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What Would You Do As President? 1455

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With the elections continually in the news there is constant discourse on what each candidate has done or will do. However, rarely do people get the chance to say what they would do. Here is your chance, you have been elected President of the US (god help us all), what items go to the head of the class and how would you handle them?
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What Would You Do As President?

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  • well.. (Score:5, Insightful)

    by gangien (151940) on Monday January 14, 2008 @03:00PM (#22037856) Homepage
    call up Ron Paul and ask him what he'd do, and probably do that :P. I imagine starting with getting all our military home, would be one of the first few things.
    • Re:well.. (Score:5, Funny)

      by Linux_ho (205887) on Monday January 14, 2008 @04:22PM (#22039580) Homepage
      call up Ron Paul and ask him what he'd do

      Now that's leadership.
    • Re:well.. (Score:5, Funny)

      by DrXym (126579) on Monday January 14, 2008 @04:40PM (#22039942)
      I think you have as much chance of being president as he does.
    • by Fat Cow (13247) on Monday January 14, 2008 @05:08PM (#22040576)
      Ironically, there are 2 themes co-existing in comments in this thread...

      1) Support for Ron Paul
      2) Proposing that the president do a bunch of stuff that he has no power to do (stepping on Congress' toes)
  • Resign (Score:5, Funny)

    by CrazyJim1 (809850) on Monday January 14, 2008 @03:02PM (#22037898) Journal
    And let someone who knows what they're doing operate.
  • Top Three Things (Score:5, Interesting)

    by Mr.Intel (165870) <[moc.oohay] [ta] [371letnirm]> on Monday January 14, 2008 @03:03PM (#22037940) Homepage Journal
    1) Straighten out the economy. Oil prices, housing slump, and the mess that is the Federal Banking Commission. 2) Scale back the size of the Federal Government and lower taxes accordingly. 3) Get a kick-ass foreign relations team into the embassies and capitals to repair our good name.
    • by 192939495969798999 (58312) <info@noSPaM.devinmoore.com> on Monday January 14, 2008 @03:04PM (#22037972) Homepage Journal
      0) get in a time machine because you have to be at least 35 years old to be president.
    • by spun (1352) <loverevolutionary @ y a hoo.com> on Monday January 14, 2008 @03:13PM (#22038212) Journal
      Absolute number one thing, first day on the job: get a blowjob from a cuter intern than Monica, then post pics of it on MySpace. You know, just to get that out of the way.
      • by xSauronx (608805) <xsauronxdamnit&gmail,com> on Monday January 14, 2008 @04:18PM (#22039510)
        Not me dude:

        Two chicks at the same time, man.
      • Re:Number One Thing (Score:5, Interesting)

        by Zeinfeld (263942) on Monday January 14, 2008 @04:50PM (#22040152) Homepage
        Absolute number one thing, first day on the job: get a blowjob from a cuter intern than Monica, then post pics of it on MySpace. You know, just to get that out of the way.

        You americans are so tediously moralistic, the French have their guy on an 'incentive' program. The more manifesto promises he makes, the more 'rewards'. Mitterand had four mistresses.

        I don't qualify under current law, but the first thing I would do is to look at how to make the current US problem in Iraq someone else's problem. Over the past five years Iraq has all but destroyed the US army. Whose army do we most want to destroy most (or care least about)? That would be Iran. So the US says to Iran 'your problem now', withdraw to Kuwait, see whether Iran prefers to have a festering civil war on its border or gets sucked in.

        Second foreign policy position: Cuba. Eliminate all sanctions with immediate effect. They have not worked in 40 years and it is obvious that they never will. It is equally obvious that the Cuban political system can hardly survive if there is a massive influx of capitalist spending. Close Gitmo while we are at it and sign a retroactive extradition treaty. Let those who committed torture face a criminal system that is no worse than the one they created themselves.

        Third position: Al Zawahiri and Bin Laden get a slotting. The US needs to withdraw from lost and irrelevant conflicts to concentrate resources on the conflicts that matter. Al Zawahiri has now had a major role in the murder of two US-friendly world leaders (Sadat, Bhutto). He cannot be allowed to survive. These problems cannot be dealt with by simply creating a bigger military, do that and some idiot neocons will come along and decide to use it for their own pet purposes.

