VAUGHN for U.S. Senate - Maryland
National Bill of Rights
Every responsible candidate running says we need to reduce the government mess of over-regulation. But few offer any real idea of how to accomplish it.
One of my first acts as your U.S. Senator will be to sponsor “NABOR” — the National Bill of Rights. This is my plan, not someone else’s, and we need it.
The Constitution Bill of Rights (1789) guarantees protection of rights of the individual and the states from oppression by the federal government. “Congress shall make no law….”
The Taxpayer Bill of Rights (TABOR: Internal Revenue Service Restructuring and Reform Act of 1998) guarantees rights of individuals & companies from tyrannical government practices and puts the burden of proof on the IRS (where it belongs). Prior to TABOR, ordinary citizens lived in mortal fear of an IRS audit, since the burden of proof was on us, and it can be impossible for an accused to prove their innocence, rather than an accuser to prove one’s guilt. That is precisely why our Constitution contains the principle of “innocent until proven guilty.”
My Proposal: The National Bill of Rights (NABOR), implementing the principle of innocent until proven guilty, will guarantee citizens and businesses rights to use their property and possessions free from tyrannical government regulations by putting the burden of proof on the accusing entity, i.e. any government or other entity challenging a property owner’s rights. (See examples below.)
SOLUTION: NABOR is the fastest, most efficient way to bring the out-of-control government regulations under control and protect our Constitutional rights against bureaucratic abuse, corruption, or even using regulations for political purposes.
Please send me your own examples of government oppressive regulations, penalties, fines, etc. so we can add to our file of real life examples of the need to “Put People & Principles Over Party & Politics.”
Everyone has been, or knows of someone who has been the victim of an oppressive or arbitrary government fine, penalty, or rejection for which they had no practical recourse.
A few examples under NABOR using the principle of “no harm-- no foul,” or our American justice system requiring the burden of proof to be borne by the accuser:
A) OSHA inspector finds a broken ladder in a shop and arbitrarily assess a $1,500 fine for unsafe equipment. The business owner has no recourse even though the ladder was not in use and inoperable awaiting potential repair. Under NABOR, OSHA must prove the business had been using the ladder and putting the safety of workers at risk before issuing the fine or the owner being liable for paying it.
B) A farmer is arbitrarily ordered by the EPA to remove an obsolete, empty, and abandoned in-ground fuel tank and get certification of no ground contamination at an estimated cost of $20,000 to the small farmer/business owner. Under NABOR the government agency would be required to prove an actual threat to the environment before requesting a remedy or imposing a fine after proving non-compliance.
C) 1. Department of Transportation issues a long-haul truck driver a $400 ticket (fine) for being in violation of not having a safety heat screen on a visible exhaust pipe. The rig was 34 years old, maintained in excellent mechanical condition, was manufactured without the screen and had never had an incident of the exhaust pipe causing a burn to anyone or anything. Under NABOR, the DOT must prove the actual harm of not having the unnecessary equipment.
2. At a random truck scale inspection a dump truck was found to have a burned out brake safety warning light. Although the audible back-up alarm was in good working order, the DOT officer still fined the driver an “automatic” fine of $1,000.oo for the blown bulb (which could have blown while he was testing it). Under NABOR, the government would have to prove the actual harm or just take the option to simply issue a repair warning.
D) A family is denied a building permit for a home because some “endangered species” is said to inhabit part of the property, or a puddle in the backyard is claimed to be a “wetland.” Under NABOR, proof of actual harm would be required to protect the family from the government denying their “life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness.”
The list goes on….
“We like to think that we live in "the land of the free", but the truth is that our lives and our businesses are actually tightly constrained by millions of rules and regulations. Today there is a "license" for just about every business activity. In fact, in some areas of the country today you need a "degree" and multiple "licenses" before you can even submit an application for permission to start certain businesses. And if you want to actually hire some people for your business, the paperwork nightmare gets far worse. It is a wonder that anyone in America is still willing to start a business from scratch and hire employees.
Today, the U.S. government has an "alphabet agency" for just about everything. The nanny state feels like it has to watch, track and tightly control virtually everything that we do. The Federal Register is the main source of regulations for U.S. government agencies. In 1936, the number of pages in the Federal Register was about 2,600. Today, the Federal Register is over 80,000 pages long. That is just one example of how bad things have gotten.”
Our U.S. economy is facing a vast array of incredibly serious problems, but if government would just get off our backs at least we would have a fighting chance. Instead, it gets worse every single year. Our economy is literally being suffocated by red tape.” Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com
IT IS TIME for WE THE PEOPLE.....Putting People and Principles above Politics and Party.
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Corrogan Vaughn, U.S. Senate candidate for Maryland, is a visionary reformer, dedicated to the American Constitutional principles of limited government, free enterprise, fair trade, individual liberty, fiscal responsibility, strong national defense, and traditional family values.