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Make America Great Again: A How-To Guide

Posted by Warm Southern Breeze on Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Jim Cooper, a Democrat, is the US Representative for Tennessee’s 5th Congressional District.

Jim Cooper, who represents Tennessee’s 5th Congressional Distict, and is a Democrat, is also a Rhodes Scholar (economics & politics, Oriel College), and Harvard JD grad, after earning the BA in economics from UNC Chapel Hill.

He’s a fiscal conservative, and has long said that, because our government uses a cash accounting system (which is ILLEGAL for businesses to use), our government’s debt is very likely much larger than is estimated.

For that reason, he’s also long advocated changing the accounting method the United States government uses.

TN CD5 is essentially Davidson County (metro Nashville), and includes the adjoining Cheatham & Dickson counties to the WEST.

See:
https://www2.census.gov/geo/maps/cong_dist/cd113/cd_based/ST47/CD113_TN05.pdf

Oh… and as you might surmise, cutting taxes is NOT how to stimulate the economy. It is by government spending. Which is also why cutting taxes is a very bad idea, since it kills the goose that laid that golden egg. (This Internet thing came about by government spending, which has created an entirely new economy, and billionaires… and, it began as a DARPA research project. Just like GPS.)

As I continue to maintain,

our government is NOT “too big,”
it is MUCH TOO SMALL to be
either efficient,
or effective.

Think about what it’d be like going to a restaurant with a 100-seating capacity, finding it filled with patrons, and only one waiter and one cook. No one would get any service, and they’d be a fool to think otherwise.

That’s what has happened, and is continuing to happen to our government.

With very nearly 329,000,000 people, we are the THIRD LARGEST (most populous) nation on Earth – China ( 1,419,124,987) and India (1,365,986,094) are 1st & 2nd, respectively.

The GOP’s “starve the monster” approach to governance, i.e., kill/reduce/eliminate the source of the “monster’s food,” e.g., taxes, and you’re well on your way to a privatization scheme the likes of which neither our nation, nor the world has ever seen. Hopefully, that won’t happen. But, that’s what you get when Grover Norquist has said, “I don’t want to abolish government. I simply want to reduce it to the size where I can drag it into the bathroom and drown it in the bathtub.”
– from an interview on NPR’s Morning Edition, May 25, 2001.

Drown it in the bathtub… drowning is a killing act. He’s an anarchist. He hates government, and is anti-Constitutional. Frankly, for that reason alone, he is an enemy of the state.

TWICE I swore a solemn oath (once in uniform, once as a civilian) “that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same…” I have NOT forsworn that oath, nor will I ever, and I take that oath MOST SERIOUSLY.

This is SERIOUS business!

The Internal Revenue Service is SMALLER now than it was in 1940. That is, it has FEWER Revenue Agents now, than it did then – even though our nation is larger now (more populous), than then.

See this investigative series:
https://www.propublica.org/series/gutting-the-irs

-and-

Especially read this article:
https://www.propublica.org/article/how-the-irs-was-gutted

A “government of the people, by the people, and for the people” is what Lincoln said we were. And, we are. But control of our government has slowly been sold, or ceded to the über wealthy, and their multi-billion dollar international conglomerates by their bought-and-paid-for Members of Congress who have typically been, and are Republicans.

The Common Man’s interests are NOT represented by the GOP, though those pols continue to lie to their constituents in hopes of maintaining support for their deleterious policies – deleterious, that is, to the Common Man, and Average American Family. If you own a Ferrari, or aircraft, including a jet, you’re NOT “the Common Man” nor are you part of the “Average American Family,” because those two groups of people are not all that different from each other. Neither of them own Ferrari’s, nor jets.

Let’s talk about another aspect of government:
The size of the House of Representatives.

In 1911, when the Apportionment Act was passed (following the 1910 Census), Congress fixed the size of the House of Representatives at 435, and at the time, the ratio of Citizens to Representatives was 212,000 to 1.

Fast Forward 108 years to today… 2019.

Now, it’s 756,000 to 1.

So, if you feel like you’re not being represented, guess what?

You’re NOT!

If we (i.e., Congress) had the same ratio now as then, the size of the House would be 1494.

If we doubled the size of the House to 870, the ratio would be 377,000 to 1.

And at 500,000 to 1, the size of the House would be 658.

Clearly, we need to establish a ratio that is accurately reflective and representative of our population, and 756,000 to 1 is not. It’s not even manageable. It’s absurdly preposterous to imagine otherwise.

Let’s look again at the SCOTUS (Supreme Court of the United States).

Our nation’s future – all 329,000,000 – is decided by just 5ive people – just 5ive.

5ive Justices that is.

The Supreme Court is asked to hear between 7000 – 8000 cases annually, but now only hears about 80.

In 1940 they heard 151 cases.

Today, the SCOTUS hears 47% FEWER cases than they did in 1940, even though we have 2.48 TIMES MORE people than in 1940, when US population was then only 132,164,569.

You’d think they’d be hearing more, right?

Justice William H. Rehnquist was Chief Justice 1986-2005, and succeeded Justice Warren Burger as Chief Justice in 1986 (both of them were Republicans), presided over a significant reduction in the number of cases the court heard each term, to roughly 80 a year compared with 150 a year under Chief Justice Burger, who was Chief Justice 1969-1986.

John Roberts, before he became Chief Justice, has said that Term Limits for SCOTUS Justices makes good sense, because when the Court was initially founded, one’s Life Expectancy was 34.5 years – now it’s 78.6. And in 1983, he wrote an opinion about a proposed constitutional amendment which would set a 10-year term of office for federal judges, which read in part that, “Setting a term of, say, 15 years would ensure that federal judges would not lose all touch with reality through decades of ivory tower existence. It would also provide a more regular and greater degree of turnover among the judges.”

The number of Justices should also be increased to at least 15, the Justices should choose their own Chief, and each Justice should be chosen from the district they oversee (represent) – which also means that the United States District Courts of Appeal should INCREASE in number to 15 multi-state districts, excluding the 2 in the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, and the D.C. Circuit.

AGAIN… our nation’s government is NOT “too big,” it is MUCH TOO SMALL TO BE EFFICIENT, or EFFECTIVE.

ALL these changes will take the acts of BRAVE AND BOLD women and men who have a vision for the future of our nation.

Do you have the stomach for it?

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