Department of Justice
(Old Budget = $28 Billion / 114,500 FTE’s)
In the story of our lives, tragic moments are often lurking somewhere in the plot. The worst of these tragedies involves violence: some “assailant”, who in the back story of this tragedy has been damaged as well, now passes some of that damage onto you. Now you are carrying this damage around with you, and it will eat you up unless you release it; because of our current way of dealing with tragedy, you are on your own in how you release it. If you can afford to pay for it, perhaps you seek counseling. If you do not, perhaps you release it toward the people nearest you. Perhaps you have no one, and you release the damage onto yourself. Meanwhile, whatever Justice is exacted by some strangers, allegedly on your behalf, is, in the end, meaningless in the bigger picture of diminishing these continuous cycles of violence.
The best we can do as a society is
- Proactively mitigate the damage before it precipitates. This option is immediately appealing, as IT HAS NEVER BEEN TRIED BEFORE.
- Put the resources for attainable Justice close by, make them accessible and tangible, where the line between assailant and victim can be better understood and managed.
Mitigating societal damage would be the job of our Education and Health Care Departments, and our ‘essential needs’ services. The new Department of Justice, which can only come in once the damage has been done, would at least be put directly in the Communities where parties could seek Damage Control through mediation, compensation, adjudication, or referral to Health Care or other better avenues of relief and release.
Using the current definition of Justice – a form of compensational revenge exacted after the fact – the People would seek to financially gain from the indiscretions of individuals and businesses who fail to protect our Health and Safety, our Civil Rights, or our Money. All Regulatory Agencies would now be watchdogs for the People, and as such would be housed within this Department. These Agencies need to pay for themselves, or risk getting cut back until a renewed need is found for raising their budgets (the more “justice” they exact, the more we would pay them). There would be an investigative arm, and a litigation arm, and both would work on a commission. We would not directly pay any citizen “whistle blowers”, but since a percentage of all compensation would go directly to the People, We would encourage everyone to speak up. Just as police follow tips and leads, our investigative arm would do the same.
Here are some of the Regulatory Agencies turned Litigators:
Our HEALTH and SAFETY
- FDA (Food and Drug Administration) / FSIS (Food Safety and Inspection Service)- These two departments would work in tandem to ensure food safety through inspection, regulation, imposition of fines, and prosecution when necessary. The FDA would retain its role in overseeing the proper labeling of all products, along with the accompanying taxation. It would also keep a watchful eye on the drug and cosmetic industries. Experts from the NOAA Seafood Inspection Program would also join this department to help oversee the fishing industry.
- EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) – from enforcing the Carbon tax across the entire spectrum to overseeing Our drinking water, waste management, pesticide use, natural resource abuse, etc., this department would be very busy.
- Alcohol and Tobacco Tax Bureau – We need those taxes. If you drink it or smoke it, or especially if you sell it, make sure you pay the tax on it. We could also collect the new gun and ammo taxes here as well. There will be a Treasury (collection) component, and a Justice (litigation) component for any non-compliance issues that arise.
- CPSC (Consumer Product Safety Commission) – It would still enforce federal safety standards on products.
- OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) – Employers may feel the financial sting of any unsafe or unhealthy conditions within their workplaces.
- FERC (Federal Energy Regulatory Commission) – The FERC is an independent agency that regulates the interstate transmission of natural gas, oil, electricity, natural gas and hydro power projects. Now it would need to pay for itself through litigation of any shenanigans within the private Energy sector.
Our CIVIL RIGHTS
- EEOC (Equal Employment Opportunity Commission) – Our own government employment within each Community would even be under the scrutiny of this division, as we need to be the leaders in creating more diversity within our neighborhoods.
- NLRB (National Labor Relations Board) – Employers may need to open their pocketbooks if any unfair labor practices are found in the workplace. (We the People are all going to unionize, under the protection of our Federal Justice Department. This may alleviate the need for local unions, but until economic democracy wins out over the current dictatorial model, the concept of people sticking together in order to fight against injustice in the workplace would always have a place.)
