Get Congress Out of Washington, DC

Richard Salbato - 11-25-2009

         When the Constitution of the United States was written we did not have telephones, TV or Radio.  The writers of the Constitution wanted a government of the people, but all the people could not travel thousands of miles every time some bill had to be voted on, so they came up with a representative democracy.  In order of avoid a strong central government and protect states rights they designed the system so that Senators were selected by the States Houses, and Congressmen were directly elected by the people, but only one Congressman for every 30,000 people. 

However, because of the Seventeenth Amendment that allows direct election of Senators, and the fact that the house has not grown with the population – 435 Congressmen for 311,000,000 people or 1 Congressmen for more than 700,000 people, this idea has gotten out of hand. 

Now when I wrote the 35 ideas for Contract with America (reprinted below) I could not see how we could have 10,000 Congressmen without re-building the house building and the cost would be exorbitant.

Then I thought about the cost and wondered why we even have this cost.  A typical Senator or Congressmen has a $250,000 salary and that is not much but --------- they also get millions for their expenses, staffs, travel, living in Washington, in short, everything they spend or can pocket. 

Being in Washington, DC they meet all the lobbyists, who help them get re-elected by donating to their re-election campaign and even money for their pocket.  Most Federal Government Senators and Congressmen go to Washington with a fixed wealth and come out with millions more wealth.  How?

What do Senators and Congressmen do in Washington DC.  I watch a lot of C-Span and see them making speeches in the House or Senate, but strange thing is that no one is there to listen to them.  They have debates in the House and Senate on bills, but 90% of the Senators or Congressmen are not even in the chamber.  Where are they? 

They are in closed doors meeting privately with other Senators or Congressmen on how to buy their vote.  They say that if you vote for this or that, we will give you this or that.  That is how a simple bill of 10 or 20 pages gets to 2000 pages.  Not only that but sometimes if a bill gets passed like Ron Paul’s bill to audit the Federal Reserve it was simply added to the Health Care bill, and now Ron Paul will not even vote for his own bill because it would imply that he approve the Health Care bill.

How in the world do we stop all this madness?  I have a radical idea that even I thought was stupid but I cannot get it out of my mind because the more I think it out the more I think it solves all the problems in Washington DC.  Before I tell you, let me explain a few changes science has given us and how the world is changing. 

It was only a few years ago when any company was traveling a great deal to buy products or sell products.  Often meetings would be held in hotels so that many people could meet together and make policy decisions for the company.  Much of that is gone now because of the computer, the phone, and live visual conferences on computers with large screens. Businesses have saved millions of dollars using modern technologies and have cut down on travel. They have also cut down on postage because of emails.  The cost of phone calls has drastically been reduced because of new systems. I remember when I was in business and was the first to have a phone in a suitcase so that I was still in touch even when not in the office.  This was the start of the new science. 

That being said, why does any Senator or Congressman ever have to go to Washington DC?

Radical?  I thought so also.  However, the more I think about it the more sense it makes.  Let us assume we did keep the house at 30,000 people per member.  That way I could know my congressman face to face on a personal basis.  It would only take me a few minutes to get to his office and talk with him.  My congressman represents 13 cities and no one I know has ever met him.

Let us assume he is a Federal Congressman who never went to Washington DC.

1. He would have an office in my city.

2. He would have a phone that was automatically recorded and the tapes kept forever on our district web site.

3. He would have an email account that could not be deleted and everything he wrote or received was kept for all to see on our district web site.

4. He would have a Video Conference Computer System that would allow him to talk with other Congressmen and kept forever on our district web site.

5. He would have a System that allowed him to make speeches on C-Span regarding bills and kept forever on our district web site.

6. He would be on our district web site, where all his votes or bill proposals would be posted and all comments from his voters would be posted.

7. Now, when my Congressman or Senator (or someone else) would present a bill, it would be posted on the web site for a minimum of 72 hours for all to see and comment on.  He would vote by email and it would be verified the same way Pay-Pal is verified.  All would see how he voted.

