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  1. I don't see how the people that live there have much influence. They will have 2 Senators and 1 Rep and there's no reason they would be more powerful than other members. If you had a vote in both Md and DC I think both would opt for DC to be a separate state.
  2. Does Maryland want DC to be merged into the state? Do people in DC want to join Maryland? If DC becomes a state they won't have more outsized influence than any of the other 3 EC vote states.
  3. I'm not arguing the possibility that Iran has nukes but the article doessn't have any new information. So why should we take the word of Woolsey over the consensus of the "intelligence community"? Not that it matters that much since AFAIK just about everyone thinks they can develop a bomb in a realatively short time. I'm all that impressed with the solutions offered in the article. "Harden U.S. electric grids and other life-sustaining critical infrastructures against a nuclear EMP attack" sounds like a good idea but it also is likely to cost a lot, take a long time, and not provide much immediate benefit unless somebody actually does try this type of attack. Since the US has the capability to turn the entire country of Iran into a radioactive parking lot it seems unlikely they would do it. "prepare preemptive options should action become necessary." I guess could mean anything from individual assassinations, air strikes and even all out invasion. I'd imagine that these plans already exist but aren't acted on. "Strengthen National Missile Defenses and especially deploy modern space-based defenses. For example, the 1990s Brilliant Pebbles project, canceled by the Clinton administration, could begin deployment in five years, cost an estimated $20 billion in today’s dollars, and intercept essentially all ballistic missiles ranging more than a few-hundred miles," Here's another idea that sounds good, and as these thing go not too costly. If it was such a great idea why didn't GWB do it when he was POTUS?
  4. I'd expect a stimulus package would help boost the economy and a lack of stimulus would lead to slower growth. Is there something wrong with the Democrats doing something that will improve the economy over the next 4 years so they win elections that makes iit as bad as the GOP deliberately trying to hurt the economy so they can regain power? It's all just about winning elections. Even if blocking the package only has a 10% chance of causing a recession it's not going to cost the GOP any votes if they fail to block it. It will gain votes for them if they block it results in a worse economy. I believe that there must be some better cheaper way of getting the most out of a stimulus package but it'd probably be a lot harder to sell politically and there's just no chance the GOP would support it anyway.
  5. How about the GOP opposes the bill because they want the economy to tank. It will help them in 2022 and 2024 elections.
  6. Maybe you ought to pay more attention to the new version of Ted Cruz - Senator Tom Cotton. Not quite as bright, somewhat less likeable.
  7. I was just surprised that this came from a right wing source that I always expect to put the best spin possible for the GOP. It's not a good look but I really don't think the GOP is losing much support. The type of people that have left the GOP get a lot of attention but there don't seem to be that many of them. Need to try to get some sleep.
  8. https://www.americansurveycenter.org/research/after-the-ballots-are-counted-conspiracies-political-violence-and-american-exceptionalism/ I don't lnow anything about the author. .
  9. I believe the answer to your first question is, not show up to vote. As for #2 you should check out the AEI survey on GOP voter support for QANON. It's a lot higher than you want to believe.
  10. How many terms has Louie Gohmert served? Is she really any worse than Louie?
  11. This reminds me of a day many years ago when my buddies and I were hanging out and I suggested we form a new religion and call ourselves "Northern Rastafarians" so we could argue smoking pot was freedom of religion. Yes I was high at the time.
  12. Who are these "reasonable" conservatives and how many are there?
  13. The reason social conservatives are angry is that the central idea of conservatism is to maintain the current social order. The ideals of this nation are "liberty and justice for all",. However the reality is that this nation has always been dominated politically, economically, socially and culturally by white, male, Protestants. Exactly when this domination started to fade is open to debate. I'd start with the start of popular culture, specifically recorder music and movies. It accelerated after WWII. Demographic changes will continue the trend away from the current social order unless there really is a takeover by far right wing types who establish an authoritarian regime. I truly believe the right wingers in this country want to do this. I hope they fail but I'm not sure they will.
  14. The GOP has a good chance in NH for Senate pickup.
  15. I was just talking about Nixon being pardoned by Ford. Nixon was an "unindicted co-conspirator" but he wasn't charged with anything. I believe his pardon prevented him from being charged criminally. Then again, no matter how many episodes of Law and Order I watched that isn't the same as going to law school and passing the bar.
  16. Wouldn't this method lead to most elections not producing a majority in the Electoral College? As bad as the Electoral College system is, having most elections decided in the house based on 1 state 1 vote would be much worse.
  17. Won't they get primaries if they don't object for not being devoted to Trump?
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