My highest national value is democracy. But right now, there is a severe imbalance of representation that is counterproductive to democracy. Private and corporate interest is being represented, while public interest is not. We can change this, if we request it together.
After reading this post, please sign the petition: New Voter Tools for Truer Representation (see link below). The petition contains more information explaining why the tool suggested is needed and how it can expand the public’s ability to participate — bringing about a more effective democracy in which our representatives actually can be pressured to represent us when there is an undeniable common vision.
Here are several ways the wealthiest individuals and their corporations use resources and money to gain imbalanced influence and dominance over our government and policy: Continue reading
Have you heard about the Tesla Model S? It is a beautiful, streamlined sporty sedan that runs entirely on electricity with 0 emissions. Its range on one charge is considerably farther than that of other electric cars — from 208 to 265 miles depending on the battery, which can be charged at any regular 240- or 120-volt outlet. And it was honored as Motor Trend’s Car of the Year in 2013.
In addition to superior performance, Tesla’s cars are different because they are sold directly by the company rather than through dealers. This seems sensible on the face of it, since having an intermediary raises the price unnecessarily. But according to the Chicago Tribune, ” No fewer than 48 states ban or limit direct sales of automobiles.” In some states, stores owned by Tesla Motors itself can sell the cars, while in other states Tesla can open stores for marketing purposes but cannot actually sell the cars at the stores.
Texas — which prides itself on being “open for business” — is one of the most difficult states for Tesla. Continue reading
A great idea! Let’s have the House of Representatives do the same!
(posted by Anita)