The Bipartisan Bridge - 50 Bipartisan Policy Ideas
"A POLITICAL ALCHEMY TO BENEFIT ALL AMERICANS"
Editor's note: The following ideas, initiatives, and solutions were written in the years leading up to The Bipartisan Bridge's 2006 launch (and have not been revised). They aimed toward bipartisan and non-partisan applicability, and they focus on issue areas and ideas that are of interest and benefit across a broad spectrum of political philosophies, to enable collaboration across party lines.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Section 1: Enhancing Government Revenues and Budgeting
01- Another Option: Going Beyond Tax Hikes and Budget Cuts
02- Federal Budgeting Should Learn From Family Budgeting
03- Think Global (Competition); enAct Local (Innovation)
Section 2: Bolstering Citizen Involvement in Government
04- Politician Report Cards: Consumer Protection
05- Democracy's Next Evolution
06- A (Pork) Barrel Full Of Law-fs
Section 3: Enhancing Government Accountability and Efficiency
07- Exempt From The Rules: Defense Contractors?
08- They May Be Different Branches, But It's The Same Tree!
09- "But You Said You Would!", Said the People to Their Government
Section 4: Improving The Workings of Government
10- Shuffle The Deck: Republicans & Democrats Working Together For Meaningful Public Policy.
11- Congressional Reform That Rocks The House….And The Senate
12- Our Government Is Wasting Time And Taxpayer Money On WHAT?!?
13- Benevolent Negotiations: Oxymoron For the 2000s
Section 5: Promoting Security, Safety, and Peace
14- With Terrorism, Not All Talk Is Negotiation
15- Being Prepared Takes Everyone's Involvement: Prevention, Then Response
16- Tiptoeing Toward Peace In Palestine: Interdependence
17- Choosing Civility Over Civil War
18- Wars Between Countries: Turning Antagonists Into Allies
Section 6: Improving Health Care
19- Where Doctors, Hospitals, Health Plans, Government Regulators, and Patients Can All Agree
20- When You've Got Your Health INSURANCE, You've Got Just About Everything
21- Services Versus Profits: What Is Really Ailing Our Health Insurance?
22- War on AIDS....For Real, This Time
Section 7: Improving Corporate Practices
23- Corporate Responsibility Scorecards
24- But It Was 20 Cents Lower Just Yesterday!
25- Nutritional Labels Outside the Home
Section 8: Addressing Technology and Media
26- Open the Spigot: Bits and Bytes for All the People
27- First, There Is Talk, Then There Is Double-Talk
28- Media Neutrality: The Blind Trust Network
29- Helping Small, Family Farmers Put Food On The Table: Smart Farms
Section 9: Promoting Core Values
30- National Value #1: The Right To QUALITY Of Life
31- Is There Any Room For A Middle Ground?: "Relationship Education"
32- Darwin Revisited: From the Classrooms to the Courts, And Back Again
33- Cease Fire in the Cloning Wars: The Regeneration of Human Tissue
Section 10: Expanding Equality and Equal Opportunity
34- Response to Racism: F.C.E.C.s
35- Response to Racism #2: Americulture
36- The Federal Government Helps Those Who Help Themselves
37- Required For Government Assistance: Commit or Forfeit
Section 11: Building Sustainable Communities
38- Community Transformation Through Business Principles
39- Pollution Solutions #312 and #313
40- Happy Healthy Housing
Section 12: Promoting Criminal Justice
41- Although Crime Doesn't Pay, Criminals Should
42- When The Death Penalty Is Too Lenient: Criminal Sentencing In Proportion To The Crime
Section 13: Boosting Youth Development for Leadership
43- Helping Students With Their "3 Rs": Research, Reports, and Relational Databases
44- Job Fair For Those Too Young To Work?
45- They Can Teach, Too: Tapping the Creative Power of Children
46- The Third Thousand
Section 14: Advancing Education For Tomorrow's Leaders
47- Course #1 -- Ad Nauseum: Mass Media Consumer Protection
48- Course #2 -- Serve a Meal, Tutor a Child, Staff a Shelter, Build a World....
49- Course #3 -- High Schools As Factories of Graduates, Or As Labs of Life?
50- Course #4 -- The Menace That Is Materialism
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