Note from Dan: Regular poster Wayne Goodman has been around the block in politics, so to speak. Here’s his prescription for alleviating the mess in Washington D.C. we see now. What do you think?
By Wayne Goodman
Our political system is broken and needs to be revolutionized — if we want a system that actually responds to the people and their needs instead of being entrenched, obstructionist, and only concerned for reelection. Here are some suggestions.
1. Limit everybody (Senators, Representatives, and Presidents to twelve years in office.)
2. Elect Senators every four years instead of six.
3. Public fund all elections ( no outside contributions permitted).
4. Limit election cycle to six months ( three months for the nominating process and three for the election campaign).
5. Appoint all federal judges to six-year terms with one reappointment allowed (the same 12 years as elected officials).
6. Allow no lobbyists to contribute money to campaigns, take elected officials to lunch, or dinner, or pay for any trips of any kind.
7. Limit all lobbying activity to providing written statements of the entities positions and the reasons for them to elected officials and their staff and to testifying at public hearings on legislation.
8. Eliminate filibusters.
9. Require Congress to be in session a minimum of 215 days per year.
10. Reverse Citizens United and eliminate super pacs, 501 (3)cs, and spending by outside groups during election campaigns. Issue ads can be run, but not during the actual time period of the primary and election campaigns.
11. Establish uniform voter registration requirements and election rules for all federal elections including rules for early voting, absentee ballots, and reporting of election results so that all states are the same.