kimandgary (kimandgary) wrote,

Writer's Block: If I were president ...

What would you do if you were president or prime minister for a day?

We all know from watching President Obama that a DAY, simply isn't long enough to fix things. Even 4 years isn't long enough, so I am going to give myself 2 full terms of office! 8 years would be long enough... maybe to start straightening out the laws... Why do we need that long? Because you said President not King. The president has to get the approval of the Senate and the House of Representatives. WE all know that all Republican Senators do is Filibuster and try to destroy the whole country in order to discredit Obama, and I know they'd hate me even worse.

The country is in a hell of a mess, because our presidents have not restricted profiteering corporations from exploiting the working class, and then discarding them like a used tissue. I would make corporations accountable. STOP all profiteering, and take back America for the PEOPLE, not for the Corporations, and the Greedy top 3 Percent who only know how to exploit the less fortunate. 

The first thing I would do is impose heavy import taxes on all good from foreign countries, other than native crafts. If they didn't make it with hand tools, in whatever native tradition they have... it's taxed at a totally unfordable rate, and that includes our traitor American companies that have moved their factories over seas, but it does not stop there. If it's not made here, it doesn't belong here. I would make a list of all corporations that own factories over seas. I would freeze their assets, and threaten to deport all their CEO's and major stock holders. we'd give them six months to get everything they manufacture anywhere in the world, back on American turf... This would force them to sell their factories in foreign countries, and buy properties here. If they don't play ball, I use the assets and money to give small business loans to start new companies... and I'd give them to regular average income people. No more Nike tennis shoes made in China! No more India cotton bed sheets. LOL American steel mills would be reopened no matter what, but the formerly wealthy top 3 percent would not be owning them, unless they complied explicitly with my demands, and buckled under to a WHOLE lot of regulations.

I would take control of both wages and prices, and I would rework the tax structure... at least long enough to adjust them properly. No one could make more than 200K a year, and no one could make less than 40K if they were working a job of any kind at least 30 hours per week. If people who do NOT work, IE Millionaires and various capital gains folks, make a dime over 200K in income, it's taxed at 99% The government gets everything else. Period. OTHER than that people would pay ten to twenty percent in personal income taxes. First 100K at 10 percent, and second 100K at twenty.

Corporate law needs to be re-worked, and anti trust laws remeasured so that monopolies would be discouraged more. Companies should be forced to divide when they reach a certain size... or net worth... or when their market share got to the point they were starving out everyone else... IE Walmart.  I'd change the laws so that a corporation could be tried in court and 'imprisoned or executed' if they commit a crime. As you probably know a corporation is an individual under the law, just like any person, but who is only financially liable, and then only under certain circumstances. They are free to commit manslaughter, and various other crimes without censure... and they do. If a man dies as a result of something a human being does, then that person goes to trial... IE hit and run drunk driver, but if a person is poisoned by a corporation and dies, or if they die as a direct result of being laid off... well no one says a word. How can you imprison or execute a corporation? Well you could imprison them by freezing assets, and forcing them to change policies, and by taking control of them for a certain number of months till they are fixed where they don't do that anymore. In extreme cases you could force them out of business, and sell their assets to someone who would do a better job.

I would get rid of a LOT Of "moral" laws too... I'd legalize the use of Marijuana, and encourage the growth of hemp. Hemp has many uses, grows faster than lumber and contributes more to our planets Oxygen than other crops. Save the trees, use hemp. It's stupid not to... and if people want to smoke it... well most people do anyway, so why waste the efforts of law enforcement any longer. Plus it would make all these drug tests unnecessary... I'd also encourage all farming. I'd make it legal for anyone with interest to make moonshine to run in their cars, no questions asked. No forms, just set up your still and make all the shine you want. You are supposed to put it in your car, but I don't really care if they have a sip... however DWI laws do still apply... I'd raise the legal drunk limit a spot though, so it wouldn't effect people who just had cough syrup, or drank a drink or two would not have a huge issue. Why? first off it's crazy to import oil from foreign countries, allowing our oil companies to profiteer shamefully off our necessity, when our cars could be easily adjusted to run on moonshine. Lets put our farmers to work, and rely less on petrol. In order to really research green energy, we have to muzzle the oil companies... the best way to do that is to just get rid of them entirely over my 8 year term. Forbid them like the anti smoking laws.... go with locally grown grain alcohol, and then we can look into solar power, and such. 

