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If I had a million... er... trillion dollars....


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I have no experience in politics, but I swear, I think if I had enough money to pay the ridiculous fees to file the paperwork and to pay for a campaign, I'd run in the next U.S. presidential election. :lol:

My campaign platform would be something totally new and revolutionary to the government process - "common sense". :o

A lot of the major issues right now - aside from partisan bickering and infighting - have common sense solutions that SHOULD be easy to see, yet the government does not implement anything that makes any sense, and only seems to work toward "resolutions" that will either further each official's political career or personal agenda, or make them more money.

 

For example, the gun control issue.  It's a hot topic most politicians try to avoid altogether, but a common sense resolution is easy to spot.  One side clings to the "Right to Bear Arms" while the other seems to want to ban guns altogether, and in every political debate in the current two party system, Republicans scream that the Democrats are trying to take away everyone's guns, while the Democrats scream that the Republicans are bought by the NRA and do not care about the safety of the American people, while in truth, neither story is true.  The truth is that each party cares too much about covering their own political asses within their party, so no one wants to stray too far from party lines, and thus, nothing is actually being done on the issue as the powers that be are in a constant stalemate - as is the case with many issues in Congress for the past decade or two.  The two parties bicker and fight so much that no major changes for the good of the people they are supposed to represent ever come in a reasonable amount of time, but instead become a topic that is routinely shelved for discussion "at a later time".

Now, going back to my hypothetical scenario of running for president in 2020, and in defense of President Trump and all presidents before him, no matter what any president WANTS to do, he/she cannot actually do much of anything without passing it through both chambers of Congress.  That is nearly impossible until the partisan bullshit is abolished, because Congress treats it like a sport to see which party can score the most points.

However, if I was to run for President, my proposal for gun control law reform - like other proposals - would be based on common sense, something apparently new to 21st century legislation.

I was born and raised in rural WV, and my parents raised me on the idea that one person's rights end where another's begin.  In other words, stand up for yourself and don't violate anyone else's rights.

Applying that ideal to gun control, every American should have the right to "bear arms" ("own weapons"), but everyone should also have the right to safety.  Therefore, anyone convicted of violent crimes, anyone with mental health issues that could make them a threat to themselves or others, anyone charged with making violent threats to others....  Their rights to bear arms end at the point where everyone else's rights to safety begin.

Stricter background checks, mental health checks, etc. are a must in reforming gun control laws.  Also, the loopholes as far as online sales, gun shows, yard sales, etc. need to be closed ASAP, not to mention better tracking of stolen weapons. 

One would not go to a yard sale or some trade show in a tent to purchase a car or a piece of land.  There is documentation required, such as a deed or title, that must be transferred from a former owner to the new owner to legally show proof of ownership. 

To close the loopholes in gun sales online or at gun shows or other person-to-person sales, I suggest that a title or deed system be implemented for guns.  Every gun must have the appropriate paperwork to show proper ownership.  If someone sells a gun to someone else without doing the appropriate paperwork, they're held responsible for any crimes committed with the weapon, at least on negligence or complicity charges.

Law-abiding citizens would retain their Constitutional rights to own, buy, sell, or trade any type and quantity of guns they desired, so long as they underwent the necessary background checks and filled out all of the required paperwork.  The added paperwork may be an inconvenience for those who buy, sell, or collect guns legally under the current laws, but it would make weapons easier to track and harder to acquire for would-be criminals, and I believe it would reduce the amount of gun violence throughout the nation.

 

I probably lost a lot of votes there already from both sides...  :lol:

But, the "Common Sense Party" could gain traction as the current two-party system continues to do nothing for the people but piss everyone off. ;)


Edited by Darth Cola, 16 March 2018 - 04:36 AM.

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I always thought just shift the burden of proof from the government, which has to prove you are mentally incapable, to the individual to prove they're mentally capable of possessing a firearm.



