- Governors of 50 States, President, Congressional Leadership
- United States of America
Politicians elected to federal office have an incentive to boost spending to show those interest groups who supported their election that they are a good investment. This donor payback incentive seems impossible to stop - despite years of attempts. The result is that a systemic bias against taxpayers has been institutionalized. Many have proposed term limits as a cure - but it is not clear that such a provision would stop this practice or make it worse. The only way to be certain to prevent this practice is to amend the constitution to include a Taxpayer Oversight Board (a "TOB") in the nation's federal governance structure.
A TOB would have a right to veto excessive spending. It would be composed of real taxpayers - not career politicians.
All legislation adopted by the Congress related to taxing, spending or borrowing must first be reviewed and voted upon by a Taxpayer-Oversight Board (a "TOB") before it is signed by the President otherwise it is invalid and illegal. By an affirmative vote of a majority of its members meeting when a quorum is present in person or via real-time secure digital communication, the TOB may veto any legislation authorizing spending, borrowing (on or off-balance sheet) or taxing, except that the TOB is suspended in the event of a national emergency declared by the President of the United States, which emergency declaration must be reissued every 30 days or the suspension is lifted and TOB authority is reinstated. The TOB shall have a right to subpoena testimony and documents to ensure compliance with its governance oversight role. Penalties for violation of this provision shall include suspension of the Federal income tax until the violation is reversed. TOB may bring enforcement action in any Federal District court upon an affirmative vote of a majority of the TOB members. The TOB members are to be selected from those natural persons who have a right to vote and who, in the year they are selected, actually paid in the most recent tax year more than $100 income tax to the Federal Treasury and shall have attained the age of 18. The members are to be selected by sortition, the same way jurors are selected, with the goal of selecting a sample that represents Federal taxpayers at a 95% confidence level and an error of less than five percent. The maximum number serving shall be increased or decreased based on the number necessary to achieve the statistical targets described herein ..…This summary is subject to revision prior to vote, provided revision retains the original intent in all material respects except that material changes may be made to ensure it conforms with the constitution.
The Constitutional Amendment to Establish a Federal Taxpayer-Oversight Board petition to Governors of 50 States, President, Congressional Leadership was written by Haym Salomon and is in the category Civil Rights at GoPetition.