...yes, when I become Dictator-for-life of this fine land called the You Es of A, I would take on certain domestic issues like....
- Abolish lobbyists - they do nothing but harm our country, in the interests of big business and the wealthy elite
- Require a satisfactory grade on an IQ exam to:
- Drive a motor vehicle
- Vote in an election
- Have/adopt children
- Become a civil service worker
- Abolish lawyers - there will be no more getting out of a crime, hiding behind technicalities
- Abolish patents on medicine - no one should ever hold a copyright on a cure/treatment for anything (not to mention the dramatic reduction in health care costs)
- Expatriate all violent criminals and thieves, and deport them to Antarctica, along with all the illegal immigrants we find within our borders
- Legalize gay marriage - gay people have just as much right to be miserable, like any heterosexual person
- Legalize all drugs, but make it illegal to sell drugs without a license - either they are all ok, or non are, and marijuana is pretty damn ok. Also, my administration will still rake in money from licensing fees, as well as ensure a quality product is being distributed
- Legalize gambling - it happens everywhere, anyway, so why not make some tax revenue off it?
- Restructure the education system - no longer will principles or school board members/trustees earn more income than any teacher, and spend the left over money on learning/teaching resources, and increase techers' salaries as much as possible
- Modernize our military, completely, as well as introduce lifetime medical coverage for all military service members - the people who have the fortitude to actually fight for this land deserve a shit load more than we are getting now
- Abolish abortion, except in rape cases, or cases where the child/mother's life is in jeopardy - no, not for moral reasons. I give a flying phuck about religious values... No. Abortion promotes irresponsibility. If you do not want to have children, DON'T HAVE SEX
Yeah, people would mass riot me, and then I would probably have to squelch an uprising, either by force, or by playing David Hasselhoff music. Still, we would finally be on the right track, and our government would have common sense as the policy, once again. Finally.
What would YOU do if you were in charge of the United States?
You know for a guy who says he hates the polices of Communism/Socialism touching America, you're awfully similar.
What the hell is a Disctor? Anyways, I would Legalize gay marriage Legalize abortion Make a one child policy Totally seperate church from state Abolish all plutocratic elements which plague the nation
Socially, I'm pretty authoritarian, and economically, I'm pretty.... well, I wouldn't say socialist or communist- I don't believe in spreading the wealth around. If you want to live well, you have to work hard. I do believe, however, in eliminating windfall profits for greedy companies. I'd be in favor of a 80% max profit law - no company can make more than 80% profit from any one product. Additionally, I would be in favor of executive salary reduction. No, screw that, it would be mandated.
Why should some fat-cat phuck make millions a year, for doing nothing, while his workers make crap, and the consumers pay through the nose for something? Those two changes would easily drive down prices on just about everything.
7th December 2003
Ki Adi Mundi;4931909 Why should some fat-cat phuck make millions a year, for doing nothing, while his workers make crap, and the consumers pay through the nose for something? Those two changes would easily drive down prices on just about everything.
I don't think so, you'd just lose many of your best managers to other countries.
I agree that many managers earn more than their work is realistically worth, but if you want to start curtailing such things please start with the income of stars from sports, television or music.
Surely an election system where only certain people can vote defeats the point somewhat? If it's a dictatorship you may as well go all the way and get rid of the election system.
Well, the elections are more for regional leaders, but you make a solid point.
Voice of joy and sunshine
26th May 2003
Teh New Order:
- All taxes for people on benefits will be removed. There's no point giving them money and then taking it away, what kind of screwy logic is that? What you get will be what you have.
- Likewise for people on pensions.
- Capital gains tax is gone.
- Property rights for the deceased will cease to apply. No more of wealth running in families. Money represents the resources of society, you want money? Go earn your own way rich boy.
- Churches are getting taxed.
- There are very few people truly unable to work. Plenty of people unwilling though. If you cannot find a job and continue to claim benefits we will find one for you. Only if we cannot find you a job will you be permitted to claim against it.
- All laws specifically regarding the health services shall be destroyed. The system as it is currently set up in America makes healthcare incredibly expensive, far more so than it has to be.
- The state will set up a voluntary standards certificate for each hospital/doctor’s surgery. To get it your relevant person must be insured – by the state – in their relevant area of competence, a decision based on how often they fuck up. This will actually work out cheaper for the end user since the insurance costs for doctors are massively inflated and then passed onto the patient and thus to the rest of the economic system.
Drink and drugs.
- The age of purchasing alcohol will be lowered to sixteen. You're able to decide whether you want to join the army and kill people for money so I'm not going to begrudge you the choice of whether to have a whiskey or not.
