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Almost all high-speed broadband Internet service providers, except in high-density urban populations, have limited competition, if not full monopolies. A small start-up would have to build out their own infrastructure with no existing customer base, which isn't going to happen, in most cases. This is why so many people want to treat the providers like a ...


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Reagan made the statement during The President's News Conference, and understanding the context of the event can help establish his meaning. It's worth mentioning that I've seen some indications that the saying wasn't coined by Reagan, but was in general use as far back as the 70s. I'd say he was referring to the belief (often held by conservative voters ...


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Politicians, that is to say, the people that we elect, do not actually do the work of the government. Their primary job is raising funds and encouraging people to vote for them. Legislation is mostly written by their staff. If a politician participates in writing legislation, it's not as a developer submitting changes to legislative review. It's as a ...


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If your country also has a welfare system, and someone doesn't save for their retirement, they'll end up on welfare when they stop working. So the government is going to have to pay their expenses either way. The forced retirement savings ensures that this won't all come out of public funds, but will instead come from money they put into the system earlier. ...


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A safeguard WAS put into place. We call it the Electoral College (although it is not named as such in the Constitution). It failed miserably at that goal. The original vision when the Electoral College system was devised had three aims: To prevent political parties from dominating politics. To prevent a populist from getting elected to office. To "...


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Very good question and I am surprised that I as German needed to dig deeper into the stuff than anticipated. I tried to consult the German Wikipedia and the normal Google results, but got essentially nothing at first. I suppose it was self-evident schoolboy knowledge at their time and they did not bother to remark the function for following generations. ...


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Is this customary? Yes, there is a whole wiki on it. Obama had pastor Rick Warren at his inauguration. How does this align with a secular government? Isn't it one? The government is still secular. What makes the government secular is that a religious component is not a mandated component. You can become president without prayers. More importantly no ...


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What's going on? This is a leftover from earlier historical tradition, which had lots of lower-level democracy. For example, coroners being elected was a tradition not just from early days of USA, but actually from English common law: Electing a coroner is a holdover from medieval English common law, where the coroner's job was to determine how and when ...


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The capitalist answer to this problem is that when there is a real desire for net-neutral internet providers, then the market will create them. An internet provider could publicly commit to maintaining net neutrality and use that commitment as an unique selling proposition in their advertisement. Consumers who care about net neutrality could then vote with ...


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They have tiny pieces that are considered to be a choking hazard. There have been some high profile and tragic deaths among children due to choking on toys with small pieces. So the United States is especially stringent in regulating children's toys. The Kinder Surprise Eggs are considered especially dangerous as they are embedded in a food product. So a ...


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I wasn't able to find an answer online, so I called the Office of the Clerk of the House to ask why they use stenographers instead of electronic recording devices. They gave me a list of reasons: To preserve the decorum of the House. House members like having a stenographer they can talk to about the record (to have something re-read, or to have their ...


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A great many of the current problems on the farm were caused by government-imposed embargoes and inflation, not to mention government's long history of conflicting and haphazard policies (Reagan's speech that originated the phrase) Specifically in the context of that speech, one of the implication of that phrase is that: Government enacts policies that ...


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Note that the manufacturer has worked around this ban by introducing the Kinder Joy It has plastic egg-shaped packaging that splits into two, one half contains layers of cocoa and milk cream and the other half contains a toy. Because the edible and non-edible parts are separated, this can be and is sold in the US. And since someone suggested in a ...


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Do politicians use bug trackers or version control etc.? This is hilarious. Many of them barely use email. Version control software is pretty much specific to software engineering. Even disciplines that rely on evolving documents like legal practice either don't use it or are limited to Word's "Track changes" feature - or manual change markup. The main ...


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Note that those free services have some way for the company to make money. This can be by way of advertising or gathering data which they can sell or otherwise use to make money (for example provide some other service which does make money). Having said that, a company boycotting a country would generally result in fewer users which in turn leads to less ...


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A government could potentially benefit from increased revenue if they tax the production and sale of cannabis, the legal cannabis industry is already worth billions of dollars. Making it legal would also make criminals who supply the drug redundant, so they would make less money. The demand for cannabis is known to have driven a substantial amount of ...


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History Since 1933, prayer has been a consistent part of presidential inaugurations in America [Source: Newdow v Bush, Civil Action. Pg.7] . Since 1933 the President-Elect has visited a church for prayer prior to taking the oath of office, but since 1937 actual prayers have been offered during the inauguration itself. Secularism As noted in the question, ...


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Raising the minimum wage sufficiently slowly and minimally can arguably increase the wages of low income people accompanied by insignificant increases in unemployment and insignificant disruptions to the path of low skill workers to their first job. The minimum wage is what economists call a price floor. Many economists are against them on principle because ...


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While this may not directly answer your question in a day-to-day sense, congress.gov (formerly thomas.gov) allows public access to revision history for all bills going through either chamber of the US congress. For instance, this is the revision history for H.R. 1628, which is the American Healthcare Act of 2017. At present time of writing you can see: The ...


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The "Nunes Memo" is a 4-page document based on Republican congressman Devin Nunes' investigation that alleges that top FBI officials acted illegally to gain FISA warrants to conduct surveillance on the Donald Trump campaign. It is unclear what it says because it has not been released, supposedly because it reveals classified information about sources and ...


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It was the FBI/Justice department that classified the information in the memo, not the committee. Example source: The details of FISA surveillance orders are classified, and they have long been among the government’s most carefully guarded national security secrets. It's not just that they were issuing them, but also the details of the issuance, e.g. ...


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Because many people want marijuana to be legal. In a democracy, if a policy is popular that's sufficient reason to enact it. Hell, in the US all full legalizations have been through ballot initiatives, which are entirely the voters' decision.


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To put it into points: It lowers the cost of having the 'drug' policed. No need to have officers doing drug busts, arresting people, court cases, putting them in prison where food and 'living' costs need to be accounted for. The medical benefits compared to prescription(pharmaceutical) drugs. Tourism benefits from people who would like to experiment and ...


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Perhaps because the laws originate in military dictatorships: the South Korea government engages in active Internet censorship based on three laws: the Nation Security Law [1948], the Basic Press Act [1980], and Article 21 [of the 1987 Constitution]. Democracy or freedom of speech doesn't have deep roots in South Korea: Censorship was almost forgotten ...


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Simply put, when people are too old to work, they still need to live somewhere, they need to eat, and they need medical care. The alternatives to forcing people to save are: Let people who run out of money die, or kill them outright. Support people who run out of money at taxpayers' expense. Use reverse inheritance to get relatives to pay for them. ...


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Understand that Reagan was a Conservative. That viewpoint is one that views government intervention dimly. Why? Because if the Government does things, they will be done the way the Government thinks they should be done, not necessarily done in a way that will actually help you. Put a different way, sometimes the Government is more concerned with the process ...


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This is more sociology and even evolutionary biology than politics, in some way. Pretty much any un-cited statements in this answer are likely cited in one way or the other in Dawkins' "Selfish Gene". People (as in, the actual species of homo sapiens) evolved in a way that make their circle of caring very small - we mostly care about well-being of our own ...


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