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Purpose: to set limits on government actions in regard to personal liberties.
As good government is an empire of laws, how shall your laws be made? In a large society, inhabiting an extensive country, it is impossible that the whole should assemble to make laws. The first necessary step, then, is to depute power from the many to a few of the most wise and good.

~ John Adams, Thoughts on Government, 1776

what was once impossible, will soon be possible
"Armed with a netbook, medical supplies and a bicycle, Bangladesh's InfoLadies are giving millions of poor people access to crucial information on their doorsteps that will improve their chances in life"

thank you, m3talsmith
"The way to have good and safe government, is not to trust it all to one, but to divide it among the many, distributing to every one exactly the functions he is competent to.

Let the national government be entrusted with the defense of the nation, and its foreign and federal relations; the State governments with the civil rights, law, police, and administration of what concerns the State generally; the counties with the local concerns of the counties, and each ward direct the interests within itself.

It is by dividing and subdividing these republics from the great national one down through all its subordinations, until it ends in the administration of every man’s farm by himself; by placing under every one what his own eye may superintend, that all will be done for the best.

What has destroyed liberty and the rights of man in every government which has ever existed under the sun? The generalizing and concentrating all cares and powers into one body."

- Thomas Jefferson
*this* is how we re-assert our liberties. we can start paring down our government the second we stop making demands of it.
i like the dollar coins and use them routinely. small $2 coins like australia uses would be handy too. let's get rid of pennies and nickels though; they carry so little value, and we can round easily.
impressive reserve... palin knows how to take one for the team
very, very interesting insider's view. thanks to xtine66 for forwarding :)
From the page: ""We're all worried about losing our jobs," Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., declared in an impassioned speech in support of the bill before the vote."

this is an excellent turn of events: our representatives are worried about losing their jobs. let's keep holding our representatives responsible for their work!
From the page: "How about the Ayatolla of Copyrightolla?"
all the founders seem to be worried about money taking over somehow. hmm...
eliminate state taxes? interesting. yes, why not try an experiment
there are good arguments on both sides of this topic
i think this is a great idea, preventing crappy laws from being tacked onto good laws. these guys have other sensible ideas too, like making sure our representatives read new laws before passing them... and providing reference checks to ensure new laws are actually legal.
"immense powers are being concentrated in the hands of the central government -- a sure path to tyranny"

i think the spirit of this is on target... matching the original intent of a federal government put in place solely to protect our rights.

however, i believe we need to develop an effective alternative means of coordinating and paying for large-scale projects and programs *before* the federal government can be relieved of that responsibility (and therefore the obligation to raise funds through income taxes).

keep the horse ahead of the cart, so to speak :)
what an expensive way to plug the coal industry. we need a more efficient way to process the actual arguments put before congress, to make them public much earlier in the process and keep "advertising" from wasting the time of the government. although... re: lightbulbs, i do think incentives would be a much better choice than a ban.

"Instituting the Gift Economy"

what an interesting social project
while this sounds like a good simplification, the original designers of the u.s. appear to have intended a small and efficient federal government... and let individual states handle the rest. therefore, continuing to fund a gigantic expensive federal government (that "handles everything") may be a fundamental mistake, and may lead to continued erosion of our constitutional rights.
Theft By Deception - Deciphering The Federal Income Tax - 87 min.

Amazing. Cut through the tedious intricacies, and this is simply amazing.

This excellent documentary shows that the U.S. Constitution denies congress the power to impose federal taxes on our income. When studied closely, the tax codes themselves yield evidence of tampering to obscure this limitation. (Shades of Wikipedia)

According to thorough and methodically presented evidence, U.S. citizens have been illegally paying federal taxes for several decades.

I'm entirely in favor of funding things we as a people deem critical and important... but it appears that federal income taxes are not the means we are supposed to use to raise those funds. Fixing this error will require a lot of further dialog.
government spending over the years. it's not pretty, but it's a great start
maybe we should do this with government
it's easy to get mixed up... this article reminded me how *much* more valuable experience is than facts. worth reading!