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Eleven Things I Would Do If I Were Elected President of the United States

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I am not a politician. I am not a professional pundit. I am not registered to any political party. I do not think I can fix everything. I don’t think I am the final say in decisions about what is right and wrong. Nor do I think that my opinions would solve every ill the country suffers from. However, I do believe these few changes to the way our government operates could help our country regain its place as the greatest country in the world.

1. I would make all taxes even and based on a percentage of your income. If you make ten thousand dollars or six hundred billion dollars a year it will be eighteen percent. I would close all tax code loop holes and have no tax breaks for shipping American jobs overseas. The term “tax break” would evaporate from this nation’s vocabulary completely. This money would help fund social security as well as every other service currently covered by money being deducted from your check. No longer will you need to work from January to May just to pay the government. You can start keeping more of the money you worked so hard to earn. This could help elevate the need for filing income tax returns every year as you would not have any deductions or extra taxes to calculate. Let’s call it a real flat tax plan. Individual states can still impose a sales tax. But only if one day of the week is made tax free and in total the tax can be no higher than 5 percent. I would also impose regulations on all “fees” charged by companies to increase their bill average. Wouldn’t it be nice if when you got a phone or cable bill that you were just charged for the service and not for ten to fifteen other fees attached to it? Instead of calling them “connection fees” we should call them what they are, taxes. Now before you freak out and say this plan won’t generate enough capital please read on.

2. I would pass a universal healthcare bill that included every person in the country regardless of income, race, creed, medical history, marital status, hair color, smell, or whatever other reason you are currently be denied the healthcare you need. I would use France and Cuba’s healthcare system as a model and starting block. If you fear this idea, please see these innovative country’s systems to understand how this will help us all live healthy longer lives. This plan would cost you absolutely nothing to participate in. It would include mental and dental health as well. I would offer all employees longer vacations and full paid sick leave. New mothers could take up to one year off to raise their newborn. Then when returning to work, they would receive free child care. The childcare will have adequate staffing overseen by trained professionals who take pride in their work and have medical training to deal with sudden problems. Prescriptions would cost five dollars, no matter what the medication, dosage, or frequency of use. There would be no more being declined for anything, if you need treatment, you will receive it. Your life is decided by insurance companies who see you as a dollar sign. They’re in the business of making money and there is no money in making you healthy. Currently there is no money in finding a cure for a disease, only in fighting the symptoms. I would invest money in research and development of cures for all diseases and fund programs dedicated to that goal. In the never ending search for the next answer to human life, I would approve stem cell research as well.

3. I would fund a plan to send every person who wanted an education to school for free. There would be no more college loans and no more financial aid that no one qualifies for. I would bring back all the programs that have been cut in school budgets due to rising costs and frivolous spending. It’s time to take the people who do not think in the best interest of our children out of the equation. I would fully fund programs for the arts and encourage our youth to experience our rich culture. I would pay teachers a better wage and make the criteria for becoming a teacher more stringent. I would also offer bonuses to teachers who achieve greater results from their classrooms. Thus forcing teachers to be more accountable for student’s graduating to the next grade. No more letting money determine your child education. I will give teachers the tools they need to educate our young, but add limits to a teacher’s tenure. Tenure will no longer be a get out of jail free card for those who do not genuinely work to better their student’s lives. I would create jobs by offering classroom aids and shrinking the size of students per classroom. We can teach children to aspire to be more. I would also offer more common sense courses to help people learn about life in the real world such as:

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  • http://jacksmithworkingclass.blogspot.com jacksmith

    Finally, the time has arrived to fix Americas Healthcare crisis, and Americas healthcare knightmare. Hundreds of thousands of you are killed needlessly every year by your healthcare delivery system in a rush to profit. And because of a rush to profit Hundreds of thousands more of you are needlessly dying from treatable illness that people in other developed and civilized countries don’t DIE! from. Rich, middle class, and poor alike. Insured, and uninsured. Men, women, children, and babies.

    Additionally, thousands more of you are driven into financial ruin, and bankruptcy just because you, or one of your loved ones got sick or injured. And all of this is happening at a time when America spends twice as much of it’s GDP (Gross Domestic Productivity) on health care than any other country in the developed world. Individual Americans spend about ten times as much on health care as any other people in the developed world. This is a CRIME AGAINST HUMANITY. AND IT MUST END!

    But before we can truly fix this healthcare crisis and disgrace, everyone needs to clearly understand what the problem is. And everyone needs to clearly understand the real enormity of the problem. The problem is that HEALTHCARE AND MEDICAL DELIVERY IN AMERICA IS SEVERELY CORRUPTED AND COMPROMISED BY GREED! AND THE PRIVATE FOR PROFIT MOTIVE. And it is corrupted, and compromised IN EVERY ASPECT, AND EVERY PLACE OF HEALTHCARE AND MEDICAL DELIVERY. Unfortunately for all Americans, compromised healthcare ALWAYS results in needless suffering, injury, disability, and or death. Which is exactly what is happening now in America in shocking numbers.

