If I Was the President of the USA

I’ve often thought of what I would do if I was the President of the United States. Would I try to be bipartisan, as President Obama has done? Would I be more dictatorial and draconian, like George W. Bush? Something more extreme, in either direction? I don’t know, truthfully.

Upon reflection, here’s what I’d do:

1.) I think the one thing I would like to do, (and I can already hear the reasons why I can’t do it being formulated), is put a limit on the price of gas. That limit would be no more than a 15% mark-up on refinement costs.

That is, if it costs $1.00 to refine a gallon of oil into a gallon of gasoline, then the price of a gallon of gas could, by law, be no higher than $1.15. In addition, the oil companies would have to show that the cost for refinement is increasing before they would be allowed to raise prices.

BOO! HISS! Yes, I know. I can hear your cries of “Communist!” “Socialist!” “Fascist!” and “how dare I infringe on the rights of oil companies to screw me at the pump! I should enjoy paying for their vacations while I cannot afford to feed my family or pay my rent. But who cares so long as THEY make their money, right?”

2.) Also, I’d repeal DOMA. I’d enact federal level recognition of same-sex marriages and enact protections based on gender identity and expression, thus fulfilling the Constitution’s promise of equal protections under the law.

At the same time, I’d make sure that those bigoted religions who don’t want to perform same-sex marriages would not be forced to do so.

3.) I’d enact campaign reform requiring ALL campaign donations to be a matter of public record and place limits on the amount of money a company or person can donate.

4.) I’d also place term limits on elected officials across the board. We’re not supposed to have career politicians. Two terms in the House. Two terms in the Senate. Go home and do something else. (Upon leaving office, they’d lose their universal health care benefits, too).

5.) I believe in a strong military, but not at the expense of other programs. More importantly, I’d bring our troops home. Not only from Iraq and Afghanistan, but from Korea, Germany, and Japan, too. (Except in the case of disaster relief in the case of Japan. But, they would come home after the clean-up is finished.)

Military service would remain voluntary. I’d increase the benefits package, including base pay, to allow for retention and to meet force demands.

6.) I’d close Guantanamo and, more importantly, try those accused in a court of law. No military trials.

7.) I’d close the loopholes for the top 1% and raise their tax rate to 40%. I’d prosecute companies and people who didn’t pay their fair share.

8.) I’d make it illegal for Congress to vote themselves a pay raise. Learn to live within a budget like everyone else does.

9.) I’d enforce net neutrality to avoid price gouging and service denial by corporations.

10.) I’d overturn the ruling that corporations are people and have the same rights and privileges as humans do.

11.) Since so much emphasis is placed on having a higher education, I’d enact legislation making the first post high school degree tuition free. That is, if a student wants to go to college, provided they can pass the entrance exam, they can study at the college of their choice and earn a bachelor’s degree (or associates degree, it they choose to go to a technical school) free of tuition charges. They’d still have to pay for books, living expenses, and whatnot.

Any advanced degrees, (Masters, Doctorates), the student would have to pay for normally.

Enrollment in higher education would still be voluntary, however.

I’m sure I can think of a few more things, but that’s a good list to get the condemnation rolling.

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4 Responses to If I Was the President of the USA

  1. Skatha says:

    Dear Mr. President:

    On the subject of Education, can you please get rid of tenure for the lower education so that teachers have a real reason to actually do their jobs? In any other job, it doesn’t matter how long you’ve been with a company; if you stop performing your duties adequately, you are fired. Why do teachers get special treatment, especially when they hold the future in their hands?

    On the subject of Higher Education, Mr. President, I ask that you look to the university system in the United Kingdom. Setting aside their Socialist Democratic political views, I believe more young Americans would be more likely to attend college here in the United States if our system were a bit more like the Brits’. You see, if an individual wants to study molecular biology, that is all they study at university. They do not study history, arts, or anything not related to their area of study. If we can improve the learning rate at the high school level, we won’t have further need for the “well-rounded” education at the college level and will attract more students. High school should prepare you for life, for those who would still choose not to attend college, thereby allowing an individual the freedom to study what they are truly interested in.

    Most humbly,

    One United States Citizen

    P.S. – Just so you know, Mr. President, a fascist exalts war, violence and militarism. I don’t think your ideas regarding gasoline fuel prices fall into that category. 😉

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    • WonderGoon says:

      On the subject of Education, can you please get rid of tenure for the lower education so that teachers have a real reason to actually do their jobs?”

      I’m not sure how tenure works, but I see your point. Teachers should be held accountable for doing their jobs the same way a mechanic, for example, is held accountable for doing her job.

      On the subject of Higher Education, Mr. President, I ask that you look to the university system in the United Kingdom. Setting aside their Socialist Democratic political views, I believe more young Americans would be more likely to attend college here in the United States if our system were a bit more like the Brits’. You see, if an individual wants to study molecular biology, that is all they study at university. They do not study history, arts, or anything not related to their area of study. If we can improve the learning rate at the high school level, we won’t have further need for the “well-rounded” education at the college level and will attract more students. High school should prepare you for life, for those who would still choose not to attend college, thereby allowing an individual the freedom to study what they are truly interested in.”

      Reasonable. Though, I’m not clear on how much pull I’d have to actually change this. It sounds like a matter for individual colleges to handle, though the Department of Education could make strong recommendations.

      P.S. – Just so you know, Mr. President, a fascist exalts war, violence and militarism. I don’t think your ideas regarding gasoline fuel prices fall into that category. 😉

      Oh, I know what a fascist is. That was meant more for those who equate fascism, communism, and socialism as the same thing. You know, people who watch Fox News and don’t think for themselves.

      Frankly, I’m a bit surprised I didn’t get attacked over any of this. Usually, there is one or two drive-by posters who want to make snide comments or tell me I’m stupid for wanting to improve the country.

      Small blessing, I guess.

      Thanks for commenting.

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  2. storydad says:

    I considered doing a drive by, but did not because I realized I would’ve just been attacking you over what amounts to our differences in politics.

    As with so much else, I agree with the spirit of some of what you say, but disagree on many of the particulars. I understand why you feel the way you do, but from my point of view your situation colors your judgement.

    Most of what I would say would simply reflect that I am more conservative than you are.

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    • WonderGoon says:

      I considered doing a drive by, but did not because I realized I would’ve just been attacking you over what amounts to our differences in politics.”

      I appreciate your restraint. You’re free to express your opinion here, so long as you do so in a civil manner. You’ll know when you cross the line. 😉

      As with so much else, I agree with the spirit of some of what you say, but disagree on many of the particulars.”

      Fair enough.

      I understand why you feel the way you do, but from my point of view your situation colors your judgement.”

      Of course it does! Why wouldn’t it? Honestly, Storydad, I try to look at things with a more objective eye, but hey, I’m human, so I don’t always succeed. And to expect objectivity 100% of the time is illogical.

      Why do you think people try to become the president? To change the injustices they see. They may not publicly state that, but somewhere, somehow, they see an injustice in how America works and they want to change it.

      So, in that respect, I’m just like every other American who’s stated “I want to be the President,” whether they’ve obtained the office, or not.

      Most of what I would say would simply reflect that I am more conservative than you are.”

      Of that, I have no doubt.

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