Every campaign finance reform bill that has ever existed has done nothing more than limit the amount of the bribes that public officials are legally allowed to accept. It's got to stop. Make it illegal for anyone to contribute anything to a political candidate, period. Also make it illegal for political candidates to use their own money for their campaign. All political campaigns will be paid for entirely by the government, ...more »
New Strategies and Techniques
Opening the Government and improving public engagement has many aspects being addressed by many and especially by those of us interested in improving the quality dialogue in the citizenry and promoting new ideas for deliberative democracy. One aspect not getting much attention as yet is getting beyond just increasing citizen input to the governing process to also increasing the quality of citizen understanding of the ...more »
Reform elections so that, if no one gets 50% of the vote, the third party candidate can throw their support (votes) behind his or her choice. This way people would actually feel more free to vote for the candidate they really want, knowing that even if the candidate has virtually no chance of winning, the vote will ultimately be passed along to the most compatible of the front-runners, and it will not be a wasted vote, ...more »
Few believe that torture, perpetual wars and debt, domestic spying, and impunity for their perpetrators represent America. Congress rolls over for them, and actively prevents the majority from even participating - such as keeping single-payer health care advocates from the current debate. Few know that ballot initiatives and referendums are the origin of most reform, such as women's suffrage (passed in 13 states before ...more »
A citizen's assembly (CA) is a randomly selected body of several hundred people, brought together to serve a single term on a single issue and then disbanded. The CA has three phases: 1. Intensive information gathering: participants get up to speed on the issue and have the opportunity to hear from a wide variety of witnesses who have relevant information. 2. Dialogue and deliberation: participants build trust first ...more »
Require mandatory attendance, require a session afterwords of applying what is heard to the last 12 months of legislation. Create an appropriate atmosphere of respect for the document which founded this great country!
Our current system is based on the idea that good collective decisions arise from a competition among self-interested parties. But increasingly we face collective problems that require a spirit of cooperation while embracing individual wisdom and expression. Implementing Wisdom Council processes at local, state, and national levels would facilitate a “We the People” conversation where all of us can identify, evolve, and ...more »
An open and accessible government is critical to any healthy democracy. However, equally important is its citizenry’s trust in its government – in what is being shared and how it is being shared. If the public does not trust the information that it sees or reads (or the source providing it), then the efforts are fruitless. There has been a decline in public confidence in government at all levels (local, state & federal). ...more »
8.New Way to Fund the Central United States Government •Step 1) Abolish the Federal Reserve Bank. •Step 2) Prioritize all new currency creation to the United States Government. •Step 3) All interest on funds loaned out by the United States Government is the property of the Federal Government •Step 4) Interest on funds issued by the Federal Government could be used to: a.Pay down the National Debt b.Fund Medicare, ...more »
If I was broke...had no money at all and was in debt way over my head...I would never go to the bank to borrow money and give it to my neighbors so they could better themselves.
Why in the hell are we we running this country any differently? This is just retarded to think that it could ever make sense what so ever!!!
and end the Federal Reserve. Stop Congress and the President from borowing and spending us into oblivion.
There's no reason we spend billions each year on the war on Marijuana. Marijuana should be legalized, taxed, and regulated the same as alcohol and cigarettes.
Mr. Obama, This Open Government Dialogue is a great idea. Although I wouldn't call it a "dialogue" because it's very one-sided. You seem, no you do love to travel to the Middle East and apologize for things America supposedly has done. These are ideals that YOU feel America has done so you apologize for them. These are not things the leader of the free world (free for now) should be doing. Instead, don't you think it ...more »
I read about John Boehners suggestion for a mandatory review of all major spending bills. I suggest such a mandatory review period be established for all bills brought before the house and senate. and that each representative and senator must verify under general oath that they have dread each and every bill before voting. records to be published for all reps/sentrs excluded from vote due to lack of verification ...more »
Here's a novel idea. Why not reduce the salaries of ALL Senators and Congressmen to $50,000 a year, give them 4 yr term limits and instead of retiring with a hefty government pension, have them pay-in to Social Seurity and medicare like the rest of us. If you did that you would see men and women who actually CARE about this country and it's citizens running for office instead of those who only do it to collect an exorbitant ...more »