- FEC (Federal Elections Committee) – While designed to oversee the exchange of money, the ramifications of this regulatory agency (enforcing the Federal Election Campaign Act) reach into the area of constitutional rights. See our Campaign Reform Strategy, designed to make the FEC’s job a whole lot easier.
- FTC (Federal Trade Commission) – if consumer products are not truthfully represented, this department may come knocking on your door.
- CFTC (Commodity Futures Trading Commission) – “Fraud, manipulation, abusive practices, and systemic risk”: this sounds like a typical day down on Wall Street. Anyone who gambles probably deserves whatever they get, but if we don’t keep an eye on it, things could even get worse (if that is possible).
- FDIC (Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation) – Now that we would have a Bank, the time could come when We are the only Bank in town. Then we would no longer need this. For now, it better stick around.
- Federal Reserve System (the FED): We definitely could use their guidance to regulate banking and manage the money supply.
- SEC (Securities and Exchange Commission) – “Administers federal laws concerning the buying and selling of securities”.
- US Customs and Border Protection – while housed within the new Department of Security, if import taxation turns criminal, and fines are imposed, there would need to be a litigation component in place.
- FCC (Federal Communications Commission) – there may now be a “conflict of interest” here, as we would be providing a lot of the communication Infrastructure. If there is only regulation and no litigation component, we would move this into our new Communication Department.
FINAL NOTE: If you go into a restaurant and order a burger, and the burger sucks, it doesn’t do much good to complain management about it, in the hope their burger-making skills improve. The best thing to do is to take note, and never go back there again. Enforcement is ultimately a useless waste of precious time. From now on, We the People would have the money to build our own burger joints, and with this very real threat to the burger industry as a whole, those burger people better get their burger-making act together, or they would find themselves flipping our burgers.
The FBI would now have one foot in the SECURITY BUSINESS, and one foot in the JUSTICE business. Local Law Enforcement, which claims to “protect and serve” the citizens of our Communities, is not always perceived by the mass of citizens in a positive way. In truth, there are about a million reasons for this, but as it is with all things, we are not interested in looking back, only forward. As a first step in what will be a contentious and likely slow process, we would be placing an FBI “Peace Officer” Department within each Community Center. Their assignment is to listen to citizens in the Office and out on the street. Citizens would know them by name. They would carry no [visible] weapons, perhaps only a communication device and a body camera. Through knowing Community members personally, the hope is they can de-escalate conflicts, provide assistance, and be someone we as citizens could trust with information. They would have no actual ability to arrest or detain, only assess and advise, and at last resort, call in the people with the guns, who would have a different agenda. The goal is that an FBI Peace Officer could be a mediator between the People and the currently less-trusted local Law Enforcement, and as such would have its eye on both (and hopefully have the trust of both), and would be able to explain one side to the other side [as their job would be to see both sides]. Our feeling is that some of our former or decommissioned Military Personnel would be great for this job, especially if they have a natural affinity for people, or skills in the fields of social work or counseling.
NOTE: Although FBI Peace Officers work within the Department of Justice, their duties would often fall more into the category of Health and Human Services, and as such, would advocate and mediate for these services as well.
Finally, we would begin a serious debate about public surveillance. In line with our new concept of being both cost effective and socially effective, using AI surveillance might cut the cost of getting an “offender” face to face with a “victim”, where at least the potential of something meaningful could happen. Some rules for surveillance might include:
- No initial human access to footage without “probable cause” of a criminal act (AI may even be able to determine this, in order that police can act more quickly).
- Footage automatically gets erased after a reasonable amount of time (again, if AI makes the initial judgement, a human operator can confirm or deny potential wrongdoing before proceeding).
- Although this surveillance may not [outright] catch the most dangerous criminal, who through pre-meditation would purposely attempt to avoid detection, We WOULD catch the people who can actually be helped, and instead of prosecuting them, try to intervene and mediate and counsel them, and get them face to face with any victims in an attempt to mitigate the damage done.
- This could be a great tool in reaching out to people who can be helped, But within the current “punitive” system of Justice it would be seen as an infringement on privacy, and rejected.
