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If You Ran Your Country....

Wed Jan 10, 2007 7:00 am

what would you do differently? What would you change? Forget about the Congress, President, R vs D, etc affecting your changes, just say what you would like done
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RE: If You Ran Your Country....

Wed Jan 10, 2007 7:07 am

28 hour work week
6-8 week vacations
National health care
Legalized marijuana
More holidays
Lift the embargo against Cuba
Pass the E.R.A.
Bring back the Concorde
 
Cadet57
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RE: If You Ran Your Country....

Wed Jan 10, 2007 7:12 am

Quoting Superfly (Reply 1):
28 hour work week

 yes 

Quoting Superfly (Reply 1):
6-8 week vacations

 yes 

Quoting Superfly (Reply 1):
National health care

 yes 

Quoting Superfly (Reply 1):
Legalized marijuana

 no  But I think we have had this debate before so I will leave it at that.

Quoting Superfly (Reply 1):
More holidays

Sure, why not?

Quoting Superfly (Reply 1):
Lift the embargo against Cuba

 yes 

Quoting Superfly (Reply 1):
Pass the E.R.A.

 yes   yes 
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RE: If You Ran Your Country....

Wed Jan 10, 2007 7:13 am

Quoting Superfly (Reply 1):
28 hour work week

perhaps it might be wise to concentrate on things that can be achieved. I believe no country has such hours.
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RE: If You Ran Your Country....

Wed Jan 10, 2007 7:23 am

Quoting JRadier (Reply 3):
I believe no country has such hours.

We will be a leader! Big grin
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RE: If You Ran Your Country....

Wed Jan 10, 2007 7:29 am

Quote:
28 hour work week

Your the bomb!

Quote:
6-8 week vacations

Fuck yeah!

Quote:
National health care

I could go with that.

Quote:
Legalized marijuana

Hmmmmmmmmm. It would make my job a lot easier.

Quote:
More holidays

Hell yes.

Quote:
Lift the embargo against Cuba

Thats questionable IMO. I have a lot of Cuban friends and I love the Cuban people. My Cuban friends also hate the Cuban Government and state thats the reason why they are here. We can discuss this further if ya want.

Quote:
Pass the E.R.A.

Environmental Relief Act?

Overall, When you running for Prez? You got my vote, especially if you ban Mitsubishi's from the roads!

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RE: If You Ran Your Country....

Wed Jan 10, 2007 7:31 am

Kill lots of birds with one bill:
* Increased federal penalties for sexual assaults against children
* Free healthcare for all children age 18 and under
* Immediate reduction in pollution from industrial facilities, transportation vehicles, power plants, etc
* Immediate cessation of "use it or lose it" money to federal programs. Operate federal programs more efficiently and trim overhead costs
* Increase school funding, especially special education funding (which is severely underfunded), but have strict accountability measures installed for department of education to ensure funds are properly administered and directed
* Strengthen the clean water and clean air acts

There were some other parts to it, but I forget what they are. Anyway, if a bill like this was presented it would have a decent chance of passing. After all, if you do not vote for this bill you want to have lessened penalties on child molesters.

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RE: If You Ran Your Country....

Wed Jan 10, 2007 7:31 am

For the last couple of years, for some reason, this peculiar question has been running through my mind:

What would it be like if I were the President of the United States?

When I went home to the US from London over Christmas this year, Mom asked me a question one day. While she and I were working in the kitchen, we were listening to an NPR program about the 2006 elections. Out of the blue, she asked (half jokingly?): "Francis, are you going to run for President?"
Initially, I laughed it off, with reasons regarding the possibility of having to use nukes, having to be guarded 24/7, having to plan my state funeral just in case, etc.

Plus it would require a break in my future career as a craniofacial deformities research doctor!  

But later that day, I began to really think that I could not just rule that out! So many great opportunities have happened to me here in London, England (where I am studying to become a craniofacial-deformities research doctor) that I could never have dreamed of just a few years ago--for example, doing research in craniofacial embryology, having my first scientific paper just accepted for publication over Christmas, etc! A few years ago, I never even dreamed of going to England to study in this field!

So I could not absolutely rule out making a run for the Oval Office someday--although not very likely, it could still happen, if I had the opportunity to do so and enough of my family and friends asked me to consider doing so.

