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15551  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Brand New Super Special Awesome Chocolate Coated Campaign Office on: October 07, 2012, 01:21:18 am
Online Townhall
October 07th, 2012
(Yea, were living in, in a modern world)

Commences Now, Ends in 24 hours.
15552  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Brand New Super Special Super Sexy Awesome Chocolate Coated Campaign Office on: October 07, 2012, 01:19:43 am
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Adam Griffin
20RP12 - Out of Region Supporter

October 05 - Announcement - Theme Song, "Here I Go Again" -Whitesnake
October 07 - Online Townhall - Theme Song, "Calling America" - ELO
October 09 - Speech On Immigration - Theme Song, "America" - Neil Diamond
October 10 - SAVE THE BILL! - Theme Song, "Livin' Thing" - ELO
October 11 - Baton Rouge Townhall - Theme Song, "Wanted Man" - Johnny Cash
October 16 - Speech on Activity - Theme Song, "Crazy on You" - Heart
October 18 - Key West Townhall - Theme Song, "Margaritaville" - Jimmy Buffett
15553  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Where We Are Going, Where We Have Been; Or "Here I Go Again" by Whitesnake on: October 07, 2012, 01:15:26 am
Speech in Raleigh, NC
October 5th, 2012
Around 9:00 PM

Esteemed and diverse residents of the IDS,

Recently, while listening to a radio broadcast, I heard that study showed procrastinators and those that wait as long as possible tend to more often than not, make better decisions. I can only hope that such bodes well for the decision I have made and will share with you tonight.

It had been my desire to post this days ago, but forum issue and computer problems prevented me from doing so and I had wrote about half of this out and lost it when the forum quit working. As many of you know, I was offered and I accepted the position of running mate by Presidential candidate and IDS Speaker Jbrase. I felt it an obligation considering how much it would demand of him, as well as a privilege to run for the office again. It would be my preference to not run for any other office while running for that position. However, every time I ran for this office of Senator before, I did so because I felt obligated to offer my services to the South and was greatly honored by their faith and trust a record ten times. Each time I have strived to keep my promises and have sought to never let them down. This time, was perhaps the hardest decision that I have ever made regarding whether or not to seek an office, harder than the even the decision to accept two offers to run for Vice President. What the decision came down to was a sense of obligation and a desire to not sacrifice that for my own personal gain or ambition.

As much fun as retirement would likely be, I have decided that the best thing for me, for the south and for Atlasia, would be to offer my services once again to the people of the IDS, so that I can continue to represent them in the Senate. I felt that I have a unique of skills and experiences and that the South deserves to have the right to potentially chose to continue to have representing them in the Senate, if they so desire. There are many people who are qualified to be Senator here, including Sjoyce, goal here is simply to reflect on my own personal obligations, not to contrast anyone elses abilities with mine. Sjoyce is a fierce and hard working advocate for the IDS and for the party, and I hope to work closely with him in the coming months on matters of importance. It was not my intent for him to drop out of this race. It is important to remember that running for these offices is difficult and the decisions to do so can be even harder. A person must be given space in order to make them, and I can only hope that I have given him the same kind of space that I had to make mine. I certainly have strived for that.

Unlike in many previous terms, this one I plan to state going in that is not my desire to continue to run the Senate as President Pro-Tempore. If elected to return to the Senate, my plans would be to focus squarely on the Government Oversight and Reform committee, either as chairman or just a common member, with a goal of emphasizing activity on the part of officials, oversight to reduce neglect and incompetence, and important reforms to the game the improve the functionality and activity for everyone.

 I also plan to continue to focus a lot of my energies on economic policies. For far too long, there has been a painfully high unemployment rate and we must never forget that those aren't just statistics on a piece of paper. Those are real people, with real lives and real families. They send their kids to school and drive to the unemployment office to see if there are any places they can go to apply to only to get turned away. Walking out the door, they know they can't turn away the mail man when he delivers the next electric bill, the school fees, or the unexpected injury/illness. Even as they struggle with no job, the prices just keep going up and getting by gets harder and harder. The people deserve jobs and I will work to make sure that they get them.

