Create Your Dream Presidency

GranTurNismo

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Here's an idea that just popped into my head. What would your dream presidency look like? Who would be the President? Vice President? Cabinet? What issues would they fight for? Obviously, no administration would make everyone happy, but if this was all in your control, what would you make it look like?

Here's my ideal presidency:

President: Bernie Sanders. He's a proven leader who ran two successful, grassroots presidential campaigns. He's been fighting for the same progressive values since he became a politician in the 1980s, and genuinely cares about the common people and not being powerful or wealthy. I don't think much explanation is needed here.

Vice President: Richard Ojeda, 49 year-old Democratic representative from West Virginia. Fierce, tough leader, served in the Army for 25 years, also created a grassroots movement and doesn't accept corporate donors, very harsh policy on healthcare, supports unions/workers' rights. He basically believes in what Sanders believes in, so if Bernie were to die in office, we'd have a vice president who'd do what Bernie would do. Also, being that he's younger and from WV, this could help attract southern and midwestern voters.

And now for the cabinet. My ideal cabinet would be representative of America itself. It wouldn't be made up of mostly, rich white men, like Trump's cabinet. It would be diverse both racially and socioeconomically.

Secretary of Labor: Robert Reich, 74-year old economist and professor. Very harsh on corporatism, in favor of unions' rights and syndicalism.
Secretary of State: Sarah Chayes, 58-year old, Senior Associate of Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, the largest foreign policy advocacy group. She has vast international experience and strongly opposed the Iraq war and other middle-east conflicts the US has entered.
Secretary of Defense: Tulsi Gabbard, 38-year old former leader of the Army Military Police and presidential candidate, current Hawaiian representative. Very knowledgeable and articulate in regards to foreign policy.
Secretary of the Treasury: Joseph Stiglitz, 77-year old economist, public policy analyst, and professor, with a nobel prize in economics and over 40 honorary degrees, many of which came from Ivy League Institutions. Supports similar policies as Robert Reich, strongly opposed to multinational corporations and laissez-faire.
Secretary of Veterans Affairs: Tammy Duckworth, 51-year old current Illinois senator and former Army lieutenant colonel, combat veteran in the Iraq War.
Secretary of Justice: Larry Kranser, 59-year old District Attorney of Philadelphia, strongly opposes mass incarceration and paid bail, aggressive policy on police misconduct.
Secretary of Health and Public Services: Mona Hanna-Attisha, 43-year old doctor, professor, and the one who exposed the Flint water crisis.
Secretary of the Interior: Faith Spotted-Eagle, 72-year old Native American activist and counselor who organized the Dakota Access Pipeline protests and founded the Brave Heart Society, advocates for the preservation of Native lands.
Secretary of Education: Diane Ravitch, 81-year old former teacher, historian of education, public schools activist, helped develop the Common Core.
Secretary of Commerce: Ro Khanna, 43-year old lawyer, activist, and former chair of the Bernie Sanders campaign. Supports democratic socialism and strongly opposed the repeal of net neutrality.
Secretary of Housing and Urban Development: 63-year old Jeff Merkley, junior Senator of Oregon, vastly contributed in writing legislation to solve the subprime mortgage crisis, wants to work with non-profit groups to incentivize urban renewal and new, high-quality affordable housing projects.
Secretary of Energy: 55-year old California representative who is a strong climate activist, helped write the Clean Air Act.
Secretary of Agriculture: 69-year old Denny Wolff, farmer and head of the Pennsylvania Dept. of Agriculture, promotes organic farming, and a crackdown on GMOs and unsustainable farming practices.
Secretary of Homeland Security: Luis Gutierrez, 66-year old Illinois congressman, supports immigration reform and an end to ICE.
Secretary of Transportation: Donna Edwards, 61-year old Maryland congresswoman and head of Maryland Dept. Transportation.

