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76  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Winfield/Poirot for Atlasia, because, what have ya got to lose? on: February 15, 2017, 10:36:06 am
Governor Winfield delivers a speech on a full employment strategy for Atlasia:

As President, I will introduce a full employment strategy, the aim of which will be to create an economic environment in which Atlasians from all backgrounds will be able to thrive and prosper.  Meaningful employment provides individuals with a sense of self worth and with the ability to realize their goals and their potential.

The right to employment will foster an environment in which the economic rights of all citizens are respected.

Technological advances over the past 20 years has changed the face of employment in the world and in Atlasia.  Therefore, starting at the earliest levels, our education system must ensure that our children learn and are taught to become capable of coping in a technologically advanced society.  This is part of the full employment strategy, going into the next generation.

Technology is advancing rapidly, and as President, I intend that some of the brightest minds in Atlasia will identify emerging technologies in order to prepare a new generation of Atlasians will be prepared in these fields.  These new technologies will be providing millions of new jobs in the future, and I intend that Atlasians will be prepared.

A shortage of skilled workers in the trades is an ongoing problem.  As President, I will create and expand programs to ensure that Atlasia has adequate skilled and trained workers in the trades, i.e. plumbers, electrctians, carpenters, mechanics, masons, builders, etc.  Skilled workers in the trades will always be required and an effective training program will work towards ensuring that skilled workers in these fields will be available.

Small and medium sized businesses are the greatest job creators.  As President, I will work to create an environment in which these business can grow and thrive, thereby growing these organizations, enabling them to expand, prosper, and hire new employees.  I will institute programs which will provide comprehensive training and strategies for those wishing and intending to establish small businesses, in order to minimize their chances of failure.

The education and training of the individual is key to these full employment strategies.  Therefore, my education and training programs will be built around ensuring that our children and youth receive the best education and training possible in order that they will be prepared to thrive in a fast paced and ever changing world.  
77  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Winfield/Poirot for Atlasia, because, what have ya got to lose? on: February 15, 2017, 10:24:42 am
Wish you luck on the Presidential race Smiley

Thank you.

Much appreciated.
78  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Freedom with Franklin: Let's rename the North Franklin! on: February 15, 2017, 12:33:37 am
And don't forget the most famous Franklin of all


79  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Winfield/Poirot for Atlasia, because, what have ya got to lose? on: February 15, 2017, 12:21:47 am
Governor Winfield delivers speech on illegal immigration:

Although we have to protect our borders, we also have to be practical about those already here illegally.  We also have to take into consideration that many of these people have their families here, and have children here, some born in the country.  I am not a proponent of separating families.  Let's face facts.  It would be impractical and virtually impossible to expell every illegal in the nation.  However, public safety and national security must be paramount in deciding which illegals could be granted citizenship.

For those already here illegally who have not committed any crime, I support proceeding with any decision on citizenship on a case by case basis, in order that a determination could be made which would warrant citizenship and which would not.  For those who warrant it, the normal citizenship proceedings could then begin
80  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Atlasia Chronicle - Presidential Debate on: February 13, 2017, 05:10:44 pm
And finally, for now, your running on the same ticket as you did twelve months ago - do you believe that you can improve on that result?

I am very pleased that Poirot offered his services as the Vice Presidential candidate on our ticket in this election.

Poirot is a candidate who is knowledgeable, experienced, well versed on the issues, and hard working.

Poirot has pledged that should be become Vice President, that he will be a very active Vice President.

I have to say that there is no one else in  Atlasia at this time that I would rather have on the ticket with me in this election.

It is my honor to have Poirot on the ticket twice with me.

As far as the results of this election, I will leave that in the hands of the voters.
81  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Atlasia Chronicle - Presidential Debate on: February 13, 2017, 05:02:30 pm
Would you seek to propose any of your policies to Congress, in the event that your not elected as President?

If not elected, I would certainly propose gun control through a sponsor to Congress, as well as investigations into the cost of medical and dental treatment and equipment as well as  the cost of pharmaceuticals.
 
82  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Atlasia Chronicle - Presidential Debate on: February 13, 2017, 04:54:35 pm
You've mentioned in your campaign that you'd like to increase funding to help with student mental health. How would you like to see mental healthcare work under your leadership and is this something that you can see expanding towards the wider public in the future should your policy with student mental health be successful?

This mental health initiative is specifically part of the gun control policy that I have proposed. 

We all know that many of the shootings that have taken the lives of so many innocent people, even children, have been perpetrated by mentally unstable individuals.

Mental health is a very misunderstood issue I believe.  There are many types of mental health issues that are not understood. 