- In our new model, We must first change the role of the Justice Department:
- To Keep / Maintain / Foster the Peace, and
- To protect the citizens, not from each other, but from those who hold power and abuse it by putting their profit margin first, and human safety second.
- One EXECUTIVE TEAM (Attorney General + Staff) = $2 Million
- One FEDERAL JUDICIAL COURT TEAM per 100,000 population (Cost: $1.5 Million perTEAM X 3,300) = $5 Billion
These Federal Judges will hear and rule on all cases involving the People’s business that manifests locally
- Environmental Justice (in conjunction with EPA)
- Criminal Justice (in conjunction with FBI / Justice division)
- Civil Rights Justice (in conjunction with Constitutional Law)
- Economic Justice (in conjunction with Labor)
- Tax Enforcement Justice (in conjunction with Treasury)
- One FBI JUSTICE / Peace Officer TEAM per 100,000 population (Cost: $3 Million perTEAM X 3,300) = $10 Billion
- The US Marshals can stay, Tommy Lee Jones is cool. New Price Tag = $920 Million
The old Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) uses criminal fines, fees, and special assessments from Justice Department litigation to provide certain victims with emergency services like shelter, transportation, counseling, long-term therapy, and civil legal assistance. While much of these services would already be covered by other Departments, the spirit of support is noble and may warrant a portion of collected litigation be made available for any gap in assistance that Communities feel has been left uncovered.
New Budget = $16 Billion
Our EPA TAX will collect $6.7 Billion. Annual DOJ fines and fees currently collected total $3.5 Billion. This gives us roughly $10 Billion seed money for our Investigation and Litigation Division. Agencies like the FCC are a model for the rest of the regulatory departments, with its $388 Million budget funded entirely by fees it collects. Old regulatory budgets, like the FDA ($5 Billion), FSIS ($1 Billion), TTB ($114.4 Million), FEC ($71.2 Million), OSHA ($550 Million), SEC ($1.7 Billion), FTC ($306 Million), CPSC ($123 Million), and FERC ($370 Million) would need to work smart to pay for themselves, too.
THOUGHT: create an online “complaint department” where all identities are both verified and protected, in order to facilitate cost-effective investigation. These agencies are there to protect the public but cannot do that without people first standing up and advocating for themselves.
- “The Department [of “Justice”] defends the interests of the United States & protects all Americans.” That’s what it says on the Government Website. Instead, how about: “The Department [of “Justice”] cannot defend the interests of the United States unless it protects all Americans.”
- Something bad happens to you at the hands of someone else. Why did it have to happen? No one in the Justice business is trying to find you that answer, but isn’t that really the only answer that matters, now that what is done is done, and cannot be undone?
- As put forth by some of the greatest names in philosophy; names like Rousseau and Hobbes and Locke and Kant; the best we can do is enter into a “social contract” with our Government, where the Government will be in charge of dispensing violence [on your behalf, sort of] in exchange for protecting your civil rights. Another philosopher, John Rawls, asserts that Justice is really about fairness. We want fairness.
- Let’s say it is all about fairness. A child gets smacked around at home, and then comes to school and smacks your kid. At worst, you seek Justice for your child, at best you seek some peaceful reconciliation (a handshake and some earnest advice), but it is unlikely that fairness will occur. It’s unlikely anyone gets all the way to ‘why’ anything really happens. *
- Our assertion is that once Justice has to step in, there will be no peace, no reconciliation, no fairness. It’s too late for that. Just Police and Judges and Lawyers and Wardens. Departments and Courts and Jails and Prisons. Guns and gavels and handcuffs and jumpsuits. So much money, our money, all placed on the losing side of the equation. Because “why” is not really what Justice is seeking.
* Face to face with experienced mediation present is, however, somewhere on the right track, and could be explored, if somehow, we weren’t so afraid of public surveillance (meanwhile, private surveillance is ok, or public surveillance by private industry, or private surveillance by other governments…).
