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If You Were The President...

Thu May 31, 2001 2:02 am

If you were the president... what would you do?

Ok, I would

-Get rid of In God We Trust on Coins.
-Tax religion
-Make free healtchare and education possible.
-Legalize marijuana and put users of harder drugs on perscription.
-Introduce line item taxation (citizens would decide on what percentage of their income goes where)
-End infringement of first amendment rights.
-Encourage research and implementation of alternative fuels and environmentally-friendly cars, planes, etc..
-Legalize abortion once and for all.

That's all I can come up with right now, tell me what you think.



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RE: If You Were The President...

Thu May 31, 2001 2:16 am

Right now I would upgrade Air Force 1 to a 777-300.

Then, I would upgrade it to an A380 in 2006 (never mind the US/non-US stuff) and install a bowling alley and batting cage on the lower deck.
 
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RE: If You Were The President...

Thu May 31, 2001 2:19 am

"An-225-Encourage research and implementation of alternative fuels and environmentally-friendly cars, planes, etc.."

That's a good one, we can't rely on the Persian Gulf for our oil forever.

1. Expand the project that helps make soldiers teachers when they leave the military.

2. Cut $300,000 off my yearly salary and give it to the DC poor and encourage all other federal lawmakers to do the same. (Excellent display of leadership)

3. Work on making Community colleges cheaper for exiting high schoolers to start on their higher education.

4. Make CO put widebodys at CLE (No, just kidding).

5. Put more money into Community Service projects that will let kids play Little League, Basketball, etc. These kids can't get in trouble if they are playing sports.
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RE: If You Were The President...

Thu May 31, 2001 3:26 am


"-Get rid of In God We Trust on Coins. "
Good idea for a secular state. But replace it with "in Marx we trust" is not a good idea...

"-Tax religion"
again, good idea in a regular state, if you mean non-charitable income of religeous groups.

"-Make free healtchare and education possible. "
Only way to do that is to increase taxes across the board. That hits healthy people with no children unfairly.

"-Legalize marijuana and put users of harder drugs on perscription. "
BAD. Best way is to give all drugusers an overdose. Gets rid of the addicts and the drugs both.

"-Introduce line item taxation (citizens would decide on what percentage of their income goes where) "
The IRS already takes 30% of all tax returns to run itself. The bureaucracy needed for such a program would increase that to 100%, leaving noone anuthing to choose...

"-End infringement of first amendment rights. "
Nice one. Introduce the deathpenalty without parole or trial for anyone seen doing anything against the law?

"-Encourage research and implementation of alternative fuels and environmentally-friendly cars, planes, etc.. "
That is already being done, but is coming along slowly by people complaining about the high budgets for science and technology and people complaining that more money needs to go to "preservation" projects and less to long-term engineering projects.


"-Legalize abortion once and for all. "
I think that contradicts your statement about the first ammendment...

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RE: If You Were The President...

Thu May 31, 2001 7:58 am

Yeah and while you're at it, I believe that a dictatorship is the way to go.

Hey... you never have to worry about a proposal being tied up in Congress and you can kill those pesky people who oppose your agenda.

I think that Iraq is the perfect utopia!

Let's abolish Congress!!!!!  Big thumbs up

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RE: If You Were The President...

Thu May 31, 2001 8:10 am

OK- updated list after I took a look at the ENORMOUS list of Federal agencies at firstgov.gov.

Shut down the U.S. Agency for International Development

Privatize AMTRAK

Shut down the EPA

Shut down the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

Shut down the Federal Reserve Board

Shut down Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)

Shut down the IRS (obvisouly)

Close the National Endowment for the Humanities

Close the National Institute for Literacy



Basically switching to more of a states'-rights agenda.
 
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RE: If You Were The President...

Thu May 31, 2001 8:14 am

Privatizing AMTRAK is a bad idea, trust me.

 
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RE: If You Were The President...

Thu May 31, 2001 8:20 am

Uh... I don't think so.

Even the leftist wackos on NBC agree with me...

Why do you think its a bad idea? It has only lost billions ever since its conception.
 
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RE: If You Were The President...

Thu May 31, 2001 8:25 am

If I were president, here is what I would do:

-Create a government loan programme for the building of churches, temples, cynagogs, and mosques.

-Implement a stricter immigration policy and take stricter measures against Mexico on that front. (Vicente Fox said that the illegal immigration from Mexico was a US problem...yeah friggen right)

-Switch the US over to the metric system.

-Stricter enforcement of CURRENT gun control laws.

-Implement a nationwide standardized eduational system.

-Commision a government study to look into the construction of a state-run government transit authority of high speed rail lines to help alleviate airline congestion.

-Price caps based upon income brackets for health insurance, thus making it impossible for familes to have to pay more than they possibly can for healthcare. No huge tax increases, no gov't subsidized healthcare system, insurers still get money. Everyone's happy.

-Take a stand against American military intervention in foreign wars (THAT'S WHY WE HAVE U.N. PEACEKEEPING FORCES).

