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76  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Election What-ifs? / Re: Jameson County Game Thread on: August 08, 2014, 02:12:20 pm
The Hensley Record

By All Means, Let's Ignore Inconveniences

A commentary by unlovable curmudgeon Bob Eckhardt........

Since I've come here, I've had no end of amusement at the expense of our resident babbler-in-chief, Mayor McCrimmon. God save the wage earners, for the Mayor is passing the taxes on to you! That's right, straight from the lips of babes. Mayor McCrimmon has announced a plan that will fatten the pockets of his cronies, the "wage creators, the businessmen", at the expense of everyone else.

Now, I'm a frequent visitor to the local tobacco store, that's right, I buy my cigars local, not that horrible Cuban stuff everyone raves about! I might have to reconsider my loyalties though as the Mayor's tax plan will undoubtedly end up causing small businesses to shutter. The blatant cronyism of the Mayor and his enablers on City Council are undoubtedly to blame. They love those nice, fat campaign contributions that allow them to stay in office. This endless cycle can only be killed by kicking them out of office come election time. $100,000 dollars given from our government to their fat pockets. I'm sure it'll all be returned... Through fundraisers, commercials and vote buying. But don't let me get in the way of that! After all, it's always politics as usual at our expense...
77  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Summer 2014 At-Large Senate Debate on: August 07, 2014, 11:50:11 pm
In terms of East Africa, I think the current flight quarantines was the right way to go on it. We also need to continue providing what medical assistance we can in curbing Ebola virus. In Ukraine, I was not a member of the Senate when the aid package was voted on. However, I don't think I would have voted in favor of it. I understand that the President gave the bill the go ahead over his own doubts, but there's just no promise that the money was going to do anything particularly positive and that money certainly could've been much more well spent here at home.

As for Iraq, I supported the motion to table Senator Lumine's bill because, like the situation with Ukraine, I'm not convinced the aid package could have been particularly helpful. With a government that could quickly become unfriendly, it would be like cutting off our nose to spite our face.

As for the international stage, my primary belief is that we need to take a pragmatic and open approach to diplomacy. We need to remain open to communication, even with nations who we may not be on the best of terms with. When it comes to an issue like global warming, we need to do more to push for renewable energy, not just domestically but on the world stage. As to Russia, we need to use all diplomatic tools available to us. Sanctions, if necessary. I'd honestly hope that the Russian government would see the error in their policies and resume working with Atlasia as an equal partner, however, we can't hesitate to sometimes take a tough line if it calls for it.
78  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: Confirmation hearing: Windjammer for Deputy Attorney General on: August 07, 2014, 10:41:44 pm
No questions from me. I support the nominee.
79  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Election What-ifs? / Re: Jameson County Recruitment Thread on: August 07, 2014, 09:45:47 pm
One more day and I'll open a story thread myself Tongue
80  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Should the vice president be inactive because this is the tradition? on: August 07, 2014, 04:58:06 pm
I'm not against you, man. All I said was, there might someday be a VP who doesn't feel the need or desire or simply can't be as active. That's the only reason why I'd oppose getting rid of the PPT. I think you've done a great job in keeping business going.
81  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: 1864 Presidential Election on: August 07, 2014, 01:22:57 pm
This should be the biggest landslide of them all.

Key word: Should be.
82  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Summer 2014 At-Large Senate Debate on: August 07, 2014, 01:18:35 pm
Well, I think everyone is doing alright. The President and VP are both doing a good job with their offices, especially the Veep. We disagree on a few things, but I still think he's doing his level best with it. The SOIA and SOEA are both active and are doing excellently. I'd like to see more GM action, but that's an office I've always been very interested in specifically following. I know Napoleon's on a sort of LOA, but as always, the more activity we can get, the better this game is.

Overall, I feel positive about the administration.
83  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: Windjammer-Yankee Override, Redraft, Tabling, Expulsion and Introduction PPT... on: August 07, 2014, 01:13:47 pm
Ok, here's my only concern with this legislation. It's not against Windjammer. We all know he's nothing if not dedicated to his job. There probably will be less interested VP's though in the future.  Having a Senator that is PPT could maintain improved functionality if that becomes the case.
84  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: State of the Union Amendment (Debating) on: August 07, 2014, 01:07:22 pm
I don't see this being practically enforced.

Nay
85  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: Legislation Introduction Thread on: August 07, 2014, 11:00:54 am
Nay.
86  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Summer 2014 At-Large Senate Debate on: August 06, 2014, 07:26:25 pm
I'd like to thank Nix for taking the initiative in getting this thing started here and I look forward to hearing from all the candidates. My campaign theme is most definitely reform if I had to put a finger on it. Whether it be game reform, reforming how we deal with the homeless and poverty. I want to see reform in the way things are done around here and I'm prepared to put forward radical suggestions to do just that.