        Fourth: halt the deficit spending program. Congress will not lower spending, under the GOP earmarks and spending exploded under the Democrats the difference is that spending is rising less quickly. The deficits are causing interest rates to soar, they are tipping the country into recession. The only way to reduce the deficit is for the country to live within its means and raise revenues. So unless you believe in the tax fairy the choice is between raising taxes and crashing the economy. Don't wait for the Bush tax cuts to expire, repeal them immediately and institute a 2% war tax. Time to remind people that deficit spending is merely a deferred tax rise.

        Fifth: comprehensive review of earmark projects, no-bid contracts and other potential graft. It appears that Haliburton and Blackwater owe the government rather a lot of money, we would like it back. Also Alaska can whistle if they think they are getting the idiot Stephens bridge to nowhere.

        Sixth: Implement measures to protect the Internet economy against Internet crime and the risk that terrorists use the Internet for fundraising. (Full program described in The dotCrime Manifesto [blogspot.com].

        Seventh: New Orleans, remember?

        Eighth: Healthcare.

        • by Weh (219305)

          The deficits are causing interest rates to soar, they are tipping the country into recession
          US interest rates are like what? 4-6% ? hardly what I call soaring. One of the main reasons the usa is heading for a recession is that the interest rates were/are so low, they made ninja (no income, no job, no assets) loans too hard for financial institutions to resist and now they're stuck with the mess.
  • by Crash McBang (551190) on Monday January 14, 2008 @03:04PM (#22037974)
    ... any time I was in doubt as to what to do, President McBang would post the question to Slashdot and use the top-moderated answer for guidance.

    Oh, and I'd ask Cmdr Taco what he thought as well.
  • by PrescriptionWarning (932687) on Monday January 14, 2008 @03:05PM (#22037994)
    If I was president,
    I'd get elected on Friday, assassinated on Saturday,
    and buried on Sunday.

    If I was president...
    If I was president

    An old man told me, instead of spending billions on the war,
    we can use some of that money, in the ghetto.
    I know some so poor, they use the spring as the shower,
    when screaming "fight the power".
    That's when the vulture devoured

    [chorus]
    If I was president,
    I'd get elected on Friday, assasinated on Saturday,
    and buried on Sunday.

    If I was president...
    If I was president...
    If I was president...
    If I was president

    But the radio won't play this.
    They call this rebel music.
    How can you refuse it, children of moses?

    [chorus]
    If I was president,
    I'd get elected on Friday, assassinated on Saturday,
    and buried on Sunday.

    If I was president...
    If i was president

    Tell the children the truth, the truth.
    Christopher Columbus didn't discover America.
    Tell them the truth.
    The truth
    YEAH! Tell them about Marcus Garvey.
    The truth YEAH! The truth.
    Tell them about Martin Luther King.
    Tell them the truth.
    The Truth.
    Tell them about JFK

    If I was President
    [chorus]
    If I was president,
    I'd get elected on Friday, assassinated on Saturday,
    and buried on Sunday.

    If I was president...
    If I was president
  • VETO! (Score:5, Funny)

    by mooingyak (720677) on Monday January 14, 2008 @03:05PM (#22038002)
    Veto everything. With exceptions for bills that repeal earlier laws.
    • Re:VETO! (Score:5, Insightful)

      by Hatta (162192) on Monday January 14, 2008 @03:19PM (#22038390) Journal
      Agreed. Then I'd pardon everyone in jail for simple possession.
      • Re: (Score:3, Insightful)

        by xstonedogx (814876)
        Also agreed. Then I'd severely cripple or remove unrepresentative 'rule-making' bodies under the authority of the executive.
      • Re:VETO! (Score:4, Informative)

        by nasor (690345) on Monday January 14, 2008 @05:14PM (#22040722)
        The president can only pardon people who have been convicted of violating federal laws. Since most people in prision for drug posession were charged under state drug laws, there wouldn't be anything you could do about it.
      • Re:VETO! (Score:5, Interesting)

        by geschild (43455) on Monday January 14, 2008 @08:17PM (#22043886) Homepage
        disclaimer: I'm European, haven't been to the US and given the circumstances will not travel there for the forseeable future.

        "Agreed. Then I'd pardon everyone in jail for simple possession."
        Why not go several steps further and end the war on drugs altogether? Change it to a commercial model where distribution is legalized and FDA controlled. Everyone who wants to buy/use has to follow a course much like drivers-ed and get a license to use, perhaps even per-substance and perhaps with a practical exam (using under supervision) to make sure there are no adverse reactions? The 'license' would hold biometric data, only to make sure it's the original holder that is buying and you could put quota on it.

