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15551  Election Archive / 2012 Elections / Re: post Q3 fundraising #s here on: October 15, 2011, 01:27:25 am
Romney's burn rate is pretty bad. He spent a lot of money last quarter.

Not as bad as last time, though.
15552  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: SENATE BILL: 5th Amendment to the Proportional Representation Act (debating) on: October 15, 2011, 01:10:56 am
Is your first amendment in that post, the same one from the 7th, bgwah?
15553  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: SENATE BILL: Right to Treatment Act (at final vote) on: October 15, 2011, 01:02:34 am
15554  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: 10th Thrice-Annual RPP Convention (Non-RPPers seeking preferences declare now!!) on: October 15, 2011, 12:36:30 am
Endorsment vote will start tomorrow.
15555  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: SENATE BILL: Cabinet Flexibility Amendment (amendment at vote) on: October 14, 2011, 02:34:49 am
15556  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: SENATE BILL: OSPR Amendment (Voting on an Amendment) on: October 14, 2011, 02:31:37 am
Aye ftr
15557  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: SENATE BILL: Environmental Conservation and Protection Act (at final vote) on: October 14, 2011, 02:28:58 am
15558  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: SENATE BILL: Comprehensive Social Security Reform Act (Thread #2) (final vote) on: October 14, 2011, 02:26:49 am

Too much effort into not to do so. Tongue
15559  Election Archive / 2012 Elections / Re: Cain's biggest advantage... on: October 12, 2011, 09:30:46 pm
Keep in mind Cain's first drop was because of being overshadowed by other candidates getting in, not because he was test drove and repulsed the potential buyer. That could still occur, with him. Also, a close look in October is much tougher then one in May.
15560  General Politics / Political Geography & Demographics / Re: any of you guys interested in re-creating old districts to see what the on: October 12, 2011, 09:04:27 pm
I know it is contrary to the purpose of the thread, but could calculate the 1948 and 1960 Presidential results for your map, Miles?

I am curious about something.
15561  Election Archive / 2012 Elections / Re: Official Discussion Thread for Tonight's GOP Presidential Debate on: October 12, 2011, 08:57:10 pm
Oh dear, we are misappropriating the word neo-con, again. Roll Eyes

15562  Election Archive / 2012 Elections / Re: Cain's biggest advantage... on: October 12, 2011, 08:48:58 pm
Perry's probably looked like that two months ago, too.
15563  Election Archive / 2012 Elections / Re: so it looks like Cain is the nominee on: October 12, 2011, 08:46:56 pm
Too easy, fourth and fifth letters are backwards.

As I said, just like malware putting a slight modification in the name of a legit program, so you click it by accident.

15564  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Yank for Senate HQ (Townhall Over) on: October 12, 2011, 08:23:25 pm
Speech in Miami, Florida
October 12th, 2011

Citizens of Florida, we face mounting challenges in Atlasia. From a slow economic recovery which has had a devastating impact on many hardworking Atlasians, especially right here in South Florida, to an increasing apathy and lack of interest amongst its citizens in the political dialogue, and a growing personal bitterness the pushes our leaders apart, at a time when we should be working together to solve our common problems.

There won't be any easy answers, and certainly few unanimous votes in addressing these problems, but there must be a sense of cooperativeness and mutual respect. Anything less, will only serve to drive more into a state of apathy regarding the political process and thus making other domestic challanges like the economy and health care harder to address.

One of the most important issues facing Atlasia, that is especially important in this community, is health care and specifically the rising costs, and the hole in healthcare funding on the federal level. These problems are compromising our responsibilities to those most in need and putting at risk the promise of universal health care to all. There are deep divisions regarding the level of responsibility the government should have in healthcare and the extent of the commitment to universal coverage. I do fundamentally have disagreements with the current structure. However, these do not justify capitalizing on the situation to achive long term political goals. What it does not only justify, but strongly encourage is an effort to make necessary changes to stabilize and improve the program, and to ensure that it is properly funded. Some have suggested using the government's bargaining power to get better prices from healthacre providers, I would go once step further and work to dismantle monopolies which have formed around certain providers which in turn put upward pressure on prices. In some instances, this is unavoidable, but in others it represents an opporunity to make a needed change to bring down prices.

Another important issue where compromise can be found, is on education. In order to ensure we have  a strong economy, we have to make sure that we have the best education system. A lot of progress has been made on this, but more remains to be done. In higher education, we have got to het inflation under control or no amount of aid or loans could possibly cope with the high cost of tuition. We need to make getting a good education as accessbile to as many people as possible.

While we face many important challanges in Atlasai, I am confident that none is too great to be successfully dealt with, if the political system is up to the challenge of dealing with those issues. I would think that a responsible government, should owe its citizens nothing less.

Thanks and Dave Bless!!!
15565  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: SENATE BILL: Comprehensive Social Security Reform Act (Thread #2) (Debating) on: October 12, 2011, 07:27:02 pm
I would but you forget by browser/connection issues. Tongue Why do you think I staffed that out to Antonio? If try to highlight a sentence, it takes whole paragraphs. My research indicates that it is a corruption in Windows coding, caused by an IE program update and is thus unreversible. Atleast that is what some guy said on Cnet forums.

As for the connection, I had to post the declaration for JCP endorsement three times, and somehow my post in the 5th Amendment.... thread regarding the vacancy versus concession issue got lost in space.
15566  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Survey Atlasia: Mideast Senate Race on: October 12, 2011, 07:02:43 pm
This will run Five days, and is for all registered ME voters.
15567  Election Archive / 2012 Elections / Re: Colorado Dems insist DC, not Obama, is unpopular on: October 12, 2011, 06:55:16 pm
In 2010, Republicans didn't pick up the Senate seat, even if Buck was flawed, if the state wasn't purple he would have won and that's a big reason why Colorado is anywhere near a guaranteed Republican pickup in 2012.

