Talk:Joseph Desha

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Loss of office[edit]

I question this: "These controversies, along with an improving economy, propelled Desha's political foes to victory" Usually, an improving economy is good for the incumbent--it means the policies are working. Is there a source saying the opposite? Beyondallmeaning (talk) 12:29, 7 November 2013 (UTC)

Yes. Desha was elected almost entirely on the strength of his support for drastic (and ultimately illegal) debt relief measures. As long as most people were suffering from the bad economy – and many were in debt – they were willing to vote for supporters of these drastic measures, but when the economy improved, the wrongheadedness of the debt relief schemes became more apparent, and Desha's lack of acumen concerning other heretofore less important issues showed through. Acdixon (talk · contribs) 21:19, 8 November 2013 (UTC)


I'm curious about whether these positions meet the definition of "conservative" at that time, or today: "Desha gradually became more conservative after his return to the House, consistently resisting expansion of the U.S. Navy.[21] He also opposed Secretary of War James Monroe's request to maintain a standing peacetime army of 20,000 men.[22] Desha argued that a large standing army provided the advocates of a larger federal government with an excuse to increase taxes, and proposed that the standing army should consist of only 6,000 men.[22] A coalition of Federalists and conservative Democratic-Republicans in the House united to adopt Desha's suggestion by a vote of 75–65.[23] The version of the bill passed by the Senate, however, required a standing army of 15,000 men.[23] The legislation was referred to a conference committee, which ultimately adopted a compromise of 10,000 men.[23]" Beyondallmeaning (talk) 19:26, 7 November 2013 (UTC)

I think I accessed this source through Questia, and my free membership has expired. I requested renewal, but it hasn't come through yet. Best I recall, though, "conservative" was the actual word used in the source. Acdixon (talk · contribs) 21:25, 8 November 2013 (UTC)
For the information of the editors of this article, "Beyondallmeaning" was a sockpuppet of an indefinitely blocked user and has also been indefinitely blocked [1]. They should not have been editing at all so their comments may be disregarded.Smeat75 (talk) 13:13, 10 November 2013 (UTC)

Reference columns[edit]

Not wishing to be bold on a FA, could I ask for the reference list to be split into at least two columns? The white space to the right of it is an absolute eyesore IMO. --CassiantoTalk 23:11, 9 November 2013 (UTC)

Are you speaking of the footnotes? They show in three columns for me. Could be an IE/Firefox thing. I use Firefox. Acdixon (talk · contribs) 19:06, 11 November 2013 (UTC)
That was me. They were in one column when I first posted this. Cheers CassiantoTalk 10:05, 22 November 2013 (UTC)

This article may require protection from vandalism[edit]

someone by the username "ilovepancakes2" vandalised the page, editing the subject's description to include the legend "first known child molester." I undid the vandal's vandalism, but suspect they'll do it again. Shotguntony (talk) 02:10, 9 December 2013 (UTC)

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