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Comment Re:Works better than expected (Score 1) 363

I would bet money that if the election was held again today that Clinton would win. Trump is doing some things that his supporters want, but he's also completely flipped on some of his promises (remember "drain the swamp"?) and pissed off a lot of people in the middle who voted for him. If his policies are home runs then he might survive, but I very much doubt they will be, moderate successes are possible, but they will likely come with serious downsides that will leave him open to attack quite easily.

Only time will tell, but I wouldn't put any money on Trump being the Republican nominee in 2020.

Comment Re:Trump seems to think Executive Orders... (Score 2) 952

It's worth noting that for most of that charts timeframe EOs were used for much more minor things than they are used for today. Or at least that's my understanding. That changed with FDR IIRC, which would explain why the sudden cliff there, with expanded power came expanded responsibility.

Comment Re:Trump seems to think Executive Orders... (Score 1) 952

They kinda do. They didn't USE to do that, but they have been assumed to hold that power for a while now. Executive Orders were originally intended for minor duties that the prez could implement without needing to bother Congress. I think it was FDR that got them expanded so that he could manage the Depression better, then every president since has expanded their scope, because they can.

Comment Re:Do the right thing - stand against Trump's bigo (Score 1) 952

Because having an international military force controlled by China and Russia (who both hold permanent seats on the Security Council in case you've forgotten) is a wonderful idea.

What you're talking about is what the conspiracy theorists are talking about when they blabber about the New World Order. Ponder the idea of making conspiracy theories true for a moment.

Comment Re:Do the right thing - stand against Trump's bigo (Score 3, Insightful) 952

Japan had literally no chance of winning the war once the US decided to fight. It was only a question of WHEN they would lose, not if. They even recognized that and performed Pearl Harbor in the hopes of making the US give up early, as that was the only plausible way they would come out ahead. Rejecting the German scientists would have cost us a lot of post-war gains, but wouldn't have affected the war that much.

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