GOOD REASONS FOR THOROUGH SURVEILLANCE
With our fates now tied together financially, we could save money through:
- deterring property damage
- detecting and treating early signs of self-destructive behavior
- diminishing cost of law enforcement investigation
- diminishing cost of unnecessary jail usage and court arraignment
- activating Education and Health Care systems instead of Law-and-Order systems
Again, we wish to reiterate that we are completely against using public surveillance within the current “punitive” system of Justice.
BREAKDOWN OF OLD BUDGET
The DOJ Budget is comprised of:
- law enforcement (49.8% of Budget or $13.8 Billion)
- FBI, DEA, and ATFE would be going to the Department of Security.
- litigation (12.4% of Budget or $3.4 Billion)
- BTW, Litigation collects $3.4 Billion in fines. Litigation should only be paid based on what it can collect.
- prisons and detention (29.9% of Budget or $8.3 Billion)
- These costs are now part of the Health Care / Rehabilitation budget.
- administration/ technology/other (0.9% of Budget or $250 Million)
- All Federal Staff would take a 30% pay cut.
- grants (7% of Budget or $1.94 Billion)
- This cost would now be part of the Health Care budget.
- No more Grants
- No more Inspector General
- 30% pay cuts for Employees
- DEA and ATFE are joining the FBI in the Department of Security
- Litigation, if truly necessary, needs to pay for itself
Some Light Reading
Department Of Labor and Commerce
(Old Budgets Combined = $47 Billion)
We WOULD NOT be keeping LABOR programs that fall into these categories:
- Re-Education [covered under Education]
- Welfare [covered under Health Care]
- Employee Benefits [covered under Health Care and Retirement Dividends]
- Worker’s Compensation [covered under Health Care]
- Disability Benefits [covered under Health Care]
- Pension Benefits [cover under Retirement Dividends]
We WOULD keep programs that protect worker rights, through litigation:
- Wage and Hour Division (WHD) – [Former Budget = $278 Million / 1,393 FTE] Makes sure people get paid proper wages.
- The Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) [Former Budget = $549 Million / 2,024 FTE] Makes sure workers are safe on their jobs (NOTE: jobs in coal and nuclear power, for example, are inherently unsafe, so we would work to eliminate these risks while properly warning workers that they do certain jobs “at their own risk”).
- Civil Rights Center (CRC) [Former Budget = $42.7 Million / 200 FTE?] Protecting Veterans, Women, Legal Immigrants, the Disabled or Elderly…Everybody!
We would also keep the idea behind:
- The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) [Former Budget = $609.4 Million, 2,090 FTE] We would be taking stats locally, and they would wind up in our National Database.
We WOULD NOT be keeping:
- Bureau of the Census [Former Budget = $1.52 Billion / 1,971 FTE] There would be so much data now collected at the local level [for Retirement and Health Care], that this office could easily be absorbed into the Health Care Department.
- International Trade and Investment Administration (ITA)[Former Budget = $474.4 million / 1,735] FTE] Instead of taking a “buyer (and seller) beware” approach to international trade, our government seems to favor bullying other countries into wanting our products. We have Foreign Relations Ambassadors to advocate for US business, otherwise, the World Trade Organization is there to solve disputes of the International kind.
We WOULD be keeping:
- Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) [Former Budget = $97 Million / 497 FTE] From gross domestic product (GDP) to the current trade balance, this office produces economic indicators that are closely watched by many important decision makers.
- Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) [449 FTEs] Apparently, we sometimes export products overseas that have “weapons potential” that we do not wish to end up in the “wrong hands”, so this office investigates and fines any offenders. The fines it collects would need to pay for the existence of this office.
- Patent and Trademark Office – Supposedly this Office makes a profit, so it can stay. If it wants to go Independent, even better, in case it sometimes doesn’t make a profit…
- National Institute of Standards & Technology – This is basically R & D money for innovation in the physical sciences. If the research can make us money, we would keep it. It is only $600 – 900 million to maintain.
- National Telecommunications and Information Administration = $33.6 million – this office manages federal spectrum use, conducts telecommunications research, and advises the president on telecommunications and information policy issues, with a focus on expanding broadband Internet access and adoption, for continued innovation and economic growth.
