What do you think of The Limitations Amendment:

The Limitations Amendment:

Limits on financial excesses:

Section 1:  Balanced budget amendment:
Part 1. Prior to each fiscal year, the Congress shall adopt a statement of receipts and outlays for that year in  which total outlays are no greater than total receipts. The Congress may amend such statement provided  revised outlays are not greater than revised receipts. The Congress and the President shall ensure that actual outlays do not exceed the outlays set forth in such statement.
Part 2. Total receipts for any fiscal year set forth in the statement adopted pursuant to this article shall not increase by a rate greater than the rate of increase in national income in the last calendar year ending before such fiscal year, unless a majority of the whole number of both Houses of Congress shall have passed a bill directed solely to approving specific additional receipts and such bill has become law..
Part 3. The Congress may not require that the states engage in additional activities without compensation equal to the additional costs. Part 4. Total receipts shall include all receipts of the United States except those derived from borrowing and total outlays shall include all outlays of the United States, including interest payments on national debt, Social Security payments, costs of top secret programs, payments to states and all other obligations, implied and enumerated, of these United  States.
Part 5. The Congress may waive the provisions of this article, providing that a formal, Congressional declaration of war is in effect. The Congress may only do this for a maximum of 5 years out of every twenty years.
Part 6. This article shall take effect for the second fiscal year beginning after its ratification.

Section 2.  Debt limit:
The federal government must never accrue a national debt greater than 3% of the entire nation's GDP, using the same accounting principles used in fiscal year 2008. If the amount of debt at the time of this amendment's passage is greater than 3%, the congress shall bring the total debt to the accepted level within 7 years.

Section 3. . Income Tax Limit
Federal income tax may never exceed 15% of an individual's total income, and may never exceed 20% of a corporation's income.

Limits on Congressional Power

Section 4.  Term limits: United  StatesCongress persons (Representatives and Senators) may not serve more than 15 years combined total years in Congress, contiguous or not, in either Senate or House. If a currently elected official has been in office for greater than 15 years at the time of this passage, that congress person does not need to resign, but is not eligible to run for either House of Representatives or Senate again.
Supreme Court justices shall be appointed for 15 year terms. If a Supreme Court justice has been holding his or her position for greater than 15 years, they must resign their justice position on a schedule which allows appointment of a new Supreme Court Justice every five years. Thus, the longest sitting justice shall resign within five years, and the next longest sitting justice shall resign in ten years, and so on, beginning from the year of passage of this amendment.

Section 5: All legislation to be brought before either house of congress for consideration and passage into law, must be written by duly elected congresspersons, or their immediate staff. Legislation written by non-governmental advisers, consultants, lobbyists or other non-elected officials may not be brought to a vote.  The Congress shall deem an appropriate method for monitoring and determining authorship of legislation.

Section 6: When bills are being considered for passage into laws, only the bill in question may be considered. Amendments, earmarks, riders, addenda and unrelated additions to a bill shall render that bill ineligible for vote or passage.

Section 7: The Congress of the United  States is stripped of its power to set their own pay, remuneration, or income as paid by the federal government. Senators and representatives shall be paid, and receive benefits, according to a scale set by 2/3 of the state legislatures; if 2/3 of the states cannot agree on the remuneration, then Congress shall be paid according to the GS scale. Unless otherwise mandated by 2/3 of state legislatures, an elected federal congress person shall be paid at the level of GS 15 Step 1. Any increase in pay for the congress persons beyond the pre-established GS scale must be approved by 2/3 of state legislatures. Regardless of how congress persons' pay is set, congress persons' benefits are commensurate with those of the GS scale, and shall not be worth more than the benefits of any other government employee in the GS scale. Congress shall not change or alter the GS scale if it in any way serves to increase their pay, income, benefits or remuneration as paid by the federal government.

Limits on influencing Congress

Section 8. All costs of campaigning, soliciting votes or running for either house of Congress and the President of the United Statesshall be paid for by the federal or state governments. The amount is to be set by Congress; however, the total expense for any political campaign at the national level is not to exceed 1/10,000 of 1% of the GDP as calculated by 2008 methods. Each of the candidates for Congress or the presidency, as determined by each state’s rules, shall be eligible for an equal proportion of the allotted money, regardless of political party affiliation. There need not be any change in how individual states determine primary elections in their states, except that the cost of the primary campaigns shall be borne by the government. At no time may any individual who is running for national office, including primary and preliminary elections, accept campaign contributions of any sort. Accepting campaign contributions renders a candidate ineligible for elected office at the national level. At no time may any organization, individual or group spend money in an effort to affect the outcome of an election for a president or congressperson, both House and Senate, at the primary or national level. If, at the time of the passage of this amendment, a sitting congress person or president has unspent campaign funds, those funds may be returned to their donors, donated to the USgovernment general fund, or donated to a non-profit organization of his or her choice.

