21 Steps Towards Fixing the United States of America


1. Abolish the Federal Reserve & the IRS:

Abolish the Federal Reserve & the IRS and give the power to create money back into the hands of the duly elected Congress as proscribed in the Constitution.


2. Legalize and Tax all drugs:


Legalize and Tax all drugs, see my other hub for more information on this subject: http://hubpages.com/hub/Legalize-Drugs-and-Save-the-Economy


3. Release all non-violent inmates:

Inmates that have been convicted of stealing will have to recompense their victims threefold, once that is done all records will be expunged if it is a first time conviction. If it is a second conviction but is non-violent put into a medium security prison where they will have to work off their sentence up to 5 fold.


4. Execute 1st Degree Murder with DNA evidence:


Anyone convicted of 1stDegree Murder with DNA evidence deliberated on by a jury of your peers will be executed within 2 weeks of conviction including child rapists. Child Molesters will get life in prison without parole (molesters that have not committed rape).


5. Train Everyone to use a Gun:


Require firearm training for every man, woman and child (similar to Switzerland) and require all citizens to keep and bear arms.


6. Repeal all property taxes for properties under $100,000.



7. Abolish all income tax:


Income tax is unconstitutional anyway. Instead tax only for services rendered, like use of roads and bridges and sales tax.


8. Reign in Congress:


Repeal all benefits that Congress currently have and have a nationwide vote to review and renew them.


9. Stop Corporations from Buying Influence:


All monies from Corporations given to a political person for reasons of influence to be illegal, as well as using your own wealth to run for office or support those in office, only money gathered from the public can be used to promote someone politically and that amount to be capped individually so that the wealthy cannot buy a candidate.


10. No More Media Monopolies:


Make media monopolies illegal, no one person can own more than one form of media.



11. Remove all voting machines:

Install verifiable machines that can be counted individually when needed and that are overseen by an elected local body that must be replaced every two years.


12. Overhaul Health Care:


Institute a pay as you go health service including Clinics that are subsidized by the tax payers for preventative measures. Some of the money saved from prisons and gained from drug sales could fund this.


13. Bring the Money Home!


Stop giving money to other countries. If individuals want to support a country then they can do so but no money is to leave the U.S. that is tax money.



14. Stop all wars, cut the funding:


Use the money saved from the wars to propel a government program that would give grants to individuals that have good ideas for small businesses. Local citizen groups will be convened to judge whether someone's idea would qualify (similar to the small business administrations)


15. Stop Banks from Price Fixing:


Pass a law that makes it illegal for banks to artificially set the price of homes that are in foreclosure instead of letting the market set the price.


16. No More Bail Outs!


Make ALL government bail out's to Wall Street and any other corporation illegal.


17. Plant Victory Gardens!


Encourage all citizens to grow gardens and implement self-sufficient energy usage like wind-mills, watermills and solar power.



18. Abolish the CIA and ALL Secret organizations that are not accountable to the American People.


19. Make secondary education voluntary:

Remove all tax funding and fund each school individually from parents, that way only schools that are actually teaching what the parents want and successfully will be funded. Students who disrupt classes will be expelled permanently after the second offense. Remove all tenure

20. Nullify all Laws that have been passed that infringe upon the Life of a Human Being:

That includes the elderly, the disabled and the pre-born.

21. Restore State Rights:

Remove Federal infringement upon state rights and restore the power given by the Constitution to the States.

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Ralph Deeds 6 years ago

That's absolutely crazy!


godbluff 6 years ago

This is a perfect start to a better america. I endorse it enthusiastically!

Shame on you Ralph! I ask why it is crazy.


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Brie Hoffman 6 years ago from Manhattan Author

Thanks godbluff, too bad Ralph couldn't be a little more articulate!


kevin 6 years ago

Some ideas are plausible conservatism, others seem totalitarian in their application which makes them contradictory. The major problem with your article is that you are outlining policy ideas without clarifying your principles. Start with principle and then follow that through to policy for a more clear, concise plan.

Just my $.02


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Brie Hoffman 6 years ago from Manhattan Author

I do not fit in a box, sorry


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Marquis 6 years ago from Ann Arbor, MI

Wars are sometimes needed, windmills are large and noisy, they also kill birds and are not all that reliable. Other than that, I agree with most of what was said.

We should also dig for our own oil.


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Brie Hoffman 6 years ago from Manhattan Author

Most wars are for the benefit of the arms dealers. And yes windmills are large and noisy but they don't pollute the air. Nothing is perfect, there is no utopia but I think these suggestions would work to change the downward tide of our country.


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aguasilver 6 years ago from Malaga, Spain

When can you move into the White house?

In the meantime, change your identity, and don't open any strange parcels from FedEx!

Great ideas, good sense.... but they would shoot you first, heck they'd shoot all of us first...

John


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Brie Hoffman 6 years ago from Manhattan Author

Unfortunately, you're right John.


BostonUnit 6 years ago

Great ideas Brie! I applaude you. Here's more:

THIS IS HOW YOU FIX CONGRESS!!!!!

Promote a "Congressional Reform Act of 2010". It would contain eight provisions, all of which would probably be strongly endorsed by those who drafted the Constitution and the Bill of Rights.

Currently Congress has the lowest approval of any entity in Government, and now is the time when Americans will join together to reform Congress - the entity that supposedly represents us.

We need to get a Senator to introduce this bill in the US Senate and a Representative to introduce a similar bill in the US House. These people will become American hero.

