If you were president for 1 year, what would be your biggest priority? And why?
A lot critic them, but what would you do if you had the power?
That is an easy one...shrinking the physical size of the federal government in terms of people and expense; getting its tentacles out of the daily lives of its citizens and pushing more and more of the process downward toward the local level through strengthening state's rights positions while at the same time admonishing the high courts for their attempts at legislating laws from the bench which should be enforcing the ones which have been created. Once government begins to shrink, many things start to occur which ultimately bring a positive light to our society and our economy. At present government is growing because that growth is being justified by all the so-called "good" that a big government can bring to the table...lies, all lies. WB
wow @wayne! Run...no...SPRINT for presidency!!!! You got my vote!!
Following the main priorities of the Obama administration will be tough, but someone can do it. In order to compete with other countries on a bilateral agenda of world affairs, I would lean towards healthcare. Fixing the healthcare situation would enable Americans to better serve themselves and others. Privatation is good, but all Americans deserve a healthy body, mind, and spirit, regardless of cost. Hey, spend that last trillion dollar bailout on the people's healthcare, because medical costs are only rising.
Revamp the corporate tax code, eliminating loopholes and subsidies to large corporations. Double tax rate on the rich and capital gains tax. Double minimum wage. Smash monopolies. Progressive corporate tax code favoring small business and start-ups. Repeal Citizens United. Eliminate lobbyists, insider trading, and earmarks. Plain language single agenda legislation. Publicly funded elections including extra assistance for additional parties. Develop a program to eliminate fossil fuel use by 2050 that would include phasing out personal automobiles and building compact nodal cities with regional scaled energy, waste, and water systems. Slash the military. Legalize drugs. Forgive all student debt. Open the border with Mexico and legalize all illegal immigrants. Tax churches. Strengthen the UN and examine all of our international relationships to confirm they are in compliance with fundamental human rights. Repeal PATRIOT Act. Eliminate Dep. of Homeland Security. Hire Wayne Brown to squish the power contained in agencies such as the Dep of Energy, Education, and HHS back down to the local and state level. Expand, protect and rejuvenate national wilderness areas. Pass a law strengthening the freedom of the Press that disallows discriminating who can access government meetings and officials and guarantees the confidential relationship between reporter and sources. Amend the constitution to include privacy as a fundamental human right and allow that to extend not only to one's data but also to one's genetic material and DNA.
Restoring government to it's constitutional boundaries and repealing the laws that have eroded our liberty.
Hmmm...Its not an easy answer. So many things need fixing. I wish it could be as easy as saying "I would improve the infrastructure and create jobs" Unfortunately it's not that simple. I guess I would convince Americans that we need a complete overhaul in congress. I would strive to outlaw corporate lobbyism, disolve superpacs and limit campaign contributions to 100 dollars per individual. Businesses and corporations would be forbiden to contribute to any candidate. A country where all citizens are given a fair chance at representation would be my legacy. I would leave all the other problems to the next man or woman in office.
Corporations do not deserve the same rights and protections as people. They are not capable of remorse for bad behavior. A corporation cannot go to jail for crimes commited against the people. Because of this, cash penalties such as fines have become just another cost of doing business. I would try to change all of this.
If I were president for one year I would have three big priorities and they would be the following:
(1) Effectively command the U.S. Armed Forces.
(2) Effectively manage and oversee the conduct of U.S. foreign affairs.
(3) Constantly issue orders to Congress to effectively address the nation's internal problems and affairs.
Firing half the government, at least!
I would begin that at a state level. I live in Idaho where our population CANNOT afford to support all the reps we have for each little town and village. Its insane.
Then I would reduce the number of lobbyists allowed to beg and bribe to get bills passed. Basically reduce the tax payer debt of supporting these people for life by limiting their retirement. I don't think a person deserves full retirement bennies for four years of service.
Go back to Reganomics: Reduce Government, limit welfare, don't allow social security and welfare for illegal immigrants, get legal then apply!
A year wouldn't be long enough darlin.
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