My Platform If I Were Vice-President of the United States

In 1980, being a young, strident young journalist and essayist at the age of 12 I decided to call up the Federal Elections Commission and get a list of all of the candidates who were officially running for President and Vice-President. There was the usual crew: “James Earl Carter”, “Edward M Kennedy”, etc  but then there were a lot of offbeat characters as well.

(the scariest looking Vice-President ever. John Calhoun).

For instance, Clifford Finch, the governor of Mississsippi, was running for President. I never did figure that one out. Although, I went down there (my first plane trip ever) spent a week staying at the house of his campaign manager, Norman Harris, and Finch made me an “honorary colonel of Mississippi” (for those who don’t know, Colonel Sanders of Kentucky Fried Chicken fame is only an honorary colonel so this means either I should set up a chain of some sort (“Missippi Fried BLTs?”) or it means if you are from Mississippi and run into me you better BOW DOWN and pay some RESPECT.)

Another guy I spoke to was Jim Boren, who had decided not to run for President but run for Vice-President. His campaign slogan was: “When in doubt, mumble.” I called him to interview him and he had an extension of that motto: “When in doubt, mumble. When in trouble, delegate. When in charge, ponder.” I liked his style.  He also said, “I haven’t done anything for the past few years so I figure I’m qualified.” He spent the summer of 1979 in Alaska, “looking for absentee votes.”

Finally he says, “I just want a good job, with good food, and to meet some nice people.”

So at least there is a precedent for me to run for Vice-President although I’m going to take a different stance.

Apparently there is a several minute period between the time the Vice-President is sworn in and the President.

During that time, it can be argued, the Vice-President is acting as sort of an interim President . I have a lot of things I can do during those few minutes.

First off, one can ask: why not just run for President?

Answer: are you crazy? Look at all these debates you have to go to. The Vice-President, AT MOST, has to go to one debate. Who do you think I am? John F. Kennedy?

Second, it costs about a billion dollars to become President. It also costs Coca-Cola a billion dollars a year to convince people that Coke is good for them and not just unhealthy carbonated water with 16 teaspoonfulls of sugar.

So maybe using this new platform being developed by the Rothshchilds (thanks to Bob Wenzel for pointing this out to me) maybe I can run directly for VP and get on the ballot in all 50 states.

And I have a very specific platform. It would only take me a few minutes to issue all of the executive orders and then I promise I will resign.

In other words, not only will I be a one-term Vice-President, I will be a ten minute Vice-President.

( I will still gladly accept the official residency of the Vice-President as my home, since nobody else will ever need it)

Executive Order #1:  Immigration. As long as they don’t have criminal records, anyone can come into the United States. As for current illegal aliens, I’d get rid of the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 which made it illegal to hire an illegal immigrant.

Here are my questions about immigration that I have for people who are running for President.

–          Where the hell did you come from? Or, if not you, your ancestors.

–          Who is cleaning the dishes and prepping the food at EVERY restaurant in NYC. Even when I go for expensive sushi, except for the Japanese sushi guy on display at front everyone else hidden in the back is from Mexico.

–          For the first time in 50 years, Indians and Chinese are staying home and starting semiconductor companies. The head of a major graduate school said this is the first time he’s seen a year over year decline in Indian applicants. That’s bad news! The Indian Institute of Technology is the best undergraduate tech college(s) in the world! We need the grads of that school to start semiconductor companies in the US.

–          Its not like that law protected American jobs. Born and raised Americans don’t want to be nannies or slice up onions for a living (on the whole).

–          In fact, official employment went down because people started to hire freelancers to do jobs so as to remove the risk they were officially hiring an illegal immigrant.

–          My wife was at one time an immigrant. She fought hard to come to America, stay in America, survive in America, and succeed in America. That’s what America is about.

–          What about terrorists? Only 2% of currently illegal immigrants are from the entire Middle East and that includes Israel.

Well, what if they are already an illegal immigrant. No problem! Amnesty! Unless they have a criminal record. Then get out!  There’s 12mm illegal immigrants out there.

Executive Order #2: TAX HOLIDAY! No taxes for a year. Oh wait, who would pay for all the bombing in Afghanistan? Who would pay for the food sent to our 18 year old girls who are shipped to Iraq? Ok, ok, I see your point. Let me get back to this one and handle a few other important executive orders first. But first, let me ask you this: who is a better allocator of your money: YOU or Timothy Geithner? If the answer is Timothy then feel free to send in your money. If you think you will do better for the country with your money (spending it, hiring people, etc) then don’t write a check. At ease, soldier. Do what you were doing. Keep collecting taxes on corporations. But no more individual income taxes. I need my money!