A Fellow American

***********************************

Congressional Reform Act of 2010

1. Term Limits: 12 years only, one of the possible options below.

A. Two Six year Senate terms

B. Six Two year House terms

C. One Six year Senate term and three Two Year House terms

Serving in Congress is an honor, not a career.. The Founding Fathers envisioned citizen legislators, serve your term(s), then go home and back to work.

2. No Tenure / No Pension:

A congressman collects a salary while in office and receives no pay when they are out of office.

Serving in Congress is an honor, not a career. The Founding Fathers envisioned citizen legislators, serve your term(s), then go home and back to work.

3. Congress (past, present & future) participates in Social Security:

All funds in the Congressional retirement fund moves to the Social Security system immediately. All future funds flow into the Social Security system, Congress participates with the American people.

Serving in Congress is an honor, not a career. The Founding Fathers envisioned citizen legislators, server your term(s), then go home and back to work.

4. Congress can purchase their own retirement plan just as all Americans.

Serving in Congress is an honor, not a career. The Founding Fathers envisioned citizen legislators, serve your term(s), then go home and back to work.

5. Congress will no longer vote themselves a pay raise. Congressional pay will rise by the lower of CPI or 2%.

Serving in Congress is an honor, not a career. The Founding Fathers envisioned citizen legislators, serve your term(s), then go home and back to work.

6. Congress looses their current health care system and participates in the same health care system as the American people.

Serving in Congress is an honor, not a career. The Founding Fathers envisioned citizen legislators, serve your term(s), then go home and back to work.

7. Congress must equally abide in all laws they impose on the American people.

Serving in Congress is an honor, not a career. The Founding Fathers envisioned citizen legislators, serve your term(s), then go home and back to work.

8. All contracts with past and present congressmen are void effective 1/1/11.

The American people did not make this contract with congressmen, congressmen made all these contracts for themselves.

Serving in Congress is an honor, not a career. The Founding Fathers envisioned citizen legislators, serve your term(s), then go home and back to work.


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Brie Hoffman 6 years ago from Manhattan Author

Very good ideas BostonUnit! Thanks for commenting.


foreignpress 6 years ago from Denver

In a nutshell, you want an isolationist government which is probably not a bad idea. It's time this country entrenched. However, #1, Legalize drugs: Humans are innately flawed and do not have the discipline to use drugs responsibly. We'd have chaos.

#12, Subsidized health services: We already have taxpayer funded healthcare being abused by millions of illegals.

#10, Illegal monopolies, yes. But limited ownership goes against our capitalistic base.

#11, Remove voting machines: It's the elected local body that's troubling; too much incentive for corruption.

#20, Localized curriculum and expulsion: Nobody would be on the same page academically. Too many special interests would dominate. Further, some areas are extremely poor. Parents couldn't support a school.

I might propose a #22: Seal the borders. This country can't handle what it's got.

The rest I could live with and I would support your bid for a Congressional seat.


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Brie Hoffman 6 years ago from Manhattan Author

Foreignpress: The CIA are running the drugs now, prohibition always supports gangs (including the CIA) with legalization comes control and tax revenue. As it is now, anyone can get drugs anywhere. I think that legalizing them will actually lessen the usage.

By subsidizing the cheaper elements of health care (prevention) we would be saving money in the long run.

We really don't have capitalism any longer all of that is just a ruse. I would propose this as a start, we could refine it later. But for now we need to do something because the press is ruining this country.

Computerized voting machines make it too easy to steal an election and no way to confirm what the vote was...this is a simple practical matter.

Nobody is on the same page academically now and yet we are in the bottom 1/3 of the world academically. I was a teacher I know how terrible the schools are, they need to be overhauled in a major way.

Funny, I had to look to see if I had a 22.

This post could have been much longer as well but I tried to keep it short. Thanks for commenting.


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Danny R Hand 6 years ago

This hub is a perfect example of why I'm a fan. I agree wholeheartedly with your entire position, however, I keep running into the same question. How do we convince enough of the American public that this type of action IS required for any positive and lasting change? I would surely be interested in your views on that subject.


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Brie Hoffman 6 years ago from Manhattan Author

Well, you could spread my hub far and wide! Just kidding :) I think the best thing we can do is educate, educate, educate, educate!

Thanks for the comments.


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secularist10 6 years ago from New York City

Definitely some interesting thoughts here, although I very much disagree with some points.

1. Abolishing the IRS sounds sexy, but it's meaningless unless the tax code is overhauled--that's the real issue; and on money, (1) Congress already has the power to make money--they delegated it to the Fed, (2) if interest rate decisions were really up to a "popularly elected" Congress, you can kiss economic stability goodbye.

3. Executions--why? Why not keep them in prison for life and have them work, thereby helping the economy that much more?

5. Guns--more guns, less crime? Some studies might support that theory, but it's not so simple; some indicate that more guns leads to more crime/ death/ injuries

6-9 aren't bad, although I would keep an income tax for the highest earners, like it was originally.

13. No money to foreigners--Not bad, let's start with Israel

14. No more wars--I like it

17. On "Bailouts" I agree, but if there is an entity whose failure threatens the whole economy, the government has to take it over--the bailouts in 2008 and 2009 were poorly done, but that doesn't mean emergency state intervention in the economy can't work

20. Secondary education voluntary--big problem; I certainly agree with bringing some solid private competition into the education system, but make high school optional, and you can forget about a globally competitive America

Overall I would definitely agree this country needs to think outside of the box to solve some major problems.