    Health care is NOT! a private for profit business. Healthcare is an essential public service. Like police, and fire. And healthcare is also a human right! PRIVATE FOR PROFIT HEALTHCARE IS AN OXYMORON, AND AN IMMORAL AND UNETHICAL PERVERSION OF HEALTHCARE AND HUMAN RIGHTS.

    So how do we fix this healthcare disgrace? I believe the fix for Americas healthcare disaster is essentially the same thing that every other developed country in the World has essentially done. “NOT FOR PROFIT, TAX PAYER SUPPORTED, SINGLE PAYER, AUTOMATIC, FREE UNIVERSAL HEALTHCARE FOR ALL. Essentially HR676 (enhanced, and expanded medicare for all). Just like every other CIVILIZED! country in the developed World has. There is no other way to truly fix and reform our current disastrous healthcare delivery system.

    All Universal health care systems work best when everyone participates. But I know that the healthcare lobby, and some politicians will try and undermine “Not For Profit, Tax payer supported, Single payer, Automatic, Free Universal Healthcare for all” by falsely claiming that it will limit your choice, and require you to participate.

    So, I propose that everyone be included in the national plan unless they choose to opt out. If you opt out and need medical care the national plan will insure your provider that they will be reimbursed under the rules for members in the national plan. But those who opted out, and their insurer will be responsible for the FULL! cost to the national plan for providing your care if you or your private insurer fails to reimburse the provider or the national plan in a timely manor to at least the standards of the national plan.

    Including reporting you to credit agencies, withholding of taxes, leans, and garnishment of wages for unpaid medical bills. Just like you have now under private for profit healthcare, and private for profit health insurance.

    Further, people who opted out will be required to provide proof of financial responsibility for future illness or be required to participate in the national plan. And everyone with children will be required to participate in the national plan. Or provide proof of insurance coverage on each child to the standards of the national plan. It will be against the law to report anyone in the national plan to a credit agency for unpaid medical bills.

    Frankly, only a dope would want to opt out of the national plan and opt to keep our current disastrous private for profit medical, and insurance plans. But they will be free to choose. The most important thing is that the vast majority of Americans that want the protection, benefits, and higher quality of a universal national plan have that choice.

    You see, one of the most important aspects of a universal healthcare system is easy access, and patient protection. This is accomplished by having a single payer without a conflict of interest in patient care. And by having a payer who has the power to enforce minimum standards of excellence in healthcare delivery for everyone in the plan. This is much of what Medicare does now for senors. “Aeger Primo” (The patient first). Unfortunately in our healthcare system the patient comes last. We are just a peace of meat to them. Cash cows to be slaughtered for profit.

    So this is IT! my fellow Americans, My fellow human beings, My fellow World Citizens. And my fellow Cyber Warriors. :-) The time has come. D day. H hour. HEALTHCARE REFORM THIS YEAR! Let no one stand in our way. Contact your representative and tell them you want “Not For Profit, Tax Payer Supported, Single Payer, Automatic, Free Universal healthcare for all. And tell them you want that choice now. Tell them you want President Obama’s budget passed without delay. President Obama’s budget is brilliant. And exactly what is needed now.

    President Obama, and his allies will need all the support you can give them. The healthcare lobby will try to take out his people if they can, like they did with Tom Daschle and Nancy Killefer. And they will try to neutralize President Obama’s popularity, and political power. Or they will try to take him down someway. Don’t stand for it. If they attack him. Go after them ten times harder and remove them from office. We had an election. And you the people chose President Obama’s leadership, and change agenda. Let no one in government disrespect the will of the American people and remain in office.

    To President Obama, his Cabinet, the Congress of the United States, and the Supreme Court. I have noticed for some time a disturbing tendency for key members of your bodies to come down with illness, or medical problems at critical legislative times. This may just be coincidence. But I can tell you that there are a million subtle ways to medically injure someone just by doing nothing when something needs to be done. Or by doing things to someone when nothing needs to be done except to give them reassurance. I know for a fact that there are those that would have no qualms about hurting any of you to preserve our current disgraceful medical status quo.

    So, I recommend as a matter of national security that you enlist the help of a friendly power to regularly review, and oversee the medical care you receive from your local regular healthcare providers. Briton, France and many other countries have excellent medical providers. As well as Canada. Briton, and Canada may be less of a language barrier for Americans.

    Let’s get this healthcare reform done now my fellow Americans. This year. Take no prisoners.

    God Bless All Of You

    Jack Smith — Working Class :-)

  • http://takeitorleaveit.typepad.com/ roger nowosielski

    Cool article, Brian. Spoken with clear and strong voice.

  • http://www.joannehuspek.wordpress.com Joanne Huspek

    When are you running?

  • http://www.futonreport.net/ Matthew T. Sussman

    If I were president, I’d just do something about all the problems.

    Nice ideals without any practical means of implementation is a wonderful thing to share.

  • Clavos

    Couldn’t stand it anymore.

    Just couldn’t.

  • Red

    Spoken like a true patriot!

