Gyms will be full for a few weeks. Diet aids will fly from the shelves. Smokers eager to be former smokers will fidget. ’Tis the season of New Year’s resolutions, when good intentions meet harsh reality.
Beyond self-improvement, there are innumerable resolutions by which government leaders could reform public policy for the better. Herewith, some suggestions:
Gov. Tom Corbett:
Put the “common” back in commonwealth.
-- Agree to the great federal deal by which several hundred thousand low-income Pennsylvania workers could gain access to health care coverage through Medicaid at no cost to the state government for three years, and at very limited cost thereafter.
-- Agree to close the Delaware loophole, which allows huge national and international corporate interests to do business in Pennsylvaniawhile evading the taxes paid by smaller, home-grown enterprises.
Then, use the revenue to reduce the corporate tax rate by a third.
State lawmakers:
-- Follow through on reducing the size of the Legislature, which is the largest full-time law-making body among the states. It is needlessly costly and inefficient, hindering rather than furthering the conduct of state business.
-- As a vital companion piece, lawmakers need to stop selecting their voters and allowvoters to select them, by outlawing gerrymandering. Instead, create an independent redistricting commission modeled on that in California.
President Obama:
Add more substance to the style.
Part of the president’s problems are that he doesn’t follow through. He rhetorically reaches across the aisle but leaves it at that.
House Speaker John Boehner:
Use the seat’s power to effect compromise.
After allowing the tea party caucus to engage in the politically disastrous government shutdown and to flirt with forcing the United States into a default on its debt, Mr. Boehner finally helped orchestrate a budget compromise.
He should expand on that leadership early in 2014 to preclude themanufactured crises that have made Mr. Boehner’s House unproductive.
Citizens / Taxpayers:
Add “voter” to that title.
Whether or not the voter I.D. lawis upheld or not, voters can render their own verdict by turning out
to vote in greater numbers.