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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.

[User Picture]From: nadalia
2008-09-30 07:04 pm (UTC)
For me a marriage is a business contract. My hubby and I were married in our religion back in 2000 but we didn't make it legal until this past May. We finally did it for legal reasons, healthcare and life insurance, etc. not because it proved that we loved each other any more or any less.

If I shoot someone with my gun it's because they are trying to kill me. I am not paying for insurance to pay for that person's funeral if they were trying to kill me.
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[User Picture]From: starrynytes4me
2008-09-30 07:08 pm (UTC)
We finally did it for legal reasons, healthcare and life insurance, etc. not because it proved that we loved each other any more or any less.

I've heard this said in many different ways, such as "Love isn't defined by a piece of paper." To me marriage is much more than that. It is a promise of intent to stay together forever between 2 people and you are serious enough to sign your name to it. It isn't the paper, but the promise and intent that makes marriage what it is.

Obviously, guns used in defense would not pay the victim anything. In ANY sort of defense. However, if people with guns were liable for how they are used, maybe they would be more careful with them so that kids don't accidentally get killed playing with them, and there would be fewer stolen guns used in school shootings. The main problem with guns are not the responsible owners, it's the irresponsible owners who can't keep track of their guns.
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[User Picture]From: nadalia
2008-09-30 07:28 pm (UTC)
I guess for me the serious part wasn't signing my name but standing in front of my Gods with my friends and family there as witnesses.
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[User Picture]From: starrynytes4me
2008-09-30 07:35 pm (UTC)
Well, whichever part is the true promise, the saying of the words, the deciding it is forever, or the consummation, or the ceremony, it's that meaningful promise to the love forever part that is what the wedding is about.
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[User Picture]From: pollyhyper
2008-09-30 08:33 pm (UTC)
Lanette in 2012!
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[User Picture]From: tigrrlily
2008-09-30 10:10 pm (UTC)
The pre-nup idea is really interesting. I think the hard part would be keeping people honest about their true wishes in terms of children, religion etc. Way too many people in real life fudge their opinions in order to snag a spouse and come to regret it later.
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[User Picture]From: starrynytes4me
2008-10-01 12:06 am (UTC)
I think that is a big problem, but currently we don't even suggest the discussion, and I think that leads to disappointment.
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[User Picture]From: vivaine666
2008-10-07 11:56 pm (UTC)
I am totally supportive of manditory pre-nups. The health care-what about vision? And would medical also be basic, with the more major (aka expensive) things being paid for on a percentage basis?
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[User Picture]From: starrynytes4me
2008-10-08 12:02 am (UTC)
Medical would be like what you get with a managed care system now, where you have a primary doctor and need referrals. However, if you need more than that, such as gender reassignment, reconstructive elective surgery, or something that isn't JUST for health purposes, it would cover only a percentage (such as 80%) of that. That would also apply to weight loss surgery if there weren't significant co-morbidities. However, for the 20% that the person had to pay, there would also be a program in place for hardship for those earning below a certain amount or with extreme circumstances (such as being retired, on public assistance, or otherwise unable to pay).
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