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What Changes Would You Make In Your Country?

Sat Feb 17, 2007 12:00 pm

If you had not one or two, but three things to change about your country what would it be?

1) Politicians
2) Coporate Executives
3) Justice system (seems to benefit the gangsters more than the average citizen)
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RE: What Changes Would You Make In Your Country?

Sat Feb 17, 2007 3:29 pm

If I take this to mean Romania:

-improve transportation+tourism (the two go together in my mind)
-eliminate corruption (like that's gonna happen)
-improve police+judicial system (that also means get rid of stupid laws)

USA:
-improve education... (and I mean mostly culture by that)
-forbid illegal immigrants to work for any company
-make English the official language federally


However, I'd have no idea of How I'd do these things.
 
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RE: What Changes Would You Make In Your Country?

Sat Feb 17, 2007 3:41 pm

As long as we're dreaming I'd...


Eliminate private funding for political campaigns

Take a good, hard look at the Electoral College and it's system of 'leveling the playing field,' which defeats the majority rule.

Streamline beer imports  Smile
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RE: What Changes Would You Make In Your Country?

Sun Feb 18, 2007 1:00 am

Improve the law system. It's pathetic what you get for serious crimes these days.

Politics... Have a PM that doesn't lie.

Make cannabis legal. If it's for personal use, then i really don't see the harm. The Dutch do perfectly fine.
 
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RE: What Changes Would You Make In Your Country?

Sun Feb 18, 2007 1:17 am

Mainly its borders.

We need more beaches, preferably to the south of us (better weather) and also some decent mountains because
let's be honest there is also something called winter holiday and in Belgium we don't have any decent ski area's.
Luckily France is our southern neighbour and since they are well..... French they will not put up much of a fight so these changes seem achievable.


Also:

-Lower taxes (I think we are in the top 3 worldwide now ).
-No speed limits on the 3 lanes or more highways like they have in Germany.
-Also a decent public transport system (ala Japan) with a wide use of a high speed Transrapid like system (acceleration/decelaration higher than common type rails).
-So many other things....
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RE: What Changes Would You Make In Your Country?

Sun Feb 18, 2007 1:19 am

1) Politicians
2) Coporate Executives
3) Justice system

Correct for the UK as well, our justice system certainly needs an overhaul.

Get rid of all the "lords" as we don't need them.


The human rights law that "we" signed up to, needs binning, it helps more criminals than good people, pathetic.



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RE: What Changes Would You Make In Your Country?

Sun Feb 18, 2007 1:28 am

Quoting BMIFlyer (Reply 5):
our justice system certainly needs an overhaul.

Indeed... for both Denmark and the UK...

And animal rights, for sure, at least here  Smile
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RE: What Changes Would You Make In Your Country?

Sun Feb 18, 2007 1:55 am

Send all the children to go and toil in the salt mines
Start a war with Tonga
Introduce a fart tax
 
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RE: What Changes Would You Make In Your Country?

Sun Feb 18, 2007 2:00 am

Quoting KiwiinOz (Reply 7):
Send all the children to go and toil in the salt mines

The question was,.. what would you CHANGE

Quoting KiwiinOz (Reply 7):
Start a war with Tonga

Hard to win without a proper Air force, my money would be on Tonga.

Quoting KiwiinOz (Reply 7):
ntroduce a fart tax

Beware of wanting something that will most likely lead to your quick personal bankruptcy
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RE: What Changes Would You Make In Your Country?

Sun Feb 18, 2007 2:04 am

Quoting ArniePie (Reply 8):
Hard to win without a proper Air force, my money would be on Tonga.

We've still got the P-3's. Surely we can load them up with something destructive??
 
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RE: What Changes Would You Make In Your Country?

Sun Feb 18, 2007 2:59 am

Quoting KiwiinOz (Reply 9):

We've still got the P-3's. Surely we can load them up with something destructive??

Don't you have some drunken Ozzie's hanging around?
I heard they are fairly dangerous, ... well actually more annoying but it would solve 2 problems at once

just an idea from your contra-footers.
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RE: What Changes Would You Make In Your Country?

Sun Feb 18, 2007 3:02 am

If I could change three things, they would be just two:

1) The males
2) The females


And then all the other ten thousand things that I would change would fix themselves!

