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Weigh In - If you were president.....
10/26/2008 - By by Teja Anderson
If you were the newly elected president of the United States, what would be the first thing you would do when you took office?
Obama and McCain should both take note: whichever one of you worthy gentlemen takes office on January 20, 2009, get right to work on fixing the health care system and bringing our men and women back from Iraq! Hands down these were the two main concerns that both male and female voters felt should be addressed the minute the oath of office is taken. Those issues were closely followed by the need to put together an energy bill that would make our reliance on foreign oil less binding and necessary. Of course, taxes are in the forefront of people’s minds, and a lot of them would like to get them lowered right away, especially here in New Jersey.
Probably the smartest answer was from a 12-year-old girl, who said that if she was elected she would resign. Out of the mouths of babes! She realized what a daunting task it really is to run a country like ours, and echoed the words of many when she said she just wouldn’t even know where to begin, there were so many problems that need fixing right now. There were several citizens who wanted to enlist the help of either past presidents or other “smart people” for advice and support. Interestingly, one teenager wanted the national minimum drinking age raised to 24, while another “of age” citizen wanted it lowered back down to 18, his argument being that “you can die for your country, but you can’t have a beer.” Another issue that seemed to evoke different positions was that of illegal immigrants; some of you wanted them deported, while one resident suggested making them all legal so they could start paying taxes and stop sending all of their cash out of the country.
A surprising few of you would allow yourselves to enjoy the moment; no one seemed to want to throw a party or invite friends over to admire their new digs and the Oval Office. But no matter who is elected Commander-in-Chief this November, one thing is certain – he had better roll up his sleeves and get right to work!
I would create an energy policy that would free us from dependence on any potential political adversaries.
I think I would put a committee together to look
at and evaluate the economy.
The economy…get that all straightened out.
My first order of business would be to withdraw
our troops from Iraq and Afghanistan.
Something to do with health care…get it
reformed, because it really is getting ridiculous.
I would sit down and take a big sigh and a big gulp. Then I would get right to work on the economy and getting our gals and guys back from the war.
I would give every illegal alien legal status right off the bat, so that we could start getting tax dollars from all the money they are making in this country, before they send it all back to their own countries.
Stop the transfer of wealth out of America!
I think I would try to fix the economy.
Take a vacation and then remove the troops!
I would address our country's development of alternative energies and fossil fuels to greater reduce our dependency on foreign oil.
Ban cigarettes for life, because they are the worst drug out there on the market.
I would do away with the antiquated bi-partisan system.
Lower the cost of health care.
Finances of the country. I am a realtor, and it doesn't take brains to see its not the moral background of a candidate… its if they understand the business of finance.
I would definitely lower taxes so that they wouldn't hurt small business owners. I would cut the inheritance tax, property taxes, and especially state taxes.
Fix the economy!
Reform the meat industry!
I definitely think that our relationships with our international allies, that have been suffering for the last eight years under the Bush regime, need some major work.
I would change taxes.
I would definitely put together a group of economic geniuses to not only get our economy out of the hole, that this leadership has allowed the populous to get into, but actually make us stronger and better equipped to handle this situation if we are ever faced with it again. Though, I hope we are smart enough to learn from our mistakes and never be in this situation again.
My first order would be to move the boys out of Iraq.
I think that the question of our healthcare system needs to not only be adressed, but I would institute that every single American would somehow be covered. It is completely outrageous that we still have uninsured citizens in this country!
I would bring the war to a successful conclusion.
-T. J. McMahon
Free pizza on Fridays.
Be happy! I would be very happy knowing that I was doing something for humanity.
Womans health care My mother worked for a senator for 18 years, and so I know that is important.
Stop the slander ads; stop the candidates from being at each others throats.
There are so many things that need to be done, but I guess first off I would lower taxes.
I would do research for alternative energy sources, and then I would implement the solutions.
Address the war and take care of middle class citizens!
Id provide free health care for everyone…like in Europe.
Create more jobs somehow.
