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Presidential Election 2012: Announcing My Candidacy For President of the United States

Updated on October 3, 2012

THE CHOICE

Oh my goodness, the vitriol is flowing this year. According to many we have the election between the bleeding heart liar and the rich liar who cheats on his taxes, or so you would be led to believe if you listened to the rhetoric that is ramping up on the political scene. The battle is being waged between Fox and MSNBC, and it is being waged in every tavern, every neighborhood, every workplace and seemingly every family.

Good vs Evil, with the outcome meaning the salvation of this once great country. Who is best suited to lead the U.S. back to world leadership? Who will ignite the personal fires within us, and inspire us, as a nation, to reach for the stars once again? Who will be able to rise above the differences that divide us and be a voice of reason and solution? Who will be able to unite Congress and pass meaningful legislation that will help the entire country and not just those who have the financial resources to buy change and favor?

Well, in truth, neither of our candidates has those abilities. When all the banner and flag waving is over, and when the last vote is counted in November, it will be business as usual in the United States. You see, it is the political system that is our worst enemy. No, I’m not speaking of Democracy! There is nothing wrong with Democracy and there is everything right with it. I am speaking, rather, of a system that is bought and paid for by special interest groups, the wolves who prowl the Halls of Congress, influencing votes and in so doing insure more decades of the same quagmire.

No one man, or woman, can change that, and certainly not a single person who must deal with a divided Congress. Gone are the days of backroom compromise; now all we hear is rhetoric shouted from the nearest microphone, and demands, and threats, and divisive blaming that only fuels the hatred and fear among the populace.

So it is time for a new approach! I do believe it is time for me to run for the Presidency!

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DAYDREAMING

It started with a daydream. Knowing that millions of people now camp out on social media, I wondered aloud what would happen if an average citizen ran for President on a write-in platform, using nothing but Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and other social sites. No campaign treasure chest at all; just a grassroots effort on the computer; what would happen?

In this daydream, the impossible is possible! There are millions of dissatisfied voters out there, average people who feel no hope in the upcoming election; what is to prevent them from joining a revolution that would turn this political system upside down? What a sight that would be!

Since I have always been a dreamer, a believer in the impossible, I decided it was time to test my theory! With that in mind, today I announce my candidacy for President of the United States!

Of course, a person does not run for the highest office in the land without a political platform, so allow me to give you my platform in condensed form. Please, don’t bother me with comments telling me why it won’t work. This is my daydream and as such I can wax poetic all I want. If you don’t like my platform then don’t vote for me; better yet, construct your own platform and follow my lead; run for President against me and let’s see who comes out on top. God knows I love a challenge! There are millions of Americans just like me who are fed up; we comprise the bottom 80% of this country and because of that, we are a formidable force to be reckoned with. It is high time we stand up and be heard.

My Views on Environment

SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS

I am tired of the lobbyists in Washington D.C. and I believe it is time for them to fade into obscurity. In the last ten years they have spend over $28 billion influencing votes. I say goodbye to them all! Oil lobbyists….goodbye! Banking lobbyists….goodbye! You are no longer allowed to walk the corridors of power in this country. From this day forward not a penny of your money will be allowed to buy votes in Congress. How do you like them apples?

Our representatives are supposed to represent us; not Exxon, not Chase, and not Wall Street! Slither back into the dark alleys from whence you came for you are no longer allowed in our nation’s capitol.

TRADE BALANCE

I don’t know about you, but I am tired of the United States playing second fiddle to the orchestrated sounds of China, and I’m tired of a trade deficit in the trillions. Manufacturing, which was once the backbone of our economy, has now become a distant memory, and it is going to change under my administration. I have no problem with buying a billion dollars worth of Chinese products, as long as they purchase a billion dollars worth of American products.

I’m a fair-minded guy; if a million jobs are outsourced to China, or Mexico, or India, then I want a million Chinese, or Mexican, or Indian jobs outsourced to the United States. Fair is fair, right? What’s good for the goose is good for the gander, so let’s make this playing field truly level, or we’ll take our ball and go home, which is where we should be concentrating our efforts anyway.

