Along the lines of the voter assistance agency idea I posted the other day, here is something that I’ve wondered about since I had a business.
Government makes rules and regulations to protect the people and environment. But the compliance can be difficult and cost money. So people responsible for operating a business are left in this situation of not just having to run the business but also having to deal with all of that, too. It really can be “burdensome,” especially for smaller businesses.
Shouldn’t governments that regulate also have a function like some kind of Regulation Compliance Assistance Agency? The mission would be to help businesses comply and even assist with the costs if needed. The agency would send people familiar with the regulatory environment and requirements into the business to do the work and interact with the regulators until the job is done. They would help with any compliance costs in cases where the business was not intentionally cutting corners.
If the idea is that we need regulations to protect people, then clearly this would further that idea by getting the businesses complying as quickly and easily as possible? Why just put out some rule and then expect all the businesses to fix problems on their own. This necessarily creates anti-govt resentment.
It’s a win-win. The mission to get the public protected is achieved. Businesses are stronger for it. People can appreciate that govt is supposed to make our lives better.
This post originally appeared at Imagine Democracy.
We need a Federal Voter Assistance Agency.
The Federal Voter Assistance Agency’s mission would be to reinforce democracy by getting every citizen registered and empowered to vote. This would include helping people get registered, helping them vote, and helping people overcome suppression efforts like Voter-ID laws.
The agency would conduct outreach, even door-to-door, to let people know they need to be registered, hep them register, and help them vote.
The agency would also fight voter suppression by doing things like helping people in voter-ID states get the correct ID. This would include an online service to get valid birth certificates and everything else people need (for free) to get the necessary ID in their state. For those who can’t get things like birth certificates for various reasons the agency’s mission would include doing the research necessary to get birth documentation to get their ID. (Free, as a service to democracy.)
An idea like this couldn’t get through the Senate NOW (nothing Democrats pass can), but it educates the public about the possibilities of government being on their side again.
It also puts it out there for when Democrats do have the power to pass it.
Happy Holidays from the Johnsons:
That’s our dog Paddington. Scrooge, the ghost of Christmas present…
The back of the card:
Published by Sudeep Johnson
Doggie Paw Cards, Inc.
Many thanks to Paddington the little white dog, without whom this card would not have been possible.
Here is last year’s: Holiday Card From The Johnsons. (That card has a link to the previous year’s, which has a link to the previous year’s, etc…)
“Right Wing Watch reports on the extreme rhetoric and activities of key right-wing figures and organizations by showing their views in their own words. In this series of clips, we see the connection between the fear-mongering perpetrated by President Trump and his right-wing allies and what is happening in our nation.”
Right Wing Watch
Strategic bullshit with one goal: “No one is able to come to sensible conclusions.”
Watch this. Schmidt sums it all up here.
Steve Schmidt: President Donald Trump Is ‘Stoking And Inciting’ Worst Among Us
“Jim Crow-level voter suppression in Georgia is likely to determine the governor’s race. But this isn’t just a local crisis. These racist tactics threaten the core tenets of democracy. “
July 16 was Seeing The Forest’s 16th anniversary.
I told my assistant to get flowers for the readers, and he screwed it up. Sorry. He’s been fired for it.