Government content structure

The areas that the Government (National and/or local) is dealing with have no limit, but it can be divided in some main overlapping areas:
Law: what is the law, what should be the law. Money: where should it go, where is it going, where does it come from. Ministries and local/other Governments. Monopoly sector service groups. Other.

The ways in which it deals with these can be: passive and waiting for complaints, actively trying to find problems, or coming to the table with plans/visions for improvements/change.

Using this a Government (Country Council) meeting could be given a structure reflecting this: Law, Money, Ministries/Governments, Monopolies. Each point can be divided in 2 points: 1. have there been problems reported, 2. does someone have ideas about improvement. The points could be worked through in a different order in different days so that not Law is always getting the most attention. With a little content structure delegates coming to the table with an issue to discuss could have decided in what area it could be discussed.

For example if there is an issue with the trains and a problem with penal law, and some others want to debate taxation, the train problem will wait for `monopoly sectors' to come up, while the penal law problem gets discussed during `law,' and taxation can be discussed during `money.' This also means that related problems get discussed after each other, and that is less tiring then jumping around between wildly different issues and people wondering when and if they are going to be given an opportunity to discuss their issue.

Money: Overview tool

The following is a map that Government, National and local, can use to keep track of the presently existing investment/credit infrastructure. It can for instance be written on a magnetic white-board, on magnetic tokens can be written the names of varies organizations that are receiving investment, or that exist in the system. On the lowest section can be noted areas that seem to lack funding. This would give some overview of the present. It can be augmented with a map of the physical area (Country / area) in each section, so that geographic distribution of funds and funded groups can be tracked. It can be augmented by how much money they are receiving (this year or per year), and some measure of their success (this year or so far).
finances
Government itself
 
 
 
Government finance groups
 
 
 
Government ministries
 
 
 
Other/special
 
 
 
non-Government invested in finance groups
business start/expand/continue
 
 
 
consumption/mortgage (personal)
 
 
 
Other/special
 
 
 
non-Government not invested in finance groups (legal investors)
business start/expand/continue
 
 
 
consumption/mortgage (personal)
 
 
 
Other/special
 
 
 
Currently lacking in finance:
 
 
 

 

Example (Holland top Government):




finances
Government itself
 
300 million for hydro-electric dam
500 for dike improvements
Government finance groups
[HM (High Mortgages) (+ 250 M / 2008)]
[BUFI (Business upstart funds Investment)]
[BIASFF (Business Investment Area South Fund Finance) + 218 M]
[BIANFF (Business Investment Area North Fund Finance) + 18 M]
[BIAWFF (Business Investment Area West Fund Finance) - 55 M]
[BIAEFF (Business Investment Area East Fund Finance) + 54 M]
Government ministries
[RD (Resource Distribution) 420 M (tax/loss)]
[Justice 800 M (tax/loss)]
[CB (Central Bank) 20 M (tax/loss)]
[MA Medical Assistance +350 M (tax/loss)]
[IFHT Infrastructure Private Traffic +950 M (tax/loss)]
[PT Public Transport +350 M (tax/loss)]
[IFSW Infrastructure Services Water +350 M (tax)]
[IFSE Infrastructure Services Energy +550 M (tax)]
Other/special
 
 
 
non-Government invested in finance groups
business start/expand/continue
[BUG Business upstart Groningen - 15 M]
[BUU Business upstart Utrecht +/- 0 M]
[TMBFG The Music Business Finance Group +3 M]
[AGI Agricultural-Insurance 188 M 1%]


consumption/mortgage (personal)
[Leen-Hier 5.5 M 8%)]
[AutoEnHuis 13 M 4%)]
 
