What do I want from my policy makers?

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I completely trust my policy-makers to consider all aspects of an issue and I have high confidence in the decisions they make
1
5%
I have a high degree of trust in my policy-makers, but would want them to consult on more difficult issues like casinos and second language education
9
45%
I have some degree of trust in my policy-makers, and expect them to consult on most issues, including transport fare hikes and maid's day off
4
20%
I believe that I am a better policy maker than they, and will only accept policies that agree with what I think they should look like
6
30%
 
Total votes : 20

What do I want from my policy makers?

Postby 3Boys » Sat Jul 30, 2011 8:20 am

A bunch of debate across different threads. What is it we really want from our policy makers? To be firm and decisive and get on with things, or be limp-wristed wimps brow beaten by howling public opinion? Are we, as a population, willing to go along with difficult decisions for the greater good, or go down the disunited entitlement, fairy-tale financing mindset that has gotten the US into multi-trillion dollar debt situation?

I want a good strong Singapore for my children, I think this compact between citizens and policy-makers is key, and both sides have a responsibility in this.

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Re: What do I want from my policy makers?

Postby 3Boys » Sat Jul 30, 2011 9:05 pm

Interesting, was wondering when someone would pick option 4....:)

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Re: What do I want from my policy makers?

Postby BeContented » Sat Jul 30, 2011 9:41 pm

3Boys wrote:
-- firm and decisive and get on with things,
-- willing to go along with difficult decisions for the greater good

I want a good strong Singapore for my children, I think this compact between citizens and policy-makers is key, and both sides have a responsibility in this.


I want the above.
I find it a little troubling & worrying cos there seems to be too much of "me, I, mine, I want, I am entitled, not enough - I want more". Think the real people who really need more help are really the lower income people.......

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Re: What do I want from my policy makers?

Postby 3Boys » Sat Jul 30, 2011 10:27 pm

cwc wrote:
3Boys wrote:
-- firm and decisive and get on with things,
-- willing to go along with difficult decisions for the greater good

I want a good strong Singapore for my children, I think this compact between citizens and policy-makers is key, and both sides have a responsibility in this.


I want the above.
I find it a little troubling & worrying cos there seems to be too much of "me, I, mine, I want, I am entitled, not enough - I want more". Think the real people who really need more help are really the lower income people.......


You might be in the minority, unfortunately. Everybody is an armchair minister these days.

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Re: What do I want from my policy makers?

Postby Musings » Sat Jul 30, 2011 10:56 pm

3 boys, totally agree. Unfortunately Spore is headed down the US route which is fragmented and policies are determined by which lobby group is stronger. A US friend explained that where he stay is full of retirees so they refuse to vote in favour of policies to build new schools or school facilities or raise teacher salaries. So educational standards differ greatly across the state. The current govt has no choice but to listen to people's demands to stay in power - but proppe's demands are typically motivated by self interest - policies decided in this can never be in the interest of the nation.

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Re: What do I want from my policy makers?

Postby BeContented » Sat Jul 30, 2011 11:17 pm

Musings wrote:3 boys, totally agree. Unfortunately Spore is headed down the US route which is fragmented and policies are determined by which lobby group is stronger. A US friend explained that where he stay is full of retirees so they refuse to vote in favour of policies to build new schools or school facilities or raise teacher salaries. So educational standards differ greatly across the state. The current govt has no choice but to listen to people's demands to stay in power - but proppe's demands are typically motivated by self interest - policies decided in this can never be in the interest of the nation.


:goodpost:

3boys, yes, do realised that we are in the minority :sad:
Fortunately, DH holds similar belief as I do and that to me is already a blessing. :love:

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Re: What do I want from my policy makers?

Postby kiddo » Sat Jul 30, 2011 11:24 pm

cwc wrote:
3Boys wrote:
-- firm and decisive and get on with things,
-- willing to go along with difficult decisions for the greater good

I want a good strong Singapore for my children, I think this compact between citizens and policy-makers is key, and both sides have a responsibility in this.


I want the above.
I find it a little troubling & worrying cos there seems to be too much of "me, I, mine, I want, I am entitled, not enough - I want more". Think the real people who really need more help are really the lower income people.......


cwc ...agree ....the other people group have some choice and know how and can make and work around the policy to improved their lot......

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Re: What do I want from my policy makers?

Postby kiddo » Sat Jul 30, 2011 11:32 pm

3Boys wrote:
cwc wrote:
3Boys wrote:
-- firm and decisive and get on with things,
-- willing to go along with difficult decisions for the greater good

I want a good strong Singapore for my children, I think this compact between citizens and policy-makers is key, and both sides have a responsibility in this.


I want the above.
I find it a little troubling & worrying cos there seems to be too much of "me, I, mine, I want, I am entitled, not enough - I want more". Think the real people who really need more help are really the lower income people.......


You might be in the minority, unfortunately. Everybody is an armchair minister these days.


Armchair minister :spank: .....definitely 3boys .....
more and more so as the years goes by ....SG is 46 now, :torchme:

3Boys wrote:Interesting, was wondering when someone would pick option 4....:)


we do have some now cast in option 4 --- until all votes are cast in option 4
3boys :boogie: SG citizenry will have truly arrived .....
armchair minister will a thing of the past :evil:

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Re: What do I want from my policy makers?

Postby 3Boys » Sun Jul 31, 2011 7:52 am

cwc, kiddo, musings,
thanks for your comments. It is worrisome, Singapore seems to be traversing that same arc of development->complacency->decline that describes many nation states, except on an accelerated timeline!

Problem is, if we go bankrupt, we are basically done for, we won't rise from the ashes like China.

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Re: What do I want from my policy makers?

Postby markfch » Sun Jul 31, 2011 2:08 pm

I wonder if this poll is a spillover from the vigor from the P1 registration debate that has been raging on whole week. I know what I want from policy makers. I also know that human beings respond to incentives instinctively - and policy makers are human beings. This is my biggest worry.
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