        Such a system would yield major advantages for everyone:
        - Educate users. I'm a firm believer in education as a way to reduce harm and raise awareness.
        - take away income from criminals and put it into the taxable real economy.
        - use said income to mitigate medical and social consequences of (a)buse
        - get rid of a lot of 'criminals' (small time dealers are usually opportunity criminals. no opportunity, no criminals.)
        - not throwing away a lot of human potential over petty crime like posession or use
        - police would have a lot of capacity to battle drugsrelated crime like theft, robbery, DUI, etc. as well as check the fringes like reselling to people without a license (meaning you get a fine and forfeit your license to buy)

        After everyone has come to terms with that, perhaps you can put alcohol and tobacco in the same system as they are (hard)drugs themselves.

        Will this end all problems? No. There will always be people trying to abuse the system for higher gain. There will always be addicts and their related problems. Issues with home-producers (meth labs, etc., not home growers of pot.) Lots more that I'm too tired to think of right now.

        Anyway, 'The State' is harming users that get caught a lot more than most drugs will ever do. End that and you've done at least one good thing as a president.

        more disclaimers: I don't see marihuana as 'completely innocent', I think all recreational psychoactive substances should only be available to people over the age of 18. Taxes should be imposed in relation to the cost to society.
    • Re: (Score:3, Insightful)

      by elrous0 (869638) *
      You are aware this would mean that the U.S. government would completely collapse within a year, as you vetoed every budget, right? I'm sure you're also aware that the collapses U.S. government would promptly send the U.S. into an economic collapse, as the dollar became almost completely worthless and people began to starve and riot?

      Don't worry, I suspect you wouldn't have long to worry about it anyway, before your impeachment.

  • Two main concerns (Score:5, Insightful)

    by egarff (242535) on Monday January 14, 2008 @03:06PM (#22038006)
    First: Honestly, I would do my best to remove our military presence from Iraq (and yes, I know this would probably lead to civil war, but I think its going to happen anyway, just delayed while we're there). Second: I would see if I could get the ball rolling on government insurance (socialist medicine), our privatized insurance system has become the bane of the under and uninsured people in the country, particularly children in those 2 categories.
  • In all seriousness (Score:5, Insightful)

    by earnest murderer (888716) on Monday January 14, 2008 @03:06PM (#22038022)
    Quit doing things that make other people want to knock our buildings down.

    Understandably this will make a number of very large corporations unhappy. But knocking a couple zero's off a few dozen people's income doesn't bother me much.

    There's lots of other things I'd do, but this is the big one we've been refusing to make eye contact with for about 70 years.

    If the economy takes a dive, I'll maybe push for a large domestic project rather than invent a war. Maybe an interstate highway syste... aww damn... I'll come up with something good.

    Promise.
  • Simple answer (Score:5, Insightful)

    by SeanTobin (138474) <byrdhuntr@hotm a i l .com> on Monday January 14, 2008 @03:07PM (#22038066)
    In order:
    • Have Ron Paul be my VP
    • Get legislation introduced eliminating the DMCA, Patriot Act
    • Get legislation introduced mandating consumer copyright bill of rights and resetting copyright terms to the term when the work was created
    • Resign, enjoy my retirement, pension & SS protection
    • Watch as Ron Paul fixes the economy, foreign & domestic policy
    I'd try to get the first four items done within the first 24 hours. I don't think I could handle being president any longer than that.

  • 'In God We Trust' (Score:5, Insightful)

    by CyberBill (526285) on Monday January 14, 2008 @03:08PM (#22038096)
    I would remove "In God We Trust" as the national motto, as well as removing the "Under God" from the Pledge of Allegiance. After that, I'd put limits on advertising and marketing which are constantly being shoved in our faces. Then I'd make Network Neutrality a reality. I'd pull out troops out of Iraq. Gay marriage would be legalized at the federal level. Basically I'd pretty much change everything. :)
  • Hemp (Score:4, Insightful)

