Jan
18
2009

  So Much For The Citizen's Briefing Book

Terry posted his healthcare position paper to the Obama site that was set up to receive ideas from the public. The ideas were to be voted upon, with the top ideas going into a "Citizen's Briefing Book" that would be given to Obama to help him make policy. I went to vote for Terry's post, but saw that they stopped the voting at 6pm tonight! I just heard about this site a few days ago, and it's already closed! Oh well. I was also going to post my idea for a progressive consumption tax in lieu of income tax.

I didn't even get a chance to see any of the proposals that got submitted. According to Terry, one of the top vote-getters was to legalize marijuana. So come on, Obama, listen to the people. I'd vote for that. It will be interesting to see (if they ever let the public see this "Citizen's Briefing Book") whether they ACTUALLY include the top vote-getting ideas or not.

I found a link that at least

I found a link that at least as of right now will let you see the top ideas (with total "points"), which are:

1) Ending Marijuana Prohibition - 93,590 pts
2) Commit to becoming the "greenest" country in the world - 72,320 pts
3) Stop using federal resources to undermine states' medical marijuana laws - 68,530 pts
4) Bullet Trains & Light Rail - 67,510 pts
5) An end to government sponsored abstinence education to be replaced by an introduction of age appropriate sex education - 67,440 pts

The site shows a paragraph about each one. I was able to click the "next page" button several times before the site spit me back to the page saying that voting is now closed. Many more of the top ideas are variations on legalizing marijuana and/or other drugs. I wonder if you lumped all the posts in favor of this issue together and counted their votes, how much of a landslide this issue would have. I will be very curious indeed to see what Obama's response will be to this outpouring of citizen sentiment.

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