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1  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Trumpcare Megathread: Parliamentarian rules reconciliation expires September 30 on: September 19, 2017, 09:06:46 pm
At this point, I'd want single payer to pass simply because it would be impossible for the GOP to repeal it in one fell swoop - since they seem determined to attempt to wreck the healthcare system on a nearly monthly basis whenever they control the government.
2  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: If Terry Sanford ran today, how would he do in the DEM Primaries?... on: September 19, 2017, 08:56:15 pm
IIRC part of the reason he lost in 1992 was because he was too old to have any long-term future in the Senate and was largely a backbencher during his single term in office.
3  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: CT (1 of 6 all Dem states) passes GOP budget, Gov to veto on: September 19, 2017, 08:50:21 pm
Connecticut and New Jersey are disasters because they became giant pyramid schemes in the mid-20th century.

Vacuum up affluent white people who are scared/tired of NYC and borrow against the low taxes they're paying now to fund the roads and pensions of tomorrow. The population will always keep growing, so what could possibly go wrong?
4  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Describe a Gore>Bush>McCain>Johnson>Trump voter on: September 18, 2017, 11:05:06 pm
Lower-middle class white guy from a small town in downstate Indiana.

2000: Voted for Gore because he has generally leaned Democratic. Thought Bush was a rich kid who got handed the presidency on a silver platter because of his dad.

2004: Voted for Bush because he didn't think it was a good idea to change presidents in the middle of a war and didn't think the Democrats had any better ideas about what to do about it.

2008: Voted for McCain because he sees him as a maverick and also thought picking Sarah Palin for VP was gutsy. His son is now serving in Afghanistan (he graduated from high school in 2005 and immediately enlisted) and he feels a sense of kinship with McCain (a veteran) and Palin (a military parent). Thought Obama came across as snobbish and out of touch with working-class people like him.

2012: Voted for Johnson because of foreign policy: his son is doing another tour in Afghanistan and he thinks Obama has no idea what to do there; he resents that everyone focuses on Iraq. His younger son enlisted a couple of years ago because there weren't any decent jobs in town and he thought college was too expensive; he is frustrated with the slow economic recovery and thinks Obama devotes too much money to helping people who don't want to work, and that the ACA is killing small businesses. But Romney came across as a phony to him and he sees him as a "Wall Street vulture" due to an experience losing a factory job in the '90s after the business was acquired by a private equity firm.

2016: Voted in a Republican primary for the first time in his life - for Donald Trump. Thinks Trump is saying on trade what should have been said 30 years ago. Hillary seemed too close to Wall Street and he felt like she wasn't interested in helping people like him just because he isn't a woman or a minority.
5  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Why can't republicans acknowledge the fact that they've lost on abortion? on: September 17, 2017, 10:42:24 pm
Abortion is always going to be a 50/50 or 55/45 issue one way or the other.

Neither side will ever definitively "lose" on the issue.
6  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: New Republic: The Credible Think Tank Is Dead on: September 16, 2017, 11:12:41 pm
Who, besides political activists, joins a think tank?

I interned at a conservative think tank once and there was little thinking going on.

It was basically a way for political donors to reward state legislators and other public officials by funding an institute that gives them all six-figure sinecure jobs when they leave office.

There was a "free enterprise fellow" who had a BA in political science and no training in economics and his white papers were this bad copy-paste mishmash of Free to Choose and Econ 101 arguments for why taxes are always bad all the time always.
7  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: New Mexico Doesn’t Want Your Kids to Know How Old the Earth Is on: September 16, 2017, 03:40:57 pm
Bewildering that this is happening in New Mexico - not only a Democratic-leaning state, but one whose economy relies significantly on government scientific research and companies like Intel.
8  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Favorite Republican Nominee since 2000 on: September 14, 2017, 08:05:08 pm
Most Capable of Being POTUS: Romney

Best Man on a Personal Level: Bush
9  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Attempted lynching of biracial child in New Hampshire? on: September 13, 2017, 08:53:53 pm
Why was an 8-year old playing with unrelated 14-year olds?

Definitely the no. 1 takeaway from this for rational people. "Don't let your kids play with the big kids or they might get lynched". Thanks for the quality post, bro.

No, but there is a huge difference between an 8-year old and a 14-year old. Letting young children play unsupervised with much older, bigger teenagers who are not family members is dangerous, not because they might get lynched, but because they could be physically or emotionally abused in other ways by the older children, or participate in activities unsuitable for their age.

"That woman had it coming, wearing those low-cut blouses and high heels like a tramp. Is anyone surprised that she got raped?"
10  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2020 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Romney 2020? on: September 11, 2017, 12:35:04 am
I read an article that was talking about how Romney was gearing up in 2020 if Clinton won

Well, she didn't.

If Mitt wants to be helpful, he can run as an independent and siphon enough votes off to make it easier for the Democrat to win.
11  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: Bannon and Mercer planning to fund GOP primary challenges on: September 11, 2017, 12:12:06 am
Remember that allegedly the source of Bannon's anger is that his father thought it was a good idea to invest all of his retirement savings in AT&T stock and proceed to sell all of it at the bottom of the market in 2009. And Bannon, despite being a Goldman Sachs investment banker, didn't seem to do a whole lot to stop him from doing that.
12  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Muslim cashier in England refuses to sell alcohol; opinion? on: September 10, 2017, 11:33:47 pm
If Aldi wants to make accommodations for him, that is there decision. However, they should be under no obligation to do so. And they need to ensure that if he is unwilling to sell alcohol, there is always another employee there who is willing to do so.
13  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Do you guys think Trump likes Schumer/Pelosi more than McConnell/Ryan? on: September 09, 2017, 09:33:22 pm
Trump views McConnell and Ryan as his "employees" and doesn't like them because they won't do his bidding and subordinate themselves to him.

