Marshall Sutherland
  
Longish (30 mins) but interesting.



Surprise: Voters Aren't More Polarized than Ever, Only Pols and Media Are
by ReasonTV on YouTube

Stanford political scientist Morris Fiorina says it's media and political elites who live in ideological bubbles, not regular Americans.
Sophie
  
Interesting how he compares the two party system in the States to the situation in Europe in the Ninetieth century. It seems a bit of an extreme comparison, but still interesting. I might need to get the book ;-)
Marshall Sutherland
  
Senate reaches budget deal to clean out your wallet | Libertarian Party

“The ‘bipartisan deal’ means that the politicians get what they want,” Sarwark said. “We, as taxpayers, will pay an extra $400 billion according to the Washington Post. More precisely, because nearly all this extra spending will be funded by borrowing more money, our children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren will pay. In individual terms, this means that every man, woman, and child in the United States will have $1,238 added to their federal tab. When we combine that with the GOP tax cut of $1.5 trillion, which was not accompanied by reduced spending, our additional federal credit charge adds up to $5,880 per person.”

What was the definition of "bipartisan" I gave just the other day?
Marshall Sutherland
  


The Government is Going to Shut Down Again (And That's Bad)
by ReasonTV on YouTube

System failures are a false path to limited government.
Marshall Sutherland
  
While I agree with the reasoning presented, that doesn't imply that the bad caused by a shutdown is, by definition, worse than the bad caused by possible alternatives available at a given time. To take an extreme example, is a shutdown worse than increasing the national debt by $10T next year? I say no.
Mike Macgirvin
  
There aren't a lot of alternative outcomes besides anarchy and despotism. Or like the former Soviet Union, there could be a messy flip-flop between these two states.
Marshall Sutherland
  
I wasn't thinking of alternatives at that scale. I was thinking more like it's 11:30 and the only bill on the table to prevent a shutdown at 12:00 is a bill you vehemently oppose. You could really believe that this bill has worse results than a shutdown.

Of course, once Congress has dicked around for so long that they are down to the last hour, the game is already lost.
Marshall Sutherland
  
Oh, darn, I missed Supreme Leader Trump's address last night...


Libertarian Party Response to 2018 State of the Union
by LibertarianParty on YouTube

Libertarian National Committee Chair Nicholas Sarwark responds to President Donald Trump's 2018 State of the Union Address.
Marshall Sutherland
  


Congressional New Year's Resolutions
by ReasonTV on YouTube

In this special holiday edition of "Mostly Weekly" Andrew Heaton comes up with some out-of-the-box New Year's resolutions for our legislators.
Marshall Sutherland
  
Warren's complaint about time to "read the bill" isn't new

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Downsize DC compares Elizabeth Warren's "read the bill" video with former Rep Tom Price's "read the bill" video a few years back. Hypocrisy is bipartisan.

Tell your elected reps to introduce and pass Downsize DC’s “Read the Bills Act.”
Marshall Sutherland
  
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Marshall Sutherland
  
Opinion | Tuesday’s election proves it: American politics are a disaster

It might be comforting to believe that Tuesday’s election can be explained as a political primal scream aimed at President Trump and his dangerous excesses. Some may even conclude that a Democratic sweep of next year’s midterms will follow along with the speedy impeachment of Trump. Then, surely, reason and order will return to the business of running the United States. Unfortunately, that pipe dream ignores the more profound meaning of this week’s election results: The shellacking Republicans took proves again just how unmoored American politics has become in the 21st century.
Marshall Sutherland
  
Richard WingerRichard Winger wrote the following post Wed, 11 Oct 2017 13:28:11 -0400
Matthew Yglesias Advocates Proportional Representation for the U.S.
Matthew Yglesias Advocates Proportional Representation for the U.S.

Matthew Yglesias here writes that the U.S. would be better off if it used proportional representation, especially for Congress. Yglesias is a founder of Vox, a well-read politics blog. Thanks to Rick Hasen for the link.
Marshall Sutherland
  
Ten Things Political Scientists Know that You Don’t

Hans Noel joins us this week to share ten insights into how politics, campaigns, and political parties work.

Is there such a thing as “the will of the people?” Why do political parties act the way they do? We also discuss Duverger’s Law, campaign finance, presidential elections, special interests, and grassroots movements.

Based on an article written by the guest, in the show notes.
Marshall Sutherland
  
Richard WingerRichard Winger wrote the following post Sun, 24 Sep 2017 14:30:39 -0400
CNN Poll Shows Only 29% of Electorate Approves of Republican Party; Only 41% Approve of Democratic Party
CNN Poll Shows Only 29% of Electorate Approves of Republican Party; Only 41% Approve of Democratic Party

CNN Polls has been asking respondents since 1992 whether they have a favorable or unfavorable attitude toward each of the two major parties. The latest poll shows that only 29% approve of the Republican Party and only 41% approve of the Democratic Party. See this story. Thanks to Political Wire for the link.
Marshall Sutherland
  
Meet the 13-year-old running for Vermont governor

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Whether by design or accident, Vermont's founders imposed no age requirement on those who could run for governor of this state.
James Lamentus
  
:facepalm
Haakon Meland Eriksen (Parlementum)
  
Brains before age. This high school kid taught himself to be an AI wizard

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He can't drink whiskey, but he can program a neural network.
Marshall Sutherland
  
Hmmm...

