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76  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: The Set It and Leave it Alone Minimum Wage Act of 2015 (Voting on Amendment) on: February 20, 2015, 11:03:47 pm
77  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: FY 2015 Budget (Debating) on: February 20, 2015, 11:03:03 pm
I would be leaning towards supporting such as well.
78  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Vote Windjammer for Mideast Senate! (Victoire!) on: February 20, 2015, 10:59:49 pm
Well Congrats man. Smiley You have made history, again.
79  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Izvestia: Official Atlasian News Service on: February 20, 2015, 01:35:31 am
Spain, why Spain? Oh no, you aren't. Kalwejt you promised... This isn't 1898. Tongue
80  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: FY 2015 Budget (Debating) on: February 20, 2015, 01:06:28 am
How long would these estimations take?
81  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Ask Yankee Anything Townhall on: February 20, 2015, 12:29:30 am
I would probably take the money

and run.Tongue
82  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Ask Yankee Anything Townhall on: February 20, 2015, 12:18:19 am
Houston, Texas

Here's my second town hall. If are still deciding and have any questions of concerns, feel free to post them. Smiley
83  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Riding The Rails to Victory: Whistle Stop Tour Southern Style on: February 19, 2015, 11:59:10 pm
The tire and weary engineer eases the demanding engine into the station fully aware that he will soon be replaced for the next leg of the journey and that instead of running a steam locomotive, he will be piloting a bed. Meanwhile, Senator Yankee approaches the back platform.


I just want to say how glad I am to be in such a great city and state. It is impossible to come to this town and not reflect on how a group of nine seemingly small people took on the entire racist establishment of Jim Crow and showed who was truly small and whose values and beliefs were small. Today, we face a different but equally critical civil rights issue and that is poverty and by extension, education.

I have long been willing to compromise and raise the minimum wage and even consider automatic inflation adjustments. However, raising the rage to $10 to $12 indexed to inflation and $14 to as high as $22 an hour, is entirely a different matter. At that point is necessary to ask yourself what you are aiming to achieve and then how best to achieve. Certainly we need ot ensure that those at the bottom of the economic ladder are paid well, but when it comes to the middle class, we shouldn't be relying on the minimum wage to ensure adequate living standards. We should instead rely on a broad range of efforts, including education and technology to advance our society and improve the quality and pay of the jobs that are available.

The minimum wage is rather old now, a tool of the early Progressive era implement in the Great Depression. Now, technology, whilst a force for good, can quickly eliminate jobs over night. Therefore it is essential to take care with the minimum wage and not use it as a substitute for education policy, research and infrastructure.

Education has always been an area that is rather elusive at the Federal Level because of its complexity and depth, only small highly targeted bills have been adopted whilst comprehensive attempts have failed, twice in the last two years. On the other hand the regions have done much better in passing legislation dealing with the full range of critical aspects where as the Senate has come up short. It is thus my belief that the regions should take the lead where the Senate is incapable of acting and that the Senate should thus in turn support those efforts.

As for the minimum wage, if we cannot pursue the phase out I would prefer in exchange for an expanded Nixcome, then it should be our goal to instead freeze the minimum wage for an extended period of time at some level that would allow for the stabilization of the labor market and the reduction of employment as companies would then be able to better plan ahead in the absence of the constant changes in police and the disrupting effects of this on the market.

We must remain committed to a policy that promotes a strong middle class but doesn't leave working people behind at the bottom. A policy that uses a wide variety of measures to attain this goal and doesn't rely exclusively on an outdated and counterproductive (When used excessively) policy to achieve the same result. Together we can pursue this future of more job creation balanced with living wages, and I hope to be able to earn your vote this weekend so as to be able to push for that very balance.

Next Stop: Houston, TX
84  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: WE'RE GOING TO THE BEACH in February!!! Federalist Convention (Results!) on: February 19, 2015, 10:59:27 pm
I was searchin on a one way street, I was looking for a chance to meet...

