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76  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Voting Booth / Re: June 2014 Federal Election - President, VP and Regional Senators on: June 20, 2014, 11:24:16 pm
President/Vice President:
1. Sirnick/Dallasfan


Northeast Senator:
1. Deus Naturae

77  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: What is your favorite forum meme? on: June 08, 2014, 11:04:49 pm
Well this thread is turning out pretty awesome.

As are you!  Smiley

Congrats Ebowed  
78  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: What is your favorite forum meme? on: June 08, 2014, 10:45:33 pm

On behalf of the entire Atlas Forum, I apologize to you for our lack of acknowledgement and appreciation.

As a token of our sincerity, I henceforth coin a new meme: "Congratulations, Winfield!"  I will now proceed to bump each and every thread reporting a Romney primary state win, a Romney lead in a state/national poll, or otherwise any thread containing positive news updates on Mitt Romney, and use the phrase appropriately.

Well, it's about time!

Thank you your Serene Highness.
79  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: What is your favorite forum meme? on: June 08, 2014, 09:55:31 pm

great post!

Thank you.  Much appreciated.  Great to hear from you again Walter.

Awesome as ever I see.  Smiley
80  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: What is your favorite forum meme? on: June 08, 2014, 09:51:16 pm

The Winfield legacy lives on!

Thank you so much.  We can certainly hope so.  Smiley
81  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: What is your favorite forum meme? on: June 08, 2014, 12:43:55 pm
Dominating, Congrats Phil

As the one who coined this phrase, unfortunately, lest any be misled, permit me to set the record straight, and to clear up any misconceptions.

In the 2010 elections, Republican Tom Corbett was elected Governor of Pennsylvania and Republican Pat Toomey was elected U.S. Senator from Pennsylvania.  Keystone Phil is known on this forum as being a very strong advocate, defender, and supporter of Republican candidates in Pennsylvania.

Knowing that Keystone Phil was a big supporter of these two candidates, and of the Republican party in Pennsylvania, I simply posted

Congratulations Keystone Phil on the election of Tom Corbett and Pat Toomey

or words to that effect.

Now, surely, anyone who can read should know that congratulations are given to people for various reasons, birthdays, anniversaries, graduations, and, on a forum like this, about elections and politics, congratulations can be given to someone where they or their candidates win.

However, for some strange, unfathomable reason, forum posters picked up on this and turned it into something ridiculous.  One of the posters asked Keystone Phil what he thought, and he said he thought it was "interesting," never even having the common courtesy of thanking me for congratulating him.

In 2012, being a well known supporter of Mitt Romney on this forum, if anyone on this forum would have congratulated me for Romney winning the Republican Presidential nomination, the first thing I would have done would have been to thank them for their congratulations.

Anyway, after all the stupid postings flying around this forum in this matter, I withdrew my congratulations to Keystone Phil, who obviously did not appreciate the congratulations anyway, and I gave the congratulations directly to Corbett and Toomey.

Try to be nice to someone, and where does it get you?

Anyway, these are the facts, plain and simple.
82  General Discussion / History / Re: Surreal moments in political history on: June 07, 2014, 11:31:08 am
1986

Lyndon LaRouche candidates win Democratic Party primaries for Lieutenant Governor and Secretary of State in  Illinois, prompting Adlai E. Stevenson III, the Democratic nominee for Governor, to retire from the ticket and run as an independent.

Hilarious!
83  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: What is your favorite forum meme? on: June 06, 2014, 10:07:57 pm
Dominating, Congrats Phil

The Winfield legacy lives on.
84  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Pennsylvania SSM ban struck down on: June 06, 2014, 10:04:03 pm

The Winfield legacy lives on.
85  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Clinton's Keystone headache on: June 06, 2014, 10:00:01 pm
Congrats Phil.

The Winfield legacy lives on.
86  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: As I predicted, Lewis returns. on: June 06, 2014, 09:59:11 pm
Congrats Phil Tongue

The Winfield legacy lives on.
87  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Primary Election Polls / Re: PA-PPP: Christie- 23% Huck- 14% Paul- 12% Bush- 10% Cruz- 10% Clinton- 65% on: June 06, 2014, 09:57:35 pm
PA is Hillary country. Smiley

Quote
Despite his native status Santorum manages only a 6th place finish at 8%

Congrats Phil!

The Winfield legacy lives on.
88  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Voting Booth / Re: Northeast Voting Booth: TLSWWMASPEDA on: June 01, 2014, 03:53:51 pm
Aye
89  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Veterans Affairs Wait Times Scandal on: May 30, 2014, 10:57:19 pm

It's about time.

If he hadn't resigned, Obama would have had no option but to fire him.

I am sure that Obama gave Shinseki the option of either resigning or being fired.
90  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Candidate Declaration Thread on: May 26, 2014, 10:18:53 pm
I am withdrawing as a candidate for President for the June 2014 election.
91  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Winfield/AndrewTX for Atlasia, the rise of the Grass Roots on: May 25, 2014, 10:30:09 pm
My fellow Atlasians

It is with a heavy heart that I must inform you due to circumstances IRL I have found it necessary to drop out of the Presidential race.

I have informed my running mate AndrewTX .

Best wishes and good luck to all remaining candidates.

I have every confidence that one of you will make a very good President.

To my supporters, thank you so very much for all your help in the campaign, and sorry to have to make this announcement.

92  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Winfield/AndrewTX for Atlasia, the rise of the Grass Roots on: May 25, 2014, 01:07:06 pm
You see, by laying out my priorities in this matter, I am telling Atlasians what I believe, while at the same time telling Atlasians that they will still have this coverage under my administration.
93  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Winfield/AndrewTX for Atlasia, the rise of the Grass Roots on: May 25, 2014, 11:23:17 am
Well,
I wish you good luck for this campaign!