Key Issues:
  • Single payer healthcare for all that covers all needs.
  • Tuition-free public college.
  • Legalization of marijuana and expungement of all marijuana convictions.
  • Closure of all private prisons.
  • $15 minimum wage in all states. Minimum wage would be even higher than that in designated "high COL areas" like San Francisco, DC, NYC, Boston, and LA.
  • A progressive tax system which heavily increases income tax on the top 1% and above, to help eliminate income inequality.
  • Expansion of union rights, ending Right to Work
  • Comprehensive climate change reform, banning fracking, coal, and nuclear power
  • Decreased military spending.
  • Diplomatic-based foreign policy.
  • Rent control.
  • Crackdown on corporate corruption, workers' rights violations, and exploitation in developing countries.
  • Close all tax loopholes and Cayman Islands accounts.
  • Assault weapons ban.
  • Universal pre-school.
  • Abolition of ICE.
  • Reparations to Black communities ravaged by poverty, drug-use, blight, poor infrastructure, and poor educational opportunities.
  • Mandatory sick leave/family leave for all occupations.
  • Withdraw all troops from Afghanistan.
  • Abolish the electoral college.
  • Overturn citizens united vs fec.
  • Pass equal rights amendment
  • Provide free contraceptives and feminine hygiene products.
 

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You mean, the BALLS to admit when they are wrong?

Yeah, American people can't admit when they are wrong!



(!) -> for those that can't see sarcasm
 
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Here's an idea that just popped into my head. What would your dream presidency look like? Who would be the President? Vice President? Cabinet? What issues would they fight for? Obviously, no administration would make everyone happy, but if this was all in your control, what would you make it look like?

Here's my ideal presidency:

President: Bernie Sanders. He's a proven leader who ran two successful, grassroots presidential campaigns. He's been fighting for the same progressive values since he became a politician in the 1980s, and genuinely cares about the common people and not being powerful or wealthy. I don't think much explanation is needed here.

Vice President: Richard Ojeda, 49 year-old Democratic representative from West Virginia. Fierce, tough leader, served in the Army for 25 years, also created a grassroots movement and doesn't accept corporate donors, very harsh policy on healthcare, supports unions/workers' rights. He basically believes in what Sanders believes in, so if Bernie were to die in office, we'd have a vice president who'd do what Bernie would do. Also, being that he's younger and from WV, this could help attract southern and midwestern voters.

And now for the cabinet. My ideal cabinet would be representative of America itself. It wouldn't be made up of mostly, rich white men, like Trump's cabinet. It would be diverse both racially and socioeconomically.

Secretary of Labor: Robert Reich, 74-year old economist and professor. Very harsh on corporatism, in favor of unions' rights and syndicalism.
Secretary of State: Sarah Chayes, 58-year old, Senior Associate of Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, the largest foreign policy advocacy group. She has vast international experience and strongly opposed the Iraq war and other middle-east conflicts the US has entered.
Secretary of Defense: Tulsi Gabbard, 38-year old former leader of the Army Military Police and presidential candidate, current Hawaiian representative. Very knowledgeable and articulate in regards to foreign policy.
Secretary of the Treasury: Joseph Stiglitz, 77-year old economist, public policy analyst, and professor, with a nobel prize in economics and over 40 honorary degrees, many of which came from Ivy League Institutions. Supports similar policies as Robert Reich, strongly opposed to multinational corporations and laissez-faire.
Secretary of Veterans Affairs: Tammy Duckworth, 51-year old current Illinois senator and former Army lieutenant colonel, combat veteran in the Iraq War.
Secretary of Justice: Larry Kranser, 59-year old District Attorney of Philadelphia, strongly opposes mass incarceration and paid bail, aggressive policy on police misconduct.
Secretary of Health and Public Services: Mona Hanna-Attisha, 43-year old doctor, professor, and the one who exposed the Flint water crisis.
Secretary of the Interior: Faith Spotted-Eagle, 72-year old Native American activist and counselor who organized the Dakota Access Pipeline protests and founded the Brave Heart Society, advocates for the preservation of Native lands.
Secretary of Education: Diane Ravitch, 81-year old former teacher, historian of education, public schools activist, helped develop the Common Core.
Secretary of Commerce: Ro Khanna, 43-year old lawyer, activist, and former chair of the Bernie Sanders campaign. Supports democratic socialism and strongly opposed the repeal of net neutrality.
Secretary of Housing and Urban Development: 63-year old Jeff Merkley, junior Senator of Oregon, vastly contributed in writing legislation to solve the subprime mortgage crisis, wants to work with non-profit groups to incentivize urban renewal and new, high-quality affordable housing projects.
Secretary of Energy: 55-year old California representative who is a strong climate activist, helped write the Clean Air Act.
Secretary of Agriculture: 69-year old Denny Wolff, farmer and head of the Pennsylvania Dept. of Agriculture, promotes organic farming, and a crackdown on GMOs and unsustainable farming practices.
Secretary of Homeland Security: Luis Gutierrez, 66-year old Illinois congressman, supports immigration reform and an end to ICE.
Secretary of Transportation: Donna Edwards, 61-year old Maryland congresswoman and head of Maryland Dept. Transportation.