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Brie Hoffman 6 years ago from Manhattan Author

secularist: #1...We no longer have monetary stability, in case you didn't get the memo! My bad, because I should have mentioned an overhaul of the tax system, I guess that was implied.

3. It costs too much to keep them in prison and those who would commit capital offenses don't deserve to live.

4. Regarding Guns I have another hub on that and would love to see your evidence that more guns means more crime.

5. 6-9 You have to be careful about how much you tax the "higher earners" because if you tax them too much they will take their marbles and go play elsewhere.

6. Regarding the "bail outs" if banks/i.e wall street make bad investments they need to pay the price (NOT THE TAX PAYERS) NOT EVER!

7. We have mandatory secondary education now and we are in the bottom 1/3 of the world when it comes to being globally competitive...It's NOT WORKING OUT.


Tony 6 years ago

Brie, you have 22 steps not 21.


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Brie Hoffman 6 years ago from Manhattan Author

Do I! I'd better check it out LOL, thanks for letting me know!


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secularist10 6 years ago from New York City

Brie:

"We no longer have monetary stability, in case you didn't get the memo!"

Haha! If you think this is what monetary instability looks like, you aint seen nothing yet. Ever heard of the 1970s? And the 1970s inflation was brought under control... by an independent central bank.

3. It would not cost too much to keep them in prison if we put them to productive work instead of the current system, where they languish on the taxpayer dime

4. "would love to see your evidence that more guns means more crime" Ok, here you go:

http://islandia.law.yale.edu/ayers/Ayres_Donohue_a...

Plenty more where that came from. From a theoretical standpoint take a look at pages 11-14. Remember, I say not that we need less guns across the board, just that it's not as simple as "more guns, less crime."

5. Tax them too much, they go away--yup, but we should still tax them

6. Banks--If we all stand to pay the price from their failure, we should take them over, not bail them out

7. Get rid of mandatory high school, and we will be in the bottom 1/10


Joey 6 years ago

Mostly I agree, but I do have a few suggestions:

Here is the biggest problem with less guns across the board: It takes the fear out of criminals. As you said before Brie, we should definitely follow the Swiss example of arming everyone. I also believe that every man should be required to serve in the US armed forces. This country was built by the military.

Yes, execute them. Why make them work? All that does is take away jobs from law abiding citizens. Solution to prison costs: Execute murderers who meet certain evidence/witness criteria. (I say we follow the Texas method). Make prisons self sufficient. Make them grow their own food, sell the surplus crops to pay for it all (Capitalism works damnit! why don't we use it?!?!)

More guns does not = more crime. Most fail to look at the proportion of criminals to the general populous. Most also fail to look at the actual crimes committed. A perfect example would be those in prison on various degrees of assault/manslaughter charges for DEFENDING THEMSELVES. False imprisonment is a huge but largely ignored problem with the justice system, but then again, the current justice system is severely corrupt.

Yes, severely overhaul the current education system. Get rid of mandatory high school. It seems to work fantastically in Japan, considering our schools look like day care centers compared to their schools.

Bail outs: The government should have let GM fail, should have let the banks implode, and should have let Wall St burn themselves to the ground. Saving these corrupt and failed companies and investors is nothing more than reverse Darwinism.

CLOSE THE BORDERS DAMNIT!!!!!! close the borders and deport the illegals, I don't freaking care if it's expensive or 'impossible.' Don't fine businesses for employing illegal workers, TAKE THEM OUT OF BUSINESS!

Why are we trying to fight a politically correct war? Why are we risking the lives of thousands of soldiers when we have the technology to end a war nearly overnight? (BTW, that doesn't mean nuclear strikes). No more wars sounds fantastic at face value. You forget we have to maintain an international presence as a formidable military power. I do however agree with ending the current war. We also shouldn't worry about other countries. We can't fix or save the world, we need to fix our own damn problems first.

I agree with secularlist10 on the IRS issue.

There's nothing wrong with computerized voting. Regardless of whether you tally votes by computer system or by hand, you will have to deal with corruption. Software/computer companies are trying to over complicate a relatively simple system (I'm a IT systems engineer, trust me on this one) To avoid hacks, simply DO NOT NETWORK the voting systems, and hire reputable people that know absolutely nothing about computers to handle the voter data. Modern encryption and secure transport should suffice enough to keep the data secure.

I would slightly modify bostonunit's congressional reform act:

maximum eight year limit, 3 two year terms.

Unfortunately, solar panels, windmills and watermills aren't as simple as they seem, and are not feasible for certain geographic locations. While I do believe they should be used wherever possible, it's simply not possible for everyone to have them. They are all also very dangerous, especially around children of any age. You also are dealing with very high voltages and general maintenance would require a skilled electromechanical technician.


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Brie Hoffman 6 years ago from Manhattan Author

Joey, thanks for the well informed compliments. I am open to other ideas and I think you have provided many.


schmanek 6 years ago

Right on! Most of those I agree with. I don't agree with the executing of criminals. Throwing humans away is just wrong. Other then me being against killing, this is the kind of thinking this country needs. The kind of thinking this country needs now.