8. Considering that we also accept the concept of no comprehensive bills as stated in items  17 and 18 below, every item of every bill will have to be voted on separately even in the Yearly Budget and Military Budget, we would know for sure all his or her loyalty to the Constitution.

Considering the above there is no reason for any Congressman or Senator to go to Washington DC anymore.  I know the total expense of this is small compared to the total budget but it may be the cause of the budget as seen below.

Congress has the obligation to finance every department in the chart shown below.  Note that the finance for the Department of Homeland Security has gone down this year. Would you have agreed to that if you knew it?  Note that the Department of Labor has gone up this year.  Would you have agreed to that if you knew it?  

If you knew that Health and Human Services cost more than the Military, would you be happy?  If you knew that the Treasury department has the biggest bills and this is the interest on the debt, what would you think?   

How do we get rid of the problem of SSI?  I know how, but that is another Newsletter.  For now all we need to do is find ways to save America from a debt that we cannot sustain and may bankrupt America in the next two, three or four years.  Bankrupt, yes!  Because when no one will invest in our debt, we are finished and we do not know when that will be.

I would eliminate the Departments of National Science, Commerce, Environmental Protection, International Assistance, Other Independent Agencies, Energy, Housing and Urban Development, Education, Labor, Transportation, Agriculture and Health and Human Services.  None of these could not be better run by the states. 

Congress has the power of the money so all they have to do is cut off the funds.  Even in the other departments they could cut off the money to people like the Presidents wife, who spends $10,000,000 on her staff even though she is not part of the government at all, and the money to the Czars. 

RNC Litmus Test

Tea Party Americans are giving the Republican National Committee a Litmus test called “Resolution on Reagan’s Unity Principle for Support of Candidates and if they do not fit this test they will not give money.  I totally agree with this test and hope all live up to this.  This includes:

(1) Smaller government, smaller national debt, lower deficits and lower taxes by opposing bills like Obama’s “stimulus” bill
(2) Market-based health care reform and oppose Obama-style government run healthcare;
(3) Market-based energy reforms by opposing cap and trade legislation;
(4) Workers’ right to secret ballot by opposing card check
(5) Legal immigration and assimilation into American society by opposing amnesty for illegal immigrants;
(6) Victory in Iraq and Afghanistan by supporting military-recommended troop surges;
(7) Containment of Iran and North Korea, particularly effective action to eliminate their nuclear weapons threat
(8) Retention of the Defense of Marriage Act;
(9) Protecting the lives of vulnerable persons by opposing health care rationing and denial of health care and government funding of abortion; and
(10) The right to keep and bear arms by opposing government restrictions on gun ownership

The supporters of this resolution cite Ronald Reagan in saying that if one supports 8 of the 10 resolution, then they are considered friends, not enemies.  Let us combine these ideas and save America before it is too late.  



My Contract with America

If elected I, _____________________________ promise and pledge to:

1. Repeal the Seventeenth Amendment.  (Explanation below)

2. House member to represent no more than 100,000 citizens. (Explanation below)

3. Eliminate all Federal Departments that are not allowed in the Constitution. (Explanation below)

4. Eliminate all house and senate payrolls to members and their staff by the Federal Government and have them paid by the counties and states. (Explanation below)

5. Make illegal all campaign funding for any elected office. (Explanation below)

6. Make all government workers Non-Union. (Explanation below)

7. Make it illegal for businesses to offer Medical, Retirement, or SSI to employees (Explanation below)

8. Make all taxes equal to all - rich, poor, young or old without deductions.  (Explanation below)

9. Eliminate all Corporate and Business taxes.  (Explanation below)

10. Eliminate all tax on tax.  (Explanation below)

11. Stop all payments and votes to the United Nations. (Explanation below)

12. Help form a “League of Real Democratic Nations UDN”. (Explanation below)

13. Repeal all Federal Environmental Laws regarding Climate Change. (Explanation below)

14. Eliminate the Federal Education and Energy Departments. (Explanation below)

15. Make sure that no international treaty be signed without 3/4th approval of congress. (Explanation below)

16. No money be printed that exceeds growth of GDP and/or replacement of old bills.  (Explanation below)

17. No comprehensive bill shall be passed period.  Every section should be voted on separately. (Explanation below)

18. No bill will have unrelated attachments.  (Explanation below)

19. No Government employee will accept money or perks from anyone whatsoever and for any reason whatsoever.  (Explanation below)