What would a Smith Administration be like? (I have a few years to think about this before I reach age 35 in 2010, so the earliest I could run is in 2012 or 2016). Some protocol-related questions came to mind: Since I am not married (and do not plan to do so for a long time), I would have no "First Lady". Could my mother (whom I love dearly) play a similar role? She is so significant in my life--having given me a home at age 3 when my original parents did not want me due to my craniofacial problems. Would my Presidential Library be in my hometown, Fort Wayne, IN? Would my home suddenly become a national landmark, like other presidential childhood homes?

What would be the American people's reaction be to a presidential candidate who has lived through craniofacial deformities and made the most of life despite these? There have been previous Presidents with hearing disabilities (eg, Reagan) and other physical disabilities (eg, FDR), so I don't think it would be that much of a big deal, would it?

What would I do as President (if in the rare possibility I do run) for our country? Some ideas:
1) My life with facial differences would be an example for the American people, and I would speak out for the rights of those with facial and other challenges.
2) I belive strongly in traditional family values, having grown up in a large family, all adopted by special, dedicated, loving parents.
3) I would bring my Hoosier hometown values (and Indiana cooking, too) to the White House, not forgetting my Hoosier roots.
4) Travel throughout the nation, getting to know the American people on a closer level and their thoughts on issues.
5) Have a bipartisan approach to dealing with Congress, trying to work with both parties on common ground.
6) My foreign policy would be one in which I would try to find common ground with other nations and yet help keep the world safe without being the world's policeman. How thorny!

However, there would be thorny issues: How to deal with the possibility that I might have to authorise the use of nuclear weapons; how to deal with the Iraq war (if it still continued by then) and work with the Iraqi government the best I could (without resorting to a long, grinding Vietnam-style war like the one that is going on now).

There are many other questions that have gone through my mind, as it replays all the possible scenarios concerning how I would end up in the Oval Office and what a Smith White House would be.

SmithAir747

[Edited 2007-01-09 23:34:49]
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RE: If You Ran Your Country....

Wed Jan 10, 2007 7:38 am

Quoting Delta767300ER (Reply 5):
Environmental Relief Act?

Equal Rights Amendment
This was a big issue back in the late 1970s.


Also, get rid of the electoral college!  yes 
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RE: If You Ran Your Country....

Wed Jan 10, 2007 8:13 am

Free ice cream for everyone!!!  Big grin

Oh, and give everyone a $300 check. That will make everyone love me!  Wink
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RE: If You Ran Your Country....

Wed Jan 10, 2007 8:16 am

!

Quoting Johnboy79 (Reply 9):
Oh, and give everyone a $300 check. That will make everyone love me

Seemed to work for Dubya..  duck   Wink
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RE: If You Ran Your Country....

Wed Jan 10, 2007 8:20 am

Quoting Cadet57 (Reply 10):
Seemed to work for Dubya..

LOL!  Silly

Quoting Johnboy79 (Reply 9):
Free ice cream for everyone!!!

Oh, and give everyone a $300 check.

Ice cream and a $300 does nothing to improve quality of life, strengthen families and less stressful work enviornment. That is as shortsighted as a taxcut for the rich.  duck 
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RE: If You Ran Your Country....

Wed Jan 10, 2007 8:23 am

If I ran the country, the BCS would be a playoff system.
 
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RE: If You Ran Your Country....

Wed Jan 10, 2007 8:41 am

Abolish the "slap on the wrist" type of punishments that seem to be handed out for serious crimes.
Increase police presence; especially on the streets. (Try to see a cop on the beat...I dare you!)
Reduce government spending for frivolous activities like our current government does.
Strengthen our ties with the UK, instead of pushing for independence. Bermuda's just not ready.
Negotiate to get more flights into Bermuda daily from gateways not already served, and try to negotiate for more reasonable air fares in and out of here.
Try to re-energize our flagging tourist economy....better hotel prices, local entertainment etc.

These are not in order of importance....just in order as I thought of them.
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RE: If You Ran Your Country....

Wed Jan 10, 2007 8:45 am

Quoting SmithAir747 (Reply 7):
a craniofacial deformities research doctor!

huh??? what is a craniofacial deformity?

Great post SmithAir747, well informed, on the right track for sure. Welcome to my RU!!!  nod   bigthumbsup   Smile

Quoting D L X (Reply 12):
If I ran the country, the BCS would be a playoff system.

Fo sho, brotha.

Quoting Superfly (Reply 8):
Also, get rid of the electoral college!

Booo!!!!!!!! No way Superfly!  Smile

Quoting Superfly (Reply 1):
28 hour work week
6-8 week vacations



Quoting Superfly (Reply 1):
More holidays

Yes, yes!!!!

