I remember reading something, somewhere from one of the founding fathers about the original intent of legislators to NOT be a political class. To serve a term or two and go home so that people from outside could contribute and people inside didn't get too jaded. Though maybe I'm adding a lot of subtext. Is there anything from any of the FF's on this that rings a bell? Do you have a quote or two?
posted by rileyray3000
on May 10, 2013 -
I am fascinated by both the ubiquity of American sauce
in Western Europe and the tangy substance's complete lack of apparent relation to any of the many sauces that are authentically American. Examples of American products sold as being of dubious foreign styles are easy for Americans to think of, but what are some examples of other products that are presented as being American in some way but really arn't? [more inside]
posted by Blasdelb
on Oct 16, 2012 -
What are some must-see scenic drives and attractions to be found on a one-way roadtrip West from Cincinnati, OH to Seattle, WA. Mid-40s opposite-sex couple who love photography, don't like hiking very much but appreciate a good hot spring, and are what you would call "foodies". We're thinking about the Badlands and Black Hills, but what else? Also, what stretches of road can we avoid to stave off boredom, and where should we drive instead of them? We can go a bit out of our way, but would like to be back at our jobs within a week.
posted by matildaben
on Aug 4, 2010 -
In what way(s) might the United States cease to be, how likely are those scenarios, and what would happen as a result? [more inside]
posted by reductiondesign
on Jul 7, 2010 -
In the U.S. slavery system, how did blind slaves work?
posted by coizero
on Feb 15, 2010 -
I'm looking for a good book that will help me learn more about how the American government actually works. Specifically, how lobbyists influence Congress, how House committees work, etc. Now that a new administration (that I'm really happy about) is coming in, I want to really understand what's happening in Washington (or at least how its worked in the past).
posted by minicloud
on Nov 22, 2008 -
How does projecting the winner of the US presidential election work? And what is the earliest time at which the election may
be called? [more inside]
posted by goodnewsfortheinsane
on Oct 15, 2008 -
Ok, so I'm traveling to the States from the UK for the first time and I realise that you guys tip pretty much everyone. So I need to know when to tip, who to tip and how much to tip? [more inside]
posted by stackhaus23
on Apr 29, 2008 -
Anyone have any suggestions for insightful, well-written books on the history of U.S. foreign relations?
posted by Malad
on Dec 8, 2006 -
Some "Threat Level"
questions: do countries have a similar system? Are other countries planning to implement such a system? Also, is the American system based on an existing model? I'm not so interested in the threat aspect of it as much as I'm interested in learning where the color-coded system originated and if it's being borrowed. This version
, I'm certain, was a later iteration.
posted by josephtate
on Feb 1, 2005 -
What interest rate does the U.S. pay on the national debt, and is that number likely to change as the debt increases?
posted by gsteff
on Nov 4, 2004 -
On the radio yesterday there was talk of forming a Spy Czar to oversee the 15 different intelligence agencies. I can name maybe 7 different intelligence agencies. What are all 15?
posted by drezdn
on Jul 21, 2004 -