Thursday, July 31, 2008

If Elected, I Will Not Serve

As reported Tuesday on the news the groundswell of people backing me as as a candidate for president is rapidly increasing. Although I am pleased to learn that many people believe I would make a good president, I must regretfully bow out of the race.

Frankly, being president does not fit in with my life plan at this time. And, truthfully, I don't think my political platform will be popular with many of the citizens of our great county as it is based on the premise that the government does not owe you (as a citizen) a damn thing except that which is stated in the Constitution. Anything else the government provides beyond that is a gift and/or privilege. To give you an idea of just how that would change things for you as a citizen below are ten of the changes I would make if I was president of the United States.

1. Flat tax rate- everyone would pay an amount equal to 10% of their salary each year.

2. No more "Corporate Welfare" or government bailouts for businesses.

3. Spend more on developing renewable energy sources and projects.

4. Universal health care structured so more focus is put on prevent medicine.

5. Decriminalize marijuana and treat drug addiction as a heath issue and not a criminal one.

6. Revamp the social security system. Raise the age when people can collect and implement a income cap for receiving payouts.

7. Revamp the welfare system. Something along the lines of the old Civilian Conservation Corp will be devised. Anyone applying for welfare over the age of 17 and able to work will work on government projects or be given training that will help them to find a job in the public sector.

8. Bring all American troops home. We can no longer afford to be the policemen of the world. That job will be turned over to the U.N.

9. Revamp the foreign aid program. Help will no longer be tied to U.S. political or economical concerns.

10. The right to vote is the cornerstone of any democracy. In the 2004 presidential election only 64% of all Americans of voting age took the time to vote. This is shameful. In order to give people more of an incentive to exercise this important constitutional right any form of government support (i.e. social security, heath care, welfare) will only be given to registered voters who have voted in the preceding congressional or presidential election.

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