Health care. I would try to make it more feasible for everyone so that they didnt have to pay hundreds of dollars every time they went to the doctor.
Health care for all. Single mothers need help desperately.
I would put together a group of economic geniuses to not only get our economy out of the hole, that this President has allowed us to get into, but actually make us stronger and better equipped to handle this situation if we are ever faced with it again. Though, I hope we are smart enough to learn from our mistakes and never be in this situation again.
I would take care of the health care issue. I dont mean free health care, or even socialization; I mean by dealing with the insurance companies.
Foreign policy. I would do more to help third world countries.
Health care, hands down.
It would be way too overwhelming for me. There are just so many problems with this country right now; I would have an anxiety attack!
Oil, Iraq…there are so many issues. Where to start, well I guess I would start by talking to the refineries in the U.S. to see if we could solve energy issues at home.
More stem cell research.
I would do something with the budget; get gas prices lowered so that people could get to work without it taking a big chunk of their paycheck.
Id try to bring some of the troops home.
Time to get those troops out. -Jessica Krawiec
National health care.
Cancel NAFTA and turn us back into an industrial nation.
Health insurance! Do something to make it available to everyone.
I would surround myself with the smartest people I know.
I would place a cap on gas prices; $2 [a gallon] would be good.
Stop gas prices from rising and explore drilling in Alaska.
- Linda Scheurer
Well, it would be two things really. First, I would do an overview and possible redirection of our military operations in Iraq. Second, I would immediately expand on alternative forms of energy – nuclear, offshore drilling, natural gas. Energy and foreign policy…I would tackle those right away.
-Senator Sean Kean
I would like to implement better health care and focus on lesser funded issues, such as food allergies and autism…not just focus on cancer and AIDS.
I would work to develop alternative energy possibilities so that we wouldn’t be so dependent on Mideast oil.
I would help all the people who are homeless.
I would help the small business owners to provide jobs.
-Christine & Dane Rue
Put “Guiding Light”
in a better time slot.
Bring our troops home
I would meet with all the past presidents who are still alive, invite them to a brunch, and ask them for advice and tips on what they learned in office.
I would give every person who suffers from a food allergy the opportunity to have a Twinject® pen because of its gentle technique and simple assurance against life threatening allergies.
-R. J. Kreutze
I would secure our borders and then secure the country by building up the defense department.
I would implement new legislation for improving beach access and cutting down on ocean pollution.
First off, I would withdraw the troops from Iraq. Everything else can be taken care of later.
The security of our country would be my first priority. Next would be health care, and then the economy.
Bring the troops home
I would push to get the Ukraine into NATO. That, and reform Congress.
World peace, stop all the wars, then lower taxes and fix health care, and provide more funding for education.
I would move the drinking age up to 24, and also bring all the soldiers home from Iraq.
Well, first I would sit down in the Oval Office and smoke a cigar. Then I would fix health care and stimulate the economy!
Id deal with the gas situation…lower the prices!
I would demand full disclosure to the American people on government spending... where the money goes. No more one-minute sound bites that don't explain things; I would have half hour infomercials that really break it down, like what Ross Perot did. Remember him?
Invade Russia. They are trying to start a whole empire over there and we need to stop them fast!
I would put a baseball
field on the great
Make everyone learn how to swim so they wouldnt drown, and make homework illegal!
Definitely lower taxes, especially in Marlboro.
Get rid of all the illegal immigrants.
I would cut ties with China because they are taking work away from Americans.
I would focus on getting an energy plan into place.
I think that the question of our health care system, seriously, needs to be addressed.
I would keep English as the native language, and not push or promote other languages.
If you want to live here, learn the language.
Allow gay marriage in all the states!
Make shopping tax free for the whole country!
Make cigarettes illegal
First of all, its not the first thing you do that is the most important. It's what you do from then on. I would stop same sex marriages.
- Theo Radu
I would put an ice hockey rink in so all my friends could come over and play.
I would make sure that teachers got paid more; more money for teachers and education.
Be a good friend to Russia!
I would put more money into schools and extracurricular activities.
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