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  • March 23, 1775 is the day Patrick Henry gave his famous "Give me liberty or give me death" speech. Listen to the speech and how it pertains to the health care bill that was ironically signed on the same day 230 years later.
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If I was president I would write speeches, make a new budget for spending and make new laws.
Then I would also change taxes.
But what would my speeches be about?

My speeches would be about what I was doing.
If I was going to cut taxes, thatís what I would talk about.
If I was going to preserve another area of wildlife, I would talk about that.
Whatever I was doing or going to do I would tell you in my speeches.
What would I do about spending? Thatís easy, STOP.
We have to get out of debt before we spend anything more. Only spend what is needed to be spent.
There are things worth spending and things worth cutting out of the budget.
There are things worth spending money on such as: education, security, military, space exploration and science.
It is important to spend money on education so that the children can be successful.
The children will soon be the adults and leaders of our nation.
We should focus on security so that people can stay safe no matter where they are.
The military is a good part of our nationís security because if we donít fund our military we donít have protection from our enemies.
We should keep funding space exploration so we know what is out there. It can also help us learn more about our own planet.
Other forms of science are also necessary, like medical research to find new cures.

There are several ways as president that I could fix our spending problem.
One would be to cut things. Things worth cutting are: fixing Global Warming, health care and building things that are not beneficial.
Trying to fix Global Warming is useless since it really isnít a problem. Scientists have not proved that it is in full effect.
Recycling and protecting our environment are still important but we donít need to spend even more money on such issues.
Another problem is that we are spending money trying to fix something that does not need to be fixed and making a new problem Ė health care.
Universal health care is not a solution. Instead we should create more small businesses that employ more people that get health benefits.
In addition we have been building things that are unnecessary, such as the turtle tunnel.

Yes, a turtle tunnel.
This will take $3.4 million of our dollars to create a 13 foot tunnel near Tallahassee, Florida.
All it does is allow turtles and other wildlife to cross Highway 27. Thatís not what I would do as President.

I also mentioned laws. The laws would be for safety and the environment.
Laws to limit the growing of tobacco and laws to stop destroying the rainforest would be beneficial.
Also I would create laws to protect other areas of global importance.

Last but not least, I would change taxes. By looking at the past, we can tell that lowering taxes makes more people choose to pay them.
With more people paying them you make more money off the taxes. One of the causes of the revolution, was too high taxes.

But, when my time is at an end, either four years or eight,
I hope America will have appreciated what I have done: the laws, the taxes, or even the spending.
I hope I have done what the people wanted, and what was best for our country, the United States of America.

From The Gods of the Copybook Headings by Rudyard Kipling
In the Carboniferous Epoch we were promised abundance for all,
By robbing selected Peter to pay for collective Paul;
But, though we had plenty of money, there was nothing our money could buy,
And the Gods of the Copybook Headings said: "If you don't work you die."

Then the Gods of the Market tumbled, and their smooth-tongued wizards withdrew
And the hearts of the meanest were humbled and began to believe it was true
That All is not Gold that Glitters, and Two and Two make Four
And the Gods of the Copybook Headings limped up to explain it once more.

As it will be in the future, it was at the birth of Man
There are only four things certain since Social Progress began.
That the Dog returns to his Vomit and the Sow returns to her Mire,
And the burnt Fool's bandaged finger goes wabbling back to the Fire;

And that after this is accomplished, and the brave new world begins
When all men are paid for existing and no man must pay for his sins,
As surely as Water will wet us, as surely as Fire will burn,
The Gods of the Copybook Headings with terror and slaughter return.