Executive Order #3: No more Military! Everyone has a lot of opinions on this and they are all wrong. Simplicity is best. We have military bases or some sort of actions in 130 countries right now. We are actively bombing six different countries where civilians are being killed. What the hell for? Let’s look at Libya as an example: we spent $600mm in the first week of bombing them. That’s your tax dollars, my friend. Ok, you say, but Qadafi was “bad”. Maybe he was. But the opposition forces are filled with al Quaeda. So who is this going to help in the long run?

NONE of these countries want our military bases there (possible exception: Israel). And are we really worried anyone is going to invade the US? We’re an ocean away from everyone. We live them alone, they’ll leave us alone. You might think I’m being naïve but being actively militarily involved in 130 countries hasn’t exactly helped our standing in the world. And since World War III started (our invasions of Afganistan and Iraq, which still haven’t ended yet for some odd reason) we’ve spent an extra seven trillion dollars. How about that money comes home now so we can have an economic boom. Economic booms spread like a contagious disease and will ultimately infect everyone who hates us. Guess what,  it’s like what we learned on the playground in first grade (sort of): if we stop bombing people, AND we help them make more money, they might actually start to like us again.

Well, you might say, what about France? Didn’t our military save them in World War II? Uhhh…and? (See, “Name me a War that was Worth It?“)

Well, you might ask again, won’t countries develop weapons of massive destruction? Yeah, they will. And we can’t do anything about it. We failed to stop India, China, Russia, South Africa, india, and Pakistan from developing a nuclear weapon. And we’ll fail to stop Iran no matter what we do. It’s just reality. My advice: don’t move to a country bordering Iran. Move to the US instead.

Finally, what about the threat of China. Won’t they invade us? Two answers:

A)     If they invaded us, who would buy from them.

B)      China IS us. China has over two trillion of our dollars in their treasury. We only have about $80 billion. Why would they do anything to wipe out the value of that two trillion?

C)      They ALREADY invaded us. There’s evidence that China hit here 70 years before Columbus. And they left. Go figure.

Ok, finally, one very good question: what about pirates? Right now the US Navy OWNS the oceans of the planet. There’s not a speck of water we can’t invade at a moment’s notice. So that scares pirates. If we shut down the Navy then pirates would start hassling us.

No problem. Here’s my solution. I would sell the Navy. Basically auction every part of the Navy to private equity firms. We’ve spent trillions building it, we’ll make trillions selling it. Then we’ll lease out their services and allow other countries (that we approve of) lease out their services as well.  What’s the problem here? Would they ever turn on us? Of course not. You’d still have to be an American citizen to join. And they’d probably be better managed than they are now.

All of this sounds funny but I’m being deadly serious. Why is a single dollar being spent on sending 18 year olds to Afghanistan to kill innocent civilians supposedly under the misguided perception that they are “protecting my way of life”.  And when you start from that premise and really dig further, it gets darker and darker. So enough darkness. Let’s go into the light.

Executive Order #4: No more 3 letter acronyms. I would eliminate any government agency or cabinet level department that has 3 letters in it. Or I would sell it. I’ve already written about the FDA and why we should eliminate it. But who needs to EPA? What has the SEC done? Insider trading is rampant, high frequency trading steals millions of dollars a day from innocent investors, smallcap and microcap scams are happening every second, and ponzi schemes like Madoff never seem to get stopped until they’ve already stolen from everyone. Well, what about the FBI and CIA? State police departments should work together on inter-state crimes.

What about non-3 letter acronyms?

Ok, tell me a cabinet level department that has worked.

Since the Department of Education has been established, tuitions for higher education have gone up tenfold versus education only going up 3 fold and healthcare five fold. Meanwhile, the US has gone from #1 in Education around the world to #15. The Department of Housing and Urban Development indirectly led to the housing boom and bust when standards on Fannie Mae loans were lowered by Andrew Cuomo. We just got rid of the DoD in my last executive order. The Post Office should be sold to Federal Express or whoever will take it.

And what does the State Department do? Let’s outsource the whole embassy thing to American Express just in case any American gets robbed in another country. Can you tell me what else the State Department does?

Well, what about the Treasury Department? Who will bailout the banks next time?

Answer: if you follow my platform we won’t ever need a bailout again.

Executive Order #5: A New Constitutional Convention.