In the Senate too often, people tend to get ambitious and look for ways to "fix things", which is great and necessary, but in the process the finer details, implementation and unintended consequences tend to be overlooked. I always try to look at a bill from all sides and then make the best decision possible. Recently we had a bill to create a university system at the Federal level. My initial thoughts were that such was not the business of the Feds, that the regions should took the lead on that kind of thing. But then you look at the numbers and you see us falling behind China and all these other countries in education, passing up an opportunity to boost higher education would be a great disservice. The bottom line is that we needed the institutions. Once the bricks and mortar are laid we can always transition the administration of these institutions to a different level of gov't.

In terms of transitions, that is something we do need to look at. Another such example would be the recent minimum wage bill, which seeks to reduce the Federal rate and give Regions flexibility. That is a good first step in the right direction, I do believe in having a minimum wage, and I did vote for the living Wage Act. In hindsight though, it was a mistake to raise it so quickly and not seek out a way to get the regions involved back then. The offsetting business tax credit should have been far higher as well to ease the impact. Had we known shear extend of the demands that would be placed on the business and job creators over the coming months, a different approach certainly would have been taken. We shouldn't be relying on the minimum wage alone to ensure that people can have a "living wage" and we should pursue long term policies that would improve education, and encourage the growth of higher paying jobs so as to reduce its necessity, and provide assistance to working poor through other means. There are other areas in which a transition to the regions can occur on federal policy, and I plan to seek those out and work with Senators of all parties to achieve them.

 One big mistake that the Senate made was not forgoing the final leg of the implementation of the payroll tax passed as part of the Comprehensive Social Security Act. This tax was designed by myself and now Game Moderator shua as a means to ensure that Fritzcare didn't bust the budget, but even then we were operating under the understanding that such would not be completely implemented and that other funding methods would be achieved to spread out burden. That never happened and when we attempted to do something about it, we were voted down. Certainly it is important to get the budget as close to a balance as possible, but at such levels of unemployment, putting more emphasis on that to achieve a tiny surplus rather than a small deficit probably is a misdirection of priorities, and most definitely so when you are directly impacting a reduction in discretionary spending on the part of consumers. Especially, now that we appear to be heading towards a stimulus plan of some kind, prioritizing the surplus reeks of a lack of direction. As for reducing consumer spending, by such a drastic revving up of the payroll tax over such a short period of time, is the last thing that small business and other employers needed in times like these.

When discussing a stimulus, I think it should be targeted at places that will drive up job creation the most. In many regions there is a push to develop transportation infrastructure as a result of the recent actions of the Department of Internal Affairs and I take great pleasure of using a word that includes "act" when discussing that office, considering what has happened with it in the past few months. Back December 2010, The Regional Senators collaborated with their Regional Executives and we formulated a bill with requests specific to each region, contained within the bill itself. I think if we do debate a stimulus that such a strategy should be again taken in spite of the difficulties we experienced getting certain Senators off their backsides. I plan to consult with Emperor PiT and members of the IDS Legislature to make sure that the best interests of the IDS are represented in the structure of the Stimulus plan. I think the best things we can do to restore job creation long term is achieve some reforms that reduce the study ramping up of regulations, taxes and other burdens under a steady stream of progressive legislating; Many of these policies had noble intentions when they were pursued, but all had unintended consequences. It is time to admit that and pursue changes to reduce those unnecessary burdens that are resulting from poor structuring, misguided ideas and poor analysis of the future burdens. Such a strategy would probably be more effective than any small, short term stimulus package.
I mentioned working with the Regional Gov't, brings me back to the point I started with and that is activity and reform. Interaction within the various agencies, branches and levels of gov't is essential for the proper function of this game. We need the GM/SoIA/SoEA to work together to make the game dynamic and interesting. They n turn will feed the committees and in return the committees will demand activity, competence and diligence from them. The Regional Executives and the SoIA have been interacting recently and soon the Regional Executives will be hauled before one of the committees. It is essential to create this inter-web of interaction to ensure that Atlasia is as functional and interactive a Game as it can possibly be.

