"I don't think anyone should write their autobiography until after they're dead." - Samuel Goldwyn
Question #92803 posted on 01/15/2020 4:36 p.m.
Q:

Dear 100 Hour Board,

Is there any way for me to see exactly what President Trump and President Obama have done and have tried to do in office? Like, I'd love to just have a list of policies each of them has done or has tried to push through congress. I hear about what they supposedly have wanted to do, and the horrible things they both supposedly have done, and the terrible things they wanted to but were stopped by congress or red tape, etc. But I know that so much of what happens during someone's time as president, whether good or bad, often has a lot to do with the presidents and policies before them. And I feel like a good way to get to know a president is to see what they've actually DONE.

So of course a neat list with every major policy they personally supported or tried to push through, complete with links to relevant source material, would be ideal. But since that might not be reasonable, whatever is the next closest thing would still be very helpful.

Thank you!

-Trying to be more informed

A:

Dear informed, 

Good for you! It's important to be an informed civic participant. Regardless of whether you take a side or land in the middle, intentional research about policy is crucial, and admirable. 

This question has been held over far longer than it deserved to, so I hope by now you have perhaps done a bit of your own looking and found some information to suit your fancy. However, I also did some looking. Unfortunately, like you predicted there are not a lot of super clean cut, line by line comparisons because.... well, it would take a lot of work. Which is why I didn't create one here either. 

I did find some decent websites. I tried my best to read some that took a non-partisan approach, and the best one I found was this article from The Balance. It mostly covers their economic policy, and I think it does a decent job of pointing out what direction both Trump and Obama took things. What is important to understand about the budget, of course, is that technically the president doesn't control it. Congress does. It's also important to keep context in mind, which this article does. Obama had to work under the pressure of a recession, Trump does not. 

Josefina also included this link to a New York Times interactive article. Personally, I thought it was pretty good. At the end of the interactive bit, it includes comparison by showing some key policies that Trump has reversed since the Obama era. 

This Washington Post article does a good job of showing nuance and pointing out context that may influence trends as well. It doesn't cover a vast expanse of policies, but certainly includes enough... and shows some of the outcomes of various policies that Trump in particular has advocated for. I should note that this one mentions that less families are on Food Stamps under Trump, but doesn't explain that that largely has to do with cutting social safety net programs. (i.e., if you make it harder to get Food Stamps, of COURSE the number of people on Food Stamps goes down.) 

The other thing that article points out that I think is incredibly important to think about is that while presidents do have some sway on outcomes, they don't control the world. Despite what it seems, life continues before, after, and through different presidential terms. Trends continue, and while they can certainly be shaped by presidential policies, are not dictated by them. Electing someone for the next 4 years is not going to drastically change the way things work. The economy dictates the way the president responds, the president doesn't control the economy. Democratic OR republican, we spend in deficit and are all trying to lower things like unemployment and poverty. And every president from either party has mixed success in every aspect. 

The best way to really get to know Trump and Obama and their policies by comparison is to read news articles yourself and make judgements about what you think is effective and not effective. Reading summaries, while helpful, allows other people to do your thinking for you. I hope what I provided here can help you just a little bit on your road to being more informed. For now, it will have to do because I think you deserve an answer, rather than waiting till the next election to get anything. 

Cheers, 

Guesthouse

Question #92771 posted on 01/15/2020 2:24 p.m.
Q:

Dear 100 Hour Board,

How many books/ tv shows/ movies have a title that is simply the good (blank)

-the good question

A:

Dear ...you,

I love and hate you for asking this question.

So before I get to the numbers we need to set up some rules. For a book/tv show/movie to qualify, it had to be "The Good [one word]." While there may be some titles that I wanted to qualify (like "The Good Bad Girl" (an actual movie)), I was worried this would snowball into accepting books like "The Good Luck of Right Now," which didn't seem to match your criteria. 

Second, I ignored subtitles. So "The Good Neighbor: The Life and Work of Fred Rogers" would qualify. 

