Joseph Bogdan for Michigan State Senate

The Ultimate Solutions to our Nation's Greatest Challenges

Corruption Slayer and Government Reform

Preamble of the Constitution

As Americans, we expect our government to serve citizens efficiently and effectively--minimizing taxes without hurting our quality of life. We want our leaders to be people whom we respect and trust--individuals who seek to do what is in the best interest of their fellow citizens.

Yet our government frequently works against the best interest of its citizens, instead catering to Big Money and special interest groups. Our infrastructure crumbles and puts us all in jeopardy, yet our government is paralyzed through gridlock and political gamesmanship.

We can overcome these problems, and we can do it in a bipartisan-friendly manner using the following strategies:

Corruption Slayer is the most powerful anti-corruption tool the world has ever seen.”

Corruption Slayer. Corruption Slayer is the most powerful anti-corruption tool the world has ever seen. Corruption Slayer gives citizens real-time control of their government (instead of the current system in which voter input is frequently ignored) and shatters the grip of the political establishment. This solution will enable citizens to protect themselves against the bad judgment of unelected appointees and powerful politicians alike. We shall once again have a government of which we can be proud. We will finally be able to enact true and meaningful reforms in government, but instead of fighting an excruciating uphill battle against the political machinery of the corrupt for even the slightest reforms, we will be able to achieve them with the blazing speeds and convenience of the modern era.

Corruption Slayer allows citizens to fully override the schemes of bureaucrats and politicians.”

Signing of the US Constitution

Citizens will be able to research issues and make informed decisions with the ease of Facebook but with ironclad security, fraud-prevention, and cross-validation measures that make our existing paper system appear pitiable by comparison. Instead of the illusion of privacy our government’s current system offers, this cutting-edge system, Corruption Slayer, will be managed by a joint partnership of two organizations (one right-leaning and one left-leaning--to ensure balance) which have been tireless in advocating citizens’ right to privacy and can be trusted far more with protecting citizens from government prying. By allowing citizens to place their votes well in advance of the deadline and change them if needed prior to the deadline, many of the logistical difficulties and misinformation campaigns we see with “one day only” voting will no longer be issues. Moreover, this early entry allows these results to be compared against current polls to correlate and validate the results, destroying the opportunity for fraud which has plagued online voting in the past. How it works: Voter preferences will initially be set with the existing law as a default; once the appropriate number of voters have changed their preferences, the new results will carry the force of law. When a threshold is crossed, the law must be changed within 30 days. It will initially be piloted with less critical measures and gradually be expanded to control tax rates, spending allocation, etc.

Corruption Slayer prevents government officials from retaliating against citizens and whistleblowers.”

It will allow many measures to bypass government gridlock and get resolved quickly. It's much less expensive than printed ballots, and more effective also. And, thanks to the Build-A-Budget tool (discussed on another page), the budget will be balanced on time, every time. Click here to check out the demo of Corruption Slayer!

Cut Big Money’s spending power in half. In 2014, more than $80 million was spent on TV campaign ads in Michigan. This does not include other campaign-season media (robo-calls, radio, internet, or printed ads) or the dollars lobbyists spend to sway elected officials after the elections! If we required that half of the money raised/spent for political activities be allocated to covering the current cost of holding elections (and using any additional funding to increase voter access–such as expanding the absentee ballot program), it would reduce our tax burden, greatly weaken lobbyists’ influence, encourage legislators to instead work for their constituents’ interests, and allow the voice of reason to triumph in our elections. Essentially, a 50% tax on lobbyists and special interest groups. This measure itself has the power to transform our political landscape for the better, and it is one that legislators from both parties can and will support.

Multiple-choice/cumulative bills. Many good (and critical!) bills get delayed because there is disagreement over a few values. A bill that everyone agrees needs to be passed can take months to be finalized due to negotiations. Yet merely attempting to get two sets of legislators to support a value is the easy part for most bills. If a legislator believes he/she can support $500,000 in annual funding for a project but thinks $600,000 is too much, will this legislator get lambasted during the next campaign season for voting against this bill? So instead, the bill gets delayed until there is public outcry that nothing has been done, at which point the political blackmail turns ugly. There is a better way, and one that does not involve legislators losing face or creating animosity. By creating legislation using a multiple-choice format, legislators can identify what they can support, and this legislation can swiftly pass through both houses without any need for haggling. This will reduce lead time on a bill down to a matter of days (instead of months), eliminate much of the conflict that currently exists among legislators, and make the legislature more productive in accomplishing its primary mission of serving the people.

Multiple choice/cumulative ballot proposals. The circumstances voters encounter with ballot proposals are very similar to those legislators encounter with legislative bills. Too often, a millage rate is placed on the ballot, and even though everyone knows the service it supports is necessary, the rate proposed seems unreasonable. Implementing multiple choice/cumulative ballot proposals will provide voters with greater control and (when needed) help thwart waste and corruption. Yet it also increases our government’s efficiency and responsiveness: a proposal will pass in the proper form the first time (rather than after one or two rejections).

