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10976  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: End of the Budget Amendment on: September 24, 2007, 12:42:51 pm
I would personally suggest that something simple be inserted into the Constitution to allow the Senate to legislate a budget process, get rid of Article 8 and then subsequently pass something akin to what Mr. Moderate has done through statute.

I'm fine with that, though I'd prefer Article 8 be gutted, saying little more than that the Senate is required to pass a budget each fiscal year.
10977  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: Amendment to Allow the Senate to Set a Minimum Wage on: September 24, 2007, 12:37:26 pm
I see no reason to change what presently works.

Now that the Northeastern Region is well on its way to passing a minimum wage consistent with that of other regions—and higher than than of the continental United States, I'm inclined to agree.

It was a bad court ruling to be sure, but overruling the court by constitutional amendment seems unnecessary at the present time.
10978  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: Political Party Definition Amendment on: September 24, 2007, 12:34:33 pm
So no one else has to research it, Article V, Section 1, Clause 8 states:
Quote from: Article V, Section 1, Clause 8
Any political party of five or more members is considered to be an organized political party. The benefits of being an organized political party may be determined by the Senate by appropriate legislation.

Nay.
10979  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: Adult Stem Cell Research Enhancement [Bill] on: September 24, 2007, 12:30:57 pm
Proposed amendment

Section 2.

The Atlasian government will increase investment in embryonic stem cell research by a further $25 million.

Well, at least you spelled "research" correct, which certainly makes it a step up from the current Section 2.

I do object so far as that the bill does not clearly state whether this is a one-time investment of $25 million ($50 million in the original bill), or whether this is an increase of $25/50 million per year.
10980  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: Further Reforming Alcohol Act on: September 24, 2007, 01:03:53 am
Abstain, BTW.
10981  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: Further Reforming Alcohol Act on: September 24, 2007, 01:03:29 am
Aye, I suppose.

As for the bill, I will support it. I think to avoid the DUI's, the regions should say that drivers lose their liscense if they drink any alcohol before driving for the first few years. That's what they do here.

The problem with that is that most serious accidents are caused by repeat offenders—in many cases, people who have already lost their licence but are still driving.
10982  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: End of the Budget Amendment on: September 24, 2007, 12:58:51 am
Sorry for the delay in getting around to the amendment, but after looking over matters, I'm not sure a constitutional amendment is necessary to reform the budgetary process.  As such, I'm not introducing anything as an amendment...yet.  Here is my proposed framework:

Quote from: Proposed Budgetary Framework
Each March, the GM must provide the Senate with his or her initial estimate regarding the size of the budget deficit and/or surplus for the upcoming fiscal year, which will be derived at the GM's discretion after referencing the standing budget deficit and/or surplus of the United States of America and adjusting, again at the GM's discretion, the unique expenditure and revenues of Atlasia.  The Senate will be given a period of one week to debate and appeal the GM's initial estimate, after which the GM must announce the final figure, which shall stand as the size of the budget deficit and/or surplus in that given fiscal year.

Each July, the Senate shall then begin debate regarding the budget deficit and/or surplus.  The Senate may choose to:
  • Cut/increase spending of specific programs through legislative action to eliminate the deficit and/or surplus;
  • Increase/reduce taxes levied through legislative action to eliminate the deficit and/or surplus;
  • Approve, for the fiscal year in question, debt spending/reduction in an amount no greater than the standing deficit and/or surplus.

The above process must be completed on or before the month of November, at which time the Senate shall pass its final budget, which shall consist solely of:
  • A statement of that fiscal year's budget surplus/deficit, derived from the GM that March;
  • A statement of the legislative action taken to address said surplus/deficit; and
  • A statement of the net change, if any, in the Atlasian national debt as a result of that year's budget.

This should streamline the process quite a bit, and turn a chore into a more agreeable Senate debate.

The only question is what to do in the absence of a GM.  Perhaps the Senate could find its own version of Alan Greenspan every March to give us the financial data picture of the nation?[/list]
10983  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Atlas Basketball League 2007 Season on: September 23, 2007, 08:22:03 pm
Congratulations to the city of Camden.  They finally came out on top in something.

