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A Pre-Election Wishlist

Regardless of the outcome of tomorrows election, have some things that I wish would happen. I have no hope they will but it would be nice.

  1. Make election advertisments illegal. There is no reason we need to allow our politicians to smear each other on the airwaves. In fact I will go so far as to state that anyone who decides who to vote for based on a political advertisement should be banned from voting. It's a giant waste of money that could be put to much better use.
  2. Limit political donations to $50.00 per person. This would include ban on donations from companies and organizations. Our government is for people not companies, only people should be able to donate. If we ban political advertising this will also elimite the problem of organizations not affiliated with candidates getting huge donations to be used for a candidates benefit.
  3. Stop putting D, R, or I next to politicians names. Why do we need to know this? If you don't already know which party someone is affiliated with does it really matter? I understand party is an important part of our political process, but too many people just support and vote for candidates based on party and don't have a clue what that person really stands for.
  4. Open up the government. Government web sites should be simple enough for my Grandmother to use. We need a Mint.com for government spending, a Twitter for government, and a Facebook for politicians. Unless a meeting has national security implications it should be recorded and posted to the web, and those that have those implications should be documented as occuring.
  5. Stop pointing fingers. The last eight years have been a massive failure and not one person, party, or branch is solely responsible. It's going to take a lot of work to fix things and if those Ds, Rs, and Is are not willing to compromise we are in serious trouble. Quit trying to place the blame on someone else. Step up and take responsibility.
  6. Start following Canada's example for elections. Canada has started and finished an election in less time than it took us to select the actual candidates in ours. Our election cycle takes away too much time from our best and brightest leaders. Just look at John McCain's and Barack Obama's voting record during the 110th Congress.
  7. Get religion out of government. The Declaration of Independence and Constitution should be the handbooks of government, not the Bible, the Koran, or the Bhagavad Gita.

These are just some of my hopes for the meetings of the 111th and 112th Congresses and the first four years of the 44th President. List your wishes in the comments.


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