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Sentinel Tribune of Westbrook, Minnesota

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Throwing hat in the ring ...

It seems like every week there is another politician throwing their hat in the ring, announcing their candidacy for president of the United States.

The list of presidential hopefuls is growing day by day. When I heard "The Donald" had announced his candidacy I was not surprised, while I don't think he is a serious candidate, he surely will add some drama to the process.

Since there are so many candidates already in the race I thought it would be nice to have a non politician (other than Donald Trump) running for president.

So with little if any fanfare I am announcing my candidacy for president of the United States. I plan to have a grass roots campaign. I will be looking into setting up a crowd funding pack. The pack will be a non super pack, only one dollar donations will be accepted. So if I can think of a way to get my message out, hopefully I can get 100 million people to donate one dollar. If my math is correct that would be 100 million dollars.

My slogan will be "I'm for the little guy!"

My first plank in the platform will be a pepperoni pizza on every table. I was going to go with "a chicken in every pot," but with the bird flu and all I didn't think that would be a good idea.

Fixing Social Security (which really isn't broke) I will increase the contribution limit to $500,000 from any income source. That alone I think would make the program solvent for at least a hundred years.

One thing I would change in the Affordable Health Care Act would be to allow insurance premiums and all out of pocket medical expenses to be fully tax deductible.

Another thing I would not allow is, anybody who has served in congress would not be allowed to be a lobbyist ever! Also there could be no more than two lobbyists for any organization or business.

I will declare an hour a day for nap time for each working person. I just think that would be nice.

I will also declare that congressional representatives acting badly will be given a time out at the discretion of the opposite party's leaders.

All congressional representatives will always remember the golden rule, and that everything important was learned in pre-school and kindergarten. Also if they forget, they will be given a time out.

Filibusters will be banned from both houses, as it is a total waste of time for everyone and seldom accomplishes anything at all.

Isn't it nice to know all of my fund raisers will be held at McDonalds, Pizza Ranch, or Sub Way.

Well, I am sure I will be coming up with a lot more ideas as my campaign progresses.

One more thing, don't forget to write in my name for president on the ballot in November of 2016 Thomas J. Merchant.

Have a great week and do good!

My Name is Tom Merchant and I approve this message.

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Original Publication Date: July 15, 2015

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