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2013-05-17 12:17:42 AM  
Liquidate Congress and start over?
 
2013-05-17 12:21:24 AM  
Not necessarily, just need to get the money out of politics somehow.
 
2013-05-17 12:29:42 AM  

SteakMan: Not necessarily, just need to get the money out of politics somehow.


McCain-Feingold was a nice start. How'd that work out for us? I swear, the whole thing is set up specifically to obfuscate. Those crazy, wig-wearing Founders were f*cking brilliant. It might drive us nuts, but it takes almost epic effort to change anything in this country.

Look at pot and gay marriage. They are going to happen despite Congress, no because of them.

As much as I really hate Congress, our thing just works. Slow and maddening? YES!

I would love to get money out of the mix. I do not see that in my lifetime.
 
2013-05-17 12:31:51 AM  
Tax the churches. Exempting them required the writing of a "law respecting an establishment of religion"

/goes back under my bridge.
 
2013-05-17 12:31:56 AM  
You're responsible for mowing your neighbor's yard. That way, at least once a week everybody goes outside and talks to each other.
 
2013-05-17 12:37:48 AM  
Restate the 'fairness doctrine'. http://http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fairness_Doctrine

Which gave 'equal time' on the public air waves and television to opposing views on the same (public) channel over the airwaves.
 
2013-05-17 12:53:11 AM  
This may be something worth looking into: The ROI of corporate lobbying
 
2013-05-17 12:58:54 AM  

Notabunny: The ROI of corporate lobbying


The funny thing about the ROI of Big Pharma? We (VA) have a national contract on many drugs. I pay pennies or what retail pharmacy pays dollars for. Why? Bargaining power. Other stuff? We fudge to find the lowest prices.

I'd gladly go before congress and say "Yes, we paid less going with this company because you are all a bowl of AIDS and go f*ck yourself."

The biggest hurt we took was when we didn't fund medicare part D and then said we wouldn't negotiate drug prices. What kind of asshole wouldn't negotiate for the best price? That was the biggest handout I've ever seen.

Then, the dickhead who crafted the bill becomes the CEO of their lobbying firm? Come on!
 
2013-05-17 01:13:07 AM  
At the end of the current Presidential term, the entire elected government will be considered dissolved, and new elections will be held for ALL positions.  Current members of the House and Senate may re-run, but under a new paradigm:

1.  All federal elections are publicly financed.  Any funds raised by candidates will go to support their designated party, or a cause of the candidate's choosing.
2.  PACs/SuperPAC ads must be fact checked by independent sources before approval to air on TV/radio
3.  With public financing, any US citizen may file as a candidate, so long as they are a full citizen, are not a felon, have no prior drug, gun, or domestic violence arrests, and can pass a standardized civics test
4.  All elected officials will be reimbursed for their travel expenses to/from DC, and subsidized housing will be available for them while in session.  They WILL NOT be paid otherwise.
5.  Term limits are 10 total years for House, 24 total years for Senate.  If Presidency changes hands via ballot box, entire Congress is up for snap elections, to take place 3 months after new POTUS is elected
6.  Official campaign cycle begins 4 months before election day.  Primaries are held at the two month mark.
7.  Unless critical security is at stake, all meetings in Congress will be on record, with trans scripts posted online, and where possible, at least one member of the media in attendance.
8.  Lobbyists are banned from Congress while it is in session.  PERIOD.  Members of Congress are barred from working for/on behalf of any group that lobbied them for 10 years after they leave Congress.
9.  Upon election, ALL investments held by a candidate become a matter of public record, and are placed in custodial blind trust while they are in office.
10. Violation of any of the above will result in imediate expulsion, and a special election within 90 days.
 
2013-05-17 01:13:07 AM  

NewportBarGuy: Notabunny: The ROI of corporate lobbying

The funny thing about the ROI of Big Pharma? We (VA) have a national contract on many drugs. I pay pennies or what retail pharmacy pays dollars for. Why? Bargaining power. Other stuff? We fudge to find the lowest prices.

I'd gladly go before congress and say "Yes, we paid less going with this company because you are all a bowl of AIDS and go f*ck yourself."

The biggest hurt we took was when we didn't fund medicare part D and then said we wouldn't negotiate drug prices. What kind of asshole wouldn't negotiate for the best price? That was the biggest handout I've ever seen.

Then, the dickhead who crafted the bill becomes the CEO of their lobbying firm? Come on!


Which reminds me; Why is healthcare a for-profit industry? That should be fixed.
 
2013-05-17 01:15:54 AM  
Steer the interest of the Federal government back towards the interests of the people.  How do you do that?  Pffff! Farked if I know.
 
2013-05-17 01:25:39 AM  

Honest Bender: Steer the interest of the Federal government back towards the interests of the people.  How do you do that?  Pffff! Farked if I know.


who defines the 'interest of the people'?
 
2013-05-17 01:26:09 AM  

Grand_Moff_Joseph: At the end of the current Presidential term, the entire elected government will be considered dissolved, and new elections will be held for ALL positions.  Current members of the House and Senate may re-run, but under a new paradigm:

1.  All federal elections are publicly financed.  Any funds raised by candidates will go to support their designated party, or a cause of the candidate's choosing.
2.  PACs/SuperPAC ads must be fact checked by independent sources before approval to air on TV/radio
3.  With public financing, any US citizen may file as a candidate, so long as they are a full citizen, are not a felon, have no prior drug, gun, or domestic violence arrests, and can pass a standardized civics test
4.  All elected officials will be reimbursed for their travel expenses to/from DC, and subsidized housing will be available for them while in session.  They WILL NOT be paid otherwise.
5.  Term limits are 10 total years for House, 24 total years for Senate.  If Presidency changes hands via ballot box, entire Congress is up for snap elections, to take place 3 months after new POTUS is elected
6.  Official campaign cycle begins 4 months before election day.  Primaries are held at the two month mark.
7.  Unless critical security is at stake, all meetings in Congress will be on record, with transcripts posted online, and where possible, at least one member of the media in attendance.
8.  Lobbyists are banned from Congress while it is in session. PERIOD.  Members of Congress are barred from working for/on behalf of any group that lobbied them for 10 years after they leave Congress.
9.  Upon election, ALL investments held by a candidate become a matter of public record, and are placed in custodial blind trust while they are in office.
10. Violation of any of the above will result in imediate expulsion, and a special election within 90 days.