(am I the first to notice they spelled "Congress" wrong?)

The Constitution has been warped, ripped, distorted, and the tiny pieces of paper that fell to the floor have been pasted back together again in all sorts of weird shapes. Example #1 I describe in this post but I’ll describe again: Congress was established because it was impossible for people (before phones and telegraphs) inWashington to communicate the laws back to constituents so they can vote on them. So, a group of elected officials would hang out in the nation’s capital and vote on everything.

Well, we clearly don’t need that anymore. SO what else don’t we need?A constitutional convention should happen that goes step by step through every Article and Amendment and figure out what we really need. Which leads to my final executive order:

Executive Order #5: Abolish the Presidency. I give the reasons here. Constitutionally speaking, the President doesn’t do much. But he’s taken a lot of power on. And why not? Almost by definition he’s the most popular guy in the country so with that kind of charisma he can convince people to give him more and more power. Which is what has happened. So let’s take a step back. Do we really need a President for anything? See my above post on this.

(this third administation of Bush)

Executive Order #6: Sell everything. All US highways should be sold to private equity firms to pay down our debt. I would also insist all states sell their colleges, hospitals, train routes, busstops, etc. All to pay down debt.

If these six executive orders are followed its pretty clear we won’t need to raise as much taxes. Agan, who is a better allocator of your money: you or the government? If you had extra money you’d buy more stuff, right? It’s not like Americans save that much. You’d spend it! Why not? No taxes. So this all relates back to Executive Order #2. Let’s take a one year holiday from taxes and then see where we are at.

This all sounds funny as I write it. But the benefits are clear:

–          We’ll save millions of lives

–          We’ll have a lot of money

Hmm, I can’t think of anything else. But the above two seem good enough.

Those six executive orders would be a lot of work. And would make a more efficient government instantly. It would take me about ten minutes to make them. After that I would resign. There would be no more use for me. The only two constitutional responsibilities of the Vice-President are to succeed the President (but now there’s no more President) and to break ties in the Senate (but now there’s no more Senate). So after a short but very fruitful administration, in the words of George Washington when he left office:

“I anticipate with pleasing … the benign influence of good laws under a free government, the ever-favorite object of my heart, and the happy reward, as I trust, of our mutual cares, labors, and dangers.”

(sexiest first lady EVER)

  • Good point.

    • Ray Fitzgerald

      I’m surprised no one has tried to put nicotine in junk food.

      • How do you know they haven’t already done that?

        • Ray Fitzgerald

          I’m sure they have, but need to research it.

        • In some countries in S.E Asia they put weed on pizza and call it Happy Pizza!

  • C. Martin

    Wow this is quite a long blog post but I like the ideas so far so I shall read it later. Thanks James!

  • aldog

    “behind every good man there is a woman and that woman was Martha Washington, man, and everyday George would come home, she would have a big fat bowl waiting for him, man, when he come in the door, man…….she was a hip, hip, hip lady, man”-Slater, Dazed & Confused

    • Haha, great movie. Go Parker Posey!

      • PatD

        One of my fav actresses  she picks roles and runs with Nurse Jackie

    • Matt


  • Anonymous

    It blows my mind that people in this country have lost trillions of dollars and then we go ahead and bail out the banks with taxpayer money, pour billions into the middle east and we cant even get a loan in this country. Until the banks are forced to lend, the economy will never turn around.

  • I posted this on Google+ also and here were three questions asked plus my answers:

    James Salsman  –  What
    is your stance on public campaign finance, instant runoff voting in
    place of the electoral college, and interest on excess reserves?

    10:50 AM   
    james altucher  – 
    zero campaign finance allowed. There should be one site where
    candidates put their stance on the issues and then anyone can ask
    questions and the candidates can decide which questions to answer. The
    internet flattens out the entire campaign world so candidates can’t lie
    on their views in one place and change them somewhere else. Consequently
    there is zero need for campaign finance.

    2) I think there should be
    zero electoral college. Again, that was put in place become we had no
    phone lines or way to communicate over long distances but it was really
    put in place to keep out the riff-raff. I say, let the riff-raff in.

    Interest on excess reserves was more government interferences into our
    banking system. Let’s get itback to zero percent so the world can get
    back to business as usual.

  • it’s Ron Paul then :)

  • Epic.

  • Lots of reasons here why not only should you not be in any leadership position at all but that your oxygen breathing privileges should be revoked immediately.

    • Funny, I thought I would go at least one whole week without a death threat.