-Postpone a national Missle defence programme until we have the proper funding to build it and still maintain a reasonable surplus.

-Take steps toward making the US more of an isolationist country that takes more interest in itself than in foreign wars and interests.

Don't really care for line item taxation...

Anyway, that's what I'd do.
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RE: If You Were The President...

Thu May 31, 2001 8:40 am

 Confused
 
N400QX
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RE: If You Were The President...

Thu May 31, 2001 8:41 am

Scary thought, Alex.  Big grin Oh well, the Socialist Party here in the United States doesn't get many votes anyway. One more won't pose much of a threat.
 
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RE: If You Were The President...

Thu May 31, 2001 8:57 am

Ok, come on people, I am not about to go out and vote for Socialist Party. But if a good Democratic or more likely Green candidate comes along - they'd get my vote.
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RE: If You Were The President...

Thu May 31, 2001 10:19 am

Well, alex, the diversity in america is one thing that makes it great. Good thing is that those of us with common sense outnumber you socialists by a large degree. So, you spout your nonesense, we patriots will make fun of you and life will go on as it always has.
 
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Oy... There's That Green Thing Again!

Thu May 31, 2001 12:01 pm

Read the Green platform!
With Greens, who needs socialists? Comrade?

You may as well mandate pixie-dust for all the reality that you show in your wish list.

As President, you'd lack the authority to do most of what you've said... but, of course, since you seem generally to disregard the fundamental underpinnings of our system of government- the primacy of states over federal- it wouldn't be much of a leap to simply choose a "benevolent" dictatorship... then you could do just as you please.

And watch the good ol' USA slide, headlong, into the abyss. In such case, maybe Mexico would take us back?
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RE: If You Were The President...

Thu May 31, 2001 2:25 pm

Hey, this is friendly, eh?
Get your patchouli stink outta my store!
 
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RE: If You Were The President...

Thu May 31, 2001 3:45 pm

Hey, this is only a dream, you know. I would TRY to do those things. By the way, I do agree with a lot of Green points, COMRADE!

:D

Come on, people, some more replies. So far I was called a Commie, a Socialist, and threatened with deportation. How about more to-the point answers?

Good night,

Alex
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AN-225's Green Agenda

Fri Jun 01, 2001 6:30 am

An-

Since you have told us that you embrace significant portions of the Green platform, why not let us know which of the Green Party's platform points you adopt as your own?

Inquiring minds want to know. Thanks in advance for your thorough response.
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RE: If You Were The President...

Fri Jun 01, 2001 6:39 am

If you are such a"freedom" oriented country, why would you want to remove those who are expressing different beliefs than your own? A truly free society is one that tolerates and moderates dissent amoung its citizens without force.

Militarize the border? Against what? Snow? Bears? Racoons? Squirrels? Beavers? They pose a far higher risk than the Canadian army.

And N400QX, EGGD is expressing the British experience, which is that deregulation was a DISASTER for the British rail system...and in fact many lives have been lost as a direct result.
 
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RE: If You Were The President...

Sat Jun 02, 2001 2:19 am

Twotterwrench - if you would make it legal for people like me to be thrown out of the country - doesn't it mean that you don't want people like me in here?

By the way, I am gonna become a US Citizen soon, whether you like it or not.
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RE: If You Were The President...

Sat Jun 02, 2001 7:23 am

>Militarize the border? Against what?

Illegals. The immigration rate today is approaching the levels it was in the 1930s. That isn't a bad thing, except for the vast majority of immigrants are ILLEGALS from Mexico. The Border Patrol obviously isn't cutting it, so we should stick the military on our borders. Our military isn't in existance to patrol anything in the Balkans, it's in existance to protect our borders. I wasn't thinking of the Canadian border... we only have problems with terrorists and drugs coming over that one.

>And N400QX, EGGD is expressing the British experience, which is that deregulation was a DISASTER for the British rail system

Privatizing AMTRAK has absolutely nothing to do with deregulation. It has everything to do with privitizing a rail line (just like an airline, mind you) that has been losing billions upon billions upon billions of our tax dollars ever since its conception.
 
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RE: If You Were The President...

Sat Jun 02, 2001 7:38 am

CPDC10-30 - Yeah.

N400QX - Maybe it will be different for you yanks, but i am sure AMTRAK is alot bigger than British Rail so there may be more difficultys.

EGGD
 
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RE: If You Were The President...

Sat Jun 02, 2001 11:56 am

I'd also do these things

-Even though I am against marriage, I'd make it legal for the same sex couples to enjoy the same benefits as heterosexual couples.

-I'd also make it legal to have multiple husbands or multiple wives (after all, why not? It's their choice.)

Let me think of some more...

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RE: If You Were The President...

Sun Jun 03, 2001 5:12 am

-Eliminate public displays/warnings/instructions etc. that are written in any language except English, if they wanna live here, learn the damned language.

-Make castration a punishment for sexual offenders

-If girls decide to have an abortion, make it mandatory that they get their "tubes tied" permanently, that way they won't ever have to make that decision again.

