Comments on: The case for open-source government Sun, 28 Jul 2013 14:34:09 +0000 hourly 1 By: GRRR Mon, 29 Aug 2011 08:28:31 +0000 The first thing that came to mind while reading this, was that someone’s trying to make an argument for the Efficient Markets Hypothesis.

At the crux of the EMH, is the belief that less regulation and more data will allow markets to self-correct easily and rapidly…that the price of any asset is its true mark of risk. Likewise, it seems that the argument proffered is that the more data government releases, the more private individuals and groups will process the data and make society as a whole more efficient.

I have serious doubts of the outcome, and it’s quite simple: data is easily rearranged for political bias.

Once in the hands of most people, the data will be rearranged, sliced and diced to provide false conclusions that fit one’s own political agenda. We know this will occur, by simply observing the political bias in all things, whether global warming, federal budgets, capital punishment or something as simple as fluoridation of water.

By: nieldevi Tue, 23 Aug 2011 11:07:00 +0000 In my opinion, after working in the government for eight years, the issue is and always will be Efficiency. Every department that I worked in was run like a kindergarten. Always a popularity contest, always a social hierarchy and never up-to-date training. Decision making was always slow, and material appropriations always corrupt. It cost more for a ream of copy paper than a whole case of paper down at Office Depot. Someone in another department once told me that out of every dollar of welfare about 50 cents was spent on handing out that dollar. I believe it. The plan should be not spending less, but spending smarter; not working harder, but working smarter. Think that will ever happen?

By: paintcan Mon, 22 Aug 2011 21:26:17 +0000 Many of the comments don’t seem to have any understanding of budget processes. Budgets are approved on a yearly basis. Not minute by minute. There are such things as Department heads and allocations based on projected needs.

They also don’t seem to appreciate that all input is not going to be waited equally if there is ever such a thing as “open source” government. The comments want the perfect bobble head elected official with no projected plans and no carry over costs who has to bow to very whim or comment. The basic priorities of governments do not change that rapidly.

BTW – It is possible now to access online the entire US military budget for Fiscal 2010 and the 2011. I found it by accident looking for something else. It is possible to read the Congressional record. One could spend as much time reading the documents as any congressional staffers. The military budgets have already been approved but it seems possible to leave line-by-line comments. But unless one is well acquainted with some very obscure issues listed, the comments from the man in the street are not likely to be very relevant. Isn’t it likely that any feedback is matched to acceptable email addresses?

Are people commenting really considering that open source government would become the twitter equivalent of everyman a senator or rep? It wouldn’t be a government worth spiting on. Otherwise, what really is the difference between so called open source government and visiting the blog or You tube site of one’s congressmen of senator? Does it offer anything more?

If the choice is between an imaginary government that is instantly reactive to some all seeing citizenry that is somehow purer than Caesers’s wife and behaves like a perpetual unerring eye of a beneficent God, or a government that is sold to the highest bidder, the government sold to the highest bidder has many historical precedents. You can be sure it will be the one that rules and the electronic feedback option will be available for the gullible and socially concerned as a public relations palliative.

The mayor of Calgary may only be staging a very deceptive campaign designed to make it look like he has grassroots issues in mind and most certainly his budget was not based entirely on voter participation. Can any of the voters ever really point to the blades they planted?
Obama hasn’t been all the different on substantive issues than his predecessor. The Iraqi Government determined the withdrawal date as part of their constitution.

By: breezinthru Mon, 22 Aug 2011 03:29:48 +0000 This article reminds me of an interview earlier today with Fareed Zakaria who suggests that America should change its CEO from president to prime minister.

He makes a good case for doing so, allowing America to more nimbly deal with problems. However, the checks and balances that hobble America’s ability to respond quickly and decisively to problems also to some degree counter the efforts of some ambitious people to wield power that they should not rightfully wield.

When making changes to our government, we must be careful to leave no unsecured back doors to power in order to ensure that no one enters via a quasi Trojan Horse.

By: Anonymous Mon, 22 Aug 2011 00:39:45 +0000 go for a direct democracy. where to spend money is a key feature of direct democracy – not whether the street lamps are to be turned off at ten or at twelve.

start small and scale it. start with a city, then another, then a county, a state and then a nation.

