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If you were running for president...

Discussion in 'Off-Topic' started by civver_764, May 5, 2010.

  1. civ_king

    civ_king Deus Caritas Est

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    1) do you realize how much court is involved in a death penalty case? all the appeals? How many people escape from prison each year?

    2) um okay I didn't comment on what you said

    3) so capitalism=socialism? WTF??

    4) wouldn't it be cheaper to assassinate him and call a new election?

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    so we should maintain in bold?

    6) FYI the most "socialist" countries are the most upwardly mobile, you can't live off money that your grandparents made, you have to work for your money or lose it, isn't that what capitalism is all about?
     
  2. downtown

    downtown Crafternoon Delight

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    In all seriousness, my two flagship issues would be

    1) Education Reform (obviously)...although I wouldn't call for federalization.

    2) Comprehensive Immigration Reform.

    Just missing the cut would be Electoral Reform (stopping Gerrymandering, fund raising restrictions, etc)
     
  3. Tani Coyote

    Tani Coyote Son of Huehuecoyotl

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    C'mon. Semantics Wars? Really? You know what I meant. :crazyeye:

    No... the money is not public. It's theirs. They just get to keep more of it for spending it better.

    What I'm proposing is giving more money to everyone. Because by expanding the business' pool of employees, more people are being paid wages. By engaging in more R&D, new technology can be more quickly discovered and applied.

    I'm merely just giving a little profit motive to all these investments. They can't lose.

    Is that bad...? :confused:

    The investments would indeed be part of their wealth, but they'd be sharing it with everyone else through the growth in jobs, products, services, etc. What's wrong with making it so we all grow richer, rather than just a few?

    It certainly beats the pants off unconditional tax cuts a la what Republicans enact. Now, they have to earn their tax cuts.
     
  4. schlaufuchs

    schlaufuchs La Femme Moderne

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    1. Electoral reform on campaign contributions. Something similar to what was said earlier in the thread. Hopefully that would be a good step in getting politicians out of the pockets of big business.

    2. Single Payer health care. It's totally unfortunate that we botched health care. At least I can still operate on my parents' excellent health care plan for 3 more years!

    Other things:
    Mitigating lobbying. Yes it's important, but it's pretty out of control right now.

    Financial reform

    Fixing gerrymandering (a HUGE problem in California), eliminating the electoral college (seriously, we don't even need it anymore).
     
  5. _random_

    _random_ Jewel Runner

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    This one:
     
  6. JohnRM

    JohnRM Don't make me destroy you

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    1. I would abolish the public school system as it is now. I would turn it into a system where rather than children being locked in a building where they sit on the asses for 7 1/2 hours per day being taught things they will instantly forget as soon as they pass the test...

    I would set up a vocational training system where students would be allowed to choose to attend a training program at a work site in various industries such as Nursing, Agriculture, Sales, and Plumbing, and others. The school would set up a cooperative agreement with a particular company wherein the company would provide a qualified employee to assist school staff in training and educating students who might be interested in that industry. The school would compensate the company for salary of any employees used in the program. It would also provide all equipment and facilities necessary for training.

    Any math, science, or other classes would be geared toward the specific industry and vocation individual students are training for.


    2. I would reform the electoral system. No private monies would be permitted. Each candidate for each office would given an equal share of funding directly from the tax revenues to campaign. An election commision would publish a information booklet that would be customized for each district and sent to each residence that would detail the candidates for each post, their voting record, and basic information, including age, career information, criminal record, etc.
     
  7. warpus

    warpus In pork I trust

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    The following would compromise the backbone of my platform should my vision for the country become accepted enough in mainstream society for me to consider running for president:

    1. All judicial decisions will be made by moralBot, to be programmed by me and Stephen Wolfram.

    2. All provincial parks will be nationalized and all national parks provincialized. Enough is enough.

    3. The majority of the department of defense budget will be redirected and used to build a life-size replica of the death star. Some say it is an impossible dream; I say we can make it a glorious reality.

    4. We will have at least one long weekend each month. Free beer and bacon will be distributed every second weekend by government fungineers.

    5. Pineapples will play a much larger role than they did under the last administration.
     
  8. Luckymoose

    Luckymoose The World is Mine

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    1.) Cut defense spending in favor of Education, Infrastructure and Scientific advancements.
    2.) Legalize marijuana, gay marriage, and whatever other stupid things we have illegal now.
     
  9. Karalysia

    Karalysia Deity

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    I would vote for you probably, but I need to know a crucial detail before I decide for sure. How many pineapples would you appoint to the Cabinet, because frankly I find the pineapple discrimination in the higher levels of Candian government abhorrent. Just because those pineapples immigrated from South America, Africa, or Asia doesn't mean they're not loyally citizens, especially the 1st and second generation pineapples.
     
