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1701  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Study finds wealthy Americans have different idea of what makes a just society on: March 16, 2013, 05:45:44 pm
Did you expect differently? I always wonder about zhivagos who support policies that result in the government literally stealing their things.
1702  General Politics / Political Debate / Re: The Case For Removing (Almost) All Liberal Arts From College on: March 16, 2013, 02:17:42 pm
I agree with the article in spirit -- there's not much point in going to college to major in liberal arts -- but not in fact -- as long as the market does exist for liberal arts majors that is largely perpetuated by government-subsidized student loans, colleges should continue teaching liberal arts.

FTFY

So?
1703  General Politics / Political Debate / Re: My view: There is no coherent "conservative" ideology in the United States on: March 16, 2013, 02:15:38 pm
This Hekscher fellow seems to be contradicting himself. First he says there is no ideology, then he begins criticizing the tenets of this 'ideology'.

In any case, no there isn't, but neither is there any coherent liberal ideology in the United States. Because two parties represent tens (if not hundreds) of millions of people, there is an extremely wide range of acceptable political positions in these parties, so that you can join and simply tweak whatever you don't like and this is OK and everybody does it. Thus, no two politicians have quite the same list (the Berman/Sherman fight last year being a good demonstrator), and the result is that there really aren't any ideologies at all in American politics. It just doesn't work that way.
1704  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: UT-4: Love prepping for rematch with Matheson on: March 16, 2013, 02:11:54 pm
Matheson can poo his pants after he voted against the minimum wage increase.

He could before, too. I'm not sure you understand the difference between can and may.
1705  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Your opinion of the states on: March 16, 2013, 02:02:35 pm
Inspired by the "5 favorite states" thread, post info for the following:

Your favorite state: New York. S chego nachinayetsa Rodina?

The state you feel you are most suited to politically: Alaska. Libertarian with neoconservative and environmentalist streaks.

The state you feel you are most suited to culturally/personality-wise: New York. Native Russian speaker.

The state you most want to live in: Alaska. Nice weather.

The state you least want to live in: Rhode Island. Most urbanized state.

Favorite state with opposite politics to yours: Vermont

Opinion of every US state by color (post map):



Dark blue, strongly approve; Light blue, approve; Light red, disapprove; light red, strongly disapprove. I rather like the US, so there's a lot of dark blue.
1706  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: Graham (R-SC) may be primaried by actual gay on: March 16, 2013, 11:59:40 am
This Carroll sounds like a fantastic person from what I've seen about him so far, but I'd really prefer he primary one of the useless House people or Scott -- Lindsey Graham has been a fantastic Senator so far and I'd much rather he stay. It's a shame Tisei didn't win in 2012 -- gay Republicans are quite underrepresented in Congress. At least we have Cantor.

So, basically just the exact opposite of what Marokai said Smiley

I've never heard any insinuations about Eric Cantor.

Regardless, you still have David Dreier, Aaron Schock, possibly Adrian Smith.

Ah, that came off unfortunately. We is Republican Jews, which, like Republican gays, are about 1/3 of the community but nevertheless frequently forgotten.

There are no openly gay Republican Congresspeople. And even if Dreier is closeted, he retired in 2012.

Jews are nowhere near 1/3 of the Republican community. Neither are gays, obviously.

I think he meant Republicans are 1/3 of the Jewish community.

This. Republicans are also about 1/3 (a little less) of the gay community. But both of these facts are forgotten very frequently and people just assume gays and Jews vote like African-Americans.
1707  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Coulter: Liberal women should not be allowed to hold office in the US on: March 16, 2013, 11:57:12 am
Just looking at Coulter's face, before she starts emitting those trademark noises of hers, makes me want to vomit.
1708  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Scott Walker might run on: March 16, 2013, 11:52:23 am
Dude would be an excellent candidate (popular Upper Midwest governor with a solid record of getting things done and convincing the people that's OK), but I don't think he'll run if Ryan does. Most likely, he hopes to do something in the '20s (Wisconsin gubernatorial position has no term limits, so he can avoid becoming 'old news').
1709  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: House Republicans Unanimously Vote Down Minimum Wage Hike on: March 15, 2013, 04:07:04 pm
Who were the 6 Democrats who voted it down?

I assume this is the vote (it's 184-233): http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2013/roll074.xml

Quote
Democratic nays:

Barrow (GA)
Matheson
McIntyre
Owens
Peterson
Schrader

The Democrats need to kick them off the ballot for 2014 and run real Democrats.