But I just don't see much of this kind of thinking. I see people who want the government to do everything. To set it up so they have an easy ride. Instead of an easy ride, what about a spectacular ride that it feels good cause you worked for and created it? Where people can be proud because they innovated their way around problems. problems will always be there. They have a purpose. The purpose is to cause us to grow and enlighten and become something greater. They are not there so we can whine and cry to our leaders and ask them to fix them. When they try and legislate around problems, they create more problems, and more problems in our way and, more debt for the whole country. ( show me legislation since the 70's which hasn't done this). When individuals creatively innovate around problems, we get progress. The people get wealth. Breakthroughs, victory always comes when people take a risk. Those that risk, win. But our government runs on taking all the risk out of life and making risk illegal. As it goes now, taking a risk can make you a criminal. I am not talking about the kind of risk that harms others, but the kind of risk one takes upon their-self in order to expand the possibilities of human potential.

But what we have now is a corralling of people into a system where the goals have already been set by some committee's agenda. And if you try and create anything new, it is a crime. It you try and work out some solution and it does not fit within the already decided guidelines, you are a criminal. How can innovation be along predetermined lines? It can't. They want to legislate away all failure. They can't. Whether we are smart enough to realize it or not, all success represents multiple failures. Each success has been built on hundreds, thousands, or, millions of failures. Tony Hawk, when of the most widely recognized names in skateboarding has said that for the first three years of his life on a skateboard, he went out everyday and fell down. I'm sure the thinking of today's government and much of society would have stopped him long before three years. His parents would have been locked up for child abuse for allowing him to do this.

It really is time or past time when we have to take matters in our own hands. We must take full responsibility for our own destiny. It is time to wake up in stead of lying back and listening to the lullabies coming over the tube. It is time we, the people take care of each other. Not let big brother be our caretaker.


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Brie Hoffman 6 years ago from Manhattan Author

Schmanek: I agree completely (well except for the execution part) I just wish more people felt the same. It can be very frustrating.


Joey 6 years ago

Unfortunately, you can't just let killers get away with killing. The whole execution thing isn't just a "kill 'em and let God sort 'em out" thing. You really think it's fair to let someone live, imprisoned or not, after they willfully took another's life? I don't pretend to know what a family goes through if someone in that family is murdered, nor do I want to know. If murderers aren't executed by the state, I can tell you now, the families of the victims will find a way.


schmanek 6 years ago

Look, I am not going to get into a long debate about the execution part on Brie's page but, I would like to simply give a brief explanation of my philosophy on the subject. I don't want to argue against anyone's position here and only want to explain myself.

Murder happens for many different reasons. And of course I agree that nobody should take the life of another. That is the whole foundation for my stance on the subject. But no matter the specific cause of the murder, it all has to do with the cycle of violence.

Violence is a broad phenomenon, in my opinion. From the murdering of another all the was down to giving another a dirty or disapproving look. I am not equating these two actions except to say that they are part of the same pattern of human behaviour. Humans feel pain and it is an unconscious need to cause another to suffer. The cashier at the store is fumbling with the money and the line is long, we are rushed and we get irritated. When we get up to the cashier, we may give them a nasty look without even knowing it. Now very slight and very subtle, but it is the same cycle of violence non the less.

Revenge or the need for revenge is all part of the same cycle. But here is the thing, if we want to make this a less violent world, if we want to do anything to decrease the violence and, hence, the murders, we have to break that cycle. We have to do what we can to recognize that cycle in ourselves. We all have this going on inside. But not only should we work to stop this cycle within, we have to get rid of examples where this cycle is portrayed as acceptable. Saying that this will somehow fix the pain of the victim's family is sanctioning this very cycle itself.

You say we can't let a murder get away with killing, well no matter what we do to them, they did get away with it. You can't put the person back into this life, ever. The greatest tribute to those that have fallen to violence is to vow to make this world a less violent place. The only way we can do that is to recognize the source of the violence within each and every one of us and work to evolve past this animalistic nature of ours.

Please forgive me for going on like this. Just wanted to express my opinion about this subject.


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Brie Hoffman 6 years ago from Manhattan Author

No, but you CAN prevent them from hurting and killing another person by executing them. I am especially for this in the case of abusing and murdering children.


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Harlan Colt 6 years ago from the Rocky Mountains

I think the House and Senate should get one term only. Too much money is pumped into under the table deals. The longer they are in office, the more networking and contacts they set up. Soon they build a little machine that acts in everyone's interest but the people who elected them. They should serve one term, serve the people and go home and get to work.


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Brie Hoffman 6 years ago from Manhattan Author

Well, that is one solution. The problem is that the real "rulers" keep providing new (bought) politicians. Until they are rooted out we can never have the country that we were meant to have.


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OpinionDuck 6 years ago

Brie

Numbers 3,4,14,15 and 16 are over the edge.

The others have promise.

Also, put whether Congress and the President can get pay raises on the presidential year election ballot so that it can be voted on by the people.

Do it in percentage. 0, 1,2,3,4 and 5. This will reflect how good a job they did in the last four years, and not based on inflation. In fact, you could put an additional series of percents that match it but in negative percent, to indicate dissatisfaction.


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Brie Hoffman 6 years ago from Manhattan Author

OpinionDuck: Obviously I disagree with you regarding 3,4,14,15 and 16 but your idea about pay raises is a good one. In fact, several commentators have come up with additional good ideas, makes you wonder why the Government can't come up with any.


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billyaustindillon 6 years ago

Some great thoughts - America needs to get away from big government and enable choice again. As far as drugs go the current policy does work but I agree Brie that has a lot to do with the government benefiting from it. I can't agree with it - not a huge fan of the death penalty - I don't agree with man playing God and just too much room to have corruption kick in. kill a person who is innocent etc. The police in Houston showed how easy it is to get DNA wrong.

