Legal & Policy Challenges

Equal Representation Through the Elimination of Congressional Districts

To grant each state its specified number of representatives in Congress, we have devised a system not founded in the Constitution – Congressional districts. Each state is split up into geographical regions approved by the state legislatures and signed by the state governor. Under this system, each geographical district elects one representative who is then supposed to represent those people by voting, debating, and speaking... more »

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(@robertdavidsteelevivas)

Strategic Planning and Budgeting

Free Obama (No Kidding)

I spent the morning reading every single posted idea, many of the comments, and then posted my own five ideas and thought to leave it at that. However, during the mowing of the lawn it came to me. Idea first, then the short explanation Free Obama. Simple, straight-forward, and the ONE THING that we can all focus on to achieve ALL of the ideas posted so far. Right now, President Barack Obama is president in name... more »

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(@arianward)

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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 »

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(@arianward)

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 »

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(@zauberer44)

Legal & Policy Challenges

Mandatory Exit Strategy

My idea is to require any major or minor initiative or bill in congress to outline a minimum of two exit strategies. As any bill exits committee and enters open debate, it must articulate how its effects are intended to work and what mitigation strategies will be used to ensure it maintains its rightful purpose. Each bill will delineate a time frame for objective completion and address optimum as well as adverse scenarios.... more »

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(@evan.mcgown)

New Strategies and Techniques

Internet Voting to Replace Congress for Representation

The strategy of having elected Congress members to represent constituencies was applicable when we had such a spread out citizen population and no technology to get every voice heard. We now have the technology available to truly have a government by the people. We will of course need congress-people, but their and their staff's role will be merely to sort through people-generated ideas (like this website)and to formulate,... more »

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(@jongalt)

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 »

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(@johnwaynemcclung)

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 »

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(@jerehough)

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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(@csipe0)

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 »

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(@chloe658)

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 »

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(@chloe658)

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 »

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(@chloe658)

Rulemaking

Make congress and senate an even political party member of numbers

It is not fair to the people of the United States to have one house have a majority in democrats or republicans to pass votes on issues that will have an impact on the entire country. Each branch should have the exact same number of members from each party. If one party member wanted to vote on an issue from another party then that would be fine, but at least it would be fair and balanced. As it is now there is nothing... more »

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