- We need all people to work and get paid properly for it. We need them to pay their taxes. We need them to be safe while they work. When they lose their job, we need to counsel them then help them find another job. When they wish it, we need to re-train them quickly and get them working in their new job. The LOCAL LABOR TEAM will consist of:
- Labor Lawyer [to advocate for workers on any labor-related grievances, while seeking fines against all offenders – these fines (“demand”) would determine “supply” of lawyers necessary, as we would need for this service to mostly pay for itself].
- Tax Investigator [We need everyone to pay their taxes].
- Employment Agent [Would know what jobs are available, help with job placement locally and abroad, help coordinate re-training efforts, ensure diversity in the work force, etc.]
- Business Mediator [Would help mediate issues with employers and employees, and recommend solutions, which may include counseling, litigation, job re-location, etc]
- Business Advisor for the People’s Bank [An extension of the Bank Loan program – Advisors would make sure new local businesses seeking loans have a viable business plan in place, as the People have a vested interest in everyone’s success].
- Labor Statistician [while keeping track of Stats, we would maintain real time data on current job openings, tax discrepancies, and any data that helps the rest of the TEAM do their job].
- We would include Census taking constantly in our Health Care calculations. We would keep the Patent Office and the Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS), but both would need to pay for themselves. We would keep The Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) [for $68 Million] but find ways to charge a fee for the analysis it provides. Finally, we would put the National Telecommunications and Information Administration [for $23.5 Million] and the National Institute of Standards and Technology [for $560 Million] under the umbrella of RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT.
Now that We have all but gutted the old Department of Commerce, we could house all our new Federal Businesses Teams under the Labor and Commerce budget.
All businesses must meet 4 criteria:
- Directly or indirectly help make a basic human need affordable
- Cover their Bank Loan Payment
- Cover the salaries of their Employees
- Charge Taxpayers only for the cost of top-level Management Offices
We would pay for the Upper-Level Management of each Business we create, but any Middle or Lower Management Positions must be figured into the cost of running the Business. Whenever a new Business is needed, a new Team would be created to oversee it. A crude guess would be calculated for the Budget. Teams would only receive $1 Million for now.
Here are some of the projected Federal Businesses, and their respective Executive Management Offices:
MATERIALS: (61 OFFICES = $61 Million)
- Steel (recyclable and integrated) (20 + 1 Businesses)
- Cement / Concrete (20 Businesses)
- Timber (20 Businesses)
- Everything Hemp (within Education or Community Center, through Agriculture)
RENEWABLE ENERGY / ELECTRIC COMPANY (150 PLANTS = $150 Million) (Sold in Community Center TEAM)
- Solar (20 manufacturing, 20 Plants)
- Hydro-Electric (20 Plants)
- Wind (20 Plants)
- Clean Nuclear (20 Plants)
- Rechargeable Storage Batteries (20 Plants)
- Battery Recharging Stations (have to pay for themselves)
- Hydrogen Fuel Production (50 Plants)
- Hydrogen Fueling Stations (have to pay for themselves)
WATER & WASTE MANAGEMENT TEAMS (3,300 X $2 Million per TEAM = $6.6 Billion)
- Hydrogen production from poop
- Recyclable Plastic
- Bio-degradable (organic) Packaging
- Glass / Paper Recycling
- Waste Collection / Recycling / Reusing (Plastic, Paper, Glass, Bio-Degradable)
- Regenerative / Vertical Farming Food Outlets (in Community Center TEAM = $3.3 Billion)
- NOAA Fisheries (100 businesses = $100 Million)
TRANSPORTATION BUSINESSES (TEAMS already housed at Community Center)
- Federal Clean Energy Airlines (503 major Airports = $503 Million)
- Pod Car Dealerships (in Community Center TEAM) (perhaps 10 Plants = $10 Million)
- Maglev Rail Services (in Community Center TEAM)
- Driverless (Uber) taxis (in Community Center TEAM)
- Driverless (Uber) Delivery / Sanitation / Moving Vehicles (in Community Center TEAM)
- Clean Heavy Freight Rail System (20 Stations = $20 Million)
- Hyperloop Transportation (20 Stations = $20 Million)
- Retail Health Clinics (in Community Center TEAM)
- Local Education Retail Spaces (in Community Center TEAM)
- Communications Businesses (in Community Center TEAM)
- One EXECUTIVE TEAM (Secretary + TEAM) = $2 Million
- One LOCAL LABOR TEAM per 100,000 population (Cost: $1.5 Million per TEAM X 3,300) = $5 Billion*
- *GOAL: TEAMS should only cost an average of $1 Million with the collections of various fines [commissions] If everyone is behaving properly, these funds will be reduced over time.