  10. stormbind

    stormbind Retenta personam!

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    1. Create a Constitution Office, led by an apolitical figure who is selected by court judges.

    2. Abolish the written constitution, and allow high courts to write the law as and where required.
     
  11. Bast

    Bast Protector of Cats

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    I wouldn't run for President. I run for First Lady. But lately I'm becoming less inclined to follow in the footsteps of Louisa Adams and instead head for the Old World where I can become a First Lady in an EU country.
     
  12. amadeus

    amadeus As seen on OT

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    I can't pick just two. :twitch:

    Balanced Budget Amendment, and the simplification of the tax code and regulations (does that count as one?)

    If I get a third, end the drug war and push for total legalization of all recreational drugs.
     
  13. azzaman333

    azzaman333 meh

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    Whatever will be politically advantageous to get me elected, then abolish democracy and become the sole, unquestioned leader of the country.
     
  14. TheDanish

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    I don't really know much about economics, so I'll try to keep my reforms relatively small and socially-based.

    1) Mandate basic language courses in elementary school. Spanish, perhaps. Even if children don't continue with Spanish later, you're developing minds to allow easier acquisition of language later. Trust me, Chinese is a bastard to learn without prior language experience.

    2) Already going back on my promise to stay away from economics... cut military spending. Doesn't have to be a ton. Just a few percentage points could free up a lot of money. Then, either A) pour that money into NASA and push them to get to Mars, or B) foster a private space industry.
     
  15. GhostWriter16

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    Like Hitler and Mussolini... I hope you're joking.
     
  16. azzaman333

    azzaman333 meh

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    Oh no, I'm deadly serious.
     
  17. Merkinball

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    Well, if I were running for president, my goal would be to subversively ensure that the people knew that they were truly helpless creatures that are incapable of living freely. I'd subliminally rig my election campaign in a specific manner to exploit humanities innate laziness and desire for relative comfort. I would not, by any means, advertise that I would make them truly happy. I would merely concoct a campaign that would invariably see the people give me their freedom as a hedge against unrest and negative uncertainties. I would give them all their basic necessities, and they would be happy to kneel before the hand that gives them bread, as opposed to bread itself. I would be loved by the vast majority of the population, and the scant minority who disagreed with me would eventually find value in the way things are. It would be a fantastic thing.
     
  18. GoodSarmatian

    GoodSarmatian Jokerfied Western Male

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    I completely agree.


    Not sure about this proposal. It sounds good in theory, but considering how much adults still know from their school classes it might just be pearls before swine.
    I'd probabbly try it anyway but it wouldn't be higher on my to-do list than a simplified tax-code or a reform of our education system.
     
  19. Terxpahseyton

    Terxpahseyton Awake

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    Well the actual implementation would certainly be a very very tough thing. Especially as to succeed the design of this subject would not only require independence of the political class but also of any other political agenda. The only firm political base to operate from could be our constitution. And this is something never tried out yet anywhere as far as I know.

    However, I think it should be clear to anyone how actually crazy it is to expect people to live up to their responsibility as citizens. After all our constitution claims that all power ultimately is with them. But power can not be used properly without the necessary insights and the knowledge. Saying the theoretical power of the people goes to waste if they are not taught how to use it.

    My hope is that this would not only counter political passiveness (if you understand why something is how it is, you are less likely to just resign and more likely to become actively interested I claim), but more importantly would give the political class new good reason to fear and respect the population (as it should be).

    Just imagine politician A using vote-catch-strategy A, or speech-strategy B, or acting-strategy C. After all the basic political strategies to "deal" with the voter are quit consistent I would say. And now imagine a voter who actually knows about the general cause, use and intend of said strategy the moment it is used. Saying he or she has a basic trained ability to look behind the curtain of political platitudes.

    In the end all I know is that the way democracy works needs urgently a big change to the better. That is the best idea I could think of. And if it works I think it could be quit amazing.
     
  20. Marla_Singer

    Marla_Singer United in diversity

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    Great... but haven't you noticed that the US government is already financed by debt?

    No one wants to pay for taxes, but if you want less of them, then you have to severely cut government spending. Considering the shape of the US budget, that would mean for instance to cut by half US military and education system spendings or to not maintain anymore infrastructures such as bridges, airports and dikes.

    Now that I think about it... US infrastructures aren't maintained already. Well, in such a case you need to just dismantle the US military and education system as a whole.
     

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