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Questions tagged [politics]

Use this tag for questions that regard statements made by politicians.

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Does the US government voluntarily underreport inflation?

According to Shadow Government Statistics, inflation in the USA is around 11%, not 3% as the official statistics claim, as shown in this chart: (source) In fact, they suggest that the US government ...
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Does Ron Paul get less media coverage than other similarly prominent candidates?

In this clip from The Daily Show show, John Stewart puts forward the argument that Ron Paul is being ignored by the media, showcasing some convincing clips to that effect. Are the clips referenced in ...
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Is it illegal to tie campaign contributions to a specific policy goal?

The petition Investigate Chris Dodd and the MPAA for bribery after he publicly admitted to bribing politicans to pass legislation implies that there is something illegal about this threat to withdraw ...
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Are political leaders from Latin America unusually prone to cancer?

Venezuela's entertaining president, Hugo Chavez, was recently reported to have speculated that the USA has developed a secret technology to give cancer to left-wing leaders in Latin America. I think ...
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Has the internet caused significant job losses since 2008?

"Layoffs too often became permanent, not part of the business cycle. And these changes didn't just affect blue collar workers. If you were a bank teller or a phone operator or a travel agent, you saw ...
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Could greek euro notes become forcibly converted to drachmas?

The british MP John Redwood recently claimed in the Daily Mail that It’s unlikely, but what you could have is a situation whereby Greece had to leave the eurozone and their euros were ...
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Are there members of Congress who have tried to seize 401k plans?

In February, the White House released its “Annual Report on the Middle Class” containing new regulations favored by Big Labor including a bailout of critically underfunded union pension plans ...
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Is this photo of Occupy Wall Street authentic?

From Facebook: This photo is actually getting pulled off Facebook...so, the photographer added a lil text and renamed the file. Pass it on. I'm SURE the media doesn't want this one out there. Share ...
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Does Wikileaks have direct ties with US governmental organizations?

According to this blog post post (I agree, this is not a very valid source of information), Julian Assange had ties with US government workers, especially in the CIA: The sender is talking about ...
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How is structural unemployment measured?

In light of today's Presidential Speech on jobs, I was reminded of something that I read in Bloomberg Businessweek. With the jobless rate still above 9 percent, the untapped labor pool is deep. Yet ...
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Is a photo of Rick Perry's college transcript authentic?

Various major US news outlets are echoing a Huffington Post article titled "Rick Perry's College Transcript: A Lot Of Cs And Ds" including NPR, Fox, and the Des Moines Register. Because if you ever ...
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Does the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms not apply to government hiring practices?

While I was reading Yahoo! News today, I came across this article which discussed British Columbia's New Democratic Party's affirmative-action rules: According to the BC NDP's affirmative-action ...
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Does the Bilderberg Group have influence on world events?

Is there any evidence to support the claim the Bilderberg Group have control of the world and its money supply? Is there evidence to suggest they are planning on exterminating the majority of the ...
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Is the British monarchy economically beneficial?

When considering the economic impact of the British royals on the economy/budget, a first thought might be that they cost the state money since they don't do any "real" work and yet live quite ...
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Is Congress's pay protected even if the US defaults?

Today around the watercooler, us active duty military, and civil service employees were discussing the possible effects of the US defaulting. Since we are all paid by the government, this is a very ...
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Do states give local governments the power to ban opposing political groups?

This odd claim is presented in a comment thread at the blog Dispatches from the Culture Wars in comment #6 on the linked post. It refers to a city council banning a community group. Seems to me this ...
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Can the Overton Window be deliberately moved by espousing extremist views?

The Overton Window is a political theory that 'describes a "window" in the range of public reactions to ideas in public discourse, in a spectrum of all possible options on a particular issue.' When I ...
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Does torture work well as an interrogation technique?

Wikipedia's Effectiveness of torture for interrogation says, Torture has been used throughout history for the purpose of obtaining information in interrogation. Some arguments say that it is an ...
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Does Audrey Tomason's apocalypse equation thesis exist?

Recently it has been claimed that Audrey Tomason, the US government's Director for Counter-Terrorism has written a master's thesis about an "apocalypse equation": [Audrey Tomason] wrote a master ...
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Has one vote ever made a difference?

My friend told me that he doesn't bother voting any more in elections, because "it's not like one vote ever made a difference." I will vote when I can and I think it is important, and although I share ...
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Are media reports about squatters' rights accurate?

