Friday, October 10, 2014

If I Were President...

The world would be a much more boring place :)  This is actually something that I've considered.  When I was 7 I had President Barbie.  She was fabulous and ruled the Oval Office!  I also have a major intellectual girl crush on Hillary Clinton.  In 7th grade I did my 7th Grade Research Project on her.  My classmates' reaction?

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 I was incensed that not ONE 7th grader was interested.  Can you believe that?  No one cared about an ex-first lady?  What kinda 12 year olds are we dealing with here?  Apparently normal ones :)

Also, last night Jess and I saw Gone Girl.  O-M-G!!  Terrifying!  We left saying, you know what?  Single life ain't so bad.  If you haven't seen it, I highly suggest you do!  Definitely worth the $11 a ticket :) If you did see it, what did you think?  I haven't read the book yet, so I'm curious how it lines up.

So anyway, if I was President, my number one priority would be:

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Oh, sorry!  That would be what I would say if I had beauty, and grace, she's Miss United States.  Can we just take a moment to bask in the glory that is Sandra Bullock?

Now for the serious stuff!

1.) Student loan interest rate.  Um, 7%?  For real?  Home loans are 4%!  So lemme get this straight, I am being punished for being educated?  Times are tough my Congresspeople and guess what?  We are 22!  We have no money!  More importantly, we didn't even elect (most) of you.  Why are you beating the new generation of adults by killing us with debt?  No thanks!  I am beyond blessed to have my job and I make a great salary.  I pay a lot of money on my loan every month to try to squish it down (does anyone else feel like that number never gets lower?!) and I don't love that I could be saving that money for a house.  Why not lower the interest rate and help a voter out?  By the way Congresspeople, how are those private planes?  

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2.) Dinner with Ellen DeGeneres!  Ellen, if I ever become President, I'm calling you!  You are going to write all of my speeches.  People would love me!

3.) Optional pre-school for everyone starting at age 3.  There is such a difference come kindergarten for students have been to pre-k versus those who have not.  Pre-school would be free and offered to all families.  You would have the option to decline the pre-school offer, but it would still stand.  

4.) Every child would get presents on Christmas.  It makes me sad to know that kids don't get presents on Christmas.  Every trip I take to the mall, I bring a present with me for a child.  

5.) Magazines and advertisements would have to use women of normal size to be the models.  Let's just say that every woman needs to feel represented in our society.  It makes me sad when women (and believe me I do it, too!) beat themselves up over their looks.  It's sad.  It's unfair and it's cruel.  We need to start congratulating each other on making it through the day alive, not tear each other down because society has convinced we're not good enough unless we're a size 0.  

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LC has the best eye rolls.  I think they could win any argument about anything.  

6.) Mental health would be taken more seriously.  Suicide, eating disorders, PTSD, bipolar disorder, and all other mental illnesses are serious.  They are real medical conditions.  

7.) Stores wouldn't open until 4 am on Black Friday.  People deserve Thanksgiving off!!  I love Black Friday as much as the next Jersey Girl, but come on!  Thanksgiving is for eating and being with your loved ones--not killing each other over PS2s.  (Are PS2s still cool?  If they're not just insert any trendy gift you want :) )

8.) No children would be hungry, without a warm bed, loving family, or without health care.  (I don't care what your politics say/are (this is not the place to discuss it), BUT every child deserves medicine and care.  That is a human right!)  As a teacher, I can tell you that a well fed, well cared for child, makes a better student.

9.) Politicians and the Pearson Company would take their grubby little fingers out of education!  Would you let a politician perform heart surgery on you?  No.  So why do we allow politicians to infiltrate our schools?  Let teachers teach.  

10.) There would be no homeless veterans.  If you served our country, you should always be taken care of.  Also, there should be better mental health care for our service people.  

11.) No one would use the R word.  As a special education teacher, it breaks my heart to know that my students are insulted by people who use this word.  They are kind, caring, hard-working, and terrific people and they do not deserve to be degraded by a word.  

12.) Apple would have to extend Apple Care for the lifetime of your product.  I think we can all say that at one point or another, we've all been screwed by the Big Mac Co.  

13.)  The Phillies would win the World Series at least once a decade and I would get to attend.

14.) M&Ms and Cheesecake Factory would have no calories :)

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15.) Women would receive equal rights, equal pay, and equal opportunities.  

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16.) Everyone would get the chance to marry who they love.   I've said it before and I'll say it again as a single woman I know that it is hard to find someone to love you, and if you are blessed enough to have found that, then good for you!  You should be able to celebrate that love openly and legally!  

17.)  Nothing would start before 10 am.  Life is better after 10 am. 

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These would be my 17 things!  What would y'all do?  I love that a group of strong women are discussing the realities of a woman President.  Snaps for us!  

Keep your head, heels, and standards high!

-E


8 comments:

  1. Student loan debt is terrible, and no it never gets smaller. It's a pain in the butt, unfortunately I knew that going in to it. I only wish there was an (easier) way to refinance at a lower rate after paying for so long.

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  2. I love your point about students loans. I start college next fall and it looks like I'm going to be in $40,000 of debt by the time I graduate with my bachelors.

    Best,
    Katie Petty
    theparisianwannabe.blogspot.com

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    1. First, good luck at college! College is awesome and you will love it! I graduated in June with my Masters and I was lucky enough to have my parents pay for my undergrad, but my Masters was on me. It's crazy expensive!

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  3. you went all out in this post! I agree with most of the points you mentioned!

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    1. Thanks girl! I love talking about issues.

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  4. I love the list, I'm working on my own post to link up and it's hard.

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    1. It really is hard! I love the link ups because they tell me what to do-half of the battle is done! I jot down ideas on my phone throughout the day to help me write my posts

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