Okay, let's look at how we select the president:
We look at a few candidates, we hear some phrase words about needing positive change without hearing a summary of the exact changes and the steps that will be taken to actually achieve those desired changes.
In addition, every president selects his VP, cabinet and advisors.
Why aren't the American people made aware of who the team players will be BEFORE we vote for the president?
I mean, look at what happened in 2000:
George Walker Bush had Dick Cheney as his main go-to man. Cheney picked himself to be the VP and GWB agreed because Cheney was due a reward for helping Bush. Cheney wasn't necessarily the best person for the VP job, but that didn't stop him getting the position, did it?
Karl Rove became Bush's "brain trust". Then there was "Condi" and another couple of Bush "inner circle" folks.
So, what's my point?
Apparently, the 2008 Presidential campaign will cost each candidate almost a hefty $1 BILLION!!!
The American people didn't vote for Bush in Year 2000, the Electoral College did!
The American people didn't know and didn't vote for Bush's team players, but Bush hand-picked them, via listening to Cheney and Rove.
The team players were selected mostly based on "payback". Many of them were those who spearheaded gathering the campaign financing and thus were rewarded by Bush via cushy jobs --- even if they didn't have experience or the intelligence to handle them.
According to the brilliant industrial manager, Lee Iacocca, there are 2 main ingredients for being a SUCCESSFUL manager:
- Set some good priorities
- Hire a good team
The big reason why our current administration has failed so miserably is because Bush & Co. did NEITHER ONE OF THESE!
So, what can the American people do now after almost 8 years of ongoing failures by the Bush brigade?
- Demand accountability and give officials "report cards"
- Demand real priorities
- Demand changes in campaign financing
- Demand significant changes in the formats for candidate debates that ask prospective individuals the right questions and answers, as per above.
- Give lawmakers report cards and grades throughout their terms.
I have a whole other bunch of propositions, but that's enough to start.
Iacocca makes an excellent suggestion (I will paraphrase):
We should consider developing a weekly box score page, like baseball does, but for our officials. That way you can see easily who is doing well and who isn't. So, at the end of a lawmaker's term, we can review the box score and see that if 1 of them has a .240 batting average, we need to find a .300 hitter to replace him.
Think about that one. What a GREAT idea!
Currently our lawmakers just work a short time and go through the motions of developing, discussing and approving all sorts of bills. Once the bills become laws, there is little if any follow-ups to determine the success or failure of each law.
Why don't they?
Because they don't do it.
Before sessions start we hear them speak about the urgent issues, but what transpires during the sessions is that the focus goes to other issues.
One year it was redistricting, once it was about same sex marriages --- but what happened to the URGENT ISSUES like property taxes, home foreclosures, public education, high cost of energy, etc., etc.?
What happened is that so much of their time was devoted to the OTHER issues that they didn't have enough time remaining to deal with the URGENT ISSUES!
Who held the legislators accountable?
NO ONE! They need to get public report cards!
Our government just isn't working; in fact, it's broken!
Will anyone ever fix it? Probably not.
The American people have to fix it at the federal and state levels by voting out the deadwood and voting in the right leadership.