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1  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Favorite country of the United Kingdom on: Today at 02:42:47 pm
write-in: Cornwall

My Cornish ancestry dictates that I concur.
2  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: Capital Freedom Act (Debating) on: Today at 02:32:10 pm
Nay
3  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: The GM Assistance/Keeping Things Moving Act (Debating) on: Today at 02:29:42 pm
I urge the Senate to hold off on this bill until a new GM has been confirmed.
I guess I will motion for a delay of this final vote then, until we have a GM.

Btw, SirNick is back, so you could appoint him, DemPGH?

Such a delay will not be considered friendly by me.
4  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: The GM Assistance/Keeping Things Moving Act (Debating) on: Today at 01:54:35 am
Aye
5  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Scottish independence - The Official Atlas Forum mock referendum on: September 19, 2014, 01:12:21 pm
Wow, interesting poll results. I wonder how close to reality it ends up being.

Quite close probably.

It wasn't.
6  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: Amendment to Official Senate Rules and Procedures on: September 19, 2014, 01:05:34 pm
Well, I can say that I much prefer the new idea of a Speaker. Just to clarify this office would replace that of the PPT, correct?
7  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: The GM Assistance/Keeping Things Moving Act (Debating) on: September 19, 2014, 12:55:10 pm
No one's said anything. I want to move this to final vote.
8  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: Confirmation Hearing: TyriontheImperialist for Vice President (Questioning) on: September 18, 2014, 12:12:43 pm
Aye
9  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Labor Party Standing Committee - VOTE OF CONFIDENCE on: September 18, 2014, 12:09:58 pm
So would I be correct in guessing that after the foregone conclusion of this vote the party leadership will now have a "democratic mandate" for cracking down on dissent or open debate over party policy?

No offense... But you're an idiot. It's not even possible to do such a thing considering THIS IS NOT A REAL PARTY!!!!!!!
10  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Barnes for Governor - A New Dawn on: September 17, 2014, 10:14:36 pm
You've got my full backing. I know you'll be a terrific Governor.
11  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Labor Party Standing Committee - VOTE OF CONFIDENCE on: September 17, 2014, 07:53:57 pm
Continuation.
12  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: 1812 Presidential Election on: September 17, 2014, 02:25:02 pm
Clinton would've been a damn good President.
13  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Dallas big bang on: September 17, 2014, 02:22:33 pm
I do watch Big Bang Theory. I don't watch Dallas.
14  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: Regulatory Overhaul and Review Act (Debating) on: September 16, 2014, 11:16:52 pm
Aye, I suppose.
15  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: The GM Assistance/Keeping Things Moving Act (Debating) on: September 16, 2014, 02:40:11 pm
I think you mean "a news agency appointed as GM" and not "GM appointed through a news agency"?

Ah ok, you're right. Let me change it.


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The GM Assistance/Keeping Things Moving Act

1. The President or GM may appoint assistants A Deputy GMs to work with the GM during a GM's term.
2. If for any reason the office of GM becomes vacant, the assistant Deputy GM will act in the same capacity until a new GM is appointed.
3. Assistant/Deputy GMs will go through the same Senate confirmation process as the GM.
4. In the case of a News Agency appointed GM and the Head of the News Agency resigns, it would be up to the other members news agency to determine which Deputy GM serves in the capacity as GM until a new GM is appointed.

There, I think that might help things. Forgive me, I was probably tired when I tacked on the amendment.
16  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: Legislation Introduction Thread on: September 16, 2014, 02:35:54 pm
Quote

Solving Long Term Unemployment Act

1. In order to help the problem of unemployment by presenting a cheaper alternative, all long term unemployed workers may have the option to return to college in order to gain new career training.
1a. Those long term unemployed who already have a college diploma will be allowed to enroll in classes for half the price of the tuition of that college.
1b. Those long term unemployed who do not have a college degree, will be allowed to enroll tuition free.
2. Those long term unemployed who do not wish to enroll or cannot enroll in university, will be instead offered job training paid for by the federal government of Atlasia in cooperation with those private enterprise entities that wish to participate.
2b. Those enterprises that participate in co-sponsoring job training programs will be afforded a tax incentive TBD and potential one time bonuses for hires.
3. Long term unemployed shall be defined as anyone unemployed continuously for a period of longer than 6 months.
17  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Office of Senator Cynic: Announcement on the Future on: September 16, 2014, 02:21:58 pm
I'd like to announce now that I will not seek a second term in the Senate this coming December. I have greatly enjoyed my time so far in that body and I will continue to work through the rest of the term, however, real life will be intervening at that time and I will not have the time to dedicate a second term that you all deserve.