The last thing I will finish up with is a reminder. As your Senator, every one of you, regardless of party affiliation, has a Senator who will serve and allow your interests and issues onto the Senate floor. My door will always be open to all the people of this region.  

For the Glory of the IDS and the Glory of the People, I ask for your vote to be your Regional Senator.

Thanks and Dave Bless!

A speech so long, someone could come out of the closet in the middle and no one would catch it.

Just as a programming note, no questions or comments will be taken at this time. They should be directed through the appropriate channels.
15554  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Proclamation on: October 07, 2012, 12:26:48 am

I got a damn cloture vote caused by one of your residents that is dragging on and on and on, and your Senator still hasn't voted on it.

Thank You! Where's the Tylenol?
15555  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Announcement on: October 07, 2012, 12:22:19 am
Didn't we remove the ability for the President to pardon people? Tongue
15556  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: Senate Protest and Analysis Thread on: October 07, 2012, 12:17:35 am
I'm sorry, who the hell are you?
15557  Election Archive / 2012 Elections / Re: Massive movement towards Romney on: October 06, 2012, 11:42:28 pm
Kerry got a 4 point bump out of his 2004 debate and I suspect we are seeing something similar for Romney and the good news for him is he was only 4 points behind and Kerry was 6 points behind. So Romney may have moved to a tie, but I still think that Obama has an edge in OH, WI and NV and Romney needs to move into +0.5 to 1% to break through one of those. If Romney can win the town hall debate, I think he could win the election.

Considering historically, how horrible Romney is in such formats that aren't "pre-arranged/scripted", a Romney win in such a venue would probably cause significant move for him.

I think that the last debate is most important. Regardless of what happens in the first two on mostly domestic stuff, if Mittens comes off like an idiot who can't be trusted with the nukes, Obama will have this locked up similar to how FDR won 1940 on foriegn policy/national security.
15558  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: SENATE BILL: Right Wages for the Right Regions Act (Debating) on: October 06, 2012, 10:52:43 am
The effect of a higher minimum wage does suggest that there would be more jobs in larger, more established companies that are better equipped to deal with high labor costs, and there are some regulations that impact small businesses negatively. However, Atlasian policies redistribute a considerable amount of wealth to small businesses from large corporations.  I'd say small businesses are a comparable or slightly larger share of the market in Atlasia as in RL.

What about the proportion of minimum wage workers? Wouldn't it be higher for small business than in RL?
It could be a little - I'm assunimg it would largely follow the comparative size of the market. Do you have any other thoughts?

Well as I said, since the minimum wage is so much higher then in the RL, it is likely that a lot of what about be higher than minimum wage jobs at $8, $9 and $10 dollars an hour would be caught up in that and thus included in a much large pool of minimum wage jobs at the new $12 minimum. The point was that 2/3rds of minimum wage earners work for large corporations in RL, but since the minimum wage is so much higher, my thoughts are that a lot of small businesses are higher than minimum wage in RL but not higher than $12 an hour and so it is probably likely that a much large proportion of minimum wage earners work for small biz in Atlasia than in RL.
Good point, but would this dynamic be much less the case for large businesses?

Wouldn't the smaller businesses have less carrying capacity for higher paid workers then larger ones? The larger ones minimize labor costs to maximize profit, but when they do, they can afford to pay certain people much higher amounts because they have larger revenues, easier access to credit, etc ec. Hmm, think of regulatory capture, the big businesses can afford the lobbyists, consultants and attorneys to get around and it it is the small ones that take hit, in that case it concentrates the market share in the larger company. In terms of labor mix, they can afford the high end, but prefer to keep as many on the low end as possible. Small businesses might be more generous in rewarding good workers with raises, but their financial limitations still keep them in a relatively low range. Thus when you plow the minimum wage up through that range, small business takes proportionally more of hit, then they do if you raised the RL rate to say $8.00 from where it is now.
15559  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: Confirmation Hearing: Dr. Cynic to be Sec. of External Affairs (Voting) on: October 06, 2012, 10:34:34 am