Section 9.  Lobbying, influencing or otherwise persuading congress , by anyone or entity, other than the elected officials' constituency or prospective elected official's constituency, is prohibited.

Section 10.   A corporation, organization, committee, institution or other group is not equivalent to a citizen of these United States. A corporate, or other, entity does not enjoy the same rights as individuals under the Constitution of the United  States. It shall be up to the individual states to determine the degree of protection a corporation or other entity shall enjoy.

Section 11.   Money is not speech. Hence, spending money to influence policy makers, elected officials or legislators is not protected speech under this constitution.

Section 12.  This amendment may not be repealed, altered or changed by a vote of both houses of Congress, but only by a vote of 3/4 of the legislatures of the states.  This amendment may not be changed by the state legislatures until twenty years after it has passed.

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commented 2011-10-26 23:20:17 -0400 · Flag
I agree with WolfPAC New Hampshire. This detracts from the primary purpose of the organization.
commented 2011-10-25 18:39:15 -0400 · Flag
I agree that the electoral college is outdated, but what would you replace with Daniel? Would it be a matter of districts rather than states giving the President electoral votes, or would you have the whole system abolished and replaced with purely a popular vote?

I mean honestly it seems fairly hard to have a modern presidential system… parliamentary democracies seem to be inherently more stable. But then again, having your head of state in America being up for re-election every two years would just be ridiculous.
commented 2011-10-25 15:49:50 -0400 · Flag
I like the idea of term limits but I would base it similarly to the military for retirement purposes and such. I’m no wordsmith on these matters but try to keep it as simple as possible without leaving loopholes.

Also in this sense does it include religious bodies also?

Also keep in mind recent rulings of the supreme court regarding similar matters. First one that comes to mind is the January 2010 ruling about corporate contributions. Doing this is not just about putting new rules in place but over turning ones of the past.

Keep up the good work with the wording. We will prevail.
commented 2011-10-24 20:38:10 -0400 · Flag
Not an economist here, so i won’t agree or disagree with what works money wise. However, i agree we need to keep our eyes on the prize by not turning the amendment into a wishlist/one-shot-fix attempt. Thats a good way to not get taken seriously on any level.

I think this is a good start with some good ideas, but we need to get the red pen out for anything relating to balancing the budget. The idea in an un-bought congress is that we get policy makers in office that actually work towards improving the country in a true representation of their constituates. In other words let them do their jobs once we get some that will.

With that being said i believe we are over looking a very important aspect to the un-bought representation that needs to be added to this amendment. It is long past time to remove the Electoral College. The low illiteracy rate, and mass amounts of readily accessible media renders the Electoral College completely obsolete, and I feel it is imperative that we include it’s disbanning in this proposed amendment.
commented 2011-10-24 20:04:07 -0400 · Flag
A balanced budget amendment is a horrible idea. It forces the country to take austerity measures in times of recessions. Congress just took austerity measures and the American people got really angry. All the successful programs that actually help people will takes cuts and hurt the people who need those programs. Obviously austerity doesn’t work because all of Europe and the U.S. is currently doing austerity. Government spending/ deficit spending is what keeps the economy afloat until private enterprise can start investing in the economy again.
commented 2011-10-24 17:35:31 -0400 · Flag
Also not to mention that while the US does have an awful post-war budget track record, if you believe in Keynesian economics at all you want to have the ability to have budget deficits. Of course Keynes never considered how corrupt and small-minded politicians would become, but the point remains: banning budget deficits is calling for trouble.
commented 2011-10-24 13:23:53 -0400 · Flag
I don’t think this is really what this movement is about, we are trying to focus on one thing, taking away corporate personhood and making sure they can’t influence our political system in any way, that’s IT. Talking about a balanced budget and how long a senator can serve is totally off topic. Why would we want to put limits on how long they can serve anyway? that would eliminate our finest Senator Bernie Sanders from being there today. And that would only encourage them to retire early and take a lobbying job. Way too convoluted and off topic in my opinion…
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