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I would eliminate Daylight Savings time.

How? I would have a bill introduced to move the clock half-way between the two times and leave it there emoticon

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We live in two time zones but our people are too stupid to manage DST. So we don't have it.
It's ridiculous because in the east, where I live, the sun rises at 4 a.m. in summer and an hour later in the west. So they could set their clocks back to make their summer days start later.
Their evenings are very long in the summer where ours are shorter, again because we are an hour ahead of them but still on the same clock.
The time can't be changed to half hours because the whole world would have to be changed to accommodate that. It would cause huge confusion.

If I were president, I would send children to primary school at the age of 4. I would make 16 the school-leaving age, irrespective of education level. And if people wanted to continue their studies they would have to go to colleges to do it.
I hate the idea of 16 year olds being in the same classroom as 20 year olds.
Our majority age is 18, so legally, our schools can't stop people smoking at school if they are 18, so they have smoking rooms for these people - on the school premises. Ridiculous.

I have loads of other things I would do... if I were president.
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And the difference between those places that do and don't observe DST isn't confusing? emoticon

4 is to young for school (imho), the child is still in the personality development period of their lives until 5 or 6 years of age and those developments need to happen in a relatively stable environment with as little chaos as possible.

If I were president I would abolish the current Department of Education system and set up a means and standards system instead. Schools (both public and private) who met the education standards set in place would receive tax dollar support and the parents could send the child to the school of their choice.

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4 is not too young for a semi-formal environment where children are taught routines and the basics of reading and writing, i.e. coloring within the lines, shapes, repetitive verses etc.
Mine all went to pre-school at the age of 3 and they were very happy to do that, but personal experience is not science.
Children in England go to school in the year that they turn 5, starting in September. So if they turned 4 in August, they are eligible to go to school.
I'm discussing this subject in some depth in my new board ]To You Health. I'll go into the pros and cons there.
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I agree 4 isn't to young for exposure to the learning environment but still feel it is to young for requiring adherence to a set daily schedule or routine beyond the basics.

If I were President I would bring the management to labor ratio in line with the private sectors ratio (which means eliminating almost 1/3 of the management positions in government).

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If I was President, I would not use BAR STOOL ECONOMICS:

Suppose that every day, ten men go out for beer and the bill for all
ten comes to $100. If they paid their bill the way we pay our taxes,
it would go something like this:

The first four men (the poorest) would pay nothing.
The fifth would pay $1.
The sixth would pay $3.
The seventh would pay $7.
The eighth would pay $12.
The ninth would pay $18.
The tenth man (the richest) would pay $59.

So, that's what they decided to do.

The ten men drank in the bar every day and seemed quite happy with the
arrangement, until one day, the owner threw them a curve. 'Since you
are all such good customers,' he said, 'I'm going to reduce the cost
of your daily beer by $20.' Drinks for the ten now cost just $80.

The group still wanted to pay their bill the way we pay our taxes so
the first four men were unaffected. They would still drink for free.

But what about the other six men - the paying customers? How could
they divide the $20 windfall so that everyone would get his 'fair
share?'

They realized that $20 divided by six is $[sign in to see URL]. But if they subtracted
that from everybody's share, then the fifth man and the sixth man
would each end up being paid to drink his beer.

So, the bar owner suggested that it would be fair to reduce each man's
bill by roughly the same amount, and he proceeded to work out the
amounts each should pay.

And so:
The fifth man, like the first four, now paid nothing (100% savings).
The sixth now paid $2 instead of $3 (33%savings).
The seventh now pay $5 instead of $7 (28%savings).
The eighth now paid $9 instead of $12 (25% savings).
The ninth now paid $14 instead of $18 (22% savings).
The tenth now paid $49 instead of $59 (16% savings).

Each of the six was better off than before. And the first four
continued to drink for free. But once outside the restaurant, the men
began to compare their savings.
'I only got a dollar out of the $20,'declared the sixth man. He
pointed to the tenth man,' but he got $10!'
'Yeah, that's right,' exclaimed the fifth man. 'I only saved a dollar, too.

