The Policy Wonk

The capitol

Like the U. S. Capitol rising out of the obscuring trees around it, the Federal Legislative process is obscured by its sheer size and complexity. This site is designed to make that process more responsive to the needs of our citizens.

Welcome to The Policy Wonk, the site where you can make suggestions for changes in public policy on the federal level. That's the Government of the United States!

We have a political party stalemate within the U.S. Government which has created a situation in which legislation needed to strengthen our country and provide a better life for citizens frequently cannot be created. Sometimes even bad legislation cannot be changed. There are two basic reasons for this:

  • Policies affecting U. S. Citizens are presently made by legislators operating without full knowledge of the wishes of citizens.
  • When beneficial legislation is proposed it has little chance of passage due to rigorous party line solidarity agreements.

On this site we provide a tool which can be used by citizens to suggest policies which can then go through a rigorous selection process. As part of that selection process we provide for review of the suggestions by a large number of people (Visitors to the site) who can vote on the proposals and then change their vote at any time they wish.

The tool we have designed and make available on this site allows proposal of policies or legislation by anyone (to tap into the largest possible source of ideas) in a structure that allows for people to change their vote as they learn more about these suggestions. We keep track of your vote by linking it to your email address. Your email address will not be shared with other organizations. However we also ask for your geographical address (your state) as part of the registration process. This allows us to learn how various geographical areas feel about suggestions.

Legislators can access the site at any time and view the same information as anyone else. That information is basically the proposed policies and number of votes each suggestion has received. As the site develops we hope to provide more ways for you to view the data. We believe legislators will view the site and use it as a guide to what you the public want in policy and legislation.

Suggestions need to be short and to the point with a limit of 180 characters. We do intend to provide additional space in the future for elaboration of these suggestions by the original author, which is another reason we keep track of your email address. We will try to eliminate duplicate suggestions.

You can register below and immediately start making suggestions, reading suggestions by others, and voting on suggestions. It's a very short process and you can do it now!

We are working on the implementation of the above. Let us know if you have suggestions.

Charles Pratt