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Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2005 09:30 pm

Best ideas since sliced bread

Find a way to help regular folks, and the SEIU may give you $100,000

Have you heard of Otto Rohwedder? He’s the guy who perfected the bread slicer, back in 1928. Well, if you can come up with the best idea since sliced bread, it could be worth $100,000 to you. That’s the top prize being offered in a unique and useful competition sponsored by the Service Employees International Union. SEIU is looking for fresh commonsense ideas to improve the lives of everyday Americans. From health care and education initiatives to policies on taxation and job creation — what idea do you have for a better America? The beauty of the union’s approach is that it is totally grassroots, asking ordinary folks to come up with ideas to help ordinary folks. Nearly all of today’s policies come from the elites — and you can see where that has gotten us! Their ideas are designed to benefit — big surprise! — the elites. So SEIU wants to reverse the usual order by hearing from you, drawing ideas from that great untapped pool of creativity outside of the power structure. Go to the contest Web site (sinceslicedbread.com) and, in 175 words or less, put forth your brainstorm. Hurry — entries are due by Dec. 5. On the site, you can also read other people’s ideas and comment on them. It’s a free-for-all national conversation that you can join. Then comes the voting. A panel of judges will choose 21 finalists, and, beginning in January, all of America can vote on their ideas. On Feb. 1, the top vote recipient will win $100,000, and two runners-up will each get $50,000. The 21 finalists will be featured in a book. In slicing through the usual top-down nature of politics, this contest is an even better idea than Otto Rohwedder’s.
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