GOVERNOR BROWN - STOP BURYING THE VISIONS OF THE FUTURE UNDER THE CRISES OF THE PRESENT!
We are asking Governor Brown to assign the function of considering concepts and proposals for the future economic, social and political structures of our state to the Lt. Governor's office, to be seriously considered and reviewed. Further, that the best of those visions will be passed along to the Governor and the leaders of both state houses to be given equal consideration to other pressing crises of today which presently get all of the attention.
With state economies in ruin, people suffering and politics more polarized and vicious than ever, any hope for ideas for the future, for needed 21st century changes and ways of solving problems, is immediately buried and forgotten by our state governments. We understand, governors and legislators must deal with immediate crises (even poorly, as they do) But it is in visions for the future that many of the most pressing problems of today might be actually be solved. For now, they don't stand a chance of even getting read - let alone serious review or consideration. Eyeballs roll, votes get counted and nothing happens. Still, the way out of some of our messes might just be sitting in that pile of 'no time-not now' concepts no one ever sees, that sit in the bottom drawer of some government 'nowhere file'. State governor's all make pretty speeches calling for vision and new ideas, but rarely mean it. Its just so much feel-good rhetoric.
Instead, we suggest the matter of soliciting and sorting through the most promising and worthy ideas for the future be formally assigned as a task to a government office. In California, we think the ideal place for that function would be the in the office of the LT. Governor. That office has often been ridiculed and maligned as being a 'do-nothing' place that would be better off abolished. Sac Bee articles underscore its "limited duties" and some columnists have suggested the best thing a Lt. Governor can do for the state is to go home and spend time with his family.
We say making that office responsible for actively soliciting those ideas from the people of the state and aggressively promoting the best of them to the other agencieas and officials of government might just make that useless bit of idle time one of the most important places in the state. An "ombudsman" for positive change rather than the offices of ''business as usual" for 20th century complaints.
- California Governor
We are asking that you assign the office of Lt. Governor the responsibility for oversight of the future vision of California. In this role, the Lt. Governor would proactively solicit, review and consider ideas for the future vision of California's economic, social and political structure and forward the best of those to your office and to the Legislature. Further, that the Lt. Governor's office would actively develop and promote those ideas it felt worthy of attention, such that they might be given serious consideration by state government.
The office of Lt. Governor has often been ridiculed in our press and elsewhere as a 'do nothing' part of government with little reason to exist other than its formal position and some bully-pulpit speech making. We don't agree. Still, the discovery and stewardship of the future of California, the visions and concepts that might actually resolve crises, go unattended and unwelcome as our political leaders try to deal with the most pressing and immediate issues of the day. This is true, even though it may be that some of these future visions contain the practical seeds of resolving today's problems. In short, the future of California and the vision which it requires is an important function of government that is not being met. Without that function being given serious attention, the problems of today may never be resolved.
Governor, please make the Office of Lt. Governor the official place where the future of California and its most forward looking ideas can be solicited, prepared and developed and promoted for implementation.
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