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Gonna look over your plank on this issue on 2 scales: "Probable Public Support" and "How probable it can make it through the Political System" (note that this is a pre-Trump rating, his disruption of the system means this may be different by 2020)

 

Therefore, anyone convicted of violent crimes, anyone with mental health issues that could make them a threat to themselves or others, anyone charged with making violent threats to others....  Their rights to bear arms end at the point where everyone else's rights to safety begin.

Civil Libertarians on both sides will be against this, but the mental health side is the tough one. However, it would be actually a strong point because most gun deaths are suicides. However, you need to find a way to divide between short term and long term mental health. Most people have some sort in their life, especially short term depression and anxiety, and both are on the rise. However, punishing them their whole lives would not be fair as only a small amount (like myself) have a long term or chronic case. In illinois if you have been committed you cannot own any firearms until 5 years after your release. Something along those lines, along with needing a doctor's note in order to own one would work.

 

Public Support: 9/10

Political Possibility: 7/10 (honestly might only be a 6, some states have stuff like this while others shoot it down every time it comes up)

 

 

One would not go to a yard sale or some trade show in a tent to purchase a car or a piece of land.  There is documentation required, such as a deed or title, that must be transferred from a former owner to the new owner to legally show proof of ownership. 
 
To close the loopholes in gun sales online or at gun shows or other person-to-person sales, I suggest that a title or deed system be implemented for guns.  Every gun must have the appropriate paperwork to show proper ownership.  If someone sells a gun to someone else without doing the appropriate paperwork, they're held responsible for any crimes committed with the weapon, at least on negligence or complicity charges.

 

This is a great idea, each gun would have to be listed on a state and/or federal level. However, one of the biggest hurdles is that the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATFE) is not allowed to keep searchable digital records of gun ownership by law. So this would have to be all paper (or that law would have to be repealed). Right now all they have a files in microfilm, notecard, and paper forms. Here is just some of their backlog.


Treating each piece of property as a piece of property, and being able to assign ownership (and blame if necessary) to each weapon would be great. However, you would have to enforce some type of penalty for failure to report a stolen firearm, otherwise this would not do very much. Chicago has a problem that a weapon is purchased legitimately in Wisconsin or Indiana, "Stolen" (aka sold person to person for cash) and then taken over state lines to the city. If records are ever found and the original owner is tracked down they can simply say it was stolen and they never reported it, and nothing happens. Its an easy way to traffic weapons into the city, and yet the deaths per capita are less than those in nearby St Louis, even though Missouri has looser laws. 
 
Another thing is you should come out against forced firearms insurance in the way that most states force you to have a title and insurance on all motor vehicles. This is just silly, even if we are talking responsibility. 
 
 
Anyway Score:
Public Support: 9.5/10
Political Possibility: 5/10 (the "no digital records" thing has been a sticking point for a while)
 
 
All in all, good ideas. Touch on some other stuff and maybe I'll review them as well. Fighting the 2-party system would be the hardest point.

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I appreciate the comments, but I was just rambling after having a few too many beers and seeing something on TV that got me all riled up. :P  I'm not suited for any public office.  I'm not good at kissing ass or "playing the game" and I have a really bad temper, as too many people here already know. :lol:


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I appreciate the comments, but I was just rambling after having a few too many beers and seeing something on TV that got me all riled up. :P  I'm not suited for any public office.  I'm not good at kissing ass or "playing the game" and I have a really bad temper, as too many people here already know. :lol:

That last sentence could describe Trump as well, not that I'm comparing you but to say that such a thing is no long a disqualifying characteristic. Also, many of the special elections were won't by people with the (D) next to their name, but with no support from the actual local, state or federal parties. Shit, one of the people in Virginia's House of Delegates who won only got support from the Democratic Socialists of America. You would be "an outsider, a renegade who speaks his mind plainly and isn't afraid to buck the system in order to get what real people want done". I would call your way of speaking 'Laconic', aka like those of ancient Sparta: short and to the point. That is much better than twisted words or intricate and esoteric 15 point plans of the current establishment.

