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Old 11-06-2004, 09:06 PM   #1
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Default American citizen car enthusiasts: This is why you should vote for me in 2016 as pres!

I have ideas for other things, of course, but here's the automotive reform I'd make:


Federal "Driver's License Plus"

Pay an extra $500/yr or so, and go through a LOT of additional training (not like the current cracker-jack box license training. This training would cost a few thousand dollars, just to keep the scruff out.), and you get a special license plate that allows you to ignore posted speed limits on interstates, and you have an extra 10-15MPH in urban areas. No weaving through traffic or anything, but just a higher limit.


Interstates will also be built to new standards when being repaired, much like the German autobahnen. Our roads are built to last a couple of years, the autobahnen are meant to last 15-20 years.

Car inspections would be a lot tougher, and federalised. Modifications wouldn't be a problem, but safety would be a primary concern. Joe Inbred and his 1984 Corolla with the duct-taped suspension wouldn't be allowed on the road. There'd be a department much like the German TÜV to take care of this.

Car insurance would be federally regulated to keep premiums in check, they're spiralling out of control, and it needs to be taken care of.

Tax benefits for SUVs would be utterly eliminated, and instead given to drivers of hybrids and diesels (new diesels, like in Europe, using low-sulphur fuels). Registration costs would be based on GVW, and miles travelled annually, thus would be paid at the end of the fiscal year. Joe Commuter in his Miata is gonna have a better year than Rita Roadtrip in her H2.


Thoughts?
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Old 11-06-2004, 09:08 PM   #2
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Old 11-06-2004, 09:16 PM   #3
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I think you've spent too much time in Germany mate..

good plan though, I'd like to see something like that taken into affect here in the U.S.A
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Old 11-06-2004, 09:19 PM   #4
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were you born in america...are you atleast 35 years old...if not to one of those things ...you cant be prez
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Old 11-06-2004, 09:20 PM   #5
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You are from Australia and cant be president.
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Old 11-06-2004, 09:20 PM   #6
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were you born in america...are you atleast 35 years old...if not to one of those things ...you cant be prez
I was born in Santa Monica, CA on 16 September, 1981. I'll be 35 about 6 weeks before the 2016 election I've thought this through.
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Old 11-06-2004, 09:21 PM   #7
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Thoughts?

Um... not a chance in hell of happening.
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Old 11-06-2004, 09:24 PM   #8
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I was born in Santa Monica, CA on 16 September, 1981. I'll be 35 about 6 weeks before the 2016 election I've thought this through.
got a few hundred million sitting around?
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Old 11-06-2004, 09:25 PM   #9
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got a few hundred million sitting around?

Not yet

I figure with a 12 year lead time, I can get a few votes. Could never win, but hell, it'd be fun to try
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Old 11-06-2004, 10:01 PM   #10
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you are better than the two main choices we had this year already. i voted libertarian though.
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Old 11-06-2004, 10:26 PM   #11
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I was born in Santa Monica, CA on 16 September, 1981. I'll be 35 about 6 weeks before the 2016 election I've thought this through.
Well hey, I'll be 36 by the next election, maybe I should run.
Can I find some running mates? We'll make our own party!
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Old 11-06-2004, 10:31 PM   #12
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would this idea worked if it were some sort of toll road? ... just a thought
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Old 11-06-2004, 11:56 PM   #13
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1 is a dumb idea, 2 is a good idea but costs money, 3 is like what we have here in NB (no holes in body allowed, etc etc), the rest are good ideas
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Old 11-07-2004, 12:24 AM   #14
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My farts are awefully pungent tonight. Like wet cheese.

By the way, nice policy.
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Old 11-07-2004, 12:29 AM   #15
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So.. if we took over Japan, and made it American Territory.. would Subarus, Hondas, and Mitsubishi's become Domestics?

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So.. if we took over Japan, and made it American Territory.. would Subarus, Hondas, and Mitsubishi's become Domestics?

