The number of bills that were introduced this week – 228. That’s a typical number of bills introduced each week in the House and Senate. That’s almost 12,000 bills per year. What a waste of taxpayer dollars to vote on some unconstitutional, wasteful, and downright unnecessary bills.
Before getting into the “real” bills, I’m finding the “recognition” of sports a bit ridiculous. Once again, here are some bills regarding sports that are very unnecessary:
H.RES.1480 : Commending the University of Southern California Trojan men’s tennis team for its victory in the 2010 National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Men’s Tennis Championship.
H.RES.1486 : Expressing support for designation of June 11, 2011, as “National Minority Golf Awareness Day”.
H.RES.1491 : Congratulating the University of South Carolina Gamecocks on winning the 2010 NCAA Division I College World Series.
Now on to the bills.
H.RES.1497 : Condemning the inclusion of inflammatory and inaccurate content in Iranian textbooks that is aimed at indoctrinating and radicalizing students with anti-Israeli, anti-Semitic, and anti-Western sentiment and at restricting the rights of women. Is it really our place to impose our beliefs on other countries? We have the 1st Amendment here in the United States and we should not concern ourselves with the actions of other countries. We have our own inaccurate textbooks that indoctrinate and radicalize students in our own schools, which our Federal government allows and funds, but apparently this doesn’t seem to be an issue, so why should a foreign entity doing the same be an issue? Vote: NO
H.R.5622 : Stop Outsourcing and Create American Jobs Act of 2010. To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to provide for the identification of corporate tax haven countries and increased penalties for tax evasion practices in haven countries that ship United States jobs overseas, and for other purposes. While this bill may sound like it has good intentions, I have a more direct approach at helping to prevent corporations from outsourcing jobs and sending their money to other countries to protect them from unfair taxation. Stop taxing corporations and people to death. This bill does nothing more than attempt to tax corporations and people who are smart enough to send their money to a country that doesn’t tax them nearly as much as the United States does. In fact, if we lowered our taxation rates, we would likely see the reverse effect – overseas corporations and people would send their money to us. Vote: NO
H.R.5671 : To amend the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 to create a demonstration project to fund additional secondary school counselors in troubled title I schools to reduce the dropout rate. This bill gives incentive to counselors that lower the dropout rate. If you think about that for a moment, you’ll see that it’s ripe for abuse just as “No Child Left Behind”. It creates an incentive to either pass students without giving them a proper educational experience or it allows for the lowering of standards to “level the playing field”. First off, I don’t believe the Federal government should be a part of schools that are funded locally through local and state taxes. The Department of Education should be abolished, in addition to No Child Left Behind. Vote: NO
H.R.5667 : To provide for the conduct of a study on the effectiveness of firearms microstamping technology and an evaluation of its effectiveness as a law enforcement tool. This is yet another overbearing micromanagement technique to be used against the citizens of the United States who own a gun. The bill provides funding for researching a new technology that will drive up the price of ammunition and/or guns as it will require microstamping each piece of ammunition. Vote: NO
H.R.5649 : Digital Goods and Services Tax Fairness Act of 2010. To promote neutrality, simplicity, and fairness in the taxation of digital goods and digital services. This is nothing more than looking for new ways to tax United States citizens for purchases or services rendered over the internet. We’re taxed enough, thanks. Vote: NO
H.R.5632 : Consumer Fuels Choice Act of 2010. To improve choices for consumers for fuel, and for other purposes. This bill allows tax rebates, in addition to substantial taxpayer-funded financial grants, for producers of E85 related fuel producers. This is wealth redistribution from taxpayers to businesses. This works against free market principles by creating a product that currently has little demand whether it is profitable or not. What’s worse is that they’re attempting to use a significant amount of taxpayer dollars to fund it. If there is a real demand for E85, private companies will see the demand and produce it if they find it is profitable. Vote: NO
H.R.5633 : Consumer Vehicle Choice Act of 2010. To improve choices for consumers for vehicles, and for other purposes. Just like the Consumer Fuels Choice Act (also written by the same person), this bill works against free market principles. It requires manufacturers to have their new vehicles fitted to accept two different fuels (gas/E85 for example). The bill requires 50% of all vehicles to have this ability by 2012 and that percentage increases to 90% in 2013. Let the free market decide which forms of alternative energy are the most viable, not government. Vote: NO
H.R.5640 : National Rape Kit Database Act. To establish a National Rape Kit Database. While this act does not allow the entry of personally identifiable information into the database (yet), there is no need for a national rape kit database as the information gathered is collected and given to local law enforcement agencies. This bill would require State and local law enforcement agencies to participate. Vote: NO
H.R.5609 : To amend the Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971 to prohibit any registered lobbyist whose clients include foreign governments which are found to be sponsors of international terrorism from making contributions and other campaign-related disbursements in elections for public office. This is likely the most difficult bill I have come across this week. There is no definition of “sponsors of international terrorism”, so could that include the United States? Personally, I don’t believe ANY foreign entity should be allowed to contribute to ANY United States election as it is a conflict of interest. I also don’t believe any Political Action Committee (PAC) should be able to contribute either as they tend to be a funnel for corporate campaign contributions. This bill is very vague and poorly worded, which leaves a lot of loopholes open. Good intention, bad execution. Vote: NO