Virtually every presidential candidate comes out with a 100 Day Plan, talking about all the things they'll accomplish within their first 100 days. And yet most don't get to do any of that for a few good reasons, like whatever it is requires Congress to vote or there's information they don't have as a candidate that as president they now know would make that idea impractical or take longer. What if, instead, they talk about how things that we took as being "normal" and that have been regularly challenged by the incumbent need to be turned around and that legislation is needed. In their first 100 days, they'll propose the following for a Congressional vote:
- For all positions requiring Senate confirmation, no one can serve as an "acting" Secretary/Director/whatever longer than 60 days without Senate approval
- Any business or financial holdings must be put in a blind trust to prevent the appearance of conflict of interest
- If the statute of limitations would run out on any crime committed, that time frame will freeze until the president is no longer in office
- No personal phones or accounts for any communications while in office for any elected official or their staff
- Security clearance and background checks to be handled by the FBI and cannot be overruled by the president without Senate approval.
- All presidential and vice presidential candidates must release the past ten years of tax returns or they cannot be on the ballot
- Press briefings must happen on at least a weekly basis
Working with Congress on these would require bipartisan support, and by forging those relationships a new administration could then tackle the other stuff.
Of course it won't happen. But a Lazygal can dream, right? And maybe if there are enough of us dreaming the same things...