My Presidential Statement

EMPLOYMENT

Under my platform, every United States citizen who wants to work will have the opportunity to work, and I’m not talking about jobs that pay a minimum wage of $7.25 per hour, which is the current Federal minimum wage in this country. I would love to see the fat cats in D.C. live on $7.25 per hour.

No my friends, we are going to create jobs, much the same as Roosevelt did during the Great Depression. We are going to upgrade our infrastructure. We are going to repair roads, bridges, highways and schools. We are going to build a mass-transit system that connects every major city in this country. We are going to put people back to work and give them hope in the future.

How, you say, are we going to pay for it all? We will find a way! Any nation that can find funds for pork belly projects favoring influential congressmen can find funds that help the average citizen. Any country that can fuel China’s economy can find funds to fuel its own economy. I think it is time we adopt a new slogan….America First! If our citizens buy Japanese cars because of their superior craftsmanship and fuel economy, then we need to raise the standards of United States car manufacturing. We once led the world in auto manufacturing, and we can do so again. We once led the world in manufacturing period, and we can do it again.

CONGRESSIONAL PAY

You will all love this! I propose we pay members of Congress the same amount that the average American citizen makes. The average per capita income is $27,334. If you want to see significant change in the United States, start paying members of Congress that amount. We will find out very quickly who wants to bring about meaningful social change and who is only in it for the prestige and power trip.

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DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

It is time to abolish this ineffectual department. It has been a dismal failure and the states are quite capable of handling their own education system.

We were once the best-educated country in the world, and we can return to those days, but not until the Federal Government relinquishes control. If Americans want quality education then let them pay for it at the local level, free from the bureaucratic wrangling in Washington D.C.

UNIVERSAL HEALTH CARE

Do not tell me this won’t work in the United States. It works quite well in other nations, and a country that claims to be the most powerful on earth cannot have citizens unable to afford adequate health care. This should never be a political issue; this is a basic human rights issue. If we can find money for a Star Wars defense system then we can find money to pay for medical care for the poor. We are only as strong as our weakest link and right now we have far too many weak links.

We have the technology to do this tomorrow; as a nation we have chosen not to do so. Personally, I

ELIMINATE DEPENDENCE ON FOREIGN FUEL

wish the best for Saudi Arabia, Iran, Iraq, and all other suppliers of oil, but I want nothing to do with them regarding trade. If they consider us infidels, then they can do without our dollars, and they can live their lives without our interference.

In today’s global society it is impossible to return to an isolationist dogma, but that does not mean we have to be dependent upon others for our well-being and survival. The greatest industrial nation on this planet should not depend on nations whose political leaders hate us for economic survival; it is madness to do so and it is time to end it.

A Time For Change

What do you say, do I have your vote?

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YEP, THAT AND SO MUCH MORE

Oh, I have so much more to say, but we will stop for today. Again, if you don’t agree, then don’t vote for me. The beauty of this daydream is that anyone who wants to run a write-in campaign can do so.

I have a vision for this country, and the vision is based on equality and justice for all citizens, and not just for the top 1%. This country will return to greatness when every man, woman, and child has the opportunity to succeed and prosper.

What do you say? Are you ready for a real change? Then vote Bill Holland for President of the United States!

I now need to go check in at the group home for my medications!

2012 William D. Holland (aka billybuc)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Jo, I like your attitude and you have my consent to that plan. I am so tired of the unemployed being looked down upon in this country. I believe the large majority of people want to work and make it on their own, without assistance.....I know my parents did when they were teens during the Great Depression.

      Great addition to the discussion; thank you!

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      Jo_Goldsmith11 4 years ago

      billybuc,

      I had to chime in here again. I will not only vote for you but I will seriously tweet this hub once an hour if you take the money you want to double for me, and hire 2 more people! Teach US the skills we need which have been deprived, and allow us to have the dignity of BEING SOMEONE without the labels of "moocher, victim or 47 %.