- All LOCAL FEDERAL BUSINESS TEAMS Estimate = $10.764 Billion
- The Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) [$68 Million]
- The National Telecommunications and Information Administration [for $23.5 Million] and the National Institute of Standards and Technology [for $560 Million] will go under the umbrella of RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT
- All Labor litigation will be heard in the new local Federal Judicial Courtroom (three-Judge panel when necessary) which will be paid for by the Department of Justice.
- All Federal Business Management Teams will be paid for in the Departments in which they are located.
- Expect The Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) and The National Telecommunications and Information Administration to relocate to the new Department of Communications.
New Budget = $16.42 Billion
The financial well-being of our citizens must be ensured. The ability to procure money in order to exchange it for essential basic needs is the foundation of this economic arrangement we have made with ourselves. The Labor Division would speak for citizens employed in the private sector, regulating wages and monitoring fair treatment practices. The Commerce side of the Department would be about presenting more employment opportunities for Americans, to ensure a steady flow of money is reaching everyone.
The mandate of each Community’s LABOR TEAM is:
- To aid in job placement within the Community, and to provide access via database search for related jobs in all other Communities.
- To aid in re-education within the Community, or in adjacent Communities, and to help strategize in order to remain financially stable during the transition between re-education and new job placement.
- To provide individual or collective bargaining / mediation for all workers within the Community, and to recommend any necessary intervention or counseling for employee or employer that would benefit overall Community well-being.
- To provide business planning to all small businesses within a Community.
- To provide legal expertise in all areas related to workers’ rights (wage / safety / civil), environmental regulation, and taxation (including litigating tax evasion)
Department Of The Interior
(Old Budget = $12.6 Billion / 70,000 FTE’s)
GOAL: A more commensal relationship with the planet.
DEFINING THE PROBLEM:
The work of this Department requires the merging of two opposing philosophies, one of extraction versus one of conservation. We are creatures who by our very nature cannot help but consume, and if left unchecked, we would in essence eat ourselves to Death. We are in a symbiotic relationship with the Earth, a one-sided relationship, unfortunately, as we have nothing the Earth really needs. Our top priority should be to NOT piss the Earth off, for if our drive to consume the Earth turns any more parasitic, only two possible results could ensue: We kill our Host, or our Host kills us first.
Our Teams would know how to maintain various ecosystems at the same time they extract whatever is needed from them, and the most cost-effective strategy would be to place Teams directly at the sources where they would be doing their work. Also, Teams would need to be hand-picked, as skill sets would vary based on the specific needs of each region.
- National Park Visitation generates $32 billion for our economy each year, yet only around $282 Million is coming back to help pay the $12.6 Billion in expenses to maintain it. Meanwhile, National Parks need an alleged $12 Billion in further infrastructure upgrades.
- The Interior of the United States is collectively owned by the People. We would take out a $24 Billion ‘National Treasures’ Infrastructure Loan, then build all of our own lodging, restaurants, and other amenities (like walking and biking paths, which are environmentally smart, as they keep people out of the more delicate natural habitats and ecosystems). Through these services we would need to collect $1.375 Billion a year to pay off the Bank Loan. Meanwhile, we would charge rent to private vendors already profiting from these regions.
- With the direction of conservationists and extraction Teams, the People would procure what we need for our Federal Businesses, and supervise (and charge rent for) the extraction of raw materials and resources desired by the private sector.
