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26  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Which states will be "right-to-work" in 2025? on: December 14, 2014, 03:30:21 pm
The ultimate goal of the "right-to-work" thought police is to outlaw labor unions completely.
27  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Which states will be "right-to-work" in 2025? on: December 14, 2014, 03:29:08 pm
Joining the union was one of the best decisions I ever made.
28  General Discussion / Constitution and Law / Alternative Balanced Budget Amendment on: December 14, 2014, 02:37:52 pm
With all the talk from the Far Right about how we need a Balanced Budget Amendment or else, are there any proposals for an alternative amendment to try to balance the budget? My amendment would go something like this: It would prohibit war spending that would leave the budget unbalanced, and if the budget couldn't be balanced, a higher corporate tax would automatically kick in.

This People's Balanced Budget Amendment would be much better than the garbage the Tea Party is serving up.
29  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Which states will be "right-to-work" in 2025? on: December 14, 2014, 01:05:27 pm
As for the next right to work states: Nevada, Missouri, West Virginia, and Wisconsin. The Republicans in Nevada are in control for the first time since 1929. They'll try to (I hope) push right to work through. Missouri's Republican legislature has enough votes to now override the governor. And Wisconsin is a given. Ditto West Virginia (simple majority needed to override the Democratic Governor). So +4 right to work states.

Nevada already is. Kentucky may actually be more likely than some of the others, even though it's still not very likely, since "right-to-work" is so tremendously unpopular statewide.

However, a few counties in Kentucky (such as Warren County) are about to implement a county "right-to-work" law.
30  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Which states will be "right-to-work" in 2025? on: December 14, 2014, 12:16:26 pm
The 1920s were kind of like the 1990s. Everyone acts like they were so great but really they were a poopbox.

My grandparents grew up in the 1920s, and all they ever talked about was how poor they were. They were poor long before the Great Depression officially started. My grandmother talked about how she didn't even have an electric fan (although electric fans had been invented). My other grandmother talked about how she had to keep chewing the same wad of gum because they couldn't afford fresh gum. She also said that the only recreation she had was a pit in her front yard that filled up with rainwater. My grandfather's family was paid only in company scrip - not real money - that could be spent only in the company town.

So that was the "booming" 1920s. It's like the "booming" 1990s when I had to cook flies on the skillet after the Contract With America killed my job.
31  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Which states will be "right-to-work" in 2025? on: December 14, 2014, 01:50:45 am
"Right-to-work" is unconstitutional, but that hasn't stopped it before.

On the other hand, the President could issue an executive order that says unions don't have to provide services to workers who won't pay their fair share fees.
32  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: The Official Obama 2.0 Approval Ratings Thread on: December 08, 2014, 11:42:53 am
People don't care about the job reports that much, since the reports have been way too optimistic for the past 20 years, regardless of what party is in power. And his health problems weren't that severe. I kept suffering from a recurring sore throat when I was in high school, but my approval ratings didn't go up.
33  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Gubernatorial/Statewide Elections / Re: North Dakota Measure 8 (no school before Labor Day) on: December 07, 2014, 02:00:50 pm
Looks like Sioux County was the best and Pierce County was the worst.

I had a gut feeling the measure would do best in places that are rural AND Democratic. That turned out to be true.
34  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Gubernatorial/Statewide Elections / North Dakota Measure 8 (no school before Labor Day) on: December 07, 2014, 01:36:30 pm
Has anyone made a county map for North Dakota's Measure 8? This was a recent referendum saying that school districts couldn't start the school year until after Labor Day.

I know it narrowly lost (even though a poll showed it was winning handily), but I haven't seen a county map for it.

If there was a referendum like this in my area, I'd support it, because our schools are so bad that it's best to stay away from them as much as possible.
35  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Racial divide on Ferguson indictment is almost identical to 2014 House vote on: December 03, 2014, 11:30:07 am
Ferguson is a microcosm. Democratic voters can only rage, and give world-class amateur productions of Les Miserable. Republicans sit in the audience with their popcorn buckets and evaluate the individual performances.

