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The "Immigration Problem"?... 10.02.2010: What to do? What to do?
Available at YouTube
Instant Runoff Elections... 08.29.2010
Fixing Congress... 08.25.2010
Congressional Reform Act of 2010
1. Term Limits: 12 years only, one of the possible options below.A. Two Six year Senate terms
2. No Tenure / No Pension:
3. Congress (past, present & future) participates in Social Security:
4. Congress can purchase their own retirement plan just as all Americans.
5. Congress will no longer vote themselves a pay raise. Congressional pay will rise by the lower of CPI or 3%.
6. Congress loses their current health care system and participates in the same health care system as the American people.
7. Congress must equally abide in all laws they impose on the American people.
8. All contracts with past and present congressmen are void effective 01/01/2011.
Serving in Congress is an honor, not a career. The Founding Fathers envisioned citizen legislators, serve your term(s), then go home and back to work.
If you agree with the above, pass it on to all in your address list.
How to solve the "Term Limits" dilemma.. .. 07.26.2010
I suggested the one-term limit idea to a VERY bright guy I met at my money manager's investors' dinner. His reply was that single-term limits won't work either!
He said they do that in India now, where he's originally from, and what the Indian politicians discovered is that, with only one term in which to skim, graft, screw, rob, and otherwise rip off the citizens, they've got it down to an art form. So in their ONE term, they still do as much damage to everyone around them in order to maximize their take-home loot.
I don't think the morals and ethics are any better over here in that way. I abandoned a LOT of hope about the effectiveness of term limits after that chat...But somehow I still hope that some kind of single-term policy could work, under the right rules and limitations. How about this: Establish the single-term limit, but then when the elected official leaves office, they're not allowed to participate in ANY branch of government OR lobbying at all, NOR be employed by any company that has contracts or supplies any product or service to any government...
But: give each a retirement package of a about two million dollars: enough to live very comfortably on at a 5% yearly withdrawal, but the money has to be their ONLY source of income... no other pensions, speaking engagements, lecture tours or ANY paying jobs... then when their own policies and laws that they'd enacted while in office fail, they'd get just as screwed as the rest of us. THAT might make 'em a BIT more thoughtful or hesitant to run for those powerful positions...
What do you think of that kind of idea?
Teaching Capitalism to Congress and the Presidents...
If anyone's going to teach our kids Capitalism, it's going to be through Home Schooling.
The public schools don't wallow in capitalism or competition, the mass media don't care to touch critical thinking, and most blogsites are knee-deep in anti-capitalists, despite the fact that capitalism has given them just about every "good" thing they have today.
We can try to teach critical thinking and capitalism, but my prediction is that if it's not one-on-one at home, there ain't nobody else gonna do it...
Look at every capitalist or free-market think tank or commentator, from Friedman to Stossel to Cato to any others..... LOTS of great ideas; TONS of things you and i might agree on, and in the end, TOTAL FAILURE to move the needle on what "joe the plumber" thinks is the right direction to go.
And with morons like Reid, Pelosi and a few others who keep dragging the needle into negative-learning territory every day.
Maybe the right "retirement plan" for everyone in congress and the presidency should be: Upon retirement, each and every one is given a small company to run, where their entire food, clothing, shelter and retirement funds would come ONLY from the profits of their own little company.
Addendum, 07.06.2010... Rather than "give them a company," how about "giving them each about $2 Million as their entire "retirement payout"? $2Mil at 5% is $100k a year, if all thrown into a reasonable mix of stocks, bonds and cash. $2Mil is also a nice pension, equivalent to a paycheck of $200k a year for ten years. Not too shabby, eh?
So, if every congress monkey who made it into office and was then term-limited out got that much money as payout, along with some stipulations like "no employment in lobbying or by any industry you had any dealings with before, no lecture tours or appointed or elected government positions at all for the rest of your life," and a few others like that I'm sure we could dream up, well... it just might keep them out of trouble long enough for the rest of us to repair the country. Ya Think?
From Jim S., and a big thank you to him! "This is a FASCINATING presentation. I wonder what organizations today are willing to try it??," he asks...
Drive: The surprising truth about what motivates us... Video: 10:48.
I forwarded the link to most of the people in my email directory. Here are some of the replies from them...
04.19.2010: Re-designing the United States' Educational System: an Engineering Approach.
Is our education system designed to impart knowledge or "teach to grade level"?
Re-design the US middle- and high-school education systems so that students are graded for proficiency in every subject from gym to math at the end of every year, independent of their age or traditional "grade or class level."
