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1  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Scenario: Joe Biden wins it all 2016 on: Today at 08:10:07 am
If Biden wins, it means the Republican was so awful that I probably voted for him. So...Yay?
2  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: How would you have voted in the preceding election? on: Today at 08:01:45 am
George Bush

http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_Senate_election_in_Minnesota,_2008
3  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Atlas Political Compass: Question 1 on: Today at 12:47:49 am
Trans-national corporations are run by humans for the benefit of humans, as such they are a part of "humanity". If you don't draw that conclusion, then where do you draw the line on which human institutions constitute "humanity"?

I voted disagree because the question is loaded.
4  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: How would you replace/fix ObamaCare? on: March 29, 2015, 04:49:39 pm
I would abolish Obamacare and nationalize the health insurance industry, either under "Medicare for all" or some new universal public option entirely. It would be funded by a slight increase in payroll taxes across the board and savings from the abolition of Medicaid. Finally, the new Medicare/Public Option would have a fixed fee schedule to stabilze the price of procedures.
5  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Graham: global warming is real, but Al Gore politicized it on: March 28, 2015, 02:56:08 pm
Kudos to him for saying this, though. Speaking of turning it into religion, it is part of the GOP creed that you can no longer be taken seriously in the party (cept Mark Kirk) if you accept the science behind it.

The religion of climate change is entirely on the left. The skeptics are on the right.

In fact the climate argument is a reversal of religious arguments, where the left are the skeptics and the right the faithful.

Unlike Religion, climate change actually exists

Religion certainly exists. Do you mean God?
6  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Graham: global warming is real, but Al Gore politicized it on: March 27, 2015, 11:53:35 am
I agree with Graham on all counts, good on him.
7  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Louie Gohmert: I might run for president on: March 26, 2015, 08:29:18 pm
He isn't even liked by tea party groups, he won't be allowed on the debate stage and his seat will opened up for a potty trained successor

This. Run Louie!
8  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of Lindsey Graham on: March 26, 2015, 12:14:34 am
Massive FF
9  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of George Pataki on: March 25, 2015, 04:49:31 pm
overall ff.  wish there were a lot more republicans like him.
10  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Ted Cruz vs. Ben Carson on: March 25, 2015, 04:47:33 pm
With a gun to my head, Carson because at least his work in medicine is respectable.
11  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Why does Clinton need to chose a male running mate? on: March 25, 2015, 11:47:55 am
Who is arguing that? I haven't heard this brought up by anyone with any credibility.
12  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of Rick Perry on: March 24, 2015, 10:44:56 am
My opinion mostly neutral. On his own merits he's an HP, but compared to the likes of Greg Abbott and Dan Patrick especially - he's a huge FF.
13  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Who is more conniving, unscrupulous and power hungry? on: March 24, 2015, 07:20:22 am
I highly doubt Clinton has personally murdered any journalists or gubernatorial candidates. I'll let you decide on whether that makes her more or less awesome.
14  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Potential Running Mates for Cruz on: March 23, 2015, 09:16:49 pm
I could see him going the Obama route and picking an elder statesman to help cancel out his lack of experience (Cruz will also be running on 6 years of US Senate experience) and rebuild burnt bridges. Richard Burr maybe?
15  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: 2016 Pick on: March 23, 2015, 09:03:12 pm
If Bolton doesn't run, I will support Graham and then Bush if that is not an option. I could also live with Walker as the nominee.

If the Republican nominee is Cruz, Huckabee, Santorum, or Perry - I will vote for Clinton in the general.
A Bolton supporter, is that a first?

Lol it's a possibility. He's the only pro-SSM neoconservative who is considering to my knowledge, so I'll stick with him until he says no or is otherwise out of the race.
16  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of Markos Moulitsas on: March 23, 2015, 06:40:18 pm
I don't find liberal internet blowhards any more or less annoying than their right-wing counterparts.

HP
17  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: What ideological labels would you use to describe your politics? on: March 23, 2015, 06:36:08 pm
Neoconservativism or centrism depending upon the context.
18  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: 2016 Pick on: March 23, 2015, 04:40:04 pm
If Bolton doesn't run, I will support Graham and then Bush if that is not an option. I could also live with Walker as the nominee.

If the Republican nominee is Cruz, Huckabee, Santorum, or Perry - I will vote for Clinton in the general.
19  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Texas Attorney General wants to prevent gay workers from caring for sick spouses on: March 22, 2015, 10:54:41 pm
Sometimes I wonder why I live here.
20  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Who would you rather have as president? on: March 22, 2015, 10:49:35 pm
Clinton. She is hawkish enough for my preferences and her ideology is actually closer to pragmatic conservatism than Cruz's brand of far-right populism.
21  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Election night 2016:Ted Cruz declared the winner. What is your reaction? on: March 22, 2015, 07:50:59 pm
It depends on how the senate and congression elections go. If the establishment Republicans retain enough power to reign in the Cruz agenda, I won't be too badly depressed. Otherwise, I'll probably have a stiff drink and call out of work Wednesday.
22  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Running mate for Michael Bloomberg? (and thoughts about a campaign) on: March 22, 2015, 12:31:22 pm
Michael Bloomberg has a personalized ideology that seems as though it was engineered by political scientists to be as universally unappealing as possible. Throw in the elitist New York billionaire angle and it gets worse. Bloomberg is DOA.

If he were to run, he'd probably pick a Wall St. friendly Democrat who is strongly for gun control. What's Joe Lieberman doing these days?
23  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: What do you think that the other side does well? on: March 21, 2015, 08:27:26 am
The Tea Party:
- great at getting voters to emotionally invest in issues that they have no understanding of, usually accomplishing this without thoroughly explaining the problem or developing practical solutions. Ex: "the budget deficit needs to be reduced immediately because...uhhhh....well....I can't run a deficit when I do my bills in the kitchen!"
- insanely organized, even if not organically

The Far-Left:
-generally well read and intelligent, i would love it if the average right wing voter was as well informed as some of the radicals.
-i admire their passion, I have yet to meet a single of them who wasn't willing to take their cause to the streets if need be

Democratic Party:
-democrats don't routinely say idiotic things that lose elections and turnoff general election voters. Overall, they pick better candidates (in terms of picking someone you would want to represent your ideas to the public).
-Howard Dean wrote the book on how to run a national committee during his tenure at the DNC, Reince Priebus (and DWS for that matter) should have taken notes.
-identity politics. This shouldn't need explained, no one plays "cards" like the modern Democratic Party.

Libertarians:
-libertarians have a clearly defined worldview that they are unwilling to compromise for any reason; their commitment to principles is admirable to a degree.

24  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Do you guys honestly think Rand would pick an establishment VP? on: March 21, 2015, 07:37:18 am
If by establishment you mean a friend of the RMSP, then no.

I could see him picking Flake or Lee - if that counts as establishment.
25  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: How would you advise Senator Bernie Sanders on his Presidential campaign? on: March 21, 2015, 05:08:17 am
I would tell him to just be himself. He's got a winning message for a Democratic primary, and all of the money in the world can't overcome Hillary's inherent flaws as a candidate. Imagine a debate between these two; no way I see Clinton walking away clean if she tries to dodge questions across a stage from Sanders.
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