  • http://blogcritics.org/writer/diana_hartman diana hartman

    Nice ideals without any practical means of implementation is a wonderful thing to share.

    ideals are never practically implemented because they’re ideals…values, on the other hand (that which we’re willing to invest our time and energy in rather than just dream about), are valid enough to at least warrant a step forward – and anyone who doesn’t agree would do well to step off out of the way of anyone who did move forward…

    brian took the time, which is more than i can say for those who don’t follow up their complaint with anything else…these things may still be far off, or just off, but writing them off gets us nowhere (else) fast…

    that a problem can’t be solved overnight or resolved completely regardless of the solution is the lamest excuse for doing nothing…

  • Mr. Dock Ellis

    To do all the things you want doesn’t require socialism, it requires fascism. I guess that isn’t all bad. I mean Churchill did say Mussolini got the trains to run time. However, I’m not sure most people are down with Hitler, Stalin, Pol Pot etc. . . To be sure, they all said they’d solve all problems through living space, collectivization and rustification respectively, but we all know were it ended : poverty, insanity and mass murder.

    Incremental change works because we can examine problems and gradually apply solutions so too many people don’t get hurt if it doesn’t work.

    Last thing, you say “Lets’ be honest about pot, it doesn’t hurt anyone.” Then later you mention the “dangers of persistent drug use.” Well, which is it? Is this good or bad? This seems to be the only conflict in your black and white universe. Perhaps this is nothing, but maybe there needs to be some attention paid as to why this conflict exists.

    As to the subject itself, I agree with Bonnie Raitt on this one: “Smokin’ that stuff will make you hurt yourself.”

  • http://ruvysroost.blogspot.com Ruvy

    Brian,

    Stick something in there about leaving us a free hand to kick our enemies’ asses and getting out of our (Israel’s) affairs, and I’ll write your speeches for you.

  • Jordan Richardson

    poverty, insanity and mass murder.

    Ah, the good ol’ U.S. of A. Last, best hope…? Something like that?

    Incremental change works because we can examine problems and gradually apply solutions so too many people don’t get hurt if it doesn’t work.

    Of course, the philosophy of incremental change doesn’t quite apply to foreign policy and US intervention in other countries. Now those suckers need quick, rapid change in the form of a dictator or two to help keep the doors open for American businesses. Ah yes, what’s good for the goose is…good for the goose.

  • STM

    Brian has some really nice ideas here, but there’s a few missing and these would go a long to eliminating many of America’s current problems.

    First up, you’d ring Liz at Buck House and ask if America could come back to the fold, possibly as the head of the Commonwealth. That solves all the problems of executive decisions, and leaves the government and the president to get on with the job of … governing.

    Second, having got that out of the way, you’d organise to get a proper flag by replacing those stars with a Union Jack to create a Union Jack and Stripes. This is only about aesthetics, and should be regarded simply as a feel-good move.

    Anyone who doubts that this is a much better- looking flag should google the state flag of Hawaii for a look.

    Then replace baseball with cricket so that you can play a world series that actually does involve the world – or a fair part of it – and when you play Australia, come to the understanding that sport is really about participation, and getting an absolute tonking, not neccesarily about winning.

    Put the “u” back in words like colour, honour, etc … because as we all know, phonetic isn’t spelled with an “F”. Liz, by the way, would be terribly well disposed to Americans learning the Queen’s English.

    Part of America’s world problem today is that no one else can understand what Americans are saying – especially if they work for the government.

    Clear speech is as important as free speech.

    Lastly, put the steering wheel on the proper side of the car and learn to drive on the proper side of the road. Be different, and proud.

    Voila … STM’s handy home hints for a much better America #101!

    Too easy.

    Even I’d go and live there.

  • http://drdreadful.blogspot.com Dr Dreadful

    Put the “u” back in words like colour, honour, etc …

    And ‘Labour’?

    ;-)

  • STM

    Yeah, you’re right Doc. It IS a disgrace. Also, no one’s ever been able to answer my questions as to how that came about.

    We just never spell it here without the U, except in the name of the Party.

    Perhaps the buggers just couldn’t spell. Back in those days, they were all active trade unionists and very few of ‘em would have had private-school educations.

    Thanks for commenting elsewhere BTW. The more the merrier.

  • STM

    People will probably think I’m a bit biased (honest, I’m not :), but I reckon this one from Hawaii is the nicest-looking of all the state flags of the United States.

    There’s just something about it that I can’t out my finger on.

    Meanwhile, these people are breaking new ground in their bid to turn the United States into a better place.

    Some of their ideas might dovetail very nicely with the new, more liberal, kinder, softer and gentler America we’re bound to see under President Obama as he makes his planned sweeping changes to the very fabric of American society.

  • 3344885

    I think that you well put the heathcare bill part. but Y should U.S.A go off of some other heathcare bill in some other county. SO WHEAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT THAT SMART GUY. And you jack asses out there think that this guy is right that is bull .

  • becca

    my a lesbion ,so you are saing that if we used this heathcare bill me and my wife could get healthcare .OK so bring on the bill!

  • http://delibernation.com Silas Kain

    And people wonder why I scream about education so much.

  • johnn

    does #15 have spell check? WHEAT DO YOU THINK?

  • amaka

    wooooooooooooow!!!!!!!so nice i liked i8t

  • JImDugan

    bravo.

  • Blaise Starr

    I would vote for you.