 

BTW, you need a PR guy?  :lol:


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~Chairman Sheng-ji Yang, The Human Hive, Alpha Centauri
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It is not the function of our government to keep the citizen from falling into error; it is the function of the citizen to keep the government from falling into error
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Always remember that the crowd that applauds your coronation is the same crowd that will applaud your beheading. People like a show.
~Going Postal, Sir Terry Pratchett
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America is the only nation in history which miraculously has gone directly from barbarism to degeneration without the usual interval of civilization.
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That last sentence could describe Trump as well, not that I'm comparing you but to say that such a thing is no long a disqualifying characteristic. Also, many of the special elections were won't by people with the (D) next to their name, but with no support from the actual local, state or federal parties. Shit, one of the people in Virginia's House of Delegates who won only got support from the Democratic Socialists of America. You would be "an outsider, a renegade who speaks his mind plainly and isn't afraid to buck the system in order to get what real people want done". I would call your way of speaking 'Laconic', aka like those of ancient Sparta: short and to the point. That is much better than twisted words or intricate and esoteric 15 point plans of the current establishment.

 

BTW, you need a PR guy?  :lol:

 

You're hired! (if you will either accept fake money from old board games as payment or that you agree to work on a contingency basis and only get paid if I actually become President of the United States.... For minimum wage. ...  And also that anything I ever regret saying is covered up somehow as an unfortunate typo or "I got hacked". :D 


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Edit: Nevermind.....  <_<


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Considering your platform would be common sense it is certain you know nothing of politics. 

 

Here's an educational video. 

 

 
Knowing this makes Republican policies implemented so much more sense. Their keys to power are donors not the people as are many politican's. The only way to get politicians working once again for the people is to limit the power of the donors and align the interest of politicians back to the people. 

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Knowing this makes Republican policies implemented so much more sense. Their keys to power are donors not the people as are many politican's. The only way to get politicians working once again for the people is to limit the power of the donors and align the interest of politicians back to the people. 

 

 

Or become a dictator. And once you do, don't forget your dynasty!
 


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It is not the function of our government to keep the citizen from falling into error; it is the function of the citizen to keep the government from falling into error
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Always remember that the crowd that applauds your coronation is the same crowd that will applaud your beheading. People like a show.
~Going Postal, Sir Terry Pratchett
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Do what the Greeks do, pick a name out of a hat of the top candidates

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Have a plan to look over for budgets and taxes. Its based upon some stuff done by a recovering Libertarian, and makes tax time super easy. So here it is:

(Near) Flat Tax/Budget proposal

  1. >$470,000/year = 30% Tax, >$470,000/year = 40% Tax, wrap all payroll taxes into this tax (so is the above would be the equivalent of about 15% and 25% today, respectively), all personal income is covered under the above (no different rate for capital gains, no specialized death tax, etc)
  2. 30% corporate tax
  3. all above taxes lose all deductions except for charitable giving (and this would be reduced to have a lower top limit)
  4. all adult citizens get a $8,000 tax-free "Citizen Dividend" every year to offset tax change and deduction losses (child citizens could also get $2,000 each)

The above plan leaves $1 Trillion for other things or to pay down the debt, if no changes are done to the budget. The above taxes pays out ~$6.4 Trillion (~1.6 Trillion from the 1% and ~$4.8 Trillion from the rest), our current budget is ~$3.8 Trillion, the above Citizen Dividend comes out to ~$1.6 Trillion

6.4-3.8 = 2.6

2.6-1.6 = 1.0 Trillion left

Add in a repeal of a certain law that bans the government from doing citizen taxes until the tax prep industry says its ok, and people will see more money in their pockets come tax time and wouldn't have to spend any time to get said taxes done.