It's unfair that he got ten times more than I got' 'That's true!!'
shouted the seventh man. 'Why should he get $10 back when I got only
two? The wealthy get all the breaks!'
'Wait a minute,' yelled the first four men in unison. 'We didn't get
anything at all. The system exploits the poor!'
The nine men surrounded the tenth and beat him up.

The next night the tenth man didn't show up for drinks so the nine sat
down and had beers without him. But when it came time to pay the bill,
they discovered something important. They didn't have enough money
between all of them for even half of the bill!

And that, ladies and gentlemen, journalists and college professors, is
how our tax system works. The people who pay the highest taxes get the
most benefit from a tax reduction. Tax them too much, attack them for
being wealthy, and they just may not show up anymore. In fact, they
might start drinking overseas where the atmosphere is somewhat
friendlier.


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According to IRS records, 171,549 current federal workers did not voluntarily pay their federal income taxes in 2007. The total bill for these workers comes to $3,586,784,725 in taxes owed last year.

Since we are in a "bail-out" mindset in the USA if I was President I would do three things.
1st. I would fire everyone of these workers. If you work for the government you must obey the rules.
2nd. To provide relief to these workers the past IRS debt would be forgiven if the worker paid their taxes on time for five years.
3rd. To provide for equality among all citizens I would cancel all IRS past due debts over 5 years old provided each citizen paid the next five years on time.

Thus, the total cost of the "bail-out" would be $62 Billion dollars in total unpaid taxes forgiven and would release 1.6 million people from paying almost 5 times what they originally owed in back taxes. Yes, this lets about 400,000 tax crooks off the hook but it also restores over 1.2 million to normalcy who are victims of both the crooks and the inhuman IRS penalty structure.

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Here's one for you, the financial crisis explained:

quote:

Linda is the proprietor of a bar in St Andrews, Scotland. In order to increase sales, she decides to allow her loyal customers - most of whom are unemployed alcoholics - to drink now but pay later. She keeps track of the drinks consumed on a ledger (thereby granting the customers loans).

Word gets around and as a result increasing numbers of customers flood into Linda's bar. Taking advantage of her customers' freedom from immediate payment constraints, Linda increases her prices for whisky and beer, the most-consumed beverages. Her sales volume increases massively. A young and dynamic customer service consultant at the local bank recognizes these customer debts as valuable future assets and increases Linda's borrowing limit. He sees no reason for undue concern since he has the debts of the alcoholics as collateral. At the bank's corporate headquarters, expert bankers transform these customer assets into DRINKBONDS, ALKBONDS and PUKEBONDS. These securities are then traded on markets worldwide.

No one really understands what these abbreviations mean and how the securities are guaranteed. Nevertheless, as their prices continuously climb, the securities become top-selling items.

One day, although the prices are still climbing, a risk manager (subsequently of course fired due to his negativity) of the bank decides that slowly the time has come to demand payment of the debts incurred by the drinkers at Linda's bar.

However they cannot pay back the debts. Linda can not fulfil her loan obligations and claims bankruptcy. DRINKBOND and ALKBOND drop in price by 95 %. PUKEBOND performs better, stabilizing in price after dropping by 80 %. The suppliers of Linda's bar, having granted her generous payment due dates and having invested in the securities are faced with a new situation. Her whisky supplier claims bankruptcy, her beer supplier is taken over by a competitor.

The bank is saved by the Scotish Government following dramatic round-the-clock consultations by leaders from the governing political parties (and vested interests). The funds required for this purpose are obtained by a tax levied on the non-drinkers.

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If I was President I would stop being cheap when it come to unemployment and give every unemployed person 100% of their salary/wages for a year so they could look for work without worrying about the cost of living while doing so. (Total bail-out cost: 60 billion).

So far I am up to 172 billion, solved the IRS, Unemployment and education problems PLUS I reduced government cost by 200 billion for a net savings of 28 billion for government debt reduction emoticon

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THEN I think we need to see your name on the ballot in 4 [sign in to see URL]'ll vote for ya! emoticon

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