Reform the Kakistocracy describes how citizens can control a federal government that is ruled by the least able or least principled citizens. Such rule is termed “kakistocracy.”
Part I sets out the many actions of our federal government that place the nation at risk. It discusses how the kakistocracy has transformed our government from one of limited powers to one of almost unlimited power by diminishing the constitutional checks and balances essential for citizens to manage their government.
Specifically, Congress delegated its legislative power to the executive branch which is now the primary lawmaker through regulations and Executive Orders. Moreover, the courts have also become super-legislatures as they find rights and privileges never envisioned by the Constitution.
Unfortunately, due to political polarization, Congress is unable, as an institution, to reclaim its legislative powers, thus becoming an observer of the lawmaking process.
Part II sets forth a series of governance principles as guides for restructuring government to focus on citizens not politics.
Parts III and IV set forth novel but doable proposals for making government work: reallocating powers between federal; state and local to make government closer to citizens; establishing priority functions; selling off unused assets to reduce debt; reducing the complexity of laws and regulations; devolving federal powers to the states for greater efficiency of operation and restructuring the income tax code to eliminate complexity, unfairness and tax-avoidance schemes while raising sufficient revenue, at the lowest tax rates, to pay for programs needed by citizens.
Part V reminds us that the Constitution sets forth a clear and legal path for revolution – voting which allows us to replace the entire government in a short period of time.
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William L. Kovacs, author of Reform the Kakistocracy: Rule by the Least Able or Least Principled Citizens; opinion article contributor to The Libertarian Republic, The Hill and Townhall; policy strategist and owner of www.ReformTheKakistocracy.com
Prior to his writing career, Mr. Kovacs was a senior vice president at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce where he led its Environment, Technology & Regulatory Affairs division for twenty years. During his time at the Chamber he testified before Congress forty times, participated in several hundred federal rulemakings, led numerous business coalitions on policies including reform of the administrative state, regulatory reform, energy, environment, telecommunications, data quality and transparency, and delivered major policy presentations in over forty states.
Prior to his service at the Chamber, he was chief counsel for the House of Representatives subcommittee on Transportation and Commerce, legal counsel to a member of Congress, vice chairman and chairman of the Virginia Hazardous Waste Facilities Siting Board and a partner in several Washington, DC law firms.
He has written many policy and law review articles and produced numerous nationally recognized regulatory studies.