Legislative Branch

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Workfare Not Welfare

Require individuals and families work a number of hours each payment period to support their benefits. Consider this a service learning opportunity where everyone is obligated to help earn their income. Opportunities can exist in day care centers, adult day care centers, homeless shelters, cleaning parks and roadways. States, counties, cities, and communities are reducing staff due to the economic conditions and need ...more »

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Department of Homeland Security

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Work Camps

Unemployment in this country is at emergency levels. Welfare recipients need not just be given food, clothing and housing, but they need to learn some valuable life skills. Since this is an emergency, I suggest that FEMA set up camps (similar to those set up for hurricanes and natural disasters) that are designed to put the welfare recipients to work. Anyone who wants to receive free government benefits is welcome ...more »

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Department of Justice

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Educate prisoners so they can find jobs when released

Prisoners that are incarcerated over a year should be educated with technical training programs or if incarcerated longer receive higher education so they can obtain viable jobs when released. Some are incarcerated for 5 - 10 years and when released have no hope for work. We need fewer people in low paying jobs.

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General Services Administration

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CREATE CONSERVATION GARDENS AT FEDERAL FACILITIES

Achieve low maintenance, beautiful landscaping while saving precious water and money. Incorporate native and drought tolerant flora, native bunch grass meadow (instead of traditional lawn), mulch and weed barriers (retain moisture, reduce weeds), hardscaping (stone, wood, dry creek beds, paths, patios), recycled materials, and a water efficient irrigation system (drip emitters, smart water controller). Include signage ...more »

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Department of Commerce

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Higher Education Bargaining

I propose that the federal government bargain to receive a reduced tuition rate when a pre-determined amount of federal employees are enrolled at a College or University of Higher Education. This will allow the government to save money while educating and training federal civil servants to perform their duties better.

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Department of Homeland Security

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UNDOCUMENTED IMMIGRATION SOLUTION:SELF FUNDED DETERRENT PREVENTING THE HIRING OF UNDOCUMENTED WORKERS

I suggest a new type of proactive solution in the form of an enforcement system to deter the hiring of undocumented workers (illegal aliens, deportable/inadmissible aliens) through self funded economic incentives (monetary rewards) generated by fines. It will encourage the public to report violators and discourage employers from hiring undocumented workers. A percentage of the fines levied on employers of undocumented ...more »

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Department of Education

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Open-Access Web-Based Education Booster

A population that is well educated is a population that can make intelligent decisions. Currently there is a significant degree of separation in the levels of education in different parts of America. My idea: Make quality educational material available to everyone. Build a searchable website that is publicly edited (a-la wikipedia) by certified teachers. Break the website down by grade on the front page, and subsequently ...more »

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Department of the Treasury

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Education Savings Bonds As They Were Meant To Be.

Make U.S. Savings Bonds simple and easy to understand to help people save and pay for a college education. Remove limitations affecting use of bonds to pay for college tuition and books so anyone who pays a child's college costs can receive the federal tax benefit. In other words, remove the income limitations, remove the age 24 restriction when purchasing that is used to determine eligibility, remove the restriction ...more »

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Department of Homeland Security

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Develop a Career Futures Program

Develop a Federal Government futures program that encourages young, new federal employees to pursue training and education and gives them a defined career path. This would encourage them to stay with the government longer, thereby making the government's investment in their professional development more worthwhile. This type of program would also draw more desirable candidates to apply for government jobs, which would ...more »

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Department of Education

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High School students to serve their country after graduation

What: After high school, graduates should serve their country for two years (AmeriCorps Vista, Army, Navy, etc…) Families will be able to choose the agency). After completion, they would either enter into a higher education institution, go into the workforce, or remain in the program. Majority of teens who enter into higher education after high school are not ready, disciplined and/or focus. The nation is spending billions ...more »

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Legislative Branch

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Strongly encourage all Federal Prisons to grow their own produce and compost the excess waste.

There are many federal prisons that have enough space to effectively grow enough vegetation to reduce the amount of produce purchased from outside sources. This would also help the environment by decreasing the amount of fuel used to ship and transport produce purchased on a weekly basis. The compost would be an asset to the earth and help to replenish and stabilize nutrients within the ground. The consumption of ...more »

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