reply to post by METACOMET
I have lots of ideas. Making them work may take smarter people than me, though. I would have to actually have a problem presented for me to consider
a solution (i just don't sit around and think up platforms and stuff, so wouldn't speak "off the cuff" very well).
It is all common sense. What is lacking is honesty. We either aren't honest with ourselves because we realize we ARE part of the problem, or we
have bought so deeply into the "us vs. them" mentality in Washington that any other avenues seem unsafe and unusual.
- first, nullify the SCOTUS. Free speech does not = money. They MUST uphold the concept that 1 voice = 1 vote, and corporations are a single voice.
Without this, we are slaves to corporate overlords.
- ban political parties. Some laws needs to be created, no doubt. Political parties should be viewed as conspiracies to subvert the government.
That is what they are: people who put group affiliation before national interest. But simple things like not allowing "party platforms", voting the
party line, campaign finance restrictions, disolving legal protections, open balloting (with reasonable costs). Just doing these things would remove
the "gatekeepers" who run state level party politics and can prevent people from appearing on ballots and debates. They bury the non party
competition, and it has to stop.
- limits on moneys allowed. Limit the money raised/donated. Kill all forms of "soft money". No more bought elections. I want to elect people
without flashy PR, and who have fresh ideas and strong leadership. Give them a mic and an audience, and let them win the election.
- institute the line item veto
- do not allow government to take over industries it has a proven failur rate with. Health care is a good example. If you want free health care,
fix Medicare fraud (you don't have to be a genius to see where the holes are, and i could go into great detail about that topic) and then use the
Medicare system to administer this health care. But i would rather we find another solution.
- Limit all bonuses paid to employees of publically traded companies to 50% of their annual wages. Annual wages should be set by the shareholders
for the top 1% in the company.
- do not allow high risk ventures in companies who recieve federal business, or federally insured business. Let the high risk stuff be done by
private companies with endowments and insurance backing their assets.
- limit Federal interaction to companies that are headquartered in the US, and maintain 90% of its employee base in America, employing American
citizens. When i say "federal interaction", I refer to things like research and development, subsidies, tax breaks, etc. In the end, Uncle Sam
still has the worlds top technology, and any company in the world would kill to have a chance to peek behind that curtain. Leverage that. We bend
over backwards to keep companies on shore, only to have them send production off shore. They get the best of both worlds.
I could go on and on. We make key mistakes in so many ways. Sometimes it is greed, sometimes hubris. One major thing to help the economy is to make
all government actions transparent, unless it would directly threaten the lives of people in position with our enemies (spies, soldiers, etc).
Disband the CIA. If you could make that happen, you would solve 70% of the worlds problems.