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Why don't Democrats identify a few universally hated elements of modern life, and introduce legislation that will eliminate or mitigate them?

Here are a few examples:

Calls from "Rachel" at card services. Why don't Democrats push for legislation to make fraud that accompanies violation of the Do Not Call list a more serious offense (preferably, a criminal offense)? Then require credit card companies to refund consumers' money (or double their money) if they have been the target of one of these scams, and the credit card company passes the charges through to the consumer (that alone would shut this stuff down in about a microsecond).

Daylight Savings Time. It's stupid. Everybody hates it. Let's get rid of it. This is one area where Arizona is right and the rest of the country is behind the times.

Require publicly listed companies to disclose the percentage of their employees who are employed in the US.

Any other ideas? If anybody has any good ones, I'll include them in a poll. There are two basic criteria:
1. The problem has one which is universally and bipartisan-ly hated
2. The problem has to be easily fixed by legislation (i.e. no "people can't make slurping noises when they eat soup")

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  •  I'd say fine companies that put out those cold (2+ / 0-)
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    plumbobb, HeyMikey

    calls, say $1000 a shot, and pass that money on to the people they call.  I get tons of those 'cardholder services' crap calls.

  •  Oh, I have another idea (kind of cheating because (1+ / 0-)
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    HeyMikey

    it's my own diary)...how about mandatory minimum sentencing guidelines for securities fraud? If we have 'em for robbery, why not have 'em for highway robbery?

  •  Eliminate the IRS. No, really--I'm serious. (1+ / 0-)
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    plumbobb

    The income tax is inherently complex. Complexity favors those who can afford accountants and tax lawyers.

    So let's outflank the GOP and institute a national sales tax. With some provisos:

    * No tax on groceries, except for sugar and saturated fat contents.

    * No tax on clothing items under $30.

    * No tax on restaurant meals under $10 a plate, IF they meet nutritional standards. (Basically, sugar and saturated fat get taxed.)

    This means that when a business buys equipment, it pays the sales tax rate on the full purchase. No deductions, so no depreciation schedules.

    What about real estate? No sales tax on homes under a certain modest amount? Or no sales tax at all? Commercial real estate? To be worked out.

    If Obama were the guy who turned out the lights at the IRS, they'd carve him a 5th spot on Mt. Rushmore.

    "The true strength of our nation comes not from the might of our arms or the scale of our wealth, but from the enduring power of our ideals." - Barack Obama

    by HeyMikey on Thu Nov 14, 2013 at 09:13:08 AM PST

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