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  1. Current ruminating ideal 2020 cabinet President: Bernie Sanders Vice President: Michelle Obama State: Lincoln Chafee Treasury: Elizabeth Warren Department of Defense: Tulsi Gabbard Attorney General: Richard Blumenthal - OR - Jeff Sessions (bipartisanship) Agriculture: Niaz Dorry (http://nffc.net/index.php/who-we-are/staff/) - picking outsider (hopefully this is one, too many big agriculture groups found on google) to fight corruption Labor: Sherrod Brown Commerce: Christina Romer Housing & Urban Development: John Robert Lewis Transport: TBD Energy: Al Gore Educ
  2. I read an article that warren's internal campaign team wants to be a backup for a Sanders like candidate (focused on anti-corruption) in case something happens to Sanders in the primary and intends to stay fairly late into the cycle. I doubt she'd endorse anyone else if she did drop out. ____ Harris is the establishment's preferred candidate since she's good at 1) Identity Politics, 2) faking being a progressive better than clinton, 3) Young, and 4) being corrupt so controllable by the rich donors. But she's failing to gain traction right now. So there's a big push for Biden to enter since
  3. I've taken a 12-axis political spectrum test before and I don't really fit on left or right. I would say the left represents me more in the US from a fiscal perspective (simply due to the right constantly increasing deficits and my disagreement that their policy proposals is what a free market economy means) but the right (or rather libertarians) are closer to my social views.
  4. I don't trust any news sources. It's better to know the bias of the news sources and take their views with certain grains of salt. Generally any nation's media will have positive bias towards itself and negative bias towards rival countries. So to get the most neutral PoV it's important to read from sources with conflicting bias. US news sources are far too unreliable however so I tend to rely on a combination of UK and Russian news sources for news on the US (one is pro and the other is con). I tend to read: The Guardian. Southern China Morning Post (HK), Channel News Asia (Singapo
  5. I don't think any of the options in the first question were applicable to me so I had to go with the third option. 1) America has a kleptocratic crony corporatist economy 3) I support a competitive free market capitalist economy with social guardrails to deal with increasing robotics.
  6. Who cares about if the symptom is man made or not? Arguing over the cause is a red herring and irrelevant. It's happening, and something should be done. It's not relevant the fact that climate change is happening and something needs to be done. Also this entire poll is a straw man argument.
  7. Think he had high personal integrity, which is something many representatives in government don't have. Really sad to see him go.
  8. I would love for us to be able to shift platform/issue centers over time in the primaries/general election in the US naturally (rather than current method via event). Eg voters who shift over to support one candidate would slowly adopt that candidate's platform.
  9. I would be in favor of a constitutional amendment that allows US citizens not born in the US to run for presidency if they have spent the majority of their life in the US. Eg I've been in the US since I was 3 and am not eligible, while my little brother who left the US when 3 (and grew up overseas) is. Musk could always run through a proxy candidate. Others have done so in other countries before when they weren't legally allowed to run.
  10. Voted No since it won't make partisanship better, it would need to be some other thing such as corruption or treason.
  11. 1) No, because politically there is not the will to enact reforms curtailing special interests that benefit from the debt. 2) Yes, because the economic consequences will be severe. However not all debt need to be repaid. For example, government debt owned by multinationals participating in tax dodging (eg Apple) and bought with funds illegally gained should be declared null and void. In addition, the US will likely need a debt restructuring (eg interest freeze) in order to service the debt without painful political consequences.
  12. 1) Harris is terrible. She's a great orator, but she is CORRUPT AS )(*^. Trump could dump opposition research on her like no tomorrow. Great example of identity politics in California and voters being idiots. In a primary debate she literally gave a call out to her corrupt owners on live TV saying she will take care of them. Our previous senator was better. The Republican option was better. Anyone on the ballot on California would've been better than her. She is Hillary 2.0, except personable, and less centrist on social issues. O'Malley was pretty competent in debates and platform but he fail
  13. Lol okay I'm not going to argue semantics here.
  14. explain these terms in laymans
  15. Republicans have their tribes too - christian fundamentalists, libertarians, anti-tax, free trade, gun rights - but I feel right now nationalism (or populism but I don't really think it counts as populism) is the larger overriding issue determining who they are voting for. They are similar, but different. Tribalism I feel focuses more on differences between groups, while nationalism tries to define everyone as being the same. Both are 'us or them' but they are on a different level.
