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Thursday, October 27, 2005

My Platform for Election 2005

Since I will be running for President sometime between 2024 and 2032 I will be posting an annual update of my platform issues. This is the first installment. This is if I were running for President this year.

1- Balance the budget at 90% of tax revenue and pay off the national debt using the remaining 10%.

2- Install a flat income tax of 10% across the board. This is equal taxation for all with no write-offs. This will allow the near dissolution of the IRS, which will save money.

3- Find and eradicate wasteful government programs. Be aware that this will cost some government employees their jobs.

4- Invest heavily in clean, renewable energy and energy transmission research.

5- Put a $10,000,000,000 bounty on a cure for AIDS.

6- Consolidate every government agency that does the exact same thing into a single, more efficient agency. Who needs 20+ intelligence agencies anyway?

7- Banish the estate tax.

8- Make laws to make frivolous lawsuits nearly impossible or impossible to file while protecting valid ones.

9- Protect the Defense of Marriage Act.

10- Bring the Iraq war to a swift close by concentrating massive military force in Iraq, sealing the borders to prevent new terrorists from getting in, wiping out the insurgency with extreme prejudice, then bringing our brave servicemen and women back home with full honors.

11- Pull all support of any kind from Palestine and give Israel our full backing in their national defense against terrorists.

12- The UN will shape up or we will abandon it and kick it out of our country.

13- Seek the reunification of Korea under democratic rule. In other words get the North integrated into the South. This may take buying off North Korea’s leaders, or possibly imposing a trade embargo while cutting off foreign aid until they capitulate. They have been a split nation for too long.

14- I believe it is possible to remove Castro and his cronies from the country with a huge cash payout and relocation for them. We can then either consider the country bought and make it a territory or new state in the Union if the people are willing (and I think they are) or we can help them rebuild and set up a friendly democracy. This is a bloodless way to get rid of an enemy in our own hemisphere.

15- Seal off the southern border so none may cross except at manned checkpoints. Then either find and deport every illegal immigrant in our country, or follow the plan I have outlined in my previous posting “A Solution to the Border Problem”.

16- Set only two possible sentences for murderers, rapists, and child molesters: Death, or banishment to any country that will have them under the condition that they lose their American citizenship and that they will be executed without trial or appeal if they ever set foot on American soil again.

17- I will only appoint strict Constitutional Constructionists to any US court. No liberal activist judges.

18- As much as I hate regulation I hate exploiting needy children even more. That is why I propose caps on the cost of adoption. It should be easy, fair, and affordable.

19- Minimum gas mileage standards on all new vehicles.

20- Ensure that all revenue raised through gas taxes are used for road construction and maintenance only. Use no other source of tax revenue to pay for them. Adjust gas taxes accordingly, hopefully down.

21- Since PETA supports terrorists who are busy teaching people how to become terrorists right here on American soil, I will declare PETA to be a terrorist group. They should not be paying arsonists and bombers to spread their foul message.

22- Exempt the EPA from lawsuits. Currently a gigantic portion of EPA funding is being wasted fighting lawsuits from environmental activist groups. That money would be better spent protecting the environment.

23- The second amendment should not be abridged.

24- Exempt farms from taxes on revenue raised due to farming activities.

25- Offer incentives and assistance to farmers for switching from traditional farming techniques to conservation farming. It’s good for everyone.

26- Privatize all schools K-12 and switch to a voucher program so that even children from poor families and bad neighborhoods can compete with wealthier students for admission to the best schools at no cost to them, thereby leveling the playing field based on individual merit rather than financial status. I have outlined a plan for this in my previous posting “Down with Public Schools”. See also “Big Government for Public Schools”.

27- 26 makes a huge Department of Education Unnecessary. Reduce it to just the personnel needed to handle the standardized tests that will be used to rate schools and release annual performance reports on the schools.

Okay, that’s a pretty ambitious agenda. However, being the responsible man that I am, I am most willing to listen to the suggestions of my constituents for additions and revisions. Obviously I will not champion causes I am opposed to or are unconvinced of their value.

