From the Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity:
Since New Year's is traditionally a time for resolutions, and since
the new Congress convened this week, I thought I would suggest some New
Year's resolutions for Congress:
1) Bring the troops home — Congress should take the
first, and most important, step toward ending our hyper-interventionist
foreign policy by bringing our troops home and closing all overseas
military facilities. The American people can no longer afford to bear
the cost of empire.
2) Pass the Audit the Fed bill — The American people
deserve to know the entire truth about how the Federal Reserve's
monetary policy benefits big-spending politicians and financial elites
while harming average Americans.
3) Repeal the PATRIOT Act and rein in the National Security Agency
— It is approaching two years since Edward Snowden revealed the extent
of the NSA's unconstitutional spying. Yet Congress still refuses to put a
leash on the surveillance state. Congress should take the first step
toward restoring respect for the Fourth Amendment by allowing Section
215 of the PATRIOT Act to expire.
4) Shut down the Transportation Security Administration
— Treating all American air travelers as criminal suspects and
subjecting them to intrusive and humiliating searches does nothing to
enhance our security. Congress should shut down TSA and return
responsibility for airline security to the airlines. Private businesses
can effectively protect their customers and employees if the government
gets out of the way.
5) End all corporate welfare — Federal programs that
provide subsidies or other special benefits to politically-connected
businesses cause economic inequality, distort the market, and waste
taxpayer money. It also makes political and moral sense to cut welfare
for the rich before cutting welfare for the poor. Congress should start
dismantling the corporate welfare state by killing the Export-Import
Bank and the Overseas Private Investment Corporation. Congress should
also reject legislation proposed to benefit one industry or individual,
such as Sheldon Adelson's Internet gambling ban.
6) Repeal and Replace Obamacare — Many Americans are
losing their insurance while others are facing increasing health care
costs because of Obamacare. Repealing Obamacare is only a first step.
Congress should both repeal all federal policies that distort the health
care market and restore a true free market in health care.
7) End police militarization — The killing of
Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri in August brought the issue of
police militarization to the center of national debate. Congress must
end all federal programs that provide military equipment to local police
8) Shut down the Department of Education — It is no
coincidence that education in America has declined as federal control
over education has increased. Congress should de-fund all federal
education programs and return control over education to local
communities and parents.
9) Allow individuals to opt out — A positive step
toward restoring a free society would be allowing individuals to opt out
of Obamacare and other federal mandates. Young people should also be
granted the ability to opt out of paying Social Security and Medicare
taxes in exchange for agreeing to never accept Social Security and
10) Allow state governments to opt out — If Congress
lacks the votes to end the war on drugs, repeal Obamacare, or roll back
other unconstitutional federal programs, it should at least respect the
rights of states to set their own policies in these areas. Federal
prohibition of state laws nullifying Obamacare or legalizing marijuana
turns the Tenth Amendment upside down.
By adopting these resolutions,
Congress can make 2015 the
year America begins reversing the long, slow slide toward
authoritarianism, empire, national bankruptcy, and economic decline.