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US to Switch to the Metric System 
1st-Apr-2010 05:16 am
Poll #1546051 US Goes Metric

What is your reaction to President Obama's announcement today that the US will adopt the metric system effective April 1, 2011?

I strongly support this
I somewhat support this
I don't know what to make of it
I am somewhat opposed to this
I strongly oppose this
Something else (what?)

Which of the following statements do you agree with?

It's about time that the US adopted the metric system and got in step with the rest of the world
It makes sense for the US to go metric because all of their free trade partners use this system
This is a dumb move. It will cost US businesses money to convert to the metric system at a time when the economy is hurting
Why change? Things are fine the way they are.
This is a big surprise, I never heard anything about this before today.
Think of the children, for God's sake won't someone think of the children?
This is a gutsy move for Obama, coming on the heels of his big fight over health care
I don't want to have to learn metres and litres and kilograms, oh my!
Arkansas could secede over this
I can see the Republicans bringing impeachment proceedings over this
This will hurt the Democrats in the upcoming mid-term elections
This will make us the Democrats look like fools
They're fools for not doing this sooner.
Something else (what?)
1st-Apr-2010 04:15 pm (UTC)
Why will it increase business. Aren't those who do business overseas already using metric measurements?
1st-Apr-2010 04:19 pm (UTC)
What I mean is that it will increase production in America. Sure, there will a ton of losses when it comes to everything in our Standard measurement system, but it will also mean that we'll need new measuring cups, new rulers/meter sticks, and essentially everything else. It will increase production in the US as long as American companies decide that they would take advantage of the change.
1st-Apr-2010 04:24 pm (UTC)
I understand where you're coming from but won't it cause US businesses to have to use two standards until all the old products are obsolete?

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1st-Apr-2010 04:32 pm (UTC)
Eh, you know the new government. Obama would probably fine everyone who didn't switch over to the metric system within a year!

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1st-Apr-2010 04:36 pm (UTC)
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I'm not really happy with Obama myself. All of this stuff scares me.
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