Something for you politicians  

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2/17/2006 7:04 am

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Something for you politicians

I sent this to the next leader of Oregon:

If you want to change the direction of Oregon for the better, here is a list of things that need to be done (in no particular order):

1. Clean up the laws: We have too many laws in this state that are redundant, duplicated, or unnecessary. What is needed is a committee to go through the laws, rules, and regulations in this state, eliminate any that are not pertinent. After that is done, the laws need to simplified, so that most Oregonians can understand them, the law enforcement will have an easier time of enforcing them, and the judicial system can be sped up. The main judge of a law should be whether it makes logical, intellectual sense (such as the law that was passed a couple years ago about school zones, ridiculous). Laws should be tested for Constitutionality before they are passed, not afterwards. That way we don't have millions in wasted tax dollars on challenged laws that should've never been passed in the first place.

2. Clean up the budget. Social programs such as welfare should have itself refocused on education & getting people to work, rather than allowing people to sit at home and becoming lazy individuals. We need to cut back on the funding for the Oregon Health Plan (touched on in the next section). We basically need to go through the budget, consolidate, and eliminate anything necessary. We are a state of two personalities: urban & rural. Our budget should reflect the necessities of both sides of the state, not just one.
Any company, government agency, or private citizen providing a contractual service will be held accountable for their estimates. If they are over budget, they will be responsible for cost overruns. If they are under-budget, any extra moneys will be returned to the government. If they are delayed in getting the service completed, the government will hold the right to deny payment to the party until the service is completed. If the party is unwilling to finish, then the government can go after the party until ALL financial expenditures are recovered.
Wasteful spending will no longer be tolerated, period.

3. Redo the Oregon Health Plan. This is costing us way too much money, and providing very little benefit. Too many people abuse this program to the point of costing it thousands of dollars. There should be a set of rules & guidelines governing what can be paid for, and what can't (is it really necessary to take your kid to the hospital when (s)he has a cold or a flu?); who can treat, and who can't (emergency clinics are a prime target for this one, since there isn't a doctor in a local one, and they have a reputation of handing out prescriptions like candy).

4. The law enforcement system need to be reorganized.
Crimes happen all the time, it is a fact. But when the cops spend more time pulling over speeders, rather than busting the corner dealer or prostitute, the priorities do seem to be out of whack. We obviously need more qualified people investigating crimes, which means we need to encourage, and possibly offer incentives to be a cop.
Police should not have so much red tape to go through for each crime dealt with. A single form should be sufficient to detail the police officer's dealing with any crime. That form should be reflective of the crime committed. A speeding report shouldn't be more than 5 sentences long, unless an altercation took place. A drunk report shouldn't take more than a couple paragraphs. A murder report shouldn't take more than a page.
We need to start raiding high crime areas (no matter what kinds of crimes are committed), start making sweeps of those areas more regular, and get the justice system to be about justice, and not about arbitrary judgment calls on the part of juries & judges.
Jury selection should be about who the most qualified jurist is, instead of picking the most ignorant people to make decisions on life or death. Having seen, and heard from people who have gone through the process lets me know they don't want intelligent, knowledgable people on a jury. They want easily influenced, gullible people.

5. The legislature is becoming inconsequential. Every time a law comes up that seems too difficult for our elected officals to decide on, they put it up for a state-wide vote. What do we pay these people for? To make the easy decisions? To sit there and twidle their thumbs? We live in a representative democracy, and until we can accurately and securely make it a true democracy, we need our reps to actually do their jobs, and make proper decisions. Either they do their job, or be made redundant. Which means every time an issue comes up, we send it to the people and let them decide, and cut out the middleman. How else do we get it through the people in the legislature that they need to be part of the solution, not a part of the problem.

6. Taxation and state revenue streams. Every business should be treated equally. Giving a huge tax break to company should be put through a cost/benefit analysis. If it costs the city, county, or state more money in the long run on these tax breaks versus the benefits, it should not occur.
A flat tax is long overdue for this state. Everyone, in the interests of fairness, should pay the same rate on taxes: from the low, to the high income. Allowing the poor to get out of paying taxes encourages them to stay stagnant, to never improve themselves, and to give them excuses galore why they should never make more money (one common argument: "the more money I make, the more they take." What most people at the bottom of the economic ladder fail to realize is that by the time you r making $100k a year, you can afford a lawyer & accountant to keep tabs on your spending, and finagle a way to keep as much income before the government gets their greedy hands on it.).
Any program that is redundant should be consolidated or eliminated. We should not have 10 different programs to promote anything, especially in education. Too many programs tend to create more bureaucracy. The more bureaucracy you have, the more middle men, and more expenses, you generate. By having one program, encompassing a range of options for whatever purpose, would allow better intercommunication with departments (as long as no personal or professional jealousy is allowed to creep in), a better way to judge results, due to better oversight, and would allow greater accountability for the results.

7. Education need to be the #1 priority. The education system in this state is a joke. It has gotten progressively worse. When people with high school degrees can't count to 100, can't do simple math without a calculator, and can barely read; it is time to attend to the problem. The classrooms have become overcrowded due to a lack of quality teachers, budget cuts in the wrong areas, and spending way too much cash making our schools "modern." There should a base design that is based on necessity, not opulence and aestheticism.
We need to encourage children, and hold them responsible for their education. If a kid gets an F, we should not immediately jump on the teacher's case, but the kid's. Punish students who openly violate rules of common sense with consequences that enforce that idea with real punishments. Corporal punishment would be nice to see in school again, since many of these kids are more in tune with their "demon-seed" side, than their civilized side.
We need to increase the pay of teachers at every level, to encourage more people to become teachers.
The school administration needs to be less concerned with politics, and more concerned with the actual education (such as teacher unions throwing their political clout into denying better educational accountability for themselves).
Children should not be allowed to use a calculator or computer for their studies until 6th grade, at the absolute earliest. It has been proven through various studies that computational devices hinder a child's intellectual growth. (Follow these links for more information: sorry, but censorship here doesn't want you to have valuable info to help you grow as a human being.)
Student assessment should be done at the very earliest stages (kindergarten would be the best place to start). We need to find a student's strengths and weaknesses, so we can encourage the student to pursue those strong point, while doing everything we can to help turn their weak points into strengths by concentrated education, concept development and the application of those concepts.

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