Wouldn’t it be great if government fixed one major thing that [WE] wanted every year they are in office?
Just imagine what great things government could accomplish if they reformed one major thing a year! How long have we been waiting for them to fix the IRS with an easy to fill out tax form or a flat tax or something other than this overly complex system we have now? How about this enormous deficit spending or immigration reform, how long does it take to get something done that, we the people, really want? These issues and many others have dragged on in endless debate and nothing gets fixed! That’s more than frustrating, it’s wrong and the system needs to be shaken up. Because it’s (gov) is so lethargic, we’ve become acclimated to failure and politicians have become experts at making excuses. Ironically they use these same un-fixed things, that we call hot button issues, to themselves get re-elected! How crazy is that? Something needs to change.
Okay, here’s my idea, I propose the things Washington must fix should be assigned to them by us (voters) during the general election. Here’s how it works: There would be (4) four of our most important issues (call them federal mandates) on the general election ballot and those mandates would be selected prior to the election by independent polling across the nation.
Election time rolls around and you vote for your candidate/party like always, but then you cast a vote for the issue/mandate nearest dearest to your heart and you rank them in order of importance. The votes determine which of the those four issues are handled first. Washington must then solve in order of priority one issue per year.
Under the new rules politicians are mandated by us to solve one voter approved federal issue per year! Before anything else gets in the way they’re tasked to fix this years mandated federal issue…period. And if they don’t, well, there will be consequences…read on, I have a surprising, if not novel, idea for a consequence.
Solving just one issue in a whole year is not too much to ask is it? We the people may not be calling all the shots, but at least we are calling 4 of them! We’re telling Congress here’s the problem we want fixed, now fix it! Isn’t that empowering?
1. But, what if they don’t fix all 4 issues, what then? Okay, some issues can take longer to fix than others, it might take another year to get it fixed, so let’s be reasonable. Let’s let them take a bye on one issue or take 2 years on one issue, but only on the condition that a bye (pass) gets rolled over to the next election cycle.
They absolutely must fix 3 of the 4 mandated federal issues or… and here’s the part I think you will like best…. or they are not eligible to run for re-election! They have failed to deliver – they didn’t do their jobs – so they’re gone! It doesn’t matter which party is in power, if they can’t work together to fix a minimum of 3 major issues in 4 years, those who were present during that period of time are not worthy of being re-elected. This is how it must be and it’s the way it works in the private sector every day.
2. What happens if we (the voters) don’t like their fix to a federal mandated issue? Okay, then it goes right back to ballot until a majority of voters are satisfied! We will not let these rascals in Washington escape their duty to us; they can’t pass crappy laws and claim they fixed what we demanded, no sir, not anymore! We’re the bosses, they’re the employees. They either do their job or we’re going to fire them and hire somebody who can do the job. We’ve got them, they can’t weasel out of it, they had a mission and they either complete the mission or they are gone. This is called accountability and it’s something sorely lacking Washington. Fixing mandated issues should be fairly easy when their careers are on the line, don’t you think? That kind of accountability will buy a whole lot of cooperation in Washington.
3. Do they have to work on the federal mandate before they can move on to other issues that need reform? Not necessarily, both houses are set up to work on a multitude of issues concurrently. We’re just saying, you politicians have a deadline to meet, ya better spend your time wisely or there will be consequences!