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  1. I used to wonder about states like Maine who would elect people like LePage to these high-profile positions. Then I was in Illinois when Rauner was elected and I no longer wonder quite as much.
  2. The Workplace as Highschool; or We Never Grow Up

    Oh small-minded vindictiveness and clique-forming is endemic to any human gatherings with more than 10 people, imo. When I joined my department, the clique that ran the department was just in the process of dissolving. It was a group of 5 faculty, all male, running the department like it's their tree house club. People they like (i.e. agrees with them or go hunt with them) got good assignments and those who disagreed with them or who argued with them, did not. Not all their decisions were bad, but many were. And there was basically no transparency and no accountability. It was a two-tier system in the department - you're part of the in-group or you're marginalized. Thankfully, that ended within the first 2 years of me starting. Between retirement, job transfers, and vote-of-no-confidence, we got rid of all of them in due time. We are more a team department now and everyone who wants to contribute has a chance to do so.
  3. US Elections - There is 'Ahead in the Polls' behind you

    That's on par with the level of political discourse from the general right. I just ran into someone on FB who is arguing that the Democrats have a terrible track record on human rights because Andrew Jackson, a Democrat, brought us the Trail of Tears. He wasn't even joking.
  4. US Elections - There is 'Ahead in the Polls' behind you

    So, stronger monetary and financial regulations. And we need to destroy the whole U.S. government structure and burn it to the ground to maybe, perhaps, if we're lucky, get it? Is that your proposal?
  5. Do conservative people lack imagination?

    That's a rather banal observation, since hardly anybody is "purely" one thing or another. The Platonic Ideal isn't a thing of common occurrence. Labels and identifications that cover large groups of people are by definition covering up minor differences between members who fall under those labels, and yet, the labels are no less useful for the right applications. Our concept of the world will disintegrate into billions of fractured information if we don't organize with labels and categories.
  6. US Elections - There is 'Ahead in the Polls' behind you

    ... because you say it will? What is "strong regulation" anyway and why is it desirable?
  7. US Elections - There is 'Ahead in the Polls' behind you

    Civic engagement is if the kid is helping with the organizing efforts and going out door to door to do the GOTV activities. This is not the same thing. Running a campaign office requires coordinating skills, communicating skills, and carries responsibilities that are beyond what a 12 year-old should be given. It's like saying having a 12 year-old run the local food pantry is a good idea because it's civic engagement.
  8. US Elections - There is 'Ahead in the Polls' behind you

    Back to election news.... As it turns out, one of the field offices (Denver west) in Colorado is run mostly by a 12-year old. No I am not joking. http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/donald-trump-colorado-campaign-office-run-12-year-old-article-1.2761038 God bless America.
  9. US Elections - There is 'Ahead in the Polls' behind you

    I was responding to a comment which seemed to have assumed that we're all middle classes here in this forum. That said, our class status matters in how we respond to it. For instance, the Libertarian's solution to wage stagnation is to deregulate market policies and free up the owner class to do more of their own will, and it's no coincidence that Libertarians tend to have far fewer economically disadvantaged members. It also matters in the fine-graining of the issue. As an example, I have colleagues who work for the university who agree that there's an increasing wage gap issue, but who also oppose increasing minimum wage. So they can see that their own wages have remained stagnant in comparison to the high-level administrators' wage, but they do not see the same problem happening to hourly-wage workers. Some of them will say things like "if we pay $15/hr to fast food, why should I have even bothered to get a Master's degree to earn only $32k/yr as in instructor?"
  10. US Elections - There is 'Ahead in the Polls' behind you

    It's probably fair to assume that most participants here are middle class of one sort or another. But not all. Some are in the higher economic brackets and some are in the lower ones.
  11. US Elections - There is 'Ahead in the Polls' behind you

    The "this shit is so hopelessly bad so let's burn it to the ground" crowd never has any meaningful way to guarantee that what comes out of the ashes is going to be significantly better so that the pain is worth it. That claim also carries a different amount of convincing power coming from one segment of society than if it were to come from another. In other words, someone who grew up in the neglected urban centers like inner city Detroit saying this will at least make me stop to consider and sympathize, versus someone who grew up in a typical middle class suburbia. Political stability is a commodity not valued as much by those who have it, it seems.
  12. US Elections - There is 'Ahead in the Polls' behind you

    [mod hat] The thread on immigration standards is really getting far afield from election politics. Unless it's related to what one of the candidates or one of the parties are propose, let's please direct it to a new thread. Thank you. [/mod hat]
  13. US Elections - There is 'Ahead in the Polls' behind you

    Hey guys, the current form to apply to become a U.S. citizen already asked these things, and more. You can check out Form N400 from www.uscis.gov. Look for section 12, questions 1 to 50, starting at page 11 of the form. Further, I think asserting that equality for gays and women is the central core value of the U.S. is presumptuous. Both are hot points of contention within this country, with the significant portion of the populace disagreeing with some of these tenets. I agree that any country can set the rules on whom to accept and whom not to accept as immigrants, but saying that these are core values of the country and thus merit being enforced as immigration screening criteria is breathtakingly arrogant.
  14. US Elections - There is 'Ahead in the Polls' behind you

    In other news, Clinton campaign is slowing down operation in PA, meaning they think they got it in the bag. That's OH, VA, and PA now in Clinton's column. That should free up some resources for states like Kansas and even Texas. It'll be interesting to see where Clinton turns her attention to with this new resource.
  15. US elections - may the polls be ever in your favor

    And to be fair I don't recall Bill Clinton repudiating NAFTA at all. In fact I think he pretty fully embraced it (no points for cheap jokes about Clinton and embrace and Lewinsky).