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Andrei in the office

Writer's Block: Running Things

What would you change about your country if you could be in charge for a day?

Where to start? Where to start? So much would take more than a day.

First and foremost the elimination of all consensual vice crimes.

Gambling and Prostitution would be regulated and taxed. The moneys from the taxes would provide financial support for proper addiction programs and health screening for sex workers. Additional taxes raised would be used to contribute to the economic and social care of the areas where sponsored agencies of Gambling and prostitution lived.

This would in turn reduce organized crime in these sectors.

Second.. I would close BATF.

I would establish the following Agencies
Armaments and Weaponry. This agency would tax weaponry. Guns, swords, knives.
Background checks and registration of weapons considered potentially dangerous on a large scale.
Taxes would be used to promote positive education on weaponry use and respect. Taxes would also be used to clean up the registration process.

The FDA would be expanded to include the departments of:
Inhalables, Injectables, Consumables
A large scale effort would go into the process of rescheduling all food and drugs.
Currently illegal substances would be decriminilized but heftily taxed.
Proper education and addiction programs would be established.

Third: Motor Vehicle training would no longer be a joke.

Even the smallest car is a weapon potentially more dangerous that a pistol. All drivers would have a higher class of training and testing. Add on training would be available to certify in Higher speeds and multi tasking.

Fourth... I would flip the tax system.

We tend to pay 1% to the city, 2-3% to the county, 3-6% to the state, and 15-28% to the country.

This seems absolutely backwards.

The essential things our taxes should pay for should be on the local level.
Fire, Police, Schools, Infrastructure.

Louisiana shouldn't have had to beg for money for Levies any more than Seattle should have to beg to fix the viaduct.

Driving violations are just over glorified taxation income to pay for police at this point. King county is more serious at jailing someone wanted on bench warrant for missing a mismailed summons for unpaid parking violations than tracking down violent crime offenders.

Your township would get the bulk of your tax money and it would feedback into where you live. You don't get good enough service... you move somewhere else. And you take your tax funds with you.

The federal government should be protecting my borders, not defending me from which of my neighbors want to sleep together.

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Just some of the stuff I've often though about in our gov't.

Additional taxes raised would be used to contribute to the economic and social care of the areas where sponsored agencies of Gambling and prostitution lived.

and who is going to pay for those taxes? the people living in that area? All of us? he people who use it?

ya know that is an awful lot of regulation. Also, Don't you think black markets exist for sake of themselves? legalize it all you like, I think a black market for it will still exist. Just like copper pipes and adderal.

In the interest of having a United States of America, and not simply a Confederacy of American States, I favor national regulations and so national funding of those programs is necessary. I would have, for instance, one national regulation on getting a driver's license, with national standards. I want to be able to drive from one state to another without crossing the border into Idaho and discovering that there are no speed limits, so 13-year-olds are driving their unfiltered General Lees down both sides of the highway at 3900 miles per hour while guzzling Schmidts and smoking meth. And throwing styrofoam cheezburger containers out the windows.

Yes, I'll be one of those old fogies who say, "There oughta be a law." Or maybe Judge Dredd saying, "I AM THE LAW," with sufficiently high-caliber firepower.

Edited at 2008-08-19 05:24 am (UTC)

The above posted from my compound in Waco. Who wants some kool-aid?

Oh, except that Texas would be voted out of the Union by the rest of us for being too damned obnoxious. I'll hafta build that compound in northeastern WA where nobody goes except mountain men and DEA agents.

Edited at 2008-08-19 05:27 am (UTC)

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