While as of late there seem to be more engaging topics of conversation to discuss, today I officially announce my unofficial announcement that I am seeking to become the President of the United States for the next election in 2016, the first election for which I am eligible to participate.
Some people have inquired as to my positions which I would take as a candidate. So to clear the air for those who don't know me, and for those who only think they know how I think, I shall lay out a few major positions to get the ball rolling. These positions are not laid out in any particular order of importance.
1. Marijuana Legalization:
*I am for the complete legalization of marijuana, both medicinal and recreational usage.
*This will apply only to natural unadulterated marijuana- spiking it with random chemicals will remain illegal. I think you can solve your pain, depression/anxiety, or just plain get high enough on the weed alone. The chemical spiking rule will also be applied to any rolling papers. None of this "fire safe" or "slow/even burning" chemical additives added to rolling papers. Half the problem with cigarettes these days is the added chemicals that harm the people far worse than a plain natural tobacco cigarette of way back when.
*DUI will include marijuana use. I'm not sure how to determine a driver being "legally under the influence" like with alcohol. I may just decide to leave that up to the police to determine that your driving like a total moron is the result of you being high off your ass. Get a friggin sober driver if you must leave the house
*All persons incarcerated for mere possession of marijuana will be immediately released, their record cleared of those offenses with immediate expungement of said files.
*Marijuana will be appropriately packaged and sold in licensed retail outlets, with all applicable taxes included.
*For the record: NO, I do not engage in marijuana use. I experimented when I was young, and it's really not for me.
Immediate impact of this law would lower crime rates, decreased costs on law enforcement and incarceration, increase in tax monies received by the government, and job creation for those who are so smart about farming their product, but seem disinterested in growing corn or beans like regular farmers. This will lead to an immediate improvement in budgets at all levels of government.
2. Presidential and Congressional Responsibility Act:
*First and foremost Presidential Salary will be reduced from $400,000 to $300,000. The extra per annums and expense accounts go away. The taxpayer should not be on the hook for a bunch of extras. If you can't live on $300,000 a year, then maybe you need to look at your own checkbook and curtail your spending habits. You already jet set around the world on the taxpayer dime to attend official functions as POTUS
*Congressional Pay will be set at $150,000. Seniority and being appointed to leadership positions will not receive additional pay for those positions. Serve because you want to serve and enjoy the power you have. You got elected based on your ideas and promises, along with a lot of other peoples money. Again, you should be able to live on such a salary- the majority of your constituents have to work a lot harder and longer for a lot less money and still have the same basic expenditures as you.
*Pay raises to any federally-elected office will be subject to a vote of the American people, once every four years coinciding with Presidential elections. An approval of 67% of the popular vote is required, PER CANDIDATE. In other words, you can be re-elected to your office, but the vote on your salary can be rejected by the people.
*Laws enacted by Congress will be applied to members of Congress in the exact manner in which they effect the American citizens, any benefits Congress confers to its members will also be extended to the American people.
*Balanced Budget Amendment- A budget will be allocated each and every year. Failure to pass a budget will result in the prior year's budget continuing minus 10%, with that 10% going toward further reduction in the national debt. Should there be no current national debt to speak of, then those funds will be allocated to a "rainy day fund" which cannot be moved into the general fund.
3. Foreign Aid:
*All Government-sponsored monetary aid to a foreign state who holds U.S. debt will be offered the same aid, only under the condition that such aid is applied to the debt owed. Failure of the foreign states' writing down our debt to them, will result in forgoing any aid from the U.S. government. Privately raised money to aid other countries in need will not be affected by this rule.
4. Ethanol Mandate and Oil Subsidies
*All mandates toward ethanol/biofuels will be eliminated. The U.S. Government is not to be in the business of propping up companies, never mind entire industries. We speak of wanting cleaner fuel sources, yet we mandate products that produce less energy than is taken to create them, and use "dirty" fuel sources in order to produce the cleaner sources. We are wasting energy and creating a lot of pollution in multiple forms to produce the supposed cleaner fuel. Ethanol production and use will be legal for fuel purposes, but shall not be mandated on a federal level.
*Should we find a safe and viable fuel source that can overcome such issues, then such an issue can be looked at in the future.
*Oil Subsidies shall also be eliminated. There is no point in giving money to an already very profitable industry.
*Any subsidies for these fuel industries being sought shall be in the form of non-forgivable loans. You can borrow what you need according to your abilities as a company. Any subsequent loans will only be considered after the original loans have been paid off. You will operate under the same set of rules as any other business.
These are just a few ideas I have. If you have other areas of concerns, campaign ideas, etc., please add to the comments below so that I might address the issues that are important to you and everyone else, not just my own Pollyanna ideas of how the world should work. I greatly welcome and appreciate any input you have.