Other/special
 
 
 
non-Government not invested in finance groups (legal investors)
business start/expand/continue
largest 4:
 [Credit Union Unite]
 [David één]
 [Aloha finances (credit-union)]
 [GFI Go For It (business credit)]
(Ask secretary of finance for complete list)
consumption/mortgage (personal)
largest 4:
 [Housing Mortgages citywide]
 [Housing credit]
 [Bakker & Bakker (mortgages)]
 [De Vries & Co (mortgages)]
(Ask secretary of finance for complete list)
Other/special
largest 1:
[SFYR strike for your right (labor Union)]
(Ask secretary of finance for complete list)
Currently lacking in finance:
schools (what do we do about this !? anyone ?)
recycling industry ?
Some complaints received for lack of funding for special medical (loss) projects QOF (Quality Of Life).
Nijmegen University asked for 150 M. to expand.

By looking at the money that goes into a group + the amount they lose or gain + the success or failure of the area they are supposed to make a difference in, one can get an idea about what to do: maybe a group needs more money, maybe they need to be shut down and be replaced, maybe a somewhat different group should be found to invest in or maybe a new group should be started, etc etc. With a map of the area (I personally always prefer maps that are proportional to the amount of people that live somewhere, since that is what matters: people), one could also easily see whether the funds are spread around a bit evenly to everyone, especially the share of losses.

(Note: I suppose it is obvious one would make such a chart, but I wouldn't dare take anything for granted when it comes to Government. Some would-be corrupt official might steamroll people into losing focus, exploiting the lack of oversight to mount its little corruption scheme. Can't have that, can we. Stupid questions and asking for the obvious is what we need from Government. They shouldn't be able to scratch their heads or turning their heads without the People knowing about it. Government is our slave and we have to know everything about them, especially the things one would otherwise take for granted. How many pens they use ? We must know. How much coffee they drink ? We must know. Should we have camera's in all the relevant places ? That's an excellent idea, isn't it; footage could be streamed to a few public TV's, or even to the Internet or local TV. It is our Government, they are our slaves, we should keep an eye on them at all times. Let them know who is boss. The truth can never hurt us in the end, the more the better. Even if everyone isn't interested in this, the openness allows the few - that single person one day - that are researching into it, to have the tools to do it covertly; they will then find out what is wrong. All Government reporting about the simplest things: how much gas has been used by municipal nature maintenance ? We must know that. How often did they need to repair a vehicle in a garage and pay for that ? We must know. We must know everything. You just can't trust Government blindly, because there is no other system then democracy, knowing the truth and action to change it, to keep it in line. That's the difference with a company: it is policed by the police, by market pressures, by costumers and employees with varies interests, neighbors, researchers. You don't have this with the Government. It is a monopoly, it owns the police and the judges, it owns the money system. Only you can keep it straight. You have little more then public outrage at abuses when it really comes to it, all the rest depends one way or the other on Government itself. A Government building made entirely from glass ? Good plan. Microphones in every Government hallway, journalists lurking behind the curtains of every restaurant to catch Government representatives ? Nice. Near total professional surveillance of Government representatives and the activities of Government. Maybe then we'll be able to do something about corruption one day. Maybe. At least we could have a bit of a fighting chance. Who payed for the expensive car that an ex-Government representative is driving ? Let's find out. Maybe we discover a corruption ring that way. Paranoia is a medicine against Government corruption. No, we can't trust them. Trust will have to be earned. Maybe then it could even end up being meaningful and real, after we think it is deserved. Until we find evidence to the contrary. We have to make the most of the tools we have to keep Government straight, because we have so few of them. Whistle-blowers are our heroes, and the police must be well payed for its dangerous job, so that it does not become corrupt out of dissatisfaction. Everyone has a responsibility to keep Government in line, transparent and faithful to the common interest. Who watches the watchers ? You. Does that mean we distrust Government ? Yes ! But once we've checked and verified everything, and it works out, then there is also the potential for real trust, verified and real. That is also a lot better then the blind faith that the Grand Leaders of Society mean well. It can't go wrong either way. We can't tolerate Government secrecy and "trust us blind": we will end up paying the price in corruption.)