      • Just another in the long line of errors in this essay.

    • Karl

      Please tell us one reason.


  • This much is true about Altucher

    • Mike

      300 million websites you can go visit and you decide to come here and bash this one. Seriously, people don’t listen or follow people who do what you do. I suggest you start by reading this first and brushing up on your daily practice Mr.

    • sb

      Nice, lamest post ever on this site!  You have been immortalized.

  • Frank

    wow, you really jumped the shark here. 

  • grunk

    The President-elect might have a problem with #5.  You know, coups, martial law and stuff like that.

    You’ve worked hard. Take a vacation after the parade

  • If women ran the world you wouldn’t have all these problems.    :)

  • Anonymous

    Good on you James for taking on the warfare state. You’re guaranteed to bring out the bullet-spitting cranks when you tackle this subject, but that’s how you know you’ve hit a delicate nerve that cannot be defended.

  • James, are you incredibly organized? I should have asked during “Ask James”

  • Easy to simplify the problem.   Sounds over-simplified, but makes sense to a certain degree.  

  • a) In case we can’t abolish or obsolesce the Presidency, let’s vote separately for P & VP, and irrespective of party affiliation.
    b) I dyslexed #3,C, as “pirate equity firms”, which started a whole new train(derailed) of thought…

  • Anonymous

    In my living memory (same age as James), almost everone who’s sought the Presidency has campaigned on a platform of “reinventing” government. There’s been almost zero progress toward this goal. Washington DC seems absolutely impervious to reform of any kind. So I doubt if your ideas would really work. Bureaucrats don’t go away, ever, it seems.  Obama is about as far left as we’ve ever gone with a President and even made peacenik gestures during the campaign, then sent Spec Ops to Libya, now Uganda. Who knows where else.  It just goes on and on. Maybe going broke will be a  good thing for us in the long run.

    Maybe as honorary Colonel though you could lead a coup………

  • Donna

    touche James

  • cgod

    Okay I have to say what everyone is thinking James… You look like Ted Mosby from the television series, “How I Met Your Mother.” There I said it, no more tip toeing around. Love the blog.

  • PositiveProvocateur

    To every single point you’ve made in this article… Thank you, for telling it like it is. For anyone who disagrees, well, the alarm clock hasn’t woken em up yet.

    Albert Einstein said “Unthinking respect for authority is the greatest enemy of truth”.

  • Clever James. A few things to remember:

    .-Being a Latino immigrant does not equal being from Mexico
    and illegal, or assuming that “everyone hidden in the back is from Mexico” is
    not accurate and it does nothing but to perpetuate this mistaken view.
    .- Claudia is still an immigrant and she will always be, in
    fact we all are, it’s just than some of us have been here longer than others.

    James for VP!

  • Ray Fitzgerald

    John Calhoun looks like a vampire, which might make an interesting story.

  • Parvaze

    James – Even though you wouldn’t have a hope in hell of getting elected I’d vote for you :-) 

  • gello

    You are right about Martha at least! haha

  • Anjanikumar

    You don’t live up to most of your talk.I have mailed you when i was in trouble seeking advice & you never replied.

  • caroline

    love it. i’d vote 4 u.

  • KB

    There’s one candidate who doesn’t want to be president, but is running for president.  Ron Paul. Your views seem in general to fit with his. What has come as a complete curve ball to me (ex-dem, now independent, officially), is that my right wing republican friends have also started shifting towards Paul.  I have a feeling the silent majority might just surprise the pundits this time around, since the news is nothing but filtered talking heads – the difference is for the first time people are becoming aware of it.  Nobody, not even The Economist, mentions Paul other than in passing, as a joke.
    I promise you I am no shill or political campaign involved person.  I’m in the silent majority, and I have a sneaky feeling a big surprise is in store for the elephants and donkeys this time around. At least, I hope so. There seems to be a lot of silent sentiment that is very unhappy with the status quo.  People only need the guts to stop voting “lesser of two evils”, and vote for what really matters.

    • Agree KB,

      I wish everyone to switch voting rights NOW so they are able to vote Ron Paul (under the banner of Republican, but he isn’t) so that he can become the candidate to take on Obama.

      Ron Paul 2012!

  • Ron Paul is the man who you are talking about! I feel Everyone should vote Ron Paul! I am non USA, but have made donations and purchased some Ron Paul shirts to wear when making some videos ;)

  • Shelia_chapplesk

    I like this blog, nice posting…thanks
    for sharing this..custom essay

  • Pete Michaud

    You have a lot of faith in the wisdom of the mob, James. What if this system you have in mind doesn’t have a Nash Equilibrium? Or what if the equilibrium fucks over every person on the planet minus the one doing the fucking?

