I would like to propose the following Amendment to the Constitution of the United States.
“The President, members of Congress, Justices of the Supreme Court, and all of their appointees or delegates, shall add the phrase ‘of your money’ to any communication about expenditures or revenues of the government.”
That is it. A modest proposal indeed.
After this Amendment, blogposts like this one from the White House will be rewritten as follows:
Today, President Obama is announcing $1.5 billion ‘of your money’ in funding for innovative measures to help families in the states that have been hit the hardest by housing market stress and unemployment. States where house prices have fallen more than 20% from their peak will be eligible for this funding. Such price declines, coupled with the effects of high unemployment, means that many working and middle-class families in these areas are facing serious challenges. The effort we are announcing today will provide support for state housing finance agencies (HFAs) to design programs tailored to the urgent needs of particular communities.
After this Amendment, press releases like this one from Sen. Lautenberg, will look like this:
Sens. Frank R. Lautenberg (D-NJ) and Robert Menendez (D-NJ) today announced that the Camden and Philadelphia area has been awarded $23 million ‘of your money’ in Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grant funding under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) for a network of bicycle and pedestrian paths that will connect Camden and Philadelphia. The network will enhance regional economic development, spur job growth and protect the environment by getting cars off our roads.
My Amendment imposes no restrictions, no partisan politics, nothing but simply adding three words to communications by the government about spending and revenues. Please contact your congresscritters or State legislators to get this process rolling.