Politicians are marketed to us like products.
But they should actually be thought of like job applicants.
I'd like to make it a norm that they submit a "job application".
This is a project that I imagine a small (e.g. one-person) org could do a good of.
It would be nice to see what politicians have actually accomplished, in a compressed and informative format.
The job application should include things like:
* a resume
* a cover letter
* a statement of what you intend to accomplish -- and how
* a short list of campaign priorities (e.g. 3)
I imagine this being a bit like applying for an academic position.
Here are some steps to take:
* get some domain names
* make a standard "job application" form with input from experts
* publicize it
A key component of this is to make the resume accurate and informative. I think accuracy would be incentivized if this took off because you'd have a lot of eyes on them. I think informativeness could be fostered by having a very standardized format. This would probably be a big part of the value-add (along with having them centralized).
With more funds, it would be possible to create resumes for politicians who don't participate, which might help pressure them to participate.