Here Comes Trouble: Stories from My Life

"Outstanding…Moore Triumphs! Publishers Weekly

Mike & Friends Blog

David Swanson

David Swanson is a longtime peace and justice activist and author of 'War Is a Lie'

July 9th, 2011 1:36 AM

The There's Plenty of Money Act of 2012

112th CONGRESS
1st Session
To highly resolve that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the United States of America.

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
July 12, 2011
A BILL

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.

This Act may be cited as the Start Doing Our Damn Jobs Act of 2012.

SEC. 2. STOP KILLING PEOPLE

(a)    The combined appropriations of the Department of Defense, the Department of Homeland Security, the Department of Veterans Affairs, and all military appropriations made through the Department of State, the Department of Energy, and all other military appropriations shall never be more than twice the funding, in absolute dollars, spent on its military in the previous year by the highest military-spending nation on earth other than the United States of America.

(b)    The Department of Defense will be audited annually by the United States Congress.

(c)    The Central Intelligence Agency will cease to exist.  Its buildings will be sold at public auction.

(d)    The National Security Agency will cease to exist.  Its buildings will be sold at public auction.

(e)    No dollars will be appropriated by the United States government for any secret budgets or any agencies engaged in any secret operations.

(f)    No slush fund will exist which might permit a president to launch a war without Congressional declaration thereof.

(g)    The U.S. military, within 90 days of passage of this bill, will cease all operations in and withdraw all personnel from Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iraq, Libya, Yemen, Somalia, and every other area of earth outside the 50 states of these United States.  This covers every human being in the direct or indirect employ of the United States of America in a military capacity of any sort, and includes every nation and territory in which U.S. personnel are located.

(h)    The United States will not use the services of any other nation to imprison any human being.  The right to habeas corpus and the rights enshrined in the United States Constitution will apply to every person our government has any contact with.

(i)    Employees of the United States military will not be employed through any private contractor, but directly by the military.  

(j)    Violation of this Section shall be considered an impeachable offense.  The House Committee on the Judiciary shall hold public hearings on the question of whether to ask the full House of Representatives to impeach any president, vice president, or other officer of the U.S. government who appears to have engaged in such a violation.

(k)    Violation of this Section shall be punishable by the forfeiture of all worldly possessions and one month in jail.

SEC. 3 WE CANNOT AFFORD BILLIONAIRES

(a) A household with annual income, including investment income but excluding inheritance, less than 2,000 times the federal minimum hourly wage will pay no income tax.  A household with income above and up to twice that base amount will pay 1 percent income tax.  A household with income above that level and up to three times the base amount will pay 2 percent income tax. A household with income above that level and up to four times the base amount will pay 3 percent income tax.  A household with income above that level and up to five times the base amount will pay 4 percent income tax.  A household with income above that level and up to six times the base amount will pay 5 percent income tax.  A household with income above that level and up to seven times the base amount will pay 6 percent income tax.  A household with income above that level and up to eight times the base amount will pay 7 percent income tax.  A household with income above that level and up to nine times the base amount will pay 8 percent income tax.  A household with income above that level and up to ten times the base amount will pay 9 percent income tax.  A household with income above ten times the base amount will have all income above ten times the base amount taxed at 100 percent.  There will be no exceptions, exemptions, or complications to this practice.

(b) A household receiving an inheritance worth less than 2,000 times the federal minimum hourly wage will pay no estate tax.  The same tax rates will apply as for income.  Estates worth above ten times the base amount will have the portion exceeding ten times the base amount taxed at 100 percent.  There will be no exceptions, exemptions, or complications to this practice.

(c) Money will not be loaned at greater than 10 percent interest.

(d) Workers have the right to organize, to strike, and to strike in solidarity with others.

(e)    Violation of this Section shall be punishable by the forfeiture of all worldly possessions and one month in jail.


SEC. 4 CARBON IS COSTLY

(a)    Emitting carbon dioxide into the atmosphere shall be taxed at $50 per ton in 2012, a rate that shall be increased by 20 percent annually for each of the next 10 years, after adjusting for inflation.

(b)    Violation of this Section shall be punishable by the forfeiture of all worldly possessions and one month in jail.


SEC. 5 LEAVE SOCIAL SECURITY ALONE

(a)    Social Security funding shall not be used for anything other than Social Security and shall never be invested or otherwise placed at risk.

(b)    Payroll taxes shall cease to exist, and Social Security be funded each year by income tax revenue, prior to the appropriation of funding for anything else.

(c)    Violation of this Section shall be considered an impeachable offense.  The House Committee on the Judiciary shall hold public hearings on the question of whether to ask the full House of Representatives to impeach any president, vice president, or other officer of the U.S. government who appears to have engaged in such a violation.

(d)    Violation of this Section shall be punishable by the forfeiture of all worldly possessions and one month in jail.

SEC. 6 HEALTHCARE IS A HUMAN RIGHT

(a) This bill incorporates here the full text of H.R. 676 creating a single-payer health coverage system.

SEC. 7 SHUT UP ALREADY

(a)    Any person claiming on U.S. television or radio airwaves that this wealthiest nation on earth is short on money or needs to cut back on human services in order to pay its debt shall be required to write 500 times on Glenn Beck's blackboard "There's plenty of money, but the wars and Wall Street take it all.  What in the world was I thinking?"


Creative Commons License This content is licensed under a
Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License

You must log in to comment.

You must be logged in to leave a comment. Log in | Register

FBI Uncovers Al-Qaeda Plot To Just Sit Back And Enjoy Collapse Of United States www.theonion.com WASHINGTON—The FBI announced today that it has uncovered a...