      Had to Pin and re tweet. thank you! Shalom Mr. President

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Whonunuwho, history does indeed record it. It is not a job for the compassionate or weak of heart. I think it's about time we changed all that.

      Thank you Sir! Have a great weekend!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Jo.....you got it! We'll find something for you and we'll double your offer....the government has money to burn and you might as well get some of it. Thank you for the visit and I'll be in touch in December.

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      whonunuwho 4 years ago from United States

      Bill..most candidates for office are often so controlled and really do not have the enduring humanistic qualities as you, my friend. The choices are often lacking in intellect, their not truly caring for others, and are easily manipulated, while you are highly intelligent, gifted with the human spirit and "don't take no bull"!! The fellows who are the most dedicated in their responsibilities, who try to be honorable, do not remain in office, for long. Doesn't history record this?

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      Jo_Goldsmith11 4 years ago

      I will give you my vote if you hire me for any job, including windows, restroom cleaning, or errand girl. The pay needs to be at least $9.00.an hour. 35 hours a week. I am a writer and I need time to work on my career. I will wait for an answer! : )

      Voted up! shared & tweeted. funny, useful and interesting.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Linda, Big Bird should run for President....in fact, I think I'll write him in!

      Thank you!

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      Linda Bilyeu 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

      If you promise to help save big bird, you have my vote. Hmmm, "promise" and "politicals" something about those two words in one sentence just doesn't seem right. Haha! Good luck Prez!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you very much Ricky! It was all done on a lark during one of my more frustrated moments....I'm sure I had just watched another campaign speech and I wanted to throw the computer out the window. :)

      I'll keep you in mind for a cabinet position if we should get enough votes. :)

      Thanks buddy and have a great weekend!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Beckie, LOL....no, it's not too rough! I doubt you could hurt my ears with any language.

      Thank you my dear; wouldn't it be great if it could happen? Talk about turning the whole system upside down!

      Have a great weekend! How do you feel about being named Ambassador to Ireland? :)

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      Shining Irish Eyes 4 years ago from Upstate, New York

      Billy For President!!!

      Listen - you know how much I agree with this but kudos for slamming some points home and telling it like it is! Great campaign pledge - make em work for the wages we have lived on! So many valid points here. I and several hundred friends and family would vote for you in a heartbeat! Your slogan could be "Vote for Billybuc - cause we're tired of getting _ _ _!

      (hope that wasn't too rough!)

      Billy Buc for President.

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      Richard Ricky Hale 4 years ago from West Virginia

      Bill, excellent article. Heck, you already have a better plan then the two running, so why not? First, voted up and all across and shared. Well deserved. In the honest truth possible, Bill, I would say you are more then qualified. Your very intelligent and more then anything, you are a people person. The idea to have them live off 7.25 is genius. It would due justice on that first check they open. Think about all the money going around during a presidential election. We would be better off bringing Clinton back and using that money for the budget. I always enjoy your videos Bill. You could. The social platform is huge. You reach enough, you could make a difference. Bill, great as always.

      BILL 4 PRES!!!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I love it Genna! I'll let you know when I'm ready to head east. :)

      Thank you!

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      Genna East 4 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Finally -- a candidate I can vote for, and happily with no reservations. Just say the word, and I will set up a campaign office for you in Boston! :-)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Mary, I can say without hesitation I would have won that debate last night.....those two bored me to tears. At least I would have made it interesting. :) Thanks for your vote my friend. I hope you are well!

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      Mary Craig 4 years ago from New York

      Forget about the home, the White House is better! I've been telling you for months to run for President, its about time you listened! How do we write in our vote ;)

      Voted up, useful, funny, awesome, and interesting.

      Vote Bill Holland...the only real choice for President!!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Robin, I would love to just have a choice in this election....some clear signal that tells me my vote is going to someone who cares about the 80% of us who are struggling. Sigh!

      Thank you kind lady, for being you, and for your share!

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      Robin Grosswirth 4 years ago from New York

      You have my vote !!! In fact, voted and shared.....