But everything else, no.

What I would do:

Pump as much money as possible into funding for alternative energy.
Lower work week to 4 6 hour days with 1 hr lunch days.
Get out of the UN.
Increase funding to education.
Fix social security, ASAP.


Cheers,
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RE: If You Ran Your Country....

Wed Jan 10, 2007 8:46 am

Quoting Superfly (Reply 11):

Ice cream and a $300 does nothing to improve quality of life, strengthen families and less stressful work enviornment. That is as shortsighted as a taxcut for the rich. duck

a 28-hr workweek is good for the economy........
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RE: If You Ran Your Country....

Wed Jan 10, 2007 8:51 am

Quoting Speedbird747BA (Reply 14):
huh??? what is a craniofacial deformity?

Thanks for asking! A craniofacial deformity is a deformity of part or all of the face and cranium. "Craniofacial" refers to the facial and cranial structures of the head. These deformities most commonly occur due to genetic mutations that lead to poor development of the face during embryonic development. Thus these are birth defects of the face. I have craniofacial deformities myself, in the form of a rare syndrome.

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RE: If You Ran Your Country....

Wed Jan 10, 2007 8:58 am

Quoting JRadier (Reply 15):
a 28-hr workweek is good for the economy........

..and that's the problem right there. Too many are focused on what's best for big business and not considering the human account.
There was once a time in America where people worked 72 hours a week and Sundays were only off to go to Church. Guess what side big business was on when we went to a 40 hour week?
Today people live much further away from there jobs and there is more people today. Not everyone has the luxury to be able to walk to work anymore. People spend up to 4 hours a day commuting.
A shorter work schedule gives people more time to spend with there children, spouse or do what ever.
That is real family vaules pal.  yes 
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RE: If You Ran Your Country....

Wed Jan 10, 2007 9:14 am

Quoting Superfly (Reply 17):
That is real family vaules pal. yes

Great, you go work 28hrs a week! Of course, you want to earn the same in the end, so your pay-per-hour goes up. But the work remains the same, but because you work less more people are needed for the same job. They too want the higher pay, so overall it costs more to do the job. Prices for everything go up, while your paycheck remains the same.

Want to talk to you again about family values when you don't have any money to spend next to the bare necessities, and maybe not even them. That will definitely improve your way of life!

I'm still shortsided and only in it for the money?

[Edited 2007-01-10 01:15:57]
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RE: If You Ran Your Country....

Wed Jan 10, 2007 9:19 am

Quoting SmithAir747 (Reply 16):
Thanks for asking! A craniofacial deformity is a deformity of part or all of the face and cranium. "Craniofacial" refers to the facial and cranial structures of the head. These deformities most commonly occur due to genetic mutations that lead to poor development of the face during embryonic development. Thus these are birth defects of the face. I have craniofacial deformities myself, in the form of a rare syndrome.

is it like a disease? I mean, can it kill you? What happens to the face? is it misaligned, or is there extra bone, or not enough?

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RE: If You Ran Your Country....

Wed Jan 10, 2007 11:04 am

Since I have dual citizenship, let's see about both countries.

If I was German Chancellor, I would:

- Legalise marihuana
- Reform the school system, so we can pass that damn Pisa Study
- Maintain Abortion laws the same
- Introduce physical castration as a punishment for rapists and child molestors
- Abolish current rules on opening times for shops and allow shops to be open on sundays
- Ban all the ultranationalist and neonazi parties
- Get Germany to become a permanent member of the UN Security Council
- Press France to join the UK, Spain and Germany in privatising EADS and Airbus SAS  

Not much to do in Germany, other than some things. On the other hand, if I was the Costa Rican President, I would:

- Legalise marihuana
- Reform the school system, so it can be competitive with the system in Europe and the US, and so kids don't have to learn things by heart but rather know about them and understand them
- Legalise abortion only for the first trimester of the pregnancy, like in Germany
- Improve sex education
- Continue the fight against child sex
- Introduce physical castration as a punishment for rapists and child molestors
- Privatise more state institutions
- Open markets such as telecommunications and get rid of those last monopolies
- Have CAFTA passed and signed into law
- Get rid of the constitutional ban on the country having a military and re-instating the Army (trust me, there are lots of people in this country who surely need to spend some time in an Army to get straightened out)
- ANCFlyer would run the new army with a generous paycheck  
- Re-instate my grandfather into the Army and have him retire a general (so he can have those bragging right and so he doesn't have to send my grandmother to us, crying for more money with the generous retirement money he would get)
- Introduce the Euro as the country's main currency
- Build a new major airport
- Simplify more things so this country isn't stuck like it is right now

[Edited 2007-01-10 03:06:26]
 
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RE: If You Ran Your Country....

