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 on: Today at 08:36:29 am 
Started by Ross Perot - Last post by Ross Perot
Will we be getting a list of legislation passed in the 111th Congress ITTL and the changes? DISCLOSE Act is certain.
Probably, I'd have to get up a bit of information though as I've mostly been focusing on Congressional Elections.

 on: Today at 08:35:38 am 
Started by AggregateDemand - Last post by Kushahontas
FF. nice way to circumvent the no smoking in public/hotel rooms policy in Denver, alongside vaping tbh.

 on: Today at 08:32:03 am 
Started by Snowstalker - Last post by politicallefty
Two cats.

 on: Today at 08:30:59 am 
Started by Tender Branson - Last post by politicallefty
I don't mow lawns, but when I have, it's been C. I remember my grandma having G when I was young, but I never used it to mow a whole lawn.

 on: Today at 08:30:46 am 
Started by Ross Perot - Last post by Cryptic

This, even if his health made a run for President unlikely. 

 on: Today at 08:27:54 am 
Started by Nichlemn - Last post by muon2

Reagan probably wouldn't have been "Reagan" under a parliamentary system.  If the US had the Australian constitutional system, then, for example, a Democratic parliamentary majority probably would have enacted universal health insurance in the 1960s or 70s, and we'd still have it today.

What I'm getting at is that since the Democrats are the party that's more interested in activist government on economic issues, their agenda suffers more in a system in which there are many veto points.  The American constitutional order is "conservative" in the sense that it tends to conserve the status quo.  Big social programs are hard to pass.  So if the USA had a parliamentary system, then I imagine that the political spectrum would be shifted a bit to the left of where it is now, at least on economic issues.

Of course, there are all sorts of other confounding issues, like the fact that individual members of Congress act as free agents in a way that doesn't happen in most parliamentary systems, where things are run in a much more top down manner.  Legislative power is incredibly diffuse in the US.

I think you are sensing a fundamental outcome of the American Revolution. A major point of contention was the top-down control and ease by which regulations could be imposed on the colonies by British government. Their constitutional solution was a diffusion of power with significant checks on power exerted from any one branch.

 on: Today at 08:27:46 am 
Started by WalterMitty - Last post by politicallefty
Yes, I have that habit (and it includes mental notes of particular data).

 on: Today at 08:26:21 am 
Started by homelycooking - Last post by CELTICEMPIRE
1) JCL
2) Shua
3) Goldwater
4) Lumine

 on: Today at 08:23:13 am 
Started by homelycooking - Last post by homelycooking

Two down.

 on: Today at 08:21:03 am 
Started by Snowstalker - Last post by politicallefty
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