    by dave562 (969951) on Monday January 14, 2008 @03:08PM (#22038100) Journal
    I would legalize hemp for industrial uses and decriminalize marijuana. There are so many great industrial uses for hemp that it is absolutely stupid not to be using it. Marijuana is also far safer than alcohol. Other than that big one I'd probably try to come up with some sort of Peace Corp like serious public works project to take care of the infrastructure in this country. I'd also like to see a similar program setup overseas in countries that would have us. Instead of sending in troops with guns and tanks, we could send in Americans with seeds and tractors. Maybe I'm a bit too idealistic, but I have a hard time believing that we wouldn't be well received around the world if we spent as much on actually improving infrastructure and agriculture and water supplies as we spend on bombs and guns and bullets and other military expenses.
  • by jorenko (238937) on Monday January 14, 2008 @03:09PM (#22038112)
    1. Kick off investigations of the crimes of the Bush administration.
    2. Scale down our forgein military presence (not quite to the extent Paul wants to, but significantly).
    3. Do everything in my power to get all of the unconstitutional legislation that has been passed in the last few years repealed (Patriot Act, MCA, etc).
    4. Balance the budget. I would lay down absolute ultimatums that government programs justify their existence and their tax cost to the American people, and cut anything that's not convincing. Maybe I'd even call for a vote on what programs get to stay. We would have to leave taxes at close to current for a few years and pay off our debt, though, I'm afraid.
    5. Not overstep the bounds of my office with signing statements, etc.
  • by Sciros (986030) on Monday January 14, 2008 @03:10PM (#22038160) Journal
    Interns.
  • by kellyb9 (954229) on Monday January 14, 2008 @03:10PM (#22038166)
    I would wonder how I got a few million people to vote for me, despite the fact that I refused to be controlled by special interest groups.

    Oh nevermind, I'd never get elected.
  • Two words (Score:5, Funny)

    by ProppaT (557551) on Monday January 14, 2008 @03:12PM (#22038204) Homepage
    Your mom
  • Experts (Score:4, Insightful)

    by UnderDark (869922) on Monday January 14, 2008 @03:13PM (#22038224)
    I would get the EXPERTS on topics (Economy, Warfare, Science...) to tell me what the best course of action is (multiple, independent experts for sample size (exact size from stats experts)) and then act along those lines.
  • by fifedrum (611338) on Monday January 14, 2008 @03:15PM (#22038298) Journal
    3 year plan to institute a nation-wide algae based bio fuel farming and processing industry modeled after the rural farming unions and co-ops that drive our dairy industry. That is, anyone with the open land could create an algae farm with free seed algae from the gubermint, and cheap loans to build the infrastructure. Every so many days a truck from your local co-op fuel depot would pull up, siphon off your fuel and bring it to the distribution center, where the locals could then buy the fuel for their cars/trucks. Figure 250,000 fuel growing tanks, 1 acre each providing all the fuel the nation needs.

    3 year plan to create thousands of small community owned pebble bed reactors situated in every army, marine, national guard and air-force armory in the nation. The reactors are small, the armories are (should be anyway) well guarded, so they do double-duty as power stations.

    write huge incentive cheques to small inventors for producing commercially viable diesel electric hybrid cars running on the above two fuel sources.

    Once those are in place, remove the IRS and current tax law, replace with a 3% flat tax. The huge increase in GDP caused by the above two will more than offset the taxes lost through the current corrupt system.

    Jail many lawyers, politicians. Use them to feed the algae from #1 above.
  • Honest answer. (Score:3, Interesting)

    by Anonymous Coward on Monday January 14, 2008 @03:17PM (#22038336)

    Put SCIENCE back in the classroom.

    Tax religions like any other business.

    Put people before corporations. (I love Capitalism but we've denigrated to Corporatism)

    Move the US to metric. :)

  • Tsiangkun 2012 (Score:4, Interesting)

    by Tsiangkun (746511) on Monday January 14, 2008 @03:20PM (#22038430) Homepage
    1) I will repeal corporate personhood.

    2) I will tax the top 5% and distribute the wealth through increased funding for basic academic research, reimburse college loans for students carrying 3.2GPA or higher, national daycare programs, and national health care programs.

    3) Prosecute the supreme court justices who appointed Bush, and every person in the federal governemnt who continued to aid and abet the terrorist regime.

    4) Establish a department of peace, reduce military funding, and give anyone a seat a a negotiating table so we do not have to fight them "over there" or "over here".

    5) Reparations for the victims of hurrican katrina who were failed by their governments.

    • Re: (Score:3, Interesting)

      1) I will repeal corporate personhood.

