BASE - My Progressive Plan to Shrink the Federal Government

Dublin_Castle_Gates_of_Fortitude_and_Justice_05.JPGFour practical steps:
1. Balance the budget.
2. Audit all Federal agencies and laws.
3. Show the effectiveness of charitable organizations
4. Exempt with a tax rebate for donations to certified effective charities

1. Balance the budget. Retired admiral and former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Mike Mullen, was not exaggerating when he warned that “the single biggest threat to our national security is our debt.” On the first day of my administration I would deliver to Congress a detailed balanced budget. While Congress debates and considers this plan, I will declare a National Fiscal Emergency and, by executive order, direct every government agency to apply stict controls to limit spending to available revenue. Not one single dollar will be added to our 18 Trillion dollar debt. The debt clock will stop dead.

2. Audit the Federal Government. Every agency and every federal law exist to serve a purpose, to make a difference in the world. Some may work well, and others poorly. The world is a complicated place, and there is a Law of Unintended Consequences. A law may be well intentioned, but cause no improvement at all, or at times make matters worse. For every agency and every federal law, objective measurable survey instruments will be used to give evidence whether they are working, making people safer, more secure, feeding the hungry, healing the sick, or sheltering the homeless. If the law is not working - it is repealed. If the agency is not improving the situation - it is eliminated. The job would be given to the Government Accountability Office whose mission is "to support the Congress in meeting its constitutional responsibilities and to help improve the performance and ensure the accountability of the federal government for the benefit of the American people. We provide Congress with timely information that is objective, fact-based, nonpartisan, nonideological, fair, and balanced."

3. Show the Effectiveness of charitable organizations. The same survey instruments used to evaluate whether government laws and agencies are meeting their goals will be used voluntarily to evaluate the effectiveness of charitable organizations in meeting these same social goals. If charitable organization are equally or of greater effectiveness dollar for dollar than the federal government in making people safer, more secure, feeding the hungry, healing the sick, or sheltering the homeless or any other government social goal, that charity would be certified as an Effective Social Organization.

4. Exempt. If American taxpayers decide to donate to any charity certified as an Effective Social Organization, the taxpayer would not get just a tax deduction, but a dollar for dollar tax credit. This essentially causes an equivalent reduction in tax owed, making donations to Effective Social Organization free.

Because the tax credit, billions of dollars being donated to these organization would cause a immediate revenue shortage. Because the budget is required to be balanced, spending cuts would be immediate and automatic. These cuts would be based on information, not politics. Because the government programs to be cut would be those that are managed more effectively by the voluntary charitable organizations.

This would lead to a simultaneous dramatic shrinking of the cost and intrusiveness of the Federal government and an expansion and empowerment of the private social safety net.

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  • commented 2016-02-06 17:15:06 -0500
    Why not submit the detailed balanced budget NOW so I do not have to vote blind, before I know which programs you will cut and what exactly your spending priorities are????
  • commented 2016-01-24 02:47:44 -0500
    I am voting in the 2016 Presidential, and it will be my first time. I am joining the libertarian party, and researching its presidential candidates. I chose to research yours first because you are from my home state.

    In reaction to your BASE, I love number 2, have mixed feeling on numbers 3 and 4, and was terrified by your number 1. You want to “While Congress debates and considers this plan, I will declare a National Fiscal Emergency and, by executive order, direct every government agency to apply stict controls to limit spending to available revenue. Not one single dollar will be added to our 18 Trillion dollar debt. The debt clock will stop dead.”.

    So, in other words, you want to abuse your power as President to take control of a power granted to Congress. First of all, that makes you a bad as Obama, who I think is our worst President ever. Second, I would love to see you defend yourself in the impeachment hearing you would receive for this gross abuse of your authority.

    I am sorry, but I cannot vote for another Obama. I refuse to live under another president who would abuse his powers and violate his oath to protect the constitution.
  • commented 2015-04-17 11:12:48 -0400
    First I must say that I really appreciate your goal to reduce the National Debt which really is a great threat to the American way of life.

    In review of your B.A.S.E. platform, I see much that I agree with and some weakness that bring concerns to my mind.

    In the “2. Audit all Federal agencies and laws” section you mention the “Law of Unintended Consequences” then in the “4. Exempt” section you layout an innovative and interesting tax reform policy. However, I can easily see so very many Unintended Consequences coming from this drastic change.

    Yes I would love to see my tax money being spent on the areas of society that I care about most and not wasted on those which I value as meaningless or useless. However if everyone did this it quickly could underfund those services that, although they are not “sexy”, are essential. As an example highways, bridges, and other infrastructure. Money, Power and influence woudl still play a major part of the system but it woudl just be shifted to those who control whether a charity is “certified” or not. Along with an immense increase in Charity advertising to the public to get donations.

    Two areas that also concern me as much as national debt that go unmentioned in your B.A.S.E. are those of Addressing the coming climate change and the growth of green technologies and getting America back to work by finding ways to increase clean manufacturing.
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