Einstein would turn over in his grave. Not only does God play dice, the dice are loaded.
~Chairman Sheng-ji Yang, The Human Hive, Alpha Centauri
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It is not the function of our government to keep the citizen from falling into error; it is the function of the citizen to keep the government from falling into error
~US Supreme Court Justice Robert H. Jackson, 1950
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Always remember that the crowd that applauds your coronation is the same crowd that will applaud your beheading. People like a show.
~Going Postal, Sir Terry Pratchett
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America is the only nation in history which miraculously has gone directly from barbarism to degeneration without the usual interval of civilization.
~Georges Clemenceau

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Have a plan to look over for budgets and taxes. Its based upon some stuff done by a recovering Libertarian, and makes tax time super easy. So here it is:

(Near) Flat Tax/Budget proposal

  1. >$470,000/year = 30% Tax, >$470,000/year = 40% Tax, wrap all payroll taxes into this tax (so is the above would be the equivalent of about 15% and 25% today, respectively), all personal income is covered under the above (no different rate for capital gains, no specialized death tax, etc)
  2. 30% corporate tax
  3. all above taxes lose all deductions except for charitable giving (and this would be reduced to have a lower top limit)
  4. all adult citizens get a $8,000 tax-free "Citizen Dividend" every year to offset tax change and deduction losses (child citizens could also get $2,000 each)

The above plan leaves $1 Trillion for other things or to pay down the debt, if no changes are done to the budget. The above taxes pays out ~$6.4 Trillion (~1.6 Trillion from the 1% and ~$4.8 Trillion from the rest), our current budget is ~$3.8 Trillion, the above Citizen Dividend comes out to ~$1.6 Trillion

6.4-3.8 = 2.6

2.6-1.6 = 1.0 Trillion left

Add in a repeal of a certain law that bans the government from doing citizen taxes until the tax prep industry says its ok, and people will see more money in their pockets come tax time and wouldn't have to spend any time to get said taxes done.

Just realized I should explain the Citizen Dividend. Without something like it, you basically have a regressive tax, as it punishes the poor and makes it harder for them to survive while making it easier for the rich to get richer and despite using more government resources (roads, electricity, water, etc) won't be paying more. With this level you offset the taxes more for the poor, but still a bit for the middle class. Here's some numbers:

$30,000/year

25% Tax = $22,500/year after taxes

30% Tax + $8,000 afterwards = $29,000/year after taxes (~3% effective rate)

 

$40,000/year

25% Tax = $30,000/year after taxes

30% Tax + $8,000 afterwards = $36,000/year after taxes (10% effective rate)

 

$100,000/year

25% Tax = $75,000/year after taxes

30% Tax + $8,000 afterwards = $78,000/year after taxes (22% effective rate)

 

$160,000/year

25% Tax = $120,000/year after taxes

30% Tax + $8,000 afterwards = $120,000/year after taxes (25% effective rate)

 

$500,000/year

25% Tax = $375,000/year after taxes

40% Tax + $8,000 afterwards = $308,000/year after taxes (38.4% effective rate)

 

 

So you have to pay more than $160,000 per year before you pay more than a flat 25% tax. Helps the poor while still taxing every dollar they make working. And before people say $8,000 is too much, that doesn't even cover a year's rent in the CHEAPEST metro area in the country, Cleveland, Ohio, where the median yearly rent comes to over $8,500.


Einstein would turn over in his grave. Not only does God play dice, the dice are loaded.
~Chairman Sheng-ji Yang, The Human Hive, Alpha Centauri
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It is not the function of our government to keep the citizen from falling into error; it is the function of the citizen to keep the government from falling into error
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Always remember that the crowd that applauds your coronation is the same crowd that will applaud your beheading. People like a show.
~Going Postal, Sir Terry Pratchett
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America is the only nation in history which miraculously has gone directly from barbarism to degeneration without the usual interval of civilization.
~Georges Clemenceau




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