A modest proposal


Whereas it is the opinion of the majorities of the House and Senate that their joint directions to the 11th Court of Appeals have been ignored; and

Whereas it is the duty of the Congress to safeguard the taxpayers money; and

Whereas Article III, Section 1 requires that judges  '...during good Behaviour...' shall '...receive for their Services, a Compensation, which shall not be diminished during their Continuance in Office;' and

Whereas there exists a question whether said justices have been performing with 'good Behaviour;'

It is hereby directed that the Treasurer of the United States shall not issue paychecks to said justices until the last day of their term and/or until said justices have testified, under oath, before the appropriate committees of the Congress, as to their compliance with the directives of the Congress in the performance of their duties. Such payment may be resumed prior to the end of the judges' term, with the consent of the Congress in a budget resolution, initiated in the House of Representatives, and brought to the floor at the behest of the House Majority Whip, currently the Honorable Thomas Delay, Representative from the State of Texas.

Bruce Thompson  4 13 05