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Hold Agencies Accountable for Implementing the Open Government Directive

Leadership and oversight at the highest levels of the federal government will be necessary for the Open Government Directive to succeed. The President’s Management Council, which is made up of the Deputy Secretaries of all major agencies, should oversee the implementation of the directive to ensure that the entire federal government is working together to manage the implementation of the directive. All agencies should... more »

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Make emergency planning a bottom-up process

Federal agencies typically write national emergency plans and only later obtain public comment. Often, the public is hindered in commenting because they have not been educated about the basics of emergency planning and coordination. Develop a one-semester emergency planning curriculum that schools can present to high school students (with input from state and local planners) that introduces basic concepts of individual,... more »

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American Civic Enrichment Policy

The idea I propose is a theoretical concept that will cultivate a greater potential in the product of fiscal policy on the domestic front. As it stands today the prolific divergence of political perspectives has become agressively corrosive in our society. For three decades I have observed the institution of government on all levels in America has become trapped in a decadent vortex spinning ever closer towards a state... more »

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(@michael2)

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Vital Discussion of New Governance Paradigm

The Open Government Dialogue here suggests two different takes on how technology changes public governance. The first is that Internet technology makes government more efficient; the second is that technology completely transforms the democratic governing process. This contrasts 20th century “command and control” with 21st century “open source” government and the best analogy would be Encyclopedia Britannica vs. Wikipedia.... more »

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(@vernonhuffman)

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We don't have to participate...

When government takes actions we abhor, like invading Afghanistan or torturing prisoners, we don't have to participate. Contrary to popular opinion, taxes are voluntary. People aren't imprisoned for honestly refusing to pay taxes. While we're at it, we should withdraw support from the network of multinational corporations who exhibit too much influence upon our government. We don't have to buy their products nor work... more »

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(@igienger)

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My Society: Our Problems Need Not Be Government Problems

Invest in Web 2.0 tools to help people create transparent, flexible, Do-It-Yourself communities. Essentially, we have the technology to create our own communities with many of the benefits associated with cooperation and exchange, such as pooled resources, civic institutions, social capital, and cultural capital. We should use it and education to empower individuals, communities, and society at large. Although we can... more »

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(@kim000)

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Train skilled community organizers to strengthen our democracy.

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 »

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(@mchlsrrb)

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Population and Global Warming

It is not too early or too late to begin a discussion on where do we want our United States of America to stand on the issue of Overpopulation. Some see the intrusion of the Government in reproduction rights, others say that sooner or later, once Global Warming brings up the Methane from the ocean, it will be too late! All the children lovingly brought into the world will begin to bake, not at the final 846 Deg. Fahrenheit,... more »

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Challenging Unconstitutional laws -- Open standing

Currently, congress can pass any law they want, constitutional or not, and unless you can show personal damages, you cannot challenge it. This is because the courts have declared they don't have time. To clean up our laws, including the lack of expiration dates on outdated laws, and to remove absurdly unconstitutional provisions and reactionary moments of confusion, there should be a special court for this purpose.... more »

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