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76  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: Education Reform Act (Debating) on: January 11, 2016, 10:26:32 pm
Tuition inflation is a big concern and it is the primary reason why so many people cannot afford an education. Market forces don't work to drive down costs because of the prestige and what not, people willing to spend extra money to get that degree from the most well regarded schools and the end result is out of control inflation and the squeezing out of the middle class from a college education leaving just the rich and whoever is lucky enough to be subsidized by the government.

I support PiT's amendment. It is vitally important that we consider the viability of the fields in which degrees are being subsidized in order to 1) not throw that blank check out and 2) to most benefit the economy with mininal downside in terms of the economics of that field.
77  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: The Homeschooling Regionalization Act of 2015 (FINAL VOTE) on: January 11, 2016, 10:16:32 pm
78  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / U.S. Presidential Election Results / Re: Why didn't Maine and Vermont vote for FDR in 1936? on: January 07, 2016, 04:25:17 am
Maine elected Ralph Owen Brewster, who had KKK ties. Both states had long histories of being hostile to immigration and generally shared in the Puritanical moralism that defined the Republicans of the late 19th century. It had a long history of being on the cutting edge of what would be defined as "progressive ideas". They abolished slavery before anyone else for instance.

This becomes a culture or a tradition that gets hyped up to the point that Progressive and Vermont are expected to be two things that go together.

However, Vermont was a far different place 70 and 80 years ago. It was far more Protestant, far more religious and far less diverse, lacking the people that moved into the state in the mid 20th century. There were Conservative and Progressive factions within the GOP in the state and that of course was the case nationwide for the GOP. The move to the left by the GOP in the state helped to prolong their ability to compete, but eventually, the state became Democratic leaning as people moved in from New York and Massachusetts. This strenghened and even doubled the state's previous tradition to the point where any thought of Conservatism together with Vermont is incomprehensible.

One thing that should be noted, FDR cracked the Republican bastion of WASP NE counties. He won the Berkshires and won counties in Northern Vermont. However, this was as much new turnout by White ethnics, and unionized industrial workers as it was defection of previously steadfast Republican WASPs. There were also some leftover Jacksonion/Jeffersonian Democrats in these areas (rural Northern New England was strong for them and NH/ME were Democratic states until the GOP was formed), that voted for FDR as well.

79  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: Fix the Justice System You Kinda Broke Act (Debating) on: January 07, 2016, 03:44:11 am
Since I'm new to the Senate, I'm going to need a little background information on both offices and what they do. I'd check the wiki, but I get the feeling that it hasn't been updated for a while.
Back in September, following the mass-resignation of most of the Bore Administration and the realization that there are simply too many offices in Atlasia, the Senate voted to combine the Department of Internal Affairs and the Department of Justice into the new, consolidated "Department of Home Affairs." This new agency was essentially a conglomeration of the real-life Departments of Jusice, Interior, Treasury, Agriculture, Commerce, Labor, Health & Human Services, Transportation, Energy, and Education. This bill would revert to the pre-September status quo, wherein there is a "Secretary of the Interior" responsible for the last nine of those departments and an Attorney General who leads the Department of Justice.

Actually, that is not quite what the current text says, as I pointed out in my previous post.

It did combine it together yes, but it also created the SG to handle court cases on an "as needed basis".

This would basically make the SoHA the defactor AG as well as SoIA under the old system if my understanding is correct. The text is misleading because it says "recombine", yet those two were never combined before hence the confusion.
80  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: Arm the Peshmerga Act of 2015 (Debating) on: January 07, 2016, 03:36:53 am
Yes, I recall the stories, especially those from last year where the Iraqi gov't became Sunni and Kurd dominated as opposed to Shia.

I thank Truman for posting the relevant GM stories.

Clearly, if anything, or next move should be to try and strengthen the Iraqi central gov't and/or this confederation of Iraq and Jordan.

81  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: A Resolution on Paris attacks. (Passed) on: January 07, 2016, 03:26:34 am
I thank the Senate for passing this common sense measure. Smiley
82  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Company says they'll be able to resurrect the dead in 2045... on: January 03, 2016, 04:33:20 am
Eagerly awaiting the post-civilizational battle between "futurists" and "primitivists". The irony of the conflict will, naturally, be that primitivists are sadly forced to adopt futurist fighting technology to win, or be destroyed.