Based on each student's proficiency test results, they become eligible to move to the next level of "proficiency learning" in any given subject.
A student who's gifted in math, for example, could advance to even the highest level of proficiency long before they're "of age" to be graduated from high school. Students who, for whatever reason are slower to learn any or several subjects, do not advance to the next level until they're ready to. The concepts of "skipping grades," being "held back" for academic or social development reasons would vanish. All students would be able to advance at their own pace. Gifted students whose parents decide that they don't want them to enter college yet, for personal reasons, could get "extra credits" by becoming mentors for students not yet operating at the highest levels.
If a student has high proficiency achievement levels in eight subjects that would qualify them for acceptance to higher education institutions, the choice is for the student, their parents and the higher education institution, not the award of any "all encompassing and averaging" high school "diploma."
A student who's ranked "12th grade" in math, physics, language, speaking, reading and chemistry might be accepted into a technological university if the university agrees, even if their "civics" and "gym" achievement levels are only that of 10th or 11th "grade."
If a student exceeds "level 12" learning on all of the required disciplines, they could also become eligible for independent study at the university level in some or all of the subjects, no matter what their age was, or define their own study plan to get proficiency-ranked in areas outside the "basics" but including anything they're interested in.
For students who, for any reason, are considered "slow learners," special instruction classes would, just as today, give them the special attention they may need in order to advance. This is done today; it would continue to be implemented. They would not be shoe horned into "regular classes" where they might be disruptive or distracting to other students, or as is often suggested, "slow the rest of the class down."
In many socio-economic situations, key encouragement for learning and advancement may not exist. To manage this kind of situation, the concept of "Education Villages" could evolve to provide a strong "parental influence environment" for students who'd otherwise not get that due to lack of parental interest, capability or involvement, and for any number of reasons. It very well might "take a Village" to educate a child, too.
To determine "readiness to advance to the next teaching level," standardized national tests would be needed. Much like Scholastic Aptitude Tests or Regents Exams, these tests would need to have certain inherent designs:
Schools might not change very much, as viewed from the outside. Similar numbers of teachers, instructors and assistants would be needed, but a child who, for example, is socially immature and "bullied" could simply drop the field of study where the bad environment exists and pick it up some months or a year later, after the bad elements had "moved on" or left the program altogether.
In this way, every student would be able to advance as quickly as they are able, to the highest levels they're capable of, in any and all disciplines. In doing so, the best and brightest will never again be slowed down by any environmental limitations in the classroom and all students will be able to progress at a rate that is comfortable to them and their parents. Pushing students too hard as well as social stigma of being "held back" would disappear. Every student would have their own rating of proficiency, reflecting their individual needs and capabilities, enabling each one to get the best possible match of themselves to their potential achievement.
Students who, for whatever reason, can not achieve certain levels or don't want to can be tracked to many different educational or vocational directions. Job requirements at all levels of most industries could match up students to the real job requirements.
I am offering this concept up for debate and development; feedback and critical analysis. Questions and challenges are invited. Out-of-hand rejection is discouraged or ignored. If the concept needs tuning, please help tune it. If key issues not listed here need to be addressed, please write me and I'll include them, or write your own and make them public.
Thank you all for your interest and attention and feedback to .
This proposal, I believe, deserves merit. I "figured it out" just a few months ago, and as far as I know, this kind of concept has never been published anywhere other than here and as a comment at Linked-In.com .
Additional notes from feedback:
Apply this only to middle- and high-school levels. Elementary school "teachings" are foundational and are the basis for further learning and may not benefit from this redesign.
Extend the "concept" by redefining "public education" to be 14 years, not 12, and the last two years can be used for vocational training/teaching or advanced placement preparation prior to moving to college/university levels.
Picture this: it's about three inches wide, six or eight inches long, and maybe three-fourths of an inch thick.
Cell phone, am/fm radio, full clock radio alarm features, You've programmed it's alarm clock feature (synchronized to the National Standards Clock every day), GPS receiver/locator, GPS mapping display, integrated into automobile systems for recharging, GPS, phone and auto security functions, as well as personal/custom setting for auto functions like mirror, steering wheel and seat positions. [Without your phone, your car can't be unlocked or stolen],
Opening the clamshell package switches to the large internal display above the full keyboard, and you have access to your email, spreadsheets, database and word processing software. Of course, your contacts' names, addresses and phone numbers are synchronized automatically to your address book and relevant databases you've created.
Basic underlying vision: Why can't my phone talk to my house and my car?