So, would you vote for me?

34 Comments:

  • Mr. President,

    We ran out of money paying off Castro and North Korea so we won't be able to make the bounty for the cure for AIDS.

    You will be glad to know that all members of PETA have been captured and shot.

    Sincerely,
    Secretary of State

    By Blogger SeanS, at 2:32 AM  

  • Mr. President,

    Our gas taxes and other user fees covered only 60 percent of the building, improving and repairing of roads...also not covered by user fees is the $68 billion spent annually on services such as highway patrols, traffic management, and traffic accident policework.

    Not to mention the damage done to the environment!

    We'll need a huge gas tax increase if drivers are going to pay their own way.

    Sincerely,

    Dept of Transportation

    By Blogger Dan Trabue, at 6:23 AM  

  • Mr. President,

    Your school voucher program is resulting in much higher dropout rates (since private schools don't have to take anyone, more kids are being kicked out with no place to go)!

    All these dropouts are a huge drain on society.

    What will we do?

    Sincerely,

    a concerned parent (since there is no Education Dept to give you a report)

    By Blogger Dan Trabue, at 6:27 AM  

  • [Seriously, I can conditionally agree with half of your platform... enthusiastically so for a few. Keep working on it]

    By Blogger Dan Trabue, at 6:29 AM  

  • There's only 3 points on which I disagree with you on, but they by no means rule you out. I give you an
    85 percent, which means you got my vote.

    When are you forming an exploratory committee?

    Hooah!

    PD

    By Blogger meesterjoneser, at 8:41 AM  

  • Hey, we can buy a S-Load of poison cigars for Castro (as Kennedy tried) before we pay him off. Better yet, put the money out as a bounty.

    Send ears for identification.

    I know a couple Australian Mercs I met in Saigon who may be able to help.

    Hooah!

    By Blogger meesterjoneser, at 8:44 AM  

  • That sounds like a plan. You got my vote.

    By Blogger fmragtops, at 9:11 AM  

  • To my constituents,
    In regards to your concerns raised thus far I propose the following:

    With a $2,000,000,000,000 budget spending a few billion to peacefully turn hostile nations into friendly ones will not break the budget.

    If gas taxes only cover 60% of road building and maintenance then they must be adjusted accordingly. The various other services are handled at the state and city level.

    Current experiments in voucher programs in various communities have shown a reduced dropout rate and improved quality of education with less money being spent on education. The Dept. of Education may not be able to be reduced quite as far as I wanted it to since it will still need to track and report on dropout rates, rank the schools, etc. It will still be reduced because it wil no longer be controllig a vast, wasteful beaurocracy.

    Assassinating Castro would only create a power vacuum some other despot would seek to fill. Buying Cuba, while more expensive, is a better option.

    Exploratory committes will most likely be formed 2-4 years out from the election. In the meantime all ideas and concerns will be heard and assessed by me.

    By Blogger Daniel Levesque, at 9:45 AM  

  • Hmm.. let's see -- your run may be 20-30 years away. By then I predict:

    Cars will run on methane conversion via the direct connection to the drivers/passengers seat. Motorists will by beans and other legumes to gass up the vehicle, encouraging healthy life styles, organic C02 consumering/oxygen generating production of green crops. Large vehicles wlll be driven by large truckers eating caulflower, beans,
    polish sausage.

    All courts will be dismantled, and disputes settled by real-estate agents.

    Aids will long be a memory by then.
    Gene therapy will make us all immune to all disease, and people will live 1,000 years.

    Endangered species will be a thing of the past, as cloning becomes an everyday occurance. The Dodo Bird will be the state bird of D-C-onia,
    one of our last states, and the state that controls, thru 1,000s of votes, the Universal Congress of Humanity, which of course runs the world.

    The last outpost of liberality on the planet will be inside a small
    brothel in Havana, where decendants of Fidel will continue to ply the family trade.

    Hooah!

