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1  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Ann Coulter: Immigrants are worse than ISIL on: Today at 03:51:58 pm
Ann Coulter says something intentionally outrageous. 

Next newsworthy topic: cat begs to be lets out, then doesn't move when you open the door.
2  Questions and Answers / The Atlas / Re: Should we do something about AggregateDemand? on: Today at 03:48:36 pm
Report the offending post to the moderators if you think it warrants it. That is all.
3  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: States on the VoteMatch Spectrum on: Today at 12:06:48 pm
A very common fallacy is mountainous or agrarian = libertarian

wouldn't it be mountainous=libertarian, agrarian=communitarian?
4  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Map: voting systems in the world on: Today at 12:43:18 am
What is the significance of Australia being the same color as China and Saudi Arabia? Tongue
5  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of the Marshall Plan on: May 26, 2015, 10:29:22 pm
Basically an opportunity for Americans to give themselves credit for a recovery created by Europeans.
6  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of Grover Cleveland on: May 26, 2015, 10:13:27 pm
Cleveland deserves some criticism for his handling of the Pullman strike, but this does not make him a "corporate stooge."  When you consider the virtual halting of interstate commerce and the mail, and the vandalism and violence as reported by the press, it becomes more understandable - almost predictable - that any president would intervene in this way.  Cleveland had sought in his first term to create a board to resolve labor conflicts to avoid this type of crisis while still respecting the rights of labor, but what Congress came up with was useless in this situation, and it would take years of trial and error to improve the process.
7  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Do Bill and Hillary love each other? on: May 26, 2015, 03:20:37 pm
They take turns loving each other, but never both at the same time.
8  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: NYT: Latte Liberals still not Ready For Hillary on: May 26, 2015, 03:04:36 pm
BREAKING NEWS: TEENAGERS NOT ACTIVELY PAYING ATTENTION TO PRESIDENTIAL RACE THAT DOESN'T OFFICIALLY START FOR 9 MONTHS.

Surely supporting Sanders would tend to indicate more attention to the race than your average Hillary supporter.
9  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: MA: Fix the Constitution Act (voting on amendment) on: May 26, 2015, 01:26:31 pm
Aye
10  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Past Election What-ifs (US) / Re: James K. Polk runs for reelection in 1848 on: May 26, 2015, 01:21:28 pm
Taylor may still have run with Polk seeking reelection - the Whigs surely would have done everything they could to convince him to run.

The Democrats renominate Polk, but replace Dallas (who has become controversial in his home state due to his role in passing the Walker Tariff) with fellow Pennsylvanian Sen. Daniel Sturgeon.  Polk is more well known and popular than Cass, and is slightly more amenable to free soil Democrats than Cass due to his support of extending the Missouri Compromise line to the Pacific - as opposed to Cass's popular sovereignty doctrine potentially extending slavery into Northern territories.



Polk / Sturgeon    45.9  179
Taylor/ Fillmore    44.8  111
Van Buren/ Adams  9.2

Polk wins reelection. When he dies during his term, Sturgeon is left as president.
11  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: What has been the consistent theme of the Democratic Party since it's founding? on: May 26, 2015, 12:40:07 am
It's a great chart, but DW-NOMINATE just measures how much distance there was between the positions (voting records) of the different parties. It doesn't measure what those positions meant in ideological terms.

Well DW-NOMINATE measures how much members of Congress vote together, but the results can be broken down into 2 dimensions, the weightier one being the first dimension, which they say "can be interpreted in most periods as government intervention in the economy or liberal-conservative in the modern era." And it turns out that the Democrats have pretty much always been on the left, hence why the xkcd graphic groups them consistently under "left-leaning parties."

Maybe this is a clearer graphic to demonstrate that, although it only goes back to 1879: http://voteview.com/images/House_and_Senate_Means_1879-2012_1.jpg


The Democrats were not in favor of greater government intervention in the economy in most of the nineteenth century, as they have been in most of the 20th and 21st. The Democrats are placed on the left mainly for convenience. There is continuity in voting patterns from one Congress to the next, but it does not mean the ideology is consistent over several generations.  The fact that Farmer-Labor is placed on the right should suggest that the right-left distinction implied by the chart can't be taken at face value.
12  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Past Election What-ifs (US) / Re: 1992: Jesse Jackson is the Democratic candidate on: May 25, 2015, 12:44:52 am


Bush / Quayle            44%  412
Jackson / Gephardt     31% 123
Perot / Stockdale        24%     3
13  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: What has been the consistent theme of the Democratic Party since it's founding? on: May 24, 2015, 11:32:01 pm
As xkcd wonderfully demonstrates with their chart using DW-NOMINATE, the Democrats have pretty much always voted to the left on economic issues, even though what sorts of policies constitute being to the left, how ideological the parties are, and the relative importance of economic issues have fluctuated A LOT over time. So options 1 and 2 are both reasonably true, with caveats. Between the two, option 1 is probably closer to the Democrats' historical focus.