FTFY.  LOBBYISTS SHOULD BE BANNED. PERIOD. They can get jobs flipping burgers, cleaning stables or being executed on Pay-Per-View.  Other than that, 10/10
 
2013-05-17 01:29:04 AM  

teto85: Grand_Moff_Joseph: At the end of the current Presidential term, the entire elected government will be considered dissolved, and new elections will be held for ALL positions.  Current members of the House and Senate may re-run, but under a new paradigm:

1.  All federal elections are publicly financed.  Any funds raised by candidates will go to support their designated party, or a cause of the candidate's choosing.
2.  PACs/SuperPAC ads must be fact checked by independent sources before approval to air on TV/radio
3.  With public financing, any US citizen may file as a candidate, so long as they are a full citizen, are not a felon, have no prior drug, gun, or domestic violence arrests, and can pass a standardized civics test
4.  All elected officials will be reimbursed for their travel expenses to/from DC, and subsidized housing will be available for them while in session.  They WILL NOT be paid otherwise.
5.  Term limits are 10 total years for House, 24 total years for Senate.  If Presidency changes hands via ballot box, entire Congress is up for snap elections, to take place 3 months after new POTUS is elected
6.  Official campaign cycle begins 4 months before election day.  Primaries are held at the two month mark.
7.  Unless critical security is at stake, all meetings in Congress will be on record, with transcripts posted online, and where possible, at least one member of the media in attendance.
8.  Lobbyists are banned from Congress while it is in session. PERIOD.  Members of Congress are barred from working for/on behalf of any group that lobbied them for 10 years after they leave Congress.
9.  Upon election, ALL investments held by a candidate become a matter of public record, and are placed in custodial blind trust while they are in office.
10. Violation of any of the above will result in imediate expulsion, and a special election within 90 days.

FTFY.  LOBBYISTS SHOULD BE BANNED. PERIOD. They can get jobs flipping burgers, cleaning stables or being execute ...


teto85: Grand_Moff_Joseph: At the end of the current Presidential term, the entire elected government will be considered dissolved, and new elections will be held for ALL positions.  Current members of the House and Senate may re-run, but under a new paradigm:

1.  All federal elections are publicly financed.  Any funds raised by candidates will go to support their designated party, or a cause of the candidate's choosing.
2.  PACs/SuperPAC ads must be fact checked by independent sources before approval to air on TV/radio
3.  With public financing, any US citizen may file as a candidate, so long as they are a full citizen, are not a felon, have no prior drug, gun, or domestic violence arrests, and can pass a standardized civics test
4.  All elected officials will be reimbursed for their travel expenses to/from DC, and subsidized housing will be available for them while in session.  They WILL NOT be paid otherwise.
5.  Term limits are 10 total years for House, 24 total years for Senate.  If Presidency changes hands via ballot box, entire Congress is up for snap elections, to take place 3 months after new POTUS is elected
6.  Official campaign cycle begins 4 months before election day.  Primaries are held at the two month mark.
7.  Unless critical security is at stake, all meetings in Congress will be on record, with transcripts posted online, and where possible, at least one member of the media in attendance.
8.  Lobbyists are banned from Congress while it is in session. PERIOD.  Members of Congress are barred from working for/on behalf of any group that lobbied them for 10 years after they leave Congress.
9.  Upon election, ALL investments held by a candidate become a matter of public record, and are placed in custodial blind trust while they are in office.
10. Violation of any of the above will result in imediate expulsion, and a special election within 90 days.

FTFY.  LOBBYISTS SHOULD BE BANNED. PERIOD. They can get jobs flipping burgers, cleaning stables or being execute ...


If campaigns were publicly financed, and campaign ads were banned until 2 weeks before an election, lobbyists would lose almost all their influence.
 
2013-05-17 01:29:30 AM  
Hmmm...

1: Drugs, legal, taxed and regulated like alcohol. a percentage of those taxes go into a treatment center fund.
2. Prostitution: legal, taxed and regulated like any business. a percentage goes into shelters
3. 2 years mandatory service either in military or non-military applications (things like the peace core) in return for free or substantially reduced higher education costs.
4. I'm declared Emperor
 
2013-05-17 01:31:05 AM  

teto85: Grand_Moff_Joseph: At the end of the current Presidential term, the entire elected government will be considered dissolved, and new elections will be held for ALL positions.  Current members of the House and Senate may re-run, but under a new paradigm:

1.  All federal elections are publicly financed.  Any funds raised by candidates will go to support their designated party, or a cause of the candidate's choosing.
2.  PACs/SuperPAC ads must be fact checked by independent sources before approval to air on TV/radio
3.  With public financing, any US citizen may file as a candidate, so long as they are a full citizen, are not a felon, have no prior drug, gun, or domestic violence arrests, and can pass a standardized civics test
4.  All elected officials will be reimbursed for their travel expenses to/from DC, and subsidized housing will be available for them while in session.  They WILL NOT be paid otherwise.
5.  Term limits are 10 total years for House, 24 total years for Senate.  If Presidency changes hands via ballot box, entire Congress is up for snap elections, to take place 3 months after new POTUS is elected
6.  Official campaign cycle begins 4 months before election day.  Primaries are held at the two month mark.
7.  Unless critical security is at stake, all meetings in Congress will be on record, with transcripts posted online, and where possible, at least one member of the media in attendance.
8.  Lobbyists are banned from Congress while it is in session. PERIOD.  Members of Congress are barred from working for/on behalf of any group that lobbied them for 10 years after they leave Congress.
9.  Upon election, ALL investments held by a candidate become a matter of public record, and are placed in custodial blind trust while they are in office.
10. Violation of any of the above will result in imediate expulsion, and a special election within 90 days.

