1. Please summarize one bill or resolution we should expect you to draft or sponsor during your first session of congress. If your idea is a bill, specify a proposed budget, timeframe for enactment, and government agency in charge of enforcement.
Where do I begin? Auditing the Fed, ensuring a future for our second amendment rights, protecting the border, defending the Constitution against dictatorial forces, or repealing sections of the NDAA and PATRIOT Act that strip us of our fourth amendment rights?
The reality is that it is possible for the Democrat Party to assume further majority of the Legislative and Executive branches. As evidenced by their blatant disregard for their oath to support and defend the Constitution of the United States, it is crucial that Congress mitigate the risk of further erosion of our civil liberties and the bill of rights.
To prohibit executive action that infringes on the bill of rights and a Constitutional separation of powers, I reference H.R. 410 of the 113th Congress as the foundation for drafting a bill limiting the executive order authority of the executive branch while maintaining the Constitution as the supreme law of the land and Congress as the legislative authority for appropriating federal funds.
The concept is as follows:
(a) IN GENERAL.—That it is the sense of Congress that any executive action issued by the President before, on, or after the date of the enactment of this Act that infringes on the powers and duties of Congress under section 8 of article I of the Constitution or the Second Amendment to the Constitution, or that would require the expenditure of Federal funds not specifically appropriated for the purpose of executive action, is advisory only and has no force or effect unless enacted by law.
(b) DEFINITION OF EXECUTIVE ACTION.—In this Act, the term ‘‘executive action’’ includes an Executive order, memoranda, declaration, proclamation or signing statement.
2. The US national debt is over 22 trillion dollars and continues to rise.
Admirably, you plan on cutting your own salary in half.
What other specific spending cuts will be on your agenda?
Yes, similar to how Trump does it, I will donate half my annual salary (to charities of the 14th District). While this won't make an impact on the debt because I'll still be collecting the salary to pass through to charity, it is to set an example.
The challenge with the debt is that most people are for spending cuts and fiscal responsibility until it challenges their security. Then they are for neither cuts nor responsibility.
For those committed to reducing federal spending and working towards a balanced budget, we can start by cutting nearly half a trillion dollars per year though privatization and pushing programs to the state and local levels. This would cut about 10% of annual spending while reducing taxes and honoring our commitments to our veterans and seniors.
To do so I take a page out of former Republican Congressman Ron Paul's plan.
-Eliminate five federal cabinet bureaucracies including the Departments of Energy ($28B), Housing and Urban Development ($41B), Commerce ($10B), Interior ($10B), and Education ($68B).
-Abolish the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) ($7B) and return responsibility for security to private property owners
-Abolish corporate subsidies (~$50B)
-Stop foreign aid – America first! ($~50B)
-End wars in Iraq, Afghanistan, Yemen, Syria, Pakistan, Somalia, etc. (~$150B)
-A 10% reduction in the federal workforce, Congressional pay and perks, and excessive federal travel ($10B)
-Other reductions and freezes – EPA, DHS, HHS, et al (~$10B)
3. Americans are now more likely to die from an opioid overdose than a car crash. What congressional actions do you plan on taking to curb opioid abuse and death?
The opioid crisis is #FDAapproved. When many of these drugs are legally prescribed and already regulated by government, what does that tell us? In addition, government prohibition drives consumers to black markets, further exacerbating the crisis. While a failed war on drugs continues to roll on with an unsecured border, we can only expect more of the same.
Although I don't have the all the answers, I am confident more government regulation is not the solution to addiction. And the powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people. So, I propose try legalizing liberty, enabling adults and their doctors to choose less addictive, less dangerous means of treatment.
4. Youth sports are declining across the board and "kids are less active than ever before". Beyond the many benefits of organized sports, there is nothing more dangerous to our nation's children than unorganized boredom. In Congress, what actions — if any — will you suggest to increase youth sports participation?
At the Crystal Lake Wizards youth wrestling club we are mentoring the future leaders of America today. With youth sports, especially wrestling, we are teaching more than just the rules and technical skills of the sport. These young athletes are learning about leadership, accountability, teamwork, communication, and understanding that not everyone gets a trophy and how hard work rewards. Not to mention the mental and physical health benefits of participating in sports for the tenth fattest nation on earth.
This focus on community and individual development through sports is also preparing adolescents for a better future, including higher test scores, an increased likelihood of obtaining a bachelor's degree, and a higher income potential. I mean, did you see Mike Trout's contract?!
In all seriousness, while I don't believe it is the duty of Congress to legislate the revival of youth sports participation, I do have a couple suggestions.
First, we can vote for role models who grew up in their district and now embody and promote the characteristics required to lead by example.
Second, these elected role models can encourage and educate parents of the benefits of youth sports, including leadership, accountability, teamwork, and a healthy lifestyle.
5. Despite the cost of United State's healthcare and education being devastatingly expensive, the United States ranks 27th in quality. What are some legislative actions you plan on taking to increase the value of U.S healthcare and education?
I touch on this quite a bit in my article 'The Top 5 Reasons Millennials Should Choose Liberty, Not Socialism, in 2020' posted on my www.danny2020.com website.
Since 1965, the government has spent trillions intervening in healthcare and education with little to show for their efforts and taxpayer dollars spent. So why are people proposing more of the same solutions? Not only do I believe more government is not the answer, I believe it is part of the problem, and that price inflation and lower quality in healthcare and education are symptoms of government bureaucracy.
I recommend we try free market solutions by reducing regulations and minimizing the federal government's role in healthcare and education. We should adhere to the tenth amendment and push these programs to the state and local levels as indicated in my solution for working towards a more balanced federal budget.