- Most drugs will be legalised, both to deny criminals an important source of income and since what you want to do in the privacy of your own home is largely no business of the state. Taxes from the selling of drugs will be applied to improve the health service.
Firearms & assorted blades
- Concealed carry shall be made illegal. All firearms shall be legalised.
- Bans on the selling of 'combat knives' and certain types of swords will be repealed where they apply. They've never worked anyway and we can't keep an eye on it properly as long as we pretend that they do thus making people sell them under different names that don't show up on the stats properly.
- All government employees will be legally required to go armed whenever acting in such a capacity. This will include teachers. School shootings and the like should be very quickly resolved when it ceases to be one wolf among a flock of sheep.
- Firearms training will become a part of the school curriculum along with basic survival skills such as navigation, hunting, and first aid. An important part of confidence and maturity is a feeling of control and self reliance. Part of the education system should instil this in people.
- University tuition fees shall be removed. Maintenance loans will be replaced by grants. All students shall be given the same allowance regardless of their parent's income.
- All exams shall become open book exams. Education shouldn't be about what you can recite in terms of dates and names and so on.
- Sex education shall be compulsory.
- Religous schools shall be made illegal. If you want to polute your child's mind with that crap you can face off against reason.
- Philosophy, with formal logic, shall become a compulsory course.
- Lorry drivers and public transportation shall be allowed to use ‘red’ diesel with its associated lower costs. They are intrinsic to the infrastructure of the country and making their jobs this unprofitable is madness.
- The rail network shall come be placed under state management; companies being in charge have screwed it up too much to be tolerable. There shall be a heavy investment in new rail links to agricultural areas, there shall also be a high speed spinal line running the length of the country.
- Contracts for new trains are to emphasise the use of sustainable energy sources.
- All airports and seaports shall again fall under the control of the state. Allowing foreign companies to control such things is unacceptable.
- A miles per gallon requirement for cars and other road vehicles to be legal shall be phased in with an increasing requirement over several years. The great days of plentiful oil are over and it’s time to wean people off it.
- Planning permission for wave power and wind farms shall be automatically granted provided they’re a certain distance from population centres. Don’t want it there? You'll get over it.
- All new houses will be required to be able to support their own energy needs. They will be linked into the national grid which will buy any excess energy.
- The national grid shall be restructured to incorporate adequate storage of excess energy in times of low consumption. This should reduce the number of needed plants significantly.
- More money shall be invested in the joint research project for fusion power.
- The radio spectrum shall fall back under the control of the state. Certain parts of it shall be reserved, certain parts opened up for public access and parts of it rented out to private companies.
- Internet infrastructure shall be expanded to provide high speed access available in all the roads of all major cities. We're becoming a very information reliant economy and the wealth of information available on the internet is such that it can also be considered part of our cultural heritage, something required to take part in the cultural life of your country.
- The FCC is up for the chop.
Police & Justice
- Firearms training will be re-examined. Most policemen can’t hit the broadside of a barn when it counts.
- A decent style of martial art will be found and taught by police instructors weekly, all police will be required to practice it. It's good for discipline, improves your reactions and body skills like you wouldn't believe, should help keep them fit, and it's damn useful of itself.
- Reset the laws. Currently there are over ten thousand ways to commit a crime in the U.S. Your average citizen cannot, at any point in time, be expected to know whether he is doing something illegal or not. The basic legal framework for the system will replaced the vast majority of the legal framework with three basic laws: Don’t steal (by this I include such things as breach of copyright, fraud, spying on people, (which shall be considered theft of confidential information,) etc), don’t assault people, (murder shall be dealt with as a particularly severe case of assault), don’t place others at unnecessary risk. Obviously other laws will have to be built onto this, but we’ll try and keep the number down this time around.
- Legal studies shall be a required course at school. A person cannot act responsibly if they don’t know what responsibility is.
- Harsher penalties.
- Home defence shall be authorized on a national level with no duty to retreat. Someone breaks into your house and threatens your family or property you will be free to use lethal force to protect yourself and your community. An person’s home is his castle.
- Jury members will be drawn from those with actual legal training; either serving or past police officers, lawyers or judges. There are too many morons who fall for a lawyer’s showboating.
- All Jury members will be required to state their reasons for judging one way or the other. Anyone unable to do so will be shot.
- To hold any political office you will be required to have been employed in a relevant profession for a period of fifteen years and have good references. No more unqualified morons screwing with the law thanks.
- Political parties shall no longer be allowed to exist; instead people will be elected directly by the public into positions of managing certain aspects of local and national policy.