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Most of them are made in the usa no? So arnt they already domestics?
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Old 11-07-2004, 12:41 AM   #17
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Most of them are made in the usa no? So arnt they already domestics?
and you're a guru?

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Old 11-07-2004, 12:46 AM   #18
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Ya, that means?
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Old 11-07-2004, 12:46 AM   #19
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Old 11-07-2004, 12:48 AM   #20
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Ya, that means?
though, there being service centers in the states, I'm pretty sure Subaru and Mitsu ship directly from Japan to showroom floors..
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I have no idea about mitsu but I was almost sure subaru had a plant in the sates. I know the imprezas are all imports tho. Honda for sure does I drove by that plant on the way up from FL.
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Old 11-07-2004, 01:13 AM   #22
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I have no idea about mitsu but I was almost sure subaru had a plant in the sates. I know the imprezas are all imports tho. Honda for sure does I drove by that plant on the way up from FL.
i was pretty sure about the Hondas being in the states.. (Though, many of them are considered an Import..).. Mitsu's are definitely Import, and I knew about the Imprezas being Imports. If there is a plant in the states/canuckistan/meckshiko.. i've been here too long..

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Old 11-07-2004, 09:46 AM   #23
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Not bad ideas. Federalized inspections would get a lot of states' rights opposition but, like many other things good and bad, it could be tied to highway funding. I'd say let the states run it but require federal standards to be met.

There's been a bit of flap in the news here over the increasing numbers of serious accidents - not only in terms of damage to people and property but also in terms of causing major traffic snarls - caused by drivers of heavy trucks (not necessarily heavy truck drivers ). Causes cited include trucks staying the left lanes, not signaling lane changes, swerving from lane to lane, taking onramps/offramps at too high a rate of speed. So I'd say at the very least there should be a crackdown on the rules of the road for truckers.

I'll go even further: When I was between my freshman and sophomore years in college I had a summer job with a beer/wine distributor. I started off unloading boxcars and tractor-trailers manually and worked my way up to driving a keg truck by summer's end. Anyway I remember the long-haul truckers carrying huge amounts of amphetamines and coke on them. Granted the hours they have to work and the deadlines they have to meet are tough on them, but still many of these guys are pretty hopped up on speed. Random stops combined with quick pee in a cup diagnostic tests and serious consequences for failing, while having some cost, would IMO at least make the roads a bit safer.

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Old 11-07-2004, 10:26 AM   #24
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Pay an extra $500/yr or so, and go through a LOT of additional training (not like the current cracker-jack box license training. This training would cost a few thousand dollars, just to keep the scruff out.), and you get a special license plate that allows you to ignore posted speed limits on interstates, and you have an extra 10-15MPH in urban areas. No weaving through traffic or anything, but just a higher limit.
no way will a license for someone to be free to speed ever be allowed


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Interstates will also be built to new standards when being repaired, much like the German autobahnen. Our roads are built to last a couple of years, the autobahnen are meant to last 15-20 years.
as with everything...cost is the bottom line...our roads are maybe 4 inches thick...where the autobahn is like 11 inches thick...to expensive to undertake

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Car inspections would be a lot tougher, and federalised. Modifications wouldn't be a problem, but safety would be a primary concern. Joe Inbred and his 1984 Corolla with the duct-taped suspension wouldn't be allowed on the road. There'd be a department much like the German TÜV to take care of this.
corruption wont allow this...local government will take the pay off and we will never see this going through

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Car insurance would be federally regulated to keep premiums in check, they're spiralling out of control, and it needs to be taken care of.
less gubment the better...what needs to happen is lawyers to get less greedy with frivolous law suits...but thatll never happen

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Tax benefits for SUVs would be utterly eliminated, and instead given to drivers of hybrids and diesels (new diesels, like in Europe, using low-sulphur fuels). Registration costs would be based on GVW, and miles travelled annually, thus would be paid at the end of the fiscal year. Joe Commuter in his Miata is gonna have a better year than Rita Roadtrip in her H2.
the auto maker lobby will never allow that to happen
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