Well, a site has captured this concept to attempt to improve America. Sinceslicedbread.com has asked, "What's your common sense idea?" to strengthen our economy and improve the day-to-day lives of working men and women and their families.
Over the last few months, ordinary Americans submitted more than 22,000 ideas to begin the process of winnowing down these thoughts to one tangible great idea that could have an impact. Now, 21 finalists, or best ideas, have been chosen. It is now the responsibility of us as Americans to vote and decide what the successful winning ideas will be.
There are some truly good (maybe even great?) ideas offered. Some examples are:
- Standardization of Health Care Data
- Blanket The US With Wireless Access
- Tie Minimum Wage to Cost of Living
- Public Education Reform
And there are obviously more, all of which are pretty good. My personal favorite, though, is one called Massive Public Works Projects:
Such public works projects as the Panama Canal, Hoover Dam, The Tennessee Valley Authority, and The New York City Water Tunnels, have created infrastructure expansion, jobs, economic growth and healthcare for millions of Americans. In order to benefit Americans I propose we iniate massive public works projects, aimed at employment of Americans, economic growth, healthcare oppurtunities, and infrastructure expansion. Such projects would include re-opening steel mills, building hydroelectric plants or green energy facilities, Shipyards, bridges, roads, high-rise buildings, tunnels, and renovating existing towns and cities. When government, business and industry start public works projects every business has a chance to capitalize on the increase of productivity. Another concept would be to start pilot towns that are built around the latest technologies such as hybrid and zero emission vehicles, broadband communications, renewable enrgy sources, mass-transit systems, and other emerging technologies that need to be tested full scale. This is a common sense idea, even the Pharohs, and Emporers of ancient civilizations knew, if you keep your citizens employeed and working your ecomomy will thrive.Obviously I am biased by my career and education, but wouldn't that be awesome? That's what I'll be voting for.
If you don't agree, it's then your duty to vote otherwise. The winner receives a grand prize of $100,000 and a commitment to work to make the idea a reality. The two runners-up take home $50,000. All 21 ideas will be featured in a book to be published in 2006.