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Do Tell: You're the President

Do Tell: You're the President

It was a landslide victory, and you've just been sworn in. You take a few days, get your staff and cabinet in order, and then you get serious. For the sake of this fantasy, presume the democracy is intact and you've been empowered to overhaul 3 things. What would change immediately?

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designergirl designergirl 10 years
I agree with many of the previous posters and I would like to congratulate people for speaking (or writing) about political issues so calml and without attacking other people's points of view (my government classes cannot manage this)- 1) Better education. All children need a solid education, and the current solution seems to dumb down everyone. I can't tell you how many college classes I've been to where several of my classmates can't even write a simple paper. Impose stricter standards, longer school hours, and stop babying kids so much. If a child cannot handle higher education, then I believe that we need to have better options for those kids, like good trade schools that actually teach you a skill. And we need to pay teachers so much more, but teachers also need stricter standards enforced, like a mandatory masters degree. 2) Universal Health Care- stop paying so much for defense, and put aside more money for health care. Make the people pay more taxes. 3) Environmental issues- public transportation for all! Ban SUVs and jack up the price of gas. 4) The US needs to stop interfering in foreign affairs so much. It's too complicated to decide that starving children in Africa don't need help, but the Iraqi people do.... Strengthen the UN- actually give it power and let a committee of all nations decide what to do in situations like that.
lickety-split lickety-split 10 years
i would be REALLY unpopular but here is what i would do; 1) raise gas to $5 a gallon. make all public transportation FREE (buses, commuter trains, ferry's)! get out of your cars people; save the planet and end our dependence on foreign oil at the same time. 2)public school is year round. we teach life skills such as; keeping a budget which is a project that you do throughout all four years of high school. you have an "account" that you keep track of in class m-f on buying groceries, gas, paying rent, etc. the prices are real and there is a check list of what you must buy each week/month to get by. we teach manners. if you are caught using drugs, drinking or cheating you go to an alternate school (read behavior issues); no second chances. zero tolerance. 3) appeal process for any felony conviction is 12 months; that's it. no dragging it out with excuses like changing attorneys or new evidence; THAT'S IT.
cams cams 10 years
I'm not sure if I agree with the universal healthcare (like someone said---how exactly are we going to fund this with a....trillion dollar debt??) but I think more emphasis should be placed on preventative medicine. Hello... cancer/cardiovascular disease/diabetes rates wouldnt be so high if people knew about more to protect their own health (like mandatory nutrition education, more physical activity etc)
i-heart-monster i-heart-monster 10 years
Nicely stated StefaPie.
StefaPie StefaPie 10 years
popgoestheworld, i think you make a great point. i think it all comes down to wanting a government that we trust and deem able to be in charge of our health, education, and safety.
popgoestheworld popgoestheworld 10 years
I agree re: social security! It's such a mess. I would definitely make it a huge priority to clean it up. I would also focus on global warming and environmental issues. Lastly, I would try to do something about the childhood obesity trend. I liked reading everyone's posts about this topic. It's funny though. There seems to be a consensus that the government is big and clumsy and unable to execute properly (Social Security, Katrina clean up), and yet there seems to also be a consensus that we want them to take over more functions (nationalized health care, education reform).
i-heart-monster i-heart-monster 10 years
nicachica - it still wouldn't be enough to pay for every American's healtcare needs. Do you realize that a simple blood test costs $150ish to a normal person off of the street? One blood test per American/per year would be 45 billion dollars. And since the cancer rate in America is 1 in 3 - you can be guaranteed that the bill would be way more than that... Unless we nationalized the whole medical industry and said to heck with free enterprise.
katie225 katie225 10 years
harsher penalties for parole violators. and, world peace. j/k, i agree with mostly everyone here: universal health care, get out of iraq, REPEAL NO CHILD LEFT BEHIND!
andaman andaman 10 years
stefaPie I love your third point! I couldn't have said it any better!
nicachica nicachica 10 years
oh yes, and i agree that education is really important as well. Sorry for some grammar issues i had...i didn't read it over before i posted!
nicachica nicachica 10 years
1. UNIVERSAL HEALTH COVERAGE - I wholeheartedly agree with Stefpie that we are a rich country and it is DISGUSTING and SHAMEFUL that we cannot provide such a basic necessity for our citizens. Where is government's responsibility to its citizens? And i'll tell you where the money can come from - not going into silly wars, not builing huge prisons, not giving huge tax breaks to multi-national corporations (i.e. Halliburton, Exxon-Mobil, ENRON, etc) who can well afford to pay their taxes. We would save a HUGE amount of money of taxpayer money that way and invest it back into our fellow citizens 2. HURRICANE KATRINA/GULF COAST RECONSTRUCTION - We have forgotten about New Orleans and the Gulf Coast. It is a mess down there and we need to fix it. The government is moving too slowly and the only reason houses are being rebuilt is because churches, college students and other volunteers are doing it. Again, government has a responsibility to its citizens and that area is too vital to our prosperity and economy and culture to just let it die. 3. GET THE F*CK OUT OF IRAQ - We screwed them over and have screwed our own troops over staying there. We have over a hundred thousand troops with missing limbs and emotional scars and the hate of the world due to the administration's idiocacy. Use a timetable to get out. If they want us to get out let's do as they request. I know i might get flack for this but frankly, i don't care. THIS WAR NEEDS TO END. It's costing too much in lives, money and respect from the world. It's a no-win situation anyway you look at it which really sucks.