Since I'm a Green, where does that leave me?
36  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Racial divide on Ferguson indictment is almost identical to 2014 House vote on: December 02, 2014, 10:07:05 pm
But what does it mean?

I think it means it's mostly only Republicans who support the failure to indict.
37  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Abolish The Senate on: December 02, 2014, 10:03:41 pm
I'm tired of the cities getting crapped upon, quite frankly. The cities are unfairly underrepresented as it is.
38  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Abolish The Senate on: December 02, 2014, 07:59:50 pm
I think the Senate should be apportioned by population.

I also think the House should be districted without regard to state boundaries. Many districts would cross state lines, but that's just tough.

You mean like the House of representatives?

Wasn't having a House and a Senate kinda the whole point of "The Grand Compromise"

In the 49 states with a bicameral legislature, both houses are apportioned by population (or are supposed to be).
39  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Abolish The Senate on: December 02, 2014, 06:18:07 pm
An advantage of the Senate is that it has staggered terms.

An advantage of the House is that it's closer to being apportioned by population.
40  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Abolish The Senate on: December 02, 2014, 04:08:48 pm
Most countries get by with one chamber just fine, so there is no reason for this country to have two.

In my adult life, the House has usually been worse than the Senate, so I think we should have two.
41  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Abolish The Senate on: December 02, 2014, 03:54:57 pm
Why is it that every time the left loses a big one, the proposals about how the nature of American Democracy need to change come out of the woodwork?

Then why do you think we have a process for amending the Constitution?
42  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Abolish The Senate on: December 02, 2014, 02:54:17 pm
I think the Senate should be apportioned by population.

I also think the House should be districted without regard to state boundaries. Many districts would cross state lines, but that's just tough.
43  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / U.S. Presidential Election Results / Re: Louisiana in the 1980 election on: December 01, 2014, 08:38:01 pm
This was in the days when the Republicans tried portraying the Democrats as backwards hayseeds.
44  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: So..... remember Occupy Wall Street? on: November 21, 2014, 04:29:45 pm
I was one of the leading lights of Occupy Cincinnati. Our Occupy chapter was more or less gutted about a year ago when they started letting Tea Party types in to "understand" them. I warned Occupy about this, but they wouldn't listen.

But Occupy is still active in some other cities.
45  General Politics / Political Geography & Demographics / Re: Corporal punishment by county school district, 2009-2011 on: November 20, 2014, 11:55:24 pm
I guarantee you my home county would have been in red in 1986.
46  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Gubernatorial/Statewide Elections / Re: What was the biggest surprise in your state? on: November 16, 2014, 10:46:11 am
A big surprise in my state was the defeat of Republican Todd P'Pool as Hopkins County Attorney. P'Pool, a Tea Party supporter, was the GOP nominee for Kentucky Attorney General in 2011.
47  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: The 4 Least Significant Presidents of the 20th Century on: November 13, 2014, 09:13:29 pm
I was born in 1973, and the President in my lifetime who had the least actual effect is almost certainly Ford.

There were worse Presidents, of course, but they actually had more effect - albeit usually a negative one.
48  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Gubernatorial/Statewide Elections / Re: What was the biggest surprise in your state? on: November 11, 2014, 04:33:02 pm
A Tea Party guy who filed a frivolous lawsuit against the public library and says you should be required to own property in order to vote winning a Campbell County Commissioner seat by 60% to 40%.
49  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Is Detroit fixable? How would you fix it? on: November 11, 2014, 11:34:43 am
One of the things they need to do first is repeal Michigan's "right-to-work" law.
50  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Obama saves net neutrality, orders broadband be classified as vital service on: November 10, 2014, 11:08:47 am
This is good, but it won't do any good if the FCC doesn't implement it.

Executive order time, maybe?
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