By: Peter Egan
Over the past decade or so, people asking me if I intend to run for public office has become a relatively common occurrence. Many simply assume that I must have political ambitions of my own given my involvement with the congressional and senatorial campaigns of now-Governor Bobby Jindal (2004 campaign for LA's 1st Congressional District seat) and United States Senator David Vitter (R-LA), respectively.
That I've actively supported candidates in the past and have worked campaigns courting votes for two of the few good guys in Congress is anything but an indication that I would ever want to have their jobs. In fact, I can think of very few jobs I would be less inclined to pursue out of a genuine desire to embark on such a career. Being an abortion doctor, a government bureaucrat, a criminal and a union boss would top the short-list of jobs I would never accept regardless of pay, benefits or any other incentives associated with the positions. Aside from these, I would never want to be a politician.
For what it's worth, I love my job running my small Covington medical equipment business, and have no plans to pursue another career anytime in the foreseeable future. I like what I do, and until the government strips away all of my incentive to work I have no plans on embarking on a new career. Thus, the scenario discussed herein is entirely hypothetical.
However, if I were to ever decide to run for a post in the U.S. Senate or House of Representatives, the decision would be driven by my LACK of desire to become a Congressman or Senator. The reason being that the majority of those in Washington like their jobs too much, and are willing to cast aside the nation's best interests if that's what it takes to keep their jobs, term after term while the country goes to hell.
Congress should consist entirely of people who would rather NOT be there. People who would rather be in their home states with their families, working for themselves in the private sector and praying that the government stays out of their lives as much as possible are the very people our nation's founders envisioned as those who should represent their respective states and districts in Washington.
If I ever run for office, it will be for a single term. The legislation I would introduce and fight like hell to pass would virtually assure me of being made an example of in one form or another, and I'd likely be voted out of office if I tried to seek reelection as the propagandists we refer to as mainstream media outlets would slander and defame me with so much vitriol their treatment of Dick Cheney would appear mild by comparison.
I might not get anything passed, as the odds of that actually happening are virtually nonexistent. However, I would obstruct as much legislation and cause as many problems as possible, and by taking on the role of the scapegoat for the heinous (their words) legislation I would introduce and promote like hell might just embolden a few others, perhaps even enough to get a bill out of committee proposing that the left would label "draconian cuts", and if the stars align right the bill(s) might even be scheduled for debate on the main House or Senate floor.My agenda, were I to run for federal office, would consist of the following points, outlined below.
Peter Egan's Agenda Were He to Be Elected to Federal Office:
- Eliminate Medicare altogether for everyone that hasn't spent an entire lifetime paying into it (some of us will have to make sacrifices in order to save the nation, and it shouldn't be the elderly who bear the brunt of the blow).
- Eliminate Social Security, refunding proportionately the amount paid in by each individual taxpayer and participant. Those already receiving benefits would be the only ones unaffected.
- Eliminate the Department of Education.
- Eliminate the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
- Eliminate the Transportation Security Administration (TSA).
- Eliminate the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).
- Eliminate the Department of Energy.
- Eliminate the Department of Health and Human Services.
- Eliminate the Department of Homeland Security.
- Eliminate the Department of Labor.
- Eliminate the majority of the Department of Commerce and the Department of Agriculture.
- Drastically reduce the size and scope of the Department of Transportation.
- Eliminate the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).
- The Federal Elections Commission (FEC) would be restructured to about 1/20 it's current scope and size, with its sole purpose post-changes being to monitor elections for fraud, and investigate allegations of voter/election fraud. Penalties for election fraud would range from a minimum of life in prison without the possibility of parole to the death penalty. Even the most minor offenses would be punishable by life in prison or death.
- Eliminate most if not all of the Department of the Interior. If any useful functions of this agency are identified at a later date (more research is needed), they may be considered for a possible exemption to the otherwise total elimination of this bureaucracy.
- Eliminate the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA).
- Eliminate a substantial portion of the Department of Justice (DoJ), revamping and restaffing whatever is left.
- Eliminate some agencies within the Department of Commerce, leaving only those (if any) which have a positive effect on commerce and economic growth. Whether or not any such agencies exist is yet-to-be-determined.
- Eliminate or completely restaff and restructure whichever agency decided Planned Parenthood (or more accurately Planned Murder of Defenseless Babies) and MiniTrue (the Ministry of Truth; the hyper-partisan, quasi-governmental organization that also goes by the name of Media Matters).
- Conduct a thorough review of whatever is left of the American government, eliminating funding for any agency, bureau, department or commission that lacks justification for existence.
- Propose legislation requiring a 2/3 majority vote by the states, with the voting to be determined however each respective state sees fit (for example, states could choose between a voter referendum, legislative debate/passage or gubernatorial signature as its method for determining how it will vote) in order to create, establish or fund any non-elected government agency, commission, bureau, department or other agency funded by taxpayers and/or in possession of any measure of authority over anyone or anything.
- Propose legislation making it easy for citizens to sue the IRS over taxes owed when tax money is being used to fund practices for which the citizen has a moral, ethical or religious objection (for example, taxpayer funded abortions). The taxpayers would only be able to sue for those funds proportionately allocated for such activities, taken as a percentage of the total tax revenue used to fund such activities consistent with that same percentage of the citizen's tax bill, thus making it difficult and costly for large amounts of citizens to file frivolous suits to avoid paying taxes.