I know it's not an option, but haven't the Democrats also been the preferred party of recent immigrants throughout their history? Has there been a time when immigrants preferred Republicans?

It's a great chart, but DW-NOMINATE just measures how much distance there was between the positions (voting records) of the different parties. It doesn't measure what those positions meant in ideological terms.
14  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Best Senators of the Past 50 Years: Florida on: May 24, 2015, 11:11:29 pm
Holland (24th amendment)
15  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: The Mideast Record-Courier (Projection: Progressives Control 42nd Assembly) on: May 24, 2015, 10:58:21 pm
Traditionally the vote has been opened in the late evening or afternoon on Thursday, but legally it can be opened any time Thursday, and Gov Motley chose to open it at the earliest possible moment.  Why so much of the right waited I have no idea.
16  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Past Election What-ifs (US) / Re: 1992: Jesse Jackson is the Democratic candidate on: May 24, 2015, 06:33:23 pm
I feel like Jackson would lose West Virginia

Yeah, Doug Wilder would have probably won there, but not Jackson.
17  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Best Senators of the Past 50 Years: California on: May 24, 2015, 06:08:53 pm
There should be more senators as interesting and original as Hayakawa.
18  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Best Senators of the Past 50 Years: Georgia on: May 24, 2015, 06:01:30 pm
Nunn, of the above.
19  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Gubernatorial/Statewide Elections / Re: Connecticut election results 1922-Present on: May 24, 2015, 08:28:46 am
could you try posting it again?
20  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Snoop Dogg endorses Hillary Clinton on: May 23, 2015, 07:40:07 pm
Not surprised, as most R&B song singers identify with Hollywood or MTV crowd.

Exactly. This could help with the young black vote, especially in Ohio, Virginia, California, New York.

Yes, particularly Ohio, where this is a major issue.
21  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Huckabee defends admitted child molester on: May 23, 2015, 07:18:12 pm
Believing in redemption is scandalous.  It has always been thus.

It's fine to believe in redemption, but Huckabee goes out of his way to defend these people solely because of their Christianity. I don't believe he would be talking about redemption if this were some random child molester.


Yes, there is nothing wrong with redemption.  Being a Christian means hoping that all might one day be redeemed.  When it comes to child sex crimes and premeditated murderers, however, the perpetrators will have to seek redemption in the next world.  Not because they are inherently irredeemable, but because of public safety.    

Redemption doesn't mean that you don't have to face legal penalties.  It means that you are not defined by what you did, that you are not forever judged for it as being unworthy of respect and incapable of goodness.  If you do not believe that people can change and learn and grow from what they did in their youth, then you do not believe in redemption.

Redemption is not without a price -- namely, taking the worldly penalties (including shame, pain, imprisonment, and financial ruin) that one accepts if redemption is genuine.

A murderer is still a murderer in our world. A thief is still a thief in our world. A rapist is still a rapist in our world. If one accepts Christianity as true, then even being burned at the stake is a minor payment for eternal salvation.

What kind of weird theology claims that being burned at the stake could be payment for salvation?  The idea that a person cannot be redeemed from sin if they do not suffer criminal penalties, or that they should live their entire lives being shamed by those around them for what they did completely misses the role of grace. Christianity is not "you deserve forgiveness if you suffer enough or what you did isn't that bad."
22  General Politics / Political Debate / Re: Should Social Security let savers purchase additional pensions? on: May 23, 2015, 10:33:28 am
You mean purchasing additional pensions from Social Security funds?  How would this work?  Sounds like it would just add to the burden on current/future workers since the price would likely not cover the outlay.
23  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Past Election What-ifs (US) / Re: 1964: Kennedy/Stymington vs Goldwater/Miller on: May 23, 2015, 01:43:25 am


Kennedy/Symington  54.9% 361 
Goldwater/Miller        44.6% 177
24  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: What's going on? on: May 23, 2015, 12:23:13 am
perhaps this means Torie is a Red Tory?
25  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Wayne Allyn Root: America needs a leader willing to say "you're fired!" on: May 23, 2015, 12:19:15 am
I guess it makes sense that the personification of everything wrong with the Libertarian Party would endorse the personification of everything wrong with American capitalism and popular culture.
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