Other than Hickenlooper and Bennet, didn't the Republicans sweep every other statewide race?

Shhhh!!!! Don't disrupt his narrative with inconvenient facts, Miles. Wink 

Also of the five statewide races, the winner with the best result was a Republican (AG Suthers at 56%).

The GOP's problems in the state was the result of poor organization and getting four bad candidates in two races (Norton and Weld in the Senate race, Maes and McInnis in the Governor's race) plus a fifth for good measure as an American Constitution party candidate, Tom Tancredo. The last one will ensure problems for some time, because now the ACP has ballot access to siphon off conservative votes.

Which district is this guy in? If it isn't the First, Second, or Seventh, he is certainly running in a district that isn't pleased with Obama. And Romney is just the right sort of candidate to reverse somewhat the murderous gains Obama made in Seventh. I'd also expect him to outperform slighlty in Grand Junction and the counties along the UT border. Of course the new map is still a question mark.
15568  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: JCP Convention, October 2011 on: October 12, 2011, 06:34:57 pm
Damn it, stupid connection....

I'll seek the JCP endorsement for the IDS/SE Senate seat.

Nothing like third times the charm. Smiley
15569  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Any examples of the following in Atlasian election? on: October 12, 2011, 06:25:52 pm
I thought that was a gag order on using that name in public, Kal? Tongue

The NE was a center and left region for ages, dominated by the NLC and then the DA during my first year, with the JCP holding a somewhat respectable position, as well. Then, Hamilton decided the Pacific was too tough a nut to crack and took up residence in North country. His "hill of sand" machine lasted about eight months, with a few hangers on from it remaining behind.
15570  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Any examples of the following in Atlasian election? on: October 12, 2011, 10:51:37 am
It's amazing how the RPP was able to do so much with so little back then. Times have certainly changed now. We had 5 seats at one point with like 20-25 members.

... and now we have about 40 members and can hardly get more than 3 Senators elected. THIS MUST CHANGE!

Keep in mind this is the second time we have hit 40 since then. Tongue We visited 20 once again in between.

Three is been a hard cap for some time.
15571  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Voting Booth / Re: IDS Voting Booth: The Anti-Conscription Amendment on: October 11, 2011, 06:28:05 pm
15572  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: SENATE BILL: Comprehensive Social Security Reform Act (Thread #2) (Debating) on: October 11, 2011, 06:22:08 pm
I am.
15573  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: 10th Thrice-Annual RPP Convention (Non-RPPers seeking preferences declare now!!) on: October 11, 2011, 06:04:55 pm
Better late than never Inksy. Smiley
15574  Election Archive / 2012 Elections / Re: 2012 GOP nomination Intrade rankings on: October 11, 2011, 05:43:08 pm
That is the answer to a question of "Why did you support him", when the issue deals more with "How" and "When". My question is, would it not have been more advisable to hold back somewhat until the debates? You did say, "he was invisible as Governor". Wouldn't knowing such tend to bring on bit of caution amongst the jmfcst's of the world?

And getting back to the answer you did give, it sounds like the critieria for "settling" for a candidate towards the end of the process, which seems out of place in August and September of the previous year.

Remind me again what the harm was in taking Perry for a spin?...It was basically, "Ok, you've got a good resume, and I understand you've pledged to be a social and fiscal conservative...so, well make you are nominee if you can carry on a conversation…what’s that?  You can’t talk?...Next!  What?  We’re out of viable conservative candidates who have political experience?  Who is left?  A business man?  Then send in the business man.  He can speak clearly, actually says something when he speaks, has a good biography, and seems to be a true believer.  If he can tone it down a bit and keep speaking from the heart, then it looks like he’ll be the nominee."

So, again, what was the problem in seeing if Perry had what it took?  What, exactly, is the problem you’re attempting to solve?  Are you saying I should settle for Romney who only gives speeches full of slogans and empty words and who has NO IDEA what he would do if voted POTUS?  Or, are you complaining how quickly we gave up on Bachmann and Perry?  Should we have given Bachmann and Perry an extra two months?  You may think the process is erratic, but the GOP base is simply being systematic in its interview process. 

It seems to me, Herman Cain has caused many blue avatars to blow a gasket and veer towards the hackish side of thought.

The issue isn't about taking a candidate for a spin. The problem is that the way you test drive candidates amounts signing the intial paperwork in my opinion.

The thoroughness is a great thing and I want it to continue as long as possible. The thoroughness isn't what I find eratic. I find eratic the level of support given as part of the "test drive", in your particular case. 

I am not saying anything about any particular candidate here.
15575  Election Archive / 2012 Elections / Re: Romney: Occupy Wall Street 'wrong way to go' on: October 11, 2011, 01:29:38 am

lol. Nice fail with "But you are too..." routine. See the bolded word. Uni means one, bi means two. I would love to be enlightened how you extracted the word "unilateral" from "bipartisan".

Next time look for words like "bipartisan" in posts before you come back with a response in ignorance of what the post you are responding to said. Tongue

Wow, let me explain it a bit easier. What I was saying was that you proved the point I was trying to make that you can't blame Democrats alone for economic issues. It wasn't an attempt to twist your post, but whatever.

The problem is you never had such a point to prove, as my statement had nothing to do with "Democrats alone causing the economic problems" which is ridiculous. It was about destroying the country. Which by picking someone as not ready for the job, and as unfit for the times as Obama, they have done a pretty damn good job of. 
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