Jail those who abuse tax-payer funds…

Right now on C-SPAN they are running the Democrat’s statement on the Hurricane Katrina disaster. Nancy Pelosi, Congresswoman from California’s 8th District, just stepped down from the podium after ranting against the President and talking about everything she’s doing to help. What caught my attention was Pelosi’s threat to contractors who might abuse government funding. To paraphrase:

If contractors abuse tax-payer money, they will go to jail…

Anyone for amending Pelosi’s statement into the Constitution and have it applied to law makers?

Update: On the same thought of holding politicians accountable, Neal Boortz wants to enact a law that would require an addendum to be added to the end of every proposed spending bill. He proposes the following text:

Every sponsor or co-sponsor of this legislation hereby affirms his or her belief that the need for the federal government of the United States to spend taxpayer funds on the purposes outlined herein is of greater importance and urgency than any spending needs which the party or parties who actually earned these funds may have, such needs being, but not necessarily limited to, spending for medical care, child care, housing, food, clothing, transportation, education, insurance, savings and retirement planning.

You know, just a simple reminder to keep things in perspective…

  1. I’d like to see Pelosi amend that statement to: “If politicians abuse tax-payer money, they will go to jail…”

  2. woah woah woah… I think demanding accountability will set a bad precedent here. I mean, they might actually have to read the budget! Have you seen the size of that thing? It’s at least 28 Harry Potter books long and far less interesting.

  3. I can’t remember who proposed it (Maybe Boortz?) but they wanted to introduce a bill that required every congressman to sign documentation saying that the read whatever bill they were voting to pass and that it didn’t violate the Constitution. I’ll have to find that proposal, unless someone knows where it is?

  4. If the budget is 1000 pages it is about 950 pages too long! I was thinking about my own state… our lakes and public works are owned by private companies. So essentially our local state/city/county takes care of roads, taxes, law creation and enforcement, land management…. the list goes on but sounds more like hindrance than help.

    More often than not the tax increases lately have been to build a wal-mart on some corner in Mesa or Gilbert. Seems to me that more and more private corporate projects are having to be backed by public tax money.

    If Boortz proposed it then I forgive him a little for helping to convince so many of the “conservative” libertarians to vote for Bush (like my father).

    The Boortz Link (ask and ye shall receive:

  5. Comment #4: An organization called Downsize DC is trying to get Congress to sponsor the Read The Bills Act, which would require everyone in Congress to actually read every bill completely before voting yes or no on it. I don’t know if that’s what you’re referring to, or if someone else is also pushing for this.

    Congress won’t ever go for it, of course; they’re too busy schmoozing with lobbyists. They don’t have time for mundane things like reading the bills they’re voting on.

  6. Tom,

    Well, if they don’t read the bills anyway, maybe we can sneak this through and then surprise them! Add a stipulation where if you can’t prove you’ve read it, get a 2 week sentence. I figure it would be a quiet month in the house and senate for at least a month!

    ah yes… wishful thinking.

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