FTFY.  LOBBYISTS SHOULD BE BANNED. PERIOD. They can get jobs flipping burgers, cleaning stables or being execute ...


lol, that's what I get for going 110% of the way, instead of 120%.  Sounds like a plan to me though.  :)
 
2013-05-17 05:52:01 AM  
Screw democracy. The masses are asses.

If 97% if experts in the field say man made climate change is real, I want 97% of experts in the 'how to fix it' field making policy. Why should my vote mean squat, I know nothing about it.
 
2013-05-17 06:46:43 AM  
1) Get rid of all lobbyists.
2) Set up an independent council to review previous laws and test whether they were drafted for the people or special interests.
3) Run off voting.
4) Mandatory term limits (4 years max in public office)
5) Salary depends on voting presence
6) Campaign contributions can only come from valid social security holders (i.e. not a corporation).
 
2013-05-17 07:23:39 AM  

We have to get corporate money out of elections. Plain and simple. We have to. It's killing democracy, and it's killing our media, because at this point, the media is a tool used to sway impressions of voters and potential voters not on truth, but a version that will make a vision of reality palatable, and serve the needs of folks who are REALLY pissed off that they have to pander to millions of folks to extract cash from their pockets, and who would rather that they could just riffle our pockets directly.


It used to be, in our early days, that when states would approve corporate charters, that they had to show what the public interest would be served if said corporation were allowed to operate in that state. We sort of got away from that--about the same time that we NEEDED such structures to get our railroads built. That infrastructure has, in a slightly mixed metaphor, paved the way for the current strait our politics is in today. Our Founding Fathers had very real worries about corporate structures, from direct experience with state coupling with corporate interests with the Dutch India East and the Monarchy back in England. They put limitations on the ability for corporate interests to be involved in politics, because they saw how it led to corporate interests being served over that of citizens. The fiction of "corporate citizen" has to be abolished. It has to, because it only serves to validate the mentality that money IS and of itself the only damn thing that matters.


It is choking our media. It is choking legislation. It is choking the process. Don't get me wrong, money itself isn't the issue. It is however, swerving our public officials' judgment and putting their souls into the pockets of committees whose only purpose is make more money, as opposed to doing the will of the public. The service of continuing this fiction of "corporate personhood" is killing the process. It skews media to serving the needs of shareholders. It skews our politics as money is now seen as free speech--and oddly enough, when "free speech" is conflated as such, those with the most, and who control dollars by committee to serve its own interests, things are getting dicey.


We need to get back to principles, and if folks want Originalist sort of ideas to hold sway on thoughts of liberty and duty to nation, then we need to dispense with this fiction. Plain and simple. At this point, we have folks who are skewing education, and calling it patriotic. We have folks who are skewing public debate and calling it patriotic. The only reason that they are doing so, is because if you wrap the flag around what amounts to a monstrous sh*t sandwich, folks will cheer it, and call it "for the good of the country" and that is what we have today. Our greatest threat to our own liberty, isn't Socialism, it isn't Islamic Jihadists, it is corporate "personhood" because it was one of the largest fears of our Founders, and it is killing public debate, and giving those who are willing to set aside principles for dollars in their pocket sway over vast amounts of public monies swung to their real masters.

lh3.googleusercontent.com
 
2013-05-17 07:29:12 AM  

Grand_Moff_Joseph: 9.  Upon election, ALL investments held by a candidate become a matter of public record, and are placed in custodial blind trust while they are in office.


There is a bit from a David Eddings book I read where the leaders of a Republic had all there holdings liquidated and placed in the public treasury.  If, upon completion of their term, the Republic prospered they were paid a return on their investment, if the economy collapsed the leader lost everything.  Taxes were fixed, so said leader could not simply raise revenue and make money.   The leaders of the Republic were kept under guard upon their (involuntary) nomination for office as few people seemed willing to risk their financial well being to run the country.

It's likely not a plausible way of doing things in reality, but it still intrigues me as an idea years after I read about it.
 
2013-05-17 07:29:23 AM  
Sales tax on every stock share sold.
 
2013-05-17 07:49:51 AM  
1) Eliminate elected judges (i.e. state judges)
2) Article 3 Judges have a term of 15 years with a reauthorization process by simple majority by the Senate.
3) Removal of filibuster on cabinet nominees or judicial candidates
4) Filibuster limited to spoken filibusters in the Senate
5) Eradication of the anonymous hold in the Senate
6) Glass-Steagle.
 
2013-05-17 07:55:30 AM  
A thru M, you live.
Z thru Z, does this smell like cloroform to you?
 
2013-05-17 08:02:43 AM  
Bunch of half measures, except maybe the lobbyists being killed on pay-per-view.

