Sunday, 2.19.06: Great Government Manifesto
I heard Bush referred to as a "big government conservative." I think
there's a strategy there. I thinks he's getting government all bloated
with incompetence, so that the people will finally rise up and say,
"YES, government is bad -- get rid of it."
I think the people should rise up -- but only to get rid of the
neocon "masterminds" and demand good government.
Here is the start of my GREAT GOVERNMENT platform:
Of The People, by The People, for The
People -- never forget this
What's good for The People is good for business (not the other way
Universal, national health
insurance -- a no-brainer
bureaus will be efficient and courteous, with clear missions that
are done well.
Okay for the
government to outsource to private companies, but there has to be
high quality standards, actively monitored.
Contracting with the government should be a
smooth, pleasant experience, but not a gravy train.
Political campaigns and their contributions
must be arm's length from actual governing. Candidates can only
accept contributions through a blind contribution processing system.
Lobbyists and associations can pay for
educational trips and conferences, but they don't get to choose who
goes. And the one who go have to write a report about "what they
All corporate structures
and money trails must be put on the internet. Exactly who owns what
(including those "charitable foundations" that crooked politicians
seem to have) must be readily accessible in plain language and
standard graphic formats. This includes foreign and multi-national
-- elected or appointed -- must care more about their own
professional ethics than about The People's "morality." Shut up
about abortion till your own glass house is in order. Corruption is
always sitting on the shoulder of the powerful and must be actively
and openly dealt with.
youth will be encouraged to enter public service as a noble career
path -- not the best route to a lucrative job as a lobbyist. We need
smart, capable people in all branches, at all levels of government!
What else do we need?
(Besides a kick-ass logo, a better name and some
catchy slogans.) LET's START A
MOVEMENT! How many politicians (of any party) could we get to sign our