A recent post by one of my five readers (this is a guesstimate based off of made up surveys and other guesstimations) suggested that this is an empty conservative blog that offers nothing to the general public. Sometimes a good criticism is all you need to re-evaluate the product you are putting across. To start I want to note that this blog is not to be sold, therefore if I never get more than the five readers noted above, I'll be happy. Having "no" readers would be difficult, but a blog is a self-congratulatory device in itself so I'm sure I could find a way to move on.
Anyhow, what I want to do is give some POSITIVE ideas for public policy that can contrast a bit against the empty sarcasm and criticism I've posted earlier. I do believe criticism of our elected officials is important, but it really means nothing unless you have something else.
1) I believe at least 30% of our government programs at local, state, and federal levels can be better run in the private sphere via a bidding process and government oversight. This would require stricter ethics laws, but these are necessary even now. A company looking toward the bottom line and forced to be the lowest bidder will save taxpayer money and find more efficient ways to perform the same task. There will certainly be some areas that are so sacred to our public life that we would not be willing to give them over to private enterprise, but the states are intended to be the laboratory of government and should be able to find those areas that are best open to privitization.
2) Term Limits: Professional politicians lose touch with their bosses (us). We should restrict every office to two terms.
3) Fixed budgets: State and Local (hopefully one day federal) budgets should have a fixed amount based on a percentage of the state revenue. Tax increases can become unpredictable and have significant market effect on both corporations and individuals. If budgets were fixed, increases in taxes, when needed, will be comeasurate with the success of the state's economy.
4) Social Entraprenuers: This is the future of public change. The government should offer special funding for these private enterprises similar to higher education loans. The more taken on by self-sufficient private companies, the less that is necessary for the public coffers.
These are just some ideas off the top of my head offered for public criticism and discussion. Hopefully people can avoid personal attacks. I'm looking at you Anonymous...