October 22, 2009

Some long needed GOP ideas

There is so much more now that needs redress for conservatives, unfortunately, that the GOP should have no problem coming up with a new contract with America. There's some low hanging fruit, to put it in business parlance, that not only are easy wins, but long overdue changes that would really help re-orient the country on a path to prosperity and re-visit America's greatest days.

Because of the nature of the United States - the freedom, the opportunity among other characteristics, America can truly claim a unique mantle in the ideal that the greatest days for the country are yet to come. Can Russia say the same? Great Britain or France? There are other countries like India and China that clearly have greater days ahead. But their greatest days ever? Not likely. Not without the freedoms enjoyed by Americans. They can aspire to continuous improvement but things will always be dampened by their systems, be they social, political or both.

Because American improving greatness, a trait dependent on a system that is built to foster continual improvement, always lies in the future, the occasional hiccup of backtracking might never become permanent. That however is dependent on a populace that is eternally vigilant against an erosion of those champion qualities that keep that future improvement possible.

That's where the GOP comes in. There are a lot of things that have been plowed into reality by liberals and more recently progressives (a.k.a. socialists) that have the potential to decimate that America. The Republicans are not without blame in that regard but they are definitely in a position to both solve the problem and solve their own electoral problems in the bargain. It's a win-win-lose situation for America, the GOP and the liberals respectively.

Here's a few ideas that if presented with some minimal explanation, and anecdotal references presented with true conviction could win the hearts and minds across the nation. It is by no means an exhaustive list.

-Elimination of riders on legislation. Each bill must be presented as a standalone. No arts subsidies should be tacked onto a military spending bill. And vice versa. Piggy backing legislative items amounts to nothing more than subterfuge. It's deceitful and it's wrong.

-All legislation should be in a form that is readable by the non-lawyer public. There should be no 1502 page legislative proposals. Legislation should have a true limit on its length and on its scope and should have a minimum amount of time that the public can have their say before it gets voted on. It's not an original idea, but so far those who have promised it have not delivered on their promises.

-All legislation currently in existence should be subject to review and to a removal (not a reversal). There are many legislative rules that are outdated and meaningless and/or have had their application twisted so as to be unrecognizable by its creator(s). Rules in certain categories should have any barriers to removal, removed or reduced. Let's make it easier to redress past legislative mistakes.

-Tort reform. It's always good to pare back the legal implications of any reasonable action. The trick with tort reform is to be able to make the case to the public as to why it is so important.

-Elimination and consolidation and simplification of redundant programs. Unlike tort reform, this is a pretty easy sell, except in the dependent class. Everyone else knows there is phenomenal waste. And even that dependent class could buy in if they knew that programs that are to be run more efficiently benefit them in the end.

-Removal of district gerrymandering. Every 10 years there is a new census and based on that electoral college votes and state Congressional allotments are determined. Soon afterwards how to determine which district lines drawn on a map best suit each party and the fighting begins. Districts that result are illogical geographic mishmashes designed to serve incumbency. The districting must be incumbency neutral and driven by some sort of geographic logic not subject to agenda-driven human interference.

-Court appointment rules so that Presidential appointees are not subject to unreasonable delays or irrelevant 'advise and consent' judiciary committee questioning and more importantly litmus tests.
More ideas to come in part 2. Soon.

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