2012-01-05 / Editorial

Scattering Seeds

BY JOHN A. MURPHY

Two simple reforms. Two proposed amendments to the U.S. Constitution, the adoption of which might help change us from a national government controlled by special interests to one focused on the welfare of its citizens.

1. Candidates for elective office in the government of the United States, and all elected officials in that government, shall be permitted to accept, directly and/or indirectly, political contributions, including compensation and benefits in any form, only from a registered voter. All political contributions to said candidates and elected officials shall be publicly disclosed within thirty days of receipt. A violation of any provision of this amendment shall be a felony punishable by a term of imprisonment of not less than one year.

2. The compensation paid, directly or indirectly, to any official and/or employee of the government of the United States, including all holders of elective office, shall not exceed two hundred percent (200 percent) of the average compensation received by citizens of the United States, as determined by the most recent census. All benefits and non-cash compensation provided to said officials and/or employees shall be of the type available to all citizens. No programs of compensation, and/or employee benefits shall be created, maintained, or operated solely for officials and/or employees of the government of the United States. The prohibitions of this amendment shall not apply to programs of compensation and/or employee benefits created, maintained, and/or operated for members and former members of the military forces of the United States.

It may seem absurd that such reforms would be required in the form of amendments to our national Constitution. But, isn’t that where we are now in this country?

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