Wed Jan 10, 2007 11:24 am

Quoting Superfly (Reply 1):
28 hour work week

 confused  Why? Most people don't 'work' 40 hours a week now, what with breaks, lunch, union mandated bullshit, more breaks . . . .

Quoting Superfly (Reply 1):
6-8 week vacations

OK, I can live with this.

Quoting Superfly (Reply 1):
National health care

Yup

Quoting Superfly (Reply 1):
Legalized marijuana

 redflag 

Quoting Superfly (Reply 1):
More holidays

What, and wind up like Germany taking a day off every week!  duck 

Quoting Superfly (Reply 1):
Lift the embargo against Cuba

About time.

Quoting Texan (Reply 6):

* Increased federal penalties for sexual assaults against children

Life without parole . . .

Quoting Texan (Reply 6):
* Increase school funding, especially special education funding (which is severely underfunded), but have strict accountability measures installed for department of education to ensure funds are properly administered and directed

 checkmark 

Quoting Kmh1956 (Reply 13):
Abolish the "slap on the wrist" type of punishments that seem to be handed out for serious crimes.

 checkmark 


And for some of mine:

Increase the size of the US Military - all branches - to circa 1990 size and scope, pay them accordingly, procure and distribute top of the line gear. Cabella's has better gear in it's catalog than we give our troops. I wanna see a 15 Division Army, a 600 Ship Navy, a 5 Division Marine Corps, a Twelve Flying Wing Air Force . . .

Integrate the US Coast Guard into the DoD with all the priviledges apertaining thereto. A Seat on the JCS included.

Decrease - immediately and drastically - all fund sent to ALL other countries until the schools, bridges, roads, railroads, water systems, sewer systems, (infrastructure) in the US is repaired and sustainable.

All children age 0-18 would have free National Health Care.

All Elders age 65-XXX would have free National Heath Care.

Eliminate the inheritance tax.

Eliminate the IRS, institute a flat tax, 16-18% ought to do it. Install maximum limits per purchase.

Develop and construct high speed rail in various location throughout the country.

Eliminate the useless, waste of time TSA - replace with a viable organization designed to actually FIND the assholes, not worry about a pair of scissors or Momma's breast milk.

Become RUTHLESS on illegal immigration. Absolutely, totally, definitely RUTHLESS. The fence is a waste, but a properly manned southern border a must . . . those caught go hom tomorrow - not in 30 days, not next week, tomorrow. By bus, truck, canoe, starship transporter, whatever means. Adios asshole, you're outta here.

Eliminate the passport requirement for Alaskans visiting/shopping in Canada, since they've been doing it for a hundred years.

Enough for now.

Quoting LTU932 (Reply 20):
ANCFlyer would run the new army with a generous paycheck

Why thank you very much.
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RE: If You Ran Your Country....

Wed Jan 10, 2007 11:36 am

Quoting ANCFlyer (Reply 21):
Eliminate the passport requirement for Alaskans visiting/shopping in Canada, since they've been doing it for a hundred years.

 checkmark  checkmark  checkmark 

Not to mention everyone in the rest of your country, and for Canadians visiting the US. I believe the only country us Canadians can go to now without a passport is Mexico!
 
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RE: If You Ran Your Country....

Wed Jan 10, 2007 11:38 am

Those of you running for US Prez, how about reforming the TSA and allowing those of us who are just transiting to stay in transit lounges and not having to go through immigration even if we're just transiting?
 
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RE: If You Ran Your Country....

Wed Jan 10, 2007 1:44 pm

imprisonment for screaming cell fone users

excution of screaming cell phone users if imprisonment does not work

imprisonment for people spitting in public

execution for people not cleaning up after their dogs

christmas period would be for the full 12 days. anyone caught throwing out their tree before - well execution will result

workers would receive mandatory 4 weeks minimu vacation
ceos will receive only 2 weeks vacation. anyone breaking this law - what can i say the penalty will be imprisonment then execution

lawyers bringing frivilous law suits would be disbarred.

there would be no smoking in public

abolishment of personal income tax

open skies with every country

anyone caught sneaking across my country's borders would be shot on sight

minimu wage would be $15.00 and hour

just some of the things ...