      The system is broken, agreed and it taints the administration of anyone who sits in the White House (powerful interest groups rule). What a great experiment here. It would make a great election lesson for kids (wink), Mr. Academician Presidential candidate:-0)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      PS....we all need meds....LOL....but I'm not sure I'm laughing because it was funny or sadly the truth and I don't want to face it. I love this country; make no mistake about that. But any student of history can see what is happening here....it is so very clear that this election means nothing. I guess what scares me most is that so many people really believe a change is going to happen in November, and that everything will be alright. Wrong!

      Thank you my dear friend; have a great day and stay away from the medicine cabinet! :)

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      Patricia Scott 4 years ago from sunny Florida

      YOU ARE SO RIGHT. At the end of the day, or, at the end of the election after the last ballot is in, it will continue to be the same old stuff, just a different day. I am a died in the wool, flag waving, card carrying, proud of the land of the free and home of the brave American. But like you I see what has happened. The country is not run by us, for us. It is run by those who push their agendas through by whatever means that they can.

      And I am truly concerned. The first debate is over and who told the truth? One supposedly 'won' the debate but it was just so much rhetoric. For the first time in a long time I feel that we have no real choice.

      We will all need meds, Billy, if something does turn around. I would love to see you win.We need someone in DC whose agenda is to make a difference across this land in so many areas.

      You certainly could TRY to turn things around. :)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Glimmer, I don't think we'll hear my plans in any debate in the near future. Logic doesn't play into those debates at all. I am tired of politics quite frankly. On the other hand, we had a governor's race four years ago that was decided by less than ten votes.....so yes, every vote counts.

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      I'm watching the debates as I read this. You ought to be up there with these 2 guys. I don't hear either one mentioning your plans. You'd also have to simplify the White House which might be tough!

      The beauty of this country is that you can run. I'm always amazed at how close some local elections end up being. It shows me that every vote does count. So give it a shot. You never know!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Gail, what's that old saying....be careful what you wish for! LOL Thank you my friend and have a great day!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Lea, you are so very kind! I hope things are alright with you; I was thinking about you yesterday and wondering how you are doing. Anyway, thank you so much!

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      Gail Meyers 4 years ago from United States

      You have my vote, Bill! BILL HOLLAND for President! Voted up and awesome!

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      Sparklea 4 years ago from Upstate New York

      Billy Buc voted up across the board, I would LOVE to see you as President! Watched the video, wow, profound eye opener. Tremendous hub with genuine thoughts from your point of view.

      Excellent read, as always. You are a genius with your incredible writing. Blessings, Sparklea :)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Paula, I will leave my diet in your hands....gratefully! LOL

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      Paula 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      As long as I can cook??!! Oh, you're in for a good 20 pound add-on!! and,btw...leave your recipes where they are!!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Gail, the viral thing might be harder to do than getting elected judging from the comments. LOL Thank you my dear friend.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Michael.....LOL.....Tahiti is a good choice....the job is yours! And yes, the lesser of two evils is exactly what this election feels like. I'm tired of it as well.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Kelley, thank you for your vote! I promise, at the very least, to keep the American public laughing for four years.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Martin, if they worked for your oil company we would all be riding bicycles....there would be no oil to refine!

      Thank you Sir!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Faith, the job is yours....anything you want, you've got! Interesting job you have; definitely a full-time position. :) Thank you dear lady; have a wonderful day.

      peace and love,

      bill

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Paula, the position is you....if you don't know how to cook we'll fake it till we make it.....just like me as President. :)

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      Gail Sobotkin 4 years ago from South Carolina

      Oh what fun this is!

      You've got my write-in vote and from your poll it looks like you're getting the vote of most people who read this. Now all you have to do is go viral! LOL

      Voted up across the board and shared.

      Hub Hugs,

      Gail

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      Michael Tully 4 years ago

      You have my vote for sure, Bill. I'm so tired of voting for the lesser of two evils, which it seems is all I've ever done. The only candidates in this election with brains in their heads are Gov. Gary Johnson (the Libertarian candidate) and yourself. Good luck, brother...and after you're elected, I'll send you my application for the job of ambassador to Tahiti.

