Note to republicans; if you really want to win back the Congress in 2010, and then have a realistic view towards gaining the Presidency once more, here's a list of four things I think you'd better get cracking on. Push these four items, and then accomplish them, and you'll be golden for many years to come.
1) Restore the free enterprise system. I want the government out of our corporate boardrooms. No more pay czars, no more bureaucrats telling American industry what they should be making and how to make it. No more government assistance to the unions dressed up as a 'bail out of the automotive industry'. No more government interference in the banking and finance industries. The funds disbursed under TARP are to be recovered by a certain date, and all government operations related to it are to cease as soon as every last penny is recovered. Government, will, however, will still continue to make every effort to enforce all regulations required by current law.
2) I want a fair tax code, stripped of loopholes, exceptions and extraordinary provisions, so that the average 8th grader should be able to fill in a one-page tax form without aid of a calculator. I want tax rates that are fair and equitable across the board, with a top rate of no more than 25%, regardless of income. I want the suspension of the Capital Gains Tax for a period of two years in order to spur economic growth, and then a serious discussion about whether it's necessary to continue to collect it. I want Income Tax Holiday months, where the government can specify that three months of every calendar year, for the next four years, no personal income taxes will be collected from any citizen as an economic stimulus measure. I want economics taken out of the realm of Congress (where they don't understand it), and given back to the People who often exercise far more wisdom on how and where to spend money than any Congresscritter ever did.
3) I want a balanced budget every year. Not balanced in the 'out-years'. Not balanced by accounting tricks and one-off financing solutions, Not balanced by Congressional borrowing, but balanced before it gets to the President's desk for his signature. I want a Constitutional Amendment that requires Congress to submit balanced budgets, with serious penalties attributed to each member for every day no such document is agreed upon.
4) I want government spending reduced by 20% over the next three years, and not just an arrest of the current rate of growth of federal spending, I mean a real 20% cut from current levels spread over three years. I want to hear that some government agencies which no longer serve a useful purpose or whose utility is questionable (like the Department of Education, or the Post Office) are closing down -- going out of business like our banks and and many small businesses. Let the government sector feel the sting of layoffs and cutbacks, and have to deal with the unemployment lines and job retraining this entails.I want the money saved pumped back into the Social Security Trust Fund, or other public debt, and then I want another Constitutional Amendment that says that Congress cannot borrow another goddamned dollar without there being a true national emergency ...beyond the Rainbow Coalition not getting their democratic party bribe check this month.
Do these things and you'll truly revolutionize American government. Don;t do 'em, and you'll doom us to another four years of Barack Hussein Obambi, and an existence limited to collecting rainwater and grubs.