    • Me

      lol at Nash Equilibrium.  Please go back to playing games and leave the thinkers to actual reality.

  • Scott McDaniel

    So you’re obviously a smart guy and you produce lots of material, some of which is very thoughtful and interesting.
    Problems here:
    1) What exactly are private equity firms going to do with the navy?

    2) Are you ~really~ looking to abolish all of the military?  I’m mostly non-interventionist, but until you got to the whole “sell off the Navy” bit, it looks like you’re in favor of a purely defensive military – which I’m close to liking, but there is a need to keep things going on here.

    3) Arguments about Education are long and complex, so I’ll leave that.  But if you abolish the EPA, corporations are ~not~ going to regulate themselves.  People are going to die.  The landscape will be poisoned.  There will be no recompense for these damages.  Destroying the FDA (which has horrible systemic problems won’t be the magic wonderland you think it would be.  It’s become a monstrosity because of years of bureaucracy, corruption, complications and even good intent.  You’d have to build up something in its place, if only because of your “verified credentials” have to have some basis, some regulation.  The invisible hand won’t help here.  It’s still in the hands of the pharmaceutical companies with the deepest pockets. 
    (I have no idea why my font just changed there)  
    The inefficiencies of medical education are there, but you’re pretty naive on the basis of knowledge it is supposed to provide.  A medical doctor has to have the background knowledge and capacity to apply that across an enormous spectrum of conditions.  
    Googling rarely helps anyone.  You can find hundreds of sites with contradicting information, or single symptoms from which the uneducated and unexperienced will misapply.  I can convince myself that my headache is a tumor on my own, and then reinforce that on the Tubes.
    I think some of your ideas for reform are good, and should be considered as part of the process.

    4) I don’t know where the idea that collective action automatically means “socialism”, although most sign-wavers have little idea what that even means.  Why would private equity firms buy highways?  Would there then be tolls?  Sure, if I’m paying less taxes, I have more money for…tolls.  Colleges?  And you’re talking about the US falling behind? The rest of the facilities that actually have to do with government (never mind that the President can’t order states to do squat by Executive Order) provide services for people, many of whom will need them all the more in this government-free playground you’re trying to build here.  

    5) Reducing the military would do wonders for the budget.  That could very well lead to less taxes, so…check.  Abolishing the income tax will make most of the budget a deficit.  This is worse than Bush, Obama or, the grand kickoff president, Reagan.
    Corporate income taxes pay for less and less of the overall income as it is:
    It’s like you wanted to finish the thought, but instead decided that the ramifications and relevance of just up and abolishing income tax was a magical fix…I suppose so all the Ron Paul supporters, who are ubiquitous on the internets*, would give you nice, non-toxic-person comments?  There are already other arguments about radically changing the tax structure – most of which seem like hogwash, but the people presenting them have given them much more thought and testing.

    6) And finally…I don’t think you have a very good grip on what Executive Orders can accomplish.  

    Based on the readings through your blog, it looks like part of your Daily Doowop is to get down as many ideas as possible and give them ~some~ thought, put them out there and have them explored.  Good for you!  
    This one just doesn’t gel right.  Thanks for the reads so far!

    *edit: note to Paul supporters. He has lots of good ideas. He has integrity.
    I’d love to see him get the nomination, even as a Democrat, because then the issues he brings up would make it a real national debate that even the Dems need to face. A friend on another forum said he wish he could appoint the good Congressman as the Secretary of Not-Going-to-War. I agree. And/or “Drug Czar.”

    • What do you think the Navy does?

      • There is a lot of evidence (e.g. Chicago and negotiations on the NJ Turnpike) that private equity firms are very interested in highways.

    • @Scott – the EPA does not PREVENT pollution, it LICENSES (permits) it. The state courts would not uphold property rights of owners versus polluters, particularly when the government-subsidized railroads and government-monopoly power companies were involved, and then Wilson and then Roosevelt put a gun to the head of industry (which some industrialists heartily welcomed, BTW) and said ‘produce what we want or else’, pollution be damned, which also happened in the nascent nuclear weapons complex. So a problem – pollution – which is self-evidently the fault of / aided and abetted by government, is only solvable by…more government. Your argument is so bad, it isn’t even wrong.

