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I were president...
NewsHour Extra asked you to send us your thoughts on what you would do if you were president of the United States for 100 days. Here's what some of you said:
Eric, Redwood City
I believe that I would push for a more proactive healthcare system that encourages remaining healthy so that the need for critical care would deminish.
I see a need for unification in our country, we need to take the focus away from Republicans and Democrats and make our nation's people the center of our policies.
We need to stop bankrolling corporations and promote education for everyone (everyone should have the chance to go to college -- like it used to be in California's community college system).
We need to protect the rights of Americans and stop this continuing slippery slope of losing more and more rights so that we can live in a more secure world -- liberty has its dangers and if we want liberty we must face them head on.
We need to get rid of the electorial college and make this country a democracy and remove the republic for America.
We need to revamp our voting system to make it so that every vote counts.
We need to form an executive cabinet that reflects the color and views of the American population.
Lastly, but as important as everything I've said, we need to make space and its exploration one of our primary concerns. Train our children to embrace technology and seek the understanding of the unknown. Yes, to boldy go were no one has gone before. These are what I would push for...
Bruce, Ackley, Iowa
My first 100 days I would take the 4 largest cities and start a program to help get homeless people jobs and shelter. If we just concentrate on those four cities there will be progress with attainable goals. Then with what we learned from those four cities we would tackle the next set of cities.
T. Schneider, Sacramento, CA
During my first 100 days, if I were suddenly to find myself in the loafers of G. Bush, I would rip a huge hole in my back pocket by allocating massive amounts of money to researching alternative fuel sources. If not in Bush's loafers, I would take steps to protect what ALL citizens on this planet share: the ENVIRONMENT.
One step in order to achieve this would be spending more on education than on the so called "War on Drugs" and bombers. Changing the world will never come from the continuance of politics as it is now, it must come from the realization by all who consume anything that we live in a world of finite resources.
If the world's population were to cease its expansion right now (and the world's population were ALL lower-middle class Americans), at the current rate of resource consumption, we would need FIVE PLANET EARTHS to fulfill our current needs for ONE YEAR.
Change must come faster than the President Elect is capable of, or we will all have the same "deer caught in the headlights" look that Bush exhibits when in front of podiums.
Gene, Greenville, SC
As the President of the Unites States, I would seek to unite the nation under the flag of peace. First, there must be a realization of the depravity of our nations morals. Although I would not impose legislation to enforce this realization of depravity, I would gain the trust of the people of the United States. Second, there must be an end to the killing of innocent children. I might not win, but I would continue to fight for the millions of lives thrown away each year. I believe in freedom of choice, the baby can choose to live. Babies have rights as we do. Third I would establish a good public education policy that would allow the establishment of neautrality of religion. The religion, Secular Humanism, dominates our public schools while their is legislation to provide the separation of church and state. Under these legislative provisions, Secular Humanism attempts to disguise itself as a non-religion.
Peace would reign, not biasness.
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