Agreed Smiley
1710  General Politics / Political Debate / Re: The Case For Removing (Almost) All Liberal Arts From College on: March 15, 2013, 03:56:01 pm
I agree with the article in spirit -- there's not much point in going to college to major in liberal arts -- but not in fact -- as long as the market does exist for liberal arts majors, colleges should continue teaching liberal arts.
1711  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: A reminder that the American news media is horrible on: March 15, 2013, 02:44:31 pm
So Fox news is actually more "fair and balanced" than CNN? LOL

Precisely!

Just like venerable Pravda.

I actually read English Pravda for entertainment (the Russian one is very boring and bland, but there are colorful things going on at the English one.
1712  General Politics / Political Geography & Demographics / Re: Will America ever have another Gary Franks Republican? on: March 14, 2013, 08:22:58 am
"Ever"? Yeah, someday. There's a lot of Republicans, many of whom are mildly moderate, and a lot of black people. You're bound to get some overlap eventually.
1713  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Ieng Sary has passed on: March 14, 2013, 08:13:11 am
No link to an article - or anything at all, really - about who this person was?

One of Pol Pot's buddies.
1714  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Political Quiz List. Are you a Quiz Whiz? on: March 13, 2013, 10:12:01 pm
These tests always give me weird results...

Your result for The Political Objectives Test ...
Anarchist
You scored 43 Equality, 86 Liberty, and 50 Stability!

Liberty is so overwhelmingly important to you that you wish to eliminate anything that can interfere with it. The number one target of your outrage is ‘The State’ (all government + bureaucracy + military) but other forces that may quash freedom (corporations or religions or even family) are also subject to your ridicule. If you have the right personality then you may participate in anarchist actions to remove all these oppressive institutions. You may advocate violent revolution but you are more likely to recognise that violence is itself the product of oppression and reject it in favour of non-violent resistance. You think that every person is sovereign unto themselves but you also recognise that it is natural for us to want to participate in a community. However every relationship must be totally consensual and that extends to ones relationship to any group. The preferred model for you is the community in which everyone willingly participates in decision-making and in which all economic and cultural interactions are freely made or terminated. If this is all a bit much for you then try the Libertarian on for size. And for related forms of politics see Revolutionary and Survivalist.
1715  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: WI: Ron Johnson running for reelection on: March 13, 2013, 10:00:42 pm
Let's keep in mind that Johnson ran a very well-managed, very well-funded campaign in 2010; that he ran ahead of Scott Walker; that the Wisconsin Democratic bench is at a low ebb; and that he's already fundraising 3 years early. If you think Johnson will go down without a real fight, you're quite mistaken.


No he didn't. Walker won 52.29 to 46.52. Johnson won 51.86 to 47.02. Walker ran ahead by .93% of the vote. And yes, Johnson was able to run to the center last time, but he has a record now. It won't work on Wisconsinites this time in an election year.

Whoops, you're right. Thanks for pointing out my mistake.
1716  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Gubernatorial/Statewide Elections / Re: TX: George P. Bush running for Land Commish on: March 13, 2013, 09:59:45 pm
I like this simply because Democrats will hate it when another Bush is elected to high office in Texas.

You should hate it too, but instead you're a hack.

Well, I actually approve of President Bush. So, I'll enjoy it when the voters tell the haters to go f*** off.

Weren't you like 9 when Bush was reelected?

Seven, actually Tongue . The present tense is used as a courtesy for people still living. Besides, if we're allowed to have opinions of historical figures dead before our grandfathers were born, it makes perfect sense for me to have an opinion of George W. Bush, consistent with the qualities I value in a President and taking into account the circumstances of the time.
1717  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: what's happened with Vosem? on: March 13, 2013, 09:54:10 pm
Sometimes I post more on General Discussion and sometimes less. That's all there is to it.

Like Oldies (whose PM looks really really moderate), in spite of his own views, he seems to be wholly devoted to party affiliation.

People seem to forget that, in addition to opinions on the issues, people may also have opinions on how important certain issues are.

I'm just going to take 'doctor' as a compliment and continue with my day.
1718  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Opinion of the new Pope Franziskus I on: March 13, 2013, 09:52:58 pm
I'm cautiously optimistic.

Couldn't have put it better.