By: The.Minister Sun, 21 Aug 2011 17:18:47 +0000 I really enjoy your quest for TRUTH. I would encourage you to explore our US Treasury Dept. having over $3.8 Trillion Dollars in the Iraqi Dinar Currency from the Pres. Bush era, along with about 1.7 Million Americans. If Pres.Obama would expedite Iraq’s revaluation of their currency back up to the $3.22 Pre-War Rate, then that $3.22 x $3.8 Trillion will become $11.91 Trillion, which hopefully everyone’s praying, they will pay-off the debt.

I also have a FOIA U.S Treasury submission, confirming the Iraqi Dinar on their balance sheet. Plus, with the revaluation of the Iraqi Dinar that us 1.7 Million Americans have, that will additionally stimulate the economy with our taxes, purchases of goods and services.

Don’t let this get by you and it NEEDS serious INVESTIGATING. You can youtube these articles and get informed: Dinar 101 By BH Group, also CBNC Dinar.

Also you can listen to the Dinar Conference calls nightly from 8pm to 12am, EST. 760-569-7676 Pin 637255# and to listen to the latest recorded intel call, dial 760-569-7699 Pin 194924#. It will reveal so much to you, that you’ve ONLY heard about, until now, so you can the facts.

Also, you can go to the Dinar website, THECALLSQUAD.COM and download the declassified US State Dept report called, FREEDOM FROM INTEL, which is thee Iraqi plan Pres. Bush wrote in 2002 on going into Iraqi for oil as well as the rebuilding process and we are at the final stages of implementation of that report. So we all know, the revaluation is EMINENT for Iraq.

Plus, one can buy $100 Iraqi Dinar for $100 US Dollar and when it revalues, it now equals $300,000 US Dollars exchange rate. Its Foreign Currency. Donald Trump acquired $30 Million as well as others.

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The Minister

By: M.C.McBride Sun, 21 Aug 2011 14:43:10 +0000 I enjoyed the article and agree with the article’s premise. Expanding democracy and improving government productivity through technology is long overdue.

By: GreginWNC Sat, 20 Aug 2011 09:46:22 +0000 Very well put. Information is a major key to our success. The biggest problem is a dysfunctional congress who resists any change that might derail their Gravy Train.

The way our government works today, it would take years before any change might be made. We need a mechanism which can change the system now. I would like to call on americans to consider a national referendum called Making Congress Work. In brief, it involves congress accessing citizen wants and needs thorough whatever means necessary. Internet, paper polls, door-to-door. I don’t really care how they do it.

To make this a success, all other distractions must cease. As it stands now, their votes are determined by who has the highest bribe to offer. Let’s not try to sugar coat it. The only solution is to make ALL lobbying of congressmen and their staff illegal. Then they will hear us. Congressmen who fail to respond to their states voters automatically become ineligible for retirement. Simple and to the point.

Just remember that the American people have to enact this legislation separate from our congress. It is our right and duty.

Thank You

By: Kraj Sat, 20 Aug 2011 07:54:03 +0000 This issue is the most important and needs urgent attention of all concerned. The questions raised elsewhere are similar but with little difference. In todays world awareness and information has brought a dramatic change which various Governments have failed to address, and the reason is very rightly pointed out, Governments have not changed their approach and thought process. People have moved on, politicians are slow specially because of their vested interests in the system. Till their survival is questioned, they will not change, forget bringing innovation in Governance. There is no competition till new election. Give Google 4-5 years of assurance in growth and it will stop innovating.

By: Wantunbiasednew Sat, 20 Aug 2011 00:48:35 +0000 In my opinion better solution is strict regulation of lobbying, especially at state, federal level.
Official lobbying spending in US is about 5 billion USD/y.
Plus two party system, plus the winner takes it all voting.
And in recent financial crisis US lost a few trillion mainly because of inadequate regulation and nobody goes to jail because of … lobbying.

No private campaign financing. Only federal money. Every senator/congressman receives money that is dependant on the size of district, don’t spend, have to return.
Every elected official can be approached by a given number of lobbists. Every lobbist gives money and states official claim. The claim is analyzed by Federal Agency (that can’t be lobbied!) as to the usefulness for the broader society (lobbist pays for it). If the claim is harmful for society what is left after analysis deduction is returned. Not so utopian as it seems.