How many times have you heard of Senators and Representatives adding riders or amendments to bills to help fund their pet projects back in their states or for a friend? I’ve written about a number of these in the past including:
- $384,949 for the study of duck penises
- $876,752 to study snail sex
- $15.3 million for the infamous Bridge to Nowhere in Alaska
- $113,227 for a video game preservation center in New York
- $550,000 for a documentary on how rock music contributed to the collapse of the Soviet Union
- $48,700 for 2nd annual Hawaii Chocolate Festival, to promote Hawaii’s chocolate industry.
- $350,000 to support an International Art Exhibition in Venice, Italy.
- $10 million for a remake of “Sesame Street” for Pakistan.
- $35 million allocated for political party conventions in 2012.
- $765,828 to subsidize “pancakes for yuppies” in the nation’s capital.
- $764,825 to study how college students use mobile devices for social networking.
- $198,78 to study how transgender women use Facebook.
Don’t you wish there was a way to stop all of this wasteful use of taxpayer dollars? Well, I found a simple way to stop all of it and much much more unnecessary spending.
Recently I posted about the adoption of the Confederate Constitution back in March 1861. In that lengthy post, I compared the Confederate Constitution with that of the US, since they used the US Constitution as their foundation.
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While writing that comparison, I discovered one short 23-word paragraph that the Confederates added to their Constitution that I really wish was part of ours.
Article I, Section 9, Paragraph 20 of the Confederate Constitution read:
“(20) Every law, or resolution having the force of law, shall relate to but one subject, and that shall be expressed in the title.”
It restricts every bill before Congress to deal with one subject alone. That means no riders, add-ons or 2,000 page bills that cover hundreds of different items. That would eliminate all of the pet projects that Congressmen and women constantly add on to the end of totally unrelated bills. This would save hundreds of billions and even trillions of taxpayer dollars.
Just imagine what that would have meant to Obamacare. Every aspect of the massive socialist tome would have to have been separated out into individual bills. Each individual bill would then be scrutinized and either passed or rejected. Do you think that parts of Obamacare like the individual mandate, employer mandate, contraception mandate and all of the nearly 20 additional taxes created or raised by the Affordable Care Act would have been passed and signed into law if they were handled individually?
What about the federal appropriations or budget bills? Wouldn’t it make more sense to see one bill for the Defense Department, one bill for the Justice Department and so on? It would make it much harder to sneak in spending for more than what’s really necessary.
I honestly think that if we adopted this paragraph from the Confederate Constitution that it would drastically reduce federal spending and save American taxpayers trillions of dollars in the long run. What say ye?