- Candidates shall not be permitted to promote themselves, campaign contributions shall not exist. They must apply to a centralised agency that will provide a purely factual account of their achievements and proposed policies.
- Anyone who goes back on their election promises shall be executed. To hold political office and be given power over the lives of millions by fraud is almost the most serious crime imaginable. If you can't fulfil the promise don't make it. Shouldn't be too hard to watch your mouth.
The Armed Forces
- You know how the old British Empire used to conduct its military business? There wouldn't have been any of this shit in Iraq if they'd been in charge I'll tell you. Given modern chemical weapons Iraq would have been one of the quietest places on earth full of very obedient peaceful people. It wasn't nice last time and it won't be this time but we're going back to what works. War is a serious business and when we have to do it we're going to be doing it out of actual need so it will be on those terms because our future survival will be up for stake. As one of the older nations on the earth we should exercise a certain maturity in our use of military force.
- That said enough of this moral crusade bullshit. As Sun Tzu said, 'If there is no gain, do not use troops; Those angry will be happy again, and those wrathful will be cheerful again, but a destroyed nation cannot exist again, the dead cannot be brought back to life.' The wars America engages in at the moment are just a waste, they gain you nothing, we'd get out of Iraq and Afghanistan or change the strategy to a crop dusting resource stealing one.
Financial regulation & Protection
- Bankruptcy is going to go. You incur a debt you're responsible for it, not the taxable public and not the people you owe money to. As it stands at the moment a lot of the trouble with financial systems results from the element of corporate debt that the taxpaying public has to shoulder when a company goes bankrupt and removes a certain amount of value from the system.
- Share holders are legally responsible for the crimes of the companies they invest in in proportion to the percentage of the command of the company their shares represent. You get way too many people carelessly throwing money at companies that then go bankrupt and essentially steal from those they owe or break the law and have no-one in charge really responsible due to existing as a separate corporate entity. You share the rewards you share the responsibility, no more wiggling out of your careless decisions. I guarantee companies will come to care a lot more about safety regs when they'll all be up for manslaughter in the event of a death.
- Banks cannot issue loans more than four times a person's yearly income nor to people with outstanding debts or who have defaulted on more than four payments in the last ten years. Unlimited borrowing has essentially allowed us to defer inflation for eighty years and the shit side of that doesn't bear thinking about. The economy's actually going to have a solid value again.
- Goods, although not resources, coming into the country will be subject to tax.
- Jobs sent overseas will be subject to a wage tax. We tax goods coming into the country to protect our markets it's high time we, and America, do the same for services.
- Shall be set to ten years. You have people putting through incredibly broad copyright proposals on vast sums of very important human knowledge which they then control as long as they and their heirs want to hang on to the copyright. Companies buy up technologies that might compete with them to prevent anyone doing so. Pharmaceutical companies by contrast get a very short copyright on the order of six months in some places and as a consequence have very little motivation to develop new drugs. It's completely ridiculous that these people want the benefits of selfish capitalism with all the socialist protections that come from serving the public good. You can have it one way or the other. I'm honestly not bothered which.
- Unauthorised entry into the country shall be a capital offence. This shall apply retroactively.
- Permits to enter shall only be issued if the job cannot be filled from local labour.
All Jury members will be required to state their reasons for judging one way or the other. Anyone unable to do so will be shot.
Just wondering what system you'd use to draw the line between reasonable and unreasonable for this one.
And why would you shoot them afterwards? Do you intend to remove illogical people from the system?
Voice of joy and sunshine
26th May 2003
missing.string;4932033Just wondering what system you'd use to draw the line between reasonable and unreasonable for this one.[/QUOTE]
A reasonable choice relates specifically to the evidence raised in the case. You should be able to express it with a logical sequent whose premises are secured, at least in part, against the points raised in the case. It doesn’t matter whether you’re right or wrong, (well it does, but in determining whether your choice was reasonable it doesnt,) but you have to have thought about it and solved any contradictions. Unreasonable is because you felt they were or weren't guilty, or thought they weren't a threat to society. Things like that.
[QUOTE=missing.string;4932033]And why would you shoot them afterwards? Do you intend to remove illogical people from the system?
In exercising judgement as part of a jury you act as an arbiter for the power of society in general and potentially gain the right to exercise the ultimate sovereignty over another man's life. This right must be matched by an equal responsibility or you may exercise it carelessly. Sure imprisonment and fines and so on can be scary; but until they happen they don’t seem that real, and at the end of the day there’s only so much you can take from a man anyway. Death on the other hand is a much more solid concept to work with; everyone knows what it means, everyone knows you can’t get out of it or hope to pay it off at some point in the future.