Now that we’ve passed the midpoint of the year, I had been thinking of what the future might hold for this blog’s annual predictions-for-the-coming-year post on New Year’s Day. My prediction was going to be that, given the various frustrations with our Constitution and the discrediting of our Founders, we would see a serious attempt to scrap that document in favor of a completely new constitution.
Well, that has already happened. The journal Democracy sponsored a symposium of progressive academics (read this for their deliberations) who actually drafted A New Constitution for the United States.
It begins with a new bill of rights. Nothing about the right to keep and bear arms, of course, but it does assert a right for all citizens over 18 to receive a guaranteed income of one-fourth of the salary given to members of Congress. (That is currently $174,000 per year, so, by that odd measure, the base income would be $43,500 per person. Presumably, those who earn that much or more would get nothing, but those who do not would get checks from the government. For a couple, that would come to $87,000. Since presently the average U.S. household income is $87,864 and the median is $61,937, most people would find no need to work.)