First in murders!  First in basketball!  Whoo!
10984  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Press Conference and Announcement on: September 23, 2007, 08:20:11 pm
Question: shouldn't your conference be scheduled using Alaskan time rather than Central time?
10985  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: The US Senate is a total joke on: September 23, 2007, 05:19:36 pm
I'm with you on this, JFern. Rather than pass a bill that would end an unlawful violation of Article I, Section VIII of the Constitution by ending our occupation of Iraq, they chose to unlawfully violate Amendment I of the Constitution by condemning free speech. I'm realy concerned about the direction that this country is gong to go if Paul, Gravel, or the Libertarian candidate isn't elected.

Pretty loose grip on the constitution if you think "condemning" a moveon ad "unlawfully violates" the Constitution.
10986  Election Archive / 2013 & Odd Year Gubernatorial Election Polls / Re: Any Polls? on: September 23, 2007, 05:07:46 pm
Eaves's site isn't working anymore.

Safe ^Strong Eaves.
10987  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: NE-Senate-GOP-Primary: Bruning internal poll shows Johanns ahead on: September 23, 2007, 05:04:43 pm
Q. What do Bob Kerrey and Bill Weld have in common?

They both spent the last year trying to pick up women in New York City bars?

I thought you meant Republican Congressman Mike Ferguson, who tried to pick up underage girls at a Georgetown party. "Ferguson ... grabbed her by the arm and pulled her towards him" -- 2003 WP article.

Mike Ferguson is gonna lose that Nebraska Senate race 4 sure now  Sad

(PS: I can point out three significant mistakes within the first sentence alone.)

Please correct my mistakes (if there are any) rather than obliquely referencing them. The students were under the drinking age, the quote is accurate, the incident indeed occurred in 2003, and the article was, in fact, in the venerable Washington Post, not some yellow journalism rag like the Murdoch owned NY Post.

The incident you were referring to by quote involved (1) a 21-year-old; (2) happened at a bar; (3) needs the word "alleged;" and, I guess there's even a fourth mistake if you consider it has nothing to do with Nebraska.

On a different note, do you have any proof that Kerrey was cheating on his wife?

Nor do I have any proof that Bill Weld is picking up women in bars either.  It was a joke.

I'd heard her age was 20, mea culpa on that point.  The bar where the incident occurred is largely frequented by college students. While the wasn't a sign saying "No Lecherous Congressman Allowed," the Congressman's posse interrupted a group that was from a younger age bracket. How is it "alleged" when the Congressman acknowledged that he took off his pin when he saw this woman? Non sequitur  =/= mistake

Thanks for clarifying a joke.  Back to Nebraska news: NYT says Kerryis having second thoughts about a Senate bid. http://thecaucus.blogs.nytimes.com/2007/09/21/kerrey-is-still-mulling-a-senate-run/

Still, underaged is assumed to be "under 18" here in the states.

And I heard about Kerrey—can't blame him.  This thing just went from a slam dunk to an uphill climb with Johanns.
10988  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: NE-Senate-GOP-Primary: Bruning internal poll shows Johanns ahead on: September 23, 2007, 04:21:23 pm
Q. What do Bob Kerrey and Bill Weld have in common?

They both spent the last year trying to pick up women in New York City bars?

I thought you meant Republican Congressman Mike Ferguson, who tried to pick up underage girls at a Georgetown party. "Ferguson ... grabbed her by the arm and pulled her towards him" -- 2003 WP article.

Mike Ferguson is gonna lose that Nebraska Senate race 4 sure now  Sad

(PS: I can point out three significant mistakes within the first sentence alone.)

Please correct my mistakes (if there are any) rather than obliquely referencing them. The students were under the drinking age, the quote is accurate, the incident indeed occurred in 2003, and the article was, in fact, in the venerable Washington Post, not some yellow journalism rag like the Murdoch owned NY Post.

