• Should President Trump's likeness be put on Mt. Rushmore now or at the end of his term in 2024?

    Best answer: at the end would be fine. He should be a little bit bigger and a little more out front.
    Best answer: at the end would be fine. He should be a little bit bigger and a little more out front.
    63 answers · Politics · 1 day ago
  • Why did Wisconsin vote for Trump in 2016 but voted Democrat in 2018?

    Best answer: You're going to get a lot of people explaining Trump's 2016 win by some formulation of "the people wanted X" with X being something that Trump provided. But most of those epxlanations are going to be wrong. They're wrong because they don't understand two key factors about Trump's... show more
    Best answer: You're going to get a lot of people explaining Trump's 2016 win by some formulation of "the people wanted X" with X being something that Trump provided. But most of those epxlanations are going to be wrong. They're wrong because they don't understand two key factors about Trump's 2016 victory.

    1) Trump barely beat Clinton. He got 47.22% of the vote in Wisconsin and she got 46.45% of the vote. That means he got a statistically insignificant 0.77%. His Wisconsin victory wasn't some sort of big triumph for Trump, but rather a close won thing which he could just as easily have lost. So explanations about what the people of Wisconsin wanted or not don't have a lot of explanatory power.

    2) Perhaps much more importantly is that Trump got 1.405 million votes in Wisconsin in 2016. In 2012, Mitt Romney got 1.407 million votes. Mitt Romney lost Wisconsin. So Trump got fewer votes than the losing candidate did four years earlier. Wisconsin didn't vote for Trump, they not-voted for Clinton. Barack Obama got 1.62 million votes in 2012. Four years later, Clinton got 1.38 million votes. There was no swing towards Trump. The people of Wisconsin swung away from the Republicans in 2016. It's just that they swung even more dramatically away from the Democrats.

    So what happened in 2016 isn't that Trump persuaded a bunch of Wisconsinites to vote for him. In fact, he did worse than Romney did. But he kept the Republican numbers relatively stable, which Clinton suffered a massive loss of over a quarter million votes. Those people didn't defect to Trump. Some of them voted for third party candidates, but others just stayed home. I don't think we fully know the reasons why. Some have credited the state's voter suppression law, which requires a photo ID to vote. The law, passed in between the two presidential elections, may have kept people from voting. But I think that the bigger issue is apathy about Clinton. The biggest factor was probably the FBI's announcement that they were looking into her emails again. Although this turned out to be nothing (the "new" stuff they were looking at turned out to be copies of stuff they'd already reviewed and they quickly closed the case) it turned off a lot of voters in the closing week of the race. This built on lingering issues with people who didn't like Clinton for various reasons. Some black voters felt she wasn't racially sensitive enough, some left wing voters felt that she wasn't liberal enough. Underlying all of this was a feeling on the left that Trump couldn't possibly win. This may have been especially true in Wisconsin, which no Republican had won since the 80s. I bring up the sense of Clinton's inevitability because I think it's a crucial factor in explaining Trump's win. The people who were skeptical of Clinton felt like it was okay to not actually vote for her because there was no way she could lose. They could have their cake (Trump being defeated) and eat it too (not have to cast a ballot for a candidate like Clinton who they didn't like).

    The feeling of inevitability also helps explain the swing back to the Democrats in 2018 when they won the Governorship and the Senate. Democrats were super energized to defeat Trump. Tammy Baldwin, the Democratic Senator up for election last year, got about 70,000 votes more than Trump did. Democrats weren't enthusiastic about Clinton but complacent over her victory in 2016. In 2018 they weren't complacent and turned out in strength for Baldwin (and in somewhat lesser strength for Gubernatorial candidate Tony Evers).

    The reality is that Wisconsin is a purple state. It has both a Democratic and a Republican Senator. It's gone traditionally for Democrats but Republican Scott Walker won three races for Governor there. Trump lucked out in 2016, but in 2018 things swung back towards the Democrats.
    36 answers · Politics · 23 hours ago
  • Do you think scientists cringed in embarrassment as other scientists quoted the Bible during the Apollo 8 mission?

