Dennis and Patrick delve into their Economic textbooks and attempt to explain the American tax system, Modern Monetary Theory, The Two Santa System, school district funding, student loan crisis and why deficits never mattered.
Dennis and Patrick ponder how modern American succession of states and cities work?How would it work in a federal republic? Would Vermont become a free state? Would we three Californias? An Independent Texas? A northern and southern New York State? The Upper Peninsula freehold of “Superior” or even the mighty city-state of Las Vegas?
Lots of notes below.
Dennis and Patrick look at three different points of divergence and look at the political, social, and economic fallout if things changed very slightly on the hardwood, boxing ring, and baseball diamond.
1: Joe Louis Loses Rematch
2. Bad Boys Redeemed
3. No MLB baseball strike in 1994
Dennis and Patrick radically change the NCAA football conferences, create a workable playoff system, and eliminate amateur college football saving higher education tens of billions, all in under 90 minutes.
Patrick and Dennis play a tabletop game all about America’s whacky and wild current constitutional crisis.
Rules of the game are as follows.
The player must make it around the board five times. After each turn, the player must defeat a mini boss by Player must roll one dice to move.
Each Player must choose a character class. Each class has different strengths, powers, and weaknesses.
Each Player has a fatalism bar of 25 points. The player that makes it to the end of the game with the most positive outlook on functioning representative democracy wins the game.
The board has five different question types
1. Economic Anxiety Flu
2. Fake News
3. Liberal Semantics
4. Party over country Always!
5. Nihilistic Fascist Trumpism
Thinks become muddled quickly
If a player lands on one of the following they must defeat the card by rolling two dice. They can lose a point and they gain a point
Dennis throws out a landmine and we theorize about how the social and political landscape of America could change in which abortion is still federally outlawed. Would it have made partisan politics less divisive? Would it have neutralized the power of Moral Majority? What would happen to Reaganites or Third Wayers? Would the Silent Majority have brought the GOP “win at all costs mentality” no matter the outcome?
Patrick and Dennis pick four different what if election years and play our different scenarios until one or both of their minds explode. Also a Season 5 quiz showdown goes to the wire and may change the format of the warm-up quiz forever!
Scenario 2: An even wilder 1912 Election
Scenario 3: John Glenn wins a Senate seat in 1964 and runs for Prez in 1980?
Scenario 4: Gary Hart has no Monkey Bussiness and wins 1988
Scenario 5: Al Gore Again…..