I know some will disagree with these rules and I too began to dislike my rules, but at that point I was on page 58 of 100 from Goodreads' search results and I'd be darned if I had to go through all those books again. So if you disagree with the first rule, multiple the results by 1.75 and that is closer to your results. If you disagree with the second rules, multiply the results by 0.8. Yes, these are relatively random numbers, but after going through 32,230 book titles this is my estimate of how many of them broke either of those rules.

Now onto the search.

When it came to books, I was an idiot. I vastly underestimated how many books started "The Good" and thought I could do a search through Goodreads and count them up myself. There were a total of 32,230 results and, good questioner, I looked through every single title. For you. 

That got me a total of 491 books that matched our criteria. I kept a list of all the books and authors so none would repeat (I'll include it below). So this meant 1.5% of all the results matched our criteria. But with a sinking heart I realized I had to expand my search beyond Goodreads. Why? As I was looking through Goodreads I realized most of them were more modern, popular books - exactly what the average reader would be reading and reviewing online. This completely leaves out more academic books, older books, books in other languages, etc. So to try and account for the books Goodreads didn't include, I turned to Worldcat.

I quickly realized it would be foolish to repeat my methods on Worldcat, as searching for "the good" lead to 229,135 results. So instead I decided to use some fun statistics. At first I was just going to predict that the same percentage of correct titles in the first few search result pages would apply throughout the entire search history, but you and I know that isn't the way search results work. You get the most accurate first, and then it becomes more sketchy and less accurate as you go on. I saw this in the Goodreads archives - in the first few search pages nearly 80% of the books fit our criteria, but towards page 50 it was slowing down to 10% or less, until we got a grand total of 1.5% correct. So if we apply that to Worldcat, with 229,135 results to "the good" books (boy, am I glad I didn't have to go through all of those), we get 3,437 books. And that doesn't even include really old books or books in other languages or books that have never seen the light of the internet, so to account for those I would multiply the results by 1.5.

I might be completely wrong and there may be a super easy way to find this out, but from my best approximation there's probably around 5,000 books that are "The Good [blank]".

And because I know you so desperately want to see this list of (some honestly horrifying) book names, here it is for your reading pleasure:

The Good...