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RE: If You Ran Your Country....

Wed Jan 10, 2007 2:35 pm

Quoting JRadier (Reply 18):
I'm still shortsided and only in it for the money?

Yep.
That is the same argument used against FDR and his New Deal policies before they wre enacted.
Nice try though. I'll give you a C+ for your efforts.  


ANCFyer:
Unionized workers make up less than 20% of the work force today.
More and more people are working well over 40hrs a week and not getting overtime.
Germany has a good system BTW and nothing wrong with having frequent holidays.



Also, I would replace Columbus Day with Indegenous People's Day.

[Edited 2007-01-10 06:38:46]

[Edited 2007-01-10 06:40:04]
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RE: If You Ran Your Country....

Wed Jan 10, 2007 2:46 pm

Quoting Superfly (Reply 25):
Unionized workers make up less than 20% of the work force today.

Unions suck, they are going to be downfall of the empoyee rather then the savior as they once were.

Quoting Superfly (Reply 25):
More and more people are working well over 40hrs a week and not getting overtime.

Yeah, so? If they don't get paid for the overtime, let them ask or quit bitching. My shifts are 12 hours long, they routinely turn in to 13, but I don't bitch, cost of doing business.

Quoting Superfly (Reply 25):
Germany has a good system BTW and nothing wrong with having frequent holidays.

I know it - did you not see my  duck  ??? Damn German holidays all the time!

Quoting Superfly (Reply 25):
Also, I would replace Columbus Day with Indegenous People's Day.

I'm sure no one would give a damn, as long as they either a) got double time or b) got the day off. Plerase refer to your unionized employees for their usual bitch session.
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RE: If You Ran Your Country....

Wed Jan 10, 2007 2:54 pm

Quoting ANCFlyer (Reply 26):
My shifts are 12 hours long, they routinely turn in to 13, but I don't bitch, cost of doing business.

Bull.
You are working in the wrong state. Here in California, anything over 8 hours a day is overtime. Even it you just work one day a week. That issue alone got Grey Davis elected by a 21 point margin in 1998. Arnold knows better not to f--k with that law with a 10-foot pole. Yet no exodus of jobs leaving California.

Quoting ANCFlyer (Reply 26):
Unions suck, they are going to be downfall of the empoyee rather then the savior as they once were.

They aren't the powerhouse they used to be but is the only leverage workers have against exploitation by big business.
Sorry but I am just not convenced that big business is too concerned about those that help keep there empires afloat.
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RE: If You Ran Your Country....

Wed Jan 10, 2007 3:03 pm

Quoting Superfly (Reply 27):
hing over 8 hours a day is overtime

I did NOT say I wasn't making over time. I said my shifts are 12 hours a day. After 8 hours its time and half, after 12 its double time. ALL holidays are doubletime.

Quoting Superfly (Reply 27):
Sorry but I am just not convenced that big business is too concerned about those that help keep there empires afloat.

Agree completely, but Unions need an enema - much like Civ-Av once did . . .

They have lost sight of their reason and purpose for existing. I believe it's more about lining the unions pockets now than protecting their workers . . .
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RE: If You Ran Your Country....

Wed Jan 10, 2007 4:42 pm

Get rid of Corruption.Thats the only drawback.
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RE: If You Ran Your Country....

Wed Jan 10, 2007 4:49 pm

-Tougher sentences and terms for offenders
-Tougher laws and penalties (i.e fines) for some minor offences
-Raise the legal age to buy alcohol
-Scrap the benefit scheme and imply a new system. You should do some govt work if you want to get paid by the govt.
-Stop favoring certain cultural groups in terms of payments, grants, scholarships etc etc... Be fair to ALL
 
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RE: If You Ran Your Country....

Wed Jan 10, 2007 4:49 pm

Quoting Superfly (Reply 25):

Yep.
That is the same argument used against FDR and his New Deal policies before they wre enacted.
Nice try though. I'll give you a C+ for your efforts.

So you just shot my argument with what? Why don't you back up why a 28hr work week does work?
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RE: If You Ran Your Country....

Wed Jan 10, 2007 5:38 pm

Clean up Brussels, and get some Paris-like boulevards

Less paperwork for the Police, so they can concentrate on their jobs and tougher laws on crime

Restart Sabena, give them one and only one big fat check and wish them all the best without government interference

Promoting of "green" thoughts, less cars, more public transport, less pollution

Getting rid of the Flemish, Walloon, Frenchspeaking, Brussels, German, Flemish Brussels, French Brussels government and just keep the Federal government, imagine the savings!

