Candidate for State Representative Dave Molony’s 12 Step Plan for Political Taxaholics
1. Admit that there is a problem. This is always the first part of rehabilitation. This is about politicians of all stripes, and their codependents who rely on politicians’ largesse with our money. It isn’t their fault. It’s just always been done that way. 2. Develop a nonpartisan commission that looks through current state laws and regulations and finds earmarks that were added on to enhance the livelihood of particular groups and not the people of the state as a whole, and eliminate them. 3. Acknowledge an understanding to the source of government revenue. The taxpayers and people who use government services pay fees and secondary taxes until it seems that 70%+ of our income is spent on taxes. 4. Regarding future legislation, seek counsel from a number of successful professionals in the academic, economic, and especially the private sector. Find out how other things are affected before legislating them and see the results over time before enacting something into stone. Sunset all legislation to see how it affects us before making it permanent. 5. Spend time focused on the written word and its intentions, better known as the Pennsylvania Constitution and the U.S. Constitution. 6. Freeze current expenditures with minimal exceptions, and stop borrowing. This means more than to stop spending more; this means to stop borrowing from our own future. 7. Separate infrastructure from entitlement programs. 8. Separate needs from wants, and eliminate those things that are wasteful. If someone wants something done, they can work to find matching funds. 9. Begin a road to freedom from state and local communities’ addiction to federal dollars with its strings attached and other side affects. 10. Show fiscal responsibility by reducing the legislature’s budget, shrinking the number of legislators over time, lengthening terms so that government officials aren’t focused on their own political campaigns instead of the people who elected them, and instituting realistic term limits. 11. Equalize legislator and state employee benefits, pensions, and salaries to those in the private sector. It would help those making the rule, regulations and laws that govern our private and personal lives to at least be in the same category we are. 12. Always remember to spend less than you take in. If you don’t have it, don’t spend it. Everybody else has to do it that way, why not the state and federal governments?