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The There's Plenty of Money Act of 2012

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To highly resolve that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the United States of America.

July 12, 2011

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,


This Act may be cited as the Start Doing Our Damn Jobs Act of 2012.


(a)    The combined appropriations of the Department of Defense, the Department of Homeland Security, the Department of Veterans Affairs, and all military appropriations made through the Department of State, the Department of Energy, and all other military appropriations shall never be more than twice the funding, in absolute dollars, spent on its military in the previous year by the highest military-spending nation on earth other than the United States of America.

(b)    The Department of Defense will be audited annually by the United States Congress.

(c)    The Central Intelligence Agency will cease to exist.  Its buildings will be sold at public auction.

(d)    The National Security Agency will cease to exist.  Its buildings will be sold at public auction.

(e)    No dollars will be appropriated by the United States government for any secret budgets or any agencies engaged in any secret operations.

(f)    No slush fund will exist which might permit a president to launch a war without Congressional declaration thereof.

(g)    The U.S. military, within 90 days of passage of this bill, will cease all operations in and withdraw all personnel from Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iraq, Libya, Yemen, Somalia, and every other area of earth outside the 50 states of these United States.  This covers every human being in the direct or indirect employ of the United States of America in a military capacity of any sort, and includes every nation and territory in which U.S. personnel are located.

(h)    The United States will not use the services of any other nation to imprison any human being.  The right to habeas corpus and the rights enshrined in the United States Constitution will apply to every person our government has any contact with.

(i)    Employees of the United States military will not be employed through any private contractor, but directly by the military. 

(j)    Violation of this Section shall be considered an impeachable offense.  The House Committee on the Judiciary shall hold public hearings on the question of whether to ask the full House of Representatives to impeach any president, vice president, or other officer of the U.S. government who appears to have engaged in such a violation.

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