Brett Stevens 2012

Hi, I’m Brett Stevens and I’m running for President in 2012.

This country needs a breath of fresh air that isn’t catering to entrenched interests. Unfortunately, those exist on both left and right, and we keep doing things the same old way — such that even our hope/change guy ends up doing that.

However, if a candidate were to declare his or her intentions before taking office, and then limit him or herself to applying those items, this system could be altered from within, avoiding messy revolutions and more tiresome bloviation.

Here’s my platform:

  • Universal education. As far as you excel, we pay for your education in the form of scholarships. In return, if you take a scholarship, you pay a 1% salary tax per year into the scholarship fund, which is invested by private industry.
  • Competitive education. Special education students go to separate schools; discipline problems go to vocational schools; at age 16, any student can opt for vocational education or dropping out. Schools will teach to students’ level, starting from the most competitive. Gifted and talented programs are essential.
  • Cradle-to-grave. All products to be sold in the USA, whether foreign or domestic, must have a sponsoring agency that will recycle them fully upon receipt. Recycling costs are tax-deductible.
  • Illegals remain illegal. Mandatory conscription for any illegal aliens caught in the USA, whether to military or labor force to clean up countryside. No birthright citizenship.
  • Conservation. All undeveloped land can be purchased under eminent domain and kept in natural state; any area designated a ghetto will be assigned 24-7 police patrols and residents removed.
  • Citizenship as a right. Those who commit three or more serious crimes will, in return for halving of their sentences, be deported to Somalia or other failed states.
  • Nuclear deterrent. Any new nation developing nuclear technology will be considered a threat and possibly subjugated.
  • Pollution. All polluted land will be seized and cleaned, if possible at the expense of those who polluted it. Cradle-to-grave required for known polluters like factories and dry cleaners. Pollution becomes a federal crime and civil penalty.
  • Organized crime. Amnesty for all organized crime and efforts made to transition them to legitimate business; after that, expanded powers to pursue organized crime syndicates only.
  • Patriot act. We will rescind the Patriot Act and not monitor communications within the USA unless connected to a convicted criminal with known ties to organized, foreign terrorist organizations.
  • Courts cleaned up. Frivolous lawsuits will become a civil penalty and we will sue those who perpetrate them. Court dockets will be expedited through removal of frivolous cases, and speedy prosecution of outstanding criminal cases. Appeals will be limited.
  • Littering. This will become a federal crime punished by five years in prison.
  • Corruption. Internal task force will be created that receives funding per legitimate conviction, and will report to no other government agency. Lobbyists barred from Washington, and all pork projects must pass vetting procedure; no more “riders” on bills that enable pork projects.
  • Religion. Government will stay out of all religious enterprise, and will take official view that science and religion are compatible and that evolution is the work of God. We will teach both as theories.
  • Abortion and drugs. Per our States Rights view, we will allow individual states to make these decisions.
  • End the fed, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. Government will not regulate markets except to enforce laws against known destructive practices, including a reduced definition of antitrust activity.
  • Affirmative action. Because a person can both be from a minority group, and be a bad hire/renter, we view this as bad law and will rescind it in all its forms.
  • Endangered species and emissions. Regulation will not occur through a separate agency, but be part of the licensing process for any new construction or business.
  • Single government offices. In every major city, a single government complex will be established with all state, local and government transactions to be done in a timely manner through a single interface.
  • Job insurance. Welfare programs will be abolished and replaced with job insurance. If you lose your job or your self-employment goes bankrupt, you get a year of your previous salary by tax return, more if there is a recession (President can declare state of emergency).
  • Flat tax rate. All citizens will be taxed at a 28% flat rate, with negative income tax for those below the poverty level. Estate taxes abolished. Capital gains tax abolished and replaced with a realization tax on investments converted into cash.
  • Nationalism. Politically, we will recognize each ethnic group abroad and at home as an independent entity. In addition, we will offer $41,000 one-time payment to any people who wish to be re-patriated to their ethnic homelands, provided they are in the country legally.
  • Media tax. Any cash-producing media will be taxed at a rate increasing with its distribution, so that those that are most widely viewed are taxed the most.
  • Reform of sex offender laws. Laws will be re-written to make it clear they are designed to protect children against adults who habitually prey on children, not people within a five-year age range engaged in consensual behavior.
  • Common-law marriage and civil union. Healthcare will be privatized and bought competitively; industry will be effectively de-regulated, with efforts going into removal of habitual offenders instead. Citizens can purchase healthcare from this government fund. Common law marriage, or cohabitation for five years, and civil union between any two human individuals, will be recognized as legally equivalent to marriage for healthcare purposes.

