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Andrew Witte

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Direct democracy Vs Representative democracy. A network to connect and empower America with our US politicians and our elected leadership.

I am developing a social network that could change the way America's political agenda is set. I would like to reset the tone of America by giving all Americans a choice in our futures again. One American network for all Americans. I believe America does not get involved with US politics merely because it’s complicated and we have all lost trust in our representative democracy. America wants a choice in what’s happening to us all, so let’s give it to them by creating a Direct Democracy network where the citizen has the power to make change on all levels. In the network the user will be able to view current bills on the floor at the congressional, senate, and presidential level. The user will have the ability to vote on these bills and view the voting results of all Ameritics users as they move to the respective floors of the house or reps and on the president’s desk. Ameritics users will be able to connect with other users and with their elected leaders; via the congressional district tab (connecting with citizens in your district), Senate state tab (connecting with citizens in your state), and Presidential tab (connecting with citizens in the United States). I believe more brains are better than one which is why I’m introducing a think tank; an area within the site where users join forces to create and share ideas on how to fix problems in their district, state, and country levels. The user will also have access to daily Q&A’s as well as current and trending news, a history of their district and state representatives, and approval ratings based on Ameritics activity. A real-time debt clock can also be found on the network. Ameritics users will be able to integrate their Ameritics activity with their personal social networking sites such as Facebook, Twitter, and Linkedin. Together we can empower our citizens. Our futures and our children’s futures depend on it.

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    Jul 3 2012: cool.

    here is my suggestion: include a budget browser. the user first establishes the amount of total tax he pays in a year. there should be calculators, or simply let him enter as he wants. then show the central budget projected onto his contribution, that is, how much money he personally spent on government programs. the browser should be easy to search and summarize by various aspects. it also should include not yet realized, but proposed optional spendings.

    rationale: it is easy to juggle numbers like billion or trillion dollars, nobody has a clue how much is that. but if you explicitly see that you yourself spent USD10,000 on military, or 1000 on war on drugs, you might get upset a bit, and re-evaluate the necessity of such programs.
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      Jul 9 2012: Krisztián Pintér

      That is a great idea to have a budget browser. I do know that the house passed a bill that all tax dollars spent by US government will have to be loaded in to one central location on the internet for all users to see. This will be a great asset to show Americans how their hard earned tax dollars are spent. I very much will incorporate this Idea into Ameritcs. Thanks for your idea and input.

      Andrew Witte

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