    By Blogger meesterjoneser, at 10:07 AM  

  • Since by then you'll be campaigning to be the first Republican President in 16+ years, let's see what kind of firepower yer packin':

    1. Agreed.
    2. No, no, no! Flat taxes are inherently unfair when the country's wealth is concentrated at the top. You'll have to fix that somehow; perhaps with a maximum wage indexed to the minimum. Or subsidize the necessities: food, housing, transportation.
    3. Agreed.
    4. Agreed.
    5. Good Call.
    6. Agreed, as long as you can solve the "groupthink" problem.
    7. No, No, No! It is not fair that Paris Hilton get $X Billion dollars in unearned income tax-free while a construction worker has to pay 10% of his wages every year.
    8. Agreed, but who decides what's frivolous?
    9. No, No, No! Get government out of marriage.
    10. God help us all if the Iraq war is still going on in 2024! BTW, isn't your strategy what our troops are already trying to do?
    11. That's another one that better be over by 2024. I don't see how your policy differs from what we already have.
    12. Agreed, sadly. The U.N. is better off without us.
    13. Good call. NK is already under trade embargo from us, no? One caveat: get that checkbook handy! NK and SK reuniting will be like Germany x10!
    14. Agreed. Money is always better than blood.
    15. No, No! Sealing the borders is Un-American. Plus, business is not going to allow any President to remove their cheapest source of labor. Reform is needed though, so you only get 2 "No's".
    16. Probably won't pass Constitutional muster. A push...
    17. Agreed. Your Presidency, your choice.
    18. Agreed. Sounds like first-hand knowledge...
    19. Excellent!
    20. Agreed.
    21. No, No, No! Add PETA to the list with the ACLU and the UN of groups conservatives demonize for make-believe reasons.
    22. No, No, No! No gov't agency should be immune to lawsuits; that's one of the few rememdies the people have against gov't malfeasance. Besides, #8 covers the frivolous one's anyway.
    23. No, No, No! I don't want some drunken hillbilly able to walk into a gun show and buy a bucket of thermal detonators (it's 2032, remember).
    24. Agreed as long as they're family-owned farms or small proprietorships. Del Monte doesn't need any more gov't subsidies.
    25. Excellent.
    26. I'll have to read the full plan first.
    27. 26 will require quite a bit more regulation than I think you're allowing for.

    Not bad at all! I would consider voting for your platform. I would like to see some campaign finance reform in there, though.

    By Blogger Samurai Sam, at 12:08 PM  

  • See? That's two liberals who haven't totally been opposed to your platform. We may not be so far removed in theory. As always, it's the implementation that's the challenge.

    By Blogger Dan Trabue, at 12:50 PM  

  • In regards to an embargo on North Korea, they are currently only under a trade embargo, however they recieve mega-millions in free aid from the US every year as well as seperate amounts from other nations. The emabrog I am proposing would cut them off from the world entirely.

    In regards to the estate tax, historically the wealthiest among us donated the vast majority of their fortunes to philanthropic causes. That is how the Carnegie, Rockefeller, and Gould families set up so many scholoarship funds , and built so many schools, museums, and libraries. They realized that they had a duty to their fellow man and voluntarily gave generously. This is the right way for extreme wealth to be disbursed upon death. Taxing it so it vanishes into a vast government beaureauocracy is the wrong way. Simply passing tens of millions of dollars or more on to a child who did nothing to earn it or grow it and would waste it frivolously is unnattractive as well, but that does not make simply taking it away the right thing to do. If anyone has any better ideas I'm willing to listen.

    If PETA wasn't supporting terrorism I wouldn't put them on the terrorist list.

    There is another alternative to simply sealing the borders, but it is very controvesial, difficult to manage, and would forver change the landscape of America. I'll explain it in a later posting.

    I resent any implication that gun enthusiasts are all a bunch of drunken hillbillies.

