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10976  Election Archive / 2008 Elections / Re: Obama Wins the Money Race Yet Again on: September 26, 2007, 12:56:26 am
http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/Vote2008/story?id=3644382&page=1

To those of you resigned to a Hillary Nomination: This isn't over yet.

Too bad he isn't as good as getting people to vote for him as he is in raising money.

I mean, this is that retarded Dean "online money" crap all over again.
10977  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Quinnipiac NJ-Sen: Lautenberg (D) 39%, Generic Republican (R) 36% on: September 26, 2007, 12:47:42 am
Quote from: Quinnipiac Poll
New Jersey voters approve 42 - 34 percent of the job U.S. Sen. Frank Lautenberg is doing, but say 46 - 36 percent that he does not deserve to be reelected next year. Sen. Lautenberg is too old to effectively serve another six years, voters say 54 - 40 percent. Republicans say 62 - 30 percent that Lautenberg is too old, a feeling shared by independent voters 55 - 42 percent. Democrats split 47 - 48 percent on the subject.

 
By a narrow 39 - 36 percent margin, voters prefer Lautenberg over an unnamed Republican challenger.

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10978  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: House Ratings from John Birch Society on: September 25, 2007, 10:19:49 pm
...Seeing as the next President is probably going to be a Democrat, conservatives should support Kucinch for President.

I can think of one way Democrats can guarantee themselves a loss in the next election: nominating Kucinich for President.
10979  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Does anybody here have DirecTV and watch Passions on: September 25, 2007, 08:25:04 pm
I had thought the audience for "Passions" was teenaged girls.  I mean, seriously, all it had witchcraft, midgets, and dudes who took their shirts off a lot.
10980  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: Adult Stem Cell Research Enhancement [Bill] on: September 25, 2007, 03:07:22 pm
I only recently noticed that this money is $50 million in adult stem cell research to match the $50 million in embryonic stem cell research already approved by a past Senate.

I had misread the text initially, thinking this was just more money for embryonic stem cell research.  Which surprised me a bit, since DWTL was the original sponsor!  (I'm no longer surprised by the bill, FWIW.)
10981  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: Amendment to Allow the Senate to Set a Minimum Wage on: September 25, 2007, 02:37:12 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.

Technically, all states in the NE Region except New Hampshire already have higher minimum wages than $5.15 an hour per 2003 numbers (which are the relevant ones).

The new NE minimum wage—which is currently leading in the vote—will be $6.75 for 2008 and $7.75 for 2009; indexed to inflation thereafter.  Most states in the region already outpace the $6.75 minimum, but when the $7.75 rate takes effect on Jan. 1, 2009, only Massachusetts will have a minimum higher than the regional rate ($8.00 per hour).
10982  Election Archive / 2008 Elections / Re: Giuliani party seeks $9.11 per person on: September 25, 2007, 02:29:30 pm
Honestly, this is not the most offensive thing I've encountered in political history, to say the least. Also, given that it isn't an official campaign thing, who cares?

Because it's so en vogue to hate Giuliani for things well beyond his control!

He can refuse the money though, and if he doesn't he should be held accountable.

Agreed, it's very important for him to symbolically reject the, uh... seriously, we're talking about nine dollars and eleven cents here.  What will the sum total be?  $100, if that?
10983  Election Archive / 2008 Elections / Re: Giuliani party seeks $9.11 per person on: September 25, 2007, 01:00:16 pm
I actually think he should request that folks donate $4.11 as you would have to be stoned to vote for him.

Nine cents short, there, buddy.  411 is the number for information.

Honestly, this is not the most offensive thing I've encountered in political history, to say the least. Also, given that it isn't an official campaign thing, who cares?

Because it's so en vogue to hate Giuliani for things well beyond his control!
10984  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: Another GOP retirment in a swing district on: September 24, 2007, 08:43:51 pm
A second non-denominational protestant out of house of representatives !!! (Allen is the first one). I think it is OK to be non-member of any church in first place, but I think all are tired of these "just protestants". I hope they elect member for some interesting church as a new representative.

What we need is more atheists and agnostics in Congress so I hope they elect someone who has no religious affiliation whatsoever.

No, no, no.  More hardline Quakers!
10985  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: NJ-3: Adler Announces Against Saxton on: September 24, 2007, 08:41:38 pm
According to PoliticsNJ,
Adler will be at a Rangel Sponsored "meet and greet" this wednesday along with 6 other House Candidates.

That is correct. Let the fundraising begin!

It had better—Saxton started his fundraising years ago!
10986  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: Atlasian-United States Relations Exploration Act on: September 24, 2007, 07:29:04 pm
Nay.
10987  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: House Ratings from John Birch Society on: September 24, 2007, 07:27:06 pm
A rating system where Ron Paul is the only 100 and a solid chunk of Republicans, regardless of ideology, get 0!  Wonderful.
10988  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Voting Booth / Re: Northeast Voting Booth: September Propositions on: September 24, 2007, 05:14:24 pm
Recall: Aye.
Minimum Wage: Aye.
10989  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Gubernatorial/Statewide Elections / Re: Lincoln Chafee Leaves The Republican Party on: September 24, 2007, 05:12:11 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.

See Illinois in 2004.

Should Alan Keyes move to Rhode Island and run for Senate there—something I don't think we can totally rule out, sadly—I'd more than expect a Democrat to get over 70% in an open seat race.

The mayor of Rhode Island's third-largest municipality would likely go over a bit smoother than a man who campaigned almost exclusively on hot-button social issues.

"The majority of Illinois enables baby killers.  Vote for me!"
10990  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Voting Booth / Re: Northeast Voting Booth: End to Districts Amendment on: September 24, 2007, 04:44:31 pm
Aye.
10991  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.
10992  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.
10993  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.
10994  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.
10995  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: Further Reforming Alcohol Act on: September 24, 2007, 01:03:53 am
Abstain, BTW.
10996  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.
10997  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]
10998  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!
10999  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?
11000  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.
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