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      kelleyward 4 years ago

      Wow Bill, Look at the responses you've had here. I think you could win. Maybe you should really consider running for office. You have my vote :) Take care, Kelley

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      Martin Kloess 4 years ago from San Francisco

      I have said it before and it is true: If America's politicians worked at my oil company, most (if not all) would be spending a lot of time in human resources.

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      Bill For President!!! I have been trying to figure out a third person I can just write in, and here you are!!! I will be happy to be on your staff to keep you "ethical," but I think I would have an easy job, as I am sure you would walk the straight and narrow. Actually, that is what I do in my real job, attempt to keep public officials and public employees ethical, which is an arduous task to say the least, so just let me know after the election ---I'll keep you straight, no detours. In His Love, Faith Reaper ------whoa Old Poolman, you may need to take a couple of laps to let some of that aggression out!!!

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      Paula 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      Dear Potus hopeful...I would like the job as White House Chef....so that Dexter can write about me and you and First Lady Bev!!!! ....UP!!!!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Every vote is appreciated, Tycoon! Thank you! :)

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      TycoonSam 4 years ago from Washington, MI

      President Holland...Has a nice ring to it!

      Great Hub Voted up and writing you in!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Cyndi, I like it....we will just do away with elections and the Constitution and I'll move into the White House....LOL

      Thanks lil' Sis.....I'm putting you in charge of several cabinets.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Jaye, don't get me started about the Mars program....it is sinful in my opinion....but then who listens to me? LOL I'll keep my ranting and see if I can't stir things up somehow.

      Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Ruby, we will need a First Nurse! I'm signing you up! :)

      Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Tammy, I swear to God, I don't want to not vote, but I don't have a clue who to vote for....it's like there is no choice!

      Thanks my friend!

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      Cynthia Sageleaf 4 years ago from Western NC

      BILL HOLLAND FOR PRESIDENT! I love it, and I love your platform. I know it's a democracy, but we don't need a vote, we just need you to be president now. :D Thanks for a fun read and heck...you just never know!

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      Tammy 4 years ago from North Carolina

      You have my vote. I volunteer to organize your campain. I make some mean flyers. Bev is going to be a great first Lady. You will trade your cold Washington weather for the hot Washington weather.. LOL. Seriously.. voting for you would be a great alternative to choosing between the two evils running this year.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Bill, You're ' gonna need a good nurse, I'm in..Hee Only kidding Bev...Cheers

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      Jaye Denman 4 years ago from Deep South, USA

      I like your platform, Bill, and I'll tell you where you can get some of the funds needed to create jobs such as FDR did. Call a halt to that wasteful NASA Mars exploration project that has no practical purpose whatsoever. Millions or billions of dollars down the drain just to satisfy the curiosity of some scientists about a planet which cannot sustain life! There is a lot more waste in Washington, and a man like you would search it out and put a stop to it, start using those $$$ to improve America's infrastructure.

      Pack your clothes, Bill. Next stop: the White House. (By the way, how does Bev feel about being First Lady?)

      Voted UP+++

      Jaye

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Deb, it may come to that still; things will get worse soon, and drastic times call for drastic measures.

      Thank you my friend!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Nellie! How can I lose with your support? :)

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      Nellieanna Hay 4 years ago from TEXAS

      Bill, I DO like 'them apples'!

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      Deb Hirt 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      I have advocated Roosevelt's plan for years regarding the New Deal. The oil companies and such will finally pay their fair share, so that will be funded by those taxes. I also like your platforms on the other items, too, especially on education. You're my write-in man!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      All in jest, Sasha! I'm still in full control of my mind! Thanks young lady!

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      Sasha Kim 4 years ago

      I will quote what you replied to me in your "Living Simple: A New Revolution" hub....

      "Sasha, if I ever announce a run for office, please shoot me! LOL I would be a crazy man for sure."

