18 thoughts on “Weekend Question Thread

  1. A simple one.
    Any congresscritter who votes to go to war will automatically be enlisted, and assigned to a combat unit. His or her replacement will be filled by special election.

  2. Elegant, Tommy, most elegant.
    A subsection of Tommy’s Law would be that any media pundit advocating in favor of a vote to go to war should also be automatically enlisted, whether or not the vote succeeded.

  3. If you wanna reform the schools, go teach in ’em for three years. I’m talkin’ ’bout everyone from Congresscritters to would-be administrators to “school choice” advocates to undergrad/grad-level education instructors to school psychologists to, of course, the teachers themselves.

  4. Ah, well, we could pretty much end warmongering by simply requiring that every DoD-supporting company and corporation, at the first use of U.S. troops anywhere, be nationalized and run without profit for the duration of the conflict.
    Right down to the Coca-Cola Corporation.
    I think that might cut down on the enthusiasm for war quite a bit…

  5. Pay Congress the minimum wage–since they vote to set it, maybe they’d have an incentive to balance the alleged business’ needs to keep it artificially low with the needs of citizens to, you know, eat, pay rent, etc.

  6. Every American is entitled to the exact same health coverage that the President and Congress gets, at the same price. Watch how fast we get single-payer then.

  7. Publicly funded elections: every candidate for federal office getting equal time on the airwaves, all funded by the taxpayers, with no cheating around the edges. Period.
    Imagine a congresscritter who actually spent all their time as congresscritter working on legislation instead of fundraising.

  8. I think every member of congress who votes for war should have to send their first born child to serve in combat. And every perc that they vote for themselves should automatically apply to all Americans.

  9. Everyone is to be as happy as possible, up to and including putting junkies in bed with an IV drip of heroin if that is what it takes.

  10. Banning reality television and call-in radio shows. I’m pretty sure that would lead to an American renaissance.

  11. Here in Canada where we’re constitutionally guaranteed “peace, order, and good government,” neoconservatives are Constitutionally prohibited from holding public office, on the grounds that neoconservatism is fundamentally opposed to all three of those things. I actually would like to see a Constitutional challenge done of this. I don’t want the ideologybanned, per se, just if you follow an anti-governance, warmongering, disaster-capitalist ideology, you can’t hold public office in a country where you are required to provide peace, order, and good government.
    That and I’d like to seeno public recognition ofanybody’s religious holidays, paid for on the taxpayer’s dime. No Christmas-euphemistically-holiday lights put up using municipal tax dollars, no prayers in the House of Commons, no municipally funded “prayer breakfasts,” no religious-holiday statutory holidays, nothing, zip, zilch. You want to celebrate that shit, do it on your own time and your own dime.

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