NEXT STEP: Our current focus is simply
to get the word out at a grass roots level. Whether it is putting
up posters, passing out flyers, standing at busy intersections
with signs, or going to supermarkets to get petition signatures.
In the near future we hope to begin some fun small
marches in the LA area, culminating in a massive 250 mile march
from New York City to DC.
As long as legislators make deals behind closed
doors, can pass laws without having read and understood them
or know the ramifications of passing such a law, and can vote
on laws without providing advance notice to the citizens, our
nation will always be in jeopardy and subject to political whims,
pressures and special interests, rather than to the citizens.
No citizen, whether liberal or conservative, wants
a poorly thought out law passed.
Proper due diligence on bills and transparency
before-the-fact are key to having honest government of, by and
for the people. At all levels of government, our politicians
should know what they are passing into law. If they have nothing
to hide and are truly proud of their work, they should have
no problem showing us their handi-work well in advance of the
Both of the major parties need to step up and
start doing a better job and that starts with requiring their
candidates to independently study the problems the bills are
supposed to solve, and seek input from the citizens they are
supposed to be representing.
MESSAGE TO CONGRESS:
NO MORE adding hundreds of pages to a bill and
passing it hours later.
NO MORE bundling bills the way investment firms
bundle securities - one subject per bill.
When Congress is permitted to add hundreds of
pages to any bill minutes or hours before the vote, corruption,
poorly thought out laws and loopholes are inevitable. The rich
and powerful get more rich and powerful, and the middle class
and poor get poorer and more insignificant.
A bill should stand on its merit alone and not
be lumped into other bills forcing members of Congress to vote
for detrimental things they don't really support - and inversely
vote against things they support, because of other unconscionable
clauses in a bundled bill.
WE WANT 30 DAYS:
The American people should have at least 30 days
to review the absolute final version of any bill or allocation
of funds before the vote. We need to have enough time to respond,
provide thoughtful input, and protect ourselves from self-serving
interests and poorly thought out laws.
on the Hill, our documentary about transparency and accountability
has now been completed. It fairly covers what happens to citizens
and our country when slipshod laws are passed by politicians
who haven't done any kind of a due diligence. As a backdrop
to this documentary and with some levity to keep things light,
it follows the trials and tribulations of a person who attempts
to get an initiative
requiring transparency and accountability on the ballot.
To see our legislators in action, take a look
at this youtubevideo
Fast forward through the first 30 seconds. Comparable
misconduct occurs in every state in the nation, and in Congress.
This is why we need Honor In Office.