Originally posted by whodey
I just had a novel idea. Why not place a law on the books that mandates that any and EVERY peice of legislation that Congress is going to vote on be made public information before they get to vote on it? The new health care plan is a perfect example. Why not post it on the web somewhere in its entirety so that everyone has a chance to review it and know wh ...[text shortened]... unwise approach, to say the least. In fact, they might even be forced to head it themselves!!
Why do you always think so small? Why not think BIG for a change? Your idea isn't novel. It's boring. Here's a novel idea for you:
Phase in direct democracy. Or make some small allowances for it, at least.
There are 435 members in the House of Representatives and 100 in the Senate. Why not increase that number of votes by, say, 10% (to 479 and 110) with those extra votes being allocated directly to the people? For each bill that comes up for a vote, the American people get 10% of the vote. If they can get millions of people to vote for something as ignorant as American Idol, there's no reason they couldn't organize online voting for pending legislation. The extra 44 votes in the House and 10 in the Senate could be assigned as a bloc (winner take all), or in proportion to the vote. If it works out well, in ten years you could up the percentage by another 10%.
Now THAT'S a novel idea, my friend. You see how true geniuses think?