  • Angel (Wodehouse)
  • Apprentice (Murdoch)
  • Assassin (Vidich; Gramer)
  • Assistant (Sax)
  • Atheist (Barker; Manto)
  • Audit (Aiden)
  • Bacteria (Thesen)
  • Badman (Brand)
  • Black (Barrett)
  • Bloke (Staunton)
  • Body (Etter; Ensler; Gaston)
  • Bohemian (Holroyd & John)
  • Book (Multiple; Grayling; Gomes; Redhead; Blauner; Spoo; Young)
  • Boss (Hildreth)
  • Boy (Henry; Schwegel)
  • Braider (Farish)
  • Bride (Brandy)
  • Brother (Offutt; Arthurs; Chen)
  • Byline (Orr)
  • Campaign (King)
  • Chase (Martine)
  • Child (Xu)
  • Children (Wilhelm; Farooki)
  • Citizen (Schudson; Batstone; Dalton)
  • Citizens (Lee)
  • City (Hiestand; Jacobs)
  • Communist (Pieke)
  • Companions (Priestley)
  • Company (Girling)
  • Comrade (Silberrad)
  • Conscience (Fuentes & Hileman)
  • Cook (Hopkinson; Time; Time; Time; Olney)
  • Cookie (Boyle)
  • Cop (Ford; Steiner; Grey)
  • Creative (Jarvis)
  • Cripple (Rosa)
  • Dad (Daly)
  • Dark (Van Wrinkle)
  • Daughter (Slaughter; Burt; Darznik; Layne; Porter; Pajalic; Brown; Lee; Shoemaker)
  • Daughters (Maynard)
  • Death (Neumann; Brooks)
  • Deed (Perrault; Nason; Buck)
  • Demon (Cajoleas)
  • Detective (McMahon; Keating)
  • Diamond (Moody)
  • Dictator (Dias)
  • Dinosaur (Disney)
  • Divide (White)
  • Divorce (Leonoff; Ahrons)
  • Doctor (Lerner; Lee; Mates; Paterson; Galgut; Simon; Audette; Kula; O'Sullivan; Jaxon; Clarkson; Carson; Renard; Smith; Michelsen; Butler; Agro; Paterson; Groom)
  • Doctors (Dittmer)
  • Dog (Avi; Kessler & Olson)
  • Don (Mancuso)
  • Dream (VanLiere)
  • Earth (Buck; Gregerson; Bertozzi; McConnell & Steer)
  • Eater (Saxen)
  • Echo (McAuliffe)
  • Egg (John & Oswald; Simmons)
  • Explainer (Vonnegut)
  • Father (Chamberlain; Hawley; Husband; Quinn; Lennox; Sutherland; Wilsher)
  • Fear (Rentz)
  • Fight (Steel; Grey; Bachmann et al; Quezon; Keyes; Reid & Warren; Chisholm; Ambrose; Nader; Parrott; Mondale; Holmes; Matera; Robinson; Hicken; Smolan; Williams; Horn; Quirk & Baddeley; Beinart; Ahern; Hart; Davey)
  • Foot (Eba)
  • Friend (Baldwin; Sabom)
  • Friends (Bianco)
  • Funeral (Long & Lynch)
  • Game (David)
  • Garden (Milway)
  • German (Kanon)
  • Girl (Kubica; Robertson; Neill; Silver; Nichols; Barritt; Reed; Cohen; Quinn; MacLeod; O'Sullivan)
  • Girls (Shepard; Dickson; Barlett)
  • Goblin (McElroy)
  • Goodbye (Buckley)
  • Groom (Hart)
  • Ground (Barclay)
  • Gut (Sonnenburg et al)
  • Guy (Koontz; Beale)
  • Guys (Bonanno et al; Gideon)
  • Hawk (Elliott)
  • Heart (Dalai Lama; Pratt; Halme; Eldrege et al)
  • Herb (Hurley)
  • Hike (Keenan)
  • House (Leary; Due; Smith)
  • Immigrant (Shukla)
  • Immigrants (Hsu)
  • Inn (Francis & Frank)
  • Italian (Burke)
  • Jihadist (Shepherd)
  • Journal (Shukla)
  • Journey (Gilchrist)
  • Kill (Brindley)
  • Killer (Dolan)
  • King (Long)
  • Kiss (Bilgere)
  • Knight (Woodbury)
  • Land (Erdman)
  • Lawyer (Linder & Levit; Totowa; Benigno)
  • Leader (Thayer)
  • Leviathan (Boulle)
  • Liar (McKenzie; Searle; Maguire; Caldwell; Elwood; Frye)
  • Librarian (Dominguez)
  • Lie (Brande; Bailey; Rosenstiel)