  • Funny. I just got an email. “Disagree with you on Immigration. Unsubscribe.” So I guess after 280 other blog posts this one issue convinced him to stop reading my posts. That’s ok with me.

    But I wonder, is he willing to do the prep cooking at the sushi restaurant down the corner?

  • Nice post, James. You had to know you were going to get angry
    comments from people who are incapable of questioning conventional thought.  Institutions conditioning people how to think
    all of their lives.  The knee jerk
    reaction is almost inevitable when you challenge that conditioning.

    I have been saying on Twitter and on my blog that (a) when
    you introduce new ideas to the people still caught in the left/right paradigm,
    it’s like trying to speak to a cult member  (in this case it’s the cult of elephants and
    jackasses). (b) We need to change the conversation from political to
    philosophical (c) Democrats and Republicans have run the government for approximately
    180 years.  How’s that working out for ya’?   Warfare state, welfare state, police state, ridiculous
    tax system, constitution is in shambles, our money has been all but ruined,
    reckless spending, corruption and on and on. But don’t you dare question the
    system, James.

    Be a modern day patriot, James. This basically means shut
    your trap and pull the lever for the politician the news man tells you is a
    viable candidate. Then go to work (if you can find it), spend lots of money in
    retail shops with your credit card, take on a wide variety of debt and pay
    your income taxes.  

    thanks for joining the ranks of writers online who have had the guts to point
    out things are not so good.  Thanks for
    not taking the intellectually lazy way out.

  • Capn Mike

    A while back, I dissed you over that “direct democracy” idea of yours. It still is the worst idea you’ve ever published.
    HOWEVER, based on the profound wisdom in your other proposals, I will gladly, no PROUDLY, support your candidacy for VP.

  • stormy

    I like your platform very much, Mr. Veep. I think you’d make a great ticket mate with the Good Doctor, Ron Paul. IMO, he must get on the ballot next November–no matter what. I think he would actually be a serious contender as an independent.

  • Robert

    James… For what it is worth, superbly said. Given our present Ruling Psychopathy, however, I am certain that TPTB would not allow you ten minutes in office should that opportunity arise. You would quickly find yourself on the “far side” with Lennon, Gandhi, the Kennedy brothers, and MLK. Sadly, “Crappy”people are still in charge. The good news is: their days are over and those much-awaited karmic chickens are finally (FINALLY) coming home to roost.

    Thanks, too, for “I Was Blind But Now I See” (as an ophthalmologist, I couldn’t resist it). I have just re-ordered another bunch of them to give as holiday gifts! …Maybe it will help you and yours have a better one, even as it has mine… Thank you.

    Be safe as you go…



  • Anonymous

    Good start. I just don’t think you went far enough, so I added two additional thoughts.

    For eliminating the acrimonious (or is that acronymous) bureaucracies: Start by eliminating all the ones that begin with a letter. Then eliminate all the rest of them.

    And why do we even need a Constitution then? There wouldn’t be any reason to have to legislate, since everyone remaining will be intelligent enough to live without some ninny telling them what to do. So this will save the time of having to call a Constitutional Convention.

  • James, it looks like you went straight from being the entrepreneurial guy who sort of flirted with libertarianism, to being a full scale ANCAP. 

  • ” If you had extra money you’d buy more stuff, right?”  

    Sounds a lot like common sense, doesn’t it? But most people would use the extra money to pay down debts. Which would be a massive transfer of wealth to banks, who would then just sit on the money. As for the wealthy, it wouldn’t really affect their spending habits either, since it’s already the case that nearly all of their income is discretionary income. Less taxes and less government spending means lower velocity of money, leading to deflation and widespread misery.

  • Anonymous

     > (am I the first to notice they spelled “Congress” wrong?)

    They didn’t spell it wrong, this letter “s” is doing yoga and it’s all stretched out.

  • If I were Vice-President I would head an agency to eradicate the use of the name “America” by corporate losers.

    There’s no reason our good name should be muddied by the likes of “Bank of America” or “American Airlines”. China could care less what kind of crap it turns out for export, or what a “Made in China” label goes onto, but you can bet your ass that they’re not going to let some rinky dink bank operate as The Bank of China or The Chinese National Bank.

    Remember American Motors? Of course not, because they were rotten and needed to be expunged. We did so and for a couple of decades the American auto industry thrived.

    We can do the same for banking and air transportation.

    After that’s done on national and local levels, the very same needs to be done with “United States” or “U.S.”

    To think otherwise would be un-American.