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post #1 of 14
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No candidate bashing here please. This is a hypothetical question.

If you were elected president of the U.S. tomorrow, what would be the first thing(s) you would do in office? I'd like to know what is most important to you and what would you do about it if given the choice?

My list:

1) Hire a bunch of really smart economists to make sure that the law recently passed is really going to work, then lay out a plan to restore the economy long term. Get a team working on managing the spend around the $700B bailout. This team wouldn't necessarily be elected officials, but a non-partisan group of people.

2) Go thru the budget and cut out irrelevant spending.

3) Come up with a list of simple things that the average citizen could do on their own for their country. Whether that be to volunteer their time locally, start to carpool or take public transportation, turn down their thermostats in the winter, or check the air in their times to conserve gasoline. I think most people want to help their country, and will gladly do so if given some guidance.

4) Encourage in any way possible, job growth in fields related to alternative energy sources.

5) Gather the brightest people in foreign policy to lay out a plan to restore the world's opinion of the U.S.
post #2 of 14
Sounds like a good list to me, Amy. The only thing I wonder about is #5 - maybe we need marketing people to do this, not foreign policy people! Hire good foreign policy people so the ad campaign works.

On a more serious note - the economy and the bail out has to be the priority, and I don't think the plan as structured is the right one - but I'd go for economists from the NBER, most likely.

Laurie
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The only thing I wonder about is #5 - maybe we need marketing people to do this, not foreign policy people! Hire good foreign policy people so the ad campaign works.
Very good point!
post #4 of 14
1. Free beer Fridays.

2. Change Mondays and Wednesdays to Fridays.

Nothing like a good time to get people motivated.
post #5 of 14
Good list!

My concern is education, particularly math and science, so I'd get a science and technolgy advisor to put together a good crew to fix what is wwrong with out educational system. I want the NSF 2061 program implemented
http://www.project2061.org/research/assessment.htm
And I want to see some teachers on any committee, not just people who blather about education.
I'd like to see the "No Child Left a Dime" program ditched, and I want to see the schools teaching reading, writing, and 'rithmatic and not be substitute parents. It may well be that a lot of kids need susbtitute parents, but unless the kids have basic math and communication skills, anything else they learn in school isn't going to do them much good.
post #6 of 14
I would put a price freeze on gas and oil products!
post #7 of 14
I don't have the first clue.

I'd have to phone a friend
post #8 of 14
Universal Healthcare.
From there some of the things others above have mentioned.
post #9 of 14
I'd add development of mass public transit to the list - it would save fuel and create jobs, including much-needed factory jobs.
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I'd add development of mass public transit to the list - it would save fuel and create jobs, including much-needed factory jobs.
The big problem with mass transit is in rural areas like mine...I've often thought about how it would be possible to create mass transit here & it's a nightmare. There are "county cabs" that travel all over my county - but you can wait up to 2 hours to get one. I'd really like to see that worked on....rural areas & mass transit.
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The big problem with mass transit is in rural areas like mine...I've often thought about how it would be possible to create mass transit here & it's a nightmare. There are "county cabs" that travel all over my county - but you can wait up to 2 hours to get one. I'd really like to see that worked on....rural areas & mass transit.
That's probably an unsurmountable problem, because the "masses" just aren't there. I was thinking more of suburban/urban areas, and a national intercity passenger rail network. Amtrak is too limited.
post #12 of 14
How I wish it wasn't such an unsurmountable problem....I spend around $50-100 a week in gas to get to/from work, volunteering, getting groceries, vet runs, etc. I suppose if I was elected president I'd work more on getting more stores into rural towns so people like me wouldn't have to drive 18 miles to get anything. Or else work on a way to somehow help people with costs of transportation....
post #13 of 14
Just a few things off the top of my head
1) Institute affordable national health care including insurance for those with pre-existing conditions
2) Assemble a group to determine charitible need (There is a lot of discussion in current threads about liberals helping those who don't deserve it. This group would create specific guidelines so that only those who are truly unable to help themselves would benefit)
3) Give tax breaks to companies who use a 4 day work week or who allow people to work at home (so that fuel can be conserved)
4) Encourage alternate energy use by research and tax breaks
post #14 of 14
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I love all of these ideas! It's almost like hearing America speaking out.

Keep em coming!
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