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RE: What Changes Would You Make In Your Country?

Sun Feb 18, 2007 4:27 am

1) Our country's neighbours.

2) The over-development of our Natural Resources

3) Our Senate
 
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RE: What Changes Would You Make In Your Country?

Sun Feb 18, 2007 4:31 am

Quoting Photopilot (Reply 12):
Our country's neighbours

The U.S, or Greenland?  Wink



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RE: What Changes Would You Make In Your Country?

Sun Feb 18, 2007 11:06 am

Def Time delays in compleation of Govt projects & Corruption.
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RE: What Changes Would You Make In Your Country?

Sun Feb 18, 2007 11:08 am

In the UK:

1) Ban Chavs
2) Ban the Uneducated
3) Ban the Chavs and Uneducated (Sorry Gkirk)

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RE: What Changes Would You Make In Your Country?

Sun Feb 18, 2007 11:49 am

Here is what I would change in Australia.

-Immigration policies
-Abolish most of the states' powers
-Leave Iraq
-Give pay rises to the entire Defence Force
-Sign the Kyoto (?) agreement
-Put a tax on non-hybrid cars
-Start some nuclear power plants
-Put a 200% tax on all coal exports
-Subsidies getting a pilots license
-Make all new drivers attend classes on how to control a car
-Increase speed limits on Freeways and Motorways to 130km/h where possible
-Change welfare allowances for able bodied persons
-Increase the amount of Police
-Give much harsher sentences for crimes ie: Life for Rape and Murder instead of rehab

I'll get back to you when I think of some more.
 
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RE: What Changes Would You Make In Your Country?

Sun Feb 18, 2007 12:36 pm

Quoting LHMARK (Reply 2):

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RE: What Changes Would You Make In Your Country?

Mon Feb 19, 2007 3:36 am

Quoting ArniePie (Reply 10):
Don't you have some drunken Ozzie's hanging around?



As for what I'd change in Norway: I'd spend a bit more of our billions earned through petrolium, to improve schools/education, hospitals, welfare, remove poverty, and ensure the elderly get better conditions in "old folks homes."

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RE: What Changes Would You Make In Your Country?

Mon Feb 19, 2007 4:43 am

1) Tighten up Immigration policies
2) Rename all major airports after famous Prime Ministers
3) Change welfare system to spend money educating people rather than paying the people to sit and do nothing.
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RE: What Changes Would You Make In Your Country?

Mon Feb 19, 2007 5:32 am

I'll start of on some easy changes ....


1) Traffic laws! Update them instead of keeping them at par with their pre 1960 origins. And educate the people about them! Also, make it harder and more expensive to get a driver's licence, stop with this ridiculous mommy and daddy teaching junior all their bad habits behind the wheel. Ban cell phones behind the wheel. Make it mandatory that all vehicles must go through a safety inspection every two years in order to renew your insurance. Car don't pass, car don't move!

2) Advertising laws! All fees, surcharges, taxes (including PST and GST), extra this and extra that must be included in the advertised price! Stop this ridiculous practice of advertising for $699 but you have add this and that and by the time you walk out the door, your receipt says $1099!

3) Ban mail in rebates! If a manufacturer wants to give you $50 dollars back for buying their product, that is something between the manufacturer and retailer. Why should I have to pay full price, cut off the UPC code, send in the receipt and wait 4-6 weeks to see if I ever get my promised cheque or not. Here's a thought, it's called an instant rebate! Look into it!

4) All city planners/engineers and traffic planners/engineers must have spent at least 3 years working in another country before they can be hired by the city/province as a city/traffic planner/engineer. This way, we are insured that other ideas will and do work in other countries around the world.
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RE: What Changes Would You Make In Your Country?

Mon Feb 19, 2007 6:12 am

Stop giving away all our natural resources to the US and lower the fuel tax, much, much lower. I am literally surrounded by tar sands and oil rigs, and gas is still more expensive than it is in the US.
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RE: What Changes Would You Make In Your Country?

Mon Feb 19, 2007 6:15 am

I'd make every team that's playing the Cubs intentionally lose so the Cubs can finally win a WS..  Big grin

being serious...I would make a president's term 2 years, rather than four, and have an unlimited amount of time he/she can hold office for.
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RE: What Changes Would You Make In Your Country?