While we are on the subject of morals I say stop the debate on gay marriage... It's no one's business who is gay and who is not, or who is sleeping with who.... especially not the government's. My plan is to get the government out of people's personal life. Anyone sharing a household for most of the calender year should have the same rights legally as a married couple. whether they, are in love, hold a wedding, or have sex of any description or not. That would include straight people who are living together for economic or childcare reasons as well. It's no one's business, and I am with Clinton... don't ask and if you don't want to, well there's no reason to tell anyone or discuss it with anyone not directly involved. Yes there are gay people, what is the big deal. I say stop making them make a sideshow out of their love or their preference, and just treat them like everyone else. Other people also have the same needs they do... so why not just make a law to allow ANY cohabitants of a home able to share insurance, rights to children, right to file joint income tax, and any other privalages married people have... Now divorce law should be handled the same as a married couple for anyone who needs it to divide property, regardless of romance or sex involved. All those things are sorted out anyway in court on an individual basis. Also legally stop the question of gender on job applications, or for any other purpose than medical and have a choice C for those who are in between... medically. Your gender should be irrelevant to anyone who isn't considering sleeping with your or performing a medical procedure. Full disclosure on those two categories should be legally required.    
I'd rework interest rates, cause the old people are taking a beating on CDs. CDs should pay 5% and the bank should not make excessive profits... IE the interest rate for lending should be one point higher than the interest rate for investing... and that could be accomplished with salary caps for CEOs.... and other excessive spending cuts. Lending should slow down on demand as my plan is implemented, and eventually most loans would be very solid because income would be standard and no one would be suddenly poor... we write stability into legislature. People would be secure, and they would be required by law to pay their debts. 

Profiteering would not be allowed in any industry. You make your money, up to 200K from any and all sources, but that's it. No one has a right to more than a decent life, and on the other hand, every full time job would pay 40K Under no circumstances could a household, as defined above make less than 40K a year per household. People would either get jobs or be self employed, and those making less would be given business advice and subsidy until they could get their income up above 40K. 

Now I hear people thinking the word Communism, but NO it isn't. If you are thinking that you've been brainwashed. People now making over 400K a year aren't earning it. Most of them do no work at all, and they do NOT deserve a free ride, any more than They don't NEED it. No one needs that kind of money. My plan would RE-INSTITUTE true Democracy. Everyone would be on more or less equal footing, and no longer would media and corporate funding decide our elections. All candidates would have an equal chance based on their ability to convince the voting public. I would limit the power of political parties... or perhaps abolish them all together, and make politicians think for themselves. George Washington said parties were a bad idea and he is right. Just look at the current situation. There's a guy in the White House, working his butt off to help the American People survive, and then there are half the senators trying to stop him in every way possible, just so he'll look bad. Half of our citizens think that's OK, even good, because they are brainwashed. We are all brainwashed by political parties... and it needs to stop. We need common sense, and a government that cares for it's people, and makes them prosper... not a government looking out for special interests, and paying lip service to lame causes like anti-abortion, (it should be a free choice, and only economic freedom as described above would allow that... and naturally lower the abortion rate.) Communism is just another party, and not a popular one, but it's just a word... a word certain other parties likes to throw around. Communism is not the opposite of democracy. It is the opposite of capitalism, and Capitalism has caused some problems. It needs to be reeled in... not abolished, just controlled. 

