How Donald Trump could Drain the Swamp If Trump really tries to accomplish this, it will be him against most of Washington.

Home  »  Income Tax  »  How Donald Trump could Drain the Swamp
Print This Post Print This Post
Nov 14, 2016 No Comments ›› admin

By Lynn Woolley

President-Elect Trump’s promise to fix corruption in Washington is, perhaps, the most interesting of all his proposals. Public service is now all about power, fundraising, and eternal reelection – and Trump wants to change that.

There are many ways to do it – but you have to start with term limits.

As long as politicians crave power, they will spend more time raising campaign cash and shoring up voting constituencies by bringing home pork than they will on building a stronger America under the Constitution. Trump will have trouble with this – because, as we saw with Representative/Senator Robert Byrd and with Senator Ted Kennedy, they tend to cling to their offices until the day they die.

Term limits would put a chink in that if it can be done. But it’s by no means the only thing that the new president can do to drain the swamp.


Let us count the ways.

In order to stop political corruption, elected and appointed offices at the national level must return to the area of public serve rather than the current model of personal power and wealth accumulation. That means the incentive to stay in power forever must be eliminated.

Term limits would provide the obvious easy answer.

Callers to our show had various opinions on that this morning. Most believe about 6 years in office is enough. Harry Reid, the corrupt outgoing Senate Minority Leader, has been in some form of elective office since 1968 – that’s 48 years. That’s far too long, and Reid’s corrupt nature incubated during his time as a coddled elected official. It is my belief that political office – especially in Washington D.C. – is, itself, a corrupting influence that few people can shake off.

We already have added term limits to the presidency – two four-year terms. Why not do the same for U.S. senators? Six-year terms are too long, and it gives incumbents a long time to fund raise and build a campaign chest that few challengers can match. That’s why senators almost always get reelected.

An even better way to control senators: abolish the 17th Amendment.

This would allow state legislatures to control who goes to the U.S. Senate and would reverse the biggest single power grab ever made by Washington against the states. We should do that – and also limit senators to 8 years – even if the legislatures appoint them.

Six years in Congress, buddy-boy! Then, go home.

I used to think House members should be able to serve 6 terms or twelve years. But the corruption is too widespread. Members take too many trips, have large entourages when they travel in the District and they fund raise too much. Three terms is enough. Serve – then leave and let somebody else take over.

Leadership PACS kill them. All forms of insider trading too.

Cut the salaries of congressmen and senators and instead force them to live in government provided housing near the Capitol. Give them a small travel budget to go back and forth between D.C. and their home districts.

The K Street mess.

K Street is where the lobbyists are. Lobbying is an honorable activity protected under the Bill of Rights. It has become subverted. If we abolished the 17th Amendment, that fixes a lot of it. Here are two more ideas:

No elected member of the federal government who has served more than a year may EVER take a job as a lobbyist. Appointed officials may – but only after a ten-year waiting period. Members of Congress must disclose –in writing – if any bill they introduce has been written in whole or part by a lobbying firm and must state the sections so affected and the name of the firm and its client.

Let’s make it a felony for a member of the Congress to accept anything from a lobbyist – with a minimum one-year mandatory jail sentence for the giver and the taker. If a few members of Congress and some lobbyists did some time – the bribery would stop.

Let’s also pass strong, new laws against insider trading in Congress. Members should come home poorer than when they went to D.C. – not richer! Franking privileges (free mailing) for members of Congress should be tightened to four newsletters a year at most – and none during campaigns.

drain-the-swamp-lock-her-up-donal-trump-rallySet campaign seasons.

Campaigns start early and never end. Let’s set a 60-day period prior to each election for fundraising and campaigning. Our members of Congress spend far too much time raising money. It needs to stop. I realize this is tedious and may infringe on freedom to fund raise – if there is such a thing – but remember, we are trying to drain the swamp.

How about the POTUS? Obama has spent an unbelievable amount of time attending fundraisers. Toward the end of the Clinton-Trump election, that’s about all he was doing. It seemed the business of the country was on hold while he tried to save his legacy from Donald Trump. So put him inside the 60-day period as well. We don’t elect a president to endlessly raise money for his party or his legacy.

To effectively drain the swamp, we have to change the Income Tax Code.

Campaign donations, which are protected political speech, are often intended to curry favor for changes in the Tax Code. If we really want to drain the swamp, the Code has to go. The Fair Tax or some type of simple flat tax would make many contributions unnecessary – since tax code favors would no longer be for sale.

Charitable foundations.

Politicians should not be able to do like the Clintons and sell access through family foundations. A watchdog of some sort should monitor and audit organizations like the Clinton Foundation to make sure they are serving as true charities and not just as political tools.

Government agencies.

Three agency heads – the FBI Director, the head of the IRS and the U.S. Attorney General should be totally independent and bipartisan. We have seen what these heads should not be. We need legislation to remove them from politics and ensure their independence.

Draining the swamp will not be easy.

If Trump really tries to accomplish this, it will be him against most of Washington. A corrupt system will always try to save itself. It will fight any attempt at reform. Trump promised to do it – he should. The people are very concerned about political corruption as well they should be.

Let the draining begin.

Tagged with: , , , , , , , ,

Leave a Reply

You must be logged in to post a comment.

%d bloggers like this: