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  1. Reagan’s reputation on economic issues if no assassination attempt?

    Ron, Jr. said his father was never the same after the March 30, 1981, assassination attempt. And Nancy, who tended to be a worrier anyway, had her weight drop from 112 pounds to 100 pounds, and worried for his physical safety pretty much the entire rest of the presidency. But politically . ...
  2. DBWI: Make the Republicans “the party of the right” and the Democrats “the party of the left”?

    As we all probably know, as part of successful Reconstruction, the Republicans became the party of economic development and union rights. Whereas the Democrats basically became the party of the status quo. And Republicans were generally the first to support women’s rights, LGBTQ+ rights, Aspie...
  3. AHC: early 1900s anarchists notice that American mobsters often seen as Robin Hood figures — and go this route?

    In OTL, anarchists are mainly about the occasional righteous assassination, which usually doesn’t get a damn thing done, and in fact is counter-productive most of be time. And therefore, fails even on their terms, and their world view. Let’s say these anarchists very much notice the popularity...
  4. at U.S. Constitutional Convention in 1787, northern states engage in brinksmanship and get deal on phase out of slavery by southern states

    For starters, how can farmers in the North or small holders in the South compete against free labor? Short answer, they can’t. And the point of brinksmanship is not just to embarrass southern states (might just flash that ace), but to actually get a pretty alright deal. Bonus points if...
  5. movie “The Poseidon Adventure” as metaphor for 1970s loss of confidence in authority?

    The Poseidon Adventure opened in theaters on Dec. 13, 1972. But the really interesting date is: . . . the TV premier on Sunday night, Oct. 27, 1974. And please notice the rating of 39, which means 39% of all possible households. Its “share” was in the low 60s. Gene Hackman plays Rev...
  6. U.S. has more successful nuclear power with waste stored on site, and therefore no transport and reduced NIMBY.

    In fact, I think this would be an example of both good policy and good politics. If you run a decision tree and look at risk, it’s probably better to store on-site than to put nuclear waste on the nation’s roads and rails. And instead of concentrating the waste and having a super security...
  7. in U.S. circa 1990, “nanny state” takes the intellectual space of “political correctness”

    The criticism of “political correctness” has really had a lot of longevity. In my state of Texas, wearing seat belts was made mandatory around 1986, so the timing works. The criticism of “nanny state” could have arrived first. The other big thing going on was the build up of the Persian Gulf...
  8. American football phased way down in the 1950s due to brain damage issue.

    The punch drunk syndrome in boxing (dementia pugilistica) has been known about since the 1920s, so I don’t think it’s all that much of a stretch that doctors might start looking at this in the context of the repetitive hits in football. Plus, you had the traumatic head injuries of WWII and the...
  9. AHC: Aug. 17, 1943 Allied raid on Nazi Peenemunde V-1 and V-2 research base also included naval artillery.

    This raid was called Operation Hydra. And in spite of the heroism of George Dunn and his comrades in the Royal Air Force, this raid on Aug. 17, 1943 (plus, early morning hours of Aug. 18th) was only partially successful. And, the Nazis then moved V-1 and V-2 rocket research and production...
  10. “good” Nixon comes through on civil rights, lesser Watergate not discovered, resulting race relations in U.S. through 2000?

    In OTL, the Nixon administration did quietly and successfully push through school desegregation with George Shultz as their point person. Nixon also successfully pushed for more federal funding into sickle cell anemia, calling the previous neglect shameful. If Nixon does more of this — and...
  11. AHC: College sports are downshifted — for example, Nick Saban at Nebraska teaches managerial accounting, and coaches football and track part-time.

    Please understand, the University of Nebraska Cornhuskers used to be a college football powerhouse. Just not so much in the last ten years. So, how do they do with Coach Saban at the helm? And where goeth the fortunes of the University of Alabama Crimson Tide! And most of all, what kind of...
  12. iconic images from early, mid, and late ‘90s. Your suggestions!

    “early”: ‘90 to ‘93 “mid”: ‘94 to ‘97 “late”: ‘98 and ‘99 I know this is not symmetrical, but I really think this is how people tend to look at it in their minds! It doesn’t feel like “the mid 90s” to about ‘94. And people don’t notice that it’s “the late 90s” till about ‘98. Big ‘90s...
  13. Polytheism more common in West, monotheism called “stew” religion [everything in one pot!] and wins equality around 1600?

    Yes, a “stew” religion as if carrots, potatoes, peas, and meat are all thrown in the same pot! Whereas polytheism is viewed as much more logical. If you’re having a health problem, you make a respectful prayer to a god of health. A desire for marriage, you beseech a god of romance. Money...
  14. AHC: medical “CAT scan” involves actual disease-sniffing cat.

    For example, you’re in the dermatologist’s office. The doctor gives you a visual once over. And then he or she says, “Roger will be in for the Cat Scan.” Now, Roger could be the actual cat, or more likely the trainer and the cat’s name might be Jasper. We humans are so intensely...
  15. AHC: No Pearl Harbor bombing — Japan only attacks British and Dutch

    This military historian is saying that’s a tall order because — “ . . . No classically trained military leader is going to leave the Philippines unreduced in the event of a war because it’s like a knife pointed at your supply lines running back from the southern resource area. . . ”...
  16. AHC: George Romney is elected in 1968 and largely saves the U.S. steel industry.

    As the former head of American Motors, he knows about the end user of steel. And as Governor of Michigan, he knows about industry and jobs. Yes, he does need to find a more measured way to talk about how his views changed regarding the Vietnam War, but let’s say he does that. So, successful...
  17. Uber faces medium regulation from the beginning, how much difference + more competition?

    For example, Uber is required to run criminal background checks from the very beginning. Yes, for some crimes a person is barred, other crimes, not necessarily. And let’s say many states and municipalities first require drivers to pass a defensive driving class, either live or online. How...
  18. U.S. Articles of Confederation more effective; in fact, prevent War of 1812.

    https://www.ourdocuments.gov/doc.php?flash=true&doc=3&page=transcript If states are primarily suspicious of each other — combined with the requirement that you need 9 out of 13 states to get anything done — you may have a problem. Or, if generous navies are allowed at the beginning and perhaps...
  19. AHC: Eisenhower becomes THE Civil Rights President, plus wages Cold War mainly in economic realm.

    There was at least several Dwight Eisenhowers. There was the “brothers under the skin” Dwight. And then there was the casual-racist-of-his-time Dwight. Let’s say the cold war itself finally tilts it for him. We’re not going to make it harder on ourselves, he decides. The nations of Latin...
  20. Mondale runs, not on deficit reduction, but instead on job creation in ‘84, closer election, ripples in future elections?

    https://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/documents/address-accepting-the-presidential-nomination-the-democratic-national-convention-san Brave words, but once Reagan hit upon the rebuttal that he would only raise taxes as a last resort, Mondale as a first resort, that was pretty much it. But if Mondale...
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