  16. I consider most of that to be nationalism rather than tribalism. Somalia for example has a civil war between tribes, but it's still a nation.
  17. It's the best catchall I could think of to describe their excessive focus on identity issues while also including other issues not just in the social realm. Republicans have identity politics too but it's been overshadowed and it's not as harped upon as on the left (it's not the most important thing anyway, unlike the left who uses it as purity tests over competence or integrity. Good old Democratic California votes for the candidate who harps identity issues but is significantly more corrupt :x). I would say the democratic 'base/far left (the ones who vote in the primaries) is far more focuse
  18. Musk would have big ideas and trust experts (the engineers) to find solutions and fix things. As a centrist and Technocrat/Meritocracy believer, I'd vote for him. Cause experts != politicians, and we've had enough incompetent politicians running things from both parties. I really think both parties are incompetent on almost all of the issues, although republicans slightly more so on some of the issues. Top Issues for Me: 1) Structural - Government Competency (Corruption, Incompetent Government Services/Employees, Partisanship, Lack of Trust in Government, Voters Without Education/Time
  19. I think the problem with democrats and republicans is many people have ideologies with a mix of both, so there's no real party that represents us. Then both dems and republicans end up pandering to the alt-right (nazis) or far-left (tribalism) and we see bizarre things like abolishing borders, legalizing heroin, separating families, or saying facts are fake. "I most similarly align to John Rockefeller's school of thought, balanced budget, Moderate to liberal social policies, and common sense economics. Neither party embrace's any of that, and I'm left to choose between the folks reenactin
  20. I added a new "Partisanship" Issue in my campaign and assigned values for each state based on Dem/Republican voter registration and voting history (as well as number of independents, so if a state is a safe dem but has high independents I made it slight dem instead, if a state has no lean but high independents, I made it centrist, however if a state has high "independents" but never voted for the other party recently, I made it safe, used 4 sources to get the data). This issue represents the importance of partisan politics in a given state (the "vote for our team" dynamic, or how open individu
  21. As a workaround, would it be possible for the game to attempt to write a savefile to a tempfile (eg append a ~ after the file name), see if it is successful, and then if so, overwrite the intended file by copying the contents over, and if not, showing the error message and not touching the old file? This would ensure that there is at least a savegame to recover from (the previous functioning autosave). _____ As another note on save games, I wish the change save game directory thing was permanent or I have some way of configuring that permanently. My C drive is very tiny and the save games
  22. "That's 25% per offer. You can make multiple offers per turn." Failures result in relationship loss and the pact is only 20 days which is very short when playing with Primaries on, you can burn 2-4 relationship with pacts which depending on how often the candidate makes the news can take more than 20 days to get back. It makes more sense with general election scenarios. Maybe make it longer if the election is further ahead? " there might be a bug with non-aggression pacts as mentioned above" They are able to: 1) Run attack ads against me, 2) Attack me in rallies and barnstorms (thanks
  23. There were 5 Republicans, 3 Dems, 1 Green, 2 Libertarians, 11 total.
  24. What is the point of getting relations up, if they are going to go down anyway once your character takes the lead in polls. I've found it consistently that once you take the lead in a race (even if you only have 30% of the vote and the other party has 29% of the vote), any formerly friendly parties, even those with a supply/confidence and nonaggression pacts, will begin to run attack ads and other aggressive actions. This will lower your relation no matter how much you perform positive spin for them. I think non aggression pact ought to prevent all types of negative actions (such as running at
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