Tougher laws on corruption and tax evasion

Lower taxes on work

...

So much work, I better get started...
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RE: If You Ran Your Country....

Wed Jan 10, 2007 6:04 pm

Off my head, here are some of the things I would do immediately
  • Pull-out from Iraq and introduce an immediate non-interference policy in the affairs of the Arab world unless the security of the UK was at risk
  • Pull out from the EU
  • Police our own borders and immigration
  • Expel all illegal immigrants without any exceptions
  • Make it necessary for any would-be immigrants to be means-tested before they would even be considered for immigration
  • Insist that any potential immigrant would be compelled to adapt to the UK way of life if they are admitted to the UK
  • Bring an immediate end to all the bureaucracy in the police and public sector
  • Introduce a sliding scale for road tax, so that bigger and less environment-friendly cars pay much more than a small and environmental-friendly cars, and direct all the extra revenue into building an efficient, reliable and cheap public transport system
  • Investigate the sale of UK services etc to foreigners and repurchase where necessary so that we are not held to ransom (just like the Russians are now doing to the Poles and Germans with their gas supplies)
  • Put Tony B Liar on trial for leading the nation into war on false pretences and his subsequent crimes against humanity
  • Order the building of a major airport near London geared for the travel needs of the 2000s to replace the mess that is known as LHR
  • Tow Scotland from the UK and dump at sea!!
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Wed Jan 10, 2007 6:57 pm

for South Africa

re-instate the death penalty with immediate effect
punishment to fit the crime especially wrt, armed robberies, sexual crimes e.g rape, corruption and fraud
Confiscate and destroy or illegal/unlicensed fire arms
deport all illegal aliens
free & compulsory education for all up to grade 12
university entrance to be based on accademic merit only
Increase grants for pensioners and those with disabilities
heavily road tax SUV's and all passenger vehicles with engine capacity greater than 2.0 l
Enforce environmental legislation
Develop 5 yr transport plan, intercity trains, metro's and buses.
Increase visible policing, traffic cops to be prevented from hiding behind bushes in order to speed trap, speed camera's to be painted bright yellow.
Abolish exchange control regulations
Stop sending tourists back on the 1st flight who arrive in SA with less than 2 pages in their passport!
 
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Wed Jan 10, 2007 8:16 pm

Lol... quite the potential dictators in here!  Silly

OK, my turn:

- I'd push, and strongly, for free and fair trade. Nothing has screwed up our world more than greedy rich people speculating with the money they can squeeze out of the poor. On a smaller scale, there's no logic in protecting EU farmers producing e.g. sugar beets from African competitors and then sending aid money to those African countries to support development.
That includes the vastly overblown financial markets we have these days - "make your money work for you"?!? Bullshit!  redflag  I have yet to see a banknote step in a workshop to build a chair. Banking is fine, people should get something out of lending others their money. But private equity corps shouldn't be able to assume control of healthy companies for the sake of a quick buck.

- Crack down hard on criminal employers. Everyone who employs anyone else as slave workers will face trial. That includes employing illegal immigrants who are taken advantage of. Good money for good work is what made this country what it is, I don't want to see the change away from that continue.

- General amnesty for illegal immigrants: They're here, they're staying, there's nothing that could be done about it without unreasonable effort, and they could be documented and known to authorities if they didn't hide all the time. What it doesn't include for the time being is access to all parts of social security - I'd do that, too, but the system is on the brink of collapse anyway. However, they would of course be entitled to future benefits they're working for now.

- Outlaw any and all campaign contributions above €500 a year per person. If we're complaining that corporations are running the country, the only way to stop them is to keep them and their executives from donating. Instead, the parties would be financed with public money - details to be worked on.

- Reform the healthcare system: people don't need more and more MRI machines and whatnot standing around uselessly in small towns because that kind of thing is paid for, they need doctors with more time and less conveyor belt-medicine. The focus should be on preventing 1st world diseases such obesity, not on treating the symptoms for ten times the money. Lastly, I'd also cap medication prices - research is necessary, beneficiary and important, but we should do better examinations of the pills we pay and of the prices we pay for them.

- Energy policy: We need more efficiency! Proper insulation of homes should be strongly encouraged, as should be alternative sources of energy. I don't like depending on Russian oil if Putinprom, I mean Gazprom, is but a tool for international powerplay.
I'd also strengthen competition in the energy market. Power and natural gas are subject to monopolies in this country, and that needs to change. Why do German customers have to pay for the megalomania of RWE's head honchos?