No more government shutdowns/scare tactics. When bureaucrats/officials don’t get their way, they often try to bully/intimidate citizens into getting what they want. Sometimes called the Washington Monument Syndrome, the Mount Rushmore Syndrome, or the firemen first principle, political leaders will threaten to cut the most visible/necessary services in order to pressure citizens and lawmakers to approve of their wasteful spending. We can eliminate this issue by requiring the state and local governments to prepay for necessary services first; this will ensure that there are no more shutdowns/scare tactics when lawmakers have bad budgeting skills.

Also, I encourage you to look at the other good ideas that the other candidates are offering: Corruption Slayer allows us to achieve all these good ideas!


FAQs

Will someone be making money from this?

No, I want it to be free and open source!

How could something like Corruption Slayer have stopped the Flint water crisis?

With Corruption Slayer, emergency managers aren't necessary because the system automatically ensures balanced budgets on-time, every time. If there hadn't been an emergency manager blocking the city council, the city council would have fixed the situation immediately on its own!

That's one way. And actually, even a mere balanced budget, debt-free strategy would have done that. (I've been recommending this to our existing legislators for years now, but they haven't listened.) But what happens the next time that government mismanagement sets the stage for another government-created crisis and it's the fault of elected officials or--even worse--unelected/appointed bureaucrats? Corruption Slayer will let us fix that too--and fix it fast! With the Initiatives module, voters can create new initiatives and get them passed into law, overriding the bad decisions of unelected bureaucrats and powerful politicians alike.

Show me step-by-step how the Initiatives process works.

First, any voting citizen can go to the Initiatives page and post an initiative. Most initiatives will have a 30-day window to give the elected government officials time to draft the corresponding legislation before the change takes effect. (For emergency measures that need to bypass the usual 30-day waiting period, the "Emergency" option would be used.) Other voters would then recommend the initiative. After a sufficient number of recommendations, it would be transferred over to either the Local Ordinances page (when no tax increase/financing is necessary) or to the Local Build-A-Budget page (when it is necessary to raise/dedicate revenue to fund it). Voters could then log into the system whenever it was convenient for them to give their support for the measure. For most initiatives, a 50% threshold of support among all voters must be reached and sustained for 30 consecutive days. (This gives government officials time to draft the appropriate legislation.) Emergency measures (responses to natural disasters, etc.) have no delay.

Will people abuse the emergency option?

Everyone likes to call something an "emergency"--even when it isn't--so there are a few ways we can handle this. As shown in the demo, there is a small confirmation textbox that must be completed exactly to register it as an emergency measure. When it is implemented, I would recommend having five successive captchas that users must complete if they want to label it as an emergency. This will keep most people from abusing it. A second technique would be an automatic downgrade in the event that a significant percentage of the total electorate (perhaps 5% or 10%) indicates its disapproval of the "emergency" initiative.

I don't have a computer. How will I access it?

Many old cell phones with internet access are currently being recycled or discarded! These old (but still functional) cell phones can instead be provided to senior citizens who need them. Additionally, the savings from implementing Corruption Slayer will allow us to add more public Wi-Fi/internet access locations (or work with local businesses to host them--whichever is the best value for taxpayers). Voters can save (and edit) their votes at any time prior to the deadline, so citizens will have much more flexibility than they currently do. The best part: there will no longer be situations where absentee voters "wished they had voted for someone else"--they can fix it!

What happens to our existing legislature?

We can keep it if we like, but if we did want a part-time legislature (saving taxpayers hundreds of thousands of dollars) this would make it much more feasible.

I'm not good with computers. What happens if I make a mistake in voting?

No worries. For officials, you can edit your selections any time prior to the election deadline. In the case of initiatives and taxes, you can edit them at any time!

I have a busy life. Do I need to vote against every initiative I do not like?

No, this system was designed with you in mind! For an initiative to be approved, it needs at least 50% of all registered voters to support it. You only need to show support for the initiatives you like.

How will large/complex bills be handled/vetted?

This was designed to eliminate the need for 1,000 page bills. Instead of giant bills where the sheer volume of the bill is used to cloak the details, Corruption Slayer splits it into its different parts--just like the settings on a social media site.

Why are you running for State Senate if Corruption Slayer can handle it all?

To get it implemented! Right now, we all face the same dilemma when we try to advocate reforms: the structure of our government is rigged in favor of the corrupt! Each of us has three options when trying to get a reform passed: (1) try to get an elected official to adopt it (I already did that), (2) initiate a ballot proposal (250,000+ signatures in a 180 day window, even the major parties don't like trying to do it because it frequently costs millions of dollars), or (3) run for office and do it yourself. When Corruption Slayer is implemented, we will no longer have this problem! But if we did want to convert to a part-time legislature afterwards (saving taxpayers hundreds of thousands of dollars), we could easily do so.

I don't live in Michigan. Can it be implemented in my state/country?

Yes! The framework will be able to be implemented by any government that wants to do so. (My recommendation: if you live outside the US, make sure to find an organization in your country that can manage it reliably and independently from the government.)

I have additional questions. What is the best way to contact you?

Email is best: image002 I will then be able to post the answer for everyone!

 


Contact Me

jbogdan@josephbogdan.com

Macomb County, MI

586-244-USA6 (586-244-8726)


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