1. Get rid of the farking electoral college.  It's outdated, pointless, and a huge pain in the ass.
2. Get rid of social security, or at the very least make it optional.  People should have the right to spend the money they earn the way they see fit, to include planning for their own retirements.  If this ends up creating a class of senior serfs, so be it.  More soylent green for me.
3. Actually separate church & state.
4. Get rid of tax exemptions.  Yes, all of them.  Use the billions (if not trillions) of dollars gained to lower taxes across the board, for everyone.
5. Forget term limits in a traditional sense.  For elected officials at the Congressional level and above, no person may run for re-election when a federal budget deficit exists, nor may they run for any other qualifying office.  Any of those same elected officials who fail to submit and approve a budget before the end of the federal fiscal year will be banned from seeking federal office again for life.
6. Military service should be a requirement for the office of President (and Vice President; lower-ranking persons in the chain of succession don't have to be veterans).  Just the same as you don't put a guy with no relevant experience in charge of Microsoft or Fanny Mae, you don't put an individual with no military experience in charge of the United States Armed Forces.  And I mean active duty service, not "daddy got me into the National Guard".
7. Legalize marijuana.  Not only for medicinal uses, for any usage by legal adults.
8. While we're at it, legalize all recreational drugs.  Tax the hell out of them, same as we do alcohol and tobacco now, and use that plus the money saved from the so-called "war on drugs" to once again lower other taxes across the board.
9. In the place of social security, every U.S. citizen above the age of 18 is entitled to exactly 12 months of unemployment assistance per lifetime.  Once it's used up, they do not get another penny of government money.  If a person retires without using some (or all) of it, they will receive a one-time payment for the balance.  If a person dies before having used all 12 months, their estate will be awarded the money.
10. Any person convicted of murder, kidnapping, or rape will be entitled to exactly one appeal.  If their conviction is upheld during that appeal, they will be sentenced to death.  Said execution will be carried out within 30 days of the final sentencing.

I think that would help considerably.
 
2013-05-17 08:14:41 AM  
1) The Second Amendment is check and balance to the first. Duels to the death will be allowable and ironclad protections given to the winner and loser both to avoid civil and criminal penalties provided the agreed upon rules were followed and it was officially sanctioned.

2) DAs will have no immunity and those with too many convictions will be investigated.

3) End the war on drugs.

4) Ban bans on things. That's a power reserved by the people and the people alone. Not the fed's right.

5) Jail ALL the bankers who farked up. Serious white collar crime is eligible for the death penalty.

6) Dismantle the prison system. No more Con U. No more lives wasted in cages. Reform those who can be reformed, remove those who can't. Lots of corporal punishment.

7) Redefine medical science. The goal should not be limited to healing the sick. Let's improve the healthy as well.

8) GET YOUR ASS TO MARS! Space is nothing but resources. It's not going to be the end of scarcity and population problems, but interplanetary travel is already possible. We just have to do it.

9) Euthanasia. Our culture lies to itself by pretending human life is rare or precious to such an extent that we keep people who should be dead by choice or grim necessity alive far longer than is required or moral. When someone wants to die, and they have a legit reason like stage 4 cancer or something, let someone help them die. It's abhorrent that we can kill pets out of mercy but no longer deliver the coup de grace to family members who would welcome it as they lay rotting in a chiurgeon's bed.
 
2013-05-17 08:32:27 AM  

hubiestubert: We have to get corporate money out of elections. Plain and simple. We have to. It's killing democracy, and it's killing our media, because at this point, the media is a tool used to sway impressions of voters and potential voters not on truth, but a version that will make a vision of reality palatable, and serve the needs of folks who are REALLY pissed off that they have to pander to millions of folks to extract cash from their pockets, and who would rather that they could just riffle our pockets directly.
It used to be, in our early days, that when states would approve corporate charters, that they had to show what the public interest would be served if said corporation were allowed to operate in that state. We sort of got away from that--about the same time that we NEEDED such structures to get our railroads built. That infrastructure has, in a slightly mixed metaphor, paved the way for the current strait our politics is in today. Our Founding Fathers had very real worries about corporate structures, from direct experience with state coupling with corporate interests with the Dutch India East and the Monarchy back in England. They put limitations on the ability for corporate interests to be involved in politics, because they saw how it led to corporate interests being served over that of citizens. The fiction of "corporate citizen" has to be abolished. It has to, because it only serves to validate the mentality that money IS and of itself the only damn thing that matters.
It is choking our media. It is choking legislation. It is choking the process. Don't get me wrong, money itself isn't the issue. It is however, swerving our public officials' judgment and putting their souls into the pockets of committees whose only purpose is make more money, as opposed to doing the will of the public. The service of continuing this fiction of "corporate personhood" is killing the process. It skews media to serving the needs of shareholders. It skews our politics as money is now ...


Uncle Enzo approves.  I think were headed more towards Diamond Age than Snowcrash though.  <shudder>
 
2013-05-17 08:33:06 AM  
Overturn Citizens United.
 
2013-05-17 09:43:43 AM  
fuav.com
Put a wall around D.C and call it a federal prison, for starters.
 
2013-05-17 09:46:23 AM  
There should be a flat tax on all earnings not spent during the year. Estate taxes should be eliminated and gift taxes should be treated as financial transactions. Businesses ought to also be taxed on the amount of bottom-line earnings. Capital gains would be taxed at the flat tax rate.

The amount of tax you owed would be dependent upon the amount of money you witheld from the economy. If you hoard money, you will be taxed on it. If you spend money, you will not be taxed on it. If you spend all your income, you will owe nothing in taxes, while if you save all your income you will owe the full amount of the income times the flat tax rate.

However, any money you've saved that's already been taxed would be untaxable as long as you did not spend it. Once you spend it, the person receiving it would have to count it as income and would be liable for the taxes on it. In this way, saving and wealth accumulation is promoted.

