Legal & Policy Challenges

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Annual IRS Audits for Congress and All High Officials, Elected or Appointed

Recent disclosures indicate that many who are in our government have a difficult time paying their taxes correctly. Whether through mischief, malice, or mistake, the failure to pay diminishes the trust of the people in their government: the results of which are decreased participation by citizens in the process of government, a change in thinking - that we are being governed by an aristocracy over which we have no control ...more »

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Cannabis regulation and legalization

Americans who will be smoking cannabis won't be the only reason there will be extra revenue. Yes there will be an extra 13+ billion in extra revenue, but also all the freed up prisons would save billions. All the money going to fighting this pointless war, will save billions. Hemp will bring in millions of jobs and billions of dollars in the clothing, fuel, textile, paper, and housing industry. Alcohol, tobacco, and generic ...more »

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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 »

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Open Dialogue concerning Marijuana Legalization

Marijuana legalization is a contentious issue which has recieved an unfair amount of attention from the Federal Government. In addition to government funded programs disseminating information about the negative effects of marijuana, there should also be government funded programs analyzing the costs and benefits of Marijuana legalization and its true impact upon the community. Organizations should be created that employ ...more »

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NO MORE "RIDERS" TO PROPOSED LEGILATION - PERIOD.

Make a rule, resolution or law that requires all contents and amendments of a particular legislative bill include ONLY items that actually pertain to the actual purpose or title of the bill. The House of Representative does NOT allow it's members to attach riders to pieces of legislation that are not "germane" to the purpose or title of the proposed bill after it is placed on the floor for debate but we should take ...more »

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Voting for Bills without reading them is unacceptable

Politicians must not be allowed to vote for any legislation unless they sign an affidavit asserting that they have read and understand the legislation.

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single-payer healthcare

Take a look at Paul Krugman's article on healthcare reform at:

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/05/22/opinion/22krugman.html

 

We need government run healthcare now. Mr. Obama, please do not be fearful of standing up to private interests on this issue. They are refusing to cooperate. We will stand behind you on this important issue.

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Transparency for Government, Privacy for Citizens

Transparency should empower citizens to expose the inner workings of government, not empower the government to spy on its citizens. Several widely-used Internet technologies allow companies to track users as they surf the Web for the purpose of serving personalized, relevant advertisements. Even though many online services and applications may appear "free," users actually support these services by permitting providers ...more »

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Federal Whistleblower Protection

The most knowledgeable people are those who are on the inside of industry or government and see fraud, corruption and waste. If the reward for coming forward is unemployment, criminal arrest and losing your retirement many out of self interest and survival will look the other way. People who come forward must know they have protection from the Federal Government for blowing the whistle.

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Take away (or reduce) "personhood" from corporations

Perhaps the number one problem in the world is the unchecked power of mega-corporations, most commonly involved in the energy, finance, drug, armament, and insurance fields. These entities receive the benefits of being gigantic while they also receive the rights of persons. The Supreme Court has established that the money these giants pay in order to influence politicians is "free speech." The tremendous advantages ...more »

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The Constitution Test

Every public servant takes an oath to 'Preserve and Protect the Constitution of the United States'. If they don't take the oath, they can't take the job. The problem is, do we have any evidence that they have the slightest idea of what the Constitution is, and the directives contained in it? Taking the oath should be more than a symbolic ritual. My idea is to require all would-be public servants, from the lowest to ...more »

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Decriminalizing pot

Herb is a plant.

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