There are many good programs in place for mental health treatment for adults, which I support.

If we can deal with mental health issues where they exist with young people, this will go a long way, I believe, in preventing potential violent behavior later in life.

If this mental health initiative with students proves to be successful, I would consult with mental health professionals about expanding the program for adults.       

83  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Atlasia Chronicle - Presidential Debate on: February 13, 2017, 03:44:57 pm
How would you seek the end the crisis in Syria? Would this be something that you feel could be ended through negotiation, or do you believe that the military effort should continue?

The situation in Syria is a human tragedy, caused by the brutal dictator and murderer Assad, backed by  Russian another brutal dictator, Putin

It is perfectly clear by now that Assad is not going to give up power and that he will kill as many people, including children, as he has to in order to maintain power.

The only thing Assad and Putin understand is power and armed might.  Given this, the only thing that is going to bring the brutal Assad dictatorship down is armed might. 

Assad has only allowed a limited amount of humanitarian aide through to the victims.

Ideally, a regional force should be organized to carry out an extensive bombing campaign of key targets, taking out Syrian military installations, bombing their planes on the ground, possibly even taking out the Assad palaces.

If the bulk of Syrian military installations are taken out, this would severely cripple Assad's ability to continue killing innocent people.  It would as well increase the opportunities for the Syrian rebels to regroup and be more effective.

If this bombing campaign by regional forces does not succeed in taking out the Assad regime, the United Nations should send in more forces to continue the air campaign. 

A ground campaign of the United Nations would be a last resort.

As President, I will not commit  our forces to a ground campaign in Syria.   

 

84  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Atlasia Chronicle - Presidential Debate on: February 13, 2017, 03:21:43 pm
Could you explain your "Shovels in the Ground, Trucks on the Road" policy? Would the whole country see the benefit of your plan to upgrade infrastructure or would this target the places most in need of improvement in their infrastructure?

My "Shovels in the Ground, Trucks on the Road" proposal is designed to benefit the entire nation.  We will upgrade and modernize where necessary and we will create where necessary.

Across the nation, there is ample opportunity to see infrastructure that is in need of upgrading and modernization.  As well, there are areas in need of new infrastructure. 

This policy will make Atlasia more competitive on the world economic stage, will increase wages for Atlasian workers, will reduce the cost of goods and services for Atlasian consumers, and will create jobs. 

85  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Atlasia Chronicle - Presidential Debate on: February 13, 2017, 03:08:43 pm
The question of whether we should have a Parliamentary Atlasia has become topical recently. If you were elected, would you seek any changes to the system of government that is currently in place?

Thank you Clyde for permitting me the opportunity to attend this debate to fit into with my schedule this week.

Personally, I like the governmental system we have in place at this time.  I believe our Presidential system of government works for this republic and serves us well.

I am not in favor of a parliamentary system.  The presidential system with a bicameral legislature  works fine as far as I'm concerned.

The Presidential system in my view provides more stability. The parliamentary system leaves more room for instability in the process, with the greater possibility of minority governments.

With our system, there is plenty of opportunity for most to serve if they wish to do so.
86  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Atlasia Chronicle - Presidential Debate on: February 13, 2017, 11:32:37 am
Thank you to Senator Clyde, the Atlasian Chronicle, and all involved in sponsoring this debate.  Open and respectful debate and free flowing discussion is such an essential aspect of democracy.

Let me give you some details of my public record of service.

I have served as Governor of the Northeast, Lieutenant Governor, Speaker of the Assembly, a multi term member of the Northeast Assembly.

I have as well served as an elected delegate to the recent Constitutional Convention.

Recently, I have served as a Domestic Advisor to Blair when he was President of Atlasia.

In a society where 1% of the population control 48% of the wealth, this is cause for concern.  I want to ensure the very wealthy are paying their fair share of tax, and will not be able to shelter this tremendous wealth in off shore, tax free accounts.

I was the first to enter this race, and one of the first policies I announced was to undertake the most ambitious and extensive public works and infrastructure program in the history of Atlasia.  This will bring billions into the economy and result in the creation of millions of jobs.

I plan on introducing a sensible and well needed gun control policy, which I believe has wide support in the nation, and will make the people of this nation safer.

I want to see medical and dental costs be brought under control.  I will institute an audit of the cost of medical and dental equipment, to determine which costs are justified and which are not.

Medical administrative costs in Atlasia are 8%, more than double the average world wide costs of 3%.  I will want to know why, in order to determine if these costs are justified or not.

I will do a thorough audit and investigation of the pharmaceutical industry to determine why the cost of pharmaceuticals are so high, and correct those costs where necessary.