      2) I will tax the top 5% and distribute the wealth through increased funding for basic academic research, reimburse college loans for students carrying 3.2GPA or higher, national daycare programs, and national health care programs.

      3) Prosecute the supreme court justices who appointed Bush, and every person in the federal governemnt who continued to aid and abet the terrorist regime.

      4) Establish a department of peace, reduce military funding, and give anyone a seat a a n
      • Re: (Score:3, Informative)

        by sconeu (64226)
        1) I will repeal corporate personhood.

        Good idea, but requires legislation.


        2) I will tax the top 5% and distribute the wealth through increased funding for basic academic research, reimburse college loans for students carrying 3.2GPA or higher, national daycare programs, and national health care programs.


        Requires legislation. You can have your pet congressman introduce legislation to do so.

        3) Prosecute the supreme court justices who appointed Bush, and every person in the federal governemnt who continued to
    • by hey! (33014) on Monday January 14, 2008 @05:24PM (#22040958) Homepage Journal
      Which illustrates the problem of being President.

      People think the President can do anything. But in fact the office of the President does not have the power to any of the things listed here, not without cooperation from other parts of the government, or in case of #3, a grand jury (which you are not allowed to stack with partisans).

      Ideas for solving problems are nearly useless to a President. What a President has to do is frame problems. People have to accept that (a) a problem exists and (b) it is just the way you characterize it. Expecting to get your way on (c) [this is what we're going to do about it!] is excessively optimistic.

      So, you have backtrack on your solutions to defining the problem in a way that is politically attractive and leads to the kinds of solutions you favor.

      1) "I will repeal corporate personhood." -- "Corporations are using their personhood status to meddle in politics, which is not what it is for."

      2) "I will tax the top 5% and distribute the wealth ..." -- "The problem with giving big tax breaks to the wealthiest people is that it doesn't work like it might have in the past. In an era of globalization, putting more capital in the hands of the ultrawealthy is that it can and does go overseas to make people who compete with American workers more productive."

      3) "Prosecute the supreme court justices who appointed Bush, and every person in the federal governemnt who continued to aid and abet the terrorist regime." -- "Government is acting as if it is above the law, and institutions that should be politically neutral have become tools of party and in some cases personal interests."

      4) "Establish a department of peace..." -- "We're asking the taxpayers to give tons of money for national security, but we're spending it in ways that make the country less secure."

      5) "Reparations for the victims of hurricane katrina who were failed by their governments." -- "It's been three years since since Katrina, and we still haven't been able to marshal an effective response. We can't wait anymore for some bureaucratic program, we need to do something immediately that will make a difference right away."
  • That's easy (Score:5, Funny)

    by 0xdeadbeef (28836) on Monday January 14, 2008 @03:24PM (#22038542) Homepage Journal
    Abortions for some, miniature American flags for others!
  • Might as well... (Score:4, Interesting)

    by kallisti777 (46059) <TimWalker@nosPam.gmail.com> on Monday January 14, 2008 @03:25PM (#22038576) Homepage Journal
    Consider this a platform, since I'll be 35 fairly soon.

    1. Use our armed forces for national defense, not the world's police
    2. Divert savings from needless wars into balancing the budget and paying down the debt
    3. Reverse laws that punish victimless crimes and legislate personal morality
    4. Pardon and release non-violent drug offenders to help with prison overcrowding
    5. Revise the tax code to bring fairness and relief to the working/middle classes

    Since it doesn't look like Dr. Paul will get the nomination, vote me in 2016... if we're still here.

  • by Liquidrage (640463) on Monday January 14, 2008 @03:26PM (#22038588)
    Every election is the same thing. Candidates with speech writers talk the talk of "at home" issues. They can almost never do anything about it because "at home" issues are mostly local issues. Outside of coming up with a way to tax more more, and going to war, Washington doesn't do much for me. When the fed cuts rates or raises them, that impacts me at home. Most of the at home issues they don't belong in anyways.

    But what ever happened to thinking big. Last time we thought big was the 60's I guess and the space race. We're a large country, I want a large project. One that inspires us (try putting a price on inspiration), and that becomes a legacy for an entire generation. One whose impact will last for decades.

    I would love to see some grand project. Lunar colony (not in 20 years, but like, let's start doing it now). New space vehicle. Particle accelerator bigger then anything on the drawing board today. Something. Anything that inspires us and improves the planet.
  • I know! (Score:5, Interesting)

    by jollyreaper (513215) on Monday January 14, 2008 @03:26PM (#22038600)
    That smokin' hot deaf chick on West Wing.