      ^_^ Should I be glad or worried you changed your mind?

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sha, I'm always ready! I may not always be willing, but I'm always ready! LOL Thanks buddy; isn't it fun to daydream? Now I do it without the use of alcohol, and it is so much more fun!

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      Shauna L Bowling 4 years ago from Central Florida

      Bill, I remember months ago when a hubber commented on one of your first rants, stating you should run for president. You basically said, no way, jose!

      You have no idea how pleased I am to have you state in writing that you are running for President. I, for sure, will write you in. Are you prepared for your next journey my friend???

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Steve, aren't daydreams fun? LOL Thank you and oh, if it were only so! Maybe someday we will see these types of changes; I only hope that I'm alive to see it. :)

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      Steve West 4 years ago from Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

      November 5, 2016.........

      Dear Bill,

      Congratulations on your re-election as President of the United States of America. In the last 4 years you have shown us that a commoner, an average Joe social media person can not only change a country...but the world.

      Our country now produces the most fuel efficient car on the planet. We now consume 70% less fuel for our automobiles in our country and we export those vehicles to 49 different countries around the world.

      As for health-care Mr. President, thank you for the security of knowing if I or one of my family get sick we will not go bankrupt keeping them alive.

      Since you took office 4 years ago we have improved our rank in math and science from 38th to 17th and college tuition has dropped almost 40 % so our youth can compete with the rest of the world.

      The average median income per household is now $42,530.67. This income exceeds the cost of living per-household on a per state average.

      Four years ago you asked the question, " What would happen if an average citizen ran for President?" Well the answer Mr. President would be, our country is a better place.

      I was daydreaming right along with ya billybuc, you have my vote!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Debbie, I would need serious therapy if I did that. LOL Thank you, though, for the thought!

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      Debbie Pinkston 4 years ago from Pereira, Colombia and NW Arkansas

      Bill, I wish you WOULD run for President!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Cris, there is not one thing about your comment that I can argue about. This once super power is on its knees after taking far too many body blows. Greed? In the U.S.? Oh my goodness, yes, and it is at epidemic proportions. We can only hope that the populace begins to see reality and quits watching those damn reality shows. :)

      Thank you my friend!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Julie, let's truly hope they start getting it right, because I hate to think about them getting it more wrong. :) Thank you so much for the visit.

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      Jools99 4 years ago from North-East UK

      Billy, I cannot vote for you as I am not a U.S. citizen but I would consider you or HP other candidate, JeannieinaBottle if I could :o)

      Once again, you have put together an interesting hub with loads of info about where they're all getting it wrong - let's hope they start getting it right soon.

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      CrisSp 4 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      billybuc, I am so concerned about you. Please make sure you take the right dosage of your medication and if you don't have enough, please let me know--your fellow hubber from Canada will be more than happy to help you out. (: You see, we're proud of our health care system here and we don't mind the little waiting line. We all get attended on a first come first serve basis here and all we need is our health card. That's all. Simply because we have the system in place.

      And, if you happened to miss the recent survey about the top 10 countries of the most educated countries in the world, Canada ranked number 1 and the once admired USA fell into number 4. Now, my daughter who is considering Harvard is contemplating. Still, not bad though but whatever happened to the once super power? Now, super greedy? Shall we blame the producers of those reality shows? Let me ask Kim Kardashian and get her opinion about it. Now, I digress. (:

      Guess, it's time for change. Huge change for our beloved American people. I have families and friends spread out in the US and I'll make sure they know about you and your platform and encourage them to vote for you, since I can't. (:

      Great hub BB! All points taken. Now, salute!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Suzette, that would be a must campaign trip! :)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Mpropp....LOL...yes, this campaign is doomed from the start, but that won't keep me from voicing my opinions and entertaining my daydreams. Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you so much Shampa! I gladly accept your help and support. :)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Summer, I am very grateful for your comment. I have had concerns with the educational system since I first stepped into a classroom, and my concerns have only grown over the years. Change is needed!

