How to Improve Washington

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    and get it working again..

    1) Somehow require that both House and Senate Reps & Senators are allowed to vote their conscience for a period of at least one year.

    2) Weekly required interviews of the President and the top leadership of both parties.

    3) For the most part cameras taken out of the House and Senate but citizens given full access to deliberations..

    BTW.. Did you know that The House, The Senate and The President work for the American people?


    Eh.. just a start
     
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    Institute a lottery, with regards to the 23rd amd to replace elections

    the noobs go through an indoctrination of how it all works, and serve only one term

    loobyists are outlawed , post-federal jobs after term tenure is up are also

    renumeration follows GDP %, bennies are the average of what we get

    too Buffettesqe?.....

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    The problem is as I see it.We know this.

    I don't think they do or care.
    Once in office they could give two shits how they got there.
    Until it's campaign time all over again.
     
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    I don't see how adding more politicians to the mix is going to improve things, if we're still going to allow them to be bought by the highest bidder. My vote is for public financing of elections, and, NO, that doesn't mean government control, just paying the bills. IMO, it'll cost us less in the long run.
     
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    What...no one has suggested flesh eating bacteria?
     
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    They should have to wear "NASCAR" jackets so we know who they will serve when elected.
     
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    Term limits.....no one can serve more than 2 terms in Congress. And it goes without saying there should be no more lifetime paychecks nor cadillac insurance bennies for those who served in the WH or Congress......those in the WH and Congress, no matter how long they served, get significantly better healthcare benefits (and medical care) that none of the rest of us could ever dream of! Lobbyists should be banned....no more special interest groups (no matter who they are) invading the top levels of government, elections should be paid for by public funds.....no more Super PACs, get rid of the "professional politicians"....they are what keeps the system corrupt, prosecute any and all cases of corruption....money is no longer allowed to protect the criminals in high levels of government, protect our election process by enforcing voter ID laws.....no more of this ridiculous outcry of "disenfranchisement" of minorities or anyone else because they "can't" get an acceptable ID card (everyone knows this is nonsense!), just to name a few.
     
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    Little to nothing will change until we give a voice to the Constitution and have it regulate the House and the Senate.

    No Labels has some recommendations:

    I highlighted the ones I agree with:

    1
    No Budget, No Pay
    If Congress can't pass a budget and all annual spending bills on time, members of Congress should not get paid.

    2
    Up or Down Vote on Presidential Appointments
    All presidential nominations should be confirmed or rejected within 90 days of the nomination.

    3
    Fix the Filibuster
    Require real (not virtual) filibusters and end filibusters on motions to proceed.

    4
    Empower the Sensible Majority
    Allow a bipartisan majority of members to override a leader or committee chair’s refusal to bring a bill to the floor.
    5
    Make Members Come to Work
    Make Congress work on coordinated schedules with three five-day work weeks a month in DC and one week in their home district.

    6
    Question Time for the President
    Provide a monthly forum for members of Congress to ask the president questions to force leaders to debate one another and defend their ideas.

    7
    Fiscal Report to Congress: Hear it. Read it. Sign it.
    A nonpartisan leader should deliver an annual, televised fiscal update in-person to a joint session of Congress to ensure everyone is working off the same facts.

    8
    No Pledge but the Oath of Office
    Members should make no pledge but the pledge of allegiance and their formal oath of office.

    9
    Monthly Bipartisan Gatherings
    The House and Senate should institute monthly, off-the-record and bipartisan gatherings to get members talking across party lines.
    10
    Bipartisan Seating
    At all joint meetings or sessions of Congress, each member should be seated next to at least one member of the other party.
    11
    Bipartisan Leadership Committee
    Congressional party leaders should form a bipartisan congressional leadership committee to discuss legislative agendas and substantive solutions.
    12
    No Negative Campaigns Against Incumbents
    Incumbents from one party should not conduct negative campaigns against sitting members of the opposing party.

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    Some good stuff there. But the idea that you want to instill bipartisanship is all at once a panacea and insulting. It's not something that can be legislated and the idea that two teams are the only ones on the field is incredibly silly.

    Here is what I think should happen:
    1. Every bill passed by one house gets an up or down vote in the other house within 60-90 days. If passed, have a standing conference committee chaired by the VP to hammer out the differences within one week.
    2. Expand representation to DC, Puerto Rico and other US controlled lands (i.e. protectorates). We haven't added a state in over 50 years. It's time to do so.
    3. Tie spending to a percentage of the GDP. Romney had this idea and it was a good one I fee.
    4. Every 10 years start from scratch--zero out the budget. Do not say, "Well, the VA got $XXX million last year, so you get $XXX+X this year. Go over the expenditures with a fine toothed comb; any program/system/expenditure that will cost over $10M lets say, you have to vote on that separately.
    5. Institute a "sunset" commission like they have in Texas. The Sunset Commission looks at laws/regulations that are no longer needed and gets rid of them.
    6. Expand election day every 2 years to an election week. Standardize and crate uniform rules for all federal elections. It shouldn't take Florida 4 days to count their votes. When there are irregularities, they can be investigated while the election is still going on.
    No Labels: Stop Fighting. Start Fixing.

    Also...real election reform as to where all campaigning for federal offices is on the Taxpayer dime and the FCC forces radio/TV/print to yield free air time to all candidates who get X number of signatures on a petition and/or are on the ballot in enough states to give them a chance at and electoral college win.
     
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