Time has now expired and vote shall comence. Please vote Aye, Nay or Abstain.
15560  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: MO: Akin could really blow this on: October 06, 2012, 10:20:17 am
At this point the NRSC would benefit more by blowing $2 to $3 million on the Libertarian candidate then on Akin.
15561  Election Archive / 2012 House Election Polls / Re: PA-12: Rothfus in the lead on: October 06, 2012, 10:16:27 am
And Mittens is down by 10-12 statewide. Also, I don't see this seat swinging towards him by some exceptional amount relative to the rest of the state. Call it a hunch. Tongue Bad poll most likely.

15562  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: Confirmation Hearing: Dr. Cynic to be Sec. of External Affairs (Questioning) on: October 06, 2012, 02:18:05 am
This will be at vote by tomorrow morning.
15563  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: Confirmation Hearing: Dr. Cynic to be Sec. of External Affairs (Questioning) on: October 06, 2012, 12:23:12 am
Time expires for questioning in about two hours.
15564  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: Confirmation Hearing: Dr. Cynic to be Sec. of External Affairs (Questioning) on: October 06, 2012, 12:21:31 am
What will be your policy regarding Atlasian diplomacy in the East Asia, especially with China? And we can't talk about China with discussing what is going on in parts of Africa. How concerned are you about the situations with the miners in Zambia and other related areas of concern?
15565  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: SENATE BILL: Election Do-Over Act (Debating) on: October 06, 2012, 12:15:04 am
Why is no one talking here?
15566  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: SENATE BILL: Getting Real About the Cabinet Amendment (At Final Vote) on: October 06, 2012, 12:13:44 am
I count 3 Ayes, 5 Nays, with Bacon King and NV Townsend not voting. Since this is a 2/3rds vote on an Amendment, this has enough votes to fail. Senators have 24 hours to change their votes.
15567  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: SENATE BILL: Right Wages for the Right Regions Act (Debating) on: October 06, 2012, 12:09:54 am
If someone could give me answer that would be most helpfull. Tongue
15568  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: SENATE BILL: ...Committee on Internal Affairs... Resolution (Cloture AT VOTE ) on: October 06, 2012, 12:07:46 am


YOU GOT THIS WHOLE BILL STUCK IN A SEVEN DAY VOTE ON A PROCEDURAL MATTER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
15569  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: SENATE BILL: The 'DREAM' Act (Debating) on: October 05, 2012, 11:58:30 pm
Do you have the links, so I can take a look at them. I fear this thing will be even slower on the wiki.
15570  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: SENATE BILL: Late-Term Abortion Restriction Act (Amendment at Vote) on: October 05, 2012, 11:56:59 pm

If the funds were completely opt-outable, would you change your mind?

It is possible yet unlikely. I got to thinking a bit after a brief exchange with Sam awhile back and decided the federal government of Atlasia makes a habit of tackling some issues better left to the individual regions. That's not to imply I am about to go libertarian on ya'll, but I am going to start dragging my heels when I think this highest tier of government is not doing something imperative to fulfilling its core function of upholding the social rights of the people.

In this case, regulating late-term abortions is consistent with that mission of state. The funding in question, in contrast, has a more diffuse yet nonetheless significant cultural impact. Each region ought to generate strategies of their own, with those policies representing both the values and social mores of their respective peoples better than would a one-size-fits-all approach - in effect addressing the issue in a more decentralized, culturally sensitive manner.

Even if a region could opt out, its taxpayers would still have to fund this in the other regions.