I want to ensure senior's homes are treating the seniors in their care and in their facilities are being treated with respect and dignity, and are well cared for.  I will undertake an extensive investigation, and will lay charges where appropriate.

As far as our military is concerned, I will ensure that Atlasia maintains a strong, modern, effective, state of the art military, so that we will be prepared for any situation.  I will never allow Atlasia to negotiate from a state of weakness.

Being militarily well prepared does not mean that we will be involving ourselves in foreign wars and adventures.  We will not act as the world's policeman.  We will act to protect our interests at home and abroad where necessary.

Our foreign policy will be one of negotiation and diplomacy rather than one of confrontation.  We will act as much as possible with our allies in NATO and the United Nations. 

Thank you my fellow Atlasians for being here today, and I look forward to a lively and spirited debate.         
87  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Maxwell for President - Vermont Style Communism on: February 12, 2017, 10:26:47 pm
Maxwell, welcome to the Presidential race.

88  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: *LIVE* Tuesday Night: Debate Night in Atlasia, 7-9 Eastern on Valentines' Day on: February 12, 2017, 10:15:47 pm
I have sent the following to Ted Bessell, explaining why I am unavailable for this IRC debate.

So everyone understands my position, here are the details:
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Thank you for your debate invitation.

Of course, I want to participate in this debate.

Your invitation and the debate are getting awfully close to the election.

Here is my schedule for this coming week.

Monday I am free during the day only.

Tuesday I am not free day or evening.  I am putting in volunteer service work.
 
Wednesday I am free during the day only.

Thursday I am free during the day only.

I would love to participate in this debate, but due to my heavy schedule this coming week, and the short notice I received, can you change the format to allow the candidates to answer the questions and respond to the other candidates when  they are free to do so?

Thank you.
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Therefore, unfortunately, I am unavailable for this debate.

Myself, I would much prefer the AFE to hold a debate on the Fantasy Elections board, which everyone can see.

On top of which, I do not use live chat rooms.

I consider Atlas to be a forum, not a chat room in that sense.

But thank you Mr. Bessell for your invitation.  Good luck with your debate in the chat room.
89  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Winfield/Poirot for Atlasia, because, what have ya got to lose? on: February 12, 2017, 09:09:14 pm
Presidential candidate Winfield, accompanied by Vice Presidential candidate Poirot, delivers the following statement on foreign policy and the military on a campaign swing through Denver.

Governor Winfield:

I wish to acknowledge the invaluable input of my running mate, Poirot, in the formulation of this policy. 

The President still has influence over foreign policy in the Hands Off approach. It's not like domestic policy that can be more easily delegated to the Senate. Some decisions must be made more quickly than after a three-week debate. The Hands Off philosophy for foreign policy will mean the country will not seek to intervene in conflicts and war around the globe. When the country intervenes with military forces it will be because we have no choice, when we are attacked or vital interests are at stake. We will prefer diplomacy to military action. We need to avoid getting dragged in other places conflicts.

When military intervention is required we will do with our allies in NATO or in working with UN. And we will not do all the work. Other countries need to pull their weight and not rely on Atlasia.

That being said, we will ensure that we maintain a strong, modern and effective military, and we will ensure they have the tools to do the job.
 
 
90  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Winfield/Poirot for Atlasia, because, what have ya got to lose? on: February 11, 2017, 11:03:27 pm
ENDORSED!

Thank you.  Much appreciated.
91  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Winfield/Poirot for Atlasia, because, what have ya got to lose? on: February 10, 2017, 10:26:46 pm
Governor Winfield brings up the issue of health care and administrative costs in Atlasia.

My fellow Atlasians, in keeping with our theme of a more affordable and efficient health care system, we must consider administration costs, and work to bring them under control.

Administration costs in Atlasian health care are the highest in the developed world. They account for over 8% of spending in the sector.

Globally, health care systems spend about 3% on average on administration.

Private insurance generates a relatively high share of total administrative expenditure, noting that administration costs are generally lower when governments manage health care coverage.

At a time when public budgets are under pressure worldwide, it is alarming that around one-fifth of health expenditure makes no or minimal contribution to good health outcomes.

Governments could spend significantly less and still improve patients' health.

Excessive pharmaceutical costs, expensive surgeries and corrupt practices all inflate costs for health care systems around the world.

I will target the pharmaceutical industry to cut drug costs.

http://money.cnn.com/2017/01/11/news/economy/healthcare-administrative-costs-us-obamacare/index.html
92  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: February 2017 United Alternative Convention on: February 10, 2017, 10:10:45 pm
My dear friends of the United Alternative, it is my deep honor to be able to address your esteemed convention at this time.

