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Apolyton
20-07-2007, 06:44:40
Do you remember, or remember studying anyway, when leaders of nations were known for their great achievements? Teddy had the Panama Canal, Woodrow had the League of Nations, FDR had the New Deal, Ike had the Interstate System, etc.

Our leaders don't have these things anymore, they just squabble over irrelevant crap over and over without every creating anything. If they do tackle something worthwhile it either descends into partisan hackery or worse forms some monstrous compromise so distorted it causes more problems than it solves.

So your a national leader (any nation), what are the three 3 major projects you would want to accomplish during your time in power? We will go with a 6 year term limit to accomplish them in, starting now.

In my case, for the USA, I will go with;

1.) Fast/efficient/environmentally friendly high speed rail network. In my term the goal would be to complete an initial phase of construction for California/Oregon/Washington, the Northeast Corridor, and maybe the Midwest.

2.) Cut the federal bureaucracy by half. Being a part of it, we are lazy, overpaid, and bloated. If we spent the same about of money on half the number of people to do the same amount work, but who actually did work, we would probably increase service ten fold. And of course with half the number of people and the same payroll you could pay for the people who could accomplish this.

3.) Refocus all American foreign aid on our own hemisphere. Europe can deal with Africa; we have our own backyard that we neglect criminally.

Funko
23-07-2007, 08:34:02
I would ban rain.

Scabrous Birdseed
23-07-2007, 11:36:57
That is RIDICULOUS!!!!

Think of the FARMERS!!!!

Your IQ is obviously too low to have figured this out.

Funko
23-07-2007, 11:51:48
You're right. I wasn't thinking. I'd ban me from being the national leader. I'm too whimsical.

Dyl Ulenspiegel
23-07-2007, 12:04:06
What you meant to say, was, of course, "I would ban rain on weekends".

Fergus & The Brazen Car
23-07-2007, 12:09:55
Global destruction through a thermo-nuclear war.

Dyl Ulenspiegel
23-07-2007, 12:11:27
Hello George.

Funko
23-07-2007, 12:18:28
Originally posted by Dyl Ulenspiegel
What you meant to say, was, of course, "I would ban rain on weekends".

Dyl for national leader!

Dyl Ulenspiegel
23-07-2007, 12:29:21
I'm just a spin doctor.

mr_B
23-07-2007, 12:32:30
you are a puppeteer

Dyl Ulenspiegel
23-07-2007, 12:33:27
shhh, don't tell funko

Koshko
23-07-2007, 20:58:33
I would do that exact same as all other national leaders, and by that I mean accomplish nothing much.

Gnostic
24-07-2007, 08:17:12
I would work for world peace and be nice to small children and animals.

maroule
24-07-2007, 08:19:57
I would resist US hyperpower, fuck around a lot, and criticise english cuisine

Funko
24-07-2007, 08:23:05
You think our food is worthy of being known as a cuisine? :eek:

Dyl Ulenspiegel
24-07-2007, 08:26:40
Originally posted by maroule
I would resist US hyperpower, fuck around a lot, and criticise english cuisine

First point is bad. Don't get in the way of an empire in self-destruction mode.

Second point, excellent.

Third point, wtf?

maroule
24-07-2007, 08:31:31
was just a joke on emulating Chirac (read Alastair Campbell' memoirs on the third point)

Funko
24-07-2007, 08:38:28
I know that, but I'm sure he wouldn't have called british food a cuisine.

Gnostic
24-07-2007, 09:18:18
But what would you Brits call it?

Funko
24-07-2007, 09:19:53
British Food.

Dyl Ulenspiegel
24-07-2007, 09:23:47
"stuff"

Gnostic
24-07-2007, 09:23:55
As bad as that................

Funko
24-07-2007, 09:33:56
High end British food these days is as good as anywhere in the world (http://www.theworlds50best.com/2007_list.html), and the rest is slowly catching up. Actually traditional British food has quite a lot going for it, but it's just been done really badly for such a long time.

Gnostic
24-07-2007, 09:34:53
High end meaning extremely expensive presumably. Not much good to your average Joe in the street.

Funko
24-07-2007, 09:41:18
Well yes, if you're in the top 100 restaurants in the world it's going to be expensive, but still within the reach of a lot of people, certainly for special occasions. For a Michelin starred restaurant in London/South East you'd be looking at 75-100 per person for 3 courses with wine and water but there are plenty of really good places much cheaper than that.

Gnostic
24-07-2007, 09:54:21
Yeah - but $150-$200 is a lot of bucks. Think how many big macs you could get for that :)

notyoueither
25-07-2007, 02:57:28
How much if they hold the water?

SuperCitizen
25-07-2007, 03:09:03
I'd abolish the whole concept of a national leader. Yeah. I'd go self destruct.

notyoueither
25-07-2007, 03:09:45
I'd deport all the fucking seals to Europe.

They like the little fuckers so much, they can feed the bastards.

Then I'd ride the booming economy off the recovered fishing industry to fund seperatist movements in bordering US states.

Once I've secured Montana, Massachusets, and Maryland I'd federalise the NGs and invade France. Vive that Libre, fucking ungrateful bastards! Give half the place back to Germany, and the other half to Haiti. The Haitians would be forced to keep the seals.

With the D's and K's I'd have enough nukes to tell the rest of you to suck my walrus if you don't like my policies.

I guess I'd end up a bit like Putin.

Oerdin
25-07-2007, 05:33:46
Originally posted by Funko
High end British food these days is as good as anywhere in the world (http://www.theworlds50best.com/2007_list.html), and the rest is slowly catching up. Actually traditional British food has quite a lot going for it, but it's just been done really badly for such a long time.

I haven't tried the other top five but I did have the pleasure of dinning at the French Laundry in 2003. It was a meal to remember and not just because it cost so damn much.

I do recall asking for the wine list and being surprised (stupidly, I guess) that several of the wines cost more then $1000 per bottle with a few in the $5000-$6000 range.

Chris
25-07-2007, 07:19:30
I would ban Funko.

Funko
25-07-2007, 08:09:11
Originally posted by Oerdin
I haven't tried the other top five but I did have the pleasure of dinning at the French Laundry in 2003. It was a meal to remember and not just because it cost so damn much.

I do recall asking for the wine list and being surprised (stupidly, I guess) that several of the wines cost more then $1000 per bottle with a few in the $5000-$6000 range.

Yeah... have to be a little bit careful with wine ordering at those places!

Vincent
26-07-2007, 15:04:06
I would wank all day browsing for chinese porn.

Oh, wait.

I would NOT wank all day browsing for chinese porn.