You can see that although there would be many changes, the fundamental fabric of life in these United States wouldn’t change much. It’d just be cleaned up, made Green in a meaningful way, and made more efficient. All 500 of you who’d vote for me, raise your hands — and spread the word.

14 Comments

  1. vanderleun says:

    1) Purchase bullet-proof vest.
    2) Do not give up (or get) day job.

  2. Iconocrast says:

    “Illegals remain illegal. Mandatory conscription for any illegal aliens caught in the USA, whether to military or labor force to clean up countryside. No birthright citizenship.”

    I highly reject putting them in the military: having foreigners in the army is a sign of tyranny as the soldiers would be not beholden to American values. I’d like a clarification on this, though I acknowledge that you don’t want to write an essay for every point you have.

    I’d prefer to police illegals by them simply finding them if they break the law; non-crimes like speeding above 5 mph and jaywalking would be exempt. If they’re going to be productive, non-criminal, and contribute to society I don’t really care about sending them back when we have enough citizens who don’t even do anything useful. Maybe give illegals citizenship if they can live socially for ~20 years without committing violent acts of other transgressions.

    Otherwise, flog them publicly and send throw them off the the US border in the middle of the desert.

    “Nuclear deterrent. Any new nation developing nuclear technology will be considered a threat and possibly subjugated.”

    Nations like Iran prefer to have it for defensive reasons — nutcases like North Korea want it so they can show the power of dear leader.

    Israel “officially” doesn’t have nukes, but it is well known that they do. What would their status be under this?

    “Organized crime. Amnesty for all organized crime and efforts made to transition them to legitimate business; after that, expanded powers to pursue organized crime syndicates only.”

    But legalize (some) drugs and prostitution (state level); Nevada has prostitution legal in some areas and it isn’t really a problem.

    “Religion. Government will stay out of all religious enterprise, and will take official view that science and religion are compatible and that evolution is the work of God. We will teach both as theories.”

    Evolution is taught as science as a theory — let intelligent design be for the theology class.

    “Pollution becomes a federal crime and civil penalty.”

    That’s insane. Let each state deal with pollution. As with littering, throwing a half-eaten banana out the car window is much different than throwing out a plastic cup. Does the FBI need to get involved everything a cigarette butt is thrown out a car window?

    “Flat tax rate. All citizens will be taxed at a 28% flat rate, with negative income tax for those below the poverty level. Estate taxes abolished. Capital gains tax abolished and replaced with a realization tax on investments converted into cash.”

    I’m to the point where I’d rather just tax multinational corporations instead. Would prevent the average citizen from paying out his ass, would hurt the middle class quite a lot less, and would probably be more profitable than the income tax. They pay their employees shit, too, so I don’t care.

    “Media tax. Any cash-producing media will be taxed at a rate increasing with its distribution, so that those that are most widely viewed are taxed the most.”

    That will still punish alternative media the most. CNN can probably afford a 40% tax, but some new startup probably couldn’t even afford 10%.

    “Nationalism. Politically, we will recognize each ethnic group abroad and at home as an independent entity. In addition, we will offer $41,000 one-time payment to any people who wish to be re-patriated to their ethnic homelands, provided they are in the country legally.”

    Expand on this. Anyways, why 41K? Interesting how you’ve calculated numbers.

