EVERYDAY, BORING, COMPETENT GOVERNANCE; BRING IT!
Run of the mill basic competence at running the Federal Government; how refreshing that would be. Congress is in disarray, unable at times even to keep the lights on; remember the government shutdown?
We do. We were working on a project for the National Park Service when word came in that Ted Cruz was going to fix things, and the people we were working went poof.
It seems we have to monitor these Congressmen 24/7/365, via Twitter Alerts.
It’s like they’re 14, and strolling down the aisles of Congress? They’re about to steal a Red Bull from the 7-11 we hired them to run?
Some say it’s gerrymandering and redistricting; fancy words for redrawing the boundaries of your district so you now only have to answer to your kind of people.
So now the shape of your district is not a square chunk of America, but a winding python-shaped, slice engineered so that you can ignore those not of your party/economy/race/whatever.
It took a long time to partition America, so it’ll take a while to undo it. In the meantime we learned a hell of a lot by making an exhibit and media pieces in Cerritos, Ca., for the outgoing Los Angeles County Supervisor, Don Knabe.
Don is good governance; a Republican in a mostly Democratic part of Los Angeles County, he worked for the good of everybody, and supervised the rapid expansion of Los Angeles. And when he saw a nasty problem, (and we have plenty of them here), he did something positive.
1) When he saw girls as young as 13 on the street, prostituting themselves just to eat, he declared “there’s no such thing as a child prostitute”, and changed the way LAPD treated them. Overnight they went from being locked up, to being helped to get off the streets.
2) When he saw poor women leaving unwanted newborns in alleyways he started the SAFE SURRENDER program; drop your child off in any hospital or fire station, with no questions asked. He did all that, while being kind and genial and caring, a man of the people, who got re-elected by wide margins for over 25 years.
And THAT’S what we call good-old, old school, competent governance; we need more of it.