    By Blogger Daniel Levesque, at 1:57 PM  

  • i vote for you, but,would you please get rid of the ACLU, allowing our children to once more sing Christmas carols & put on Christmas plays for their families to enjoy? And, maybe let some people with money build some more refineries? and do something about all the screaming "quit smoking! quit smoking!!" after all, where are the taxes going to come from if everyone quit smoking tomorrow, hmmm?
    LibbY!

    By Blogger Libby, at 1:59 PM  

  • Conservative constructionists judges shold solve the ACLU problem.

    A Bill has already passed the House of Representative allowing more oil refineries to be built.

    People have a right to scream "Quit smoking" under the First Amendment. I enjoy a pipe a couple of times a week myself, and it annoys me that anyone thinks I don't already know the risks involved. I like it. It's not even once a day. Get off me. I have mixed feelings about public smoking laws since there ARE health risks with second-hand smoke, but they also restrict our freedoms. I also have a hard time wrapping my mind around how people can be calling for the legalization of marijuana but want to ban tobbacco. Whatever. Smoking laws are an issue for local governments.

    By Blogger Daniel Levesque, at 2:27 PM  

  • hmm... those are some great aspirations... I'll have to consider those a little more carefully before I give a thoughtful response... not all ideas that I've heard before... though I have to say off the bat that I'm opposed to price caps of any kind.... but then again, I am to the right of Reagan, and I work for the biggest and best conservative thinktank in the country :)

    By Blogger Nunzia, at 2:37 PM  

  • Samurai Sam upstaged me with "God help us all if the Iraq war is still going on in 2024!" That's what I was going to say, so now I'll second it!

    Mr. President, you may use my blog to shamefully plug yours any time you choose! (I know which side my bread is buttered on!) :)

    This blog was a really good idea. Kudos! Now you can see what a president must deal with.

    I also second the plea to get rid of the ACLU, or else send someone with a strong reputation for fixing things in there and get it fixed, if possible. A known bulldog type who won't take any BS. Maybe Bolton's son.

    You have my vote, Mr. Future President. Now go to it!

    By Blogger Gayle, at 2:40 PM  

  • Ya got my vote, and I don't live there, but I'll sure as hell help promote you. ACLU on the terrorist list as soon as possible please.

    By Blogger ABFreedom, at 3:34 PM  

  • Okay Danny-boy...you asked and I shall give...
    1- works only if there are mechanisms in place that ensure no funny business with the numbers (huge problem)
    2 - flat taxes only help the rich. A better method would be to raise the exepmtion level and then have a progrossive rate above the no-pay level, up to a maximum of 33%. The no write-offs worries me. What's the incentive for businesses, especially small ones, to expand or start up?
    3 - Fully agree, alyhough you will have a fight with the bureaucrats and unions that will make WWII look like a school outing.
    4 - Agree
    5 - Not necessary. By the time you run,AIDS will be either cured or will have run its natural course,just like everything in nature.
    6 - Agreed,although see #3 for the fight you will have between agencies.
    7 - Agree
    8 - Nope. The simple method is to make losers of frivoulous lawsuits and their lawyers pay for all costs.
    9 - Can't really comment because I'm not to up on your Constitution,but doesn't this violate the separation of church and state?
    10 - Should have been the plan from word go.
    11 - Agreed
    12 - Abso-f**king-lutly.
    13 - Sorry. I fully support dealing with despots and dictators with extreme prejudice.
    14 - See above. And I believe his daughter is patiently waiting in Miami to fill any power void,with the proper support.
    15 - No go.Isolationism will not work now or 20 years from now.
    16 - Ummmmmm, wouldn't a country of assorted nut-bars be the sort of thing you would to avoid? They may be souless and amoral, but they are not stupid.For those who appose the death penalty,surgical castration where it involves sex crimes and lobtomies for all others.
    17 - Disagree. Balance is good. The cosmos all ready naturally abhors a vacuumn and we don't need to help it along the path of entropy.
    18 - Agreed
    19 - Good first step.
    20 - Could be tricky. Again something must be in place to ensure no monkey business with the numbers. If that can be done, it may have merit.
    21 - Agree. Useful idiots must be dealt with strongly.
    22 - No comment.
    23 - Agreed
    24 - For family farms only. And I don't mean the Jolly green Giant family.
    25 - Link this one to # 24. Should be enough incentive. No improvement in farming methods,pay the piper.
    26 & 27 - As stated by another above, you would then have to force private schools to accept anybody meeting the criteria for entrance. Plus what about all those unionized teachers? The last thing they want is merit tests. On what criteria to you base them? And at what level?