So a few months ago there was a spout of stories in the UK papers pertaining to squatters, and the fact that they have just been breaking into houses and changing the locks whilst the owners had been ...
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Do any Jewish organizations lobby for destruction of Israel?

I recently was in a discussion where one of the people, as an argument, claimed that Jews have been known to participate in what's activities clearly detrimental to Jews as a whole (the argument ...
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Is inflation in the US higher than government statistics suggest? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Does the US government voluntarily underreport inflation? The Consumer Price Index claims to reflect "changes in the prices paid by urban consumers for a representative basket ...
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Did anti-discrimination efforts lead to the sub-prime mortgage bubble?

In this article on Bloomberg, it seems clear that the goverment is forcing banks to issue risky loans. Is the government really being this stupid, or is there more to it that this article does not ...
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Does Pakistan harbor terrorists?

In wake of the recent killing of OBL, Pakistan has been accused of supporting and harboring terrorists. Neighboring old-time foe India has long accused Pakistan of using terrorism as an instrument of ...
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Does the Conservative Party of Canada have a ban on abortion in its platform?

It would either be an outright ban (outlawed) or a ban on the public funding part (health care being all public in Canada). But I'm just asking: is there such a thing in their platform?
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Was John Maynard Keynes a child molester?

I was reading Conservapedia's article on John Maynard Keynes and pederasty: Keynes and his friends made numerous trips to the resorts surrounding the Mediterranean. At the resorts, little ...
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Did Bill Ayers ghost-write for Obama?

According to Conservapedia's article on William Ayers: In an October 2008 article in American Thinker, Jack Cashill presented evidence that Ayers ghostwrote Obama's first book, "Dreams From ...
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Is China buying up the worlds arable land

Is there any reliable evidence to suggest that China is buying large quantities of farming land in other countries? Furthermore is there any evidence if the above is true that the quantities they are ...
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Does decriminalizing drug use lead to less drug use?

While listening to the RSA talk Addiction: What to Do When Everything Else has Failed I'm reminded of an article in the Times from 2009 about Portugal's decriminalization of drugs. The Cato paper ...
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Do US companies pay significantly less taxes than European ones (based on tax rates)?

I have frequently heard claims that US companies pay significantly less taxes than European ones (based on tax rates). The last time I saw this claim (and what caused me to ask this question) was ...
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Is Barack Obama's SSN valid?

The latest conspiracy theory surrounding the validity of Barack Obama's Presidency is his Social Security Number. Some people are claiming that his SSN is a Connecticut SSN, but he never lived there (...
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Do tax cuts stimulate an economy?

Every election cycle, I keep hearing that tax breaks stimulate the economy. Are there any well-known studies or scientifically-backed examples from history that shed light on whether or not this ...
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How much daylight does daylight-saving save? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What are the scientifically established effects of Daylight Saving Time? If we did not have daylight-saving, then would the days still be longer in the summer? If not, then ...
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On 9/11, was Building 7 destroyed in a controlled explosion?

There have been a lot of claims made about the circumstances surrounding the events of 9/11 and Building 7 in particular. The central claim regarding Building 7, that I have heard personally, is that ...
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Is Barack Obama a natural born US citizen?

In this Politico Article dated 8/5/10 the results of a poll taken on President Obama are discussed: The poll of 1,018 adults shows 27 percent of Americans believe the president was “probably” ...
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Is Activism Effective?

When I'm freezing my hands giving out fliers, I have to wonder: Am I actually making an impact? Are there specific forms of activism which are more effective than others? Does it just preach to the ...
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Are most terrorists Muslim?

Those arguing for more profiling quite frequently claim that while not all Muslims are terrorists, most terrorists are muslim. Is there data to show that more than 50% of terrorists attacks can be ...
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Was McCarthy directly involved with the House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC)?

There are often claims that Joe McCarthy started, led, or was responsible for the House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC). Examples: BBC reports "Many of those forced to appear before ...
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Are elections bad for the economy?

Since 2008, whenever the possibly of an election is brought up, the Conservative Party of Canada repeats the same point: elections are bad for the economy. For example, here's an excerpt of Jim ...
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Is there economic data to suggest whether or not trickle-down economics provides a net increase in standards of living?

One of the chief arguments for Reagan's fiscal policy of trickle-down economics was "money was all appropriated for the top in hopes that it would trickle down to the needy." Essentially that by ...
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Is a kill switch being considered to shut down the internet?

One of my friends has been particularly upset about this. I will try to track down a serious citation of someone making this claim but have been unable to do so. I believe there is a commission or ...