Through The Static

May 29, 2008

Ideas the Presidential Candidates Should Propose

Filed under: Elections,Health,Politics — ausaydong @ 5:16 pm

Though journalists get a bad rap for being dumb (thanks to movies like Thank You For Smoking), they can come up with some good – or at least, interesting – ideas.

Al Tompkins, a well-known and respected journalist, came up with a list of ideas to better the nation. (Yeah, we like to talk the talk.)

Here are ones I thought were worth pointing out, but the full list can be found here:

Five-day-a-week postal delivery. Why do we deliver mail on Saturdays? If you definitely have to have it on the weekend, turn to a private delivery service. The U.S. Postal Service has considered this before and chickened out. It looks as though Saturday deliveries will end by 2011 in the UK.

All federally-elected officials should hold a news conference at least once per month. No more hiding, even when things are bad. No news conference should mean no check.
Change presidential primary election system to a regional system. I have had it with Iowa and New Hampshire getting all the attention.

Scrap the electoral system. Replace it with a system that people understand. If you get the most votes, shouldn’t you win the race?

Open all courtrooms to cameras. Start with the Supreme Court and appeals courts.

End the Social Security penalty for working seniors. If you are between 62 and 65 years old and earn more than $13,560 a year, you begin to lose your Social Security benefits. Why? The amount you get from Social Security should not have anything to do with how much you earn. Give people a reason to stay productive and keep contributing to society for as long as they can. When a lot of people quit working they begin dying.

End special congressional health care coverage. Every member of Congress should be covered by a private health care plan just like the rest of us. This way, we would get health care reforms. Members of Congress have their own pharmacy, nurses and doctors, and they can get a physical, x-ray or electrocardiogram without ever missing work. House members pay $300 a month, and senators pay an estimated $600 a month for this service. Taxpayers pay about $2 million.

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2 Comments »

  1. Good food for thought there…

    Comment by disciplepete — May 29, 2008 @ 9:10 pm | Reply

  2. “End special congressional health care coverage. Every member of Congress should be covered by a private health care plan just like the rest of us. This way, we would get health care reforms. Members of Congress have their own pharmacy, nurses and doctors, and they can get a physical, x-ray or electrocardiogram without ever missing work. House members pay $300 a month, and senators pay an estimated $600 a month for this service. Taxpayers pay about $2 million.” <– mah fLavorite

    Comment by bobbleheadedbob — May 30, 2008 @ 7:34 am | Reply


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