Questions tagged [united-states]

Questions relating to the government or the politics of the United States of America

Filter by
Sorted by
Tagged with
38
votes
2answers
12k views

Why hasn't the U.S. government paid war reparations to any country it attacked?

Why hasn't the U.S. government paid war reparations to any country it attacked? According to Wikipedia, the U.S. has never paid any war reparations to members of other countries. It has only paid ...
5
votes
3answers
179 views

If the US government is running deficits valued at 5% of GDP, is the economy really growing?

From the White House Budget Office Deficit records: The US government is currently running a projected 2019 deficit of 5.1% of GDP (somewhere around $1.05 Trillion). The Bureau of Economic analysis ...
7
votes
3answers
394 views

What can the U.S. government do to prevent powerful people to get extremely favorable plea bargain deals like Jeff Epstein?

We know that Jeff Epstein got an extremely favorable plea bargain deal from the chief prosecutor. The media is now questioning if there was due process, or someone powerful got into the way of the due ...
3
votes
0answers
93 views

How are Canada and the USA similar and different with regards to immigration?

While reading the NY Post this morning I found this short opinion piece. It states: While “a politically divisive debate continues to rage” in the United States over a Census question on ...
5
votes
2answers
287 views

Am I obligated to answer a citizenship question on the U.S. census? [closed]

This question seems to straddle politics/law, but I am going to post it here. There is a lot in the US news lately about President Trump pushing to have a question on citizenship added to the 2020 US ...
4
votes
1answer
126 views

In the United States, how large is the political spread of all federal judges in terms of rulings?

Background I keep hearing about the important role of Federal Judges in the United States and how their rulings as a whole results in them being labeled as a judge with a particular political ...
25
votes
4answers
5k views

Did any of the founding fathers anticipate Lysander Spooner's criticism of the constitution?

In his 1870 work "No Treason" - Lysander Spooner writes: “But whether the Constitution really be one thing, or another, this much is certain - that it has either authorized such a government as we ...
9
votes
3answers
396 views

What do third party candidates for the US presidency expect to functionally accomplish in terms of voting?

Background In the history of the United States presidential election, it is exceedingly rare that a third party candidate does anything other than split votes from one (sometimes two) main parties, ...
11
votes
1answer
172 views

When did the trend of giving U.S. Congressional bills catchy acronyms first start to occur?

According to The Atlantic, there have been 240 bills proposed in 2013 that were represented by an acronym, such as the ROBO COP bill to help curb automated robot calls and the BEER (Brewers Excise and ...
10
votes
3answers
357 views

Why does the US federal debt increase by more than the US deficit each year?

I was looking through the Historical Tables from the Office of Management and Budget (https://www.whitehouse.gov/omb/historical-tables/). I noticed that each year the debt increases by a different ...
-4
votes
2answers
339 views

Why haven't Latin American countries condemned the U.S. for its migrant detention centers?

Why won't Latin American countries condemn the U.S. for its migrant detention centers? According to Wikipedia, the detention centers in the U.S. for so-called illegals and asylum seekers are ...
1
vote
1answer
87 views

Can an inauguration be delayed for any GOOD reason? [duplicate]

I ask this because with the amount of information regarding Trump, and the probability of Russian meddling in the 2016 election (from the FBI, CIA and NSA), dated 6 January 2017....was there a ...
38
votes
4answers
8k views

Why does the U.S. tolerate foreign influence from Saudi Arabia and Israel on its domestic policies while not tolerating that from China or Russia?

Why does the U.S. tolerate foreign influence from Saudi Arabia and Israel on its domestic policies while not tolerating that from China or Russia? Is there a reason for this? AIPAC is known to be one ...
-6
votes
3answers
485 views

Why is the term “Jewish Privilege” never used? [closed]

In recent years the term "white privilege" has been used by certain segments of the American political spectrum to describe: (wikipedia) the societal privilege that in some countries benefits white ...
2
votes
1answer
320 views

If the U.S. government eliminates private health insurance, how would it deal with the shareholders of private insurance companies? [closed]

If the U.S. government eliminates private health insurance, how would it be going to deal with the shareholders of private insurance companies? Would it reach some form of deal and what kind of deal? ...
2
votes
3answers
407 views

Could the US President force Britain to recall Ambassador Kim Darroch?

