Making Government Operations More Open

Support a 72-Hour Mandatory Public Review Period on Major Spending Bills

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In effort to help eliminate billions of dollars in wasteful spending, I recently announced my support for a 72-hour mandatory minimum public review period on all major spending bills brought before Congress. This 72-hour review proposal, which would help to prevent taxpayer-funded outrages such as the empty “Airport for No One” in the congressional district of Democratic Rep. John Murtha (D-PA) and huge bonuses for AIG ...more »

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Federal Whistleblower Protection

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292 Organizations and Corporations Support Swift Action to Restore Strong, Comprehensive Whistleblower Rights May 14, 2009 An Open Letter to President Obama and Members of Congress The undersigned organizations and corporations write to support the completion of the landmark, nine-year legislative effort to restore credible whistleblower rights for government employees. We offer our support to expeditiously pass legislation ...more »

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One Bill = One Idea

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One thing I find frustrating is that congress can pass a bill with "hidden" mini laws. For example, congress recently passed a bill to reform credit card companies and it also included a provision allowing people to carry handguns into national parks. What? How do those two ideas relate? Those items should have been two separate bills. I know politics is about compromise; but, I want congress debating the details ...more »

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Require all Federal Government meetings that are subject to the Open Meetings Laws to be Webcast online.

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Board meetings are where some of the most important decisions are made by our government. Allow the American people access to the decision making process by requiring all of these meetings to be webcast on the Internet both live and on-demand. The Governor of New York State pioneered this initiative in 2007 when he required all State agencies and authorities to webcast their meetings (Executive Order 3). It's been ...more »

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Require Legislators to Read and Understand Legislation before Voting on it.

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This seems logical, and yet bills with sweeping consequences, sometimes numbering in the hundreds of pages, are printed when there is no time for anyone to read the bill, let alone intelligently consider it, before voting. Constitution-bending pieces of legislation have been bullied into passage with a lot of noise about how we can't wait to pass it, even though we have to live with the consequences for years after ...more »

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Audit the Federal Reserve Bank

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We need to audit the Federal Reserve Bank.

No one can verify that the Federal Reserve Bank has contributed positively or negatively to our markets or economy without transparency of it's actions. Period.

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List of All Banks and Amounts Given by Federal Reserve Since September 2008

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Bloomberg News and the New York Times have documented nearly $13 trillion dollars given or promised by the Federal Reserve and the government since the Lehman Brothers bankruptcy in September 2008. While this $13 trillion includes TARP money and some recovery money, there is much more in a variety of Federal Reserve programs where we don't know which banks and corporations have gotten money and how much. Because ...more »

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

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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.

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Prohibit Secret Laws, Regulations, Processes

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The president should issue a policy directive prohibiting agencies from creating secret “laws” or regulations or from using secret processes to prevent public input in the development of government rules. A secret law is a regulation, policy, or directive that, for one reason or another, has been kept secret from the persons to whom it applies. Secret law that is inaccessible to the public is inherently antithetical ...more »

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Make the IRS auditors open and accountable to citizens

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The IRS is the opposite of an open government. They operate in a "we are always right" fashion and are nearly impossible to get help from. They have been created for a purpose to collect money for the people to help our nation of the people. However, they forgot along the way that the same people they treat with indifference and as a number are those that they are working for. First, the IRS should not deploy an assumption ...more »

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Verification of eligibility / school records

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It's just my personal opinion, but if I have to show this information to get a Drivers License, replacement SS card etc, YOU Mr. President, ought to have to to prove that you are in fact eligible to serve. Based on what you have done (ie seal all records and hire leigons of attorneys to make sure that the records stay that way) I would speculate that you have something to hide - like maybe you were not born in the USA ...more »

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Where is the birth certificate?

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Barack Obama should provide his long-form birth certificate and prove that he is actually eligible to serve as president. Even my children had to provide certified copies of their birth certificates in order to participate in little league baseball. College and passport records should also be made public for all presidential candidates. A reasonable person does not spend more than a million dollars in legal fees to ...more »

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Discontinue chilling gov't actions on civilian Internet activities and journalism

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by restoring FISA protections that require warrants before surveilling communications between U.S. citizens. The "Cybersecurity Czar" Pres. Obama appointed resigned in protest because he claimed the NSA was refusing to pass on his recommendations for protecting the privacy of citizens using the Internet, and was creating a situation that threatened to treat all Internet communications, including communications with journalists ...more »

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How Can We Take This Transparency Topic Seriously?

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....when the President spends a million to keep his vault birth certificate and other personal records secret?? He is very willing to make "transparent" secrets of the previous administration, but not so willing to show a simple document that would prove his eligibility and alleviate concerns of the people he is supposed to "serve".

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Promote Open Government and Protect Privacy

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We have open government laws and privacy laws for the federal government. Individual privacy and government transparency are complementary ideals in a democratic society. Open government helps ensure transparency and enhance public participation. Privacy protections bolster public confidence in the government’s treatment of citizens. Citizens are better able to participate in government initiatives when they are certain ...more »

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Minimum Waiting Time Before Spending Bills Are Voted On

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I believe that there should be a minimum waiting time, say at least 48 hours, before spending bills are voted on in congress (both house and senate).

The last spending bill was voted on less than 12 hours before being voted on. The result? AIG Bonuses!!!!!

Why the rush? Afraid the bill will be fully vetted in the public forum?

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Eligibility Requirements Article II, Section I, Par. 4

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Mr. Obama, I respect the office of the Presidency. Even though I don't agree with your political ideology, I respect the authority given to the President by the Constitution of the United States..but unless you prove your eligibility to serve as President of these United States as outlined in this very Constitution by our Founding Fathers, I am unable to legitimately acknowledge your title as being that of President of ...more »

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Birth Certificate

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President Obama, Let's REALLY begin a new era in transperency. Please release your birth certificate for the People of the United States to review. My kids cannot play organized sports without showing a certified copy of their birth certificate. Disneyland even requires your birth certificate to enter their park for free on your birthday. I think the least you could do is provide this document. Why wouldn't you? ...more »

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Make government officials reveal all conflicts of interest with legislation

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From the Congress to the President, when a bill comes before them make them reveal all potential conflicts of interest. When it's proposed, they must reveal their ties to the industries, the lobbyists, etc;... as well as the connections their family members have. This would help to root out corruption by exposing potential personal gain and holding officials accountable for not revealing their potential conflicts of interest. ...more »

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