Mon Feb 19, 2007 2:41 pm

Quoting ACDC8 (Reply 20):
1) Traffic laws! Update them instead of keeping them at par with their pre 1960 origins. And educate the people about them! Also, make it harder and more expensive to get a driver's licence, stop with this ridiculous mommy and daddy teaching junior all their bad habits behind the wheel. Ban cell phones behind the wheel. Make it mandatory that all vehicles must go through a safety inspection every two years in order to renew your insurance. Car don't pass, car don't move!

wouldnt go THAT far...
New cars should get an exemption of say 6 years...

Also, specify that they must be from a country with actual traffic laws... last thing we need is doing away with all traffic lights "cause it works in Hyderabad"

Now other things:

Fix speed limits... most of our highways were engineered for higher speeds. Set the limits at 120 at least!

Cut the red tape for building anything. Environmental assesments four times over... give me a break...

Cut BUREAUCRACY... the levels of people redoing things in government is frightening.

Ban "jobs for life" for ANYONE

Release all previous crown corps from government acts.

enh... enough for now
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RE: What Changes Would You Make In Your Country?

Mon Feb 19, 2007 7:01 pm

Quoting NorthStarDC4M (Reply 23):
New cars should get an exemption of say 6 years

Two years in my opinion, it doesn't matter if the car is new or not. If an owner can not maintain it in a safe way, it shouldn't be on the road.

Quoting NorthStarDC4M (Reply 23):
Also, specify that they must be from a country with actual traffic laws... last thing we need is doing away with all traffic lights "cause it works in Hyderabad"

Doesn't necissairly have to do anything with traffic safety, just basic road and walkway design. For example, they just built up a new retail subdivision here, all the stores are on one side, but no sidewalk. On the other side, you have a sidewalk but nothing else. So if you want to get from one store to another safely, you have to cross a busy street with no crosswalk to get there. Make's no sense what so ever.

Quoting NorthStarDC4M (Reply 23):
Fix speed limits... most of our highways were engineered for higher speeds. Set the limits at 120 at least!

Agreed!
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RE: What Changes Would You Make In Your Country?

Mon Feb 19, 2007 10:12 pm

Invade Canada
Enslave Canadians
Let Quebec free
 
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RE: What Changes Would You Make In Your Country?

Mon Feb 19, 2007 11:25 pm

Quoting ACDC8 (Reply 20):
Make it mandatory that all vehicles must go through a safety inspection every two years in order to renew your insurance

I agree here, some people's cars should not be allowed on the road. Even newer cars get "tweaked & modified" and the result is an unsafe/unclean car. Older cars with shit falling off of them should be thrown of the road.

Quoting ACDC8 (Reply 20):
4) All city planners/engineers and traffic planners/engineers must have spent at least 3 years working in another country before they can be hired by the city/province as a city/traffic planner/engineer. This way, we are insured that other ideas will and do work in other countries around the world.

I dunno about this. Lemme think about this one.  Wink

Quoting Nosedive (Reply 25):
Invade Canada

Bring hot chicks and keep your beer, we have plenty for the party. Cause after we get you all drunk up here, we will invade your country and have your women as well.  Wink

Oh another thing, a national Holiday if February !!
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RE: What Changes Would You Make In Your Country?

Mon Feb 19, 2007 11:36 pm

Abolish the mandatory military service for males, compensate the males that have been affected by this gross injust system.
Swedish women lives longer I would cut the retirement age for males, so they have the equal amount of time left of their
lives as the women and not need to work.
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RE: What Changes Would You Make In Your Country?

Mon Feb 19, 2007 11:43 pm

for the USA:

1) have mandatory military service
2) better schools
3) lower all taxes

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RE: What Changes Would You Make In Your Country?

Mon Feb 19, 2007 11:48 pm

Quoting PAHS200 (Reply 28):
3) lower all taxes

If you do this....

Quoting PAHS200 (Reply 28):
2) better schools
3) lower all taxes

How are you going to pay for these?
 
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RE: What Changes Would You Make In Your Country?

Tue Feb 20, 2007 12:18 am

I will like to change the president of my country (Mr. Zapatero) and the whole government. I don't ask for anything else!
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RE: What Changes Would You Make In Your Country?

