The election year is well underway - with all the glossy ads, campaign cash and candidate strategies we've come to expect. It's easy to forget that, in the end, we're choosing leaders to do the not-so-glamorous work of governing.
Whether we're talking about the economy or the deficit, energy or health care, many big political debates today boil down to one question: What's Government For? Our beliefs and assumptions about the size and role of government are often deeply held, but they rarely get the scrutiny they deserve. What do we want to do for ourselves and our society through government? And what are we willing to pay for it?
We'd like you to help us take a closer look at that question by submitting your Perspective for a special half-hour program to air later this year. To learn more about our Perspectives series, visit
Issues that might be addressed could include:
Ways in which government has helped or hindered you
How did you come to your own beliefs about government, services, regulation and taxes?
The difference between what government must do, can do and should do
How you will be helped or hurt if government gets smaller or bigger
The tension between the government we want, and the one we can afford
If government doesn't do it, who should? Who will?
What would a smaller government look like? What would we do without?
Again, these are merely suggestions. Possibilities are as broad as your imagination.
What's government for?
We encourage you to follow the guidelines for our
Perspective series for your submission, but appreciate your thoughts in any form. Essays, arguments and reflections are always welcome. Personal stories that illustrate the idea you want to communicate can be especially effective.
May we publish your insights and attribute them to you? (Your comments may be edited for length or clarity.)
If you have an original photo to illustrate your insights, the people in your story, or just of yourself, please upload it here.
(No larger than 10MB, please!)
May we post your photo on our website?
And now a few questions to help us get a better sense of who you are. We will not share your answers with anyone outside of the newsroom.
In what year were you born?
What is your gender?
What political party, if any, do you identify with most closely?
What is your industry or expertise?
(Select more than one by holding down the CTRL key as you click.)
What race or ethnicity are you?