Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling has launched an interesting new initiative: 100 Ideas for the Future of Virginia. He’s assembled 100 proposals to improve the state, grouping them into eight categories on the website. A cursory inspection, though, shows that while the concept is good, but the execution is mighty poor.
This could be a great opportunity, a chance for him to list 100 clever proposals on the order of Gov. Tim Kaine’s energy reduction executive order. Simple solutions to problems, small things that can have a big impact, low-dollar ways to make a high-dollar difference. You know, the sort of proposals that Governor Doug Wilder is so good at, the hallmark of any politician who has earned the right to use the phrase “commonsense leadership.”
These ideas are not that. In fact, none of them are even proposals. It’s basically a grab bag of things that some people might like to see happen — there’s something for everybody, from liberal Democrats to conservative Republicans. Each consists of a title and between one – three sentences explaining it. There is no more detail provided. Here are some of “his” ideas:
- Give Local Governments More Tools To Control Growth And Development
- Bipartisan Redistricting Commission
- Gubernatorial Succession
- Controlling Growth and Development
- Put More Law Enforcement Officers On Our Streets
- Keep Our Children Safe From Sexual Predators
- Protecting The Second Amendment
- Eliminate the Car Tax
The ideas don’t get much better than this. These are Bolling’s ideas in the sense that every bill in the 2007 General Assembly session was my idea because, hey, I put them on Richmond Sunlight. Those ideas that actually consist of doing something (that is, not “Protecting The Second Amendment”) are without explanation as to how they’d be done. How’s he going to pay for these? He’s not saying. How would he get these laws passed? Not a word about that. There’s not an ounce of creativity, ingenuity, or critical thought. Not one idea that makes the reader think “oh, now that is clever.”
(I love that build more coal power plants comes under the “environment” category. Mr. Environment says “thanks for the pollution!”)
These aren’t “ideas.” This is, rather, the world’s widest, shallowest platform for governor.
By trying to be everything to everyone, Lt. Gov. Bolling will wind up as nothing to anybody.