Tue Feb 20, 2007 1:34 am

Quoting Nosedive (Reply 25):
Invade Canada
Enslave Canadians
Let Quebec free

Mission accomplished on the first two; good luck dealing with Quebec  Wink
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RE: What Changes Would You Make In Your Country?

Tue Feb 20, 2007 2:17 am

Quoting BMIFlyer (Reply 13):
The U.S, or Greenland?

I think he is referring to Hans Ø, and actually recognizing Denmark as the rightful owner?  duck 

Quoting Alessandro (Reply 27):
Abolish the mandatory military service for males, compensate the males that have been affected by this gross injust system.

Oh, relax. Not one of my friends have regretted doing the military service. I didn't want to, and I told them so when I went to the conscription. And I didn't have to go. Less than 40% of males actually get to do military service, so the armed forces can afford to be picky and only admit those who actually wish to do military service. Of course, there are cases where people have been conscripted against their will, but in the end, the military does not want conscripts without motivation.

Cheers
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RE: What Changes Would You Make In Your Country?

Tue Feb 20, 2007 2:24 am

Quoting PAHS200 (Reply 28):

1) have mandatory military service

As if not enough of our troops have died already..
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RE: What Changes Would You Make In Your Country?

Tue Feb 20, 2007 9:51 am

Quoting YooYoo (Reply 26):
Older cars with shit falling off of them should be thrown of the road.

Thing is, that some of these "cars" tend to throw themselves of the road all by themselves!

Quoting YooYoo (Reply 26):
I dunno about this. Lemme think about this one.

Ya thought 'bout it yet?  Wink Here's an idea ..... traffic lights ..... after a certain time (say 10pm) they turn off and start flashing red which effectively turns the intersection into a 4 way stop. Those intersections with more traffic volume would flash red on the secondary road and yellow on the primary road, and those intersections where the traffic volume is even higher, stay the way they are. Keeps traffic flowing much better during non-peak hours. Works in Europe, but our city council claims it's too dangerous ....  Yeah sure
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RE: What Changes Would You Make In Your Country?

Tue Feb 20, 2007 10:10 am

In Germany:

1. Ban the FC Schalke 04
2. Ban Eintracht Frankfurt  duck 
3. Ban the HSV
4. Ban the FC Bayern München
5. Improve education
6. Legalise marihuana
7. Ban the thought of a general speed limit on the Autobahn
8. Deny chavs entry into the country
9. Move the A350 final assembly line to XFW (to hell with Chirac, it's time Germany runs the show)
10. Compulsory military service will be extended to also include women (both men and women, if sent to the Army, would spend 10 months of service)
11. Buy a brandspanking new Boeing 777-200LR as a government VIP transport  Wink

In Costa Rica:

1. Overhaul the roads with the help of engineers who build a new Autobahn in Germany
2. Get rid of the insurance, power and telecommunications monopolies
3. Allow direct re-election of officials after the end of their respective term
4. Convert the country into a parliamentary governed federalistic state
5. Re-instate the army and lift its constitutional ban
6. Legalise marihuana
7. Build a new airport that replaces SJO
8. Combat child prostitution
9. Improve the education system and mold it to German standards (and get rid of this ridiculous rule of 200 school days a year which hasn't brought any improvements, plus kids will no longer be forced to come to school on a National Holiday, just to attend civil acts (they should come voluntarily)
10. Forbid state organisations to have unions
11. Ban the Deportivo Saprissa
12. Ban the Liga Deportiva Alajuelense
13. Kick Jorge Vergara out of the country
14. Have private investors start up a new flag carrier with longhaul service to Europe
 
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RE: What Changes Would You Make In Your Country?

Tue Feb 20, 2007 10:38 am

Quoting Mbj-11 (Thread starter):
If you had not one or two, but three things to change about your country what would it be?



Quoting Photopilot (Reply 12):
The over-development of our Natural Resources

Quit selling our resources to other countries and then have us buy them back at a higher rate! Make these huge companies clean up their act.....and fine them big time for their pollution.

Quoting JAGflyer (Reply 19):
Tighten up Immigration policies

If people from other countries come to Canada....they should have to locate in small Canadian cities. If they don't become Canadian Citizens within 5 years then they have to go home. Also, cut them all off welfare and other benefits and have their own relatives take care of them and pay their bills, that's how it is supposed to be but it's never enforced.