A few days ago, a leak revealed that in cables sent to London, U.K Ambassador to the United States Kim Darroch described Trump's administration as "inept," "insecure" and "incompetent". CNN Today, ...
1
vote
0answers
40 views

What requirements are there on the Senate to process Articles of Impeachment? [duplicate]

If the House passes Articles of Impeachment, can the Senate refuse to accept them for processing or delay them through Senate procedures?
8
votes
2answers
198 views

Are US Congressional districts required to be connected?

With all the talk of gerrymandering of late, I was looking up North Carolina's past election maps. And man, the 2016 map which caused the court case looks downright normal compared to some of the ones ...
3
votes
1answer
244 views

How does President Trump's follow-through on election promises compare to presidents in the past 20 years? [closed]

That is to say - with nearly three years under his belt, how do President Trump's record of promises compare to other presidents past the year 2000? In this question, it is shown what promises ...
12
votes
4answers
2k views

Why does the US seem to have a rather low economic interest in Africa?

This question shows us the increasing economic interest of China in the African continent. Indeed this document confirms that China's trade in goods with African countries is half of the EU's: ...
26
votes
6answers
5k views

Why did people still chant “Lock her up” at Trump rallies in 2019? [closed]

When elected, Trump made a big point that his opponent should be investigated and "locked up" over the email controversy. Almost immediately after winning the election, he made tacitly clear he was ...
1
vote
2answers
103 views

When I register for voting in Massachusets with a telephone number on the “Do Not Call” registry, do I have to check the “unlisted phone number” box?

Background In March 2003, the Do Not Call registry was signed into law by president George W. Bush. This law allowed the FTC to create a voluntary registry of phone numbers whereby some entities ...
1
vote
3answers
417 views

Why won't the U.S. move more rapidly towards modernizing its army?

Why won't the U.S. move more rapidly towards modernizing its army? By that, I mean why, for instance, the U.S. won't replace conventional fighter jets with attack drones and replace big and ...
45
votes
11answers
12k views

Is there a strong legal guarantee that the U.S. can give to another country that it won't attack them?

Is there a strong legal guarantee that the U.S. can give to another country that it won't attack them? I think because U.S. policy tends to drastically change every time the administration changes, ...
-4
votes
4answers
225 views

If drug prices are much higher in US, and the US government prohibits import, why not just import online for all personal uses? [closed]

If medication prices in the US are higher than in other countries, why not import from there? This is a natural extension of this question. Basically Drug prices in US are high A Free market could ...
4
votes
1answer
163 views

What are the (key) limits of coverage of Medicare for All?

I don't live in the US, but rather in a country where there's a state mandated, single-(state)-payer universal health insurance - with additional layers of coverage for additional insurance fee ...
0
votes
0answers
13 views

How integrated are Private Health Insurers (PHI) with Medicare?

Please exclude Medicare Advantage programs sold by private insurers from your answer. There is a popular notion that traditional Medicare is underwritten and administered only by the US government. ...
8
votes
2answers
1k views

Why won't the U.S. sign a peace treaty with North Korea?

Why won't the U.S. sign a peace treaty with North Korea? Is there a reason why it wasn't done sometimes after the cease fire? What was the purpose of not signing a peace treaty with North Korea if the ...
29
votes
4answers
7k views

Why does Trump want a citizenship question on the census?

President Trump has recently stated that he may issue an executive order to place a question on the 2020 Census about US residents' citizenship status. This comes after the Supreme Court has already ...
6
votes
2answers
341 views

Why does the US have laws that they don't enforce but they don't repeal?

The State of Utah appealed the ruling to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit. Oral argument was held on January 21, 2016. The State of Utah was represented by Parker Douglas. The ...
8
votes
2answers
338 views

In 2019 is North Carolina gerrymandered?

User Dunk claims that North Carolina is not gerrymandered: ...people are ... ignorant to use North Carolina as some proof of gerrymandering. ... The republicans changed the boundaries into ...
0
votes
1answer
104 views

What is the role of private healthcare insurance industry in Medicaid?

In light of the concept of abolishing the private healthcare insurance industry advocated by some 2020 presidential candidates, one would expect that to impact the administration of Medicaid. As I "...
13
votes
7answers
753 views

What has caused the decline of parties in the center?

I've heard a lot about how centrist parties are losing ground in countries all across Europe. It also seems that in the United States, the two parties are becoming more and more polarized. I am ...
5
votes
1answer
188 views

Can foreign national US residents volunteer with US political campaigns?