The Problem is Bigger Than Trump and Obama -- The Presidency Should be Abolished

Having a president is a prime driving force in the devolution of debate. Complexity is boiled away, leaving cartoonish characterizations promoted by cable TV personalities armed with clichés and the day’s talking points.

With a president, emotions are channeled into supporting or opposing the words of one person. Rationality is completely overshadowed by fear-based fallacies and the tendency toward violence. Middle ground continually disappears, growing a dichotomous world of fawning followers and rabid dissenters – regardless of which of the two parties is in power.

A president makes it easy to produce ‘fast food’ news, irresistible to short attention spans and poisonous to the system. Every four years, two people are made to represent the myth of ‘liberal vs. conservative,’ directing everyone’s energy into straw man issues. There is no room for nuance, let alone building a rational case on an issue of importance.

If you are against candidate X, then you must be a [insert buzzword] who follows candidate Y. So goes the narrative. And every four years the corporatocracy celebrates another win.
Marshall Sutherland
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I can't say I'm surprised. Going back and looking at ISideWith.com, Bernie and Trump score much higher for me (50% and 53%) than Hillary (23%).

Richard WingerRichard Winger wrote the following post Fri, 25 Aug 2017 11:36:46 -0400
Survey Shows Fewer than 80% of Bernie Sanders Supporters Who Voted in General Election Voted for Hillary Clinton
Survey Shows Fewer than 80% of Bernie Sanders Supporters Who Voted in General Election Voted for Hillary Clinton

On August 23, Cooperative Congressional Election Survey released a study of general election voters in 2016 who had supported Bernie Sanders during primary season.  See this story.  It shows that 12% of them voted for Donald Trump, and 8% voted for someone other than either major party presidential nominee.
Marshall Sutherland
  
16-year-old is running for Kansas governor seat

Jack Bergerson has filed to run as a Democrat in the 2018 race for governor of Kansas, saying he wanted to give people another option.

"Under Kansas law, there is no law governing the qualifications for governor, not one," said Bryan Caskey, director of elections at the Kansas secretary of state's office. "So there's seriously nothing on the books that lays out anything, no age, no residency, no experience. Nothing."
Marshall Sutherland
  
Who Elected Donald Trump?

Emily Ekins has identified five different types of voters that elected Donald Trump as president. Do these groups represent a big shift in American politics?

There is also a lot of interesting information about political polling, in general, and how it has changed over time.
Marshall Sutherland
  
Richard WingerRichard Winger wrote the following post Sat, 08 Jul 2017 12:51:50 -0400
New York Times Carries Op-Ed in Favor of HR 3057, the Proportional Representation Bill in Congress
New York Times Carries Op-Ed in Favor of HR 3057, the Proportional Representation Bill in Congress

The Saturday, July 8, print edition of The New York Times has this op-ed in support of HR 3057, the Congressman Don Beyer bill for proportional representation for most states in U.S. House elections. The co-authors are Rob Richie of Fairvote, and Reihan Salam, editor of National Review.

The authors of the op-ed did not choose the title.
Marshall Sutherland
  


Trump's Cuba Crackdown: It's Time to End the Ridiculous Embargo
by ReasonTV on YouTube

President Trump is rolling back some of his predecessor's Cuban policy reforms, potentially setting back important American relations with cigars and rum.
Marshall Sutherland
  
This could be interesting. Not that I expect it to go anywhere. In Canada, they made some sort of commitment to making a change like this, yet still backed out of it.

Richard WingerRichard Winger wrote the following post Mon, 26 Jun 2017 11:01:43 -0400
Congressman Don Beyer to Introduce Bill Changing U.S. House Elections
Congressman Don Beyer to Introduce Bill Changing U.S. House Elections

On Monday, June 26, Virginia Congressmember Don Beyer will introduce the Fair Representation Act. In most states, it would end single-member districts. See this Huffington Post article for an explanation.
Marshall Sutherland
  
Christy Ford Chapin on the Evolution of the American Health Care System | EconTalk | Library of Economics and Liberty

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Historian Christy Ford Chapin of University of Maryland Baltimore County and Johns Hopkins and author of Ensuring America's Health talks with EconTalk host Russ Roberts about her book--a history of how America's health care system came to be dominated by insurance companies or government agencies paying doctors per procedure. Chapin explains how this system emerged from efforts by the American Medical Association to stop various reform efforts over the decades. Chapin argues that different models might have emerged that would lead to a more effective health care system.
Marshall Sutherland
  
“Bernie For President” Movement and Third Parties in U.S. Politics – June 14-16, 2017 | icitizen

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As tensions heighten between the two major U.S. political parties – Democratic and Republican – many Americans are seeking candidates and parties that can help move lawmaking forward and represent them best. Seven in 10 Americans believe the two major parties do not represent them well and that a third party is necessary, according to an icitizen poll conducted from June 14-16, 2017.

In an online survey of 1,176 U.S. adults, nearly six in 10 Americans are likely to consider voting for a third-party candidate for president in 2020. Just over half of respondents believe that if a third party gained substantial seats in Congress, lawmaking would improve.
Adam Robertson
  
I was just wondering last night if Trump is going to push things over the line so that people really get fed up.

A third party would be great, if it were something substantive rather than a sock-puppet of the ultra-wealthy.