Key Issues:
  • Single payer healthcare for all that covers all needs.
  • Tuition-free public college.
  • Legalization of marijuana and expungement of all marijuana convictions.
  • Closure of all private prisons.
  • $15 minimum wage in all states. Minimum wage would be even higher than that in designated "high COL areas" like San Francisco, DC, NYC, Boston, and LA.
  • A progressive tax system which heavily increases income tax on the top 1% and above, to help eliminate income inequality.
  • Expansion of union rights, ending Right to Work
  • Comprehensive climate change reform, banning fracking, coal, and nuclear power
  • Decreased military spending.
  • Diplomatic-based foreign policy.
  • Rent control.
  • Crackdown on corporate corruption, workers' rights violations, and exploitation in developing countries.
  • Close all tax loopholes and Cayman Islands accounts.
  • Assault weapons ban.
  • Universal pre-school.
  • Abolition of ICE.
  • Reparations to Black communities ravaged by poverty, drug-use, blight, poor infrastructure, and poor educational opportunities.
  • Mandatory sick leave/family leave for all occupations.
  • Withdraw all troops from Afghanistan.
  • Abolish the electoral college.
  • Overturn citizens united vs fec.
  • Pass equal rights amendment
  • Provide free contraceptives and feminine hygiene products.

You omitted the name for the Secretary of Energy...


If everyone in America including myself, can be as informed as you, we would be in such a better place now..

I can tell that you have given at least 5 more minutes of thoughts than I have in this topic....

I would be happy if we have the president you nominated... I would trust that he would make better choices than the current idiot we have right now.



Not a deranged lunatic.

Who is ?
 

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You omitted the name for the Secretary of Energy...


If everyone in America including myself, can be as informed as you, we would be in such a better place now..

I can tell that you have given at least 5 more minutes of thoughts than I have in this topic....

I would be happy if we have the president you nominated... I would trust that he would make better choices than the current idiot we have right now.





Who is ?
My bad. Jared Huffman would be the Secretary of Energy.
 

Joey D

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President: Justin Amash
Vice President: Jo Jorgensen

As for the cabinet, I'm not sure I'd be able to figure that out.

