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(@rstrother)

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Make documents produced by government contractors in their role as gov't surrogates subject to FOIA

The president should direct agencies that when they outsource any of their duties, not limited to records management duties, the contracts should contain provisions specifying that the records produced by the company in its function as a government surrogate belong to the agency and available, as agency records, under FOIA. On Dec. 31, 2007, President Bush signed the OPEN Government Act of 2007 (S. 2488), which includes ...more »

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(@vszybala)

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No more gerrymandering!

We need to change the way that congressional districts are drawn so that they operate in an INDEPENDENT and POLITICALLY NEUTRAL manner, and can serve the American people, not the political parties who want to strengthen their power. I propose the method used in Australia, in which districts are redrawn after the census by not one, but two separate committees. The proposed redistribution in a state is made by a Redistribution ...more »

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Freedom to privacy

The initial idea of prohibition of illegal search and seizures guaranteed by the constitution has gone by the way side in the era of electronic records. Now days the government does not need to come into your home to invade your privacy or seize your bank account they can just do it electronically. The problem is automatic inter-agency and federal/state/local transfer of information without your knowledge. The initial ...more »

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(@gmclam)

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Force the "break up" of companies too large to fail

We were all sold snake oil recently with the so-called government financial bail-out. The main reason stated for this bail out was that some companies are just "too large to let fail". WELL, if that is true, then these companies MUST be broken up into smaller pieces.

 

Companies need to be limited in size and scope so that if they fail they will not "bring down the whole system".

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(@phillipcornwell)

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Legalize Marijuana/Cannabis/Hemp

The responsible use of alcohol was ended by the 18th Amendment on January 29, 1919. This amendment was repealed by the 21st Amendment on December 5, 1933 when the state of Utah ratified it. The reason for the repeal of the 18th Amendment was because the U.S. Government realized that prohibition only created more problems than it solved. Drinking rates grew higher, crime increased. Millions of dollars were made by ...more »

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(@stevenclift)

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Place Everything Public Online Unless the Law Says Otherwise

Right now the discretion to place legally public government information online lies with agencies and not the law. Switch this premise around by adding a legal category that says, "public but online dissemination not required. If it is not limited by the law, then put it online for all by default. Period. This would not change access to legally protected/national security information. Piecemeal legislation to require ...more »

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Uphold the Constitution

1> Check out DownsizeDC is a citizen lobbying organization where current issues and legislation is posted so we can stay up with what's going on and have a voice. I suggest you check out the site: www.downsizedc.org and perhaps link arms with them. 2> All public servants who swear an oath to uphold the Constitution & Bill of Rights should do that or be removed from office and replaced. Much of the legislation passed ...more »

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(@lrpent2)

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Term Limits for all of Congress

If congress had term limits, that would take care of the pork barrell liars running our country!! It seems that the longer they are in congress, the more they forget who put them there any why they are there. They are there to serve the people who put them there, not the other way around!

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(@jordan.ledoux)

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Each Bill In Congress Should Only Address A Single Spending Program

The yearly discretionary budget should of course continue to be determined en mass, however every bill in Congress should be limited to a single program or action. By limitting each bill to a single program, you complete eliminate the ability of anyone to attach a provision to a bill that "can't be veto'd" that wouldn't otherwise pass on its own merits. As a corrallary, each bill should only be able to alter a ...more »

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Legalize Marijuana

Legalize it. Don't criticize it!

 

We all know the facts, ok. No one if fooling anyone else with "Reefer Madness" type fear tactics. We all know it will not kill you. No one has EVER died as a direct result from consuming marijuana. NOT ONE. I will shoot myself in the head, on web-cam, if someone can show me ONE death directly from smoking weed. ONE, UNO!

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