The solution to this problem is obvious, and even one indirectly pointed out in the article itself.
This is, that the national government *cannot* solve this problem.
The POTUS, the congress, and the SCOTUS are incapable of doing so. The national government is running out of control.
But the are not “all” the government. The safety mechanism of the powers reserved to the individual States remain. Which means that *they*, the individual States, are the one way left for this problem to be solved.
It is not radical, or revolutionary. It is just using the constitutional mechanism that already exists, to solve just this sort of problem.
It is a solution long overdue, which could have been invoked many times before to the good purpose of less vital repairs needed for the framework. And there are over 200 years of corrections that need to be thought out, debated, and made.
To start with, it is obvious that the national government is terribly overextended. So its power and size must be slashed, and those powers of the States and people enlarged.
But so much cutting and repairs need to be done, it cannot just be committed to paper and decreed. If a constitutional convention is seated, at the demand of 34 or more of the States, then that convention will need to stay seated even after 38 or more of the States have agreed to its new constitution.
Their purpose in doing so will be to direct the caretaker government of the United States in carrying out the changes to the government as have been directed, with a simple majority vote, and the relief and replacement of any elected or appointed official or officer who refuses or fails to do so in a timely manner.
Not just the constitution, but all three branches of government, and the bureaucracy, will be required to adapt to the new constitution.
It is almost essential that the US national debt be defaulted, as well as many other international commitments and prerogatives. In turn, this will require a new form of taxation, instead of the Income Tax, to support the national government, a balanced US budget, and likely a presidential line item veto.
And this is just a start.
“Which means that *they*, the individual States, are the one way left for this problem to be solved.
It is not radical, or revolutionary. It is just using the constitutional mechanism that already exists, to solve just this sort of problem.”
Brilliant. I love your posts!
But, can we get the blue states (like Wisconsin, $2.2 BILLION in the hole) on board? Why would a socialist Governor want to save his/her state? We’ve seen blue state after blue state fall into ruin. :(