    Oh, I thought you asked "who."

    Let's see, what would I do as president? I think the speech would go a little something like this.

    "Hey, folks, you know how they say there's nothing that gets an economy moving like a war? Let's consider that for a moment. We're talking about uniting the entire nation behind one goal. We're talking about reordering the economy to meet this goal, every working man and woman either directly engaging in the mission or serving in a supporting role. We train the flower of our youth, equip them with our treasure and send them thousands and thousands of miles away to foreign lands, all this effort just to drop a bomb in someone's lap. Could you imagine going to this sort of effort to give that same guy a helping hand, rebuild a house, provide a hot meal or maybe just a cold beer? It's laughable! And what a sad joke we are as a species that we feel this way.

    "So, what's on the agenda for the next four years? We're going to go to war. Not any of this silly war on drugs and terror nonsense, much more effective than the war on poverty. No, we're going to war on business as usual, the way we've always been doing things. We spend $500 billion on the military and what we have to show for it is worth maybe a tenth of that number. Our nation has lost its leading role in science and industry. The solution to these problems is not just throwing money at 'em, the solution is to use that money intelligently.

    "It's a simple truth that centralized organizations are among the most efficient forms of human effort we've ever seen. The Soviet Union's economy fell apart because bureaucrats in Moscow tried to make decisions on how business on the other side of the empire should be conducted. The former genius of the capitalist system was the decentralization of authority to the periphery of the economy, let the businesses make decisions on what they need to produce and how to do it. Efficient organizations succeed, inefficient ones are allowed to fail, their capital and employees and resources free to be used by more efficient enterprises. Folks, the consolidation we're seeing with today's megacorporations is simply a repeat of the Soviet folly. And the growing wasteful bureaucracy in Washington is no better.

    "Government needs to concentrate on what government does best in a 21st century nation-state. Such duties include providing for the common defense, making treaties with foreign powers, providing regulation and inspection of private enterprise to ensure those organizations operate in the public interest, national health care and retirement funds, and conducting basic research in the sciences.

    "Government is not to be a piggy bank for special interests to raid. It is not a cash cow to be tapped by connected contractors who have made big donations to politicians. To that end, all political campaigns will be publicly funded. Anyone money recieved from outside the election funding system will be seen as a bribe and the criminal penalties will follow from that."

    That's just a few thoughts I had off the cuff. I would assume if I ever were president and tried to say something like that, I'd be taken aside into a smoke-filled room and shown that film of the Kennedy assassination, but shot from a view I've never seen before, a view that looks like it's from the Grassy Knoll. "Any questions?"*

    *With apologies to Bill Hicks.
  • Here goes... (Score:3, Informative)

    by jpatters (883) on Monday January 14, 2008 @03:26PM (#22038610)
    My first act after being sworn in would be to bring all US troops home from Iraq.

    My second act would be to issue a presidential pardon for all non-violent drug offenders.

    My legislative priorities, assuming like-minded people have been also been elected to the House and Senate, would be:
    1) The end of the War on Some Drugs. The money currently spent on that would go toward drug treatment, see item 3 below.
    2) Repeal of the DMCA, and systematic reform of the copyright, trademark and patent laws. Copyright would be an initial term of five years, renewable for one additional term of five years, with an open format preservation requirement for the renewal. The scope of what is protected by trademark law would be substantially narrowed. Software patents would be kaput.
    3) A single payer comprehensive national health care plan. Neither employers, nor university presidents would be permitted access to people's medical records.
    4) The current tax code would be scrapped, and replaced by a simple progressive income tax with no loopholes. I am also open to using a national sales tax with a progressive, income sensitive prebate program.
    5) Immigrants who want to come to the US for a better life would be welcome, without quotas or limits, even if they have darker skin than me or speak a different language.
    6) New education standards, with a heavy emphasis on math and science. Schools receiving federal funds would be prohibited from having ID as part of the science curriculum, and would be required to have as much resources put into arts, music and such as are put into sports.
  • by LibertineR (591918) on Monday January 14, 2008 @03:40PM (#22038968)
    I'm not kidding. Anything you want less of in America, you should just tax it. Nothing works better.

