A Suggested Amendment

I have two ideas for amendments to The Constitution.  In fact, they are so basic that I don’t know why they were left out of the original writing.  I believe in requiring all bills to be read aloud before any vote on it. Maybe an exception can be made if 3/4 of the members vote to bypass the reading.  It has two advantages.  First, all the bills would be read and the bills would be much smaller.

Second, we should require a person to be able to read and comprehend at a sixth grade level before they would be eligible to vote in any election.  It just might make a difference in the outcome of the vote, but it sure would improve our schools.

I would like to require a high school diploma, but coming up with objective national standards for diplomas would be difficult.  Besides, there might be a tendency to fudge on the grades some.

GAS TAX??!!

I heard someone else suggest increasing the gas tax, this time federal… 25 cents a gallon.  Easy assumption.  The man does not have to eek out a living and drive fifty miles each way for work.  He certainly doesn’t have to drive a hundred miles to and from work each day as some do.

Then again, maybe I’m wrong.  Maybe he drives an electric car.  At present people driving electric cars don’t pay gas tax.  (I suspect that will be changed soon, though I don’t know how.)

On the other hand, he might use a subway, train or bus to go to work.  He’d not pay a penny for gas tax, leastwise not directly.

Regardless of his method of transportation, he likely doesn’t have to give up groceries to pay the taxes.  He likely doesn’t hurt to pay the bills as most of us do.

There is a solution for building and repairing highways.  Stop squandering the money they have.  Obama was authorized a trillion dollars for “shovel ready projects.”  I believe he should have to repay it.

I still don’t know where that money went.  Maybe it’s time for the government to pinch their pennies for a while.  Maybe it’s time they stop squandering it.  Then maybe they will be more careful with it.  (I don’t hold out much hope for that.)

If you agree with me, send this to someone else.  Send this to your representatives.  Yell it from the housetops.  I’m not sure, they might increase it anyway.  It is what the government does.  It is what they do.  They tax and they spend.  What else would they do.  What else can they do.  Oh, yes.  Make laws.  They do have a tendency to mess that up too.

I Learned One More Thing

In the last couple of weeks, I learned something very important.  A multi-billionaire is subject to being illegally spied on.  If the government was able to spy on candidate Trump, they can spy on any person for any reason.

Forget the 4th amendment.  If you want something kept private, maybe you need to bury it.  If you want to have a private conversation, forget using any kind of phone.  It would be best to go out in the middle of a cow pasture to carry on a private conversation.  Then you might want something that generates white noise.  If you must use email and you don’t want the FBI or NSA to read it, you will likely want to double encrypt it.

Indeed, it is starting to look like money can be made by people selling:

1. Sound proof rooms.

2. E-mail encoders.

3. Audio encryption devices for phones and so forth.

Maybe I missed a few suggestions.  Feel free to add a few.

By the way, I don’t have a whole lot to hide, but if I should decide to encrypt something, no one will ever figure it out.  It is actually a surprisingly simple thing to do.  Maybe I should start doing it just to confuse a few folks.  It would serve them right for abusing their positions.

Just a Little Lie

The Dems would like you to believe that the Republicans control the Senate.  Not true, that is, unless they decide to change the rules.  Right now, in order to pass a bill, it takes 60 votes.  The Republicans only have fifty-one.  Unless the rule is changed, the 49 senators can stop anything and everything.  …and they have been doing a lot of that lately.  So far, they have stopped over 100 in 2017.

One bill they were not able to stop was the tax reduction and that is because they used one rule to get around the other.  The Republicans passed the bill with 51 votes.  (As a result of having to resort to this method, they were not able to make all the tax reductions permanent.  After a time, some individual taxes will return to what they were in 2017.  Hopefully, between now and then, the changes will be made permanent, or at least extended.  It sort of depends on if the Dems block the effort.)

I guess this is the sort of thing that happens when we let lawyers run our government.