I look forward to the rest of the coming term. Thank you.
18  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: The GM Assistance/Keeping Things Moving Act (Debating) on: September 16, 2014, 02:12:25 pm
I know this went on years ago, Bore, but it's designed to prevent some kind of power struggle in the government if a news network, like say, the Atlasian News Network, is appointed GM and the head of that agency resigned. In doing so, we'd leave it up to the news agency rather than taking the decision out of their hands as to who takes over as GM in the case of multiple deputies.

It's a very unlikely occurrence since it almost never happens, but in the case that it does happen, we should defer the decision to them to prevent some kind of massive backlash towards the government. Let them keep it in house.
19  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: Energy for the Future Bill 2014 (Debating) on: September 16, 2014, 01:00:25 pm
Nay
20  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: The Public Sector Strike Curtailment Act (Voting on Amendment) on: September 16, 2014, 12:59:27 pm
Aye
21  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Myths of 1992 on: September 15, 2014, 09:55:26 pm
A is most certainly a myth. Perot's platform was very attractive to disaffected Democrats. In fact, I'd argue that Perot's platform is more palatable now to Democrats than Republicans. He stole from both.

The second one is probably a myth as well, though I don't know if Jerry Brown could've won. Paul Tsongas, possibly. Bob Kerrey, maybe. Tom Harkin, less likely.
22  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: Capital Freedom Act (Debating) on: September 15, 2014, 09:02:02 pm
Good. Give us a final vote and if it passes, we can see it vetoed.
23  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: Job Guarantee Act of 2014 (Debating) on: September 15, 2014, 08:59:46 pm
Just asking, but what is the national policy with regards to college education? I think long term unemployed might benefit from being educated toward new jobs and I've been working on an idea to bring to the national level a bill I introduced in the Northeast that promised NE students a college education. I'm thinking long term unemployed could benefit from a free education and job training and it could potentially be cheaper.
24  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: Job Guarantee Act of 2014 (Debating) on: September 15, 2014, 05:23:25 pm
Well, someone should at least attempt to assess the costs of such legislation, rather than all of you just paddling around in circles asking, "how much will it cost?".

The last unemployment report put the rate at 8.9%. The target is 3%. We'll assume that to get to a (BLS-style?) rate of unemployment, half of the measured percentage-point difference (being working-age, willing and able-bodied people) would need to be hired. If we roughly assume a country with 315,000,000 people, then such a program would need to hire approximately 9,000,000 people (5.9% / 2 = 2.95; 2.95 * 3,150,000).

So a minimum wage job at $10.50/hour - excluding any sort of benefits or additional costs - would come to around $3.9 billion per week, or $203 billion per year.

*Impressed whistle*

I do support the main thrust of the bill, that being getting unemployed people into employment. This is a hell of a huge chunk of money, though.
25  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: The GM Assistance/Keeping Things Moving Act (Debating) on: September 15, 2014, 02:18:17 pm
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The GM Assistance/Keeping Things Moving Act

1. The President or GM may appoint assistants A Deputy GMs to work with the GM during a GM's term.
2. If for any reason the office of GM becomes vacant, the assistant Deputy GM will act in the same capacity until a new GM is appointed.
3. Assistant/Deputy GMs will go through the same Senate confirmation process as the GM.
4. In the case of a GM appointed through a news agency and the GM resigns, it would be up to the news agency to determine which Deputy GM serves in the capacity as GM until a new one is appointed.

Cleaning up the ambiguity.
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