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Repost: Is Twitter the Solution to Sluggish, Confusing Government?

As I’m rebuilding this blog with the posts from the past, I came across this post I wrote over three years ago that somehow, given the political climate, raises a question that’s still relevant today. So, rather than put it back into the archives with the old posting date (originally, September 14th, 2009) , I’m deciding to post it as a “new” post today. Let me know what you think.

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capitolbuildingThe other night, after reading through some of the media’s junky coverage on Obama’s healthcare speech (as well as the completely unnecessary hoopla over Obama telling school children they should work hard and stay in school), the following idea popped into my head that I promptly tweeted:

“What would happen if Congressional bills were forced to be written and presented as 15-20 slide PPTs? Better, more understandable laws?”

It’s a little reminiscent of my ramblings previously on politics, but think about it. How great would it be if laws weren’t written like the Magna Carta, and rather presented in PowerPoint presentations?

15-20 slides (at most) using definitive bullets on what the law covers. Give the sponsors of the bill 5 minutes to present the bill (kind of like #IgniteSaltLake). Follow with a 15 minute Q+A session, then make the slides publicly available for a given period of time.

Get rid of the 1000+ page omnibus bills. Simplify it so people know who their representatives are voting for. Heck, simplify it so there can’t be spin about what the bills mean in the respective camps.

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Three Reasons Why Twitter is for Real

Not a week goes in which I don’t hear someone say, “I’m not on Twitter. I just don’t see the point of it.” Admittedly, a couple of years ago, I was right there with these people. But A couple of things happened in the past couple of days that have inspired this post: I reached […]