- Education: I'd harmonise the various systems in the German states. Today, a 5th grader moving from one state to another can easily find himself changing from highschool back to primary education. That's ridiculous and needs to change. I'd also ban university tuitions - German politicians never cease to repeat that education is the only thing the country has to build its future, yet what they do is limit access to universities by introducing fees. Obviously, poor students (which I am not one of, fotunately) aren't good enough to share one classroom with the children of state premiers.  sarcastic 

- Subsidies: I'd end the following scenario:
Company A has a plant in state O (for "old" FRG) near the border to state N ("new" state in the former GDR). It's working nicely, turning a profit and no one is complaining. But then, the boss has the opportunity to get a 50% subsidy for a brand-new plant just a couple of kilometres behind the border in state N. He can afford the rest, and obviously he could easily be stupid not to accept. No new jobs would be created, but state O would be left with an empty factory and lots of unemployed people.
Likewise, I don't see why German workers pay taxes that in part go to the EU and then finance competing new plants in eastern European countries. I'm all for development in Poland, Latvia and so on, but not at the cost of thousands of those jobs that pay for it.
Finally, the EU budget needs to stop being spent mostly on farming subsidies.
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RE: If You Ran Your Country....

Wed Jan 10, 2007 10:31 pm

Quoting Speedbird747BA (Reply 19):
is it like a disease? I mean, can it kill you? What happens to the face? is it misaligned, or is there extra bone, or not enough?

My craniofacial condition, like many others, is a syndrome. It is not quite a disease, rather, it is a genetic condition where my facial bones did not develop fully. There is not enough bone to form the facial skeleton. Thus the face is incompletely formed. This is not a progressive disease. The syndrome itself does not kill, but its associated complications (especially the constriction of my airway by mouth and throat malformations) can kill by constricting the airway. Breathing is thus made difficult. Choking is a real hazard. Like many with craniofacial deformities, I have had tracheostomies and other assisted breathing methods to bypass the constriction of my airway.

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RE: If You Ran Your Country....

Wed Jan 10, 2007 10:52 pm

Quoting ANCFlyer (Reply 21):
Most people don't 'work' 40 hours a week now

I do...I arrive early, work late, rarely take more than 15 minutes for lunch, do a lot of the gruntwork that belongs to other people and in almost 5 years have only had 4 sick days (flu for 2 days, broken foot for one day and dental surgery for one day). Do I get compensated? Hell, no. Do I need my head examined? HELL, YES!!  boggled 
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Wed Jan 10, 2007 11:33 pm

I would implement some kind of evaluation for people aiming for higher executive political office before they can get elected... kind of tired to see fools running Countries.
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RE: If You Ran Your Country....

Wed Jan 10, 2007 11:47 pm

Bring Canada's taxations system in line with the US, effectively lowering taxes and allowing more flexibility in tax write-offs.

Give citizens the right to opt out of certain governemnt funded benefits as a further measure of taxation flexibility.

Devise a plan to lure the UN to Toronto from New York. Not an easy task considering the amazing offer the Germans made and came up short with a number of years ago.

Raise the minimum wage to to something that those forced to work for it could actually live off.

Institute one year on national service giving 18 year olds, male and female the choice between serving either in the military or the government somewhere. This would bolster numbers in the military, force citizens to care more about their government (by involvement) and would hopefully lure more good people to government jobs.

YOWza

Edit: Spastic spelling

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RE: If You Ran Your Country....

Thu Jan 11, 2007 1:12 am

Well, the first thing I would do as President would be to work on campaign finance reform. None of my policies will ever get passed as long as certain members of Congress are in bed with big oil, defense contractors, etc.

1. Impose a gradual $3.00 per gallon fuel tax to take effect over the next 2 years. The proceeds would go towards funding clean energy initiatives.
2. Sign on to the Kyoto protocol
3. Complete overhaul of the prison, drug rehab, and mental health systems. Open a few mental hospitals, and inaugurate the first one by putting Ted Stevens in it.  Wink
4. End subsidies of various businesses. It's a free market; deal with it.
5. Get out of Iraq and downsize the military. Use the money we save to fund space research.
6. Raise the minimum wage to something around 7.50-8.00
7. Legalize marijuana, but ban imports of it.
8. Revamp NAFTA. Trucks originating from Mexico shouldn't be allowed to freely cross the border, and we need to pay the Canadians for their lumber.
9. Complete overhaul of the education system coupled with a massive funding hike.
10. Complete overhaul of the immigration system coupled with a truly secure border with Mexico. Punish companies that hire illegals and stage raids on Meat-packing facilities and farms.
11. Implement universal healthcare and force drug companies to reduce their prices.
12. Come down hard on the drug trade, and try to get Mexico to clean up their own mess to some extent.
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RE: If You Ran Your Country....