The incident you were referring to by quote involved (1) a 21-year-old; (2) happened at a bar; (3) needs the word "alleged;" and, I guess there's even a fourth mistake if you consider it has nothing to do with Nebraska.

On a different note, do you have any proof that Kerrey was cheating on his wife?

Nor do I have any proof that Bill Weld is picking up women in bars either.  It was a joke.
10989  Election Archive / 2008 U.S. Presidential Primary Election Polls / Re: SUSA 09/2007 General Election Polls on: September 23, 2007, 03:48:50 pm
I'm beginning to wonder if Iowa won't even be competitive. Yes I know how early it is, but all Dem candidates are over 50% in every matchup.

If that's the case, the GOP is seriously screwed.

In Iowa.
10990  Election Archive / 2008 U.S. Presidential Primary Election Polls / Re: MI PrimR: Mitchell/Detroit News: Romney, Giuliani and Thompson about even on: September 23, 2007, 03:47:59 pm
There seems to be some sort of obsession with the idea that voters actually remember that Romney's father was Governor in Michigan about half a century ago, which is ridiculous. They'd have to be in their 70s at least to remember his governorship, and they'd have to have been  paying attention to politics in their 20s (and have lived in Michigan for that whole time).

The Romney advantage in Michigan has nothing to do with the general electorate, but with organization and money.  Family members make terrific volunteers (as do those 70 year olds, now that I think of it).
10991  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: NE-Senate-GOP-Primary: Bruning internal poll shows Johanns ahead on: September 23, 2007, 03:41:49 pm
Q. What do Bob Kerrey and Bill Weld have in common?

They both spent the last year trying to pick up women in New York City bars?

I thought you meant Republican Congressman Mike Ferguson, who tried to pick up underage girls at a Georgetown party. "Ferguson ... grabbed her by the arm and pulled her towards him" -- 2003 WP article.

Mike Ferguson is gonna lose that Nebraska Senate race 4 sure now  Sad

(PS: I can point out three significant mistakes within the first sentence alone.)
10992  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Gubernatorial/Statewide Elections / Re: Lincoln Chafee Leaves The Republican Party on: September 23, 2007, 03:27:07 pm
Whitehouse would have gotten 65% and possibly 70% against Laffey.

70% in an open seat?  Even though it's Rhode Island, no effin way.
10993  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: NE-Senate-GOP-Primary: Bruning internal poll shows Johanns ahead on: September 23, 2007, 03:02:43 pm
Seriously, though, are Bruning and Johanns different in any significant, real, ideological way?
10994  Election Archive / 2008 Elections / Re: Hillary Clinton Unveils Universal Health Care Plan on: September 22, 2007, 11:29:11 pm
Last time I checked, the public is divided about 50/50 on the subject of Universal Health Care.
10995  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Should the US and Candadian dollars be fixed to each other? on: September 22, 2007, 11:25:11 pm
It seems adorably quaint to peg a currency to something that has little inhernent value aside from the fact that it's "pretty."
10996  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: your ideal county (politically) on: September 22, 2007, 11:21:19 pm
Burlington County, NJ, I think.

Haven for both moderate Republicans and Democrats; increasingly competitive; competitively Democratic on the national level; competitively Republican on the local level.
10997  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Atlas Basketball League 2007 Season on: September 22, 2007, 11:16:28 pm
At half time, Camden now leads 57-47.

Whoo!
10998  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: End of the Budget Amendment on: September 22, 2007, 03:33:35 am
I'd reccomend to those Senators who wish to reform the process, that some form of amendment should be put forward, otherwise this will eventually come up to vote in its current form.

I've been tossing the matter over in my head...I'm going to try and come up with an amendment for this bill by the afternoon.
10999  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Would Gore have invaded Iraq? on: September 22, 2007, 12:23:41 am
Gore wouldn't have invaded Iraq post-9/11, and he'd have probably lost seats in the midterm because of it.
11000  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Gubernatorial/Statewide Elections / Re: remember when roy barnes was a rising star? on: September 22, 2007, 12:15:30 am
Not to mention the fact that he ran for re-election as a Democrat.
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