20. To eliminate all laws that protects me from me.  (Explanation below)

21. To make all tenure laws illegal - period.  (Explanation below)

22. Sell all Federal Lands to States or private citizens that are unconstitutional and/or could be used better by states or citizens. (Explanation below)

23. Bring the Federal budget down to 15% of GDP and never allow it over again without congressionally declared national emergency or war.  (Explanation below)

24. Enforce Monopoly Laws for unions and companies. (Explanation below)

25. Eliminate all mandatory classes in 1-12 grades that are not part of basic education. (Explanation below)

26. Eliminate all College mandatory classes that are not needed for a degree.  (Explanation below)

27. No federal laws should regulate production, but only interstate and international distribution.  (Explanation below)

28. Create and require a tamper proof ID that proves citizenship for any job, private or government.  This proof shall be a valid Birth Certificate. (Explanation below)

29. Demand that the FBI investigate entire background of anyone holding a Federal Job of any kind whatsoever.  (No explanation needed)

30. Repeal all laws that are not strictly constitutional to the letter of the law and require all laws to be judged by the Courts with or without a challenge being made. (Explanation below)

31. To keep our military the greatest in the world by far.  (Explanation below)

32. To encourage all citizens to serve two years in the military.  (Explanation below)

33. To pass a law requiring all court and lawyer costs, civil or criminal to be paid entirely by the looser of the case and no awards be beyond reason.  (Explanation below)

34. To outlaw restrictions to Interstate Health Insurance Competition and itemized inclusions to each person and not to groups.  (No explanation needed)

35. There is no such thing as separation of Church and State in the Constitution. (No explanation heeded)

I know and understand that we cannot ask anyone to pledge to all these things, but if we did these things we could get out of the National Dept right away, improve our personal and States rights, correct the education system, protect personal rights, and become the power of the world again.

You might note that drill, drill, drill is not in this but it will be solved in the other pledges.  You might also think this is too drastic for a pledge, but we are facing national bankruptcy if we do not do drastic things to turn everything around and quickly. 


1. Before the Seventeenth Amendment, Senators were not elected, but appointed by the Legislators of the States.  This kept the power in the hands of the States and eliminated the infusion of money from outside the State to elect people that could vote on things that had no effect on the State.  It also gave the State Legislators the power to remove a Senator that was not looking out for the State and abusing his power.  It was this Amendment more than anything else that resulted in the growth of the Federal Government and the massive Pork Barrel projects.  Under this term limits will not be needed.

2. The founding fathers intended that Representatives of the House be elected directly by the people and should represent no more than 30,000 people each.  Today we have only 435.  If we stuck to the 30,000 people we would have 10,000 members, because the population has increased by 23 times. That would be hard to change right away, but we should double it every two years until we reach at least 100,000 people per Representative.  At that point we would really know the representative and he would be one of us instead of special interest puppet. 

3. There are over 1000 departments and sub-departments in the Federal Government that are not constitutional and not needed.  In order to get out of the national debt, that is not sustainable, these have to be closed and closed forever.  Some of these are so stupid you would not even believe they exist.

4. If the states send members to the Federal government, the states should have the power in their hands. That means the power to regulate their pay, the quality and quantity of their staff and their pay. Who holds the purse holds the power.

5. Today because of Cable TV and the internet, any campaign funding for any office is not needed.  If I was not up against someone like the New York Major, who put $100,000,000 of his own money in his campaign, I could just create a web site, get the required number of signatures and run for office. I would get free TV coverage, free internet coverage and everyone would know my views and promises, and I could run against anyone, rich or poor. If I was running for major, I could go face to face with most people, and have town hall meetings without money.  A Federal Senator would not be elected and a Federal Representative would only have 100,000 people to reach through the above means.  Money and special interests are taken out of elections.

