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    You wake up one morning, and are President of the United States

    Let's say that you were to wake up as the POTUS. Time hasn't changed, history hasn't changed, and current events have all stayed the same. The only difference is that you have a new job as the president. What do you do? (For the sake of discussion, let's avoid talking about panicking/investigating how this happened, and just pretend that you accept your new role as president and get straight to it).

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    I'd call a cabinet meeting to find out what's really going on. It's tough to make decisions without information so I'd seek the information first. (Does area 51 really house alien spacecraft? That'd be cool to know.)
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    Quote Originally Posted by skip View Post
    I'd call a cabinet meeting to find out what's really going on. It's tough to make decisions without information so I'd seek the information first.
    Yes, this. Very logical first step.

    Based on the issues raised in the cabinet meeting, I'd prioritize my work into two categories: 1) Things I have to do, as President, and 2) Goals I'd like to achieve. These go up on a big board. Category 1 is mainly about understanding my obligations and duties, and making sure I meet them. Category 2 would need to be prioritized in order of importance and urgency, so I could try to accomplish as much as possible during my term.

    I'd want a daily meeting with my staff for 5 minutes to run through everything on the big board to make sure that I'm meeting my obligations as well as taking active steps towards my goals and priorities.
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    The first thing I'd do is ask the Joint Chiefs where the carriers are, because the country doesn't know it yet, but we are in a crisis.

    I'd have a huge learning curve no doubt and I'd take in turn the FBI, NSA & CIA heads aside and make sure they told me everything. (I'd ask twice about Area 51 )

    Since I don't owe anyone shit, I'd call in the VP, Speaker, Minority leaders, whips, and all the committee chairs and lay out my agenda, and tell them I'm going to be in the rose garden or press room every day doing me vs congress selling my agenda.

    ITEM: National legalization of pot.

    Licenses farmers to grow it.
    Tax the hell out of it
    Use tax for my other drug acts (to follow)
    Vacate all pot convictions

    Toss in jail and throw away the key for anyone caught
    Importing pot
    selling bootleg
    exposing a minor to the smoke or consumption thereof

    ITEM: Put hard drugs in clinics with daycare and treatment programs

    By the raw material (Poppy, cocoa, etc from overseas farmers direct at a decent price. Demand they follow green & organic pactices
    Vacate all user convictions

    Same harsh penalties for importing, bootleg, child exposure.

    ITEM: Abolish FTTP voting for federal elections and institute (can't think of the term for it) but you vote for 2 candidates and the one with most votes overall is it. It solves a lot of problems like 2 parties that act/sound the same (intead you end up with many parties-- real choice like Israel etc.) Ends Gerrymandering and Paralyzing extremist polarization.

    ITEM: Fuck increases in minimum wage. resulting inflation put poor back in same boat. (my 25-25-25 plan)
    Increase federal sales tax by 25%.
    Offer sliding scale sales tax discount cards to everyone but the top 25%
    Offer same to Illegal aliens after registering. (a few cents is tacked on to their sliding scale until they ring-up/pay in $2500.00 amnesty fee) after all they B&Eed the country. After paid in full, instant citizenship if they file for it.

    ITEM: Fed program for US made Solar Panels to be placed on homeowners roofs (Capacity = to 500 KWH/month {2/3rds typical home use/month})
    Surplus fed back into grid. Homeowner gets the same amount charged on his bill as prior to installation until the cost of PVS system is repaid ~~afterwards all savings are the homeowners. ~ the more his conserves early on, the bigger his windfall.

    Uhm, that's enough for today Senators, Congress Folks. Come back in the morning and bring your own lunch.

    ITEM: Now send in them Judges, I need to impress upon them my thoughts about Gay Rights.

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    Where is my God damn Nobel Prize?

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    Close Guantanamo and order investigations for every overseas operation.

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    I would quit immediately. That guy has to give speeches pretty much every day. And he doesn't seem to be able to get anything done by himself.

    Here's a few things I would want to accomplish but probably wouldn't be able to:

    Repeal DOMA. No more federal gov. recognition of marriage whatsoever. No domestic partnerships either. There's enough incentive for people to shack up already, they don't need tax breaks.

    Background checks required for private gun sales. Three day waiting period for all handgun, SBR and SBS sales. Repeal the NFA. Federal concealed carry license that requires no convictions for the preceding ten years. States can do what they want but must recognize the federal license.

    Progressive income tax, also applying to capital gains or whatever rich people make their money from. I don't know shit about finance but the more you have, the more you should contribute.

    Instant unconditional amnesty for all immigrants without criminal records. Immigration now only requires that an applicant pass a basic academic proficiency test showing rudimentary knowledge of American laws, culture and history. Yes, this will also require basic competency with English.

    All substances are legal for anyone over eighteen to ingest. Anything going over a border gets taxed. States can do what they want, but there will be big funding incentives for them to choose treatment programs over prison.

    No more private prisons.

    Oh and quadruple funding for NASA, NSF, NOAA, etc

    Aaaand expand Pell Grants and federal student loans to cover the entire cost of attendance at every public four year institution.

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    Pass a comprehensive campaign finance reform and then run for my life.

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    First, I would get this awesome wardrobe. Something like Lara Croft, maybe.

    Then, for starters:

    -fire everybody in the White House and create a team of socialist planners
    -paint the White House red
    -turn every city hall into a People's Assembly
    -have the Assemblies elect revocable representatives and create mandates
    -nationalize all the banks and big businesses
    -expropriate the biggest landowners
    -create Popular Courts
    -arrest a bunch of jerks who will be tried by the popular courts
    -establish both salary minimums and maximums
    -give every family a home
    -discharge a portion of the military and create a People's Army
    -bring back all of the US military on foreign soil
    -outlaw inheritance
    -legalize abortion and gay marriage
    -nationalize major media
    -declare free public transportation
    -announce the beginning of the end of capitalism

    Not necessarily in that order.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Madrigal View Post
    First, I would get this awesome wardrobe. Something like Lara Croft, maybe.

    Then, for starters:

    -fire everybody in the White House and create a team of socialist planners
    -paint the White House red
    -turn every city hall into a People's Assembly
    -have the Assemblies elect revocable representatives and create mandates
    -nationalize all the banks and big businesses
    -expropriate the biggest landowners
    -create Popular Courts
    -arrest a bunch of jerks who will be tried by the popular courts
    -establish both salary minimums and maximums
    -give every family a home
    -discharge a portion of the military and create a People's Army
    -bring back all of the US military on foreign soil
    -outlaw inheritance
    -legalize abortion and gay marriage
    -nationalize major media
    -declare free public transportation
    -announce the beginning of the end of capitalism

    Not necessarily in that order.
    You wouldn't bother becoming a citizen?
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