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I like you ^_^ You explained my sentiments a hell of a lot better than I ever could've (granted, I'm terrible with politics. Rather, I dislike them). Awesome post.
Thank you! I was just sort of ranting... and blowing off steam, but I appreciate that you like my ideas. I am very interested in politics as it relates to financial situations of average Americans. I hate poverty, and while I have no real political power, other than voting and political activism and of course prayer...I do all I can to abolish poverty. People have enough to worry about without constantly having to worry about money.

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We are doing fine, well other than economically... medically... er... emotionally... ah... never mind... but money could fix it all. How about you all? I am glad you agree BTW. I wasn't sure anyone would. I am just sick of trying to live on nothing, and feel good about it... I don't feel very happy. My daughter is staying in the library of her college because we can't afford for her to board, and she doesn't have time or money to drive back and forth every day. I am borrowing money from my mom to pay the power bill... and wondering how my husband is going to pay the rest. My tiny weekend business is all I have to support a family of four... and it's good for a little spending money but.... well my customers are poor too... so it's not a gravy train to be sure. Overall I am lucky to have what I do... here in NC a lot of people are out of work, or else under employed. I think much of the rest of the country is the same. I am worried about everyone, not just myself. IDK how long any of us can hang on... so really my political views are coming from personal need, and the needs of those around me. It makes me sick to think how much money some people have, when all I see all weekend is poor families walking by with rag-a-muffin kids... and remembering when my ragamuffins were little, and how those yuppies would look at us. The only up side is there are fewer people in a position to feel smug... but wait, that's not really a good thing. LOL

People accuse Obama of redistribution of wealth, but where were they when all our salaries were redistributed, and we lost our jobs?

"People accuse Obama of redistribution of wealth, but where were they when all our salaries were redistributed, and we lost our jobs?"

Very good point! Where were all the critics when the money was flowing into the pockets of the top 3%? Trickle-down Economics, my ass!
I'd agree with you on most of it, with just a few disagreements of practicality and technical implementation.

I've actually suggested to people far more well-versed in economics than myself (but still enormously liberal) that we should have a maximum wage, and been told that it would seriously mess up the economy to put in restrictions like that (things just start acting wacky when you have a max wage), but I think that we should tax the rich enough that it doesn't matter how much they make, a decent portion of it all goes back to the poor anyways. Seriously, I am ALL for a tax rate as high as 50-70% for the top 10% of the country. At that point, they won't /keep/ enough to be too horribly rich.

If they want to move to China because of that, they can bloody well go ahead, we won't have to deal with them anymore.

(Of course, if they had a 90-98% tax rate, they might not keep more than, say, 400-600k a year. And you could put all the rest into tax cuts, food stamps, and wage subsidies for the bottom half of the country. That's redistribution of wealth I can believe in. And cheer enthusiastically for.)

I'm not against some people being more wealthy than others - and I think a lot of people like to think they could become relatively wealthy someday, and I'd like to leave that dream for some people - I'm against people needing to be wealthy to have reasonably decent lives. Therefore, high taxes on the rich, all of which goes straight to giving the poor better services, food, safer housing, etc.

A higher minimum wage always seems like a good idea, too, though I'd also push for better funding for various other types of welfare, particularly in areas like New Orleans where natural (and unnatural) disasters have caused serious problems in recent years. Making minimum wages too high without any subsidies to small business could genuinely make some small businesses go out. It's a complicated equation, you gotta be careful with it, but some companies really can afford to pay higher wages, so I do still like the idea.

I'd be for higher taxes on foreign goods, though perhaps not be as gung-ho about it as you are. What with, and things like that, it could get confusing, complicated, and annoying if you go too far. I'd say that we should make there be benefits to companies who make their goods in the U.S., and detriments to companies that don't, but goods from outside the country should still be readily available - you shouldn't make the detriments too severe, just enough that more companies will come back home.

We honestly wouldn't be in quite such a situation if it weren't SO MUCH easier to just send your company to India or China than it is to keep it in the goddamn U.S. We need to at least make our own shoes, FFS.

