"The 28th Amendment Project" implements the proposal phase of "The 28th Amendment" at a National Constitutional Convention called by 2/3s of the State Legislatures as provided in Article 5 of the U.S. Constitution. A snapshot of some of the changes proposed to reduce the size and scope of the federal government are shown below. Many re-order usurped powers back to the states and the people and create a pure-free enterprise driven economic boom with permanent low tax rates and unique Free Enterprise Towns and Free Enterprise Zones and re-establishes many of the virtues that worked for two centuries to make America the model of "greatness" and "goodness" for the world:
1) Rotation (term limits) for Congress
Breaks the majority of the unholy alliances of lobbyists and power brokers and "king makers" that exists with the "entrenched incumbents" in Congress (95% to 99% re-election rates), enables far more citizens who have held state level and state legislature level positions to move up to Washington to serve, and replaces the stranglehold of career politicians with --
the "Citizen Congress" that was envisioned by the Founders.
2) Repeal of the 17th Amendment
Re-instates the original method in the Constitution for electing Senators in Congress (the State Legislatures originally elected the two senators up until 1913). Gives the State Legislatures their power back in Congress.
3) 25-year experiment - pure free enterprise - "Free Enterprise Towns" (FETs) and "Free Enterprise Zones" (FEZs) coupled with repatriation of $2,000,000,000,000 in overseas corporate profits returning home with a 10% repatriation tax (instead of the 35% corporate tax that sent them overseas in the first place).
Creates a building boom throughout the nation by establishing tax and regulation advantaged "Free Enterprise Towns" (20 to 40 in each state) in these incubator environments showcasing these free enterprise models to the world over the course of the 25-year experimental, incubator period.
4) Return moral and ethical and spiritual strength to the family and to the nation as follows:
a) "Marriage" - marriage defined between a man and woman
b) "Religion" - clarify the predominately Judeo/Christian heritage and traditions returned to all the previous places of historical practice and observance with a clarification in the first amendment's "Establishment Clause" and "Free Exercise Clause". The sixteen words
"Congress shall make no law respecting the establishment of religion or prohibiting the free exercise thereof."
to be changed to read
"Congress shall make no law establishing a government sponsored religion or prohibiting the free exercise of religion or limiting the traditional and historical observances and places and manner of observances as observed and intended by the Founders and as illustrated in the Founding Documents ("Articles of Association", "Declaration of Independence", "Articles of Confederation", and "The U.S Constitution") and especially as reflected in the Founding Proclamations and actions of the Founding Congresses from 1774 to 1804 and especially using such evidences preserved in the Library of Congress. The Judiciary shall make no legal interpretation about religion and the relation of church and state based solely on one founding father's views but shall consider the original intent of the founders as a whole as reflected in their practices and actions and observations in general and also as found and evidenced in the founding Congresses' Proclamations and actions, practices and observations during the time from just before the Revolutionary War, and including those Founders and Congresses during the perfecting and ratification of the Constitution and its Bill of Rights, and those early Founders and Congresses that implemented the new laws of the land through 1804 ."
c) "Life" - at conception; "Viable Life" - at 18 weeks after conception.
d) "Language" - English is the official language of the United States.
5) Restate for emphasis the 21 limited and enumerated powers in the Constitution so Congress and the Executive and the Judiciary have a clarity going forward as to what those powers are.
Make one change to the 21 powers of the federal government - i.e. change the so-called "Commerce Clause" to apply to only foreign commerce and Indian affairs and define "interstate commerce" as the domain of the newly formed "States' Commerce Association" with its own duly formed governing body and rules for regulating commerce between themselves. Comprised of 12 districts similar to the 12 Federal Reserve Districts making up its governing body.
6) Cut the size, scope, and cost of the Federal Government in half by:
a) Repealing ObamaCare
b) Repealing Dodd/Frank (Fin-Reg)
c) Repealing Sarbanes/Oxley
7) Cut the size, scope, and cost of the Federal Government in half by eliminating the following 8 Departmental Agencies (while retaining some functions with others going to the states)
1) Department of Education
2) Department of Interior
3) Department of Energy
4) Environmental Protection Agency
5) Department of Transportation
6) Department of Labor
7) Department of Commerce
8) Department of Agriculture
(see In Search of George Washington (The Story of the 28th Amendment) - Chapter 7 for Heritage Foundation and Cato Institute sourcing)
8) Cut the size, scope, and cost of the Federal Government in half by eliminating the monstosities that are the current Corporate and Individual Tax Codes (and the need for a $120,000,000,000 ($120 Billion) a year IRS budget) - Corporate and Individual rates to be the same (Permanent maximum rate limited to 15% (with 3 brackets - 5% 10% 15%) - no exemptions, credits or special deductions -NONE - very simple! Provides permanency by being set by 3/4s of the states in amendment form.)
9) Cut the size, scope, and cost of the Federal Government in half by applying the full budget as shown in In Search of George Washington (The Story of the 28th Amendment - Chapter 7)(numbers provided from economists of the Heritage Foundation and Cato Institute)
10) Cut the size, scope, and cost of the Federal Government in half with a 25 year "Price of Admission Fee" to work and reside and become a citizen. It is a 2.5% of payroll fee that all new immigrants to the country pay into the Social Security and Medicare systems "EVEN THOUGH THESE TWO SYSTEMS ARE NOT AVAILABLE TO THEM (BUT ARE REPLACED BY THEIR OWN SEPARATE SAVINGS SYSTEMS AS MODELED BY THE INDIVIDUAL RETIREMENT SYSTEMS OF "FREE ENTERPRISE TOWNS" (FETS) AND "FREE ENTERPRISE ZONES" (FEZS)). It is setup for 25 years to bolster the failing systems deficits over the next 25 years and take additional strain off both systems while providing better systems to new immigrants of "pay as you go" build up for retirement that doesn't get spent for other things by government as has been done with the raiding by the federal government of Social Security and Medicare Trust Funds.
11) All 20 Tenets: (see the other tenets as shown in In Search of George Washington (The Story of the 28th Amendment) -
Chapters 6 & 7 & 8 & 9 explore further the 20 Articles (20 tenets) and their far reaching details and effects on the federal government in the adverse and the people and the states in the affirmative.