If you control the drugs be legalizing them and use the money to help educate the addicts - like we should be doing with alcohol I can only see positives.

You have covered so many points here - another pet peeve I have is these bailouts and how the bankers got off scot free for the most part after the biggest fraud since Adam was a boy! Indeed many were rewarded - I read somewhere that the average Goldman Sachs salary or bonus is around $1 million - after all those Bailout funds - like AIG. All this from a President for the people! Check out my hub on Greece and Goldman.

I look forward to more hubs - good to see someone speaking out on this mess.


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Brie Hoffman 6 years ago from Manhattan Author

I also wrote about the bail outs in other Hubs. I agree with you regarding the corruption in the death penalty. Maybe I should put this in there but I would have a second determination as to whether there is any doubt whatsoever. I just can't stomach some of these child killers getting away with it.


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billyaustindillon 6 years ago

Yes the pedophiles etc are something else - if you take the tact that is touted in Scandinavia and Europe about chemical castration - maybe that warrants discussion


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Brie Hoffman 6 years ago from Manhattan Author

Does it work?


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billyaustindillon 6 years ago

I think so - haven't heard about for ever - I think France suggested it and said it works and countries like US said was barbaric. What was interesting was it was pedohiles who wanted it done to them as they said they couldn't control themselves. In the US you have groups like NAMBLA (- I think that is it - bizarre who has the rights! I personally believe we owe children everything and should be protected at all costs.


Overtaxed citizen 6 years ago

You forgot about returning ALL the illegal aliens to their homelands and securing the border once and for all.


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Brie Hoffman 6 years ago from Manhattan Author

Unfortunately I couldn't fit everything in. And, to tell you the truth I feel sorry for the illegal aliens, who knows how long it will be and I will be one of them in some other country (trying to flee this one).


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sowhat 6 years ago from USA

Gee Brie nice rant! I agree somewhat with you about the tea party clowns.

Think of it this way. Ignorant, angry, ill informed, loud sycophants with a gun fetish need a social life too. Don't forget the eggs or spit. By the way they are right. Without government intervention we would all be better off. (at least until the infrastructure collapses, the courts quit convening, the army uses bb guns and the police patrol south LA on bicycles) and for that insight I thank them for their persistent efforts.


not_bob 6 years ago

Ignore the teabagger hater, all I hear from those that hate the tea partiers is that they are all crazy, racists blah blah blah, they never have an original idea and all they seem cvapable of is hating on anyone that thinks ther eis a different way.

I personally agree with your post 100%, yes you should have detailed a consuption based tax like the Fairtax but other than that I completely agree. Like you I dont want to see the end of our government, I want to see the end of corruptino in our government - most of your items would lead to the elimination or limiting of corruption.


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Brie Hoffman 6 years ago from Manhattan Author

Thanks for writing not_bob I need all the help I can get apparently :)


Jase 6 years ago

Why not offer the same solution to #5 as is suggested for #4? In other words, make child molestation that is proven beyond a shadow of doubt also punishable by death. That way it'll make it a list of 20, which sounds more credible than 21. (George Carlin once explained why there are 10 Commandments and not 11, and I think some portion of that lesson could be extrapolated to this list.)


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Brie Hoffman 6 years ago from Manhattan Author

I kind of like the number 21, I think I like it better than 20!


Joey 6 years ago

Honestly I think that child molesters should not be executed. Before you go off the deep end, yes they do deserve life sentences in the federal pen, but I have an uncle that is a prison guard, and from what I've heard, even murderers and thieves don't take kindly to child molesters. I won't go into detail, but it's brutal in every sense of the word.


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Brie Hoffman 6 years ago from Manhattan Author

Well, I don't believe in torture but I do believe in execution. However, only when there is no doubt as to guilt because there are a lot of innocent people on death row.


Mark 6 years ago

I agree with better education. I believe curriculum should be the same in every school. Good curriculum is generally only found in private schools. The reality is that we do not all have equal educations and it is not because of someone not willing to try.

We cannot all have advanced educations, so I think raising wages on the working class would help. I know too many people who can barely make ends meet and they work 60+ hours a week. They are one surgery or job loss away from losing everything.

I agree with you on our current incarceration policy. We lock too many petty crooks up and waste revenue. If I fail to pay a speeding ticket (the ticket generates revenue) they will lock me up. That is insane! Imagine if I loaned you $100 with the expectation that you would repay me in one month. A month rolls by and I receive no payment, so I give you another $100. That is basically what we do with petty law breakers. Give Uncle Sam his revenue or he will put you in the slammer and waste revenue.

In a perfect World this would all be great. Unfortunately, it is naïve to believe that anyone in government could end these problems. Our system may look sweet in a textbook, but it is all corruption. We do this every four years and nothing changes. Voting does nothing. Never has and it never will. You cannot vote out these people because the entire system consists of these people. It's fun to believe that we have power though. Voting gives us that sweet illusion.


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Brie Hoffman 6 years ago from Manhattan Author

Unfortunately, I agree with that last paragraph of yours Mark.


Mark 6 years ago

It's sad when that opens our eyes. Just another reminder that we are not children anymore. I want to go back to the days when I was oblivious. I would even settle to be an oblivious adult. There are so many adults running around in America that actually have faith in our democratic system. I envy them so much. I would kill to have that mind-set.