I come before you, frankly, to ask for your endorsement, and for your votes.

My very capable running mate, Poirot, and myself, offer Atlasians new vision, new commitment, and new hope.

We stand for a tax system that is more balanced and fair.

Our priorities as a government are more geared toward the poor, the working class, and the middle class. 

We will institute an extensive public works program to build, upgrade, and improve our infrastructure.  This will generate millions of new jobs, and will bring billions of dollars into the economy.

We support a reasonable and effective gun control policy. 

We support an effective, efficient, and affordable universal health care system.  There is far too much waste and corruption in the health care system at present.  Waste and corruption in the health care system will be eliminated under our administration.

These and other policies will move Atlasia forward, and create a safe and sensible society, one which we can confidently pass down to our children and grandchildren.

Thank you my friends and my fellow Atlasians for giving me the opportunity to address you. 

   
93  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Winfield/Poirot for Atlasia, because, what have ya got to lose? on: February 10, 2017, 07:00:52 pm
I believe I have addressed that in my support of universal health care.

I support the Universal Healthcare and Affordability Act, by and large, and would expand on that.
94  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Poll: So when should Pence take over? on: February 10, 2017, 03:23:32 pm
You should change your username to Losefield.

Hey, good one, I have to admit.  

But the good news, we kept crooked Hillary out of the White House and we will control the Supreme Court for a generation.

Unless no one else leaves, and a non-liberal justice leaves during the next D administration.

Good grief, Ruth Bader Ginsburg sleeps during court sessions, during Obama's  State of the Union address, and during the Pope's speech to Congress.  She's 84 in March.

Stephen Breyer is almost 80.

To be fair to RBG, the time she fell asleep at the state of the Union was after she had been drinking a lot over at scalia's dinner party beforehand. 4 glasses of wine would make me sleepy too.

That's an excuse?  Good grief.

Ruth, thank you for your service.

Now resign.
 

Resign the day after Gorsuch is confirmed and sworn in.
95  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Poll: So when should Pence take over? on: February 10, 2017, 02:03:47 pm
You should change your username to Losefield.

Hey, good one, I have to admit.  

But the good news, we kept crooked Hillary out of the White House and we will control the Supreme Court for a generation.

Unless no one else leaves, and a non-liberal justice leaves during the next D administration.

Good grief, Ruth Bader Ginsburg sleeps during court sessions, during Obama's  State of the Union address, and during the Pope's speech to Congress.  She's 84 in March.

Stephen Breyer is almost 80.

To be fair to RBG, the time she fell asleep at the state of the Union was after she had been drinking a lot over at scalia's dinner party beforehand. 4 glasses of wine would make me sleepy too.

That's an excuse?  Good grief.

Ruth, thank you for your service.

Now resign.
 

 
 
96  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Poll: So when should Pence take over? on: February 10, 2017, 02:01:47 pm
Oh, now aren't we edgy today.
97  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Poll: So when should Pence take over? on: February 10, 2017, 01:33:46 pm
You should change your username to Losefield.

Hey, good one, I have to admit.  

But the good news, we kept crooked Hillary out of the White House and we will control the Supreme Court for a generation.

Unless no one else leaves, and a non-liberal justice leaves during the next D administration.

Good grief, Ruth Bader Ginsburg sleeps during court sessions, during Obama's  State of the Union address, and during the Pope's speech to Congress.  She's 84 in March.

Stephen Breyer is almost 80.
98  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Poll: So when should Pence take over? on: February 10, 2017, 01:10:56 pm
You should change your username to Losefield.

Hey, good one, I have to admit. 

But the good news, we kept crooked Hillary out of the White House and we will control the Supreme Court for a generation.
99  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Poll: So when should Pence take over? on: February 10, 2017, 12:36:02 pm
Please vote and discuss.
100  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: The Crusader (Vote Yes!) on: February 10, 2017, 11:32:50 am
Parliamentary Atlasia, February 2017:

To the question Which system would you personally prefer for Atlasia?

Parliamentary: 52.2%
Presidential: 39.1%
Undecided: 8.7%

While a small sample, this poll is nonetheless quite the positive shock to The Crusader, as a majority of our respondents agreed in principle that a parliamentary system would be preferable for our Republic. With new proposals being floated around, the parliamentarian cause is off to a good start and with potential goodwill to promote a constitutional change that would dramatically change the way Atlasia works, we believe, for the better.

Yes, because the parliamentary system for "South America" worked out so well. 
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