It’s been a few weeks now and I’ve been trying a few things out here. Some you can see, some things you would not be able to detect as I track readership. First let me say thanks for the kind words and for spending the time here. The main area I really want to improve is interaction so I am going to try my first readers’ survey. There is a polling feature that I will eventually try but this is a more open format-anything goes.
I’d like to hear from you in two key areas:
1. What would you like to see in this blog?
2. What would you like to see in the two major political parties and / or a substantial third party?
Use the comment feature at the bottom of this post or just email me. I will summarize the results and post.
I already have plans for changes to the blog. Here’s what I’d like to see from the parties, politicians and voters:
From the Democrats:
- Take an honest appraisal of the Laffer Curve. Tax hikes can damage the economy and decrease overall revenue. Being open minded and intellectually honest here will ultimately benefit you. The so-called “rich” and the corporations are paying the bulk of all taxes. Give it a rest.
- Stand up to unions-especially the teachers unions. The status quo is a disaster. Trying vouchers would actually be the more liberal approach.
From the Republicans:
- Hold your ground on spending. Grab the mantle of fiscal responsibility. Stop compromising. Only in Washington does a compromise involve no sacrifice from either side. Spending explodes and tax payers suffer.
- Defend business. Every penny the government spends whether on defense programs or welfare comes from taxes raised through good old American business. The Enrons and Bernie Madoffs of the world represent a small fraction of business and Wall Street.
For the Independents, potential third parties and TEA Party types:
- Focus on the “third rail” of politics: entitlements. The two major parties deserve to lose power over this mess. Take advantage.
- Insist on voluntary term limits. Insist on real business experience from your candidates.
- Promise to investigate the previous Congress for their role in the financial crisis.
For all politicians:
- No placing your name on any building or bridge financed by public money or campaign funds while you are alive. Want to stroke your ego? Go start a charity.
- No public pensions of any type. You have proven that you cannot be trusted with our money.
- All laws passed apply to elected officials in the same way they apply to voters.
- Term limits. The Robert Byrds of Congress are a national embarrassment.
From the voters:
Get involved. Get informed. It is your money they are throwing away. You can impose term limits right now!
That’s enough to spark some discussion. Now put on a mitt and get in the game! 🙂