QUENTINSBURGH- For the first time in a year or so, Freedemian Vice President Tom Morganson has been at the forefront of Freedemian politics as the proponent of a major bill.
This Friday at a press conference at the Capitol Mall, Morganson, alongside President Angela Rosenthal, presented a bill that would change some funding in Freedemia. The bill, officially titled the Spending Reduction and Fund Reallocation Act of 2015, or SRAFRA for short, largely centers around two main reductions, a reduction of funding for presidential candidates through the Freedemian Funding Party and a reduction of military spending for the Freedemian Guard.
Morganson spoke to the crowd, speaking directly to the public for the first time since January of this year. “This bill is not about cutting corners. It’s about putting money in the best places possible for the benefit of the nation.”
The first part of the bill centered around a large reduction in the funding for presidential candidates through the Freedemian Funding Party, otherwise known as the FFP. The FFP was created so the top five candidates that are included in debates and in the main election would be on equal footing when it came to funding. Currently, each candidate gets about f’20 million to carry out their entire campaign. Morganson’s proposal through SRAFRA is to reduce that number to f’2.5 million per candidate, saving the nation a whopping f’87,500,000 per election. Morganson says looking at the 2014 election, two and a half million Freedins should be far more than enough.
“We can look at the numbers from 2014 and see just how little is really needed to fund a campaign. President Rosenthal, who was at the time my competitor, won the election spending less than f’1,000,000. I spent about f’17,250,000, losing the election, and to be completely honest, if I had spent my money more wisely like President Rosenthal, I wouldn’t have needed nearly that much. Our opponent and my good friend, Marco Nelson, spent about f’4,000,000 and barely made a blip on the election radar. I can speak from experience that that much money is not needed to win a presidential election, and that this taxpayer money is better off elsewhere.”
The second part of the bill was for a huge reduction in the Freedemian Guard’s military budget. The Freedemian Guard, Freedemia’s military including the Airborne Forces, Naval Forces and Land Forces, has two primary purposes, and hence two primary budgets. One is for military actions, such as defense, offense, international conflicts, domestic disputes (within country disputes), etc. The other is for acting in the case of a natural disaster or something smaller scale and more in protection of the citizens than in militaristic protection of the country. Both get several billion Freedins a year for expenditures, with the environmental and citizen protection part receiving about f‘25,000,000,000 and the militaristic part receiving about f’75,000,000,000.
The Freedemian Guard has had to act in several natural disasters over the last few years. In 2003, when Lake Trenchent overflowed due to excessive rain, flooding most of San Grande and Trenchent, the Freedemian Guard underwent the largest operation since the 7.1 magnitude earthquake of 1983 that struck Graham City hard and damaged some buildings in Quentinsburgh and as far north as Laneston and Vandover. The Guard has also acted in the cases of several smaller conflicts, such as Harnett’s Rebellion in 1975, when the city of Personsboro had to take some land from a local farming family, who in turn attempted to shut down the city and had to be confronted by the Guard, and the Summer Edwards Incident in 2009, where a teenage girl and her friends took over a Franklinsburgh middle school and had a standoff with police and the Guard that lasted for several days. However, the Freedemian Guard has not had to been used for large scale international or even domestic militaristic action for almost a century. Freedemia has never been to war, and has never been threatened with war. Even now, Freedemia has very good relations with nations all around the world, and no known conflicts with any others. Morganson said looking at these facts, and considering all of these years of not going to war has resulted in quite a large stash of saved military funding, it’s time to reduce military spending.
“We currently spend about 75 billion Freedins a year on military spending. We only use about 5 million a year, if that, and we have a military surplus just from the last decade of about f’749,950,000,000. That is MORE than enough to keep Freedemia safe for several years, if not several decades.”
Morganson’s proposal through SRAFRA would reduce the annual spending amount to 5 billion Freedins, at least until a case of military threat or a severely lowered surplus arises.
Just those two cuts alone would save Freedemia about f’280,087,500,000 every four years. There are other smaller cuts in the bill as well that bring the overall amount saved to about f’375,000,000,000. Under Morganson’s plan, the huge amount of money saved would go towards more efficient and cheaper healthcare, more affordable education, technological innovation through domestic companies like Stepstone Technology and through research institutions like Quentins State International University, and improved transportation.
President Rosenthal had a good amount of positive things to say about the bill. “This is how the Freedemian Government was meant to work. I would have never come up with this on my own. I stand with my colleague Tom Morganson on these issues, and this is a bill I can proudly endorse.”
The Freedemian Legislature (or in this case, just the House of Populus and House of Equal Representation) is set to vote on this on Monday. The House of Decisions has already voted to not send the bill to the public for a vote. If SRAFRA, affectionately known by some reporters and large amounts of the public as the Morganson Funding Act, passes, the reallocation would go into effect immediately and the reductions would fully go into effect with the 2016 budget.