If you were going to start a new country…one that would be the leading power in the world very shortly, how would you go about it? I’d probably start with our very own Constitution. It’s there, and it’s pretty damn efficient if you ask me. There are 27 simple little amendments to the Constitution that pretty much rule the roost. Not a bad starting point.
If I’m redoing OUR government, I have to keep all 27 of those amendments, because they all are there for a reason. Have you ever wondered why there are only 27? It’s pretty much because it’s so damn tough to get an amendment passed. You need 2/3 of both houses of congress to go along with it, followed by ¾ of the states to agree. And you’ve got a time limit. If you can’t get it done in that amount of time, you lose. That’s what happened to the now infamous ERA or Equal Rights Amendment that the women’s libbers all wanted back in the 70’s.
But if I’m really serious about re-doing our government, I need to do some other things. I need to chop down the size of the federal government. It’s gotten WAY too big. And it’s easy to do as well. There are various departments and agencies that duplicate others. There are some that would be controversial, and there are some that have outlived their usefulness. But for our purposes today, let’s just stick with the cabinet level positions, shall we?
You’re going to have to have some sort of idea as to what our government should do in the first place. So, with that in mind, let’s start with the goal of government. It should protect its people first and foremost. It should have some sort of monetary system that the federal government is in charge of. It should pass laws that are federal in nature and do not interfere in any way with laws the states have passed or will pass. It should also develop and maintain an infrastructure, be it roads, airports, harbors, and the like. And it should have a way to deal with the laws that are passed by Congress. It should have a punishment mechanism in place….like a prison system and a court system that would work under the guidance of the Supreme Court. And it should maintain a relationship with other countries.
So, with that in mind, we are going to need to have the State Department, the Treasury, the Defense Department, The Justice Department, Transportation, and probably the Homeland Security Department as our cabinet positions. That also means that we can ditch Interior, Agriculture, Commerce, Labor, Health & Human Services, Housing & Urban Development, Energy, Education, and I’d also get rid of Veterans Affairs. We can re-do the veterans benefits so they aren’t administered by a federal governmental agency. I’d suggest that all veterans that serve our country with distinction (meaning an honorable discharge)get free education and free healthcare for life. We can also probably get rid of the Environmental Protection Agency and the Small Business Administration, both of whom have cabinet level status.
We’ve just trimmed the size of the federal government about 70% of its current size. I think we’ve also chopped the federal budget by about 70% which is going to be somewhere in the neighborhood of $700 billion! And frankly, we probably aren’t going to even miss anything. Oh, you may be upset that the Interior Department isn’t handling the federal park system now, but I doubt it. We can put that under Transportation.
And we’ve done so without screwing up the country one damn bit. Oh…one more thing I’d do…I’d make it so you can’t enlarge the size of government at all. If you add a person or an agency, you have to get rid of an equally sized agency. And they can’t have a bigger budget than the agency they’re replacing. That said, I think I’ve earned a nice martini!
Carry on world…you’re dismissed!