Today’s prompt asks “would you ever consider running for president?” How can I not answer that? Back in college, when I was young, arrogant, and not at all versed in the ways of the world, I stated my ambition to run for President of the United States. A conservative friend who was an Air Force officer promptly stated that should I get elected, he would consider it his sworn duty to take me out. I assume he was joking.
Anyway, that was 20 year ago. In all likelihood, I don’t see a run for the presidency in my future. I don’t think I’m devoid of the qualities that a President needs. I think I’m reasonably intelligent. I understand American history and law. I recognize the need to to surround myself with good people. I love my country. I believe in the promise of a more perfect union. I’m capable of understanding and appreciating the importance of a great many areas of policy, and I have a pretty well-formed view of what government can and can’t do well. Still, as much as I recognize and respect the need for compromise, I don’t think I’d have the patience do deal with that compromise. I also don’t think I have the ambition to make the kinds of sacrifices that national politicians have to make in terms of family.
Still, it doesn’t stop me from having opinions about how I would do things. Here’s a snapshot of my presidential platform. Please not, I’m not tossing out numbers here, just ideas.
Let’s start with domestic policy.
1) Healthcare: I’d swing for the fences and go for universal single payer healthcare. Yes, some taxes would have to go up, but not enough to offset the cost savings realized by businesses and individuals. Let’s take the burden of having to pay for healthcare off of families and business.
2) Social Security and Medicare: Shore up both funds by removing the contribution cap so that all wage and salary income is taxed for this purpose. If that doesn’t close the gap, go ahead and raise payroll taxes.
3) Jobs, environment, and infrastructure. Let’s have the federal government invest needed improvements to our domestic infrastructure. Roads, bridges, rail, they are all in need of attention. So does the power grid. As long as we’re updating infrastructure, let’s use green technologies, and make sure we’re buying it from domestic producers.
4) Energy. Cut oil subsidies and invest the money in developing renewables. Pass legislation to support green home construction.
5) Democracy. Require that all Federal elections are conducted on voter-verifiable paper ballots. Pass legislation declaring that corporations are not people and do not have the same political rights as individuals.
Okay, that’s all for now. It’s not for lack of a platform that I don’t run.