posted on Aug, 16 2004 @ 01:15 AM
since no one is posting here but me, I can use this as sort of a semi-private blog.
Here's some stuff I'd like to do as emperor.
-Everybody goes into govt. service on their 18th birthday. The best 10% go into officer training in the military. The next 10% go into emergency
response. The 10% below that become police auxiliary. The rest can enlist in the military, or work in civilian construction corp.
-I'd have a national citizenship test. No one is born a citizen, you only become one AFTER serving in the military as an officer, the police, or
emergency response. And fill out a multiple choice exam about our nation. Prove you can read the official language.
-Cities would be in charge of local defense. They'd be encouraged to produce their own food and utilities as well. I'd put walls around city
sections, to decrease crime and rioting.
-No more than 10% of a TV program could be commercials. people would pay more attention to 'em, if they were rarer.
-No more high school or college football. What a school spends on turf and stadium lighting each year would fund a foreign language department for a
decade or so.
-promote school sports that emphasize individual excellence: Fencing, chess, running. All cheap stuff.
-Legalize and formalize dueling, especially to replace libel/slander lawsuits. That'd cut the crap.
-Legalized OVERT carry of firearms by citizens who's gun has been ID'd and registered. (An old texan who lived to be 103 once told me that when he
was a kid, every man carried a gun, even in the grocery. He told me, "I never even heard of a man being called a s-- of a b---- until 1925!)
-Tort Reform: Loser pays.
-toughen up the driver's test, and up the driving age to 18. The 16-18 year old driver is a huge source of auto accidents.
-Top speed for trucks is 65 hwy, 55 city. Any road that is straight for more than 5 miles has no speed limit (except for trucks).
-Every 4 years, instead of an election, I'd have an trans-national stock car race, from NY to San Diego. Registered contestants have right of way on
all roads. Ties to be settled by duel (in cars).
-Move the nation's Capitol to the Kansas/Nebraska border. The Imperial palace would be the center of govt.
- A flat tax, averaging together all the rates paid by the population, to equal the current national revenue.
-All income is taxed at the same rate, regardless of source; whether inheritance, stock dividends, or wages, it's all one rate. Now we can LOWER the
flat tax, since I've just done away with the biggest useless federal bureacracy. Of course we'll have to up the spending for law enforcement, so my
secret police can round up dissadent ex-I.R.S. employees. . .
-All Imperial courts sentence convicts to days of labor. If you don't want to work on a given day, for any reason, fine. But it's not coming off
of your sentence, either.
-Prisoners grow their own food, haul their own water. They can Improve the prison by building moats and stuff. No air conditioning. A solitary cell
for every prisoner---so there's none of that "Midnight Express" stuff, either.
-Maximum 'live' sentence would be ten years of labor. Anything worse than that, execute em. By hanging, because gravity is a a renewable
-Oh yeah, we'd go back to having titles of nobility, too. Dukes and earls and such. So that people would be recognized for something besides money,
sex and celebrity.
-A court jester. She'd need to be naked, as well as funny.