Thu Jan 11, 2007 1:25 am

Quoting AC773 (Reply 40):

1. Impose a gradual $3.00 per gallon fuel tax to take effect over the next 2 years. The proceeds would go towards funding clean energy initiatives.

Damn, you are seriously trying to kill the US economy!
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RE: If You Ran Your Country....

Thu Jan 11, 2007 2:29 am

Quoting JRadier (Reply 41):
Damn, you are seriously trying to kill the US economy!

No, just bringing the US up to par with other western civilized countries. And about the rest of my policies, they could be implemented far more easily if Bush never went into Iraq.
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Thu Jan 11, 2007 2:50 am

* Make the government able to fire civil servants if they are not good at their job ( already in plan but will never happen).

* Change the educational system so that a university student cannot spend 10+ years "studying" (same).

* Abolish compulsory military service (such a waste of time and money).

* Simplify rules and requirements for businesses in order to attract some foreign investment.

* Tighten border control to the north.
 
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RE: If You Ran Your Country....

Thu Jan 11, 2007 2:57 am

I really like the spirit of those of you advocating "free" health care for children or fossils like me. (in a few years)

But there ain't no FREE.

Are you going to compel doctors and nurses to work on us for no compensation? That is slavery.

Are you going to compel someone else to pay for it? Who?

I like the idea but personally I plan on dying of the first bug that hits me after my present health insurance lapses.
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RE: If You Ran Your Country....

Thu Jan 11, 2007 2:57 am

My turn


-Stay in Iraq. We should never have gone in but now we're there we need to try and keep the place stable.
- Enter the Schengen
-Join the €uro
-Renationalize the Rail Network
-Increase the Welfare state. This would involve higher taxes for the rich
-Party as Tony Blair would be gone!
 
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RE: If You Ran Your Country....

Thu Jan 11, 2007 3:11 am

Quoting AC773 (Reply 42):

No, just bringing the US up to par with other western civilized countries.

There is a differences between prices, no doubt about it. But if you effectively double the gas prices everything will get a lot more expensive (same effect as I've shown in reply 18) starting a huge inflation, which will kill the already weak dollar.

Quoting AC773 (Reply 42):
And about the rest of my policies, they could be implemented far more easily if Bush never went into Iraq.

We certainly agree on that, that war costs far too much money (besides the lives)
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RE: If You Ran Your Country....

Thu Jan 11, 2007 3:23 am

Quoting Superfly (Reply 25):
Yep.
That is the same argument used against FDR and his New Deal policies before they wre enacted.
Nice try though. I'll give you a C+ for your efforts.

I had hoped for a better comeback as 28 work hours a week would be nice, but I have to agree with JRadier. It wouldn't be good for anyone in the end with such short workdays.
 
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RE: If You Ran Your Country....

Thu Jan 11, 2007 3:26 am

Quoting Bwest (Reply 32):
Getting rid of the Flemish, Walloon, Frenchspeaking, Brussels, German, Flemish Brussels, French Brussels government and just keep the Federal government, imagine the savings!

Could you also make German the main language in Belgium?  Silly

Quoting Aloges (Reply 35):
- Education: I'd harmonise the various systems in the German states. Today, a 5th grader moving from one state to another can easily find himself changing from highschool back to primary education. That's ridiculous and needs to change. I'd also ban university tuitions - German politicians never cease to repeat that education is the only thing the country has to build its future, yet what they do is limit access to universities by introducing fees. Obviously, poor students (which I am not one of, fotunately) aren't good enough to share one classroom with the children of state premiers.

While you're at it, please also get rid of the Numberus Clausus. Sometimes, those who have the highest final Abitur grade don't necessary become the best contributors to society and also may slack off as a result of their high grades from high school, while some of those with lower final Abitur grades (myself included) may work harder in trying to better themselves and get a good grade in the subject they're taking.
 
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RE: If You Ran Your Country....

Thu Jan 11, 2007 3:53 am

Remove all speed cameras and police men/women with an iq less than 70!

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