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I have been using http://www.openassembly.org since it was
discussed on this list previously and it can certainly help with
getting people heard, making sure ideas are captured and voting on
them. It's also open source and the developer is extremely engaged.
This is a big+ imho.
That being said there are some other open source things like
On Wed, 12 Oct 2011 16:06:51 +0100 Ted Schulman
UserVoice has good functionality but its a service and not open
- we should be looking for open source applications that we can
ourselves. If there are no acceptable open source alternatives
we can consider services.
On Wed, Oct 12, 2011 at 9:08 AM, Bailey McCann
There are systems like UserVoice which have systems set up for
bodies that allow people to vote for and submit ideas.
On Wed, Oct 12, 2011 at 9:02 AM, Ted Schulman
There are a few Consensus 'voice' systems like
http://javoice.joomlart.com/ - we should look at options in
On Tue, Oct 11, 2011 at 5:13 PM, Jessica Yazbek
New to the list this morning and have been following this
it'd be awesome to have a section of the new site with a
submit ideas and vote on them.
On Oct 11, 2011, at 5:11 PM, Chaz Cheadle wrote:
We definitely want to get ideas heard. I just don't want CJ's
lost in this forum.
Is there a place like Outreach or something that we could
Will the new website have some way for people to contribute
Just a thought, a ticker on the website with points like this
contributed/voted on by GA.
On Tue, Oct 11, 2011 at 5:05 PM, Drew Hornbein
Perhaps we can start dropping these in somewhere? Any ideas?
On Tue, Oct 11, 2011 at 3:15 PM, Chaz Cheadle
Those are some awesome points- and well though out.
This group is more geared towards the internet technology
I'd hate to see your ideas not get voiced.
On Tue, Oct 11, 2011 at 3:01 PM, cjs99 <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Dear Working Group,
I am semi-retired, a political independent, and worked in
close to the political process, but as a civil servant.
I am TRULY an Independent and these are my own thoughts &
The politicians, corporations and even news media
is BIG business) will howl at these suggestion but these
need to be
Considering a unified platform that most Americans can
help correct the financial debacle we have seen for the
here are some suggestions:
1. Re-institute the Glass Steagal Act, concerning
2. The FDIC & FED, limit the amount of leverage
allowed by all
banking institutions, including investment banks licensed
3. The concentration of the banking sector needs to
we need to relearn the lessons from The Great Depression.
wealth in a few banks is a bad thing.
4. The Security & Exchange Commission should set
limits on the
amount of leverage used related to stocks and other
5. Anyone or business or corporation who provides any
instrument, policy or other guarantee against loss in
(Credit Default Swaps), must follow the same regulations
companies and must hold directly 50 % of the risk on each
assets to cover those losses.
Another and possibility better thought, is to outlaw
completely and keep risk in the hands of the direct
really should be.
6. Provide immediate incentives for bringing foreign
the US through tax incentives, not direct money from the
7. Start a major “Buy American” campaign.
8. Recognize that Lobbying firms may provide
however that should be their sole purpose. Any trips
members or staff must be paid for directly by the taxpayer
9. No businesses or corporations doing business with
Government may be allowed to donate any monies for Federal
or re-election campaign funds, or provide any other
Office holders and are prohibited from employing family
holders or staff members.
10. While corporations may be allowed to advertised
cycles, they may only present the direct position of their
how the election would influence their corporation in real
not, under any circumstance, fund any advertisements in
or opposition to specific candidates.
One overriding principal is to get the big money &
influence out of
politics, completely. It skews and perverts the political
Get the power and influence back to the middle class &
actually would be better for smaller & mid-sized companies
in the US:
Pass a Constitutional Amendment where:
1. Those running for Federal Office may only accept
from individual voting constituents who reside within
District, or State in the case of Senators or the US and
Office of President. The size of such contributions shall
$2000.00 per annum, per individual, adjusted for CPI
2. That businesses, companies, corporations, lobbying
banking or financial institutions are forbidden from
political contributions or other things of value, directly
anyone holding public office, their employees or their
bound by interest or affection. That no promises or
remuneration shall be legal.
Recognize businesses & corporations do good and employ
not evil. However they have followed a short term and
profits at any cost, and in effect gutted much of the
capabilities of our country. That production loss has
middle class jobs and is compromising the fabric of our
that politicians, from both sides, start thinking of the
the 99% of the people (who are 99% of the voters), not
A vibrant middle class is the backbone of our country.
A Fellow Citizen,
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