Archive for March, 2012

Highway = Vein of Stupidity

Wednesday, March 21st, 2012

Chances are, the person driving in the car right next to you, is an idiot.

Oh, and so is the guy in front of you.

Oh, and so is the guy behind you.

Today’s idiot.  The Driver.

Humanity Score:  85   (they’re not evil, just dumb.)

My platform for President.

Monday, March 5th, 2012

I would start by keeping my platform in step with my narrow target of cleaning up the actual problem, the politicians.  Though not as broad and well rounded as it should be in international affairs, I believe that to have good relations with the world at large, we should have a clean and consistent body of leadership at home.   In order to do this, there have to be drastic steps taken to ensure the processes can be maintained during such a purge.   The main goal here, is to make public service a passion, with true meaning, not a lucrative well of wealth for some rich bastard who doesn’t care about us.

 

Although I find implementing such a purge highly unlikely, and even drown in fantasy, I’ve still decided to outline a series of mandates that I, if elected to the presidency (or any political post), would enact.

 

  1. 10% pay reduction for all members of the Senate and Congress.
  2. Cost of living increases for members of Congress and the Senate (not to exceed 5% per year) to be voted on by means of ballot during the general election.
  3. Lobbying reform:
    1. Any and all meetings with lobbyists must be held in an official capacity at the offices of the Senator or Congressperson attending.   Including but not limited to; 24 hour notice of scheduled meetings available to the public upon request.
    2. Any and all meetings with lobbyists must be public via closed circuit video, with digital archiving.
    3. Members of the Senate or Congress are not permitted to receive gifts, trips, or lap dances from lobbyists, or representatives of lobbyists, or their aids.
    4. Any money or type of monetary funds received from lobbyists, their representatives or aids, must be considered a campaign contribution and must comply with the rules and regulations listed under campaign reform.
    5. Conflict of interest (see, ethics violation): Members of the Senate and Congress may not assume positions with Lobby firms, or corporate entities to which they themselves have had direct oversight during their term(s) in office.
    6. Conflict of interest -2 (see, ethics violation): Members of the Senate and Congress may not oversee contracts or legislation directly or indirectly involving corporate entities or personal friends with which they have had a prior professional working relationship or current vested interest.
  4. Election and Campaign Reform:
    1. No single person or entity can donate or gift more than $2500.00, in total, per election campaign.
    2. All election campaign donations must be documented and lists of the donors made available to the public upon request.
    3. Relax the restrictions on the amount of funding needed to run for office to $5000.00.   The amount of signatures required will remain in place.
    4. Advertising containing misinformation, lies, or unverifiable claims will result in suspension of advertising in the effected market, including roadside signage, for no less than 30 days, and must include an immediate retraction in equal value to the original advertisement with the added statement by the candidate, “I’m a liar.”
    5. Super Political Action Committees (SuperPACs):

(1)   Must publish a list of their donors every week.

(2)   Any advertisement must feature a picture, name and title of the top donor.  In the event there is a tie for top donor, then the donor with the highest yearly income will be chosen as the ads representative.

(3)   All advertisements subject to the same regulations as noted in section 4, D.  With the donor listed on the advertisement to read the retraction.

(4)   The total sum of anonymous donations exceeding $10,000 per SuperPAC, will be given to an established non-affiliated charity.

    1. Phone solicitations and robocalls must adhere to the national Do Not Call List, with an opt-out option at the beginning of the phone call for those not on the current Do Not Call List.
    2. Fines will be levied on a per-incident basis, for any and all infractions of the regulations listed in section 4.
    3. Abolishment of the Electoral College.
  1. Healthcare insurance for members of Congress and Senate will be “Privatized” and reduced to open market standards, with taxpayers contributions not to exceed the national HMO business rate.  Healthcare insurance will be provided only during the term(s) members serve in office.   COBRA will be available to exiting members, provided they do not have other insurance carriers.
  2. Vacations will consist of 2 weeks.  Members can choose to take both weeks around Christmas, during which the Senate and the House will be closed, or use one of the weeks as a floating vacation.  The House and Senate will be closed between Dec 24th and Jan 7th.  This is the ONLY time these entities will not be in session.   Senators and Congressmen/women will be expected to perform their duties all other times, whether they are on vacation or not.   If they don’t like it, they can get out of public service.
  3. Ethics and Ethics Violations:
    1. All ethics violations will result in immediate dismissal and charges will follow if warranted.
    2. Suspected ethics violators shall be placed on suspension, essentially rendering their current position inoperable until the conclusion of the investigation.  They will NOT conduct business while on suspension.
    3. All ethics violations will be held to the same criminal standards and punishments as described in state and Federal penal codes, regardless of position.  Including but not limited to Federal and State fraud charges being levied for “misappropriations” of public monies.
    4. Ethics investigations will be handled by a non-partisan special unit of the FBI, and brought before a jury of average citizens from an impartial state.   Jury to be selected at random.
  4. Bill and Legislation Reform:
    1. Bills will be required to stand alone.
    2. No amendment will be added to a bill that is not directly related to or involved in the bills terms or function.
    3. Other Bills will NOT be added to an existing Bill.
    4. The House and the Senate will vote on the SAME BILL, and will not duplicate the Bill using different verbiage with the same intent.
    5. Bills created and passed through the House will go unchanged and un-amended until it is floored in the Senate.  If it is amended in the Senate, it will be passed back to the House for a second vote or amendment process.  Vice versa if the Bill is created in the Senate.

 

These are just a few of the thousand ideas I have.  As always, I’m open to more ideas.  Don’t be shy.

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