He's not an American pope,

No todos americanos son estadounidenses, hermano.
1719  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2014 Gubernatorial Election Polls / Re: ME-PPP: Gov. LePage (R) very unpopular, would still win 3-ways (but not 2-ways) on: March 13, 2013, 09:24:29 pm
Those LePage/Cutler/Baldacci numbers, in particular, are very encouraging (as that's probably the likeliest matchup and LePage is up high single digits). I find it a little awesome this race is clearly Leans R.
1720  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Gubernatorial/Statewide Elections / Re: TX: George P. Bush running for Land Commish on: March 12, 2013, 10:01:26 pm
I like this simply because Democrats will hate it when another Bush is elected to high office in Texas.

You should hate it too, but instead you're a hack.

Well, I actually approve of President Bush. So, I'll enjoy it when the voters tell the haters to go f*** off.
1721  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: WI: Ron Johnson running for reelection on: March 12, 2013, 09:58:04 pm
Let's keep in mind that Johnson ran a very well-managed, very well-funded campaign in 2010; that he ran ahead of Scott Walker; that the Wisconsin Democratic bench is at a low ebb; and that he's already fundraising 3 years early. If you think Johnson will go down without a real fight, you're quite mistaken.



Except 2010 was the best Republican year in living memory and 2016 certainly won't be, not with Presidential turnout. Especially since Ron Johnson is to the right of Tim Scott.

Sure, turnout will be worse. But the Democratic candidate will almost certainly be weaker than Feingold, and Johnson will probably be even better-funded than he was in 2010, if he's starting this early. And Johnson is a proven campaigner and understands the threat. I'm not saying Democrats will can't beat Johnson, just that there are distinct disadvantages they have in an election against Johnson and it can't be treated like a gimme, because it will be a legitimately competitive race (without a wave one way or the other, that is).
1722  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: Michigan -- Harper Polling (R) -- for Levin's successor on: March 12, 2013, 09:37:13 pm
Rolls call says it looks like Scott Romney wont run, saying it's "not the right time".

I guess the right time will be never... Scott is 71.

Hmmm. I guess we'll be waiting on Rogers' decision, then. I doubt he runs, myself; he's quite powerful in the House and I don't think he'll be willing to give up his seat for something so chancy. We'll see, I suppose.
1723  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: WI: Ron Johnson running for reelection on: March 12, 2013, 09:02:59 pm
Let's keep in mind that Johnson ran a very well-managed, very well-funded campaign in 2010; that the Wisconsin Democratic bench is at a low ebb; and that he's already fundraising 3 years early. If you think Johnson will go down without a real fight, you're quite mistaken.

1724  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: WV-02: Options to replace Capito on: March 12, 2013, 09:00:52 pm
Yeah, this race is starting off slowly. Faircloth would probably beat Mooney in a primary, though, he ran and lost statewide in 2012, and presumably he has some residual name recognition from that.
1725  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2014 Senatorial Election Polls / Re: NC-PPP: Hagan leads all Pubs by double digits on: March 12, 2013, 08:57:11 pm
This looks like a pretty significant swing left compared to the last poll...what caused it? And the general election numbers look a bit stronger than expected for a Senator with a 42/39 approval rating in a state that tilts the other way. Seems Forest leads in the primary and is the strongest general election candidate (this was the case for Berry last time, too).

This seems like an outlier to me. Hagan's ahead, but she's not that far ahead.

Well, it might be an outlier, but I don't think its out of reality. The only Republican who has any sense beating Hagan is Pat McCrory, and he's now the Governor, so that's out. The top contenders of this field could decoy Hagan well, but not win.

It's not too weird -- PPP is a good pollster -- but there's just a strange disconnect between the approval numbers and the general election numbers and unexplained movement compared to the last poll. Even PPP comes out with outliers occasionally, especially long before the election.

I think a statewide official (Forest or Berry) could provide Hagan an actual challenge, but one of the Congressmen (Foxx, Ellmers, or McHenry) or Tillis would probably just be a decoy, unless 2014 is a very strong Republican year. Hopefully we'll get one of the first two -- a freshman Senator in a Romney state deserves a legitimate challenger.

The key for the 2014 elections, I think, is to keep the elections on Romney territory. (Generally; obviously, good opportunities in other states shouldn't be passed over. In general.) Win or not, having the competition be in right-wing areas will shift national dialogue as a whole to the right, as Democrats try not to sabotage their candidates. This will be positive.
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