I was trying to find out why the former clause stipulating specifically for Presidential elections was deleted from the bylaws but I could find nothing in the June 2013 convention about this so I am still at a loss as to how to approach this issue.

I think the best solution here is to go with the Federalists automatically receiving our endorsements but I can really see an argument either way and my preference would be to respect the will of the Party. Some part of me just wants to endorse no one as the safe bet, like Hagrid did for the June 2013 Pacific Senate election but that was a different circumstances. Regardless, of what result I hand down, we have got to have a new bylaw package, particularly on elections and most specifically, we need to have a section for Presidential elections. This set seems heavily designed for Senate obviously to the exclusion of the other races. This shall be our post election priority, to throw out the bylaws and redo them. I will go into my detail later on, but I would like to encourage if not incorporate the caucuses and go after regional level organization (and yes I need leaders willing to stand up in each region).

Anyway without further ado:
JCL ( 5 ): Devin, JoMCar, CelticEmpire, Cassius, JCL
Maxwell ( 7  ): Dkrolga, Cathcon, Foucaulf, Goldwater, SMilo, Pessimistic Antineutrino, Dereich

JCL endorsed as Federalist, I guess

Midwest Senate:
Dereich ( 9 ): Devin, dkrolga, Cathcon, Dereich, Goldwater, SMilo, Pessimistic Antineutrino, Dereich, JoMCar
Cassius ( 3 ): CelticEmpire, Cassius, JCL

Dereich is endorsed for Midwest Senate

Yes (10): Devin, dkrolga, Cathcon, Goldwater, SMilo, Pessimistic Antineutrino, JoMCar, CelticEmpire, Cassius, JCL
No (2): Foucaulf, Dereich

Cinyc endorsed.

President - JCL/Devin
Mideast Senate - None
Midwest Senate - Dereich
Northeast Senate - Cinyc
Pacific Senate - None
Southeast Senate - NC Yankee
85  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Riding The Rails to Victory: Whistle Stop Tour Southern Style on: February 19, 2015, 08:59:46 pm
The pristine locomotive lumbers into the station in Memphis and once again the distinguished Senator walks up to the platform prepared to address the large crowd gathered before him.

Good Evening Memphis,

Earlier today I noted the retirement of Fritz from the position of Registrar General. Now we must now a serious incident related to the office, as it appears that at a gang of thugs attacked the Census Bureau with the intent of destroying the voter roll and thus crippling our system to its very core. We must be mindful of the guard who was injured and wish a speedy recovery from those injuries. We must also press the causes of this attack to the core, investigate where lapses occurred and pursue necessary changes to ensure we are prepared for the next attack. We did well in that no one was killed, but we should not rest on our laurels and assume in an age where crime and terrorism are constantly evolving, that we have it all under control. Instead, we must be vigilant and constantly evolving ourselves to meet such grave threats and keep our people safe.

It was my intent to continue the theme I started on the other side of this great state. I noted the potential that regionalized parties could have, particularly if the Southland were to re-invent this idea that we had pioneered four and five years ago. However, it is necessary that it not occur in a vacuum but in the context of the gains expected in other areas such as the steps being taken on healthcare, which will surely be an energetic debate, or the interested accumulated potentially by the name change, and not to mention a renewed localized media. Other regions like the Mideast and Northeast have a long history of local press, which is something that the South should seek to utilize down here in our glorious region to spur our revival.

It is difficult of course to push media where it does not exist as we found out with SNC last year, but the gains to be had when Media is present are vastly immense and thus it is essential that we push through the difficulty and restore media, but also reapply it in the form of a regional focus. In the past the South has had papers but never to such an extent as we have seen elsewhere nor as consistently. A paper requires a lot of work and the interest is difficult to be found, but the process can be rather intriguing and fun to do as well.

One are of benefit that would be accrued is with regards to the regional legislature, where a media presence could increase attention to its actions and increase the motivation on the part of our region's citizens to seek office in that body. This would produce competitive elections and attract more membership in the region, which has been lagging in recent months, leading to us lagging the nation overall. This is unacceptable, we must commit ourselves to regaining this lost ground and I hope to assist in that effort. Therefore I ask for your vote this weekend.

