media isn’t biased at all in the favor of Obama, they’ve fully reported on all the scandals of his administration.

So we’re pulling out of Iraq. Well, I would like to thank Bush and Obama for utterly ruining what could have been a wonderful moment for the progress of democracy. How do you go into a country and have no plan of what to do when you finish defeating the army? How? And then Obama’s running away is another sign of his incompetence.

But Obama has us now in Uganda (I’m still not sure why we were in Libya, because as bad as Gaddafi was, we’ll look back on him fondly after the Islamofacists take over…you know like how we all hated the Shah of Iran until we were introduced to the Ayatollah). Why are we in Uganda? This sounds like a civil war. With the government as the good guy. Why are we involved in such a thing? I can see getting involved in a civil war when the government is the villain…but Uganda; their public officials stopped eating people four years ago…why are we there?

The Occupy Wall Street people continue to show themselves to be a bunch of whiny, lawless, anti-Semitic thugs. But you have to love that story about the people running the Occupy kitchen complaining about the homeless coming around for free food when they aren’t even there for the protest. I know, lazy worthless freeloaders, how dare they demand to take the food that the Occupy people worked hard to get.

When you get stories of women being raped and sexually assaulted at these Occupy rallies and it is then reported that the organizers tell the victims to keep their mouths shut, how is it that everyone at these rallies isn’t immediately rounded up and thrown in jail on suspicion of aiding and abetting rape.

And if I hear one more liberal compare this Occupy BS to the civil rights marches I may hit someone…I don’t recall any claims of rape from the Civil Rights marches. I don’t recall a steady stream of anti-Semitic diatribes (that came more from the opposition in the Civil Right movement).

And I may do a whole blog on this, but I must have heard at least ten different stories on bullying in schools in the last week or so. And everyone seems to be saying what should the adults do to stop this. When did we stop telling our children to walk away once, walk away twice, walk away three times, and if they try to bully you after you have given them three chances to go away beat them within an inch of their life and make it clear you will go that last inch if they ever bully you or anyone else ever again. Bullies are wimps and cowards; they crumble easily and only can survive when people don’t stand up to them, but they will keep terrorizing people until someone stands up to them.

And of course there is this injustice which has yet to be dealt with…

Happy Halloween.  Good Samhain.

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