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Sun May 26, 2013, 05:32 PM

14. Very interesting indeed....

 

With respect to the 1916 proposal - that is probably not workable in the current situation where we have "undeclared" wars with conflicts that are not between nation states but between one or more nation states and various non-state actors. But what I would suggest is that immediately upon a vote in favor of such "wars", all members of Congress voting in the affirmative are immediately placed on active duty, regardless of age or sex. Immediately, the family members of all such members of Congress (unfortunately this would not pass constitutional muster) would be enlisted in the military (not as officers).

The 1876 proposal is patently unconstitutional. While you cannot make religious belief or affiliation a requirement for public service, you cannot prohibit someone in such service from public office. The rub here is that these individuals' behavior while public service is often too tightly governed or directed by their religious beliefs.

The 1933 proposal was clearly an attempt to stick it in the eye of those who had, despite the Great Depression, managed to amass or maintain relatively huge fortunes. I am not opposed to people making lots of money. I am opposed to them doing so by avoiding reasonable, legitimate taxes, treating their employees (on-shore and offshore) as chattel and treating the environment as if it was there as their toilet.

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