Archive for the ‘constitutional amendment’ Tag

Reform 6: Leveling Clause

Proposal:

Change the title of the Speaker of the House to the President of the House.  Change the title of the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court to the President of the Supreme Court.  Add Article 0, “The federal government shall consist of three separate and equal branches.

Rationale:

The head of the Senate is already the President of the Senate and I earlier recommended getting rid of the Vice President position so the President of the Senate would become a full time, real position now filled by the majority leader.  It’s harder for the president to act like a king when there are four presidents in the government and the constitution explicitly states that none are subordinate.

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On Constitutional Conventions

Rob Natelson at Freedom’s Front Line has an informative article considering the validity of claims that the Constitutional convention of 1787 was a “runaway convention” and finding the claim wanting.  Not mentioned explicitly in the article is that the issue of a “runaway convention” is the case made against move to have the states call for a constitutional convention as called out in Article V of the US Constitution to propose amendments to limit federal power.  But there is another case to be made against the claimed threat of constitutional convention run amok.  Namely, the convention is powerless except for the proposing of amendments.  Those amendments still have to be ratified by 3/4ths of the states and that has been and will remain a major obstacle.  If a constitutional convention proposes a 400 page European Union Constitution, or tries to go beyond the stated purpose of limiting federal power, then the states don’t have to ratify it.  In fact, the more crap that a convention throws out beyond it stated license, the more likely the states will simply reject everything.

Problem of a “runaway convention” solved.

Put the Lame Duck out of our misery

The Constitution should be amended to start a new Congress on the 15 of November.  Transportation and communications are no longer obstacles for arriving in Washington, DC immediately after an election.  And it will eliminate the travesty of the Lame Duck session.  The losers clearly no longer have the consent of the governed and should not be allowed to pass legislation for which they no longer can be held accountable.

A misguided amendment

A proposal at PajamasMedia would create a constitutional amendment to limit spending.  It would limit growth in federal spending to 2% greater than inflation.

Always remember: You get what you incentivize.

Limiting government spending to some value over inflation means that Congress will a) work to maximize inflation, and b) try to shrink the economy so that federal spending will grow faster as a percentage of GDP.  It’s the Law of Unforeseen consequences…except it is so easily foreseen.

There is a move afoot to amend the constitution to allow 2/3rds of the states to overturn a federal law.  I like that one.  Actually I like that one a lot because it does what the Constitution was actually created to do.  Namely, provide checks and balances against excesses of power.  The three branches of government was what the Founders imposed.  But they didn’t foresee (there’s that unintended consequences again) all three branches boarding the omnipotent federal government train and working together to share unlimited power together.

Of course my first amendment is always term limits for congresscritters and the supreme court.  Guaranteed unlimited tenure never works well.  and I believe many of the problems people try to fix with a host of constitutional amendment would be addressed by eliminating the lifetime career politician who’s only loyalty is to the political machine.