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malakim2099 said on April 23rd, 2011 at 12:37 am

Frankly, I think that’s better than the GOP’s plan.

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They do run America like a business: low wages for the workers, and fat dividends for the share owners.

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VersasoVantare said on April 23rd, 2011 at 10:14 am

You know, the thought of seeing some of these implemented actually appeals to me on some level, just to see what might happen.

When I started reading the last point, I thought you were going to suggest selling some states to foreign countries.

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The sad fact is the states that we would most like to downsize would be the ones that nobody else wants.

I can’t see the chinese beign willing to purchase Mississippi.

And if we are annexing Mexico, we might as well take Canada too- all those mineral resources and open lands?

Clearly the profit making possibilities are not being maximized.

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VoodooBen said on April 23rd, 2011 at 11:21 am

Loved this, even if my state (Texas – it’s so lonely being a Democrat here) would be one of the ones downsized.

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Honestly? 1-4 are actually good ideas.

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Mary Warner said on April 23rd, 2011 at 4:17 pm

2 and 3 are great ideas.

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Not in the slightest.

Which is kind of the point.

1, you’re discouraging innovation, which generally comes back to bite you in the ass.

2 is more defensible, but does make you look like a wuss on an international scale, which is not ideal. Still, can see an argument there.

3 is generally less successful than you’d think, even aside from moral questions. Part of the reason the trade gets so big is the no taxation high risk thing.

And four? Really? Ignoring moral issues, ignoring international repercussions, there’s still a border, which means you have the same problem, and you have to expand again sooner or later, while adding more people mad at you for your failures. We saw it with Rome, for pete’s sake.

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Random Guy said on April 23rd, 2011 at 5:12 pm

People, his terms for #2 are “forget Iraq and Afghanistan exist and move on”.

Meaning that the US would be leaving unstable countries to essentially turn into massive anti-US and anti-West tanks. Again.

In that sense, it’s not quite as good an idea as you may think it is. (Of course the US should leave them, but not in the sense of ‘drop everything and go take over North Korea instead’.)

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I love No. 6 because it would let me achieve my lifelong dream of having this conversation with someone:

Me: “I’ve just received word that Obama has permanently dissolved Congress. The last remnants of the old republic have been swept away.”
Friend: “That’s impossible! How will Obama maintain control without the bureaucracy?”
Me: “The governors now have direct control over their states. Fear will keep us in line. Fear of this battle station.”
Friend: “Wait, what?”

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HonestObserver said on April 24th, 2011 at 1:17 am

George Soros should try running for president.

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Walter Kovacs said on April 24th, 2011 at 8:04 am

The sad thing is number 6 is being done on a smaller scale … States are passing laws to be able to easily disolve city governments.

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Kid Kyoto said on April 25th, 2011 at 11:26 am

Funnily enough some of these are Trump’s plans, but in different order.

With Iraq and Libya he’s argued we should just take the oil as our spoils of war.

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auf_weiderzen said on April 25th, 2011 at 12:08 pm

I think my favorite part of the post is that each of these points are the classic sub-half-baked, magic bullet fixes, magical thinking solutions that the “Run the Country Like a Business” set love to bandy about to prove how smart they are in the face of overwhelming complexity. (Disclaimer: yeah, I’m guilt of this, too. It’s way too easy.) I just couldn’t stop laughing about the defense for the poorly thought out premise was continually supported by the exact same sort of thinking.

Careful, though, Glenn Beck may declare MGK president for life. But it would mean that Marvel and DC would be nationalized and made a standard part of the teaching curriculum, which would be nice.

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Danny Sichel said on April 25th, 2011 at 2:23 pm

This needs to be seen by more people.

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Kid Kyoto said on April 25th, 2011 at 2:39 pm

Anyone else remember the Lee Iacocca for President movement? I bet there are older examples as well. Businessmen and Generals are always being held up as unsullied outsiders who can clean the country up. I think it’s all part of our longing for the President to be our national Father Figure.

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Don’t forget that the internet is a danger to the IT infrastructure, a drain on resources, an unhealthy distraction to productivity, and a potential source of HR complaints.

Any good business would block access – at least to adult-oriented and social networking sites, gaming too.

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Sir, somewhere Jonathan Swift wants to buy you a drink.

2 & 3 are Very Good Ideas and should be treated seriously.

5 is an interesting idea w/some strong arguments to be made both for & against; it’s worthy of debate

6 is a Gawdawful Terrible Idea & one that the GOP is currently embracing

7 is worthy of further exploration. The idea that once a decade the rest of the states can vote one state out of the union (giving them a decade to get their act together & apply for re-admission) is an interesting one.

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Murray Chataqua said on April 25th, 2011 at 3:44 pm

Hah! Best conversation ever.

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Murray Chataqua said on April 25th, 2011 at 3:44 pm

…that was supposed to quote Brian Smith up there. Eh.

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I actually believe in #3. Legalize everything, disband the DEA, regulate it more strictly than alcohol, and tax the hell out of it.

Oh, and commute the sentences of everyone locked up for all non-violent drug offenses to time served and expunge their records so they can rejoin the pool of free citizens. Close a bunch of prisons and convert ‘em into factories. Hire the guards to build stuff.

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John 2.0 said on April 26th, 2011 at 7:45 am

Amusing list.

I’ve always said that people who think Government should be run like a business know nothing about how Government works, know nothing about businesses operate, or (most likely) know nothing about either.

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