USA: are you better off than a year ago?

Discussion in 'World News, Current Events & Politics' started by Costello, Jan 11, 2018.

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  1. Yes (explain why)

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  2. No (explain why)

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  3. Not better, not worse (explain why)

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  4. I'm not a US citizen but I want to vote in the poll anyway

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  1. Xzi

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    Which would cost thousands of S. Korean lives still before the missiles hit. N. Korea has guns pointed at several areas of S. Korea.
     
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    I think you’re missing my point here. Basically I’m saying that if any nuclear attack occurs from any government, the entire planet will glow in a matter of hours. We’re all fucked.
     
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    I love how no one learned anything from the 80s
     
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    It really actually isn't. I could care less what they wear, what I was originally trying to get across is the point that when women wear outfits like that, then they are objectifying themselves, and they really don't have a right to be disgusted with men who go crazy over them. Personally, I like it when they leave things to the imagination.

    It is probably the way I am raised, as well as my religion. I just don't get the mindset that most have.
     
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    Or Fallout games...
     
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    Personally I'm a Canadian citizen, so this isn't really affecting me.
    Seeing how people are going crazy makes me worry about what political party I may vote, that may make me keep my friends.
     
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    If they’re worth keeping around, they’ll continue to be your friend. You’re not a dick about politics, but if they stop talking to you over them, they certainly are...
     
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    Yeah. Honestly, they'd have to be pretty petty to break relations just because of a difference in political views.

    People should vote for candidates based on whether or not they're qualified for the position, in addition to whether or not their views align. This is very important for any democracy or republic.
     
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    I disagree, there are very definitely political alignments that can and should end friendships if they are not worked out. As an example, two childhood friends, but one is a closeted gay and the other is a very religious conservative that has on multiple occasions stated that gays should go to hell
     
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    That’s less of a political view and more of a religious one though.
     
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    I hope you know, with how its going right now, trump will crash canadian economy
     
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    It's unfortunately all bled together at this point, your religious views tend to dictate how you vote. Methinks more than a few preachers/holy men are talking politics from the pulpit.
     
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    Do you have any evidence to back up this statement?
     
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    Yeah, it’s a power grab by professing support of a popular ideology by politicians.
     
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    Should probably look at the GWB crash to see how that affected Canada. I don't doubt that Canada and America are quite intertwined economically, though.
     
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    Key phrase: if they're not worked out. You should at least try to work these disputes out, or at least have an honest conversation about the topic. Far too many times, people fight frantically over topics without stopping to consider the other side's point of view. Maybe, in the example you gave, the closeted gay could give the conservative a lesson in how not all gay men are evil (though, I'll be honest, given how people seem to take every belief as a core value worth fighting to the death for, I sincerely doubt it).

    The other day, I saw a donation ad from an organization aiming to keep church and state separate, noting the increasing mix between the two in modern American politics. While their ideals are commendable, the fact such an organization has to exist in America, the country founded on the separation of Church and State, of all places is depressing.
     
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    Was that the 2008 crash? If I recall correctly, it did affect us to some points.
    If another sort of economy crisis happens, then yes, I think it would affect us.
    But destroy the Canadian economy, as Noctosphere said? I doubt so.
     
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    Idk, the economy has been on the rebound for awhile now. The only way I see it crashing is imo, a failure on President Obama’s part. Wall St was never really dealt with over the housing crisis and mishandling/manipulation of investments. The same factors are still there aside from most of the bad lending practices. But you can still buy CDO’s and synthetic CDO’s, and who knows if their credit ratings are being manipulated again. They’re called Bespoke Tranche Opportunities now. Without the reinstatement of Glass-Steagal, commercial banks are at risk of failure due to bad investments.
     
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    Trump is following the GWB pattern, just in a different order. First came the deregulation of various markets and tear-down of regulatory agencies, then the massive tax cut for the corporate class. All we need is two wars to complete the exact same perfect shitstorm that caused the crash in 2008. I'm banking on it, actually. Gonna wait until it feels closer then short some stocks. After the crash gonna buy up everything real cheap.
     
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    I mean, the far right (ultra conservative, alt-right, neo-nazis, whatever you want to call them) have basically built a stable platform entirely based on rejection and expulsion of homosexuals, brown immigrants, and non-Christians. I'd say that at least in the current time, it's absolutely a political issue, even though I also heartily would agree that it shouldn't be (nor should it be something that needs to be debated, honestly. Literally if you fail the most basic human decency test of "let others do what they want as long as nobody's getting hurt," you should probably just live on an island by yourself)
     
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