Wouldn't they still be seriously disadvantaged? They wouldn't be nearly as effective as creating new weapons and tools to continue the fight as their whole existence is geared towards not doing just that. At any rate, historically it seems progress always wins, so I'll be prepared with popcorn and a low-orbit viewing station.

Actually, if anything, history reveals that such "progress" is far less consistent then one would like to believe.
83  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: New Speaker election. on: January 03, 2016, 03:53:06 am
The vote will last 24 hours or until a majority is reached.

[ 1 ] Senator Cris
[ 2 ] Write-In: _ClarkKent_______________
84  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: Swearing in of New Officeholders on: January 03, 2016, 03:51:41 am

85  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Can TRUMP get 40% supports of Hispanics when General Election? Yes on: December 29, 2015, 06:46:52 pm
He might be able to get above 30% but not by much.

86  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Republicans: Romney vs. Trump vs. Cruz vs. Rest of Field on: December 29, 2015, 06:43:05 pm
I wish Romney was running again.
87  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Kasich co-chair on Trump: 'You've got to take him out with a head shot' omg on: December 29, 2015, 07:23:35 am
The problem with Kasich's staff is that they are cogs in a machine. They only care about stopping Trump, they don't care at all about Kasich winning.

He really screwed himself over, big time. I would go so far as to say this is a deliberate strategy from within to tank Kasich and thus benefit Christie and Rubio in NH.
88  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: Motion about Senate activity. (Debating) on: December 29, 2015, 07:18:15 am
I object.

The new Senate starts on Friday and two weeks is far too long in my opinion.

The class elected in December, have the longest wait of any before they can begin serving because the election is a week earlier. This would add nearly two weeks on top of that.

The most I could accept would be the 3rd.
89  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: House: Could Trump Lead to Apocalypse for Republicans? on: December 29, 2015, 04:44:58 am
There are some areas were Trump could help. Assuming he remains competative nationwide, a place like Southern Illinois could come out in droves for him, which would help Kirk the way that Brady helped drive up downstate turnout in 2010. Of course Kirk has to seal the deal in Chicagoland on his own.

For the House, I think it would not be just PVI alone but PVI alongside income and education rates. He could help in Illinois 12, but hurt in Illinois 10.
90  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: House: Could Trump Lead to Apocalypse for Republicans? on: December 29, 2015, 04:14:21 am
This is all self-inflicted. All these dumb airheads with money where their brains should be, bungled this party up so bad that now they are reaping what they have sown and are so stupid they cannot even comprehend how they did this to themselves.

I warned with Romney back in 2011, when people criticized him for embracing the hard line on Chinese currency manipulation. I said, "if something like this is not done, working class voters will rise up and demand real full on protectionism". I would like to find the post, but I don't feel like digging through 32,000 posts to find it.

And then Romney loses and what is it all blamed on. Immigration, immigration rhetoric. Roll Eyes And any talk of China vanishes, the WSJ Editorial Board/COC people had the night of the long knives and suddenly everyone is for comprehensive Immigration Reform and China shilling. Because obviously if we pass amnesty, Hispanics are going to love keeping the Bush tax cuts, cutting spendin and all the rest, when they know from 2004, that Bush won the Hispanic vote through spending and expanding gov't, which also DOA for the most part (with the exception of Trump ironically).

Republicans don't want it, the 2013 polling was skewed by the reluctance to attack Rubio by Rush and others. 2013 was an aberation, the polling before and after looks exactly like it did in 2006 and 2007. So that meant that there was a large base, the same one Romney road to victory in the primaries or at least a portion of it looking for a candidate who shares those views, some of them are pretty moderate on other issues. But all the establishment guys suck, thus ensuring that base went to someone the establishment had no control over. What they should have done was find a way to minimize the damage, to get other minority votes on board, to divide and conquer and restrain the excessive rhetoric without embracing the policy. Cynical yes, Nixonian yes, but guess what such tactics by the GOP got them into this mess, so getting cold feat now is out of the question for the establishment hacks. Now, the risk is a nominee that not only disagrees on the issue, but has no concern about tone. Roll Eyes