Next Stop: Little Rock, AR.
86  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: FY 2015 Budget (Debating) on: February 19, 2015, 08:37:02 pm
Grrrrr Tongue

87  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: Tips and Gratuities Preservation Act (Debating) on: February 19, 2015, 08:35:50 pm
Would the giving of tips by customers still be allowed. Some businesses ban this (treat it the same as bribe). Granted if they are brought up to the normal wages, perhaps it doesn't matter, but I would loath to take money out of a poor person's pocket. Sometimes, you can get some substantial amounts through tips.
88  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: Electoral Reform Amendment (Voting on Amendment) on: February 19, 2015, 08:33:49 pm

Part of me would prefer if the Governors didn't comprise the commission since theoretically, these seats have to represent the popular interests of the whole nation and whilst a regionalist, I have always considered myself someone in favor of a balance of a powers and thus way back when proposals for an all regional Senate were put forth in the RPP I opposed them when not accompanied with a bicameral lower house. I would worry the same would apply here depending on what the governing motivation of the Governors is obviously. The good of the region (Which their job description demands) and the good of the system (which this kind of would depend upon) and those two obligations might conflict at points.
89  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: Fair Minimum Wage Act of 2014 (Voting on Motion to Table) on: February 19, 2015, 08:28:53 pm
Abstain ftr

I am not a fan of tabling motions.

I think as I said before we need to approach a diverse array to boosting wages. We have some need for a bottom floor but to rely on it so heavily is a mistake in a complex modern economy where technology can easily wipe out jobs. We thus need to carefully pursue a balanced approach.

If this bill moves in that direction, I will support it, but if not I will have to oppose it on final passage.
90  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Riding The Rails to Victory: Whistle Stop Tour Southern Style on: February 19, 2015, 07:52:03 pm
Train roles into Chattanooga, TN and the Senator plans to give a speech from the back of an old Pullman rail car.

Good Evening Tennessee!!!

Because of the shortened nature of this tour, it will be necessary to do it quickly and so whilst in the past we have used giant stadiums and convention halls, this time we are going more traditional, more down to earth and I hope more in tune with your concerns and interests.

I must begin tonight by first honoring the great service of Registrar General Fritz who is now departing the Census Bureau after many years of diligent and devoted service. It is a difficult job and finding a replacement who is of the same caliber as Fritz will be a challenge. Fritz, who is also a former President, is now stranger to this game as he has been here many more years than I have and whilst real life events will force me to recede from the stage for now, I trust he will return in some other capacity down the road.

I must start first with the issues that most people are concerning about, and that would be the future of this game. Reform is not just a long held desire, it is an absolute necessity (even more so for a certain political party I happened to be associated with but that is for another time). However, it is essential, particularly for those who support regions to not just oppose reforms that are seen as hostile to regions but to come forth and offer reforms of their own that seek to address the games ills. It is vitally critical that we restore interest and motivation in the regions and the only way for that to happen is for an issue set to be delegated exclusively to them or at the very least largely left for them to determine. After all, you can only change the name of a region so many times. You need to have an ongoing regional political dynamic and culture.

One aspect of the IDS that was left to fall by the way side in recent year was the localized political party apparatus, of which several people probably still retain membership without realizing it. I know that JBrase and I are still members of the IHJ. Though the IDS will soon cease to exist, I think we should revive this structure in the South and use it as a means to attract further interest and help us move towards recreating that political culture. It could also help feed into renewed energy for the national parties, including but not limited to the right and the Federalist Party specifically. Certainly all members will see the effects and feel the improvement created by increased participation and activity.

It must be our responsibility to commit ourselves and our region to a better state of being and I hope that I can assist in creating for the region a much needed renaissance in activity and spirit. Together we can regain the greatness the glorious South once held in many different eras and I therefore hope to earn your vote this weekend.

