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47. No dark castle? No robed minions? No scorpion pits
Fri Sep 7, 2012, 07:16 PM
Sep 2012

or pools of piranha?

Buzzkill, man. Buzzkill.

/tears up world domination plan.

My dream? Follow Iceland's example- jail the people responsible for the financial crash- ALL of them- and make sure it's trumpeted as loudly as possible. Reinstate and strengthen the regulations on financial industries and fund regulatory agencies well enough that they are not redundant and can function effectively. Reinstate the tax rates on the wealthy, get rid of private and corporate loopholes. Reclassify all churches as standard charities; mandate that 70% of all income beyond what is required to maintain the property and a reasonable number of staff to go back out into the community every year in charitable work. Use some of the money now back in circulation from all this to fund startup business programs and business or vocational training across the country for whoever wants it. Throw in some of Europe's little "luxuries" like state-sponsored child care and a public option. And stop treating shooting at people in other countries as a fantastic career opportunity.

Changing thinking takes time, and by that I mean generations worth. Assume there will always be a percentage of the current voters age 25+ that just won't, and focus most of that effort on the younger generations. Best way I can see to do that is to give them the best possible life we can, and make sure they understand how they got it and why they have it. That means a good education with good teachers and fixed standards (this means: no, you may not pollute our science classes with a mythology you can't prove and you WILL teach critical thinking and yes class size DOES matter) and a stable home life where they're not hungry all day or exhausted from working their own job to help support their family and doing 4 hours of homework on top of that. Give them interesting things to think about and do, and a good environment to do it in. Reinstate the Fairness Doctrine so they get actual information to work with. And FFS give them proper sex ed so they can enjoy all this without toting around an infant at 15 or remembering to take their AIDS meds! I would like to see the next teacher who does the "spit in a glass" lesson with their class barred from teaching ever again.

That would be a good start. But I'll take that castle and minions, too, if it's still going. Same result, either way.

They keep getting worse jsr Sep 2012 #1
hear, hear iemitsu Sep 2012 #2
AND WORSER HowHasItComeToThis Sep 2012 #3
His Pathetic Little Chimperial Majesty RoccoR5955 Sep 2012 #4
I agree. I've never really hated any Republican, but these 2, yeah. Booster Sep 2012 #5
I confess I still hate the chimpster and chief and his henchman Darth Chenny more... jimlup Sep 2012 #6
I missed Nixon, but went through the same process with the rest LadyHawkAZ Sep 2012 #7
How do you propose to "break" the republican party? onenote Sep 2012 #38
I didn't know I had to come up with a plan, too LadyHawkAZ Sep 2012 #39
Hey, let's just start with national domination and we can build from there! onenote Sep 2012 #40
"First we take Manhattan, hifiguy Sep 2012 #41
No dark castle? No robed minions? No scorpion pits LadyHawkAZ Sep 2012 #47
They just keep getting worse, don't they? The Velveteen Ocelot Sep 2012 #8
I watched Tricky Dick resign with my dad in our living room. hifiguy Sep 2012 #14
OMG, I can't stop laughing! The Velveteen Ocelot Sep 2012 #16
Tell us how you really feel XemaSab Sep 2012 #17
You Sir, are a true wordsmith. ipfilter Sep 2012 #24
Laughing so hard, got tears in my eyes tilsammans Sep 2012 #26
Why are you being so soft on Romney and Ryan jberryhill Sep 2012 #9
I really needed that laugh right now. hifiguy Sep 2012 #11
You, sir, insult the fecal primate spirochetes jberryhill Sep 2012 #12
Hey! Spirochete Sep 2012 #34
It was you I had in mind, drippy one jberryhill Sep 2012 #35
it's not just them... ibegurpard Sep 2012 #10
Maybe GOP-ism should be classified as a mental disorder in the DSM LiberalEsto Sep 2012 #45
When I talk about what I want to do to rMoney and rAyn, I get scolded for using violent metaphors. backscatter712 Sep 2012 #13
If I could recommend this a few more times, you know I would! lonestarnot Sep 2012 #15
When watching Joe Biden and listening to his speech this evening ... Tx4obama Sep 2012 #18
Those are truly bad guys but the two asjr Sep 2012 #19
The entire Republican Party gets worse each year aint_no_life_nowhere Sep 2012 #20
Each one WORSE than the one that came before. nt Raine Sep 2012 #21
It's the unapologetic heartlessness of this pair that gets to me... Princess Turandot Sep 2012 #22
kick for the morning crowd hifiguy Sep 2012 #23
ReThugs haven't done a very good job of picking presidents Auntie Bush Sep 2012 #25
W and Cheney are war criminals responsible for the deaths of hundreds of thousands. Nye Bevan Sep 2012 #27
If Romney and Ryan get into the White House they will be responsible for more. Kalidurga Sep 2012 #28
They were horrible, unspeakable. But if those two shitheels hifiguy Sep 2012 #30
You spoke for me too nt Progressive dog Sep 2012 #29
Bush/Cheney still hold the title for me.... lastlib Sep 2012 #31
Me too, but R/R are too close behind them for my comfort. n/t Cleita Sep 2012 #42
Promote the private sector, not the privileged sector Bernardo de La Paz Sep 2012 #32
That was one of the best lines of the convention. hifiguy Sep 2012 #33
Tricky Dick's looking better every day... alterfurz Sep 2012 #36
Only to those who weren't around to remember him or have forgotten onenote Sep 2012 #37
Really, if I were a monkey I'd be insulted. They're so cute! mnhtnbb Sep 2012 #43
I actually find myself missing Nixon slackmaster Sep 2012 #44
kick one_voice Sep 2012 #46
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