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An institution devoted to reviewing and highlighting legislation that has exceeded a certain time frame.

Legislation is important under certain contexts. It's crucial, then, to keep legislation current. I think it a spectacular idea to commit a non-profit group to holding outdated legislation to current standards.

To quote the U.S. General Accounting Office report to Congress in 1990, through P.J. O'Rourke's "Parliament of Whores,"

"The government established a wool and mohair price-support program in 1954... to encourage domestic wool production in the interest of national security."

How is my proposal any better than the Government Accountability Office? Well, I'm not entirely sure and I suppose this is why I'm proposing it. I feel, though, the the GAO is entirely too big and that a program like this should have a lot more visibility - voters can access an archive of legislation, what it was written to combat, and what the general effects of it are now.


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    Oct 28 2012: If P.J. O'Rourke endorses something it is worth looking at.

    I have heard it said that if you started taking away subsidies from the biggest to the smallest the budget would be balanced by the time you got to the 500,000 dollar level.

    I think what we need is a educating of the populace in economics to where the trend became a Mccarthy era culture in DC to where congressman would start shaking at the notion of corruption. In other words we need to hang a few congressman so the other ones would get the idea that the beltway culture is no more. And "The real goal should be reduced government spending, rather than balanced budgets achieved by ever rising tax rates to cover ever rising spending."
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      Oct 28 2012: Pat, I went to Republician proposed budget cuts and selected House GOP lists 2.5 Trillion in spending cuts. I recall seeing this before but it always opens my eyes. What the heck are some of these allocations.

      If the federal government just allowed attrition to occur in the federal job corps we would save a bundle. Obamacare (FREE) medical is 80 Billion a year and the Obamacare administrative costs are already 900 Million a year.

      Obama commited 25 agencies to Rural Sustainability under a Executive Order June 9, 2011. This is essentially a attack on private land owers. It has been described as Obamas Holodomor. The Holodomor was an event in the Ukraine 1932 - 33 that took private farms away in favor of collective farming by the Russian Government which killed 7 million farmers and families. I also associate this to the Article 21 movement in the UN which is the mother of Cap and Trade and other enviromental socialist program nightmares.

      Sorry about the rant but the sleeping American public will wake up way to late to stop the march.
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        Oct 28 2012: It is the alphabet soup of government agencies that could easily be done without, in fact getting rid of them would be a 2 for 1 deal. Their expense and inane regulations. The constitution intended for much of what these agencies do to be done at the state level at which point some of the regulations would start making sense. Except don't use Calif as an example other than what not to do or what happens to states when they go bad.
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          Oct 28 2012: Good point about the constitutional intention. I do feel as though we've really drifted into a unitary state which can be excessively wasteful.
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        Oct 29 2012: Yea but..

        When you consider that according to what Robert Winner says we have dozens of states that are bankrupt. Part of the reason is as David Hamilton indicates is that in the State of California for every dollar that Calif sends to the Federal government something like 38 cents comes back.

        Even then the Federal government has managed to put us 16 trillion dollars in debt., 5 trillion of that in the last 4 years.

        That does not include the unfunded liabilities of Social Security and Medicare that are at least 100 trillion dollars.

        So yes we are very much into centralized government with gargantuan waste.

        What does that mean to you personally? Glad you asked. It means that you, your children , and your children's children are going to have to pay that debt through increased taxes or through inflation and because of the increased burden there will be much less opportunity. If the future politicians cannot do this or will not do this the United States WILL collapse. It will be sudden and it will be dystopian. This does not have to happen but I have seen no reason to think it will not happen.

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