New Hampshire House Speaker William O’Brien Says ‘Foolish’ Students ‘Vote With Their Feelings’

In a recent speech, New Hampshire state House speaker William O’Brien called student voters foolish and implied that they only vote liberal because they lack life experience

Source: New Hampshire House Speaker William O’Brien Says ‘Foolish’ Students ‘Vote With Their Feelings’

RE: In states, parties clash over voting laws that would affect college students, others by Peter Wallsten


From comments:

I remember this coming up when I still lived at home–whether college students should vote in their legal residence or where they attended college. More broadly, how much of a role should a largely transient population play in local governance?

— anonymous


The term “transient” population is particularly interesting case here. As usual, I have more questions than answers:

  • Does the college town want to keep its graduates?
  • Would letting students vote locally encourage them to feel at home – to feel engaged with and interested in the community?
  • How long does someone need to stay somewhere before they are no longer considered “transient”?
  • Where should a transient person vote?
  • Why should students over the age of 18 be treated any differently from people with other occupations (such as contractors who will only be somewhere for 3-6 months)?
  • Even if the specific individuals are being changed out every 4-8 years, shouldn’t the student body as a whole have some voice in local politics in proportion to its size/population?

Why military spending remains untouchable –

Despite extraordinary expenditures, it’s clear that Americans just aren’t getting much for their money

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I think that there is much that could be said about the article. I’d start with what Americans (and the world) are getting for our money.

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A Guide to the Open Internet

What is net neutrality?
Why should I care?

ISPs want to control your internet connection. Learn about net neutrality and why we can’t let this happen.

Network neutrality is the idea that your cellular, cable, or phone internet connection should treat all websites and services the same. Big companies like AT&T, Verizon, and Comcast want to treat them differently so they can charge you more depending on what you use.

Source: A Guide to the Open Internet

A graphical representation attempting to explain in simple terms why the average US citizen should care about net neutrality.


Net neutrality is about “free” as in “freedom”, not “free” as in “free beer”.  Net neutrality would not prevent ISPs for charging for bandwidth. It would prevent them from specifying the application of that bandwidth.

Steve Wozniak to the FCC: Keep the Internet Free – The Atlantic

If Net Neutrality opponents has been in charge back in the 1970s, I wouldn’t have been able to build the first Apple computers

probably the most momentous and watched action of any government agency in memorable times in terms of setting our perception of whether the government represents the wealthy powers or the average citizen, of whether the government is good or is bad

Source: Steve Wozniak to the FCC: Keep the Internet Free – The Atlantic