If you could change one thing...

United States
May 21, 2008 10:31am CST
If you could change one thing about your government, what would it be? Don't get greedy. Just one thing. Okay, how about public schools? If you could change one thing...? Now, how about your spouse? Is there one thing you would change?
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@mentalward (14716)
• United States
21 May 08
I'd bring the salaries of the officials down to where the rest of us live. It would force them to understand the hardships that most of us are going through right now. As for schools, I'd have signed permission's from all parents giving the administration the right to punish the children however they see fit (within legal boundaries) if they act up. If the parents refuse to sign, the first time the child acts up (disrupting the schedule), they're outta there! It seems that the kids today know they can get away with just about anything and there's nothing the administration can do about it. My hubby? I'd want him to have a lobotomy...at least a partial one, to stop him from having so many 'great ideas' and so many unfinished projects.
• United States
21 May 08
I think you're right about salaries and government officials. I read somewhere that the average US politician has a net worth of $2.7 million. How in the world can they relate to Joe Average? And what other job allows you to raise your own pay rate? Kids today definitely need more boundries and consequences for their actions. Your hubby? I think unfinished projects is a typical guy thing. :-)
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@mentalward (14716)
• United States
21 May 08
I'm sure you're right about the unfinished projects being a guy thing. Sigh! Guess I'll just have to live with it, or finish them myself. Girlpower! (Actually, I'm sure it's hilarious to watch a 5'2" female swinging a sledgehammer! LOL)
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• United States
21 May 08
HAHA Yes, that is a guy thing. I must admit I am at least a bit guilty of that myself. I wonder why this seems to be such an issue with us? lol. My father pretty much finishes what he starts, but my grandfather set the example with me. He had oh so many unfinished projects cluttering up the basement workshop, almost every time I stayed with my grandparents I heard all about it the moment my grandma came upstairs from getting something out of the basement freezer!
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@ebsharer (5519)
• United States
21 May 08
Government - I would change how they define who can get assistance and who can't. I don't think that some one that is not willing to help them self should get help when there are so many people working 3 jobs and still not making it but can't get assistance because they work. Public schools - I would change the class size. I think there should be less kids in the classes. I think that if they put there money where it should be and not into how good the school looks or when it was last painted they could spend more money on more teachers. My spouse - I love him just the way he is. He is by far not perfect but thats why I love him so much. He is my perfect - corks and all.
• United States
21 May 08
You have a point about assistance. Some folks make that their carrer. Perhaps there should be lifetime caps on how much assistance one can receive? Reducing class size is another good idea. Your hubby is blessed to have you. :-)
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@ebsharer (5519)
• United States
22 May 08
There are life time caps in some states but not all. And some states only allow you to be on for say 3 years at a time. Its just not good enough. My husband and I bust our butts and some times it still isn't enough, but we can't get assistance because we make too much. I laugh at that!
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@mommyboo (13207)
• United States
25 May 08
I agree with the assistance thing. It would be nice if you could only receive assistance here if you apply to or ARE a citizen. This would either force people to get on the ball about this or they would not receive assistance, and either way, I think this is how it should be. If you don't care enough about a country in which you want to live to become a legal citizen, then it is not that country's responsibility to support or take care of you. You should show proof that you are doing everything you can on your own and still need a hand before you are eligible for help. If you are lazy and sitting around saying that somebody owes you, then you deserve to sit there and rot. Sorry but too many people get away with that and it is infuriating to those of us who work hard to get what we have. There should be smaller class sizes as well, but that would mean hiring more teachers and possibly expanding the size of the school(s) to make room for more classrooms. Having volunteered at a school before, I have discovered that they DO indeed have the budget to hire more teachers and thus decrease class sizes, but a lot of money is wasted in administrative overhead instead! So very frustrating.
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@momathome (476)
• Canada
21 May 08
One thing that would change everything for the better about our government in canada is to put a woman in charge. That would change it all. Now as for my husband I would cut his ego in half. He thinks everyone is always jealous of him makes me ill.
@acevivx (1566)
• Philippines
21 May 08
Just want to share that in the Philippines, they had two women presidents, the latest of who is still sitting as president and look at what's happening to the country. Might not be a good idea to have a woman president.
• United States
21 May 08
I think having a woman could give government a different perspective. But, I guess that does depend upon the woman. :-) In the perfect world, men and women would both care enough about those they govern that it wouldn't matter which they were.
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• Canada
21 May 08
I think a woman should at least get a shot at the title. Most woman do all the home budgeting and no where money is needed the most so why not put a woman in charge it could be for the better. We run our families why not a country!!
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@acevivx (1566)
• Philippines
21 May 08
The President and her cabinet. Maybe a new set of players playing under a new set of rules will improve the economy. For the public schools, I will change the curriculum to include subjects which are more practical, necessary and in touch with the times and with global developments. I don't have a spouse so i pass on the last question
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• United States
21 May 08
We do need some more practical things in school today. I didn't realize that it's been years since most schools took out home economics classes and woodshop. It's no wonder than kids don't know how to boil water or hammer a nail anymore. And since "someone" decided that all kids should go to college, there doesn't seem to be much interest in having vocational schools. That's sad.