We'd probably also want more theme parks, but that seems pretty far fetched.
 
2013-05-17 09:54:05 AM  
A few more random ideas:

1. All persons nominated to any appointed position (including SCOTUS) must receive a confirmation hearing within 30 days of the nomination, and an up/down vote must be held within 1 week of said confirmation hearing.  Filibusters of nominees are NOT allowed.  "Blind holds" are also banned.

2.  SCOTUS judges are forced to retire at age 75, or after 25 years, whichever occurs first.

3.  Objections to motions for normal votes in the Senate are banned, unless the objector wishes to mount a talking filibuster, or make a valid point of order.

4.  All Congressional Districts will be redrawn by independent experts, based solely on Census and population data.  All districts will be rechecked with each census, or when deemed necessary by said independent experts.

5.  Candidates for any office must live in the district they are running for, and must have maintained primary residence there for 3 years prior to filing to run in that district.

6.  CM Punk is the permament Senate parlimentarian
 
2013-05-17 10:42:53 AM  

NewportBarGuy: Liquidate Congress and start over?


Nah, just make everything about our government transparent.  Then watch Washington insiders recoil in horror and try to get out like Vietnamese trying to get out of Saigon.
 
2013-05-17 10:44:30 AM  

Grand_Moff_Joseph: At the end of the current Presidential term, the entire elected government will be considered dissolved, and new elections will be held for ALL positions.  Current members of the House and Senate may re-run, but under a new paradigm:

1.  All federal elections are publicly financed.  Any funds raised by candidates will go to support their designated party, or a cause of the candidate's choosing.
2.  PACs/SuperPAC ads must be fact checked by independent sources before approval to air on TV/radio
3.  With public financing, any US citizen may file as a candidate, so long as they are a full citizen, are not a felon, have no prior drug, gun, or domestic violence arrests, and can pass a standardized civics test
4.  All elected officials will be reimbursed for their travel expenses to/from DC, and subsidized housing will be available for them while in session.  They WILL NOT be paid otherwise.
5.  Term limits are 10 total years for House, 24 total years for Senate.  If Presidency changes hands via ballot box, entire Congress is up for snap elections, to take place 3 months after new POTUS is elected
6.  Official campaign cycle begins 4 months before election day.  Primaries are held at the two month mark.
7.  Unless critical security is at stake, all meetings in Congress will be on record, with trans scripts posted online, and where possible, at least one member of the media in attendance.
8.  Lobbyists are banned from Congress while it is in session.  PERIOD.  Members of Congress are barred from working for/on behalf of any group that lobbied them for 10 years after they leave Congress.
9.  Upon election, ALL investments held by a candidate become a matter of public record, and are placed in custodial blind trust while they are in office.
10. Violation of any of the above will result in imediate expulsion, and a special election within 90 days.


Sounds like a plan, brah~!
 
2013-05-17 10:47:13 AM  

rooftop235: [fuav.com image 503x280]
Put a wall around D.C and call it a federal prison, for starters.


Damn you!  Now I have to rewrite the script for the "Escape from New York" sequel~!
 
2013-05-17 10:50:15 AM  
1) Amend the Constitution to include a ruling that no law should be created which allows for the discrimination of anyone based on race, religion, sex, sexuality, disability, etc. This will include the right for all to legally marry, regardless of sexuality.

2) Establish the Founding Fathers Act which would reclaim their names by removing things such as "In God We Trust" from currency, and re-establish the Pledge of Allegiance to its standing before 'Under God' was added. Secondly, the pledge would not be a requirement in all schools, the schools chose whether or not to use it at the beginning of the day. No child would be made to believe that they have to stand, or respond to the pledge at all. The pledge would be disallowed from elementary schools. McCarthyism is scary.

3) Gun laws. I would work together with companies to try and raise the price of ammunition and make it harder to amass. Every gun must be legally registered, every ammunition purchase must be noted within that registration. This would be done automatically. You would be given a license similar to a drivers license which would be required to purchase guns or ammunition. You scan your card with every purchase and the information is entered into the database. This information would not be viewable by public use.       Next, we would eliminate the sale of clips of anything larger than 8 rounds on carried guns. Any automatic, semi-automatic, spit-fire type weaponry could only be obtained through a special permit, and must be permanently secured pointing down range at a specially licensed zone. The firing of a gun while committing a violent crime would result in life imprisonment, regardless of whether anyone was hurt or not. The use of a gun in a crime would result in at least a 10 year sentence.

4) Welfare, Social Security, Obamacare, etc would become guaranteed rights. Being a citizen of a nation should come with certain privileges, and when you become sick you should not have to worry about losing everything you've worked hard for. Drug company monopolies would no longer be able to produce medicines at their outrageous costs, and great amounts of funding would go towards curing diseases.

5) Necessary War Act: We would end all current wars we are involved in. Remove our troops from these areas. Any future war would require the approval of Congress, the President, and a 70% vote from the eligible voting public. Give the people actually fighting the wars and suffering from them a voice in the matter.

6) Destruction of the Electoral College.

7) Friendly Campaigns Act: Disallow any Presidential campaigner from releasing political ads. Harsh? Against free speech? Give me a chance. Turn on the T.V in any voting year and every other commercial is one of the major candidates telling lies, both sides do it. They attack the other person, spread lies and misinformation and leave us with extremely misinformed voters. How will this make things better? Unable to spread their platform in these ways, debates will become more popular. They will have to engage each other in the public spotlight and it will be a lot harder to get away with bullshiat in this type of forum.

8) fark Fox News Act (name pending): Any station, channel, agency, etc which uses the name "news" to refer to its program can only do so if they are unbiased, and speak only the truth. This includes newspapers. I'm not suggesting making certain shows on Fox (or even MSNBC) illegal, but it must clearly be stated that they are opinion pieces, and not the news.