My last change.........

Any new imigrant that comes to Canada.....has to wait 5 years before they can get a drivers licence. This would greatly reduce the HIGH insurance costs that we Canadians pay.

I know I'm dreaming.....haha

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RE: What Changes Would You Make In Your Country?

Tue Feb 20, 2007 12:52 pm

Quoting LTU932 (Reply 35):
2. Ban Eintracht Frankfurt

You better duck !!

Anyways, the way we are going we will be banished to the 2 division  cry 

Quoting Vaporlock (Reply 36):
If people from other countries come to Canada

How about learn the language? We have two... pick one.
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RE: What Changes Would You Make In Your Country?

Tue Feb 20, 2007 12:58 pm

Quoting Vaporlock (Reply 36):
Any new imigrant that comes to Canada.....has to wait 5 years before they can get a drivers licence. This would greatly reduce the HIGH insurance costs that we Canadians pay.

Depends on what country they come from. I can think of a few countries where the immigrants should get immediate positions as driving instructors...  yes 
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RE: What Changes Would You Make In Your Country?

Wed Feb 21, 2007 4:59 am

Quoting BMIFlyer (Reply 5):
Justice system

1)And we can start by lowing lawyer fees from $250.00 to $100.00 per
hour,to start making justice for all.(California)

2)Divert all funds from welfare to a college education,knowing todays world needs a degree to get ahead,
knowing that our young people are heavy in debt when they get out of school, or to a national health care plan
depending what the bottom line is.But welfare needs a new direction of a better future.

Quoting JAGflyer (Reply 19):
Tighten up Immigration policies

3) And keep the money on US side of the border to pay for other programs.
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RE: What Changes Would You Make In Your Country?

Wed Feb 21, 2007 5:30 am

Quoting YooYoo (Reply 37):
How about learn the language? We have two... pick one.

I propose Canada stops being bilingual and chooses German as their official language.  mischievous   stirthepot 
 
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RE: What Changes Would You Make In Your Country?

Wed Feb 21, 2007 5:30 am

Quoting ACDC8 (Reply 20):
4) All city planners/engineers and traffic planners/engineers must have spent at least 3 years working in another country before they can be hired by the city/province as a city/traffic planner/engineer. This way, we are insured that other ideas will and do work in other countries around the world.



Quoting ACDC8 (Reply 34):
Ya thought 'bout it yet?

Yes  smile 

See, when i read your "change" i immediately thought of the following. I'm also thinking of Toronto more specifically.

I constantly read and hear news articles of our voted-in counselors travelling abroad to educate themselves with what "works" in other countries/cities. Quite frankly this pisses me off to a certain extent as i feel that we are always the followers and never the leaders in technologies or processes that make cities/towns work, develop and prosper. Why can't we put our heads together and come up with our own plans? These decision makers on counsel look to others for their shortsightedness.

The fix is not travelling abroad, but placing/voting/employing educated people in these positions so that the other cities around the world come to us as use us as a template to their problems.

I did read your example above and i hear where you are coming from. Perhaps, i'm thinking a little bigger? Garbage, infrastructure/roads and the like.

Mind you, Patrick, i wouldn't mind a stint in Bermuda for a few years.  Wink
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RE: What Changes Would You Make In Your Country?

Wed Feb 21, 2007 11:22 pm

Quoting KiwiinOz (Reply 9):
We've still got the P-3's. Surely we can load them up with something destructive??

Like those guilty of violating the fart tax?
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RE: What Changes Would You Make In Your Country?

Wed Feb 21, 2007 11:29 pm

Quoting Nosedive (Reply 25):
Invade Canada
Enslave Canadians
Let Quebec free

As was said, you got the first 2, but since you have had no luck on the third, do us a favour and deport them! I recommend Antarctica, since France doesn't want them back.
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RE: What Changes Would You Make In Your Country?