As for what I bring to the table, it's about a decade of on and off experience in Atlasia as well as the openness to work with others in order to accomplish what might be best for the prospects of all Atlasians.
87  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: Renewing our Promise to Workers Act of 2014 on: August 06, 2014, 05:17:34 pm
What about 5 5 hour days? You get 25 hours a week. The reason I liked the idea of 20 was that you could double the amount of shifts in a given work day.
88  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Who was the best of recent failed Democratic presidential nominees? v2 on: August 06, 2014, 01:57:05 pm
Humphrey. Mondale and McGovern were both good guys too.
89  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Office of Senator Cynic: Town Hall Today! Come on in! on: August 06, 2014, 01:45:22 pm
Today's Brunch With Supporters in Detroit, Michigan


We've had a great time here in Detroit. I must say since I've now been back in the Senate, being on the campaign trail becomes a bit harder. I'm pleased to see the great turnout here though.

One of the most important pieces of legislation before the Senate right now is the Renewing Our Promise to Workers Act. What could potentially come of it is the shortening of the work week to a 20 hour work week. I know the workers here in Detroit and indeed in any city across the country with a manufacturing tradition, such as my own home city, Pittsburgh, this is something that I think many workers would welcome. A 20 hour work week would double the shifts and really take care of unemployment. With the pay raise coming from it as well, we can see a more prosperous nation without hurting productivity. I think we can see positive change coming from a bill like this and right now I'm going to probably vote in favor of it.

In the end, what matters the most to me is that everyone can have a job and that in doing so,  Atlasia's economy competes at the global level. I think what we'll see with this bill is more employment and continuing global competition.
90  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: Renewing our Promise to Workers Act of 2014 on: August 06, 2014, 01:39:03 pm
I could support 4 5 hour days.
91  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: The Political Tracker - 4th At-Large Senate Poll on: August 06, 2014, 01:26:11 pm
Cynic

I was away the last five days so someone fill me in. How did Cynic get in the senate if Spiral won?
Adam Griffin resigned from the Senate before his seat was up, so President DemPGH appointed The Cynical One to it. Tongue

Most of these candidates are awesome, but like last time, I'll probably first preference AFJ again.

The President doesn't appoint Senators. If a vacancy happens close to the next election, the vacating Senator's party has a chance to fill it. With Dr. Cynic's excellent but shortfallen campaign, he was a natural choice for the position.

Yeah, so really, I still look at the special election as a victory. (How's that for revisionist history? Tongue )

Even still, I'm very happy to see how well I've been doing in this poll. Tied for second place is certainly enough for me to keep my newly gained seat.
92  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: At large senate debates? on: August 06, 2014, 01:20:50 pm
I'm in.
93  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Atlasians For Parliamentary Democracy on: August 06, 2014, 12:11:41 pm
Why not create two houses with about 20 people each both at the federal level and we do away entirely with regional politics? We could have a similar number of officeholders.

Some things would change, but I believe that people can eventually be won over to the idea. Political games have to evolve and this is a step that we could take in that evolution.
94  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Majority leader, minority leader? on: August 06, 2014, 12:04:58 pm
I'd be fine with it, though the multi party makeup of the body will make something like that interesting.
95  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: Renewing our Promise to Workers Act of 2014 on: August 06, 2014, 12:03:00 pm
If we have a UBI, I don't think we need an $18/hr minimum wage. That would make the minimum possible income (with a job) around $50,000, and it seems like that could lead to some inflation.

Your point? Inflation can be controlled fairly easily. We tax away excess wealth at the top and reduce working hours.

To what extent would you have in mind to reduce them to, Senator? How would that impact Atlasia's ability to compete with foreign economies? I'm not against this yet, but that point weighs heavily on my mind.
96  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: Wages for Housework Act on: August 06, 2014, 11:58:26 am
Well, the NE has a big budget surplus that could be put to good use....
97  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Election What-ifs? / Re: Jameson County Recruitment Thread on: August 06, 2014, 11:55:38 am
I'm sure we have enough to get started with now, don't we?
98  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: The People's Party August Convention - Agenda setting and Endorsement requests on: August 05, 2014, 10:28:44 pm
I would like to seek a preference endorsement from the People in the At-Large Senate election. I believe my views are not just Labor views, but views that are important to all people. Especially my views on Game Reform, poverty and education. If you have questions for me as well, I'd be happy to answer them.
99  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Atlasians For Parliamentary Democracy on: August 05, 2014, 06:34:16 pm
If anyone has paid any attention to it, yes, it would probably end Atlasia. We probably would need to found a new nation (Though I've never understood why that's so horrible). But that's not necessarily the case. We would need a new constitution though.

As far as admins, that's not anyone's fault. Dump them and get new ones then that will. Shall we campaign for that? I know it's popular to campaign to dump admins...
100  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Rand Paul vs. Hillary Clinton on: August 05, 2014, 03:47:55 pm
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