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76  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: Legislation Introduction Thread on: October 31, 2014, 02:20:58 pm
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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 take on a no-interest loan in order to gain new career training.
1a. For those that wish to attend or re-enroll in tertiary-level courses, up to and including completing a degree, will be eligible to apply for a loan of up to $5,000 per year, over three years.
1b. Those who require re-certification in their trade will be eligible to apply for a loan of up to $3,000 to re-train and re-certify.
2. Those long term unemployed who do not wish to enroll or cannot enroll in tertiary education or do not require re-certification will be eligible for a loan of up to $5,000 to undertake training for their existing field or re-train for another.
2a. Those businesses who wish to participate in training programs and subsequent work-placements will be eligible for a tax-credit of $2,500 per employee, per calendar year, once the employee has been employed for 18-months.
3. Long term unemployed shall be defined as anyone unemployed continuously for a period of longer than 6 months.
4. Those aged over 50 and/or have been unemployed for longer than 18-months, will be eligible for an additional 20% over and above measures listed above, except 1a.

77  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: 1952 Primaries on: October 30, 2014, 10:27:42 pm
HHH/FDR, Jr.
78  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: The Senate Fair Participation Act (Debating) on: October 30, 2014, 09:13:14 pm
Generally turnover is high, with the occassional bore/TNF/bgwah/Duke that can stretch it out to two years continuously.

No one has been able to stomach it longer.

No one except me.


The problem with this is that it could cause seat filling problems. Even when it looked like I was doomed with no internet late last month, there was little interest in taking the seat and Maxwell can correct me if I am wrong, but basically if I had failed in such there would have been something of a scramble to find someone. 

Regions go through ruts and shrinking the potential poll candidates, particularly when aside from myself, there has not been a problem with people long remaining in this chamber doesn't seem like a good move.

Plus I have full faith in the people of the IDS to elect their Representatives.

Well, as you say, the turnover can be high, so there's not always a need for it. I think though as well to Senator Polnut's point, that interest can be kept up with frequent competitive races. There are plenty of races I've seen here where people simply don't want to run a campaign they feel like they'll lose from the start. With term limits, those individuals might be more easily persuaded to run for an office they might want. I think on the whole this should be a positive and only rarely do Senators serve more than 4 terms anyway, so this might be an extra kick in the pants.

Besides, even if you get a bad Senator for one term, the original Senator could run again in the next election if it was really that much of an issue.
79  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: Game Moderation Abolition Amendment (Debating) on: October 30, 2014, 09:08:28 pm
I have desperately wanted the position to succeed since I've been involved in Atlasia... But I suppose if this is a job that no one wants or can do... I dunno... I really want to see the job work and I've tried my best to figure out a way. It's not even a job I've ever even held. But I've worked on several pieces of legislation to try and make the job work... But if it's not going to work, then I'm tired of beating a dead horse.

But I still have to wonder how we are supposed to do things like budgeting and foreign and domestic news?
80  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: The Senate Fair Participation Act (Debating) on: October 30, 2014, 08:57:12 pm
To put it simply, this is designed to begin the process of term limits for the Senate. I figured that 4 consecutive terms for a Senator (elected after the act passes) would be enough to start with before some fresh blood would be allowed to have a go.

As we've seen, lots of people have wanted to run for the Senate in the past few elections. This bill is designed to open up the opportunity for them to serve and prevent incumbents, no matter how good, from holding on indefinitely. Not many Senators also reach 4 terms, make no mistake, some do, and we're serving with a few who have. They are tremendously talented at their jobs. However, every so often, we need fresh blood and fresh ideas.

This bill also doesn't prevent a Senator from returning to office again, so it's not designed to exclude great Atlasians. A four consecutive term limit I think is a fair thing that we can agree to in order to help prevent stagnation of fresh ideas.
81  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: Protecting Biodiversity for the Future Bill 2014 (Debating) on: October 29, 2014, 04:23:25 pm
I don't consider myself an expert on this issue, so I'll lean on the familiarity of people like Senator Polnut. Senator bore's amendment is, I think a positive and I would hope that it's friendly. I will support this bill.
82  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Mideast Telegraph Poll: Special at-large Senate election on: October 29, 2014, 01:50:06 pm
BK or SWE.
83  Forum Community / Forum Community Election Match-ups / Re: Is the previous poster more or less Progressive than you? on: October 28, 2014, 09:56:54 pm
Less
84  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: Regulatory Review Thread (Voting) on: October 28, 2014, 09:54:51 pm
Nay again.
85  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: Repeal of the Regulatory Overhaul and Review Act (Debating) on: October 28, 2014, 09:51:42 pm
Aye
86  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: Solving Long Term Unemployment Act (Debating) on: October 28, 2014, 09:50:30 pm
I will be reintroducing this legislation if it's defeated, just so you guys know.
87  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: The Atlasian Universal Education Bill (Debating) on: October 28, 2014, 09:40:35 pm
Second.
88  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Marokai/Antonio V: Let Us Cling Together. on: October 27, 2014, 04:02:54 pm
I'm still proud to have supported you. I genuinely hoped you guys would win and I hope you both stick around and continue fighting the good fight.
89  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Hypothetical 2016 US Presidential Election: Hillary vs. Huckabee vs. Sanders on: October 27, 2014, 03:38:21 pm
Clinton is everything wrong with the Democratic Party since they stopped nominating people like Carter or Dukakis or Humphrey.