    Rich people are EXPERT at staying rich. They tax the poor all the time, and because economic education in America sucks, few realize it.

    Next, I would bring back the F-14 Tomcat, just because of the cool-factor, but also because the Hornet cant carry enough gas to do anything bad-ass.

    FORCE every child in America to pass Logic 101, thus ending all public protests, unions, strikes, and Geraldo Rivera.

    To halt Drunk driving, I would remove parking lots from all bars and liquor stores. Walk it off, bitches.

    I would last, institute the "Apple Act" where if a corporation cannot prove what it claims in its advertisements, an F-14 drops a JDAM on their headquarters building.

  • by eepok (545733) on Monday January 14, 2008 @03:50PM (#22039074) Homepage
    Step #1 - Get the resumes of each of the people who have the opportunity to directly influence my decisions. Get rid of the people whose resumes are not up to my standards. Well, maybe not, "get rid". Possibly just bench them.

    Step #2 - Neuter the Department of Homeland Security. Start finding different places for their employees to go because I would shut them down before my term is over.

    Step #3 - Address the country and read to them the Bill of Rights and first bit of the Declaration of Independence... then apologize for the lies of many of my predecessors while thanking them for creating such a stable staging ground for the next era of development of the nation.

    Step #4 - Befriend the ACLU and the NRA

    Step #5 - Slowly, begin to trim the fat from various auxiliary military budgets and reinvest that money in raising the quality of Intermediate, Elementary, Pre-K education/childcare. (New Teacher Initiatives, Federal bonuses for X many years as a teacher, etc.)

    Step #6 - Add debt forgiveness incentives against higher education loans if the student enters industries of high need and/or learns Arabic, Chinese (either), Korean, Spanish, Japanese.

    Step #7 - Begin swapping US troops for UN Peacekeepers (2:1) in Iraq and sponsor a system of reconstruction that will allow for schools and infrastructure over profit-focused industry. (They can do that on their own)

    Step #8 - Address the UN. State that the US has been wrong on many occasions and we will often continue to be wrong. However, today, we begin to acknowledge our shortcomings and will begin the long trek to become the nation we always wanted to be.

    Step #9 - Re-regulate energy companies around the nation (If you want guaranteed profit, don't expect it to be a lot).

    Step #10 - Sit down with the automotive industry and tell them that I will not be covering any of their butts for any reason until they allow their engineers low-fuel-consumption automobiles to hit the production line WITH attractive exteriors.
  • by justanyone (308934) on Monday January 14, 2008 @04:06PM (#22039298) Homepage Journal
    Quick priorities:
    - Carbon tax that feeds R&D and subsidies to clean tech;
    - NASA reforms including purchases of commodity products as-delivered-to-orbit with no spec on how to get them there;
    - Foreign aid money governed by transparency index (Transparency International at transparency.org);
    - Emissions taxes that self-finance the EPA (tax all emissions and fines go to further enforcement);
    - Net neutrality and passenger bill-of-rights acts;
    - Repeal of monopoly power over broadband re: cable modems, etc.
    - College subsidies for U.S. citizens or foreigners that intend to locate here;
    - Strict enforcement of current INS laws requiring workers to show proof of employability before being allowed to work here coupled with green card lottery (worldwide, not just to Mexico);
    - Repeal of Patriot act provisions for search without warrents;
    - Redeployment of almost all U.S. troops from South Korea;
    - Change from a Class A to a Class B drug (legalization, under inpatient Doctor's supervision), of the Heroin addiction cure Ibogaine ahref=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ibogaine/rel=url2html-972 [slashdot.org]http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ibogaine/ >;
    - No Child Left Behind act changes to ease regulatory burden and channel money where its needed;
    - Expansion of the Peace Corps.;
    - Possible construction of a Trans-Alaska highway / railway that can lead to a cross-Bearing straights bridge;
    - Possible approval of a nuclear pebble bed reactor design and reprocessing facilities;
    - A balanced budget.

    Just some ideas.
  • by Dystopian Rebel (714995) * on Monday January 14, 2008 @04:11PM (#22039374) Journal
    "Ask Slashdot"
  • by Quiet_Desperation (858215) on Monday January 14, 2008 @04:23PM (#22039586)
    1. Everyone who ever picked on me as a kid would receive all expense paid accommodations in Gitmo.