6. Government workers are paid by tax payers, but we tax payers have no say in what they are paid. Almost all government workers belong to only one union and this is the most powerful, corrupt and un-constitutional organization in the USA.  Just the health care and retirement plans of this union are bankrupting the State and Federal governments.  No one has a right to unionize with my money unless I have to right to vote for it and vote for any increase in wages or benefits. Government workers should not make more than private workers.

7. I have no problem with businesses offering benefits to workers but I have a problem with people not knowing how much of their money is paid out to these things. For example, if the company wrote a payroll check and then required us to write a check for our SSI and give back to them or prove we mailed it, we would know just how much we are paying.  Even as to contributions to retirement plans, we should actually see the check every week. 

As far as Medical Insurance, I believe it should be illegal for businesses to offer Medical Insurance. People have no idea what this costs in lack of wages because of this, and Insurance companies would have to sell directly to the people, and become more competitive.

I do believe states should require that everyone have at least Catastrophic Health Insurance, just like they do Liability Auto Insurance.  The reason for this is that Tax Payers end up paying for people who do not have it. 

If businesses could not offer benefits at all, they could compete with countries like China and India that do not pay beefits, and we would eliminate the 11% unemployment. 

8. The Constitution says that all people are equal, rich and poor, black and white, male or female, but the Tax code is not equal and in fact, does not work.  Of course, what I am promoting is a Flat Tax, but truth is that only the flat tax is legal.  In fact, because of the progressive tax and the 10,000 pages of loopholes and deductions, some millionaires pay less tax than I do. A flat tax without any loopholes or deductions would actually bring in more money from the rich than the system does now.

9. Is it possible to tax business?  No! Let me explain why.  Businesses total costs of doing business, add a profit to their costs and sell at the sum total of cost and profit.  A tax is part of the cost of doing business, so in the end the buyer pays the tax and not the business. 

In most cases the buyer is the poor person. It is not possible to tax a business at all.  Tax the money that people take out of the business but not the business. 

Why is it that the stock market goes up at a time when everyone is hurting?  Businesses can make money but reducing costs and adding profit to even inflation or a weaker dollar.  Only the people are harmed and not the companies.  Allow companies to be free from government and they will hire more of the people who actually do pay taxes.  This is called “Supply Side Economics” and it is the only thing that works, both for full employment and more taxes.  

10.  Tax on taxes is illegal but we do it all the time. When governments (both Federal and State) tax raw materials, and then tax again the production of that material into a product, and then tax again the distribution of that product, and then tax again the sale of that product, they taxed the tax again and again four times.  Under law you cannot tax tax.

11. We need to get out of the United Nations, but the first step is to just stop paying for it, and it will disappear by itself.

12. Cooperation between nations is a good idea, but we cannot cooperate in any way whatsoever with dictatorships and governments formed by forced and corrupted elections, and should not.  Most of the nations in the UN are not real democracies and yet have the same vote we do.

I would form a new UN made up of only free and democratic nations, which would have our economic and military support- United Democratic Nations.

13. Environmental Laws regarding pollution of rivers and waterways are good.  There is no evidence whatsoever that CO2 causes any change whatsoever to the environment and no laws to this effect should be passes.  No Federal laws should be passed even on other environment things unless they affect more than one state.

14. The Department of Energy was created in 1977 to lessen our dependence on foreign oil. It has ballooned to 16,000 employees with a budget of $24 billion a year (Billion with a B) and we import more oil than ever before.  The Department of Education costs more and since established we have gone from number one to last in the civilized world.  Education belongs to the cities and counties, not to the Fed.  It is not even constitutional, except for Military Colleges.

15. Treaty approval by 3/4th of the congress is the law but has been bypassed many times in the past 60 years.

16. The Federal Reserve (which we should eliminate in time) should not be allowed to increase the money supply for any reason whatsoever except to keep up with the growth of the GDP and should reduce it when GDP goes down. 