This question about donating to campaigns as a US resident noncitizen led me to wonder if US resident noncitizens/foreign nationals can volunteer with political campaigns in any capacity (direct voter ...
25
votes
5answers
4k views

Contributing to a candidate as a Foreign National US Resident?

I'm not sure if this is the correct exchange to be posting this question, so apologies if this is not the right place. I'm a US Resident, currently on a H-1B. I'm not a Green Card holder or a US ...
0
votes
1answer
140 views

What is the purpose of (student) debt forgiveness? [closed]

What is the purpose of student debt forgiveness? Which problem does it attempt to solve, and how does it go about solving it? Specifically, What is the problem? A student in debt is a person in ...
1
vote
3answers
139 views

What would happen if the Corwin Amendment was ratified today?

Hypothetically let's say 3/4 of the U.S. states ratified the Corwin Amendment, which was designed to protect the institution of slavery from being banned by the federal government: No amendment ...
1
vote
1answer
95 views

How is vice president selected if a write in candidate wins the presidency?

I can’t find the protocol for this situation. If a write in candidate wins the presidency how is the vice president chosen?
-2
votes
2answers
190 views

Why are some 2020 Democratic candidates insisting on eliminating employer-based private insurance [duplicate]

At the Democratic primary debates, the moderators asked for a show of hands for candidates that wanted to move to fully public health insurance, eliminating employer-based private insurance. ...
4
votes
3answers
527 views

Would switching to a proportionate House require a constitutional amendment?

A hopefully not-too-long not-too-short background The bicameral legislature of the USA occurred as an early compromise among its founding fathers, between those who believed in individual ownership ...
3
votes
1answer
111 views

Do any 2020 Democratic primary candidates advocate for charter schools?

I read this Washington Post article stating the 2020 Democratic presidential primary candidates are less in favor of charter schools than previous Democrats such as Barack Obama. If the candidates ...
6
votes
3answers
328 views

What do the advocates of single payer claim are the advantages of eliminating private health insurance?

Elizabeth Warren, Kamala Harris, and Bernie Sanders have all trumpeted the original meaning of Medicare for All: a single-payer health care system. The Medicare for All Act of 2017, sponsored by ...
10
votes
7answers
895 views

How would one prevent political gerrymandering?

Inspired by this question and it's answers. With the recent Supreme Court ruling that punts on the issue of political gerrymandering to the individual States, the dissenting opinion makes the ...
8
votes
3answers
483 views

Do any Democratic presidential candidates support banning semi-automatic weapons?

In the aftermath of the mass shooting in Parkland, Florida last year, there were a lot of calls on the left to ban all semi-automatic weapons. This post is an example of that. My question is, have ...
30
votes
7answers
7k views

How far can gerrymandering go?

Gerrymandering can keep a relatively unpopular party in power for longer than it otherwise would be. Assuming the unpopular party becomes even more unpopular, just how unpopular would they need to be ...
30
votes
8answers
8k views

What prevents a US state from colonizing a smaller state?

Blue state California has a huge population, 39.5 million and urban rents are high. There are 130k homeless people. New York State has another 90k homeless people. Red state Wyoming has only 500k ...
17
votes
2answers
2k views

What election rules and voting rights are guaranteed by the US Constitution?

Following the recent US Supreme Court decision that gerrymandering for political purposes is not prohibited by the US Constitution, I realized that it can be hard to understand what rules related to ...
5
votes
2answers
219 views

Are Medicare approved amounts significantly different than Commercial insurance approved amounts

In context: During the 1st Democratic candidates debate 6/26/19, it was stated that If you go to every hospital in this country and you ask them one question, which is how would it have been for ...
-5
votes
1answer
118 views

Is there any governmental organization/party in europe that has a main goal to untangle eu from US?

Well ever since the US decided to step out of the climate accord, I've been wondering whether some consider the US the biggest enemy of Europe. Considering climate change will hit Europe hard and ...
3
votes
2answers
180 views

Why was there a partisan divide on the House vote for the FY2020 Military Construction-Veterans Affairs Appropriations bill?

https://yarmuth.house.gov/press/house-democrats-vote-to-fund-rep-yarmuths-request-for-construction-of-louisville-va-hospital/ states that: The appropriations package passed Tuesday by a vote of 227-...