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Many progressives are calling me a crackpot, but I think the "experts" have messed things up so much that maybe we need some crackpots. So, here is a crackpot idea -- 1) The TPP organizes a constitutional convention for the drafting of a constitution for the Nevada County Constitutional Partnership Corporation (NCCPC). Anyone in the county who gets 30 proxies from registered voters in the county can be a delegate. The convention is organized online using bulletin boards and other near-zero cost coordination tools -- Nevada County voters are welcome review and comment, but maybe on certain forums only delegates can post. 2) The constitution is submitted for ratification by 2/3rds of the represented residents at the convention. 3) If ratified, a $2.5 Billion JobBond is placed before all the citizens of the county. The capital generated from the bond would be managed by 5 representative capital councils for each district in the county with $500 million each to fund the creation of the NCCPC. These councils will have the decisions on where to invest their share. For instance, if 4 of the 5 councils decide that a bank is one business to build, then they can send representatives to a countywide bank council. Rather than creating four banks, they might decide to create one bank where each district has branches. The local branches could have certain inalienable rights but agree to give up some autonomy to gain security or non-zero sum benefits. In the case of underwriting guidelines, the 4 branches could chose to agree upon system wide underwriting criteria to insure that no one branch can risk the whole bank. Additionally, they most likely would decide each to contribute funds for one computer system that all the branches use. The JobBond serves the conservative goals of local control, small government, and a vibrant economy. The JobBond is not a budget item on county books. The County merely guarantees it, and a percentage of the profits could be dedicated to reducing the property taxes of permanent residents in perpetuity as compensation. Local investors would be given the first opportunity to invest at a coupon premium, then outside investors would be allowed to invest at a less desirable coupon. JobBond funds would only be advanced when there is a specific project and where there are investors willing to invest in that portion of the bond authority. As the NCCPC gains political and economic power, we start demanding the block granting of our taxes back to us for education, healthcare, unemployment, etc. Also, the $2.5 billion bond will remove the payment of taxes on the income on that amount. It will also return exported capital back home and "starve" the beasts of State and Federal government, the big banks, and Wall Street in one fell swoop. As for the selection of candidates for public service, the NCCPC could implement an internal judgment aggregation process and, once final picks are made, everyone in the organization could be committed to getting them elected. We could also pass instant recall legislation so that any representative who was voting in a way that was not as directed, then they could be easily removed. Once I started thinking about corporations as a force for supporting the establishment of Justice, the insurance of domestic Tranquility, the provision for the common defense, the promotion of the general Welfare, and as a tool to secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, it changed everything. If I am a crackpot, then I am at least in the company of giant crackpots from American history (although not in their league). That said, these are just my ideas. I really do mean to represent the 5th district and if given the privilege of serving I will actually work on whatever they tell me to. Michael Rogers.
Thanks George. Quite a thread going on at Pelline's blog about your eating habits. It seems that when I bring up the concept that we can have what I call "corporate democracy" (this is what I have in mind when I talk about "good middle class jobs with benefits"), that I am targeted by conservative Tea Party folks as a socialist, progressive. You had talked about it as "constitutional partnership corporations" and in my mind it is as far from socialist and progressive as was the democratization of government by American Patriots in 1776 (which some conservatives today might have called socialism, but I think we both know was not for very specific system design reasons). There does seem like an unwillingness in the TPP to analyze the authoritarian/monarchical aspects of current corporate organizational structure. This may be because many TPP are small business people and are fearful of what would happen to their enterprises if their, maybe irresponsible, employees had an equal say in business decisions. But just to be clear, I do not think small businesses should be democratically structured. The reality is that small business people put in far more commitment, and risk far more, in creating a small business than the employees (and often receive less of the resources of the enterprise as well), and they deserve every penny they earn. I think my concepts of corporate democracy should only be applied to large, complex corporate structures to insure that they are managed by "tight feedback control systems" so that they are more organizationally adaptive, resilient, and distribute organizational benefits based on who earned it, and not simply who's granddaddy did. I also do not want to impose legislation to force existing business to change, I want to be involved in creating new businesses to compete against them in the marketplace for resources, employees, investors, and customers. I am eager to engage conservatives on this issue because I share the fear of socialist bureaucracy (politically and economically) and the individual tyranny of "common good" (which is why this is definitely not a cooperative, which are organizationally steeped in those traditions). I am eager to get the input of the TPP to insure that what I have been working on for 25 years is inoculated against that evil and finds its inspiration more in the founding concepts of American political democracy than any socialist or progressive organizational design parameters. Also, I have to admit that, on a personal level, I have come to respect your opinions and when you suggest that I am not "flying in tight formation", it bums me out. MichaelR
I will definitely try to fly in a tighter formation than that of the progressives -- which is not a title that I use to describe myself by the way. The problem I have with progressives is the small number of them that have ever had to make a payroll or put capital at risk, and their infuriating belief that businesses should shoulder the cost of social "goods". My favorite example is tire pressure -- properly inflated tires save millions of gallons of fuel every year, but rather than make that the individual responsibility of people who seek the privilege of driving a car, instead the progressives in the California Democratic Party passed legislation that created an enforcement bureaucracy to catch tire store owners who's workers fail to check tire pressures. Or, the $100 a month that restaurants need to spend to dispose of the insilun needles of people, some of whom just won't stop drinking booze or over eating (not everyone, but I know several diabetics in that category). They have absolutely no idea how many lunches it takes for a restaurant owner to make $100 in profit to pay that cost. The point is that none of this should be the responsibility of business owners struggling to survive. Oh, yeah, I also had a Nevada County Employee tell me that "maybe (I) should go out of business if (I) couldn't afford their fees". So "progressive" is not a pigeon hole that will hold me. I believe in a lot of the core ideals of the Tea Party. However, the problem with the Tea Party's "formation", as I see it (respectfully), is that you champion liberty, and are extremely eloquent about decentralization and local control politically, and yet seem to oppose it for people economically. It is my belief that we live in the age of the corporate state, and the modern corporation looks more like the England of King George than the New England Town Hall. Y'all are definitely Mel Gibson in "The Patriot" when it comes to government, and yet when it comes to the reform of the corporate structure you seem to me more like the American Loyalist Captain who watches the British Colonel burn down the church with the whole town inside. In Truckee we have a "billionaires and busboys" economy and the Tea Party's blind loyalist support for the billionaires does not resonate with us as well as it does in the Western County where there is a relatively prosperous middle class with small business and professional wage jobs. Did you know that billionaires in Martis Camp get free fire protection services paid for by working families in Glenshire? With this wacky year weather wise, who knows, it might just be the year for snowballs in hell. Michael Rogers
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