I was grading my first essay of the year the other day, and ran across this rather ingenious proposal from a student. Why can't we send our own bills in to Congress? (Totally!) So, we know we can do that, right? But how can we do this in a way that is "closer to the people?" Taking out that nebulus layer of partisanship in Congress... which is often just a barrier of getting legislation to the hopper....
I stumbled on this last year. I have still do anything super cool with this (like maybe an extra credit assignment), but it is still a fantastic website.
The White House allows you to put your proposals up on this website, and commoners like you and I can vote on it! If it is really popular, the WHO sends it on up the legislative pipeline to Congress (where it inevitably dies a slow death in committee, on a good day).
My favorite to date: A proposal where members of Congress have to wear patches on their suits of campaign sponsors just like they do in Nascar; the larger the patch, the bigger the donor. AWESOME!!!
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