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Brie Hoffman 6 years ago from Manhattan Author

Well, my faith helps me because ultimately I belong to the country of Heaven. It is sad though and I know how you feel. The days of innocence are over and it's very sad to witness the fall of our country. I'm with you. I remember when I was a child and even a young adult and thought we were good and everything was fine in this country. It's a hard hard thing to see what is going on.


vic 6 years ago

it's nice to dream but we all know this is heading nowhere but further downhill.. political correctness and appeasing everyone will be the downfall of the usa..


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Brie Hoffman 6 years ago from Manhattan Author

I agree vic


Joey 6 years ago

Vic, I so truly and honestly wish what you said was just the rant of a raving lunatic........ but, sadly enough, you're right.


Smitty 6 years ago

Interesting list, lots of things to be done . . . Perhaps not to try to 'fix' America is what folks should be focused on, and instead, trying to be all that being an American allegedly allows you to become . . . Especially if what you can become is beneficial to Americans all around you . . . page 12 of Strongconcrete was an aspiration, the rest of STRONGCONCRETE deals with the illusions . . . I don't suppose anyone really has any time to stand up for America anymore though, they are more interested in standing up for their whims, wants, and fancies instead . . .


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Brie Hoffman 6 years ago from Manhattan Author

So true, so true.


Nikko 6 years ago

Dont worry about fixing america because it dont belong to the true GOD anyways.Gods kingdom tru Jesus will fix our whole world and replace all of these goverments,which by the way is owned by Satan the Devil.This country and all others belong to him.So lets not focuse on fixing non of Satans countries because its fruitless in many ways,but more on fixing the human heart.Because that's where sin gives birth at,in are hearts.


Niko 6 years ago

We already in dark times and its going to get worse just as jesus said it would.Were about to enter the darkest times in human kind history and never has happen before..21 for then there will be great tribulation such as has not occurred since the world’s beginning until now, no, nor will occur again. 22 In fact, unless those days were cut short, no flesh would be saved; but on account of the chosen ones those days will be cut short.

23 “Then if anyone says to YOU, ‘Look! Here is the Christ,’ or, ‘There!’ do not believe it. 24 For false Christs and false prophets will arise and will give great signs and wonders so as to mislead, if possible, even the chosen ones. 25 Look! I have forewarned YOU. 26 Therefore, if people say to YOU, ‘Look! He is in the wilderness,’ do not go out; ‘Look! He is in the inner chambers,’ do not believe it. 27 For just as the lightning comes out of eastern parts and shines over to western parts, so the presence of the Son of man will be. 28 Wherever the carcass is, there the eagles will be gathered together.


Scott 6 years ago

This is absurd. At of all the posts, the one calling for an end to war is the most rediculous. The world does not run on gumdrops and rainbows. War will never end, we must always be prepared, and we must always take it with the utmust seriousness as a last resort when all feasable options have be exhausted.

I do agreed the inmate system could be improved by using cheap executions for a certain degree of crime. However this is a relatively small portion of people in jail. Crime related to stealing is impossible for them to just front the money. Most of the time those people steal because they have no money and are far past the ability to work. The idea would hit a very small amount of people, and overall wouldn't change the economy.

Overseas spending in other countries is something that saves us money in the long run by creating friendly relations with other countries. Japan works so well with the US for a reason.


Joey 6 years ago

Cheap executions involve ammunition.... and that's just not PC enough to appease the masses. What the hell happened to firing squads?


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Brie Hoffman 6 years ago from Manhattan Author

The noose is even cheaper.


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vaguesan 6 years ago from Osaka, Japan

wow this gives me a headache.


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Kyle246 6 years ago from United States

hmm good ideas. There are so many things in the US that needs to be fixed.


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Brie Hoffman 6 years ago from Manhattan Author

Yes, but I'm not sure that it can be done.


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Ladybythelake55 6 years ago from I was Born in Bethesda, Maryland and I live in Chicago,IL

You forgot to eliminate the most important federal agency the DHS that supports Child Protection Services and pays out thousands of dollars a year to destroy the true and natural family on false allegations. they pay out money to the adoptive parents and foster parents but never give the real parent's a cent. http://liftingtheveil.org. check it out.


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Brie Hoffman 6 years ago from Manhattan Author

Yes, you are right...I'm actually looking into this right now and it's terrible. Unfortunately there are so many terrible things happening it's hard to keep up.


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tom hellert 6 years ago from home

BH,

I am sorry I am so late to the party I shallgo through all your thougts and give you feedback and questions as applicable

1.Your going to need people to collect and inforce taxes as well as print issue recycle money- so ya can't just cutem loose.

2.Legalize drugs- the "illegal drugs rhat are not accounted for now will remain hidden for tax evasion purposes. Not sure which is better maybe having it out in the open and prosecutable for tax evasion - it got Cappone!!!

3.I like the work off the debt but then you will have debt/tax evaders-runnin wild.

4.Anyone convicted of 1st Degree Murder with DNA evidence deliberated on by a jury of your peers will be executed within 2 weeks of conviction.

5.Child Molesters will get life neutered castrated .That will Fix them real good - but boy oh boy they will be real sad if they get convicted.