i-heart-monster i-heart-monster 10 years
1) Education. Something needs to be done here. There is just too little funding. I realize it's a state issue, however, I think that the federal government could legislate some mandates about what percentages of certain revenues go toward education. I think this comes from growing up in Arizona where we consistently rank in the lowest 5 states in dollars spent per child. 2)Environment. Not just global warming. Something needs to be done about invasive species (those who are not indigenous and move in to wipe out native species), about conserving wetlands and precious riparian habitats in the desert ecosystems, about deforestation, about air pollution, about toxic waste policies! When we moved into our house, there was a bottle of mercury - yes Hg- in our shed. We called the fire department and there was nothing they could do to help us because they were not equipped to dispose of it properly. If we were not such econuts, I'm sure it would have ended up in a landfill somewhere because our country lacks the infrastructure to deal with hazardous materials. Oh, and hydrogen fuel cell cars and hydrogen stations! I would also outlaw shrimp that was not farm raised. Anything bay-caught would be done. 3)Social Security. I'd implement a plan to phase it out. It's ridiculous that I should be paying for someone else's retirement, and not my own. I have to double-pay so that my grandparents can have funds. Silly. Needs to be overhauled, plain and simple. As for the other things you folks have posted - I'm mostly agree. I would love to see us get out of Iraq. However, the universal healthcare thing provided by the government, I do not get. I agree that it would be awesome to have and that it would benefit our country immensely, but I just don't see how it would be paid for. I would be more inclined to make a system that required employers to provide some sort of health insurance including dental and vision, and subsidize that plan. I don't think that universal coverage a bad idea - I just don't think we can jump into it without taking steps first... just what I think ;)
grl-in-the-world grl-in-the-world 10 years
StefaPie, I feel awful for you guys that you don't have universal health coverage! Every one of your citizens should be able to get healthcare regardless of there economic status. I've had to be admitted to the hospital many times to get IV, etc, and never paid a dime out of pocket. I've also had to have lots of X-rays, a CT scan, a couple of MRIs and a Bone Scan and haven't had to pay for them either. It's beneficial to an entire country to have a healthy population so I think the U.S. needs to step up and make some major changes!
StefaPie StefaPie 10 years
1.) Education. A lot of social problems would be helped if the people had more understanding of themselves, of the world and were more open-minded. 2.)Universal Health Coverage. It's flat out wrong that a country as rich and powerful as ours doesn't have universal health coverage. (which is different than universal health care, which we do have but is expensive to taxpayers and inefficient.) 3.) Re-establish our position in the world as kindly benefactor and move away from being dominant. This country always made an effort to be neutral until provoked, then to specifically address the provocation. We are now in a mess that is more violent than Vietnam and has gone on longer than WWII. However you feel about it, we're there now, but steps must be taken to prevent such tragedy in the future.
andaman andaman 10 years
one more thing I hate it when it's all about me me me..(you know when people say we do this because it makes my country better or because it makes my life better). I just really can't stand it when i hear things like 'Its not my problem or i vote for this because i will get a lower tax cut..blah blah blah'. Okay this time I will stop and go back to my work. Sorry popsugar but I am passionate about this.
andaman andaman 10 years
Glad to know I'm not the only one who thinks the troops should stay. Yep you are righ grl in the world to stress that later parts. I totally think international relations is so important. I mean we don't just live alone in this big world, do we? We share the planet with other people and we should at least have a sense of responsibility about other people who happen to live in other parts of this big planet. We are all responsible to make it a better place because world politics affects everyone. We are all related in some ways! (i can go on and on..but i will stop).
grl-in-the-world grl-in-the-world 10 years
Andaman, I like all of the issues you chose to address. I would just add that if the U.S. is going to stay in Iraq it should only be in a peace-keeping and infrastructure re-building capacity. End the bloodshed! Too many innocent people have died on both sides already. My other issue would be overhauling the American justice system, public services (health-care!! education!!) and animal rights. I'm from Canada, and I'll admit we're far from perfect here too, but reading the U.S. news everyday and watching it on TV breaks my heart sometimes. I really hope your next president cares enough about the country to make some drastic changes for the betterment of your citizens & the world.
andaman andaman 10 years
1) Of course i would do something about the global warming 2) I would make sure the troops stay in Iraq. I think it's all about responsibilities. The US/UK invaded the country without a course and now it's a mess (it's practically a civil war in some parts), the troops should stay until peace is restored among different minorities there. We should assist the new prime minister in Iraq in trying to deal with this mess. 3) I would do certainly do something about Dalfur! I would put pressure on presidents around the world to work together on the crisis! It's about time world leaders take action.
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