How close to the line has our government come? I have no idea, but this much I do know: I do not want to discover that the line has been crossed.
• Stop the looting and start prosecuting. The bankers, lenders and others in the "bizness side" have been literally robbing the people for over two decades. This includes both so-called "captains of the banking industry" and government officials who have looked the other way and in some cases (e.g. OTS) actively conspired to conceal the truth. Taxpayers have lost hundreds of billions as a consequence yet nobody has gone to prison for it nor are there even outstanding indictments. There is no reason on God's Green Earth why Goldman Sachs should be allowed to keep the roughly $13 billion in AIG pass-through money, nor why they should, having elected to become a bank holding company, be able to keep using their "VaR" risk model (instead of the more-stringent BANK risk limits.) There are dozens of examples; Goldman is hardly alone in this regard.
• Quit voting FOR bills you did not read - end to end! There's no excuse for this. The Stimulus Bill, EESA/TARP and more - this is absolutely common behavior and it's outrageous. Sorry, there is no emergency that demands passing a 1,000 page bill until every member has read it from one end to the other, personally. If you need to pass something fast then it needs to be simple enough that it can be read in the hour you get before the vote! I don't care what the emergency is - if you haven't read the bill cover-to-cover the only acceptable vote is NO.
• Quit spending more than you make. We are here because we have turned into a nation of Madoffs, and nowhere is it more evident than in Washington DC. We cannot have a sustainable economic recovery until the debt-to-GDP ratio is restored to a rational and sustainable ratio. This means much less spending; promising that which cannot be paid for is how we got into this mess.
• Represent your constituents and TELL THE TRUTH. We're tired of being lied to, and government has done a LOT of lying. The idea that "the economy is improving" is just one example; go ask your unemployed constituents what they think of this claim. Fact: The economy stinks and it stinks because Washington DC conspired to blow a bubble after the 2000 tech implosion. You're culpable; take responsibility and do the right thing instead of trying to blow air into a popped balloon!