  • Life (Fischer; Amos & Mears; Abalos; Bishop; Music; Beau; Bennett; DiCaprio; McInerney; Wallop; Cole; McCabe; Fletcher; Rubin; Smock; Livingston; Baritz; Tuan; Porter; Buckley; Jordan; NY; Knoop; Kietzman; Mackay; Lee; Thurm; Dewey; Nearing; DeRicci; Colson & Fickett; Guignon; Merrick; McGraw; Osborn; Redford; Tuan; Michael; Abalos; Gomes; Wheeler Jr; Hamilton & Hirsheimer; Mendelson; Brady; Colson; Howland; Brown; Esmonde & Larbey; Morrison; Cran; Fajardo-Anstine; Quinn; McCarthy; Richardson; Gula; Winter; Wallop)
  • Life! (Calimeris & Jones)
  • Lieutenant (Terrell)
  • Lion (Markham)
  • Listener (Hardin; Sullivan; Johnson; Fisher)
  • Man (Faulkner; Scroggins; Kelly; Lee)
  • Marriage (Wallerstein & Blakeslee)
  • Master (Seredy; Zelig)
  • Mayor (Nicoll)
  • Men (Craig; Turner)
  • Millionaire (Eker)
  • Mistake (Lovell)
  • Mom (Parry)
  • Mood (Simon)
  • Mother (Miller; Osman; Bird; Moriarty; Lock; Galloway)
  • Mothers (Perry)
  • Muslim (Siddiqui; Anam)
  • Nanny (Cheever)
  • Nazi (van der Vat)
  • Nearby (Moser)
  • Necromancer (Wallace)
  • Negress (Verdelle)
  • Negro (Wilson)
  • Neighbor (King; Stuckey; Black; Banner; Nathan; Grant; Quinn; Kowalski; Bettes; Grant; Hudson; Mahendra; Brewster)
  • Neighbors (Multiple; Modglin; Mignerey; Pangborn)
  • Neighbour (Miller; Burnside)
  • Nurse (Graeber)
  • Oak (Etchart)
  • Occupation (Carruthers)
  • One (Nichols)
  • Ones (McKinlay; Weinstein)
  • Parents (London)
  • Partner (Robinson)
  • Parts (Blair; Foster)
  • Patient (Duisberg; Duisberg)
  • People (Kent; Narvaez; Harpur)
  • Pharmacist (Patchell-Evans)
  • Physician (Harrington)
  • Policeman (Charyn)
  • Priest (Galbraith; Beattie)
  • Project (Krause)
  • Provider (Stirling; Salonen)
  • Psychologist (Shpancer)
  • Race (Mahler)
  • Rain (Egan)
  • Rat (Breslin; Steele)
  • Reaper (Butler)
  • Religion (Flowers)
  • Remains (Power)
  • Rider (Hough)
  • Room (McWilliams)
  • Sadist (Thorn)
  • Sam? (Thorsen)
  • Samaritan (Marrs; Boldt; Miller; Witkowski; McDonough)
  • School (Tyre)
  • Servant (Lucas)
  • Shabti (Sharp)
  • Shaman (Lorin)
  • Shepherd (Forester; Gunnarsson & Kaufman; Greene; Sanganyado; Bailey; Fleming; Smith; Roth)
  • Shufu (Slater)
  • Silver (Dunn)
  • Sinner (Schmeidler)
  • Sister (Diamond; Campbell; Staub; Ryder; Davis; Kain; Christensen; Bolan; Jones; McAllister; Stone; Crane; Stewart; Jones)
  • Sisters (Phifer; FitzGerald)
  • Sleeper (Kennedy)
  • Society (Galbraith; Lippmann)
  • Soldier (Ford; Dawson; Finkel; Ryan; Robi; Bilbrey; Gallix et al; Steffy; Mead)
  • Soldiers (Finkel)
  • Son (Ober; Butler; Nova; Gurian; Jeong & Kim; Gruber; Stevens; McVeigh; Anderson; Strasser; Nova; McLean; K'wan; Fleet; Kriegel; Derr; Furst; Sands)
  • Sport (Webster; Brown; Awdry)
  • Spy (Bird; Layton; Griffiths)
  • Stepmother (Rudolph et al)
  • Story (Coetzee & Kurtz)
  • Stranger (Butterworth & Inkpen)
  • Struggle (Badaracco Jr)
  • Student (Espino; Moody)
  • Stuff (Stimpson; Cunnington; Posnanski)
  • Suicides (Hill & McGloughlin)
  • Table (Warner)
  • Tarot (Baron-Reid)
  • Teacher (Moore; Sargeant; Kelly; Anderson; Carey)
  • Tempe (Smith & Neuwirth)
  • Terrorist (Lessing)
  • Thief (Tinti; Buchanan; Howe; Newman; Holtry; Leon; Connolly; Daigneault)
  • Thieves (Rundell)
  • Times (Baker; Kelman)
  • Traitor (Quinn)
  • Turn (McTiernan)
  • Twin (Green)
  • University (Connell)
  • Visit (Multiple)
  • War (Terkel; Fairweather)
  • Widow (Fenton)
  • Wife (o'Nan; Porter; Flame; Harris; Saiph; Carson; Richmond)
  • Will (Paton)
  • Wolf (Burnett; Russell; Boyd)
  • Woman (Porter)
  • Years (Lord)
  • Yeoman (Williams)

