I believe we are well over due for an overhaul of our legal system. Like our tax system, our legal system has too many loopholes, and laws that are no longer serve the public. Many have been put on the books and forgotten. So, I suggest a little "spring cleaning", which I beleive would help make the legal system more effective. I believe, that if we the people wake up and really begin to take hold of the responsiblity... more »
I would like to be able to vote on issues directly, rather than having elected representatives vote for us. With internet sites we could vote for which issues are worthwhile, then have a second vote that decides how the issue should be handled.
Invest (and encourage others to invest) in community organizers to achieve greater “participation” and “collaboration” in government. This will increase transparency in government and strengthen our democracy. Investing in new technologies is important, but “Tools don't build houses. Carpenters build houses," explains Marshall Ganz, who has been credited as the architect of President Obama's field campaign. Who knows?... more »
Sometimes, the best way for a citizen to get help in dealing with the goverment is to get help from somebody who had to deal with the same problem before.
Forums, mailing lists, all the web 2.0 tools are there to help, while offloading from the main government support services.
See the Redding case pending in the Supreme Court.
Here's how this works for those who don't know. Even if the Court rules in favor of the School, you write your congress to pass legislation forbidding such actions.
Anyone can join, anyone can post.
Name: Open Government Uncensored
We seem to be a nation divided by ideology. There is the left versus the right or if you choose, Democrats versus Republicans. The important thing is that the two ideologies, call them liberal or conservative or whatever you want, are on two different sides of the ideological fence. I would propose that all who favor government running their lives for them and coming up with programs that take care of them from cradle... more »
Obama is excited about the robust debate in Iran. Mistake.
He's breaking promises faster than he made them, and this exercise in open government will be a major insult if nothing genuine comes of it.
A few new websites with pages for comment isn't going to get it.
He must answer. Or he stirs the pot and walks away. I don't think it will settle well so long as the heat is on.
Anonymity is a foundation for political speech. But the UK has done away with it.
Do not let this happen in the USA. Our government watches other governments to see what they can get away with, then follows suit. All over the globe, this happens, and people are ground down to dollars and dust.
If we are to have valid government, we must fight back more effectively than ever.
We need to have a policy in place that prevents politicians from apologizing on the worldwide stage for America being America. It embarrassing and pathetic. Barry you can stop this fruitless action too.
The 9th amendment is more than the heart of privacy in the constitution. It is the heart of individual autonomy, and adulthood.
It is the barrier to a constant creep of government into territory that belongs to the person. It is not properly ignored. It is not a legal joke.
It is real, and it means what it says.
Retained by the people.
The OSTP Blog demands full names on the internet. This is a known security risk, and an improper request. The public is not sitting behind federal security guards. Politics is a volatile issue, it is simply unwise to put a genuine name out there. Yes, we could lie, but it weakens our credibility to demand open and honest government when we are compelled to begin with a lie. That is a setup. It isn't an accidental... more »
Each of our national leaders took an oath to defend the consitution and uphold the laws. Article 4 of the constitution states that the federal government will keep the states free from invasion. The states have been invaded by tens of millions of people who entered the US illegally. Many wish to do harm. Many wish to take back much of the US for Mexico. This has even been stated by the Mexican president. There have... more »
The Chief Technology Officer has hijacked the intent of Obama's Memo, and restricted it to one object: Transparency. The memo itself was not indicative of any suggestion that citizen participation be limited to this idea, and rightly so. There were three concepts: Transparency Participation Collaboration Do not be seduced into thinking that Decriminalization is off-topic. It is spot on. Do not be coerced into a... more »