    And speaking of unions, what are your plans to deal with them? If you break all the unions, then there must laws in place to ensure fair and equitable treatment of all employees.

    Just some thoughts from a Canuck.

    By Blogger Justthinkin, at 5:11 PM  

  • MR. Prez... Would you mind, perhaps, considering the annexation of Alberta as well?

    And as stated by "Turkey" Gayle, you may use my site to shamelessly promote yourself as well.

    I do have a few concerns, but they have been addressed by others already. And I have to agree with J.T. about dealing with despots.

    Let me know when you have a Presidential banner ready for my blog site! Good Luck!

    By Blogger Sycorax, at 8:04 PM  

  • Every one on your planks could be solved with a self-propelled 155m howitzer...AIDS - howitzer, Iraq - howitzers aimed at every house, wasteful gvt programs - multiple howitzers, renewable energy (drilling in the US) - howitzers for the eco-protesters...you see, everything can be solved with direct support filed artillery! Brilliant Post!

    By Blogger C R Mountjoy - GDF, at 8:34 PM  

  • I like most of them!
    Is there going to be any cronysism (hint, hint).

    *coughvicepresidentcough*

    By Blogger The Conservative UAW Guy, at 4:06 AM  

  • Will read as time permits. Our internet just went back up, and things just getting back to normal here in South Florida.

    Rick Stark
    beingright.blogspot.com

    By Blogger Rick's Corner, at 9:31 AM  

  • Adressing some concerns:

    2: This is for personal income tax only. I am not familiar enough with business tax law to suggest any monkeying around with that portion of the tax code.

    5: If syphillis, Ghonorrhea, herpes, and all the rest are any indication AIDS will still be a problem in 20-30 years.

    8: Currently the losers of the lawsuits must pay for everyone's legal expenses. This has not worked, although restricting this to only if the plaintiff loses might help a lot.

    9: It does not violate the Constitution, and, last I heard, the DOMA had already been upheld by the Supreme Court.

    13-14: I despise despots myself, but I would rather try peaceful means of getting rid of our enemies before any violence is considered.

    16: This is how Australia was founded, it was a prison colony, and it has developed into a pretty great country. Also, if I remember my history right, some of the colonists right here in America were deported/banished criminals as well.

    As for Unions, they are a mixed bunch with some very excellent ones, and some faily worthless ones. I support skilled labor unions. I blame teacher's unions for helping to destroy our education system. I fail to see the need for unskilled workers to unionize (department store employees, fast-food workers, etc). Still it is a violation of established US law to break ANY union, and I will not do it.

    By Blogger Daniel Levesque, at 10:14 AM  

  • I can fully support #'s 1-7. Number 8 sounds like a good idea on the surface, but who decides what's frivilous? Number 9 is a good idea, but while we're defending marriage, lets make adultry illegal, and punishable by law. That is the biggest threat marriage faces. Numbers 10-13 are in my opinion a pipe dream. Why is Israel so special?
    Fourteen, fifteen, and sixteen I can get onboard with. Seventeen is a great idea as well, just be sure there are no CONSERVATIVE activist judges either. See that's the problem. The right says they want no activist judges but what they really mean is they want no LIBERAL activist judges. Which is why they sank Miers. She wouldn't say or even imply she would activly pursue the overturning of Roe-v-Wade. Had she even hinted that she might, she'd still be waiting for her confirmation. Eighteen- twenty, work for me. As do 22-27. Twenty-one is a bit over the top.
    I'm assuming you'll be running on the GOP ticket, so let me offer you a bit of advice, if you really want to be elected, your going to have to scrap #'s 2,3,4,5 & 6, right off the bat. The good caring folks in the GOP don't give a rats ass about AIDS. They aren't going to have their multi-million dollar incomes taxed at the same rate as pofolks. If it weren't for wasteful government agencies where would presidential and congressional candidates find jobs for all their cronies?
    Other than that, you stand as good a chance as anyone. That is if we still have a two party system and we're even still bothering to go through the farce of 'elections' by 2024.

