Act 2 Inc
Lakewood, Colorado  80226
  • The Act 2 Reforms
  • The Act 2 Reforms

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

BACKGROUND

After my delayed retirement in 2002 I developed a keen interest in government and read avidly, collecting a considerable library on the subject. The more I learned, however, the more discouraged I became with the way our federal government worked. But I found I was not alone in my despair: surveys showed the public trust in the government was sinking to levels not thinkable in earlier times.

 

To vent my frustration, I began writing short essays on the need for governmental reform, which evolved in three

stages. First the writing was random and unfocused; next it grew into a small book that covered policy issues broadly (its tongue in cheek title was Succession: The Ultimate Solution) then I concluded that we needed to start with repair

of how the government actually worked, but avoid partisan debates on policy. I felt that the quality of our policy debates would not improve unless we first implemented repair and reform of the institutions of the republic.

 

Thus was Act 2 born with a goal to make our federal government effective and efficient, leaving our problematic policies to be dealt with after we had an improved structure in place. At that point, our deliberations will be more restrained and civil, and our policy reforms should be easier to address.

 

This goal may seem impossibly bold and ambitious, but as we went to work it proved to be achievable. (Perhaps my 26 years of experience with small business startups and turnaround situations prepared me for the barriers that lay ahead.) The landscape for potential reform was immense, but after study I selected five major reform areas that I concluded would be sufficient to transform our vast, dysfunctional government (over time) into an effective and efficient one. With this focus, constitutional amendments appeared that were simple in concept but profound in impact; they gave promise of getting the job done. The logic of these reforms is compelling, and the result will be well

worth the effort required to implement them.

 

 

 

ACCOMPLISHMENTS TO DATE

After writing some basic literature on the need for reforms and the Act 2 solutions, my wife and I engaged a large strategic marketing firm in Denver to help us develop a plan, build a website, and explore methods of reaching the public and elected representatives with our message. A senior member of this firm had extensive public policy experience and was the lead consultant that we worked with.

 

During 2014 and 2015, we considered various avenues for communicating our message to the public (our primary target) and elected officials (the secondary target), and took steps to test market some of these ideas:

 

  • A group of volunteers was recruited to assist at the events described below.

  • A focus group was assembled to discuss the Act 2 reforms.

  • The consultant made two trips to Washington DC to visit a number of organizations interested in governmental reforms to make them aware of our plans.

  • The consultant attended the annual meeting of the Leadership Program of the Rockies; 500 of our booklets were included in attendee literature packets.

  • The consultant gave a talk and distributed literature to a Rotary Club luncheon.

  • We rented a booth at the three day annual Western Conservative Summit

  • (attendance of approximately 4,000), and distributed more than 500 packets of literature there.

  • We rented a booth for the Western Welcome Week parade day in Littleton (attendance estimated at nearly 100,000), and we again distributed more than 500 packets of literature.

  • We were introduced to a highly respected constitutional scholar that agreed to consult with us on legislative and constitutional issues. He helped us refine our five constitutional amendments, and gave a brief talk to a national meeting of about 100 state legislators, making them aware of the Act 2 program.

  • We established a relationship with the American Legislative Exchange Council to facilitate communications with state legislators, and joined the ALEC task force on Federalism.

  • We sponsored an ALEC reception in Washington for members of Congress and distributed literature at this and other ALEC meetings of state legislators.

  • After each event, we watched our website traffic for evidence of impact.

Based on these experiences, we concluded that direct appeal to the public would not ignite a grass roots movement to compel Congress to act. The complexity of our government and the public’s limited understanding of how it worked doomed this approach; a typical reaction was “It sounds like a good idea, but I don’t know if it will work.”

 

So we concluded we should concentrate on delivering our message to state legislators and Congress as the primary target and secondly to the public, and took these steps:

  • In 2016, we engaged a website firm on the East Coast that had appropriate experience to revamp our website.

  • We wrote a number of new booklets, refining the message of Act 2 for our new target audience.

 

In early 2017 we made a series of mailings of literature to:

  • 150 leaders of 90 organizations that work in a broad range of government reform areas.

  • 50 leaders in Congress and members of a government oversight committee.

  • 130 acquaintances.

 

As our program evolved, we took appropriate administrative steps to prepare for future

expansion:

  • In September 2015 we submitted an application to the IRS for recognition as a tax exempt organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, which will facilitate future fund raising. The IRS ultimately gave us a favorable

  • ruling, so donors to Act 2 Inc are now assured that their donations are tax deductible.

  • All of our activities were conducted in Act 2 Inc, a Colorado nonprofit corporation. All corporate legal and tax filings are current.

  • We installed a robust accounting system with expansion capabilities, and financial statements are produced on a regular basis.

  • An expansion of the Board of Directors is now planned which will give majority control to outside (unaffiliated) directors.

  • The founders of Act 2 have given financial support to 50 politically oriented organizations for a number of years, for

  • the dual purpose of supporting them and to monitor their activities for opportunities for collaboration with Act 2. The relationship with ALEC was one result.

 

 

LOOKING AHEAD

The Act 2 groundwork is now prepared: (1) we have explored outreach programs to the public, to Congress, and to state legislators and have settled on the strategy of pursuing amendments through the Article V opportunity with state legislatures; (2) we have sharpened our message delivery with updated literature; and (3) we have observed

the growing acceptance of the need for an Article V convention to propose constitutional amendments. Consequently, we believe the time is right to launch an effort to promote

 

The Act 2 Blueprint with state legislatures and have begun a search for an Executive Director to lead us in this endeavor.

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