1. In the early 1980’s , I was a VP @ BANKERS TRUST, my job was to understand and uncover the origin of a loss reported in the annual report. Bankers gave me Carte Blanche to hire a team of young people, recent college graduates, plus an AVP( assistant Vice President ) to oversee the group. I ASSIGNED THEM TO EVERY BACK OFFICE OPERATION CONNECTED WITH THE BANK AND THE LOSS. It was a daunting task: diligence, analytical thinking and perseverance paid off. We found the loss , instituted new systems and the Bank which never stopped doing business continued with better procedures and accountability.
I know cleaning up government agencies is a daunting task. SCATCH EVERY INSTITUTION AND WE’ll FIND WASTE, MISMANAGEMENT, USELESS REGULATIONS AND NOT ENOUGH COMMON SENSE, BUT THIS CAN CHANGE. THESE INSTITUTIONS CAN HELP OUR SOCIETY , AS DESIGNED. THEY CAN BECOME THE SAFETY NET WE RELY ON. We can reform government, by temporarily adding a layer of workers to assist in this process. It would be a win win for the country; providing job creation. Think clean air, a transparent market place, safer food, safer pharmaceuticals, better and more progressive research. The list continues. OR, WE CAN ALWAYS THROW UP OUR HANDS AND WAIT FOR THE NEXT GENERATIONS TO FIX THESE PROBLEMS.. OUR CHOICE TO MAKE?
2. A EUREKA MOMENT: AS CITIZENS OF OUR NATION, WE AGREE THE GOVERNMENT HAS RUN AMOK. CITY GOVERNMENT HAS AN OMBUDSMAN. WHY CAN’T THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT HAVE A CITIZEN BASED OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE BRINGING FORWARD CITIZEN’s CONERN’S AND SEEKING RESOLUTION? I ALWAYS SAID, THE MIDDLE CLASS NEEDS A SEAT AT THE TABLE, SEPARATE AND APART FROM SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS. CHARLIE MUNGER SAYS, “INVERT, ALWAYS INVERT”. WHICH MEANS, DECIDE WHAT YOU WANT, THEN DEVELOP THE STRATEGY TO GET THERE.
3. I would recommend a NEW POSITION AT THE “Cabinet level”, PUBLIC ADVOCATE Or OMBUDSMAN , representing and responsible for the requests of the people. This person, would have a dedicated staff , capable of interacting with all AGENCIES and developing resolution of citizen problems by helping to create BILLS OR REGULATION. The groups accomplishments could be followed on SOCIAL MEDIA OR THRU THE VAST SYSTEM OF COMMUNITY NEWSPAPERS. IT WOULD BE A WIN WIN FOR THE COUNTRY. JOBS CREATED TO CREATE A SOCIETY WE ALL WANT. WHAT DO YOU THINK?
4. LOL. I urge all my followers to respond to this suggestion. As a Small Business , I’ve thought we should have a ” seat” at the President’s table. SINCE THE TASK OF REBUILDING OUR SOCIETY IS DAUNTING, THIS IS A BEGINNING. INSTALL A PUBLIC ADVOCATE TO START THE PROCESS. THEN PEOPLE CAN BE ASSURED THAT THEY HAVE A GOVERNMENT FOR THE PEOPLE BY THE PEOPLE. It’s a beginning!