- Funded by our $25 Environmental Protection Tax, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) would be hired as the watchdog for the United States Interior. Through investigation, prosecution, and fining of both the public and private sector, it is possible the entire Department of the Interior could pay for itself.
- We would bring the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) into this Department. In order to pay for it, we would start Sustainable Fishing Companies, Ocean Energy Enterprises, Educational Ocean Tours, or any other money- making or ‘essential needs’ ventures which the NOAA could monitor while they continue research and oversight of our valuable Marine ecosystem.
- One EXECUTIVE TEAM in Washington DC (Secretary + Staff) = $5 Million
- [Cost is greater to include all relevant voices]
- 50 INTERIOR MANAGEMENT TEAMS X $1.5 Million = $75 Million
- [Each State needs to oversee their specific Site4 Management TEAMS]
- 500 “SITE MANAGEMENT” TEAMS (Cost: $1.5 Million per TEAM X 500) = $750 Million
- $24 Billion National Park Infrastructure Bank Loan ($1.375 Billion yearly mortgage payment)
- National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) = $4 Billion [This represents a30% cut in its funding, and it will see further cuts soon, so it needs to help pay for itself ASAP. [What about a Sustainable Fishing Business?]
Why 500 Site Management TEAMS? [We could end up needing more]
All the following sites may need to be managed. If any are seen as unnecessary or redundant, they could be made the responsibility of other Departments or of the States. Currently on the list:
- 60 National Parks
- 130 National Monuments
- 21 National Preserves
- 52 National Historical Parks
- 88 National Historic Sites
- 29 National Memorials
- 10 National Seashores
- 9 National Lakeshores
- 15 National Rivers
- 14 National Military Parks and Cemeteries
- 12 National Battlefield Parks or Sites
- 18 National Recreation Areas
- 39 Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar Sites)
Other Areas of Interest include:
- Ocean / offshore energy
- Minerals, including base and precious metals, energy resources
- Fish and wildlife habitats
- Water reclamation areas, like dams, reservoirs, etc
- Designated American Indian / Alaskan Native lands
- Natural resource revenue, including forests
New Budget = $4.83 Billion
Some entity needs to be the mediator between what people need and what the planet can sustain. We now would take on that job, while still maintaining our role as Regulator of the Private sector.
- By cutting timber for our Affordable Housing, we could serve the dual purpose of clearing the forest in a way that would mitigate the potential for devastating fire damage.
- By running sustainable businesses in fishing, farming, green steel and concrete, we would have one foot in affordable basic needs and one in environmental protection.
- By taking more charge of our National Parks, we could actually help to better protect them, while making enough money to cover the Bank Loan for much needed upgrades within our Park system.
$32 BILLION a year is going to private vendors within our Park system, but only $282 million is coming back to help pay for the NPS budget. This is not acceptable anymore. The Parks need $12 Billion in infrastructure upgrades. We would call that and raise it $12 Billion, with a $24 Billion Bank Loan, to build infrastructure that would make enough money to pay for the loan ($114,580,000 a month or $1.375 Billion a year in visitation fees). To get this much, we would be building lodging, restaurants, and other amenities like walking / biking paths, mostly because our natural wonders should be a great place to visit, so nudging people into seeing nature by offering amenities is a worthwhile trade-off.
Some Light Reading
- Crisis in our national parks: How tourists are loving nature to death
National Parks & Monuments Tourist Business
Our goal is simply to renovate our National Parks in order to make them excellent tourist destinations, with all the essential amenities and accommodations, and charge just enough to pay back the Bank Loan needed to pull off these upgrades. Our business model needs to combine tourists getting close to / reconnecting with nature while still protecting and respecting it, plus include options for having fun and recreating / exercising or relaxing and reflecting, with accommodations for those who wish to be pampered, those who wish to “rough it”, those bringing children—even those doing research or seeking an educational experience. But here’s the thing: People are loving nature a little too much lately, so Our upgrades need to account for this. Roads, trails, buildings, parking, shuttles, etc. It is unfortunate to often find 2 or 3-hour delays entering Parks, as once again traffic congestion sucks the life out of another otherwise enjoyable experience. Hopefully one of our new transportation strategies