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Weigh In - If you were president.....
10/26/2008 - By by Teja Anderson

Weigh In - If you were president.....

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!

COLTS NECK 
 

I would create an energy policy that would free us from dependence on any potential political adversaries.


-Al Knipfing

 

I think I would put a committee together to look
at and evaluate the economy.


-Debbie Buragina

 

The economy…get that all straightened out.


-Carol Schreiber



 

 

My first order of business would be to withdraw
our troops from Iraq and Afghanistan.


-Bob Marsinelli

 

Something to do with health care…get it
reformed, because it really is getting ridiculous.


-Tom Dunn

 

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.


-Marilyn Nicolella

 
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!
-Tom Cermak
 

I think I would try to fix the economy.


-Cindi Golda

 

Take a vacation and then remove the troops!


-Jimmy Dounis

 

I would address our country's development of alternative energies and fossil fuels to greater reduce our dependency on foreign oil.


-Steve Coffey

 

Ban cigarettes for life, because they are the worst drug out there on the market.


-T.J. Meagher

 

I would do away with the antiquated bi-partisan system.


—Dan Fenski

 

Lower the cost of health care.


-Robin Pedersen



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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.


-Lynn Schalhoub



 

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.


-Jason Orrico

 

Fix the economy!


-Charles Basile

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Reform the meat industry!


-Ashley Marmelstein


 

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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.


-Jonah Anders


 




 

Lower taxes!


-Chris Vespa

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I would change taxes.


-Susan Guglielmi


 




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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.


-Sammi Kruthers


 

 

My first order would be to move the boys out of Iraq.


-Sal Zocchi

 
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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!


-Karen Sici


 





 


I would bring the war to a successful conclusion.


-T. J. McMahon

 

 
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Free pizza on Fridays.


-Timmy Kohler


 

 

HOLMDEL 
 



Be happy! I would be very happy knowing that I was doing something for humanity.




-Alfredo Generoso 

 



Womans health care My mother worked for a senator for 18 years, and so I know that is important.




-Brandy Paetzoll 

 

Stop the slander ads; stop the candidates from being at each others throats.



-Scott McLaughlin



 

There are so many things that need to be done, but I guess first off I would lower taxes.



-Patricia Weichert 

 



I would do research for alternative energy sources, and then I would implement the solutions.




-Katie LoPinto


 

Address the war and take care of middle class citizens!



-Nancy Bricker 
 


Id provide free health care for everyone…like in Europe.




-James Kiernan 
 
Create more jobs somehow.
-Celeste Dabis



 

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.



-Debbie Smyth 

 

Health care for all. Single mothers need help desperately.



-Joan Craig 
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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.



-Sammi Kruthers








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.



-Lorraine Pacilli 

 

Foreign policy. I would do more to help third world countries.



-Sam Yousaf


 

Health care, hands down.

-Ken Miserak 
 


Lower taxes!

-Dawn Gregory 
 

Lower taxes!

-William Gregory






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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!



-Diana Lakiszak



 

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.



-Helena Hayden 
 

More stem cell research.

-Joan Scott 


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Economic relief.

-Jamie Adler

 

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.



-Gerald Pegues 
 

Id try to bring some of the troops home.

-Stephen Passerello 
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Time to get those troops out. -Jessica Krawiec





National health care.

-Holly Gallicchio 

JERSEY SHORE 

 



Cancel NAFTA and turn us back into an industrial nation.

-Bob Tort


 



Health insurance! Do something to make it available to everyone.

-Elizabeth Tort


 



I would surround myself with the smartest people I know.

-Tim McLoone


 



I would place a cap on gas prices; $2 [a gallon] would be good.

-Lynn Orsatti


 



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.


-Cindy Arko
 

Term limits


-Ken Arko
 

Cut taxes


-George Destafney
 

I would work to develop alternative energy possibilities so that we wouldn’t be so dependent on Mideast oil.



 -Paul Abelow
 

I would help all the people who are homeless.


-Morgan Rue
 

I would help the small business owners to provide jobs.


-Christine & Dane Rue
 

Put “Guiding Light”
in a better time slot.


-Donna Baker
 

Bring our troops home


-Pamela Merklinger
 

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.


-Devon Paskewich
 

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.


-Rae Bennett
 

I would implement new legislation for improving beach access and cutting down on ocean pollution.


-Justin Thompson
 



First off, I would withdraw the troops from Iraq. Everything else can be taken care of later.


-Madonna Lomench
 

The security of our country would be my first priority. Next would be health care, and then the economy.


-Carolyn Hester
 

Bring the troops home


-Cheryl Marchese
 

Get Osama


-Jim Meola

MARLBORO 
 
I would push to get the Ukraine into NATO. That, and reform Congress.

-David Altamura

 
World peace, stop all the wars, then lower taxes and fix health care, and provide more funding for education.

-Sarmiza Radu

 
I would move the drinking age up to 24, and also bring all the soldiers home from Iraq.

-Erin Finn


 
Well, first I would sit down in the Oval Office and smoke a cigar. Then I would fix health care and stimulate the economy!

-Mitchell Rubin

 
Id deal with the gas situation…lower the prices!

-Lia Durazzo


 
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?

-Jim Pucciarella

 
Invade Russia. They are trying to start a whole empire over there and we need to stop them fast!

-Nick Colletti


 

I would put a baseball
field on the great
lawn.



-Bobby Cartas

 
Make everyone learn how to swim so they wouldnt drown, and make homework illegal!

-Stephanie Radu




 
Definitely lower taxes, especially in Marlboro.

-Diane Kaiser


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Get rid of all the illegal immigrants.

-Joy Morrison




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I would cut ties with China because they are taking work away from Americans.

-Jimmy Poletaev



 
I would focus on getting an energy plan into place.

-Vincent Pagliuca

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I think that the question of our health care system, seriously, needs to be addressed.



-Karen Sici


 

I would keep English as the native language, and not push or promote other languages.
If you want to live here, learn the language.


-Jodi Altamura

 

Allow gay marriage in all the states!



-Eric Anderson
 
Make shopping tax free for the whole country!

-Francesca Barone


 Resign
-Kate Rubin


 

Make cigarettes illegal


-Katie McKay

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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.

-Doug Rubin




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I would make sure that teachers got paid more; more money for teachers and education.

-Kristan Pinzon





Be a good friend to Russia!

-Liza Fonarev






I would put more money into schools and extracurricular activities.

-Natasha Galette

 




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