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    We live in loutish times. Politicians can pummel...

    We live in loutish times. Politicians can pummel reporters to the floor and still win a House seat. Students can send a professor to the hospital and get punished with a letter in a folder (to be...
  2. Thread: Trumps budget

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    I'm not so sure of that. Saying government...

    I'm not so sure of that. Saying government should support our values sounds too close to saying government should impose those values. I'm more comfortable with idea that the government should...
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    I think that would depend on the issue and the...

    I think that would depend on the issue and the Republican, but that wasn't my point.

    My point was that a corrupt, infantilized culture is ill-equipped for producing good government and that...
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    I think that's very true. A good culture will...

    I think that's very true. A good culture will generally produce good government, but a government can do little to produce or promote a good culture. Culture is the result of generations building...
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    What is a minimalist, really? Someone who hoards...

    What is a minimalist, really? Someone who hoards space?
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    Time to invest more in robotics stocks?

    Time to invest more in robotics stocks?
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    Doesn't "leaving Medicare and Social Security...

    Doesn't "leaving Medicare and Social Security alone" simply leave those programs on a predictable slide into insolvency?
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    Would the taxpayers actually be paying for...

    Would the taxpayers actually be paying for parental leave in this budget, or are they just imposing an unfunded mandate on employers?
  9. I would certainly agree that the "soldier of the...

    I would certainly agree that the "soldier of the Caliphate" who murdered those children in Manchester is every bit as much an enemy of mankind as Edward Teach ever was.
  10. Thread: Dream Goal

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    I have always been a planner and setter of goals....

    I have always been a planner and setter of goals. This has provided my friends, my family and perhaps even my maker with years of amusement. Something almost always comes up to force a...
  11. I think American political humor (and maybe...

    I think American political humor (and maybe American humor in general) has been in decline since at least the turn of the century. All the TV clowns except maybe Fallon seem to have joined "the...
  12. Don't worry Rob. Going the Special Prosecutor...

    Don't worry Rob. Going the Special Prosecutor route should mean fewer endless congressional committees up until impeachment proceedings (if any). There should be plenty of time for slaughtering the...
  13. Short of Trump going mad-dog crazy and frothing...

    Short of Trump going mad-dog crazy and frothing at the mouth or proposing single-payer, I don't see his cabinet going Ides of March on him.

    Impeachment might happen if it looks like there are some...
  14. That would be true to the extent that undecideds...

    That would be true to the extent that undecideds were dispersed evenly geographically. To the extent they clustered in reachable media markets, you would probably see less decisive areas getting...
  15. Normally, I would say who cares what the...

    Normally, I would say who cares what the Austrians or the Dutch or any other ankle-biting little country who only exist because we've kept the Russians from devouring them for the last seventy years...
  16. But if a State has already made up its...

    But if a State has already made up its statistical mind, what is really gained from the attention of a candidate? For either the State or the candidate?

    I have just lived through the opposite...
  17. I see your logic, and it makes a lot of sense....

    I see your logic, and it makes a lot of sense. Even a solid blue state could have some stubbornly GOP counties.

    Absent an EC, clever campaigns would probably focus on media markets with the...
  18. Wouldn't that be the case whether we had an EC or...

    Wouldn't that be the case whether we had an EC or not? Campaigns would go where they could shift the most undecided votes into their column.
  19. In the case of the Electoral College, it...

    In the case of the Electoral College, it mitigates against one or two populous regions from dominating the others. Does that violate a strict one-man-one-vote principle? Yes it does.
  20. I doubt you would find Mike Pence or Paul Ryan...

    I doubt you would find Mike Pence or Paul Ryan any more appetizing.
  21. I was speaking more of the ambitions to wielding...

    I was speaking more of the ambitions to wielding power. I think the founders understood that making it difficult for any individual or group to exercise unchecked power was essential to protecting...
  22. I heard a lot of similar complaints about the...

    I heard a lot of similar complaints about the Electoral College from people frustrated with the results.

    I think a system that frustrates the ambitions of such a wide range of people is worth...
  23. Ann Coulter is no more a "conservative leader"...

    Ann Coulter is no more a "conservative leader" than you or I or Stephen Colbert are. She exists on the fringes of punditry, earning a good living out of shocking the sensibilities of the Left. The...
  24. As a great man once said, "There you go again ".

    As a great man once said, "There you go again ".
  25. I remember that with each new success his critics...

    I remember that with each new success his critics became more frenzied. He was stupid, he was reckless, he was "divisive" and "uncooperative". Anyone who voted for him was a dupe or selfish. People...
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