This petition closed about 1 year ago
Our Federal Government is in a chaotic, uncontrolled, runaway spending mode. It is clear: this path is unfair to our children and grandchildren by placing the correction of our irresponsibility on their shoulders. Things have been out of control for many years and in recent years have gotten worse.
The Founders considered financial responsibility a keystone of free government. They placed clear responsibility for raising revenues on the U.S. House, because it most closely reflects the feelings of the Citizens due to its short, 2 year election turnover requirement. Every Congressman takes an oath to support and defend the Constitution. Citizens rely on this oath for their Right to pursue Life, Liberty and Happiness.
The Founders used clear and convincing logic to structure our Government. And it has generally been outstandingly successful for 200+ years. But the Founders also recognized a tendency of elected officials to: become arrogant about power; lose focus on civic matters in the quest for re-election; and be subject to other human weaknesses. So the government was structured with a high regard for separation of powers and the use of checks and balances. Clearly we've strayed from that path. One of many linchpins bequeathed us to recover our balance, is the placing of the "People's House" in charge of raising revenue. It is time to hold the House of Representatives accountable in the discharge of that duty. Continued dereliction of this duty is making the Nation economically weaker. Disregard of the process for raising and spending revenues has been abused, to corrupt: promises made to Citizens for future retirement and health monies; selective and erratic enforcement of passed laws; building of political constituencies using selective awarding of public monies; waivers from taxes and other Citizen requirements to favored Groups; signing of International Treaties with implied (but not yet authorized) obligation of funds; and many others.
It is clear that American Citizens must stand against these abuses and demand correction by a return to Constitutional principles. Straightening out the revenue and spending mess is clearly in the top priority ranks.