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If you rubbed a magic lamp in the white house and a genie version of obama came out and granted you three laws or reforms, what would those laws be?

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Mine would be as follows.

1.) Complete campaign finance reform. I would put extreme limits and controls on corporate donations. I honestly am not educated enough to completely outline what/how I would do it, I just know I hate how much money controls politics these days.

2.) I would fund hell out of education and human services, most likely at a decrease in defense spending and corporate taxes. Also I would tax churches, if they can donate to politics they can pay taxes like the rest of us.

3.) End the drug war. All the money spent keeping victimless drug offenders in jail can be used in back to work and reintegration programs. Drug addiction will be treated as a disease instead of just punishing poor people. I would decriminalize all of it, and legalize and tax weed. Typical I know.

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3. Balance the budget (I have a feeling this one won't be too popular here.)

I don't think ANYBODY is against balancing the budget, it's just HOW we balance the budget that is the argument. I think the majority of people on this site would agree that raising taxes on the wealthy and super wealthy is the first step. I think most of us would also agree that cutting social services and welfare aid would only make the lives of american's worse and would even have a detrimental effect on the economy. We need to raise taxes and responsibly cut spending.

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My political science teacher basically shot down someone's hypothetical amendment that advocated something like "Balanced Budget at all times (except during a time of Congressionally Declared War). He basically said that having a balanced budget is something that we could and should not expect to achieve over night, but rather gradually phase it in year by year. It would be a good idea though, if handled delicately. Taxing the the painfully rich people in this country is a good idea, but almost everyone on the side of the Republican party thinks that is a horrible idea. Nobody deserves healthcare if they can't afford it and nobody deserves welfare if they were born a peasant. Obviously. Socialism is the Devil and so forth.

As for what laws to amend, lickity split:

  • My first thought would be to repeal the the portion of the National Defense Authorization Act* that allows for indefinite detention of US citizens, even if Obama has no intention of using it during his presidency. It seems to be a potent potential threat to be used against us at a time in which any new president takes office.
  • I don't think we can accomplish much more in Iraq and Afghanistan; I'll be damned if we accomplished anything at all worthwhile to begin with. Let's end that shit immediately.
  • I'd also advocate the immediate dismantling of the government's "War on Drugs." It's been drastically unsuccessful thus far and it causes so much strife for individuals who are only dealing in minor drugs such as cannabis. Decriminalization and/or legalization of cannabis could easily fit into the framework and timing of this. As for every other type of drug, I think I'd agree with Ignition's proposal that drug addiction should be treated as a medical problem rather than a reason to send someone to jail or prison. Many people would think of this as society condoning the use of drugs. I think this would be incredibly difficult to convince the majority of people otherwise.

    *I suppose I also need to make a point of reading the entire script of the bill, since I don't doubt that there are more alarming things within its contents.

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The US should look at what Portugal has done with their drug policy. This is a really concise article but there are plenty of sources with more in depth info that are readily available if you want to dig into it a little deeper.

http://www.businessi...on-works-2012-7

Also, that section of the NDAA that allows for indefinite detention with no right to a trial has been fucking with my sanity since I first heard about it. An Iraq war veteran, Brandon Raub was arrested by local authorities and the FBI over politically controversial facebook posts. They didn't read him his Miranda rights, he received no trial and was sent to a mental institution were according to Raub, they threatened to brainwash him with medication.

http://communities.w...facebook-posts/

Here is a very short read on exactly what is wrong with Subtitle D, section 1021 of the NDAA including how it violates the 4th, 5th and 6th amendments of the constitution, essentially making them null and void.

http://belligerentact.org/

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