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The Fiscal Cliff Solution
Focusing on Solutions
Every four years, members of the United States have gone through the election process since 1789. Millions of dollars are spent on campaign funds, mud slinging and advertising. The economic crisis continues to build while we waste funds on deciding who should be the "chief decider" of our country.
Is it mass hysteria that causes all of us to get caught up in the political rat race? At the current state of affairs it feels more like a necessary evil.
I propose a complete change in the system that will take effect immediately. We need to throw all the old political science strategies out the window and play a new game. America loves reality television and this would be reality at its finest!
The Fiscal Cliff Game
A simple solution to the nation's problems could be solved on daytime television. There will be no need for campaigning, speech writers, republican parties or democratic parties. Save the billions of dollars spent on the clothing politicians sport to financing the tour. No need for secret service plans for travel. No more having to memorize what your party stands for or against, it will be all about what is best for the country as a whole nation.
I propose we do away with the Presidential tours and gala events, dinners, hand shaking and cheek pinching. We can just run our election on television like a game show on daytime t.v. We can keep it simple, honest and put all that cash saved toward the national deficit.
American's won't have to wait in lines to cast a vote, cheaters won't have to figure out how to rig voting machines and no one will have to waste time on a recount. No more distinctive parties of reds and blues. It will be all for one and one for all. All "Legitimate" candidates for government jobs can apply.
Q & A Sessions - So Simple, Straightforward!
How Many States Comprise the U.S. today?
How To Play
First it should be televised kind of like "Hunger Games." Whoever desires, regardless of their current physical or financial condition or location can tune in for the fun. Anyone who chooses to run for political office can show up at the door and prove they are the best person for the job.
The only requirement is to bring identification and a transcript from the college they attended. I do think it's very important that the leader of the United States has an education in history, politics, human anatomy and biology. The current B.S. just isn't enough education, apparently.
Next, they have to agree to allow me to administer a polygraph exam while the host of the show, Anderson Cooper, asks them a series of questions. We can start out really simple like, "how do you spell potato?" Then the questions will get a little harder like, "how many states comprise the United States of America?" Three strikes and they're out!
Kathy Griffin is going to co-host and she gets to ferret out all the wicked stuff. Kathy can ask questions like, "are you for the straights or the gays?" or "did you like to kill small animals as a child?"
She won't hold back! No need to ask your back scratchers how to answer those questions, just be honest and tell your own truth.
If they get through round one, the questions will be tougher. Such as, "who wrote The Federalist Papers?"
The leader of the country should be extremely well informed about history and subjects such law and the legal system and current affairs. If they are the right person for the job, it should be no problem.
To make it fair - we can offer a lifeline. It would only be fair to use George W. Bush for this position, being the past chief decider. If they get stuck, they can phone GWB for help, after all he even has experience.
Additionally they are allowed to say, "I don't know." if they do not know the answer to a question posed to the candidate.
Instead of "Ask the Audience" we could change it to "Ask Congress." The audience can be made up of "congress" men and women. These people will be educated in things such as law and the legal system, social problems and economic reform.
If the candidate passes the q & a round, they move up to the personality part. During this phase of the game they have an opportunity to come clean about any previous indiscretions or immoral mistakes. If they don't confess, the audience can call in and sling it on national t.v. where the candidate gets to make their defense case for the public opinion.
Redistribution of Wealth Plan
After the candidate makes it through the intelligence and personality sections they will move right along to the bathing suit and talent contest.
The winners get to keep their jobs (or are elected into office) and the losers have to donate their pension toward the national deficit and get a push off the proverbial fiscal cliff.
Consolation prizes will consist of a motor home and directions to the nearest public assistance office where they can get in line for food stamps and welfare until they can find suitable employment.
Keep it Real!
"This is a frightening statistic. More people vote in American Idol than in any U.S. election." ~Rush Limbaugh