The opposite of communism could also be said to be fascism. Like Hitler. So I'd say you're in a decent place, politically. (Communism can get taken over by a-holes pretty easily, but when done on a small scale, I love it to death.)

Companies like BP, who commit murder (it's not manslaughter when you knew it was gonna happen), should indeed be disallowed from entering the country, period. Their CEOs should be tried and arrested, and the entire company disallowed from ALL business in the U.S. This is not the first time that BP has killed people to save money. Cases like this should be obvious and clear-cut.

I very much like the sound of your idea to "arrest and execute" companies that commit crimes. And monopolies badly need to be regulated, yes.

I'd say you've got it pretty damn right, though, yeah. Seriously, if only some idiot politician could get their head out of their arse...
Shoes, hell! If that were the worst of it, it wouldn't be so bad - but we should all be able to earn a decent wage that would allow us to afford shoes made in Italy!

Problem is, we are importing even more basic things than that from the other side of the world. Have you looked at where your canned mushrooms come from recently? I'm in Canada, and I can never find mushrooms from any place closer than India or China. This has been going on for years now, and I say WTF?! I know we can produce mushrooms - fresh ones are available and are at leased produced on the North American continent, but canned ones? Nuh-uh. It's cheaper to close local canneries and import processed veggies from Asia. Such stupidity.
... FFS. >_>

There are edible mushrooms that grow wild in Canada. And across North America. You could probably find out which, with a google search, and start bloody well growing your own. They're mushrooms, after all. They're ruddy well easy to grow. The ONLY reason not to can them locally is lack of canning facilities... Ick. Ick, ick, ick.
"The ONLY reason not to can them locally is lack of canning facilities..."

Exactly! And it pisses me off because it didn't used to be this way. And it isn't just mushrooms, it's tomatoes and pickles and peas and other things that grow just fine up here. I'd even be satisfied if they were from the US or Mexico, but India?, China? SOuth Africa? Spain?

If we're talking about things that don't grow here like leechee fruit or hearts of palm, that's understandable. But jeeez louize! pretty soon North America will stop growing it's own food altogether and we'll be totally at the mercy of a bunch of not-too-stable regimes.
Oh I know and what about canned foods that contain beef or other meat... what about mad cow? I am scared to death of mad cow disease. A relative's mother in law got that... and we don't know how she got it, but it was awful. She went totally nuts, and they had to call the police to take her, then she died a couple of weeks later. What's worse is that it was kept hush hush, and no one outside the family and whoever they told knows, so it could be quite widespread and no one would know. I am very worried... and of all the diseases I know of Mad Cow would be one of the worst. The doctors even tried to cover it, and say she could have contracted it like 30 years ago, when she was outside the country, or that it could be another condition... which only looked like Mad Cow... but IDK... I don't buy it they said Mad Cow and then backed off.


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The only way they could have known it was CJS (Mad Cow) is if they had done an autopsy of her brain tissue. Otherwise it could have been a particularly aggressive form of dementia.

CJS is pretty horrendous; any form of dementia is. The sister of a (a Brit) died of CJS back when the first scare was at its height. My own dad had vascular dementia, so I do understand what you fear.

However, CJS is taken very seriously in the developed world, and I know that after the last big scare in the UK, laws have been passed regulating what can and can't go into cattle feed (no more sheep offal). Testing of beef carcasses is also done on a larger scale these days; I know that is the case in Canada and Europe. There is some concern about the States because I believe such programs fall under the purvieu of individual states and there is no supervisory authority or mandated reporting to same.

It was frustrating and worrisome at the time that the States most opposed to the importation of Canadian beef were themselves the biggest producers, like Montana and Texas. Thing is, they had no reports of CJS because they did the least testing for it.

But CJS is also endemic to wild ruminants such as deer and moose. Fortunately, it is rare because it is not contagious (like for example, rabies), but anyone who hunts also runs a risk.

Because we in the developed world had taken to mixing meat scraps into cattle feed, we ended up spreading CJS in numbers that would not naturally occur in less advanced placed where their husbandry relies less on technology.


