A Personal Investigation of the American Government
In the last three years, I've watched as the american conversation has been drastically shifted to sensationalism and scandal. Yet, I'm young; today's latest revelation around who paid off who or whatever the latest White House drama is, is not what will affect me or my kids in the coming decades. Yet this is around what the national conversation is occurring.
This website is therefore a personal exploration of the American Government: What it's mandate is, what it's responsibilities are, and how it executes its various obligations. Hopefully, in doing an honest examination, I might come to my own conclusions about what I think the future of governance should look like.
Areas of Responsibilites
In an effort to distal the vastness of the Federal Government into a comprehensible (if perhaps simplified) view, I've divided its responsibilities into a handful of areas from which to navigate to more precise topics and issues.
Protection of its citizens is to address various threats to security, peace, and freedom. Although disproportionately considered only in the context of foreign threats, it exists as well in protection against malicious capitalism, from discrimination, and in regards to citizen privacy.
As the government has grown, it has also adopted several services and social benefits into the fold of its operation. Social Security, Healthcare, Education, Welfare, Transportation, Housing, Research Funding, Other Subsidies for Favorable Outcomes, and the Postal Service are discussed.
It is the government's responsibility to uphold the law. This includes enforcing civilian law through the police, but also addresses infringements against tax law and, pertinently, against the government itself (as through the special counsel). Of course, this also addresses the reform needed regarding the state of our treatment of inmates and those in custody through prison reform.
Fiscal Policy is all policy regarding taxation. Monetary Policy is policy regarding the interest rate at which the government lends as controlled through the Federal Reserve Bank. The government uses these tools to control and guide the economy and to fund itself. Included in this is also the country's trade policy.
The judiciary is a powerful branch of government that is underrated and often overlooked by the media and the public. Yet, through it, it is the the government's responsibility that the laws are constitutional, fair, and upheld fairly for the citizens the government represents. Ergo, this looks at the importance and impacts of various supreme court cases, the state of immigration court, and how the government combats corruption.
The government must act on behalf of the people to ensure they live in a clean environment and, moreso, that the environment is not damaged so as to endanger its citizens or its future. Moreover, in addition to combating climate change and maintaining its national parks and lands, it controls the exploitation of resources so that it can be done in a sustainable way.
As a democracy, it is the governments job to ensure that the process of democracy is not infringed upon so as to advantage some and disadvantage or disenfranchise others. This can be analyzed through the inspection of Congressional Districting, Voting Laws, and the issuing and history Social Security Cards (and other forms of ID). Furthermore, it is discussed how indeed one can vote.