17. The entire concept of a Comprehensive bill is a way of saying it will have hidden and incomprehensible pork barrel and social programs.  There is no logical reason why each section of any bill, even the defense and budget bills, should not be voted on item by item.

18. It should be a congressional law that no bill should have unrelated attachments. This is why many socialist things were not vetoed by President Bush. They were included in the bills to support the war in Iraq that he needed badly and could not wait for them to be removed.  Why should a bill to add a bike trail in California be added to a Military budget?

19. This will eliminate most corruption and allow legitimate special interests to give an argument and not bribes.  Today they are forced because if they don’t others will. 

20. There are no laws (not even drug and alcohol laws) that are constitutionally legal that take away my personal freedom, unless it effects others.  The reason for government is to protect me from you and you from me, but not me from me.

21. Why should anyone in any job have preference over others simply because they have been there longer?  Preference should always be given to those who do more or better work.  Under the present system, if you had no job available, you could not hire Einstein because everyone else would have tenure.  If Bill Gates worked for you, but he was the newest, and you had to lay off 10 people, he would have to go. 

22.  The Federal Government owns so much useless land, it could almost pay the National Debt just by selling it off to states and citizens.  It owns the majority of Nevada, Utah, Colorado and South Dakoda; large parts of California, Washington and New Mexico; and some of every other state.  It even owns very expensive and unused beach front property. 

23.  The Federal Government was never supposed to be over 15% of the GDP and should be lower than that.  In fact, if we could get it slightly lower than that we could eliminate the Federal Income tax altogether.  If it only did was it was constitutional allowed to do, it could not go over that amount.  Eliminate 1000 departments.

24.  The founding fathers believed in individual and equal freedoms.  They knew that any monopoly would violate freedoms.  Mostly they believed that a monopoly of government was evil, but they also believed that a monopoly of democracy could be evil, so they divided everything so that no one person or group of people had too much power.  They also talked about and made laws preventing businesses from having a monopoly on anything the people needed or wanted. Even the founder of the first union in America warned that unions could be just as evil as some businesses if they became larger than the company they were in and/or the town.  The banking and therefore the entire economic system in 2008 was because we allowed a few banks to become too big and hold a monopoly on world wide money transactions.

25. We are graduating people from High School who cannot read or write, but they know how to relate to gays.  With only twelve year to learn basics there is no time for more than the basics of education.  Most of the basics we should know have been eliminated, like Geogrophy, American and Constitutional History, World History, Physics and advanced science. 

26. Why should a student of Mechanical Engineering be required to take a class in Social Science.  We can make 4 year degrees into 3 year degrees just be eliminating the garbage, which are just social engineering or brainwashing.

27. If I manufacture a gun or a chair and only sell it in my state, by law I only have to obey state laws, and only then if they are constitutionally lawful. But the Federal Government only has rights over interstate  transfer of goods, and even then only if it effect health and safety. 

28.  Illegal Immigration could be reduced by 80% if we would simply make it impossible for them to get a real job in this county and everyone knows it. If we had this law and enforced it, BO would not be President right now. 

29. No explanation needed.  

30. If we eliminated all that governments do that are not constitutional we would cut government by 70%.

31. China and Russia are now spending twice their percent of their GDP than we are.  Our Military is stronger because our GDP is bigger but in 20 years China’s GDP will be larger than ours if thing go the way they are going.  We should never go below 6% of our GDP.

32.  In Israel and Switzerland everyone has to serve two years in the army right after High School, and then they are required to own and keep their military rifle the rest of their lives.  Both these countries have the best and most productive businesses in the world.  Most think it is because of the discipline they learned in the army. I do not think it should be mandatory, but I think people who do should have preferential treatment to getting jobs because of the training. 

33.  Many countries including England have eliminated the high cost of courts and all the frivolous law suits by simply requiring that the person who looses a case pay all the costs of both parties and the system.  Why should it cost me millions to defend myself in court only to win, and loose the millions?  Why should tax payers pay millions to convict a convict who refuses to admit to guilt?  These costs should be paid or added to his sentence.