Apr 15th
3:28 PM
Read More

Revealed: Rahm Emanuel's top donor bought stock in Marriott just before it was awarded huge contract pando.com As schools are closed and pensions cut,...

Apr 9th
2:00 PM
Read More

I'll be at First Time Fest today in New York City at the screening of my first film, Roger & Me. Loews Village 7 at 12:30 pm. Come see it on the big...

Apr 5th
9:48 AM
Read More

Revealed: Rahm Emanuel cuts public pensions, diverts money to benefit campaign donors pando.com If you've read the financial news out of Chicago the last...

Apr 4th
2:19 PM
Read More

Please take a moment today to think of Casey Austin Sheehan, son of Cindy and Patrick, who was murdered by U.S. foreign policy in Sadr City, Baghdad ten years...

Apr 4th
2:00 PM
Read More

ICYMI - I've joined this "thunderclap" to support the Connecticut legislators who voted yes on last year's Act Concerning Gun Violence...

Apr 3rd
7:38 PM
Read More

I've joined this "thunderclap" to support the Connecticut legislators who voted yes on last year's Act Concerning Gun Violence Prevention...

Apr 2nd
8:27 PM
Read More

I am opposed to the death penalty, but to every rule there is usually an exception, and in this case I hope the criminals at General Motors will be arrested...

Apr 1st
3:55 PM
Read More

How Long Some in the US Will Survive Under New Health Law ...by Donna Smith www.michaelmoore.com Those who must access care to live and can afford it are not...

Mar 31st
10:13 PM
Read More

Last night, The Good Wife on the East Coast started 40 minutes late due to the overrun of the NCAA basketball game. If you had your DVR set for the show, you...

Mar 24th
5:41 PM
Read More

Watching films today, looking for the ones I'm going to pick for my film festival this summer. I (and a whole bunch of others!) have this thing we put on...

Mar 23rd
4:48 PM
Read More

When the U.S. Health Care System Keeps Killing, Who Cares Enough to Fight? ...by Donna Smith www.michaelmoore.com We have largely forgotten that people are at...

Mar 21st
5:56 PM
Read More

Tell the White House not to give up on Dr. Vivek Murthy's nomination as Surgeon General despite the ferocious opposition from the NRA: Don't give...

Mar 21st
5:38 PM
Read More

This criminal would never see a jail cell, nor would his cronies. In fact, they'd later be rewarded with re-election: Presidential Address on War with...

Mar 19th
9:40 PM
Read More

The crime of the century -- our invasion & slaughter in Iraq -- started 11 years ago tonite in this 7pm (ET) hour, March 19th, 2003: CNN Coverage of...

Mar 19th
9:08 PM
Read More

Washington’s Back-to-the-Future Military Policies in Africa ...by Nick Turse www.michaelmoore.com Nick Turse is an award-winning journalist, historian,...

Mar 17th
4:59 PM
Read More

"I think democracy is the most revolutionary thing in the world." -- Tony Benn, 1925-2014 Tony Benn in 'Sicko'

Mar 14th
10:07 AM
Read More

RIP Tony Benn, one of the UK's greatest leaders: Tony Benn, veteran Labour politician, dies aged 88 www.theguardian.com Former cabinet minister died at...

Mar 14th
9:53 AM
Read More

Please read this important story from K. Ford K.: Am I the Face of the New American Middle Class? www.huffingtonpost.com I began to feel I had slipped so low...

Mar 13th
2:24 PM
Read More

Yesterday Dianne Feinstein revealed that the CIA has been spying on the Senate Intelligence Committee. This is all about the report the committee has produced...

Mar 12th
6:48 PM
Read More

Health Care for All Colorado has brought Mercy Killers, a show written and performed by Michael Milligan about our murderous for-profit healthcare system, to...

Mar 10th
1:08 PM
Read More

Health Care Dramas that Sting and Why We Have to Watch ...by Donna Smith www.michaelmoore.com The realities Milligan has written into the show cut deep into...

Mar 10th
1:02 PM
Read More

Did you know the Lehrer Newshour on PBS has been produced for 20 years by a company owned by conservative cable billionaire John Malone? Me neither. After...

Mar 7th
8:39 PM
Read More

Mr. Obama, if int’l law is so damn crucial . . . | RootsAction.org act.rootsaction.org The Russian intervention deserves criticism. But let’s be clear. The...

Mar 6th
1:21 PM
Read More

Enron billionaire John Arnold thinks everyone should believe him when he says we've got to cut pensions because he's so incredibly rich: John...

Mar 5th
4:20 PM
Read More

More in David Sirota's continuing series on the billionaire takeover of PBS: More PBS conflict woes as activists move to eject David Koch from board of...

Mar 3rd
12:35 PM
Read More

Ukraine: One ‘Regime Change’ Too Many? ...by Ray McGovern www.michaelmoore.com Is “regime change” in Ukraine the bridge too far for the neoconservative...

Mar 2nd
9:25 PM
Read More

Latest from David Sirota on Enron billionaire John Arnold smuggling anti-pension propaganda into "neutral" institutions like PBS and now, the...

Mar 1st
12:58 PM
Read More

Second Guessing a Life: US Health Care System Robs Security and Human Dignity ...by Donna Smith michaelmoore.com The dysfunction of the US health care system...

Feb 27th
1:40 PM
Read More

Subscribe to Mike's Blog RSS

Click here to suggest an article

Mike's Blog

See More Blogs

Vew the archives

View older articles