    The people with the most to gain from this will be whites from western european countries, where the nicer living conditions + american government cheese will have the biggest incentive. I don’t know what you think of Slavs, I can guess you view them as the “slow kids” of europe, but when my father came from communist poland you probably wouldn’t have been able to bribe him like that to go back. As an example. All the Somali citizens would just DIE for 41K to go back to Somalia!

    You need better banking reform. Banks are bleeding the fuck out of this country, thank god you recognize that the Fed is a parasite. <3 ron paul

  3. Morbid lad says:

    The nuclear policy sounds like a bad idea, treating all of those countries as a threat would screw up the balance of power I think. The rest sounds okay, but I’m not from America and I’m not so good in understanding politics.

  4. Adrian McCoy says:

    You’re a genius Brett…

    Nationalism. Politically, we will recognize each ethnic group abroad and at home as an independent entity. In addition, we will offer $41,000 one-time payment to any people who wish to be re-patriated to their ethnic homelands, provided they are in the country legally.

    Get me outta this cracka hellhole!!!

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  8. Questions says:

    While I have no doubt that you have a firm grasp of reality and would be far, far better (less corrupt or perhaps even not corrupt, actually progressive) than any of the Republicrats, I have a few questions that I think are prudent.

    First, the populace tends to vote on image alone and thinks of voting in terms of the “two” party system. How do you intend on dealing with this? I voted for neither of the two primary parties in the previous election, so I have no issue with this. However, people that I tried to convince to vote based on policy all said the same thing: “I’m voting against Obama, not for anyone else.” I might have a little more luck this time around, but I think it’s still relevant.

    Secondly, the best president in history could still easily be hampered by a terrible Congress, and I think we have one of the worst Congresses in history. Other than the corruption task force, or essentially government branch? that you plan on creating, how do you intend on dealing with this? Depending on the answer, I may have more questions.

    Thirdly, I gather from the general lack of foreign policy that your plan is mostly isolationism as the Founding Fathers advised. However, you make no reference to our current foreign affairs, such as the occupation of Iraq. What are your plans for our current foreign affairs or is this something that would be delegated?

    Fourthly, do you have any plans or specific choices for the VP spot?

    Fifthly, you briefly mention ending the Fed and regulating only against known destructive market practices. How do you feel about the current balance between ISPs in particular (but also certain other sectors of companies) and the consumer or state? If you see this relationship as incorrect, what sorts of action might you take or encourage?

    Sixthly, I’m wondering about your opinions on some types of legislation or enforcement, for example, copyright or drugs. I consider these far less important though.

    I think that’s all I have for now. Thank you in advance for your consideration.

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  10. pentti says:

    I disagree with only one element.

    Abortion must NOT be controlled by government.

    It must be between a woman’s conscience and her god’s.

    Allowing states to turn women into brood sows simply because enough, say, Mormons or Muslims control the legislative process is NOT deep ecology NOR is it the approach of the advanced and evolved local Forest societies of the North. Let us be Forest people, and let our women decide for themselves whether a man has earned the right to see his ejaculation become progeny.

  11. pentti says:

    PS–This also empowers men capable of mature self-restraint to reserve their reproductive energies for such women who share the value of a coherent, strong, enduring family unit, supported by two dedicated and committed parents.

    Remember, it is men who get women pregnant, making abortion necessary in the first place. And if abortion is outlawed in any state, what you will see primarily is a rise in the births of underclass infants doomed to physical, social, economic, and moral failure and lacking in meaningful parenting. If anything, you should be advocating free abortion on demand in all states, removing the stigma entirely, and a movement in which men are made more responsible regarding the conditions in which they emit viable sperm, and women are made more selective.

  12. Justin says:

    Under what party would you be running? We can rule out democrat and perhaps republican, (although the latter will get your name out there faster, less your political views don’t line up with party interests) but without being part of a “hip-political party,” you may as well throw in the towel right now.

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  14. Anonymous says:

    You say “Citizenship as a Right” which means universal and unconditional.

    What you mean with your definition is “Citizenship as a PRIVILEGE”.

    Important difference.

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