Making Government Operations More Open

Make Congress READ bills cover to cover before voting on them.

Congress most of the time doesn't even know what they are voting on, some nameless aids write it and the tell them what it is about.

2. Show Where in the Constitution they have the authority to do what they are trying to do.

3. Make a mandatory balanced budget.

4. Make them publish their voting record in their home districts.

5. They shouldn't be able to spend money they don't have absolute proven fund for.

Submitted by (@dsscheibe)

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Legal & Policy Challenges

Congress Can't Give Themselves Raises; Must Pay Taxes

One of the most frustrating events in government is when the legislature tells the people to be prepared to sacrifice then have that same legislature give itself a raise. Who wouldn't give themselves a raise if given the choice. While I don't have what I consider to be the one way of determining legislators pay, I'm sure plenty of people would have some suggestions. Here is one possible idea: Legislators receive the ...more »

Submitted by (@johnwaynemcclung)

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Making Data More Accessible

Dialogue?

I'm sitting here looking at all the people who've had their posts deleted because they are raising a legitimate issue: Where's The Birth Certificate. And at the top of the page it reads, "Open Government Dialogue". It's not dialogue when people are silenced. What exactly is this site's definition of 'dialogue'? Also, I don't place full blame of providing proof of birth on Mr. Obama. I also blame both sides of the ...more »

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Cap Congress

I propose a bill titled the "Congress Citizen ACT" which would give Congress the same benefits as the American citizens. -Limit to 2 terms -No lifetime pension or a pension of 50k a year standard across the board. Currently 2-3 times more generous than Corporate pensions. -Same health insurance as the rest of the American public. Pay for your own, not with taxpayer money. -Salary cap at 50k a year. Current Salary is ...more »

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Use a Whole Systems Approach to Transparency and Open Government

One of the major challenges with large initiatives (such as this Transparency and Open Government initiative) and large organizations/institutions (such as the Federal Government) is the lack of integration, collaboration, and synergy that usually result from trying to design, implement, and manage anything this large and complex. They are typically designed and implemented in separate pieces based on the concept that ...more »

Submitted by (@arianward)

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New Strategies and Techniques

Term limits of congress, senate and supreme court

As it stands now, a policitian/judge in either department of government can comfortably rely on a lifetime of being elected if they are in a district who support what they do. Let's say I am a republican/conservative/libertarian/independant and unfortunately I have a very liberal democrat representative in congress. I may not agree with any of the issues he is voting yes to, but there is nothing I can do. If I happen ...more »

Submitted by (@chloe658)

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New Strategies and Techniques

Money Creation Reform: Money Creation is a Sovereign Right and Responsibility

Duly elected governments should create all coin and currency, and other forms of money, electronic or otherwise. This power does not belong in private for-profit hands. Money creation is not a legitimate banking enterprise or activity. All money creation authority should be transferred to public agencies that would be accountable to the citizens and voters. This would include all forms of "fractional reserve banking", ...more »

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New Strategies and Techniques

For every law Congress passes, they remove two.

This may seem like a joke but I am serious. This would bring the current, unmangeable amount of laws that no one can read, let alone obey, to al level that we all could obey and understand. I would love to see these politicians fighting over whose law is more important!!! That would make for great television

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Legal & Policy Challenges

Statute of Limitations on Federal Laws

Laws are written and considered and passed by a relatively small group of people (only 51%+) in Congress. Those lawmakers are only put in power by a majority vote (and remember, not all people vote) and they, and the issues / people they represent, only stay in the Congress for a limited period of time. I think we can all agree that they are not perfect and their ideas are often based on the politics of the moment. ...more »

Submitted by (@csipe0)

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Strategic Planning and Budgeting

Appoint a bipartisan panel to start limiting government programs and government departments

This administration is getting "too big for their britches." The founding fathers created our government to have very little impact on the people and to remain small and out of the private sector. Over time it has become more expanded and is invading our private lives more and more. The ONLY sector that is prospering job-wise is the government. Our president is making more and more departments and then is hiring "czars" ...more »

Submitted by (@chloe658)

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New Strategies and Techniques

Congress relocation: reduce special interest power

Reduce the power of special interest lobbies and increase accountability to citizens by shifting the physical location of elected representatives back to their local geographic areas. With current technology, it is possible for elected officials in the Congress to remain in their election districts and not relocate to Washington DC. This makes it much more difficult for special interest groups to focus their resources ...more »

Submitted by (@jongalt)

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Making Government Operations More Open

Invite Congress to partner with the Administration on this as a government-wide, bi-partisan initiative

In reading President Obama’s January 21st “Memorandum For The Heads Of Executive Departments And Agencies” that launched this Transparency and Open Government initiative, you will notice that the whole focus is on the Executive Branch of the Federal Government. This makes sense since the Constitution only gives the President formal management authority over this branch of the government. He can only influence the other ...more »

Submitted by (@arianward)

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