Sat Feb 24, 2007 2:13 pm

If I could, In Costa Rica I would,


1. Invest on implementing an up to date system for naming and labeling the road system in the country. IMO it is so annoying and so retarded to not have street names and addresses, instead we the Ticos are still in the stone age, we give directions by references and then distances with cardinal direction...e.g:

100 m south of the Ex-carpet factory, then turn left and go west another 300m until you see a white house on your left

And to go along with the new street naming system, I would implement a great postal service to go along with it. That would mean now (with real addresses in place) people could use a reliable mail system. It would save in the long term Millions of Colones and increase productivity in the long term!!

2. I would make a large enough jail system to put behind bars all the A@#@hole corrupt govt officials or anybody who takes advantage of the governments resources illegally.

3. Stop broad casting "telenovelas" (cheesy soap operas) which IMO are nothing but a waste of people's brain power...and in the process invest millions in rev- amping and modernizing the public Education system and Universities in the country..

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RE: What Changes Would You Make In Your Country?

Sat Feb 24, 2007 2:32 pm

Quoting LTU932 (Reply 35):
Get rid of the insurance, power and telecommunications monopolies



Quoting LTU932 (Reply 35):
Re-instate the army and lift its constitutional ban

Hell no way..completely disagree!!!! Angry  Angry  Angry One of the best things Costa Rica has done and I am so proud as a TICO is that Good'ol Pepe Figueres BANNED that shit for good! (and you can see why: in many of the neighboring countries it has caused so many deaths and never mind the crippled economies which have had to sustain a bunch of idiots who do nothing for the country but eat up the little tax money there is!)

Quoting LTU932 (Reply 35):
Forbid state organisations to have unions

hmmm not to sure about this one

Quoting LTU932 (Reply 35):
Ban the Liga Deportiva Alajuelense



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Quoting LTU932 (Reply 35):
Improve the education system and mold it to German standards

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RE: What Changes Would You Make In Your Country?

Sat Feb 24, 2007 3:47 pm

Quoting QFA380 (Reply 16):
-Abolish most of the states' powers

Agree with that one, we're overgoverned for a country of 20 million, with 3 levels of government (Federal, State & Local). Some of this is already happening to an extent (I.R. laws, education - single curriculim)

Quoting QFA380 (Reply 16):
-Make all new drivers attend classes on how to control a car
-Increase speed limits on Freeways and Motorways to 130km/h where possible

Yep, all too easy to get a driver's licence here, unlike places like Germany. Mandatory defensive driver training where you learn how to properly control your car would be a start. Increasing speed limits on Freeways & major highways such as the Hume hwy(interstates) should be done, but unfortantely the politcians would never do it, the 'speed kills' & green lobbies would do what they could to ensure this never happened. Also the state governments (esp. Victoria & NSW) would lose millions in revenue generated by Speed Camera fines. Have you been along the Victorian section of the Hume Hwy recently? Bracksy is raking in millions from those speed cameras.

Quoting QFA380 (Reply 16):
-Immigration policies

More should be done to encourage new migrants with in-demand skills (doctors, trades-people, etc) to settle in regional areas - greater assistance with re-settlement, assistance with having qualifications re-accredited to local standards, etc

Improve public transport, We have one of the world's most extensive public transport systems here in Melbourne (Train, Tram & Bus) but is is badly run and the trains especially are overcrowded during peak times. I'd put in more train lines and extend other lines - Trains to Rowville & Trams to Knox City. I'd also introduce double-decker trains like the ones in Sydney.
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RE: What Changes Would You Make In Your Country?

Sat Feb 24, 2007 4:03 pm

Quoting Photopilot (Reply 12):
1) Our country's neighbours.

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RE: What Changes Would You Make In Your Country?

Sat Feb 24, 2007 4:29 pm

In the USA, I'd change:

  • Eliminate Federal Reserve and World Bank
  • Legalize prostitution in red light districts but, collect some taxes off of it.
  • Revamp the school systems:
    A.Temporarily shut down No kid left behind---big government f-up.
    B. In lower grades teach basic common courtesy, manners, hygiene, the stuff my parents instilled in me and my little sister. Parents today are not cutting it. You know, Please, Thank You, yes mam, yes sir...etc.
    C. Physical Education: Introduce various sports and activities and then let the kids concentrate and take phys-ed courses in the later grades. Sort of like college. You like to do flip turns (swimming) you can take it.
    D. Teach kids early, how to balance checkbook, basic home care (housekeeping, cooking, basic repairs
    E. Self Defense and self esteem classes.
    F. Basic everyday math you can use, not the bullshit new math.
    G. If we are becoming Bi-Lingual whether we like it or not, teach basic Spanish along with basic English in the elementary grades.
    H. Flex school scheduling. Yep, a lot of youth are not early birds.
    I. In the tougher schools, cameras in the classroom and schoolbus. Emphasize to the kiddies, that big brother is watching you because you are acting like shit.
    J. More privacy in classroom to kids who've earned it.
    H. Sex education, and early; sorry neo-sons, just say no is as effective as Britney Spears is to her two spawn.
    I. But along with the sex-ed, teach the scared straight and lets put instill that getting preggers at a young age and not marrying the daddy is Bad!
    J. Shakespeare, Geomotry, Calculous is for the later grades. Teach communication, basic math and useful in life skills.
    K. Less is more; eggheads got to realize that saying it in 27 hard to read sleepy time textbook chapters when it can be done in common sense to the point in 3 chapters is the way to go.
    L. Better resources for the teachers and trim the bloat and fat by diminishing the paperwork bullshit administrative level.
    M. Let kids be kids and cut down on the overkill homework. Give the students meaningful assignments instead of monkey work that makes them work into the wee hours of the night.
  • Incentives to teens to get tubes tied, contiception etc... sorry again neo-con bible thumpers this is the real world.
  • To you militant anti-abortion folks, I respect your feelings, opinions but, put your money where your mouth is....
    for all the kids and young women you persuade to drop the kid, step to the plate and help them financially, health wise and counsel them and their newborn on how to have a fufilling life.
  • Bring back driver education in the schools. Yep, it's going to cost some $$$ but in the long run maybe we'll have
    safer roads and less carnage on the interstate. Even offer defensive/performance driving courses like Bob Bondaurant!
  • Bye bye PBS, and other pork barrell projects.
  • No more subsidizing sports teams.In many cases we pay more taxes to foot the bill for big money sports teams, their overpaid spoiled players, elite symphonies..Ba By!
  • Diminish the power of the FCC. We have more issues than worrying about a DJ dropping the F Bomb.
  • Welfate mothers---cut out the incentives to spawn more babies for more public assistance booty.
  • Some of the money we'd save by deep sixing PBS funding, excessive third world foreign aid could be spent within our borders by developing cheaper more efficient forms of energy. We are too dependent on oil.
  • You wanna buy that 747 sized SUV fine and dandy but, you can pony up a gas guzzler tax.
  • 24 or extended hour government nuiscances like the courts. Lawyer/court time is the opposite of normal common sense time management that most of us have to adhere to.
  • Steralize hard core criminals so they can't breed.
  • Incentives and deep tax breaks so even working class stiffs like myself can purchase energy saving environment friendlier product, utilize solar heating/electricity.
  • And as most of us have stated...reinforce the borders and give our military and border patrols the chops to do the job they need to do and be able to come home to their families in 1 piece not a pine box.
  • Try to start another push like in the 50s for space and aviation development for faster, cheaper, efficient and safer birds!
  • FDA make Rx drugs more competitive like in Canada. Current administration is in bed with the big pharmecutical corporations. This goes for health and holistic also.

Political correctness must die! And common sense has to return!

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RE: What Changes Would You Make In Your Country?

Sun Feb 25, 2007 3:46 am

Quoting QFA380 (Reply 16):
-Abolish most of the states' powers

Why? You want an all-powerful central government in Canberra? You want one parliamentary party to control the fate of every aspect of government responsibility for the entire country??

I want differentiation in my government, thankyouverymuch. I want to be able to say - I like what this lot is doing with education, but I don't like what this lot is doing with foreign affairs. So, I can throw one of them out of office and keep the one I like in. It stops the baby being thrown out with the bath water. I especially don't want John bloody Howard in charge of everything!

Quoting Melpax (Reply 46):
Agree with that one, we're overgoverned for a country of 20 million, with 3 levels of government (Federal, State & Local). Some of this is already happening to an extent (I.R. laws, education - single curriculim)

We are a federation, and it makes sense for a country this big. Just ask West Australians.

Quoting Zippyjet (Reply 48):
Political correctness must die! And common sense has to return!

These virtues are not mutually exclusive....unless you're asking Fox News.

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