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    Re: Political extremism in the United States is worse than it was 20 years ago. T or

    Quote Originally Posted by CriticalThought View Post
    Take a look at Congress's approval rating.



    Rigid ideology has made it nearly impossible for compromise and as a result, nobody is pleased with the results that Congress produces. If given a choice, people would probably sack the entire Congress and start from scratch.
    Wait...you mean there was actually a time when Congress had a 80% approval rating? OMG!!!!!!! *dies of heart attack*

    Edit: Oh yeah...the OP...I don't know for sure myself as I was a teenager 20 years ago and not into politics. But from what my folks say...yes, there is more extremeism today than yester-year.
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    Re: Political extremism in the United States is worse than it was 20 years ago. T or

    Quote Originally Posted by JohnWOlin View Post
    So is this just your magical utopia world idea or what? I don't understand. Most people, even the richest amongst us work much more than 40 hours a week.
    Talk about rude. You ask the guy what his sig was about and when he replies you call it a "magical utopia world idea"? Couldn't you have found a more polite way of saying this?

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    Re: Political extremism in the United States is worse than it was 20 years ago. T or

    Quote Originally Posted by JohnWOlin View Post
    So is this just your magical utopia world idea or what? I don't understand. Most people, even the richest amongst us work much more than 40 hours a week.
    However, in the present 'Capitalist' (More accurately; 'Corporate Mercantilist'.) system most people work for private corporations, this mode of organization, by necessity, is extremely wasteful and inefficient, among other things.
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    Re: Political extremism in the United States is worse than it was 20 years ago. T or

    Quote Originally Posted by atrasicarius View Post
    True. Two decades ago, Bill Clinton could actually compromise with the Republicans and get things done.
    Only after the GOP engaged in one hell of a rhetorical slamming of Great Society liberalism in Congress. Political scientists over the past few years have stressed the partisan arena we are now in, proclaiming that few middle ground exists. I'm a great deal more skeptical of that claim.
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    Re: Political extremism in the United States is worse than it was 20 years ago. T or

    No doubt about it. Conservative talkers were relatively new then, today they have gotten much more strident, trying to outdo another." Limbaugh was a pussycat then compared to now. Plus there was only one cable news network them. And there was no Information Super Highway then.


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    Re: Political extremism in the United States is worse than it was 20 years ago. T or

    Quote Originally Posted by JohnWOlin View Post
    So is this just your magical utopia world idea or what? I don't understand. Most people, even the richest amongst us work much more than 40 hours a week.
    You do know there used to be a time when people worked as many as 80 hours a week and the idea of a 40 hour week was considered "utopian". Then unions and the government got involved, women took a greater role in the work force, and here we are. The fact is technology has increased our productivity so much that it has become pretty common for workers to do about 2 hours of real work in an 8 hour work day.
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    Re: Political extremism in the United States is worse than it was 20 years ago. T or

    I would say that political extremism between US factions (i.e, Democrats and Republicans, Liberals and Conservatives) is certainly more charged and potent today than it was twenty years ago. However, Americans were still all aflustre freaking out about the Commies coming to kill them 20 years ago, which was another form of political extremism (see: McCarthyism), and so I think the total level of extremism has not changed.

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    Re: Political extremism in the United States is worse than it was 20 years ago. T or

    I'd say true. One of the biggest factors that I think has made extremism worse, though, is the fact that both parties are accusing one another of being the extremists. As this occurs, both parties become further and further separated.

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    Re: Political extremism in the United States is worse than it was 20 years ago. T or

    Quote Originally Posted by Muffinz! View Post
    I think so. Ultraconservatives and Ultraliberals are the bane of compromise. The fact that such a huge amount of the US voting population is quite extreme in their political and religious opinions prevents compromise and progress from occuring. My two cents.
    I honestly dont think its the US voting population that is quite extreme.... I think most of us are right along the middle somewhere. I do think however that our representatives that we elect are very extreme in their opinions and beliefs.

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    Re: Political extremism in the United States is worse than it was 20 years ago. T or

    Quote Originally Posted by Muffinz! View Post
    I think so. Ultraconservatives and Ultraliberals are the bane of compromise. The fact that such a huge amount of the US voting population is quite extreme in their political and religious opinions prevents compromise and progress from occuring. My two cents.
    There really aren't any ultraliberals in Congress. There are a few congressmen who actually are liberals, but none of them are particularly extreme. The only extremism in Congress is on the right.
    For: legalizing drugs, gay marriage, abortion, guns, universal health care, public sector jobs, nuclear power, free education, progressive taxation
    Against: corporations, make-work, the 40 hour work week, intellectual property, imperialism, "homeland security," censorship

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