I propose that all bills, ammendments, conference compromises, etc. be posted 7 days before they are voted on so that they are available for public and goverment staff review, analysis, comment, and "polling" (as suggested by the CrooksAndLiars.com site

Note: I plan to put up a poll on, say http://www.petitiononline.com or: http://www.thepetitionsite.com/ that might get the process started, if there is interest, and will edit this when this is posted.

The body of the petition would be:

The rules of the congress be changed so that all legislation, ammendments, conference comprimises etc. be published on the WEB, accessable by the public 7 days before they are voted upon so that the public can review them."

Original Talking points memo



Here are some useful, not on any specific subject, links from a few Blogs that I found interesting

. Online Science Resources for the K-12 Community - Free and Fee-Based

. Questions To Ask Your Doctor Before Surgery - Be Informed:

. The Rise of Open-Source Politics The nation, Nov 4, 2004, by Micah L. Sifry

. The U.S. Constitution Online - USConstitution.net

. Coalition asks US Congress to kill copyright bill - Legislation called "overkill" in intellectual property rights enforcement, Nov 2004, Infoworld.

. . . From:

. Neat New Stuff

. also see: CoolGov.com



1) Marriage only for permanent child bearing couples

. Since there is a movement to describe marriage as "a lifelong union between a husband and a wife." in order to protect the children, lets update the Defense for Marriage Ammendment to ensure that only couples that can or already have children and are willing to NEVER devorce can get married.

2) Tax rates adjusted to state benefits

. Since some states, generally the "red" ones get more Federal Benefits than others, see Graph of the time history, let us change the IRS code so that the tax rates are adjusted so that state citizens are taxed according to their benefits. After all it is their money and this might decrease "pork" as each state representative would know that if they voted for more pork their citizens would pay a higher tax.

Links to maps.

. . Red/Purple/Blue county map

. . Cartograms (Populaton maps) of 2004 US presidential election