6.Require firearm training for every man, woman and child (similar to Switzerland) and require all citizens to keep and bear arms. GREAT IDEA IF EVERYONE IS STRAPPED EVERYONE IS SAFE-

BUT THE ANTI GUN liberals will explode

7.Repeal all property taxes for properties under $100,000. Remember a $100,000 is not the same based upon neighborhood-not based on house but property-

8.Abolish all income tax.- Go with FLAT TAX 6%

9.Repeal all benefits that Congress currently have and have a nationwide vote to review and renew them.****LINE BY LINE AUTHORIZTION.*******

10.All CAMPAIGN MONIES - JUST GIVE A TOTAL "HARD SOFT MONEY"CAP.

11.Make media monopolies illegal, ALL MONOPOLIES SHOULD BE ILLEGAL.

.12.New voting machines - good better verification of voters- GREAT IDEA

13. Pay as you go- never WORK-What happens if you can't pay for a major operation.THAT WILL NOT WORK

14.STOP GIVING MONEY AND JOBSAWAY.

15.FINISH/WIN or leave IRAQ and make Afganistan a parkinglot for India WIN the WARS quickly then PUT TROOPS ON BORDER So WE CAN SAFELY BUILD A FENCE THEN WE USE THEM TO KICK OUT ILLEGALS. That's a good 9-12 yr job.

16.Use the money saved from the wars to propel a government program that would give grants to individuals that have good ideas for small businesses. Local citizen groups will be convened to judge whether someone's idea would qualify (similar to the small business administrations) NOT SURE HOW THESE WILL WORK BETTER HAVE PATENT OFFICERS OUTSIDE THE DOOR OTHERWISE BUSINESS THEIVERY

17.Pass a law that makes it illegal for banks to artificially set the price of homes that are in foreclosure instead of letting the market set the price.

SETTING PRICE IS GOOD LET THE MARKET RUN THE TABLE FOR 2 YEARS- IF IT STILL HASN'T SOLD THEN IT SHOULD BE FORECLOSED- OR TURNED OVER TO YOUR COMMITTEE ON HOUSING-

18.Make ALL government bail out's to Wall Street illegal.

WINNER

19.Encourage all citizens to grow gardens and implement self-sufficient energy usage like wind-mills, watermills and solar power.SNORE-GOODLUCK ON THIS - ENCOURAGE MAY BE THE BEST YOU CAN DO....

20.Abolish the CIA and ALL Secret organizations that are not accountable to the American People..

21.Make secondary education voluntary, NO THE LAST THING WE NEED IS "MORE STUPID KIDS-ADULTS ". TWO OFFENSES I'D HAVE GOTTEN REMOVED-AND I WAS IN THE TOP10 OF MY CLASS, HONORS AND AP-" I was the troublemaker of the honor AP group" SCHOOLS NEED TO BE UNION FREE- I WENT TO A UNION FREE DISTRICT AND WE WERE OK-We do need to change the schools- but I don't know how to fix it- I was a teacher for a whileI am befuddled on what to do-

REMOVE TENURE YES

Here are my additions

T1- secure thw borders 30ft fence 10 below 20 above grade

T2- Prosecute the globalwarming enthusists like Al Goreand his ILK.

T3- Tort reform-for alltypes of lawsuits.

t-4- Flat/Fair Tax tax NOT VAT TAX

I am sure there are some other things

Thanks TH


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mel22 6 years ago from ,

i like # 10 the most because that's where all the rest of the chroniism started and allowed the rest of America to become messed up ! Money should not buy candidacy, ambition and good policy ideas should and voters to be the judge of that at the box, rather than who the parties think we should be allowed to vote for. I agree with about 90 percent of your ideas here. Great Hub!


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Brie Hoffman 6 years ago from Manhattan Author

Thanks mel22


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Alison Dittmar 6 years ago from PA

Great ideas Brie, now to get them into action... that is the dilemna.


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Brie Hoffman 6 years ago from Manhattan Author

So true, so true!


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PrometheusKid 5 years ago from Heaven

Therefore it is that we shall often be discomfited in combating error before the people. Antaeus long resisted Hercules; and the heads of the Hydra grew as fast as they were cut off. It is absurd to say that Error, wounded, writhens in pain, and dies amid her worshippers. Truth conquers slowly. There is a wondrous vitality in Error. Truth , indeed, for the most part, shoots over the heads of the masses; or if an error is prostrated for a moment, it is up again in a moment, and as vigorous as ever. it will not die when the brains are out, and the most stupid and irrational errors are the longest-lived.


crazyman 5 years ago

i like your ideas but if you remove the main cause the problem goes away , the answer to most evil (gov ,greed , murder , etc ) is MONEY look back on ancient times no money just live of the land . no money control by the gov of the world take away there power . money is the ROOT of all evil kill the root and the plant dies and then dont let the gov control water or land . but people want stuff done for them .


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Carrie DeSha 5 years ago from Atlanta, GA

Our current state of government is crazy. Your ideas are radical, but only radical thinking will help us break free of the insanity! Great article.


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Brie Hoffman 5 years ago from Manhattan Author

Thanks Carrie...I know!


cmoneyspinner 5 years ago

Dear Ms. Hoffman. You may look like Sarah Palin but clearly you're NOT Sarah Palin. I love it when people think! I'm new to HUB Pages and I'm learning how to use the features. I was trying to group my HUBS and found your article in the process. My therapist once told me I was the kind of person who when they saw something they thought was broken, I felt obligated to fix it. My HUBS don't inspire comments like yours. I'm afraid I've lost my zeal to fix things. I don't see a therapist any more. I didn't get cured. I got tired. At least people like you still help Lady Liberty hold up the torch. I placed a link to your article at the end of one of my HUBS. Keep thinking!! http://hubpages.com/hub/Help-Avoiding-Foreclosure-...


