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Comment: Re:they will defeat themselves (Score 1) 946

by GLMDesigns (#47933597) Attached to: ISIS Bans Math and Social Studies For Children

Social Conservatives are less than 25% of Republicans and are probably less than 20% of the total.

-- Then why do they get more than 50% of the vote in the primaries?

---- I don't think they do. Example Todd Akins won Missouri in 2012 with like 37% of the vote (and that was the SoCon's best effort of 2012). The Tea Party and the Establishment split the rest.

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Being religious does not equal being a social conservative.

-- Sure, some people are religious but not socially conservative... but they're usually Democrats.

---- I don't think that's true at all. You do realize that Fred Phelps (Westboro Church) was a Democrat, that in 2010 a majority of NYS Democrats were anti-gay marriage. Republicans keep thinking they will turn Pennsylvannia and Michigan Red because of all the SoCons there. But ... these SoCons vote Dem.

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It's too bad, too, because unlike the rest of the Republican candidates, he was socially-liberal enough to have a chance of beating Obama in the general election (had he run as a Republican instead of a Libertarian)..

I'm glad you voted for Gary Johnson - I did as well. But where are the non-authoritarian Democrats? Which Democrats are for shrinking the size of government? The ever-more-oppressive-and-ever-more-intrusive Federal and local government is spearheaded by Democrats. Seat belt laws, soda sizes, the rise of the nanny-state and the police powers to enforce it are coming from the Left / Progressive politicians.

How about that law that forces you to buy a product whether you want it or not? What's that called the Affordable Care act or something like that. Which authoritarian party pushed that through?

Comment: Re:they will defeat themselves (Score 1) 946

by GLMDesigns (#47930355) Attached to: ISIS Bans Math and Social Studies For Children
Social Conservatives are less than 25% of Republicans and are probably less than 20% of the total. Being religious does not equal being a social conservative. No there aren't any (that I know of ) declared atheists Republican elected officials. But Gary Johnson and others are/were pretty damn close to "coming out." Republicans are not "in whole" in favor of a "huge and authoritarian" state. Go to Red State and Legal Insurrection and you'll see that many are opposed to the leviathan state.

Comment: Re:they will defeat themselves (Score 0) 946

by GLMDesigns (#47929913) Attached to: ISIS Bans Math and Social Studies For Children
First of all social conservative /= republicans. (Not all social conservatives are republicans and most republicans are not social conservatives.) Obviously the fact that some are does not mean that all are. Some democrats think the US is evil for promoting homosexuality. Some republicans are OK with homosexuality. You can go down the list with every issue under the sun. The key divides between republicans and democrats is over the size and scope and purpose of the Federal government.

Comment: Underdevelopment Theory (Score 2) 534

by GLMDesigns (#47879511) Attached to: Cuba Calculates Cost of 54yr US Embargo At $1.1 Trillion
And here we were taught by Under-development theorists (Marxists) that poverty was caused by exploitation by the capitalist countries (Core-Periphery) and that the solution was to have underdeveloped countries have less trade with capitalist countries. All sorts of regimes copied that (high import tarrifs, refusing outside companies from going in,etc...). Free market economists said that would create more poverty. Marxist economists and theorists said "bullsh1t." So. According to Marxist theorists and economists from the 1950s to the 1990s (out of grad school now - things may have changed) the Cuban embargo should have helped Cuba by saving them from capitalist exploitation.

Comment: Re:Not exactly endearing you to the public (Score 1) 441

by GLMDesigns (#47734069) Attached to: Tech Looks To Obama To Save Them From 'Just Sort of OK' US Workers
I don't think so. I was born and raised in NY in an immigrant family, living among other immigrants. You get used to hearing English spoken by people in Italian, Russian, Chinese, West Indian accents. In fact it becomes normal. What about someone not raised in a NYC sort of situation? A place where my NYC accent is out of place? They might have a hard time, not because they are poor communicators but because they are not attuned to the different cadence and inflection of the speaker.

Comment: Re:Return to a space suit design of the 1960s (Score 1) 54

by GLMDesigns (#45705593) Attached to: NASA Testing Lighter Space Suits For Asteroid Work
The profit is coming. Companies will mine resources and manufacture items in earth orbit / elsewhere and then sell/use the items to do more mining and more exploring and more expansion. The profit will come. The excitement will come. And the investment bubble put the 1999-2000 tech bubble to shame. :-)

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