About My Book
Reform the Kakistocracy sets forth ideas on how citizens can begin to restructure a federal government that is ruled by the least able or least principled citizens. Such rule is termed a “kakistocracy” and those running the kakistocracy are termed “kakistocrats”. My conclusions and the reform ideas were formulated during a forty plus year career working on federal policy issues from inside and outside government.
Part I of my book sets out the many actions of our federal government that place the nation at risk. It discusses how the actions of the federal government have 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 legislative bodies as they find rights and privileges never envisioned by the words of our Constitution or in the laws passed by Congress.
Unfortunately, Congress is unable as an institution to reclaim its legislative powers due to the political divide, thus resulting in Congress transforming itself from the primary lawmaker to an observer of the lawmaking process.
Part II of the book sets forth a series of governance principles, that if adopted, would guide government officials in structuring a government that focuses more on addressing the needs of citizens and less on achieving dominance as a political party.
Parts III and IV set forth what I call “modest proposals” to restructure the kakistocracy. The proposals are anything but modest but they are novel and doable. Overall these proposals discuss how citizens, states, and the federal government can reallocate powers to produce a government that is sustainable in the long-term by spending only on priorities, selling off assets to reduce debt, reducing the complexity of laws and regulations, and devolving those powers to the states that can be most efficiently managed by the states. It also addresses the clear fact that there cannot be a coherent restructuring of the federal government without addressing the automatic withdrawals of taxpayer assets by the entitlement programs which are becoming the costliest items in the federal budget. Finally, it ends by suggesting a restructuring of the federal income tax code to eliminate complexity, unfairness and tax-avoidance schemes while raising sufficient revenue, at the lowest tax rates, to pay for government programs needed by citizens.
Part V acknowledges that while it is impossible to control all schemes of thought-up by kakistocrats, citizens can put in place mechanisms that can provide them the powers to manage the general operation of the kakistocracy. In the end, if all the reforms fail, Reform the Kakistocracy reminds all of 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.