Time to Fix Government
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Since: Nov 12
#1 Apr 4, 2014
I’m reminded, though, of a famous quote by Alexander Hamilton:“A government ill-executed, whatever may be the theory, in practice is poor government.” Our government has become so big, complex, and riddled with competing agendas that its performance - its ability to execute faithfully the law - is terribly compromised. As NYU Professor Paul Light points out, there are too many decision-makers, too many bases to touch, too many layers of management, too many managers in each layer, and too little accountability.
These are crucial matters to fix. Not only do Americans want to see better performance from their government, but federal executives - including the President - cannot achieve their policy objectives unless those under them are competent and high-performing. We have to rethink and transform how government does its business - not just on a one-shot basis, but constantly.
On Wednesday, the Arizona House approved a resolution, HCR 2027, calling for a Convention of States to propose amendments to the U.S. Constitution to "impose fiscal restraints on the federal government, limit the power and jurisdiction of the federal government, and limit the terms of federal government officials."
Almost everyone knows Washington, D.C., is on a dangerous course. But few Americans know the people possess the power to make changes to the federal structure when Washington starts to abuse its authority. Article V of the Constitution authorizes the people — through their state legislatures — to call a convention for the purpose of proposing amendments to the U.S. Constitution.
The great state of Arizona has a leadership team in place to spearhead this movement. To get involved, visit conventionofstates.com .
This is a "MUST SEE!" for every American citizen:
Since: Nov 13
#3 Apr 4, 2014
Reality check: There is not going to be a constitutional convention. Nor is it necessary to hold one simply in order to propose an amendment to the Constitution. That can be done by anybody, and simply needs to be introduced in the various state legislatures. The NCSL annual convention would be an obvious place to start.
However, the problem is not that the Constitution needs to be changed. The problem is that our society needs to be changed. People vote for whoever will give them the most handouts, or whoever will pander most shamelessly to them on their "hot-button" issue, instead of voting for people of good character and sound decision making. And if we want society to change, we are going to need to change our media from a destructive into a constructive force. And we definitely don't want that being done by laws.
You can propose all the amendments you want, but you'd just be slapping a band-aid on the problem.
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