|Writer's Block: Customizable Party
||[Sep. 30th, 2008|11:27 am]
Invent a political party for the nation in which you reside. What does your ideal platform consist of?
Tax Reform: No more loopholes. The IRS is drastically reduced now. Businesses and those who make the top 5% of money are the only people who pay income tax and you will have an IRS person to oversee it and send bill you. Income tax percentage is drastically reduced, but is a flat percentage for everyone. There is no such thing as a surprize audit or getting a tax discount. For everyone, there is an 18% sales tax now in every state across the nation. Before you get up in arms, here's what you get.
Healthcare Reform: All Americans have healthcare and prescription coverage. Mental health and BASIC dental care (checkups, cavities, teeth pulled) are included. Other needed care for dental, such as root canal/crown will allow individuals to pay off the bill in payments based on income.
Marriage Reform: Gay couples may now marry just like straight couples, but marriage has now changed for everyone. You are allowed one marriage license every 5 years, no exceptions. If you have had more than 3, you only get one per decade. This will reduce the divorce rate by slowing down repeat offenders. There is a mandatory 90 day waiting period for all marriages (like there is currently for divorce) and a marriage license now costs more than a divorce and includes a contract of important information BEFORE marriage is allowed to go through. Everyone will have a pre-nup of some sort as part of the marriage license. Everyone will have an agreement of what they are going to do if the marriage is in trouble, and will know the other's wishes in terms of children, religious, ect. No more Vegas style or shotgun weddings, you must wait 90 days before you marry. All "at fault" divorces are now cheaper and easier as a result of having the pre-nup in place. If you agree to the terms, you can now divorce online, pay the fee, and be done with it. All "no fault" divorces must agree to go to couples counselling before the split for 90 days. After that, if both people agree to go with the pre-nup, the paperwork is filed, no need to go to court.
Transportation: All major US cities must plan and fund efficient public transportation that gets 80% or more commuters to work in under an hour. Subway systems and light rail are no longer "optional" for cities with over a certain number of employees.
Guns: To own a handgun you must have a background check, a mental health screening, and purchase insurance which will pay anyone harmed by the gun a certain amount. If you can't afford that, no gun.