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bio website Donthaveone!
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seen Feb 15 '12 at 20:58

Still trying to figure out what I'm going to be when I grow up.


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awarded  Yearling
Jan
26
awarded  Yearling
Dec
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awarded  Enlightened
Dec
24
awarded  Nice Answer
Feb
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comment Has there ever been a serious effort to reform the US Electoral College system?
@aeismail I think there are valid arguments on both sides of this issue. That principle became a matter of law after a few Supreme Court decisions. The make-up of the US Senate, for example, violates that principle as it is derived directly from the Constitution. The Senate as an institution has a moderating influence on the national discourse -- I think democracy is about more than tallying votes.
Feb
13
comment Did President Kennedy really cut 100,000 government jobs during his presidency?
Kennedy allowed Federal workers to seek collective bargaining. Perhaps there was a replacement of politically appointed employees with civil service employees?
Feb
8
comment Are there any communist leaders without a record of acts we consider as a crime (against humanity)?
A CEO's power is checked by law and government.
Feb
7
answered Are there any communist leaders without a record of acts we consider as a crime (against humanity)?
Feb
6
awarded  Commentator
Feb
6
comment What was the first battle in history fought by vast-majority-% “distance-shooting” non-mechanized force?
@RoseAmes Casualties in tat era don't necessarily equal victory. The difference between the Napoleonic period and the US Civil War is that technology advanced to a point that a decisive victory in the field was no longer possible. Destroying the means of production and attrition ruled the day. Grant was the first General to figure that out... Unfortunately that lesson had to be re-learned, at a dear cost thanks to the machine gun and TNT in the first world war.
Feb
6
awarded  Revival
Feb
6
answered What was the first battle in history fought by vast-majority-% “distance-shooting” non-mechanized force?
Feb
6
answered Approximately what was the short-term economic loss to Britain as a result of the Revolutionary War being lost?
Feb
6
awarded  Critic
Feb
6
comment Why did the Protestants in Ireland in the 1800s not want Home Rule?
-1 Your question is fundamentally flawed. Conflict between Protestants and Catholics wasn't related to their "difference of opinion on Home Rule". The Scotch-Irish and English were seen as invaders and occupiers, and the Catholic Irish were made to be second class citizens in their own homeland. The Protestants had an interest in being affiliated with the British Empire, as English money and English soliders were their protection against a majority population which hated them.
Feb
6
comment How did New York become the financial hub of America?
@Gangnus The Dutch business culture had a big impact on New York. I don't think that access to Dutch banking had the same type of impact.
Feb
6
answered Can someone help explain this floor plan of a mid 20th century apartment?
Feb
4
comment If Bill Clinton was impeached, why did he finish up his second term
@MichaelF Not true. He was impeached. For a public official, impeachment is similar to an indictment. Clinton was charged with actions that were deemed "high crimes and misdemeanors", but was ultimately found not guilty.
Feb
3
comment How did New York become the financial hub of America?
@Edwin The South never had any diversity in their economy until the late 20th century. New England and New York were trading and manufacturing centers.
Feb
3
comment Has there ever been a serious effort to reform the US Electoral College system?
@MichaelF Not necessarily. All of those states have diverse interests and issues beyond the big cities. In 1984, NYC was a democratic stronghold, but the State of New York as a whole voted for Reagan.