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As the government shutdown, more apt described as the Republican attempts to destroy the nation continues I come to realize there's only one way to further stop government shutdowns and ensure they don't happen.

It won't be easy, but any sane individual would realize this is the best option. It doesn't set things in a way that can't be abused by a radical party, just more of limit their ability to cause harm.

My solution requires the enacting of a new constitutional amendment.

Both houses of Congress shall be required to pass a budget by the end of the fiscal year each year. In failing to pass a budget the previous years budget will be adopted automatically with all further changes prohibited until a new years budget is passed and signed into law; and all compensation to all members of Congress will be halted immediately. The United States obligation to make payments to it's debtors will not be questioned, and this amendment hereby abolishes and prohibits the establishment of a debt ceiling
It's not complex, but it takes the ability to hold the nation hostage away, and places a point of pain for any elected official who decide they'd rather destroy the nation instead of govern. It locks the budget exactly as it was when it last was passed, prohibits any form of tax increases, tax cuts, increases to spending or cuts to spending until Congress can establish a new budget. It won't stop one side from making demands, but keeps their failures from having as big of an impact on the nation at large because of a few people who would rather act like children than do their job.

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  •  First, the Democrats have to win back... (1+ / 0-)
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    Calamity Jean

    ...the House, then increase their numbers in the Senate.

    Piece `o' cake, right? Right?

    Float like a manhole cover, sting like a sash weight! Clean Coal Is A Clinker!

    by JeffW on Tue Oct 08, 2013 at 05:14:43 PM PDT

  •  I have an easier solution (0+ / 0-)

    Shutdown should really mean shutdown.  As I have said numerous times, if air traffic control, weather service, border patrol and Capitol police, along with everything else the government is responsible for, actually shut down - it wouldn't last 5 minutes.  

    The truth is that by continuing to perform services that are considered essential for immediate protection of life and public safety, we let Congress off the hook for urgent action. The remaining functions of government that actually shut down are no less "essential" to the public but since they don't pose urgent threats, Congress can get away with playing politics with them for longer periods of time.  

    As one of those "non-essential" employees, it pisses me off that I not only have my job and salary held hostage like all government employees, but now I also have to defend why I should even have a federal job if I'm not essential.  If Congress is taking the government hostage - it should be the entire government and not just the parts they can do without right away.  Pretending government is shut down while still delivering the most urgent and visible services just plays into their big government bullshit.

    •  Easier? Yes (0+ / 0-)

      But it would be more painful. My goal is to limit the ones feeling the pain to the ones failing to do their job. By locking funding it effectively takes it from harming the workers such as you, and leaves only congress harmed by not passing a budget. I don't believe we should allow the acts of a few petty people to harm the entire nation who had nothing to do with this mess.

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