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Let's say you're running for president, and you win by a mudslide. What would you change about your country and why? Would you make new laws? Paint the White House blue? Tell all!

Well, the first thing I would do would be horribly unpopular. I would set myself up as dictator.

Step two: Taxes. If I change corporate taxes at all, I'd probably cut them a little. Make it very inticing to own businesses here. That's the carrot. Then I significantly raise taxes on the wealthy. That's the stick. Not so much that one would be unable to become wealthy. But really, how much wealth does one person need?

Step three: Education. When I finally figure out the tax scale, the country should be making more money (if I did it right). So where does that money go? Teachers and equipment, quality over quantity. All of the teachers will get what I would call an "incentive raise" that would make them a little happier to do thier jobs. That's the carrot. However, their rate of pay would be based on student performance and projected student effectiveness in society. That's the stick. Teaching could be one of the big money careers, if you put in the work to get the results.

Step four: Health care sould not be this difficult. So many countries have universal health care, or at least NOT PSYCHOTIC health care. So we look around, crunch some numbers, and get health care for the people, NOT THE INSURANCE COMPANIES!

Step five: Outlaw money for politicians. Still pay them, of course. But watch their spending very closely. If they're getting more than the government is giving them, then they're not doing their job. Fire them. At this point in may seem ironic of a dictator like me to say, but politicians should never feel they have job security. And they, like the rest of us, should only be paid for a job well done.

Step six: Hold on for dear life. These changes will take time to make a difference. And I'd be pissing off A LOT of big money. I would just have to hold out until things start working. Or fall crashing down around my ears. That's the stick.

Step seven: The Triumphant Return! Once we have determined the effectiveness of my plans (I figure maybe around ten years), re-establish the Republic with free democratic elections. That's the carrot.

Step eight: Be assassinated and die a horrible, but glossed over death.