    Best answer: The Astronauts reading from the Book of Genesis as the Apollo 8 flight orbited the moon for the first time was one of the most awesome events in the history of the world. Any scientist who would have been embarrassed by that should be ashamed.
    Best answer: The Astronauts reading from the Book of Genesis as the Apollo 8 flight orbited the moon for the first time was one of the most awesome events in the history of the world. Any scientist who would have been embarrassed by that should be ashamed.
    21 answers · Religion & Spirituality · 8 hours ago
  • Should I end things with my boyfriend of 3 years?

    Best answer: Things DO go fine at first. And once you are with someone, the problems start to surface. This is greatest after about 1-3 years of living together. Things will get worse before they get better .. and it takes 15-20 years of marriage for them to get better. So if you have tried everything and nothing changes and... show more
    Best answer: Things DO go fine at first. And once you are with someone, the problems start to surface. This is greatest after about 1-3 years of living together.
    Things will get worse before they get better .. and it takes 15-20 years of marriage for them to get better.

    So if you have tried everything and nothing changes and you are not happy with it, then don't waste much more time being unhappy.

    Understand that no matter who we get together with, there will be imperfections and issues, even if we saw no indication of them before we moved in with them.

    Also understand that the "spark" is not love. It is our subconscious reacting to their subconscious signals by releasing neurochemicals that make us "high" over the other. And that sooner or later, our brain returns to normal and the "spark" dies.
    Love is a choice and an action . not our attachment to how WE feel.
    And as for chemistry, the stronger it is at the start, the worse the relationship turns out to be.

    You are worried you won't find someone better?
    Better to live alone and learn how to be happy and whole and complete .. than to resign yourself to an unsatisfying life with someone you are not happy with.
    So what if you never find someone better? Worse things could happen in life.

    He is who he is .. and you either accept him for who he is .. or you should not be with him. No judgement here .. you are the only one who knows what you can and cannot accept, and the only one who knows if you can accept who he is .. or not.
    22 answers · Singles & Dating · 1 day ago
  • What is on your mind?

    18 answers · Polls & Surveys · 5 hours ago
  • Was Adolf Hitler a good paintist?

    44 answers · History · 2 days ago
  • Is it good to have a diary? Why?

    22 answers · Polls & Surveys · 13 hours ago
  • Is your chest hair silver?

    Best answer: Yes it is, it used to be ginger. Those were the days Stan, THEY SURE WERE. ;-)
    Best answer: Yes it is, it used to be ginger. Those were the days Stan, THEY SURE WERE. ;-)
    33 answers · Newborn & Baby · 2 days ago
  • Have you ever thrown up from eating too much?

    I woke up in the middle of the night last night and almost did but kept it down.
    I woke up in the middle of the night last night and almost did but kept it down.
    24 answers · Polls & Surveys · 1 day ago
  • Christians: Why did God make gay animals?

    There's PLENTY of animals that act sexually towards towards members of their own gender
    There's PLENTY of animals that act sexually towards towards members of their own gender
    27 answers · Religion & Spirituality · 6 hours ago
  • I got fired from my job because my mom forgot to wake me up?

    I'm 16 and just got my first job. I got scheduled an 8 am shift. I don't have a phone and we don't have an alarm clock. My mom has a phone and she promised that she would set the alarm to 6 am but she forgot. After I explained that to my manager, he didn't take me seriously and now I got fired. Is... show more
    I'm 16 and just got my first job. I got scheduled an 8 am shift. I don't have a phone and we don't have an alarm clock. My mom has a phone and she promised that she would set the alarm to 6 am but she forgot. After I explained that to my manager, he didn't take me seriously and now I got fired. Is there any way to get my job back?
    46 answers · Other - Careers & Employment · 1 day ago