Sahil Jaswal

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REpublicans or democrats? pros and cons? Prediction, statistics? defer?

Just trying to gain an insight of what America's future holds.

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    Sep 2 2012: Republican or Democrat? Neither one for me. And being an Independant doesn't do it for me either. Voting for any candidate based on affiliation is absurd to me. I vote for the candidate I think has the ability to make the "hard" decisions when the time comes, regardless of their affiliation or what he/she was forced to tell the voters what the voters wanted to hear during the campaign. My process:

    1. I live in a Democracy, so I get to cast a vote.

    2. When I cast that vote, I have granted the candidate to make decisions FOR me (Republican form of government), not just the decisions I WANT them to make. Their decisions may or may NOT be ones I agree with. But if they keep the country going so it doesn't "crash", so be it. Even if I myself have to change my lifestyle somewhat to accomodate those decisions.

    3. Do I think the candidate has the "guts" to make these kind of decisions? Game Theory shows that what at first appears to be a rational decision...one that most people WOULD make (it's "rational" to THEM in there own minds)...is not always the BEST decision when it comes to multiple-player desision-making. An apparantly irrational decision may be the best choice in many cases when dealing with even only TWO players. As the number of "players" increases (population being affected by the decision) the irrational choice actually becomes a rational choice. It can result in less "gain" for a specific individual, but the best gain (even though it is individually reduced) for the entire population/society.

    I choose a candidate I think will have the ability to look past "public pressures" to make the decision that NEEDS to be made art the time, regardless of how popular that decision may be. Face it...regardless of the decision any candidate makes, there will be plenty of opposition "players" ready to try and discredit the decision just to discredit the politician before the next election.
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      Sep 3 2012: Brilliant, it really changes how you approach politics and all, basically the general reasoning of people. How different frames that people belong to differentiate them. Thank you so much for sharing.
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    Sep 2 2012: I can only offer my opinion. I think modern practice of the two-party system in America is not for the People's best interests but the political plaforms best interest. They bounce issues of dwindling real significance back and forth while the People's posterity and prosperity suffer. Innovators that attempt to lead people away from this self propagating system are the best to look for answers. I sincerely admire the work of Jacques Fresco in this effort.
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      Sep 2 2012: Pat, excellent response. Three things hit me hard in the talk. The PISA scores that I have discussed often, John Lockes contribution (which you have mentioned), and the last photo of the talk .... Obama bowing to another world leader.

      Lockes Right to Property was certainly the cornerstone of the Great Divergence in the US. It is my opinion that the attacks on the 1%, OWS, the current administrations push to socialism, and the practice of by passing Congress in pursuit of political agendas is a direct result of the current convergence and the decline of the US.

      Sahil, Many in the US are tired of beating the same old drums and have defered to be Independents. As a Independent is not a party it tells the major parties that they are not satisified with the party platforms and are looking for the best canidate not the person the party supports. As the numbers increase the parties have made a effort to adjust their stance to address the Independents. There is a sufficient number of Independents now to influnce the outcome. I see this as a good sign. It means, to me, that they no longer accept that the party knows what is good for you ..... they are no longer sheeple ..... they want to be a part of the process ... what I consider the most important they are becoming informed about the issues ... and they vote.

      Each person is free to cast their vote as they desire. The most dangerous is the straight party line voter. Do your homework and be sure the light at the end of the tunnel is not a on comming train.

      All the best. Bob.
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      Sep 5 2012: Empires grow until the cost of maintaining the empire exceeds the emperors means. The empire is then succeded by the next empire etc... ad nauseum. I wonder what the six killer apps were for China and Egypt in 2000BCE.
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        Sep 5 2012: The six killer apps have nothing to do with time frame. It appears you are missing the concept.
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          Sep 5 2012: Just that at that time the two dominant cultures on Earth were both totalitarian dictatorships so the apps must have been different to the current apps that explain the rise of capitalist democracies.
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        Sep 5 2012: I understood the first time. There was a degree of the killer apps.

        1 Probably not

        2 The best in the world at the time

        3 No

        4 For the time yes

        5 I don't know but I suspect they did

        6 Definetly
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    Sep 3 2012: Irrespective of whoever wins, no change will happen outside US that I can say......inside? Not sure and not capable enough to comment about that.

    However future will be out there as always.........
  • Sep 3 2012: Like it matters...

    Their programs are mildly different just to keep the people busy.

    Behind the scenes, they all work for the same people, Wall Street, going unnoticed for mostly all of us and the masses are fighting over topics like same-sex marriage...
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    Sep 3 2012: Republicans or democrats? Not thx... Not if there's a future.
  • Sep 3 2012: I personally hate the Red/Blue polarization in American politics. The pros and cons of having a Republican or Democratic administration in power actually depend on the person you ask and her beliefs. As a young, minority female citizen, I disagree with the Republican platform much more than I disagree with the current Democratic platform. During Obama's first term, Republicans strongly opposed some very important pieces of legislation. For example, Republicans didn't let the DREAM act pass (the legislation that would offer undocumented students who have lived in America their whole lives a path to citizenship), and they tried to repeal the Affordable Care Act, a historic achievement for the Democrats that provides more affordable healthcare to uninsured families. Heck, the only reason I have health insurance right now is because of the ACA.

    That being said, I do not think either party is perfect. The Congressional job disapproval rating right now is around 80%, so clearly both parties have issues because they are unable to compromise and work together to get their job done. I would say more, but my humble prediction is that Obama will win this election. His approval ratings are high in the rich electoral vote states, so he has a very good chance.
  • Sep 3 2012: ...

    This time the GOP are running the adults.

    When have you EVER seen a ticket from EITHER party with 2 candidates who can both do Math ?!
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    Sep 2 2012: I do not follow the polls, but I think the most common sentiment in the United States right now is dissatisfaction with both parties and frustration with the way most institutions of government have been operating.
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      Sep 2 2012: I saw Clint Eastwood's speech he crucified Obama.
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        Sep 2 2012: I enjoyed the expressions of Paul Ryan and the like while it was happening...a bit of an unexpected performance. What amazes me is the level politics stoops to to keep people enamored by their subterfuge.
      • Sep 3 2012: Have you seen the Friday episode of the Daily Show with Jon Stewart? He made fun of Eastwood's speech. I recommend it, it was great!