Yeah, the Democrats were so much better when they consistently lost by huge landslides.

Hillary, of course.

Humphrey didn't lose in a landslide.

But Sanders.
90  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: Legislation Introduction Thread on: October 27, 2014, 03:32:36 pm
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The Senate Fair Participation Act
In order to provide ample opportunity for other players as well as prevent incumbents from dominating a secure Senate seat, we resolve the following:

1. All elected members of the Senate will now be limited to 4 consecutive terms of service.
2. This bill will apply to all At-Large Senators elected at the December 2014 Senate Election.
3. This bill will also apply to all Regional Senators elected at the February 2015 Senate Election.
4. The said term limits will only be enforced from said election dates. A Senator's previous service will not be counted toward the term limits.
5. A Senator, having served 4 consecutive terms, will not be prevented from running again after sitting out at least 1 election cycle.

91  General Discussion / Alternative History / Re: WI: President Theodore Roosevelt Runs for Re-Election in 1908 on: October 27, 2014, 02:15:10 pm
First off, if TR runs again in 1908, it's fairly certain he would have won. Like, I'm 99.9% sure of that.

The second is, I get the feeling that he would've gone further to the left as he did IRL. The Progressive Movement would've been championed and you'd probably see a more genuine social democratic tinge to future American politics. Women probably would've got the vote during this term as well.

I also think that TR probably would've led the country into a war on one pretext or another. However, I honestly think the biggest thing that kept him from actually going to war as President was the fact that him being in the White House would mean he couldn't go off and fight himself and that's something I think he'd find almost unbearable.
92  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Lumine & SJoyce - A New Course for Atlasia (Victory!) on: October 27, 2014, 02:03:29 pm
Congrats Lumine. I'm hopeful that you'll do the job well.
93  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Bore for Northeast (Statement on whatever the hell has happened) on: October 27, 2014, 02:01:37 pm
Congratulations my friend! I'm very glad to see you're still representing the Northeast with pride!
94  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: Taft-Hartley Reinstatement Act (Tabled) on: October 27, 2014, 12:26:15 am
Passion is not what was necessary, it was reason and logic.

It would be different if you could give some recent examples where this problem is being experienced. As it just seems a lot of anti-union right-wing talking points.

Fair and honest is reason and logic. Show me where letting unions running roughshod over management and denying secret ballot has been beneficial to the individual worker more than the union lobbies that fill the coffers of many powerful Atlasians?

Again... no examples. As this was your Bill and this wouldn't be a tiny reform, the onus is on you to show why this needs to be addressed.

There's a lot of flowery and passionate language, but no indications of a specific problem that requires remedy, and this specific remedy.

The onus is on the left who repealed the law without consideration it's consequences.

You introduced the bill. If you can't advocate for it, then why bother? It's clear most of us don't agree with you. YOU have to convince US. Not the other way around. Until you do, I'm sure we'll be happy to keep beating it. I'll be glad to as long as I'm here.
95  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: The Great Canadian Flag Debate on: October 27, 2014, 12:22:03 am
I like the current one. I'm sorry, but I think Pearson's is hideous.
96  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Which European Empire was the most powerful on: October 27, 2014, 12:20:32 am
Without a doubt, the British Empire was the most successful empire of the last 500 years. Spain was successful as well, but it didn't last as long and was simply not as dominant as the British one.

The French Empire could be considered a failed empire. Napoleon lost everything for them and it took a great deal to rebuild everything. They failed in Mexico and they failed against Germany in 1870. The French Empire was always tenuous at best.
97  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Clean Slate Party of Atlasia on: October 26, 2014, 08:01:43 pm
Not joining the party but I very strongly sympathize with your goals, you imprisoned rascal you

This sums up how I feel perfectly.
98  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Winfield for Northeast Governor. Concession speech. on: October 26, 2014, 08:00:05 pm
As much as I disagree with you, I congratulate you on the campaign you ran. I know that you have the best interests of the NE at heart (even if we disagree on how to go about it).
99  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: Amendment to the Fair De-Registration Rights Act (Debating) on: October 26, 2014, 07:57:06 pm
Aye
100  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: LGBT Equality in Schooling Act (Debating) on: October 26, 2014, 07:56:07 pm
Aye
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