This is a follow up to my earlier blog Solve For Integrity First. When we achieve the remarkable feat of a government full of leaders who act with integrity, what then?
I believe our country will be best off by incentivizing the development of policy with two fundamental qualities that transcend petty party politics: omni-positivism and long-termism.
Omni-positive (“win-win”) legislation benefits all stakeholders. An example of omni-positive legislation is one that reduces the deficit AND provides social services to more people. Two sides that are typically at odds with each other, those wanting to reduce the deficit and those wanting to provide more social services, both win. Long-termism is accepting short-term ‘pain’ for long-term gain. A example of a long-term policy is raising the age for social security. This hurts a small yet politically active group of people in the short term to benefit a massively larger group for generations to come.
Omni-positivism requires serious creativity and a willingness to compromise. Long-termism requires the courage and integrity to do what’s best for the country.
Creativity, compromise, courage, integrity…sounds pretty great.
Politicians have been making short-sighted policy decisions to win short-term political points for too long. To break this vicious cycle we need to incentivize different behaviors. How do we do that? I’m glad you asked, it’s quite simple — let’s fund the campaigns of those who support long-term and omni-positive legislation and fund the opponents of those who don’t.
A Congress full of people who act with integrity, value omni-positive solutions and have the courage to support long-term solutions is within our power to achieve. ‘We the people’ simply need to stand for these values, reward those who exhibit them and hold those who don’t accountable.