As for the max wage, I wish it wasn't necessary, but it is because of the greed factor. I'm afraid that things have gotten so out of hand, nothing else will stop them from devouring the whole world. Unfortunately no one is going to do anything of the sort. No one's going to stop them. Those corporate nit wits say they can't afford to hire employees... and yet the top CEO's, who decide whom gets laid off so they can make more, are vastly overpaid... legal bank robbery in the case of bank CEOs. If they paid their CEO's a reasonable wage, then they could afford to pay their tellers a living wage, and hire more of those, plus pay better interest rates. Plus they might not have as many financial crisis. The insurance companies are the same way pocketing money that should be used to pay our medical bills, but if they say pre-existing condition often enough, they have more money to take home. CEOs who do that are thieves. It's the abuses that are the problem, and I think paying one employee, millions in bonus money, paying another 18K a year, and then cheating your paying clients out of earned services and interest money is just wrong. Overall I want CEOs to have to stop draining their companies, and actually make the corporation pay what it owes in claims, interest, and salaries for average employees.

Disparity in income is a huge problem, even in good times, but in times like this it is crazy. I agree with your taxing idea. It used to be that way. As a matter of fact I used to know this one guy... who was a mechanic of all things... and he just made deals and worked really hard, and one day he found that he was worth over a million dollars. He was more shocked than anyone. He was even more shocked to find out he'd been put in a 75% tax bracket... but he bought some rental property and used it for a tax shelter. (shrugs) Anyway taxes are just nutty sometimes, and taxable income as reported, has nothing to do with reality. If that old mechanic can find a tax shelter, anyone can.

I did not know that about BP... I just thought they were being cheep, and impatient and the stuff broke... but their corporation should be executed especially since you told me they knew it was likely to happen.
Yeah... Apparently, right before he died, one of the crew workers was seen yelling into a phone, "Are you happy now?! The rig's on fire!" or something like that. They'd told BP that it was dangerous to do what they'd done, and they did it anyways. And the rig exploded. On schedule.

The Rachel Maddow Show had an episode that listed BP's safety regulation violations in comparison to other oil companies... The numbers were downright frightening. They just don't care if their workers die or not. It's not like they get anything more than a slap on the wrist when the worst does happen, after all...

I don't remember the precise numbers, but it was along the lines that BP might have several hundred violations in a year, where all the other companies combined would have, say, seven. A quick google search on "rachel maddow BP safety violations" can find you some clips of the exact numbers and details.

I really wish we could go back to the part of the old taxing system where there WAS a 75% bracket, yeah. It's not a perfect solution, but hell, it's gotta be better than what we've got now, and it's got historical proof that it hasn't caused any apocalypses, either, so I'd say it's a reasonable, implementable slightly-left-of-center idea. If American politics were capable of being reasonable, at least.

And honestly, we just need some bloody REGULATION on the CEO salaries already. I heard someone talking about doing that, I swear, but nothing's come of it at all. It's pathetic, and obnoxious beyond words.
I could not have said anything better!

Next election I'm voting kimandgary for president!
I wish I had what it takes to run, but I'm just one of the broke millions who is lost in this mess. I hope Obama reads my mail... it's the only hope I have of changing things. I did have the ear of John Edwards. I was a supporter when he had only three percent in the poles and I lived on his site. I spent every spare moment posting on his site... and he even took some of my ideas... which he changed around a bit... He would have been VP that time... and it would have been great, but something happened to him in the next four years. He was different by the next election... The first election was about ideas, but the most recent one was all about the money... and could you send him fifty bucks... and then... He lost everything over that woman in the next primary.. some of his ideas... at least a couple of which he got from me, went on the democrat platform, but nothing so radical as the stuff above... except he adapted my idea above about the gay marriage solution into his civil union idea... I remember typing to him, why not call it something else... that does the same thing, but then I went further to include other people... he only adopted the first part which is not the same, but he kind of got it a little... as far as he'd take it anyway.
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