Now that they have made this mess, they are now going to run to the Democrats, play the innocent "moderate driven out" line and then pray Hillary gives them some of the crumbs. They deserve Trump, not as the nominee, but as President. There solution is as dumb as the actions that caused this mess and for that they also deserve a far right extremist GOP that wins every other election without them. We live in a two party system and the Dems won't win forever. Just remember, the GOP they leave behind is more conservative by 1 for everyone that leaves.
91  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: How much money does it take to flip the safest house seats? on: December 29, 2015, 03:40:15 am
There are a lot of very rich Republicans in Carolyn Maloney's seat. Yet, since she took down Bill Green, no one has given her serious competition at all. Not even in 1994, its over. That ship has sailed.

You need redistricting reform, public financing of campaigns and maybe top two primaries. Then you might see some interesting things happen. But Harlem isn't electing a Republican and the suburbs of Birmingham aren't electing a Democrat. The last time the former has had a Republican was the 1950's and that was in portions. The last time the latter had a Democrat was 1990, but that was before the changes in enforcement of the VRA removed all the black voters from AL-06.
92  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Office of Simfan34: Yes to reform, no to the regime! on: December 28, 2015, 06:24:38 am
I am for peace, peace, 100% peace.

Indeed, for once the swords hath been inserted and twisted by your enemies, peace shall indeed reign...on their terms!

As always, you are handing your enemies the best tools possible to win.
93  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: North Carolina House Candidates on: December 28, 2015, 05:34:19 am
I live in Holding's district now.

I am probably rooting for Jones to survive and Ellmers and Rouzer to lose.

To Otto or Casteen? Either way, Rouzer is completely safe.


I miss McIntyre now.
94  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Gubernatorial/Statewide Elections / Re: Huey Long Lives!: Gov. JBE discussion thread on: December 28, 2015, 02:55:06 am
Just last night I was reading about the battle between Gillis and Speedy Long and how Edwin Edwards essentially screwed Speedy over by having Progressive Whites and Blacks added to the district leading to Gillis Long winning it back eight years after losing it.

Ironic for all the years I have been hating Huey Long, I generally seem to be coming around regarding his political heirs, mainly because their opponents were/are such dreadful people.

I hope JBE is a great Governor!
95  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Favourite Christmas Songs? on: December 28, 2015, 02:13:48 am
Prior to Christmas I listened to Alabama's "Christmas in Dixie" and "If Everyday Could Be Like Christmas" by Elvis, more than any others.

I wish I had seen this thread and specifically, DavidBs post on the 23rd. Then maybe it would have been earlier than 10 PM on Christmas night that I finally discovered the name and singer for this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QbNFVSRET2c

Even though it is after Christmas now, I cannot stop listening to it.
96  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: How much money does it take to flip the safest house seats? on: December 28, 2015, 01:17:59 am
It was something the Republicans spent a lot of money trying to answer in the 1980's, pooring millions into districts they had held the last time they were a majority, but of course times had changed, meanwhile cheap rural districts that voted Reagan >60% were going unchallenged.
97  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential General Election Polls / Re: IA-PPP: Clinton trails Cruz and Rubio, leads Bush, Fiorina and barely tops Trump on: December 28, 2015, 12:25:15 am
If there is one swing state where Trump could make something happen, it is Iowa. Its Democratic lean is powered by former Republican leaning voters in the Eastern portion of the state. Working class white voters who are more secular and anti-war than their counterparts in Western Iowa. They normally defaulted Republican down ballot until 2006 when Iraq destroyed the GOP amongst such voters. However, those voters have twice shifted heavily Republican when social issues were on the backburner and economy related issues were weighing on the Democrats. If Trump can flip some of those voters, the state will trend heavily towards the Republicans in 2016.
98  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Your reaction if Christie wins the presidency on: December 28, 2015, 12:05:37 am
Write-in: Rand Paul!
99  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: How Does Trump Win the IA Caucus? on: December 28, 2015, 12:03:02 am
Get 50,000 tuned out voters in IA-01 and IA-02 to register and come out to vote and swamp out the Evangelicals.

100  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: A Resolution on Paris attacks. (FINAL VOTE) on: December 27, 2015, 11:35:44 pm
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