If you have any ideas on how to approach that I would be happy to work with you. I just don't like seeing dollar amounts added to bills, with no implementation procedures, standards for receiving funds etc. We can't leave Scott's text in there as is, without adding some kind of procedures to implement it. I don't wnat to see this bill fail, either.
15571  Election Archive / 2012 Elections / Re: Breaking News...Video show Romney sneaking notes into the debates on: October 05, 2012, 11:47:25 pm
I mean damn it, it says something that we are designing and orchestrating these stupid debates with High Midterm/College Final mentality. How ridiculous! These men are both Harvard Grads, we don't need to test their intellect on public television, we need to find out how they plan to save the country. If they are stupid, they won't be able to hide it no matter how much supporting documentation they bring.

15572  Election Archive / 2012 Elections / Re: Breaking News...Video show Romney sneaking notes into the debates on: October 05, 2012, 11:41:23 pm
God, it would be terrible if the sanctity of Presidential debates was destroyed by the introduction of fre-fabbed, rehearsed talking points.

Perhaps if they did allow them to bring in notes, it would improve the substance.

Gingrich in 2007, "I don't care if they bring a binder".

No kidding!  Open-book test.  Awesome.  Bring your advisors too.

Oh sorry, somewhere I got the idea they were "debating issues". Forgive me, I forgot that this is tail and pony show about optics, substanceless talking points and looking to see who has the biggest gaffe or memory fail. Roll Eyes
15573  Election Archive / 2012 Elections / Re: Breaking News...Video show Romney sneaking notes into the debates on: October 05, 2012, 11:35:06 pm
God, it would be terrible if the sanctity of Presidential debates was destroyed by the introduction of fre-fabbed, rehearsed talking points.

Perhaps if they did allow them to bring in notes, it would improve the substance.

Gingrich in 2007, "I don't care if they bring a binder". The problem is that in this Dancing with the Stars world, Torie debating anvik wouldn't make for good TV or keep an interested audience long.
15574  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Survey Atlasia National HQ -Nyman, DC (Prez Approvals Strong, Senate Plunges) on: October 05, 2012, 09:26:42 am
Press Release-

Survey Atlasia would like to apologize for the unfortunate delay of the second wave of September polling data. This was the result of computer problems both internally and external from our systems that rendered the delay impossible to avoid. We look forward to an intense polling cycle with upcomming Presidential, Senate and other polling on other "races of interest", very soon. Details will be forthcomming in the "near" future.

Ten Years Later - Crickets! Tongue Couldn't resist. Wink
15575  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Survey Atlasia National HQ -Nyman, DC (Morgieb Collapses, Afleitch up some) on: October 05, 2012, 09:22:02 am
September Cabinet Approval Ratings

In your opinion, how have these Cabinet officials been performing their jobs?
Approve - Vice Prez Nathan   10 (8.2%)
Disapprove - Vice Prez Nathan   6 (4.9%)
Approve - AG Afleitch   16 (13.1%)
Disapprove - AG Afleitch   1 (0.8%)
Approve - GM shua   12 (9.8%)
Disapprove - GM shua   3 (2.5%)
Approve - SoFE homelycooking   16 (13.1%)
Disapprove - SoFE homelycooking   0 (0%)
Approve - SoEA Cathcon   9 (7.4%)
Disapprove - SoEA Cathcon   5 (4.1%)
Approve - SoIA Morgieb   5 (4.1%)
Disapprove - SoIA Morgieb   10 (8.2%)
Approve - RG homelycooking   15 (12.3%)
Disapprove - RG homelycooking   1 (0.8%)
Approve - MG Gustaf   10 (8.2%)
Disapprove - MG Gustaf   3 (2.5%)

Total Voters: 17

VP Nathan
Approve:    63%
Disapprove:     37%

AG Afleitch
Approve:    94%
Disapprove:     6%   

GM Shua
Approve:    80%     
Disapprove:     20%

SoFE homelycooking
Approve:    100%
Disapprove:     0%

SoEA Cathcon
Approve:    64%
Disapprove:     36%

SoIA Morgieb
Approve:    33%
Disapprove:     67%

RG homelycooking
Approve:    94%
Disapprove:     6%

MG Gustaf
Approve:    77%
Disapprove:     23%
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