Life’s been busy lately, so posting has been light. For some time, though, I’ve been working on a list of “things I’d do if I was completely in charge of adjusting the government.” They center around limiting the influence of lobbyists, making immigration offenses a serious matter, and reducing the ability of a president to unilaterally commit the nation to war.
It’s an ongoing project. But I’ll post it here for any comments and input on what’s already there. Warning: it’s a lot of stuff (roughly 6 pages in a word processor). But then, there’s a lot of stuff wrong with the country, so that’s to be expected. Use the page numbers at the bottom of the post to advance to the next page.
Constructive input/critiques welcomed.
REFORM (Federal Level)
No person convicted of a felony will be eligible to hold elective office at the Federal Level. Convicted felons may not serve in the Federal Civil Service above the grade of GS-5.
The Legislatures of each State will appoint one person to serve on a Federal Civil Service Oversight Board. Board members will serve terms determined by their individual State. This 50-member board will have power independent of Congress to investigate accusations of fraud, waste, abuse, or employee misconduct/failure to meet standards within the Federal workforce. The board, by a 3/5 majority vote, may dismiss any federal employee below the grade of Cabinet Secretary. The board will also investigate charges of retaliation against whistle-blowers. With the concurrence of 3/5 of the board, anyone deemed as having engaged in retaliation will be dismissed from Civil Service. No person dismissed by the Oversight Board will be eligible for any future Civil Service position or for elected office to Congress or the Presidency.