Presidential Dreams: 'If I Were President'

Local Fairfield 5th graders weigh in on the issues.

Recently, we caught up with a class of fifth graders at Nelda Mundy Elementary School in Fairfield, and asked them what they would do if they were elected President.

You may be surprised to find that they weren't interested in free candy for the masses or even extra recess at school.  Topping the list of concerns were higher taxes for the wealthy, more funding for schools and a specially mandated holiday in order to watch the World Series. 

Check out what some of them had to say and don't forget to peruse our gallery to see just what's on our kid's minds.

If I were president I would create new technology to help people from being poor. For example, a machine that creates money that’s just enough to give them a head start. -- Kealli, 9


If I were president I would make chocolate a vegetable. -- Sergio, 11


If I were president, I’d raise taxes on the rich because they show off. Also, I’d give the schools 1,000 dollars each, for more school field trips. -- Caleb, 10


If I were President, I would create better schools and create less pollution. I would also create a lower tax rate and create a better economy for American citizens and middle-class Americans. -- Elizabeth, 10


If I were president I would ban school. Who invented this thing anyway? The dumbest idea ever. And I’m surprised that after all these presidents, not one has thought about banning school. What the heck? --Zaddock, 10.


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Gloria Mixon October 26, 2012 at 04:42 PM
These kids are great, they really are paying attention. Enjoyable reading.
Ruth C October 26, 2012 at 05:26 PM
What a great idea, Whitney, to listen to the kids. Loved seeing their insights!
whitney skillman October 27, 2012 at 02:41 AM
Can't take the credit for this idea, but I loved seeing their insights too!
Dawn Thompson October 27, 2012 at 03:18 AM
Great article - smart kids. Teachers, help them retain their creativity and we have an innovative society. Thanks Whitney!
Educated Opinion October 29, 2012 at 10:40 PM
Not surprising...these sound like what we have been hearing all election...lots of ideas, and no idea how to implement them... Here's a real idea...create a massive tax on anything manufactured by a North American company outside of North America. All the 1% who whine they would take their businesses elsewhere if taxes were raised would be forced to make jobs in America if they want to sell to North Americans... In addition, if we applied a massive tax on all incomes earned outside our borders by people who live in America, it would prevent a loop hole through foreign "shell" companies owned by North Americans. I mean if we really want to fix this mess...


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