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@mommyboo (13207)
• United States
25 May 08
Public schools ought to not just teach more practical things, they need to bring back daily PE and require continued physical education until you graduate. The obesity epidemic is alarming and when you find out your child goes to school for 6 hours a day and isn't doing at least an hour of physical activity- and then they come home and the school has also piled several hours of homework on them - and then there are family responsibilities and they still need time for friends and a life and to sleep, what are we doing...
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@hellcowboy (7383)
• United States
24 May 08
If I could change one thing about the government I would put someone in charge who would stop the insane rise in gas prices,If I could change one thing about public schools I would make them safer so that way parents wouldnt have to worry about their kids,and I wouldnt change anything about my fiance because she is perfect the way she is.
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• United States
25 May 08
Excellent answers, hellcowboy. :-) I, too, wish we could find a way to stop the rise in gas prices and would certainly like to see safer schools.
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• United States
26 May 08
Thanks alot,I try to do my best when I respond to people,and I bet alot of people would love to see the rising gas prices stop.
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• United States
29 Jul 08
If there was one thing I could change about government, it would be the tax structure. It is just too complicated and geared towards those who know how to manipulate it. It should be a plain and simple flat tax. Whether it's 20% percent on purchases or 20% of earnings, something different has to be done. I find it almost a crime that we get taxed on our earnings and then get taxed when we spend the what's leftover. And all those fees you see on your phone bill, cable bill and other bills are nothing but additional taxes. I don't care what they call them. We should just pay a flat tax and elimate all the other costs associated with everyday life such as automobile registration, property taxes, etc. I know this sounds unrealistic, but this is what I would change about government. Lloyd
• United States
29 Jul 08
I agree with you on this, Lloyd. I read an article the other day about how much income we could generate if everyone paid 10% of their income to their local government. In my case, that would be to the township. Then if the township sent 10% of what they collected to the county, and the county sent 10% of what they collected to the state, and the state sent 10% of what they collected to the federal governnment...how easy would that be? Then if we insisted that each government spent only the money that they collected and didn't borrow or spend over what they collected, they'd be forced to start operating like businesses and households have to operate. Sounds pretty simple. But...the IRS people don't want to be put out of jobs. Neither do the people who write the tax codes. Or all the people who do our taxes for us. So...will it ever change?????
• Australia
28 May 08
I would change how they work the budget. If we could change the budget we might have a better economy.
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• United States
28 May 08
You're probably right. Imagine if they were forced to only use what tax money was available.
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@mommyboo (13207)
• United States
25 May 08
I would create a way to prevent politicians from lying - and if they did lie, the lie would immediately be exposed to everybody and they would be removed from eligibility to be in government. I'm not talking about little lies that don't affect anything, I'm talking about them promising things they have no intention of following through on. Public schools... that's easy. No more homework, period. Everything taught in school during school hours, that's it. My spouse? I'd like him to be more social and willing to pick up and do things with friends instead of it being just us.
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• United States
25 May 08
I wish there was a way to discover the lies of our politicans right away. Sadly, we often have to wait until they're in office to discover they had no intentions of following through with "promises." I also agree with getting rid of homework, at least in elementary grades. I don't think we ever had homework until 7th grade and we did quite well. Of course, we also had recess (2-3 times a day), phys ed almost every day and art and music classes once or twice a week. Oh, the good ol' days. I wonder why it is that sociable women often marry unsociable men. Happened in my family quite a bit.
• United States
21 May 08
I can't really believe I haven't read an answer saying they would change/ eliminate the corruption in government. I think if we did that, the rest would start to fall into place. As to public funds, the number one thing that I would change is the amount of funding that goes into them. The better our schools the better off we all are. I dunno about my spouse though. I think that there isn't much that I would want to. Even those things that drive me absolutely mad are part of what makes her her in my eyes. I might want to have her cut her hair, as it always gets in the way at night and ends up getting tugged at as I've rolled onto it. Guh thats annoying, but she LOVES her hair. It's actually quite beautiful, and I know how much she loves it so I would feel like a complete butt for changing it.
• United States
21 May 08
Eliminate corruption. That's a great answer, and you're right that it's surprising it took 5 responses before it showed up. I imagine the budget could be balanced if the government officials were not beholden to people for favors. If we're to be spending more money in schools, we probably want to make sure there is no corruption there as well. It's nice that the only thing you might even consider changing on your spouse is the length of hair. :-)
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@angela38 (122)
• United States
6 Jun 08
If I could change one thing about the government I think I would want to help to be sure our health care were better set up that it was better managed for the individual case problem. I think in a lot of the hospitals and the health care you get from them I think should be set up on a strict bases like st Jude is in all medical issues and not just set up like that to benifit just cancer. I think something should be set up oand be strict on it but at the same time be caring of the individual and care about the persons needs and not just about the almighty Dollor. I think when we start to consider the persons needs first and really set up something for that need at the time and get a medical problem fixed first thenn worry about money The health of our nation might be a lot better off. But that is just my thinking. I also feel the government and the polititions have forgot that part and only care that they get fixed and not us little guys out there. Something needs fixed about that fast I think.
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