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Ideas About Policy-2

October 30, 2016

When Donald Trump becomes President of the United States... he will have his hands full. There will be many things he can do as administrator... and delegator... but many policies will be requiring an approval from the Congress. The Congress will be full of projects planned with their major donors in mind. There will be politics... and there will be mean politics.

They may not vote to get rid of the lobbyists. So... I've seen some "first amendment activists" who use their cameras to document the actions of police and other authorities... to see if they know the law. If the police do not know the law, and break the law with threats, etc... it is recorded and eventually things change. (See: PINAC, Photography Is Not A Crime). This is a great concept with all public servants... do they know the law... do they follow the law when they are on the job. And so, with legislators... are they selling their office...

Even though that Congress is a separate body of government from the Presidency, that Congress requires the signature of the President on the bills that they hope to pass. Basically, the President has the power to TRUMP all their hard work with rejection. And so, the Congress will need some guidelines to go by to help ensure that signature.

To keep the political tricks to a minimum, the President can state that he will not sign any piece of legislation that is not readable by the majority of the American people. Thus, it can be suggested that all legislation be kept to under 5 pages long. The "Budget" is one of those trick pieces of legislation where all the black holes for spending projects can be found. End it. Each piece of spending should have its own paperwork... up or down on each piece.

The President can even offer a template for Congress to go by, similar to a standard contract template. On that template would be fields to fill in for name of bill, originator of bill, team that worked on the bill, purpose of the bill, the cost of the bill, and source of funding. The President could have a random high school student read the bill and then describe what it does. If this does not make sense, then the bill must be rewritten. Thus... the President can force Congress to serve the people.

If it is discovered that corporations or lobbyists have written the legislation submitted to the President... he should leave the legislation on his desk unsigned... under a paperweight that looks like a pile of dog shit. "It is under consideration." Only after the legislation is drawn should the lobbyists be able to comment on it, and if lobbyists can comment on it, then so can others who are affected by it. The President could have some of those people come to a press conference, to give them equal time with the Congress's ear. Then... he can send the bill back with notes.

It might also be considered that legislation should have an addendum which contains comments from lobbyists and other groups, similar to the Supreme Court's "dissenting opinion." This would be helpful if there are problems arising from the bill... or law... on how to correct that problem.

If a piece of legislation is particularly tricky, the President can have a Press Conference where one of his aids reads the entire bill from beginning to end. This will demonstrate how burdensome legislation is to the public. And, anyway, it is easier for people to digest some reading material audibly than visually. As an added bonus, the reader of the legislation can pause to get an interpretation from a legislative aid. "This bill means this" "this word means that."

It would be worth considering for the President to have a personal daily News Conference of the events of the day... 6:00 tea time... what the Congress spent the day doing... what he did... and then it would simply be standard procedure for there to be an event such as... a piece of legislation getting read out loud. Reporters could submit their names to be drawn from a hat before the conference. Everything gets put on a YouTube channel. Additional videos can be made to educate the public and keep the ear of the world.

It would be unfortunate to have the entire world laughing at some of this crap they pass. It would be unfortunate for voters to see their representative's legislative bullshit, if it is such. And... if it gets bad... the President could name "bill signing time" the "let's make a deal show." And "what's behind door number one." Light is a great cleansor. Merits of legislation shouldn't be contaminated with garbage.

I'm not sure if this is properly procedural... but the President might consider sending more than ObamaCare back to the Congress to be repealed. He could find other outdated or bad pieces of legislation back to the Congress to be rewritten or repealed... with suggestions... to see if it can be reduced to 5 pages or less. This could happen regularly. Everything comes with a Press Conference.

I am thinking that if President Trump rallies the public with excellent solutions... that the Congress will be on the defensive if they try to boycott his efforts. As long as the public is actively involved in these things, the Congress will be more mindful. Trump will keep the public on his side as long as they aren't abused in the process.

Solutions for our country's problems should have an "idea submitting" process. The public will be asked to submit solutions and ideas, which will go through channels to develop workable solutions. There could be a reward offered for the best solution, etc. If nothing else, this is gratifying to the general public that they can contribute to the shaping of their government.

In Alaska, public employees are given 10% of any saving they find in their offices. On the federal level, employees should be required to submit budget ideas or report waste. Those ideas are to be sent to a budget office, not their supervisors. Improvements would happen regularly. Only those who are in the working environment can see where the waste happens.

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