-make abortion illegal, but make hand grips on wire clothes hangers mandatory  Smile

-make punishments for smog violations harsher. I am no environmentalist, but when I see a car (especially in front of me) spewing white smoke, I just want to scream "GET A TUNE UP". A lot of times, these cars are plastered with Greenpeace stickers.
 
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RE: If You Were The President...

Mon Jun 04, 2001 3:55 am

CBA's Presidential Agenda

  • Increase gasoline taxes to spur a decrease in fuel consumption, and developement of alternative energy, and more usage of mass transit.

  • Place an extra tax on trucks and SUVs, or any other car that gets low mileage. This and the above gas tax would force people to buy smaller cars that consume less fuel, and get rid of high consuming vehicles like SUVs. However, there would be exemptions on this for people who actually need a truck or SUV.

  • Increase corporate taxes (only for large corporations, small to medium sized businesses would not be affected).

  • Lower individual taxes for all classes. Because more of the tax burden would be placed on the larger corporations, this would allow for a tax cut for all individuals. It would also promote the growth of small and medium sized businesses, while reducing conglomerates.

  • Create a Consumer's Bill of Rights.

  • Lower drinking age to 18. It's ridiculous that an 19 year old in the USA is old enough to vote and get drafted to war, but they can't legally have a beer. Jenna Bush would probably vote for if I ran for president.  Big grin

  • Legalize marijuana for terminally ill patients.

  • Make sure oil drilling in Alaska never occures.

  • Assist Israel and Palestine in stopping the ongoing violence, and reaching a permanent peace agreement.

  • Increase the minimum wage to $6.00 an hour.
 
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RE: If You Were The President...

Mon Jun 04, 2001 5:23 am

A few things I forgot:

  • Prevent the Social Security funds from being invested, and put them in a lockbox.  Big grin

  • Improve on the current medicare and medicaid programs.

  • Tightly regulate HMO's.
 
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RE: DeltaRNOmd-80

Mon Jun 04, 2001 7:56 am

As Pink says...you make me sick. Since when did the US take ownership of the English language? Your country is not a homeland exclusivley for English speakers...it is for whomever wishes to live there and contribute. If they choose to speak one language or another it is none of your business as long as they are making a contibution to the society. I cna understand an official language for education and communication, but otherwise there is no jurisdiction.
I suggest you take this line from the Canadian constitution and put it in your own:

This Charter shall be interpreted in a manner consistent with the preservation and enhancement of the multicultural heritage of Canadians.

And your snide remark regarding the coat hangers is not only immature but also very insensitive. Many women needlessly lost their lives during botched secret attempted abortions before it was legalized.
 
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RE: CPDC10-30

Mon Jun 04, 2001 8:17 am

Calm down.

>If they choose to speak one language or another it is none of your business as long as they are making a contibution to the society.

Yes, you're right. I, nor (I'm sure) DeltaRNO, don't care what language people speak. But when it comes to public forms, signs, displays, etc, it SHOULD only be in English. For example, there are driver's tests en Espanol en California. They shouldn't be in Spanish. They should be in English.

Like I said, calm down... I don't see how abortion or preservation of Canadian multi-culturalism comes into play...
 
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RE: If You Were The President...

Mon Jun 04, 2001 2:50 pm

I would :

Take out the NAVY of Vieques

make abortion illegal

give airplanes to all the aviation enthusiasts..hehe Smile

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RE: If You Were The President...

Mon Jun 04, 2001 3:08 pm

I agree that people need to learn the language of the country they are in, that's just common sense. But that does not mean we should ban bilingual education and driving tests in Spanish. After all, it measures your ability to drive, and knowledge of the rules, not the knowledge of the English language.
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RE: If You Were The President...

Mon Jun 04, 2001 3:39 pm

Lower individual taxes for all classes. Because more of the tax burden would be placed on the larger corporations, this would allow for a tax cut for all individuals. It would also promote the growth of small and medium sized businesses, while reducing conglomerates.

Yes, but you forget that now more than ever, we live in a global economy. Unless key trading partners with the US also levy higher taxes upon their largest corporations (a highly unlikely senario), the US is going to be put an economic disadvantage. Our most important companies will be restricted in the international marketplace.

Place an extra tax on trucks and SUVs, or any other car that gets low mileage. However, there would be exemptions on this for people who actually need a truck or SUV

"Need"---Oh the lawyers are going to have a field day with that one...

-Introduce line item taxation

OMG---There won't be any tax money left by the time they sort all that out...

Hey, this is friendly, eh?

Yes, indeed. Many of the policy issues raised here might go over very well in Canada!



P.S...Amtrak is trying to achieve operational self-sufficiency by the end of 2002.

 
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RE: If You Were The President...

Tue Jun 05, 2001 1:52 am

>>Yes, but you forget that now more than ever, we live in a global economy. Unless key trading partners with the US also levy higher taxes upon their largest corporations (a highly unlikely senario), the US is going to be put an economic disadvantage. Our most important companies will be restricted in the international marketplace.

Yes, but remember, the United States has lower corporate taxes than many of the nations it trades with.

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