    By Blogger wanda, at 11:54 AM  

  • By the way, Libby, ("but,would you please get rid of the ACLU, allowing our children to once more sing Christmas carols & put on Christmas plays for their families to enjoy"), keep in mind, in a nation that claims to observe 'freedom of religion', if your going to have SCHOOL children celebrating Christian holidays then we're going to have to allow other religions to celebrate theirs as well. That means, Jews, Muslims, Wiccan, Hindu, ect. It can't be just ONE religion having all the religious freedom. There must be diversity and acceptance of ALL religions.
    Of course at that point teachers are going to be so overwhelmed with teaching the different religions and celebrating their holidays there will be little time left over for the actual teaching of reading, writing, science, and math. But, hey, at least we'd still have those pretty Christmas carols at Christmas time right?

    By Blogger wanda, at 12:07 PM  

  • I'm afraid you don't get my vote. I unconditionally support points 2-6, but all others I either support conditionally or am outright opposed to. I'm severely disturbed by a completely privatized education system, and I think it's ridiculous to STRICTLY interpret a document written 200+ years ago.

    So no, you do not get my vote, but you more than likely would not get mine either. Which is understandable, seeing that we represent two ends of the political spectrum.

    Were I President however, I would appoint you to some official position to make 3-6 a reality.

    By Blogger Son of Lilith, at 1:00 PM  

  • You have some excellent points. Both borders need to be sealed, not just the southern one. Terrorists, while dumber that dirt, will learn by repetition. You are headed toward getting my vote, Lord knows I've had to vote for people I liked less.

    By Blogger BobG, at 8:50 AM  

  • CORRECTION:

    I unconditionally support points 3-6, not 2-6.

    By Blogger Son of Lilith, at 10:23 AM  

  • I'll be running in 2024, and unfortunately my platform is more conservative. I believe mine would raise the leftist suicide rate by about 822 percent, while yours would only raise it by about 95 percent.

    By Blogger George guy, at 6:36 AM  

  • I resent any implication that gun enthusiasts are all a bunch of drunken hillbillies.

    No such implication was made. It only takes one drunken loony with a bucket of explosives to make a rock-solid case for regulation.

    By Blogger Samurai Sam, at 8:40 AM  

  • In regards to the estate tax, historically the wealthiest among us donated the vast majority of their fortunes to philanthropic causes. That is how the Carnegie, Rockefeller, and Gould families set up so many scholoarship funds , and built so many schools, museums, and libraries. They realized that they had a duty to their fellow man and voluntarily gave generously.

    So then this is a non-issue. Any assets donated to philanthropy from an estate are exempt from the inheretance tax. If the wealthy of today actually acted as the Carnegies, etc., did, then there would be no estate left to tax.

    By Blogger Samurai Sam, at 8:44 AM  

  • Good point on the estate tax Sam.

    By Blogger Daniel Levesque, at 9:14 AM  

  • All right, my friend, you asked for it.

    By Blogger catastrophile, at 1:55 PM  

  • A 10% flat rate of tax would generate more money than any country would ever need. Plus the average wage earner would have more usable income. The big plus would be that the top end of town would finally have to pay thier fair share. No more long lunches at the tax payers expense & no more new BMW's to offset the years tax bill.
    The Kingdom of Israel under King Solomon was the wealthiest & most prosperous in all of history. All with a 10% flat rate of tax - it works.
    Best of luck
    Paul Richardson

    By Anonymous Paul Richardson, at 2:18 AM  

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