    2. A Manhatten Project level of effort to develop realistic sexbots.

    3. Presidential Security: Bye-bye Secret Service. Hello Mord'Sith.

    4. New Marine units composed of the Islamic extremists worst nightmare: superbutch lesbians locked into eternal PMS synchronization. Name? The Crimson Tide.

    5. The immediate carpet bombing of Hollywood.

    6. Churches? Tax 'em, and require every claim they make about their deities be backed up by documented proof.

    7. Abortions would be free for all at sidewalk kiosks and in malls. No age limit. No question asked.

    8. Power? Breeder reactors (and other advanced types) that double as desalination plants. More power? Gentetically bred giant superhampsters.

    9. Lawyers who lose frivolous lawsuit would be able to keep their license to practice, but they'd have to fight a lion using nothing but a spork.

    10. Everytime I get something like "Slow down, Cowboy. It has been X minutes since you last posted!" where X is anything greater than 2, a Slashdot editor is waterboarded.
  • by nick_davison (217681) on Monday January 14, 2008 @04:47PM (#22040084)
    ...Get impeached.
  • by Gauchito (657370) on Monday January 14, 2008 @04:54PM (#22040260)
    After reading everyone's posts, I'm worried that policies to fight climate change aren't on most (not even many!) of the lists! And this on a site that caters to the theoretically better educated portion of the population.

    I can think of no issue that is larger today than global warming. At least to me, everything else seems petty and moot, especially if climate change is just going to undo in a really big way the strides made in the areas the other posters seem to care about.

    I'm consistently more concerned and depressed by our lemming-like walk to the climate catastrophe cliff, but I had hoped that at least our part of the general population was aware and worried and, given the opportunity, would act in anyway they could to prevent it. If I were president, I would scale down on all the wastes of money this government currently has enacted, devote much of the money currently spent on petty projects into research and infrastructure so we can leave something behind for our kids. I would fight tooth and nail to get the corn and coal lobbies off the government's back so progress can finally be made in constructive action.

    Bush has wasted so much of our time to act, why aren't we feeling the sense of urgency more widely by now?
  • by Tumbleweed (3706) * on Monday January 14, 2008 @05:20PM (#22040868)
    In no particular order:

    1) Recall U.S. troops from Iraq and probably Afghanistan, and any secret troops in Iran
    2) Reinstitute Habeas Corpus
    3) Initiate investigation into war crimes on the part of previous administration officials, as well as charges of treason (The Bush administration has gone WAY beyond 'impeachable offenses')
    4) Release political prisoners in U.S. (of course this also includes Gitmo/Abuwhatever type places, but let's not forget people like Leonard Peltier, etc.)
    5) Honor existing treaties with Native American tribes.
    6) Appoint N.M. Governor Bill Richardson as Secretary of State, and send his ass out on a very long trip to start repairing U.S. relations abroad. I doubt this dude will be back by the end of my administration.
    7) Find lackeys in Congress to start legislation I suggest, such as: no Congressional payraises unless a proportional increase in the minimum wage is approved at the same time.
    8) Enforcement of the Constitution: try to get laws in place that forbid the kind of things W has been up to. Immediate legal penalties on politicians (including the President) if these laws are broken.
    9) Fix the voting machine mess; mandate a auditable paper trail.
    10) Fix the gerrymandering of voting districts - by either side.
    11) Fix the EPA, and allow states to implement stricter pollution standards (but disallow looser standards)
    12) Legalize, regulate, and tax the holy hell out of Marijuana.
    13) Fully legalize hemp, and provide incentives to switch as much cotton production as is feasible over to hemp. (better for the environment, and actually more profitable for agribusiness.)
    14) Legalize, regulate, and tax the holy hell out of prostitution.
    15) Make lobbying a felony
    16) Change the law so that corporations are not legal entities on a par with an actual human
    17) Make animal abuse a felony, and make people convicted of it tracked; they often have serial killer tendencies.
    18) No more subsidies to corn agribusiness
    19) No more subsidies to oil producers
    20) Much higher energy efficiency standards

    And that's all I have time for now. I got a million of these, though.
  • by infinite jester (206583) on Monday January 14, 2008 @07:10PM (#22042922)
    I would literally go down the list of every decision George Bush has made in office, and then do the opposite.
  • by Torodung (31985) on Monday January 14, 2008 @08:28PM (#22044012) Journal
    Thank you for giving up your shot at the presidency to moderate this discussion. ;^)

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    Toro

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