Commentary by Bill Buchanan
The following are wishes and/or resolutions I would love to see fulfilled in the coming year, but I have little hope of seeing them come to fruition, because they make too much sense to ever be passed by Congress:
- Place term limits on Congress. The President cannot serve longer than ten years. Why should Congress be any different? I would set all terms at six years for both representatives and senators. You would then be allowed to serve two consecutive six-year terms. After that, you sit out for six years before you are allowed to run again. Are we really better off with a ruling class of lifetime politicians whose constant squabbling would embarrass most two-year olds?
- Means test social programs and investigate fraud. Social programs are extremely valuable, but extremely expensive. Billions of dollars are lost through those receiving benefits that are either not needed or obtained fraudulently. Why not eliminate such benefits for people who make a lot of money? For instance, Warren Buffet will probably be okay without social security. Hire investigators to ferret out fraud and waste. Give those who are ripping off the system through criminal fraud large fines and stiff jail sentences. They are stealing from those who actually deserve and need assistance.
- Ban anyone named Kardashian from all media for one year. We could all use a rest.
- Develop a comprehensive national energy policy that actually decreases dependence upon foreign oil. We are fighting wars, losing American lives, and spending ourselves into oblivion because no one has had the common sense to establish a national energy policy. Jimmy Carter started the Department of Energy in the late 1970s. It now spends almost $30 billion a year, and we are more dependent upon foreign oil than ever. Take half of the peace dividend we should get by no longer fighting the stupid war in Iraq, and pour that money into renewable and/or plentiful energy sources. Subsidize every viable renewable or plentiful source of energy such as wind, solar, and natural gas. That would create jobs, which we desperately need, and would lessen our dependence on foreign oil – which we also desperately need.
- Fix stuff and create jobs. Take the other half of the peace dividend and repair some of the roads that make you feel like you are on a ride at Disneyworld. Fix bridges before they fall down and the cars tumble into the river. Repairing the infrastructure would benefit the country and put people to work.
- Outlaw Michael Jordan sneakers so that people don’t kill each other trying to buy them. I am not so worried about the sheep that line up hours and hours in advance to pay $180 for a pair of tennis shoes; shoes that someone paid small children in some third-world county about $6.50 a pair to make. If they only injured each other, it would just be thinning out the herd. I am worried about innocent store clerks and passers-by being wounded or trampled.
- Cut off foreign aid to Pakistan. The United States currently gives between $2 billion and $3 billion in military and economic aid annually to Pakistan. I have heard the argument that cutting funds would only worsen the relationship between the two countries. How, exactly? These are the people that allowed Osama bin Laden, America’s biggest enemy since Adolph Hitler and Emperor Hirohito, to live unmolested for years right under their government’s nose. Then they announced they would shoot down anything that entered Pakistani airspace, including American-made drone aircraft. Giving money to this country makes about as much sense as paying another guy to cheat with your wife.
- Bar Donald Trump from running for elective office in this country under any party. Instead, perhaps we could export him to other countries which have recently lost leaders who were egomaniacal jerks such as Egypt, North Korea, or Libya. He could easily fill that void.
Happy New Year.