Phew. 

Onto the good TV shows! This one was A TON easier. I just searched on IMDb.

The Good...

  • Bandit (2019)
  • Cop (2015, 2018)
  • Doctor (2017)
  • Fight (2015, 2017)
  • Guys (1968, 1992, 2010)
  • Life (1971, 1994, 2017)
  • News (1997)
  • Place (2016)
  • Son (2017)
  • Vibes (2018)
  • Wife (2009, 2016, 2019)
So in total we have 19 TV shows entitled "The Good [blank]," which I'd round up to 20 in case IMDb is missing one.

Movies and TV Movies proved a bit trickier. I first search on IMDb, but they faced the same problem Goodreads has - they primarily have more modern, popular movies. So I turned to allmovie.com. It wasn't a ton better, but here's the results of those searches:

The Good...

  • American (2009)
  • Bad-Man (1916)
  • Beginning (1953)
  • Boy (2005, 2016, 2018)
  • Boys (2014)
  • Breast (2016)
  • Catholic (2017)
  • Companions (1933)
  • Cop (2004)
  • Death (2019)
  • Dinosaur (2015)
  • Doctor (1939, 1978, 2009, 2011)
  • Earth (1937)
  • Egg (1939)
  • Fairy (1935)
  • Father (1985)
  • Fellows (1943)
  • Fight (1983, 1992)
  • Friend (2017)
  • Gay (2014)
  • Girl (2002, 2017)
  • Girls (2018)
  • German (2006)
  • Ground (2018)
  • Guy (2009)
  • Guys (2009)
  • Heart (2009)
  • House (2015)
  • Indian (1913)
  • Intentions (2016, 2019)
  • Liar (2019)
  • Lie (2012, 2014)
  • Life (1994, 1997, 2007, 2008, 2012, 2013, 2013, 2015, 2017, 2019)
  • Lot (2004)
  • Man (2012, 2013)
  • Mistress (2014)
  • Mother (1988, 2013)
  • Nanny (2017)
  • Nazi (2018)
  • Neighbor (2010, 2016)
  • Neighbour (2011)
  • Night (2007)
  • North (2010)
  • One (2011, 2015)
  • Pope (2003)
  • Postman (2016)
  • Road (2013)
  • Sam (2018)
  • Scout (1934)
  • Seed (1986)
  • Shepherd (2004, 2006, 2014)
  • Soldier (1982, 2009)
  • Son (1993, 2001, 2011, 2012, 2012, 2013)
  • Student (2006)
  • Thief (1980, 2002)
  • Voice (2006)
  • Waiter (2016)
  • War (2002)
  • Wife (1987, 2009)
  • Wifey (2013)
  • Witch (2008)
That leaves us with 93 movies. Since this doesn't include foreign films and there's likely some old movies that haven't made it to the internet, I'm going to guesstimate there's about 120 movies entitled "The Good [blank]."
 
So, good questioner, while I don't have any exact numbers, I would estimate that there's about 5,000 books, 20 TV shows, and 120 movies that have a title that is simply the good (blank).
 
-guppy of doom
A:

Dear you,

You must have known this was coming...

I have searched the vast archives of internetdom (yes, I just made that word up) and I haven't been able to find a single book, television show, or movie that is simply, "The Good (Blank)". 

-Sunday Night Dad Jokes

A:

Dear well questioned,

I think you might be looking for this.

-Inklings