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What Would You Do With The Magic Sword of Power?

In another thread, Ricochet member Central Scrutinizer asked an interesting question of Ricochet member Joseph Eagar:

Were you granted the Sword Of Power, and you could implement whatever you wanted, what would you choose to do[?]

  1. Vince Guerra

    1) A Constitutional amendment banning abortion.

    2) An amendment repealing the income tax and replacing it with The Fair Tax.

    3) Establishing September 11th as a Federal holiday, on which we honor those who have fallen in service to their country.

  2. Doug Scott
    Reckless Endangerment: I liked Aaron’s version of sunsetting all laws. Jonathan Rauch proposed this is as a way to get rid of the rot in the tax code in his book government’s end. But Barkha’s limiting of spending to GDP is probably the one that works best to limit problems before they arise.   · 3 hours ago

    I concur with a twist.  All bills passed would have a ten page limit, their authorship clearly identified, and all politicians be subject to all laws that are passed.  Oh yeah, and public unions would immediately be abolished. 

  3. LowcountryJoe

    Repeal the seventeenth amendment. Repeal the sixteenth amendment as well. Create a new amendment which forbids the federal government from taxing U.S. citizens directly but does allow for it to tax the individual states directly. Then, watch the new political dynamic play itself out while reserving the right to use sword in the future…on entitlements or something.

  4. LowcountryJoe

    There’s a lot of wisdom in what Heinlein suggested – recheck the first post in this thread.

  5. Fred Cole

    Okay, direction to everyone who posted and everyone who will post:

    Go bigger.

  6. mesquito

    I would cause to vanish every last post-grad degree ever awarded in “education.”

  7. Caroline

    End all public sector unions, including teachers’ unions.

  8. Leigh
    Fred Cole: Okay, direction to everyone who posted and everyone who will post:

    Go bigger. · 13 minutes ago

    We’re limited to public policy and society/culture are untouchable, right?

    I still think I’d stick with removing Roe.  There is no bigger wrong in our public policy.

    Other wishes would be to implement entitlement reform — in all the ways we’d love to do it if it were politically feasible.  And there are some wonderful things that could be done in education.   Choosing one policy would be tough, because one would have to choose between the urgent and the important.

  9. flownover

    you get your vote when you pay your taxes

    no pay/ no vote

  10. Brian Watt

    There’s an enormous hedge in my back yard that needs some work. Oh, wait…was this not the point of the post?

  11. AlsoAHotSauce

    I’d redistrict congress with a computer program which created districts based on minimizing the total boundary distance within a state.

  12. Lord Humungus

    What. The. Frickenfrack. Turn my back for one minute and look what happens. I don’t know what I’d do with the Sword Of Power ©; I’ll have to think about it. But, IP rights and copyright infringement are gonna be right up there at the top of the list I think.

  13. iWc

    I’d turn everyone who went to law school into libertarian engineers.

  14. Jan-Michael Rives

    Honestly? I’d exile all the liberals. No, seriously. Round them all up, put them on an island somewhere, and call it a day.

  15. Fred Cole
    Central Scrutinizer: What. The. Frickenfrack. Turn my back for one minute and look what happens

    That’s on you, dog.  I let you know right away.

  16. Fred Cole
    Not JMR: Honestly? I’d exile all the liberals. No, seriously. Round them all up, put them on an island somewhere, and call it a day. · 4 minutes ago

    Who qualifies as a liberal?

  17. Scott R
    Fred Cole: Okay, direction to everyone who posted and everyone who will post:

    Go bigger. · 1 hour ago

    I’d hammer out love between

    my brothers and my sisters

    All over this land

  18. Gus Marvinson

    I pray I would have the wisdom to shove it back into the rock before I did anything with it.

  19. Brian Clendinen

    As other of said, Destory the Magic Sword of Power least it fall into the wrong hands, no single person should ever have that much power. It would make a great movie though.

  20. Misthiocracy
    Brian Clendinen: As other of said, Destory the Magic Sword of Power least it fall into the wrong hands, no single person should ever have that much power. 

    Give it to Frodo. He’ll know what to do!

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