18 February, 2013

D.C. Accountability Initiative (DCAI)

Please critique this proposal...

The ONLY way to change what happens in DC is to, on a state level put into State Law - Criteria that the elected officials the State sends to DC must continue to meet or else face immediate recall.

Only 18 states have laws that allow recall of what they send to DC...

There is no way to correct DC by attempting to address DC directly.

Criteria like these are just starters / suggestions:

  1. Requiring the office holder report to the public the name of each person or entity they receive anything of value from and the dollar amount of its worth if it were to be purchased at the time it was received. And if that item has potential to gain value... It is automatically handed to the state for public sale and the proceeds are then assigned to the candidate, and reported as above.
  2. Limit the total value of ALL outside monies to not exceed $5,000 per individual or entity / interest.
  3. Limit what special interests are permitted to lobby the office holder to only those who run business in that state.
  4. Require that the office holder attend at least 80% of the committee meetings they are assigned.
  5. Require that the office holder be present at and vote on at least 90% of all items they are entitled to vote on.

Upon failing to meet these requirements the office holder will be: Removed from office, and permanently bar the individual from running for, or holding any public office in that state, to work in any capacity that would effect directly any public office in that state, or its election process.

If the person (no longer an elected official, having been removed from office) fails to abide by this law:

  • First offense: $20,000 fine AND MANDATORY 30 Days imprisonment
  • Second offense: $60,000 fine AND MANDATORY 180 Days imprisonment
  • Third (and subsequent) offense: $200,000 fine AND MANDATORY 5 Years imprisonment

As I see it... This would need to be a nationwide agenda to get it on as many (each) states ballot...

Because this type of accountability is only going to be effective if it is in place for greater than half of the states in the union.

Such a measure in place for a minority of members, runs the risk of placing the state (through its representation) essentially flaccid and easily dismissed. If greater than half are serving under an accountability requirement, these members have a vested interest in leveling the playing field against any members who are NOT held to accountability.

Please critique this proposal...

Changing what we send to DC is the ONLY way to fix the damage that is being exacted in DC. Currently these state representatives are in no way held accountable and are only left to pander and misdirect a public that is not informed. 

This article subject to updates. changes and enhancements... I hope. 

Some comments on this so far:

I still say total eliminate congress and thus the Republic and you've solved the problem.
Let people introduce bills.  Let the states introduce bills.  Let the people, not monarchs vote on these
bills.  Special interests will no longer have control of anything. And that's what we need.
Your system lays pretense that there is a fix for congress, which we all know there isn't.

Who knows if it will fix anything... But to begin by putting limits in place with penalties that would remove the infringer from office and prevent them from interacting with state politics ever again... It is a start.

The ONLY people who can effect what is already in place in DC is congress... ONLY Congress could eliminate congress... Congress would have to vote on such a concept... They wont... So that road is blocked.

Same goes for revamping the process that puts in to law any initiative... ONLY congress can make that change... They wont allow power to slip from their grasp. They wont... So that road is blocked.

Everything we as citizens want done in DC has to filter through congress... Congress has NO accountability.

That's not to say that you are not on the right track or that I disagree... But before any such movement can be considered... The groundwork must be in place. The concepts that you point to are at best secondary or tertiary in the order of implementation. They are not diminished, they are just not possible without other things being in place.

Thus, the concept of states enacting 'Accountability' laws that directly effect and control what the state sends to DC MUST be the first steps.

Each State is responsible for, and in complete control of what it sends to DC.
This concept seems so foreign! Why?
The media seems inclined to make sure angst is aimed directly at DC... Because it has no effect, and status quo is easily maintained.

The weed must be attacked at its roots

There is no other way to regain control other than on an individual state-by-state basis.

1 comment:

  1. It would take a lot longer to implement, but might work equally well as an amendment.