Trump knows Schumer and Pelosi don't work for him, by virtue of being in a different party. I think that's why he's willing to "make deals" with them but just yell/tweet at his own party's congressional leaders.
14  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Vicente Fox is running for President (of the US) on: September 09, 2017, 03:10:32 pm
According to Wikipedia, his great-grandfather was born in Ohio. Would his grandfather and father be citizens?
Jus sanguinis doesn't transmit that far.

Also, doesn't this guy have better things to do than just being a troll? This is embarrassing behavior for a former head of state.

How many generations after a US citizen has a child born in another country does the citizenship terminate?

Ex. I've heard that the descendants of American Mormons who settled in Mexico in the 19th century are still considered US citizens.
15  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: MH: Broward GOP uncovers a nasty secret about its young party secretary on: September 06, 2017, 08:33:37 pm

The Broward County Republicans are in turmoil today after revelations that a freshly elected member of their executive board is a man who once was charged with attempted murder in the savage claw-hammer beating of a then-classmate at a Los Angeles prep school for multi-millionaires’ children.

Four months after 28-year-old Rupert Tarsey was elected secretary, party officials have found out the young philanthropist and supporter of President Donald Trump is really Rupert Ditsworth.

And a decade ago, the then-Beverly Hills teenager was charged with attempted murder in Los Angeles after hitting Harvard-Westlake School classmate Elizabeth Barcay over the head at least 40 times, splitting her skull open.

Now, local GOP bigs are desperate for Tarsey to resign and worried about the image of the party in the overwhelmingly Democratic turf of former DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman-Schultz.

Thing is, Tarsey says he was elected fair and square and has no plan to resign.

“Why should I resign,” he asked in an exclusive interview from his $2 million beachfront condo. “I did nothing wrong and I was elected. This is just party politics.”

According to records, Tarsey started using his mother’s maiden name when he moved to Fort Lauderdale two years after the assault.

Sutton suspended Tarsey from party functions on Tuesday.

The Party of Personal Responsibility and Being Tough on Crime.
16  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Politico: Tax plan taking shape on: September 04, 2017, 03:13:04 pm
On what planet do Republicans from California, New Jersey, and New York, who are needed for a majority in the House, vote to remove the deduction for state income taxes or for capping the home mortgage exemption?

They don't. This is DOA.
17  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Hispanic Immigrants > Poor Rust Belt Americans on: September 04, 2017, 03:11:06 pm

18  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Gubernatorial/Statewide Elections / Re: HI-GOV: Hanabusa Announces on: September 03, 2017, 10:20:55 pm
Why would anyone want to spend all their time commuting between Hawaii and Washington, DC, when you could be living in Hawaii?

I agree, she's probably sick of all the commuting, and maybe doesn't feel good about Dem chances at winning back the House. Probably would rather be the executive of a state that heavily favors her party, and doesn't have to commute, than to be a minority party backbencher in DC.

I didn't think about that. You're resetting your clock five hours forward/backward twice a week. To say nothing of the insane amount of time spent on airplanes.

Do Hawaii's representatives come home every week like everyone else? It just seems like an absurd demand to make.
19  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Politico: Cash-strapped states brace for Russian hacking fight on: September 03, 2017, 09:55:20 pm
Republicans are very foolishly assuming that all foreign election meddling is going to be to their benefit just because it happened to be last year.
20  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: How bad will ending DACA hurt Trump? on: September 03, 2017, 09:53:44 pm
Telling Congress to deal with it within six months is just a backdoor way of killing DACA.

Congress failed on healthcare; they failed on infrastructure; they're failing on tax reform; nothing is getting done. They're not going to get any immigration bill done in six months.

The last time the president issued an ultimatum to Congress to act on something, they didn't and we ended up with the sequester. Congress hasn't worked in several years. If it did, Obama wouldn't have had to implement DACA in the first place.
21  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: Could Ted Cruz's support to John Roberts hurt him in the 2018 senate primaries? on: August 30, 2017, 08:31:27 pm
Dan McQueen is a joke candidate. He quit his job as mayor after a month because he was completely in over his head and was facing allegations that he lied about having college degrees he didn't have.
22  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: Non-Republicans: Should Henry Cuellar be primaried? on: August 30, 2017, 08:29:29 pm
Yes, he should be.

However, there should not be an abortion litmus test, and the person who primaries him should not be some full-blown SJW because that's just not what that district is like.
23  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Gubernatorial/Statewide Elections / Re: RI-GOV: Chaffee Returns? on: August 30, 2017, 07:44:14 pm
Lincoln Chafee ran the most embarrassing presidentidal campaign in a cycle where Ben Carson, Jim Gilmore and Martin O'Malley were also running.

I literally forgot he ran.
24  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Barack Obama goes to sleep tomorrow night and wakes up January 21st, 2009. on: August 21, 2017, 07:08:06 pm
1. Don't make fun of Donald Trump.

2. Rule requiring everyone use their work email account, no exceptions.

3. As soon as Hillary started buckraking after leaving State, designate Biden as your heir apparent.
25  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Who didn't expect this? (pic) on: August 21, 2017, 07:03:45 pm
I wonder how long total he looked?

I watched this as it happened, and was stunned he was doing it.  I shouldn't have been.

How much damage does a quick glance or two do to ones unshielded eyes?

I read an article somewhere today saying 20 seconds of exposure would lead to temporary retinal damage and 100 seconds of exposure would lead to permanent retinal damage.
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