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Brie Hoffman 5 years ago from Manhattan Author

Thanks cmoneyspinner your avatar looks a little like SP too!


cmoneyspinner 5 years ago

My avatar looks like Sarah Palin! Oh my goodness! It does!! That's flipping hilarious! I never noticed it until you said that.


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Brie Hoffman 5 years ago from Manhattan Author

Ha HA!


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A Little TRUTH 5 years ago

This is quite an excellent list, Brie. After we implement even just a few of these, America will be flourishing beyond the wildest dreams of most people – which will make it easier to implement the rest. There are quite a number of international groups working on pretty much what your list entails. The main difference being that the government will be much smaller and less intrusive.

As for #8, I agree with your original list: Abolish the income tax, not reform it. There was no income tax before 1913, when the Federal Reserve was created, and it was a prosperous time. The income tax is mostly to pay the interest on the national debt. After your Step 1, abolish the Fed, there will be no need for an income tax, as there wasn’t before 1913.

As for the death penalty debate in the comments, I think it will become much less of an issue after the murder rate plummets due to the severe curtailing of the oppression of the people after some of these steps are in place.

Joey had a nice comment that even murderers and thieves do not take kindly to child molesters. Although I don’t believe in torture either, that should tell us something about the power of the people to make things right, should it not?


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Brie Hoffman 5 years ago from Manhattan Author

Thanks, I think that you are right, thanks for commenting.


mib56789 5 years ago

1. The same Congress that we have now?

2. What happened to JUSTSAY NO TO DRUGS? See the problem is when you legalize something, you create the impression that it’s OK. And when you tax it you create the impression that collecting money is the primary aim of government; and not what’s really good for all the people. I mean you can’t measure value all the time by dollars and cents.

3. Releasing all non-violent inmates would definitely free up space since I’ve heard there’s a problem with overcrowding. But you’re not really saying release them, are you? You’re saying use that ankle bracelet that keeps track of folks like Martha Stewart??

4. WOW! 2 weeks? Really? – Well that might definitely decrease a surplus population. In that case, we could keep the non-violent inmates in prison. Is the appeals process worked into the recommendation or does that get trashed or eliminated from our justice system?

5. OK. I watch MI-5.

6. I don’t have firearms in my home and I have never handled a firearm. I DON’T DO FIREARMS AND YOU AIN’T GONNA MAKE ME!!

7. Who determines the property value is $100,000?

8. Some countries manage without income tax. Although I don’t think that will work here in America. But that’s just me.

9. So … Congress has “benefits”?? But I thought entitlements were benefits. Oh but Congress aren’t AACs, right?. AAC = average American citizens.

10. Isn’t it already illegal to try to use money to influence a political person?

11. You won’t get any backtalk from me on this since I find our media doesn’t inform us of anything.

12. I don’t vote.

13. Pay as you go health service is great. Cause unemployed people never get sick.

14. Yeah! Human compassion is quite costly.

15. Stop all wars sounds easy. Who started it? Some folks are peaceful. You don’t mess with them; they won’t mess with you.

16. I never applied but there are supposed to be programs in place now that approve grants for small businesses. Local citizen groups? Why local? Maybe the person has an idea that’s global and the locals are not in position to judge the impact or the reach. I’m just wondering why locals?

17. I’m out of the loop on this one.

18. Just Wall Street?

19. OK.

20. Since when did the CIA, NSA, etc. become “not accountable to the American People”? So what do these organizations do so America doesn’t know what they did? Shoot whistle blowers and cover it up?

21. I believe in the value of education. So I’m all for promoting and encouraging education. But who am I? Shakira has some definite ideas about education.

Good HUB! Originally commented on this HUB as "cmoneyspinner".


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Brie Hoffman 5 years ago from Manhattan Author

And your ideas are????


mib56789 5 years ago

Thanks for approving my comments Brie so others can read them.

If I have any ideas I want to share I'll write them as HUB. You shared your ideas. I commented. As cmoneyspinner or as mib56789, I can come up with all kinds of ideas that will probably get ignored just your like ideas or rather "improved upon" by those who know better. When I used to work for the federal government I had all kinds of ideas. What became of them? ONLY GOD KNOWS.

Like I said, you keep carrying the torch. I'm done! I'm not done thinking. I'm just done trying to argue with knuckleheads.

Oh! Did I just say that in writing? YES I DID!!!


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MizBejabbers 2 years ago from Arkansas

As for Nos. 4 and 5, as a reporter I've seen the court system at work, and they are too enthusiastic to convict innocent people or force them into plea bargains by threats of inflated sentences. All a child has to do is read a book describing a molestation and next thing you know somebody the kid gets angry with is going to prison. That does not mean that I am soft on real child molestors or murderers, but I think there should be hard evidence that they are guilty.

I agree wholeheartedly with legalizing drugs. I think drugs are the root of our criminal system today. I keep hearing that the CIA's clandestine operations are being financed with drug money.

One of the problems with education is that we are turning our trade schools into junior colleges and expecting those who are not college material to graduate. Plumbers may need to know math, but they don't need to know Goerthe or Mozart to ply their trade. We need to re-establish the trade schools and/or set up apprenticeship programs for those who want a trade, not an expensive education with a lifetime of student loans.


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Brie Hoffman 2 years ago from Manhattan Author

I wish there was a trade school that I could attend! Thanks for commenting.

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