For the issues though, this is some of what I'd like to see even if it's a bit of pipe dream:
  • Slash military spending by 80%, close bases, dismantle 95% of the nuclear arsenal, and focus on special ops troops, the Air Force, and drone technology.
  • Pull all financial support from Israel, only provide diplomatic relations
  • Publically denounce Saudi Arabia and sever all ties with the nation
  • Recognize Palestine and Taiwan as countries
  • Remove all military presence from the Middle East
  • Axe several government agencies including the NSA, FCC, and EPA
  • Repeal all government spying/big brother policies
  • Shoot the TSA into the sun and have airports and airlines run their own security, hold those companies responsible in the event of a security issue
  • Defund Social Security and allow people to opt-out of the program
  • Eliminate Medicare completely, leave Medicaid but drastically change it so it truly helps those in need
  • Implement a flat tax system where every person who gets an income pays 10% of that, eliminate and/or shoot the IRS into the sun
  • Eliminate any policy that's not expressly granted to the Federal Government via the Constitution and return that power to the states
  • Remove any federal involvement in social issues such as same-sex marriage, abortion, etc. Those are for the states to decide
  • Reform campaign contributions to effectively make it super difficult for anyone to give any politician money
  • Remove all corporate bailouts, force companies to pay that money back
  • End Farm Subsidies along with other subsidies for industries
  • Remove all illegal tariffs set by Trump
  • Stop construction of the Border Wall immediately, any land that was taken under the guise of eminent domain will be returned to the owners
  • Streamline the immigration process, allow seasonal workers to come into the US with a simple registration and grant them a temporary work visa for 6 months
  • All illegal immigrants currently in the US will be granted a pathway to citizenship barring they are working
  • Reduce the number of Border Patrol agents and have the remaining ones focus on actual threats to the border
  • Repeal all illegal firearm laws, focus on keeping legal guns in the hands of those who want them while removing illegal guns (arms trafficking)
  • Repeal the drinking and smoking ages, let the states figure it out
  • Decriminalize all drugs, vacate all convictions for drug users
 

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President: Justin Amash
Vice President: Jo Jorgensen

As for the cabinet, I'm not sure I'd be able to figure that out.

For the issues though, this is some of what I'd like to see even if it's a bit of pipe dream:
  • Slash military spending by 80%, close bases, dismantle 95% of the nuclear arsenal, and focus on special ops troops, the Air Force, and drone technology.
  • Pull all financial support from Israel, only provide diplomatic relations
  • Publically denounce Saudi Arabia and sever all ties with the nation
  • Recognize Palestine and Taiwan as countries
  • Remove all military presence from the Middle East
  • Axe several government agencies including the NSA, FCC, and EPA
  • Repeal all government spying/big brother policies
  • Shoot the TSA into the sun and have airports and airlines run their own security, hold those companies responsible in the event of a security issue
  • Defund Social Security and allow people to opt-out of the program
  • Eliminate Medicare completely, leave Medicaid but drastically change it so it truly helps those in need
  • Implement a flat tax system where every person who gets an income pays 10% of that, eliminate and/or shoot the IRS into the sun
  • Eliminate any policy that's not expressly granted to the Federal Government via the Constitution and return that power to the states
  • Remove any federal involvement in social issues such as same-sex marriage, abortion, etc. Those are for the states to decide
  • Reform campaign contributions to effectively make it super difficult for anyone to give any politician money
  • Remove all corporate bailouts, force companies to pay that money back
  • End Farm Subsidies along with other subsidies for industries
  • Remove all illegal tariffs set by Trump
  • Stop construction of the Border Wall immediately, any land that was taken under the guise of eminent domain will be returned to the owners
  • Streamline the immigration process, allow seasonal workers to come into the US with a simple registration and grant them a temporary work visa for 6 months
  • All illegal immigrants currently in the US will be granted a pathway to citizenship barring they are working
  • Reduce the number of Border Patrol agents and have the remaining ones focus on actual threats to the border
  • Repeal all illegal firearm laws, focus on keeping legal guns in the hands of those who want them while removing illegal guns (arms trafficking)
  • Repeal the drinking and smoking ages, let the states figure it out
  • Decriminalize all drugs, vacate all convictions for drug users
Though I don't know much about Amash and Jorgensen, I agree with most of the issues that you'd want to have done. Not all of them, but most of them for sure. Nice contribution.
 

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Someone with the minerals to admit when they are wrong or otherwise incorrect.

It is such a rare quality.

Also, someone who isn't a potential/confirmed sexual predator.

@Joey D 's list pretty much matches my own.
 

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Bumping the thread. Does any other member have an idea for their "dream presidency"? I'm surprised only one other member answered the question. Your "dream presidency" doesn't have to be as detailed as mine in the OP.