9) The New New New Deal, bring back many of the programs of the New Deal. Get the people working on bringing Green technology up to its place in the country. This will help the unemployed, the environment, and the people. Create tax breaks for companies which use green technology, or those which take contracts to help build these structures, systems, etc. I will use my favourite response for those who say "But what if Global Warming is just a myth?" Well, I guess we'll just have to make our country a better, healthier place for nothing!

10) Better pay for teachers. Better contracts. Allow unions in every state. Get rid of standardized testing, but promote and require certain areas of education. No public school may teach any religious doctrine. That means no Intelligent Design in schools. Private schools may continue to teach what they want, but if they want to hand out high school diplomas, the students need to be familiar with areas such as evolution and not just some bullshiat meant to make it look bad.

11) Make funding for NASA and other extraterrestrial/space travel/exploration a necessity. This is our future AND and our past.

12)  End the War on Drugs. Have the Government take control and tax Marijuana, sold to anyone 25 and older. Younger people may still continue to take and use for medical purposes. Other drugs will no longer carry felony penalties and instead will be brought down to misdemeanor charges which will carry fines and/or community service.

13) Begin the War on Addiction: better education for children regarding addiction.  Secondly, let's offer (as part of the health care system) free rehabilitation (faith-free) for those who need it. Give incentives. As long as you  can pass a drug test you can live on "campus" and get free food, etc. Continuing the program, and completing the program enters one into a secondary program which offers a job on condition of clean drug tests, etc. We would of course not drop someone after one failed test, as the road to recovery is a very rocky one. We need to work with these people to get them sober rather than treat them like dirt and make it impossible for them to recover. Also set it in stone that Welfare should never require passing a drug test. I'd rather have drug addicts getting the food they need than drug addicts walking the streets starving. Remember too that children benefit from these programs as well, don't judge them for the mistakes of their parents. Get the parents help, get the family help.

14) Change the requirements for presidency. Age requirement will be dropped down to 28. I think we could use some youth in the White House. Also, anyone who has been a citizen of the United States for 13 years may run for the Presidency. The notion that someone can come here before they can even speak their first word and is already ineligible for a job is absurd. This is an outdated qualification and is no longer necessary in our world.

15) Limit Terms of Congressmen. You may serve as a Senator for a total of two terms. You may serve as a Representative a total of three terms. These roles were never intended to be careers. This only allows for corruption. By refreshing they batch periodically we can ensure that new voices are heard. I would also amend the constitution to bring down the age limit for Senators to 21 and Representatives to 18. Again, we need more of the youth involved in politics.
 
2013-05-17 10:50:23 AM  

NewportBarGuy: Liquidate Congress and start over?


and the senate

Pay raises for those positions are tied to the cost of at a fixed percentage living

No anonymous riders to any bills, period

No anonymous monetary gifts to campaign funds

You can only vote or run for office after a term of public service, as a teacher, as a cop, in the military, in the peace corp, in several others I haven't thought of yet(yes you know what novel I'm stealing that from)

Public assistance is available, but it does require some community service

religion and philosophy would be taught as a class

certain recreational pharmaceuticals would be legalized, and then taxed just like cigarettes or alcohol with the same penalties for public intoxication or driving under the influence.

All charities and churches must place their financial data into a publicly accessible database

A commuting tax for people who drive over 15 miles to work (this one would affect me) fund for this would go towards infrastructure
 
2013-05-17 11:46:18 AM  
1. Term limits for Congress. House terms increased from 2 to 4 years, with only one term served. Senate stays 6 years, one term as well.

2. Remove all the power and prestige from serving in Congress. Let these people truly serve, much like members of the military. Since they will never face a re-election campaign, they will have no need for lavish offices and a huge staff. Give them office cubicles like the rest of us. While they are in DC, provide them with military-style housing, where they will share a dormitory with other Congresspeople, from all political parties. Maybe forced association with each other out of work will motivate them to get shiat done at work. Pay them annually $5,000 above what is considered the poverty line.

3. End the war on drugs, prostitution, and any "crime" that doesn't harm anyone but the person making the choice to do it.

4. Legalize gay marriage nationwide, tell the people who who have a problem with it "STFU and GBTW, stop wasting our time and money on shiat that doesn't affect you."

5. Real welfare reform. No more EBT cards that recipients can spend freely on whatever they want. Anyone receiving welfare should have their household expenses and purchases audited, anything unnecessary to basic survival should be gotten rid of, and recipients should have to either A - be enrolled in vocational training or B - be subject to performing community service at any time requested, i.e. cleaning up garbage on the side of the road.

6. A complete rebuild of the educational system. Sorry, but not every crotchfruit out there was meant to go to college. Start the kids off in kindergarten together at the same level, but as they age and their intellectual skills can be further assessed, put the smart ones in classes more geared towards college, and the less intelligent ones on a path towards vocational skills. Everyone should graduate with the ability to work doing something.

7. Massive protective tariffs on manufactured goods. There is no reason whatsoever that we should not be producing the majority of our manufactured goods within our own borders. Import raw materials, export finished product. Keep American workers employed. If Asian companies want to get around the tariffs, they are more than welcome to open factories here and pay our workers to build their products.

8. Close the border with Mexico. We cannot afford to dilute our workforce with cheap, low-skill labor, while having to pay out government benefits to their children. End birthright citizenship. If your parents are not here legally, there is no reason why you should automatically be entitled to full rights as an American because your parents decided to drop anchor here.
 
2013-05-17 11:49:50 AM  
As long as we're spitballin' here...

