2014 Legislative Agenda

I promised myself I would step back and survey all my legislative proposals once I passed the magic number ten.

What I see is a surprising concession on my part to rely more heavily on Big Government; the essential need for judicial reform; a bias toward building more ‘competition’ into government practices; and a recurring call for constitutional overhaul. I was also surprised to see my political principles remained intact even though they were written well before I decided which policy issues to tackle.

Every generation has its prophets of doom. Luckily they’ve been wrong. But history shows eventually one of them will get it right. The beauty of the U.S. democracy is we often overcome impossible hurdles to forestall that doom. We have been known at times to enact transformative change. Like those I propose below.

Let’s roll.

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Watson

Watson is the computer system that competed and won against former human champions on the TV game show Jeopardy!. Why not use Watson for our judicial system? It’s logical, comprehensive and not subject to bias. We teach Watson all prior cases, decisions, legislation, rulings, opinions, legislative backgrounds, Bayesian decision trees, probabilities, potential biases and more. We enter the particulars of a legal case turn the crank and out pops a decision.

Watson eliminates all the undue influences we see in judges: politicians, public opinion, etiquette of working with other judges, political agendas, and career ambitions. It eliminates judicial activism. It maximizes consistency in decisions. It minimizes lawsuits: litigants have access to Watson to assess their chances for winning. Of course Watson will be error-prone at first and will take some getting used to, but over time He will far outperform human counterparts in accuracy, speed and cost.

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