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      Suzette Walker 4 years ago from Taos, NM

      Yes, and of course you and the First Lady will have to visit my state! LOL

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Suzette....LOL...now that's a frightening, and true, thought! I'm going to make you in charge of Florida....not quite constitutional but oh well, this is my daydream!

      Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Mr. Happy, I am quite happy that I beat out Bugs Bunny! What an honor! LOL Actually, I love your comments. You spend so much time on them, obviously read the entire hub....you are appreciated greatly.

      As for your comments, I completely agree about the education system. The poor have been taking it in the shorts for far too long, so I'll have to work on that....but in no way do I want the Federal Government determining educational policy in this country. Been there, done that, and it failed miserably.

      Thank you my friend!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Mark, it would be appropriate if you headed the FAA, so you could fire some people who done you wrong. :) Glad to have you on board my friend.

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      Melissa Propp 4 years ago from Minnesota

      You've got my vote Billybuc! Now, if only they would allow us to vote on-line....We'd have the biggest turn-out in history. Of course, they would claim vote fraud---but that's already being claimed every election.

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      Shampa Sadhya 4 years ago from NEW DELHI, INDIA

      Voted up and interesting!

      I loved your viewpoints which are very much valid for a country to prosper in a balanced way. I am an Indian so I don't have the right to vote in America but I would certainly vote for you through sharing and pinning. Nice Hub!

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      Suzette Walker 4 years ago from Taos, NM

      Glad to hear the meds are only mild. As long as you can function, I say - Go for it. Even on meds, you'd do a better job than those yahoos in Washington!

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      summerberrie 4 years ago

      Wow, billybuc! I agree with you about so much, but especially the need to abolish the Department of Education. What a mess in numerous of ways. Another great heart felt hub.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Now Jeannie, that's the best idea I have heard today....in fact, I'm linking your hub to mine....I will proudly serve with you. :) thanks my friend!

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      Jeannie InABottle 4 years ago from Baltimore, MD

      Oh man, it sounds like you've actually put some real thought into this. My campaign is not running with nearly this much thought, but hey, I am still giving it a try. Perhaps we can be running mates. Won't that be fun? Voted up and awesome!

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      Mr. Happy 4 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      "the wolves who prowl the Halls of Congress" - That's an insult to us wolves. Haha!!

      "No campaign treasure chest at all; just a grassroots effort on the computer; what would happen?" - The Internets (Dubya's copyright) might mysteriously go down for maintenance, until the election was over (lol).

      "I am tired of the lobbyists in Washington D.C."- Someone told me not long ago, here on Hub-pages that lobbying is entrenched in the American Constitution ... I am not sure if he was a lobbyist or not but either way, it seems that some people are still not aware of the detrimental aspect which lobbying has on the government and our elected representatives.

      "We are going to upgrade our infrastructure. We are going to repair roads, bridges, highways and schools. We are going to build a mass-transit system that connects every major city in this country." - And this would work. For those who know their history, Germany was the best example of how after WWI they rebuilt their country and put people back to work by building Germany's infrastructure. They did such a good job at it, that a little over a decade and they almost took over the entire continent of Europe ...

      Your idea about congressional pay is great but I am not sure that the Congress would vote for it. That is why I think the system is rotten at its core. One cannot instill new and responsible policies because the crooked congressmen and congresswomen, are not going to vote the bills into laws. We have to keep in mind that they are being lobbied heavily.

      "If Americans want quality education then let them pay for it at the local level, free from the bureaucratic wrangling in Washington D.C." - So, the poor communities build their own schools and the rich ones build their own schools too? Since neighborhoods are usually separated on an economic level, I doubt the poor will ever have either the knowledge or the resources to build their own schools and bring-in their own teachers. Therefore, those in poverty will remain in the gutter, while the wealthy can continue living their privileged lives. We need to work on this idea but the educational system certainly needs major restructuring.

      Regarding the medications ... just buy them from us (Canada), I heard they come cheaper. Apparently, we are a little less greedy ... maybe it's the weather.