1. Mandate that all redistricting be handled by non-partisan committees.
2. Let the Federal Reserve mandate base taxation rates and aggregate levels of spending; any tax breaks will be accounted for as spending for these purposes.  Any unspent dollars will be dispersed to US citizens in equal amounts (i.e. divided by 300 million and mailed to each person).
2a. Get rid of the "debt ceiling".  It is a silly idea.
2b. End means-testing for social assistance programs.  It's administratively burdensome, it delays help from getting to those who need it, it stigmatizes those who use them, and it creates marginal utility problems for people at the threshold of exiting poverty ("I'd get a better, but then I'd lose my benefits.").  If Steven Schwartzman wants to live in Section 8 housing, let him.
3. No law may punish someone who does not directly harm another person or another person's property with anything other than a fine, unless intentionality to cause harm is proven.  The US legal code is too complex already, and while "ignorance of the law is no excuse", it is perfectly understandable.
4. Taxpayer-funded universal health insurance, with nominal copays.  'Cause come on already.
5. Term limits of some sort.
6. Don't ban trade in or manufacture of anything that isn't a threat to the security of the nation (e.g. bombs, invasive species, etc); if you can tax it or regulate it (drugs, guns, prostitution), do that instead.
7. Financial institutions over a certain size shall be required to purchase macroeconomic risk insurance for every dollar in assets they have over that threshold.
7a. None of this "off-balance-sheet" bullshiat.

That's all I got for now.
 
2013-05-17 12:03:40 PM  
Tax Reform, day 1:

1) Eliminate 7.65% payroll tax
2) Mandate 7.65% pay raise
3) Raise workers SS/Medicare taxes by 7.65%

Its a net wash, but will make workers realize that they are paying a hidden tax
 
2013-05-17 12:03:42 PM  

WTFdoesitmatter: 1. Term limits for Congress. House terms increased from 2 to 4 years, with only one term served. Senate stays 6 years, one term as well.


I see a lot of proposals for various term limit schemes, but I feel that if the terms are too short, you lose institutional memory.  There were guys in the Senate like Robert Byrd who knew all the procedural rules like the back of their hand, and they're extremely valuable for the smooth functioning of the legislative process.  How about this -- elected officials may serve only a single term consecutively, but they can run for re-election after they leave office? Then maybe also ban fundraising while in office.
 
2013-05-17 12:04:39 PM  

hubiestubert: We have to get corporate money out of elections. Plain and simple. We have to. It's killing democracy, and it's killing our media, because at this point, the media is a tool used to sway impressions of voters and potential voters not on truth, but a version that will make a vision of reality palatable, and serve the needs of folks who are REALLY pissed off that they have to pander to millions of folks to extract cash from their pockets, and who would rather that they could just riffle our pockets directly.


I've said this time and time again in regards to media. There was once a time when the media's greatest strength was that they were beholden only to the people, and journalists were given freedom to pursue a story that can't even be touched now, because media outlets have become puppets to corporate masters. Edward R. Murrow and Walter Cronkite must be whirling mightily in their graves.
 
2013-05-17 12:04:55 PM  

Arkanaut: "I'd get a better job, but then I'd lose my benefits."


Just noticed my own mistake.
 
2013-05-17 12:08:01 PM  
get rid of all blacks
 
2013-05-17 12:08:36 PM  
get rid of all whites
 
2013-05-17 12:09:15 PM  
or.. just let Canada run it all.
 
2013-05-17 12:12:30 PM  
First, restructure federal elected office to extend existing terms by two years (POTUS and Senators elected for six years, Representatives for four years), restrict anyone from serving consecutive terms (you serve six years, you sit out six years), and no restrictions on running as often as you like other than that (no more limit of two-terms for President).

Second, increase the size of the Senate and House by 50%, and have those new positions be at-large instead of state-based.  This allows for representation of constituencies that are not geographic but are instead philosophic, and will allow for a broader range of ideas and variety of candidates.

Third, completely gut the existing federal tax system and replace it with something simple (bordering on trivial) and unambiguous.  For example, replace the personal income tax system with a federal sales tax, exempting only certain basic necessities (unprepared food, medicine, etc).  The infrastructure is already in place to collect point-of-sale taxes, exempting basic necessities reduces the 'regressive' nature of such taxes, criminals will pay taxes because they buy over-the-counter goods and services, and some schlub will never be left in the position of having to choose between giving the rent money to the IRS versus fiddling with his return.

Fourth, add 'None of the Above' to all ballots, and if that entry wins, the election is scrapped and a new election is held, and the candidates from the first round are ineligible to run.  If 'None' wins the second election too, then the highest vote-getter from both rounds takes the office.  How many times have you had to hold your nose when you voted for a candidate, because you were picking the lesser of two evils but didn't like either choice?  This allows that reality to manifest as an election outcome, so that we aren't forced to choose between the candidates produced by the large-party machines.

Fifth, we need to significantly reduce the impact of money on elections.  Personally, I'd love to see all elect,ioneering be publicly funded, where candidates qualify as 'legitimate' by doing something like gathering (real or electronic-but-validated) signatures on a petition.  Then, non-partisan, publicly funded debates and forums are held where for candidates to have a battle of ideas instead of the current norm of competing ad campaigns.

Sixth, put in place the laws necessary (up to and including a Constitutional Amendment) to remove the ability to attach unrelated riders to any legislation, period.  For example, if everyone is in favor of the wildly popular "More Herring for Captive Seals" act, some dingleberry can't attach a rider that says "Oh, by the way, if you pass this thing it will also mean that my largest campaign donor gets a fat, no-bid government contract to produce overpriced, mandatory green visors for the accounting nerds at the CBO".