Next Stop: Memphis!!!
91  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: Confirmation Hearing: Superique for SoS on: February 19, 2015, 07:23:48 pm
92  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Predictions/etc. for the Upcoming Elections on: February 19, 2015, 07:06:55 pm
Funny thing, of the support I have been promised so far, a slight majority can be considered centrist. Wink
93  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Ask Yankee Anything Townhall on: February 19, 2015, 06:31:37 pm
Are you still a Federalist? Do you like Tacos? What will be your main focus if elected Senator? And if you are not elected? Have you considered being Governor?

Yes, I think so.

I enjoy a good taco every couple of weeks.

My main focus will be as I stated in my announcement to focus attention on some lingering issues. We need to get a long term policy for the minimum wage for instance and we need to address some other economic policies that could be better designed or more thoroughly developed upon. We need to encourage regions to take advantage of the opportunities before them on healthcare by allowing competition in their regions as allotted by the bill we passed last yea. Lastly, I would like to see some attention paid to reform, preferably one that empowers regions and that starts first with lobbying efforts on the healthcare bill where Federal Law essentially gives them the critical choice between an ANHC monopoly or a market with a competing public option in the form of ANHC. There are other areas where this same approach can restore interest in the regions. There are some reforms that the Federal Gov't can pursue of course, we are currently debating an Amendment to restore the districting, which I am very skeptical about primarily because of the districting itself.

I feel good about my chances right now based on the support I am receiving, which is more then double what the polling is registering.  My plan was to take a break after this next term, so if that time table is moved up then I would likely do the same now as I would in four months. As for Governor, I did consider running before then Senator PiT approached me with the crazy idea of running for the Senate. Legislating is easier in some ways as then governing in an executive capacity and I am not sure that I would be able to adjust so easily after so long in an legislative capacity.
94  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: WE'RE GOING TO THE BEACH in February!!! Federalist Convention (Voting!!!) on: February 19, 2015, 01:23:17 am
Numbers do permit though, because any number of candidates running to be president will still trigger a vote, per the earlier section in the text with regard to the presidency. I am almost sure we put this in.

And Duke, you were our candidate the first time in spite of the fact that you were an Independent. I thought the only reason you joined was because you felt pressed to make some demonstration of goodwill to the party for the base.

Either way, I've said a million times that someone should really gut the by-laws I wrote. They proved to be cripplingly specific. But I guess it's a bed I don't have to sleep in anymore, so to speak. So best of luck. Tongue

Yea its time to do just that. Last summer we focused on the platform and October just wasn't practical. I hope that it can be addressed after the election is over in this convention thread.
95  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: WE'RE GOING TO THE BEACH in February!!! Federalist Convention (Sign in!) on: February 19, 2015, 01:20:35 am
Get a new Chair, and do it soon, before my party has no one left to rationally oppose.

They do not seem interested in this, and I say this with considerable certainty.

How many people are interested in doing it all themselves? Literally the only thing you can claim I failed at doing was that I did not effectively substitute myself for 100% of the other members. Any party that is structured to run like that is doomed to failure as soon as no one takes up the mantle of leadership, which is quite often because you get burnout and real life contingencies getting in the way.
96  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Have you bought anything at a Radioshack within a year? on: February 19, 2015, 01:00:52 am
RadioShack has become little more then a cell phone dealer these days. In the old days you could buy enough components to build circuit boards from scratch, but that is impossible now that there selection has been reduced so much in that regard. That market is now being served by the internet. Also what they do have is expensive. I need a data cable to install a SATA drive into my older Emachine and it is much cheaper online then it is at RadioShack.

So no.
97  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: Public Consultation Bill 2015 (Voting) on: February 19, 2015, 12:49:08 am
98  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: Cabinet Reform Amendment (Voting on Amendment) on: February 18, 2015, 09:26:19 am
Is this amendment finished?
99  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: Kurdish Solidarity Act of 2014 (Voting on Assumption of Sponsorship) on: February 18, 2015, 09:25:37 am
100  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: FY 2015 Budget (Debating) on: February 18, 2015, 09:24:53 am
Do we have a time table from the GM at this point or is to be expected soon?
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