      Fun read, Mr. Bill. I encouraged people to vote for Bugs Bunny but now that You're running: Vote Bill for President on Tuesday,

      November 7th!

      Cheers! : )

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      Mark G Weller 4 years ago from Lake Charles, LA.

      You got my vote Bill, Hey.....Can I be head of the FAA?

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Natasha, i don't think I'll be on my own ballot in November. LOL I agree with your statement, and the entire system needs changing. Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Rfmoran, we can steamroll them and they will never see it coming. Thanks my friend!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Mike, the ball is rolling; now we'll see where it rolls to! Thanks for your support brother!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Justsilvie, obviously we found a campaign issue you are interested in, and I totally agree with you. The entire system needs to be changed. Thank you for a heartfelt comment that is right on!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Pooja, I'm serious about change in politics, but as for me running? I like myself too much to put myself in that position. :) Thank you my dear friend!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Kelly, you will have a cabinet post, no doubt about it! LOL

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Rolly, we can always use a Canadian in the White House. Hell, buddy, you guys could teach us a lot about social reform. I'll let you know when you can move in. :)

      Thank you my friend!

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      Natasha 4 years ago from Hawaii

      *sigh* I have to take a deep breath to avoid become way too worked up about this! Man, I am so tired of everything having to do with politics. I believe in the Jeffersonian farmer/citizen/politician ideal. Way back in the beginning, people were expected to serve in government for a while as part of their civic duty, not do it as a career. A couple of states today actually still have a part time legislature, but I think it is literally only 2 states.

      I could vote for Stephen Colbert in the primary, but I don't think you'll be on my ballot this November. Sorry, man - I wish!

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      Russ Moran 4 years ago from Long Island, New York

      Bill you had better get busy - only a few weeks to go. Having a day dreamer in the Oval Office may not be a bad idea!

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      Mike Pugh 4 years ago from New York City

      Bill I know you really want this Presidential Hot Spot bro! Wishing for it is one thing, but taking it by digital triumphant Storm of a Victory, well that's another social connections networking virtual ball game entirely Hah!!!!!!! Cheers To Bill, Vote him in! Today!

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      Justsilvie 4 years ago

      You have my vote!

      Can I run the heath care part? I would start kicking some major butts. 24,000 dollars for a 5 minute helicopter ride? 200 dollars, for 5 minutes in my doctor’s office? 10,000 dollars to lay on a table for a 5 minute test in a hospital? (and there were dust bunnies on the surgical lights, guess they the cleaning staff was cut so they could pay for the fountains in the courtyard) 1 prescription that costs over 100 dollars for a 30 day supply? My neighbors heart attack and complication reached the 200,000 dollar mark in one week, if she was not insured she thinks they probably would have let her die or they would be sitting on the street, because they would be financially wiped out. I could rant for ages on this subject.

      National healthcare should be a must and it works in other countries, because providers, insurance companies and pharma have to charge a reasonable amount. (and yet the still manage to make some major money)

      The one in investment in America that must be making a killing is Vaseline.

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      poojasd7 4 years ago from India

      Billy, are you serious? I feel you should be. The USA would be lucky to have you as a president. I would be so proud to tell people that the new president of USA is my friend. :-)

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      Kelly Umphenour 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      You've got my vote! No doubt about it

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Graham, always a pleasure to see you.....with a new hub name I see! Glad I noticed that! Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Joseph....shhhh....we want the current politicians worried. :)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Old Poolman, you are the kind of no nonsense man we need on this campaign. Thank you sir!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Dianna, for sure, God bless America! Thanks for reading my daydream! If elected, I will be proud to work alongside of you.

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      Rolly A Chabot 4 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Hi Billy... Now we are talking. Any room on the campaign bus for a Canadian.

      Universal Health Care is the bases of having a healthy nation, a basic right that each and every person should have. A;l other points have my thumbs up.

      Is it any wonder Billy they are lined up at the feeding trough when we look at what our politicians get paid.

      Hugs from Canada