Seventh, nuke the Electoral College and move to actual direct voting.

Eighth, put in place the laws necessary (up to and including a Constitutional Amendment) to remove the specter of gerrymandering, and enforcing completely automated and coldly quantitative district definitions.

Do we have more problems than the above?  Of course, but you can't drive a nail with a broken hammer - let's fix the hammer and then let the hammer fix the rest of the problems like it's supposed to.
 
2013-05-17 12:12:46 PM  
Years ago, a friend had the idea that Congress was initially created that one congressman would represent a certain percentage of the population.  For example, let's say 10,000:1.  If we kept that original ratio, we would drastically increase the number of representatives, too many for current House seating, so all these new representatives would open a store front in their district.  With these branch office of our House, the citizenry would be able to go in and cast a vote on proposed legislation.  The local Rep would tally their constituents' votes and cast an official vote - Yes or No.

This would serve two purposes - One, the citizens would have a greater say in what becomes a law.  Secondly (and more importantly), with increased, distributed representation, lobbying firms would have a much harder time perverting the system than they currently experience.
 
2013-05-17 12:28:29 PM  
I see many of my ideas are already here:

Electoral College - abolished.

Term limits on Senate - 2 terms maximum.

Congressional (House & Senate) pay - set to the median income of the working public of their precinct or state respectively, failure to vote on bills beyond a set limit will result in docked pay. Votes of "No vote" or "Vote abstained", etc. must be entered in person or via secured online portal to not count towards limit.

Senate seats appointed by their respective State Government, not public vote.

House Seats appointed by random draw from voting public of the respective precinct with residency established for a minimum of 3 years, appointed member of precinct cannot have a felony record.  Appointed member will receive 6 weeks of training in Congressional procedure, and will serve for 2 years.  Upon completion of term, member will be entitled to their former employment with the same protections as active-duty military. Once a citizen has served a term in the House, they are exempt from future appointments, even if they move and register in a new precinct.  Lobbyists found soliciting House members will be charged with a felony.

Eligibility to vote will require proof of citizenship, proof of residence, and the successful completion of a basic civics test.

All lobbyist activity is to be placed into public record, who, when, where, and what contributions and considerations will be documented.  Any lobbying activity found to be conducted in secret will be punished with all involved parties being charged with a felony.

Congress members convicted of a felony will be expelled from office, and will be barred from serving in office permanently. (they will also have to serve their sentence.)

No bill will be voted on if it has anonymous riders, nor shall any bill be voted on without sufficient time to read and comprehend the entire bill. (Looking at you, Obamacare.)

No bill will be voted on until after the presenter of the bill announces the purpose and scope of the bill in full, and answer any and all questions from other members of the House or Senate.  Failure to adequately answer questions or demonstrate adequate knowledge of the subject matter will result in the bill not receiving a vote.

No bill that restricts or impinges on Amendments I - X will be allowed a vote. (PATRIOT act)

Social Welfare services will be the responsibility of the States, the Federal government's sole concerns will be in the provision of common defense of the States, the regulation of trade, and the representation of the collective States in the world arena.
 
2013-05-17 12:50:17 PM  

WTFdoesitmatter: 6. A complete rebuild of the educational system. Sorry, but not every crotchfruit out there was meant to go to college. Start the kids off in kindergarten together at the same level, but as they age and their intellectual skills can be further assessed, put the smart ones in classes more geared towards college, and the less intelligent ones on a path towards vocational skills. Everyone should graduate with the ability to work doing something.


I take a minor issue with the notion that vocational trades are only for the unintelligent.  Many trades require serious brainpower as well as physical skill, dexterity, and strength.  Instead of a basis solely on intelligence, also expose students to a wider array of skills beyond textbooks.  Students with aptitude for vocational fields should be allowed to pursue those fields, and perhaps receive similar scholarships to those going to a college or university.  This nation needs skilled, intelligent tradespeople more than ever, and the college degree has had it's value diluted by the scores of mis-guided youth that have been indoctrinated that no college means you're a retard.

Now with all that, if little Timmah can't generate the brainpower to add 2 and 2, or tell a hammer from a nail, then something else needs to be done for him.  What, I can't really say.
 
2013-05-17 01:08:18 PM  
As I said: the best way forward would be to make most governmental funcitons open to public scrutiny.  Make it as transparent as possible without affecting/compromising national security.

It pisses me off when one makes a request to see why something in the government passes and Congress denies it because "Fark you, that's why!"  High time we put a stop to that garbage.
 
2013-05-17 01:16:59 PM  

Saberus Terras: I take a minor issue with the notion that vocational trades are only for the unintelligent. Many trades require serious brainpower as well as physical skill, dexterity, and strength. Instead of a basis solely on intelligence, also expose students to a wider array of skills beyond textbooks. Students with aptitude for vocational fields should be allowed to pursue those fields, and perhaps receive similar scholarships to those going to a college or university. This nation needs skilled, intelligent tradespeople more than ever, and the college degree has had it's value diluted by the scores of mis-guided youth that have been indoctrinated that no college means you're a retard.

Now with all that, if little Timmah can't generate the brainpower to add 2 and 2, or tell a hammer from a nail, then something else needs to be done for him. What, I can't really say.


I completely agree with this statement, and perhaps should have clarified more what I was trying to get across. Skilled labor trades are going to require someone with more of an intellectual ability. However, students that are showing that they don't have the intellectual capacity to handle a job that requires a lot of thinking or attention to detail should be steered earlier towards a vocation that would cater to their capacity, so that proper time can be given to train them fully, rather than wasting years feeding them nothing but book knowledge they cannot fully comprehend and then dumping them out in the real world with no marketable skills.
 
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