File it under genuine political Hope and Change...
Suggestion #1. Tax withholding keeps us disconnected from the our tax code. Most of us don't really feel any pain when we pay taxes because we were never in possession of the money. It's taken directly from our checks.
If you really want to change government...I mean REALLY want to change...get rid of income tax withholding so we all have to actually WRITE A CHECK to pay our taxes. Then make tax day, the day before election day.
Suggestion #2. A proposed 28th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, to wit: "Congress shall make no law that applies to the citizens of the United States that does not apply equally to the Senators and/or Representatives."
Suggestion #3. As a lesson in humility, require ALL (yes ALL) civil servants in America to pick up trash for one day (eight hours) per year on the roadside. The President and his protection detail are not exempt. They close freeways for the president's motorcade all the time. They could inconvenience everyone while he/she picks up trash too. (that would be one day spend in lieu of golfing)
Suggestion #4. Require Presidential Press Secretaries to go on a voice stress analyzer (lie detector) every time they hold a press conference. It would either eliminate press conferences or make them a whole lot more interesting.
Suggestion #5. As a lesson for why it's important to be able to defend yourself, eliminate firearms from all protection details for government executives. (see suggestion #2 above). Maybe the every-day man needs to have the protection of a firearm every bit as much as a cabinet member or the president. Allow Vice President Joe Biden to keep a shotgun to shoot in the air.
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Welcome to Virtual Mirage
"But I don't want to go among mad people," Alice remarked.
"Oh, you can't help that," said the cat. "We're all mad here. I'm mad, you're mad."
"How do you know I'm mad," asked Alice?
"You must be," said the cat, "or you wouldn't have come here."
Virtual Mirage - What's on the other side of the mirror? Ask Alice how deep the rabbit hole really goes.
This blog is an extension of MY JOURNEY because sometimes my journey needs more explanation, and sometimes there is more to be said than can be expressed on one ordinary blog.
Sometimes it's politics (very serious), sometimes I address the human condition with a dose of humor, and other times it may seem as if the track is headed in a unique direction. I can be a complicated guy at times.
There are a few things you'll find I consider:
* Absence of proof is not proof of absence.
* Sometimes the questions are complex but the answers are simple.
* Love is the only condition where the happiness of another person is essential to your own.
* Steers do not sign treaties with meat packers. (think on that)
* Taxes are NEVER levied for the benefit of the taxed.
* The purpose of fighting is to win. There is no victory possible in defense.
WHITE POWDER (Novel)
There is something intoxicating about a secret.
THE OLD WHORE (NOVEL)
In the peculiar culture of the Central Intelligence Agency, "old whores" are people who will do whatever it takes to get the job done, irrespective of the cost.
EXILES FROM EDEN (NOVEL)
Sparks fly as two star-crossed lovers meet. He runs toward trouble as she yearns for something missing. And it ends in a flight from and toward justice.
Today, I balance work and play as much as anyone can. All things remaining equal, play is more important. Life is short - it's important to make every day count for something, if only to yourself.
I'm a former tinker/tailor/soldier/sailor who has now decided that maybe it really wasn't all done for nothing.
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