Thank you my good man.  To you as well! 
94  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Winfield/AndrewTX for Atlasia, the rise of the Grass Roots on: May 25, 2014, 11:21:53 am
That's an impressive platform in terms of detail and ambition, although most of these proposals have already been enacted, including a basic income guarantee, universal child care and parental leave for workers, the financial transaction tax, most of the clean energy initiatives, and a carbon tax. (In terms of economic and environmental effects, a carbon tax is about the same as an auction-based cap & trade system.)

How would Wincare differ from the existing Atlasian National Healthcare System (i.e. "Fritzcare")?

I believe Wincare would be more straight forward, less bureaucratic.
95  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: The Atlasian Post. on: May 25, 2014, 12:02:02 am
The Atlasian Post.
ALL HEADLINES, ALL SPIN, ALL FONTS, ALL THE TIME

WIN WITH WINFIELD!
This paper endorses Winfield.
FORMER NE GOVERNOR IS ALLY OF THE PEOPLE.
RUNNING MATE PROVEN CHOICE FOR THE PEOPLE.
THE PEOPLE'S CHOICE SHOULD BE GOVERNOR WINFIELD!


Thank you Atlasian Post and Simfan.

We are honored to have the endorsement of this esteemed publication.
96  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Winfield/AndrewTX for Atlasia, the rise of the Grass Roots on: May 24, 2014, 06:24:59 pm
I acknowledge my running mate in the Feb/2013 Presidential campaign Simfan for his tremendous contribution to our platform at that time.  Both Simfan and I contributed substantially to our platform for that election.

Running for President and Vice President is, after all, a joint effort, as far as I am concerned. 
97  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Office of Simfan34 on: May 24, 2014, 05:56:20 pm
Thank you very much Simfan.
98  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Winfield/AndrewTX for Atlasia, the rise of the Grass Roots on: May 24, 2014, 05:53:05 pm
I hope we will see the return of some of your ideas from last year:

WINFIELD-SIMFAN 2013
A NATION TO SAVE!
THE SOCIAL CREDIT PLATFORM FOR PROSPERITY


CARE FROM CRADLE TO GRAVE


Parental Leave Act
The Parental Leave Act would mandate that employers grant mothers 10 weeks of maternity leave at full pay, the first two weeks of which shall be mandatory taken, and an additional ten weeks at half-pay, and two weeks of paternity leave at full pay. The family is then entitled to 30 additional weeks of guaranteed leave without pay.

National Daycare Provider Act
This would empower and fund school districts to set up day-care and pre-school programs for young children, as to enable both parents to enter the workforce. Two meals a day and a snack would be served in these programs. In addition, the NEPA would grant credits for low-income families to send their children to private, competitive day care and pre-school programs.

FELLA (Fostering Early Literacy for Low-Income Atlasians) Act
The FELLA Act would establish funding for early literacy programmes in low-income areas and other areas of below-average literacy. These programs would be held at local libraries and schools, and would include family nights focused on the importance of and strategies for reading with children, reading and writing sessions at the libraries, and the Young Literacy Corps’ volunteers mentor pre-schoolers, kindergarteners and first graders in reading, oral language, and literacy skill development.

GET(Gaining Excellent Teachers) Act
The Gaining Excellent Teachers Act would supplement the recently passed Atlasian Institute of Teachers Act by providing incentives for high performance on the National Teachers Licensing Exam (NTLE) and performance in their academic institution via tax credits and tuition grants.

Universal Secondary Education Act
The federal government would mandate that every Atlasian, who is capable of such, must achieve a secondary-level education, that is, complete high school.

Universal Tertiary Education Act
The federal government would mandate that every Atlasian, who is capable of such, at least complete two years of tertiary education, whether it be at a trades school, an associate degree, vocational education, military education, or general bachelors and graduate degrees. This would help make our workforce more competitive in the 21st century global economy and allow for the strengthening of trades.


Federal Holidays and Vacations Act
All Atlasians would be entitled to fourteen days of paid leave per annum in addition to the observance of all federal holidays, in addition to Easter Monday, Good Friday, Easter, Election Day, and Constitution Day.


Anti-Treason Commemoration Act
The commemoration of any official, organization, or institution associated with the Confederate States of America (CSA) by state or regional holiday or any other law is prohibited.


Federal Provident Fund Act

The Federal Provident Fund would mandate the saving by every Atlasian of a minimum 2.25% of their annual income for old age, to gradually increase over time. Eventually this may displace Social Security. A minimum savings would be set and differences between 2.25% of income and the legal minimum would be funded by the government, thus encouraging saving even for low-income earners.


National Savings Bank Act
A Federally-backed savings bank would be established to encourage general  (non-retirement) saving by individuals, and re-establishing the Postal Savings Bank. Income shown as saved in the Savings Bank would be eligible for a full tax credit of up to $50,000 for couples and $25,000, and a half tax credit in other banks.


Guaranteed Minimum Income Act
Each Atlasian would be entitled to a minimum post-tax income as set forth by the bill, and the actualisation of the minimum income would be through a negative income tax, without any other reduction of benefits.

Federal Final Dignity Act
All Atlasians would be entitled to a burial or cremation in a cemetery, with rites preformed according to their religious beliefs, and a permanent marker of their burial, with government funding in the case of inability to pay.

A RICHER CULTURE AND AFFORDABLE RECREATION  

National Interest Cultural Sites Access Act
Museums and other cultural sites designated to be of “national interest” (ie, Ellis Island, Metropolitan Museum of Art) shall be subsidised by the Federal Government to the point of guaranteed free admission.

Preforming Arts Preservation Act
A “sustaining grant” shall be made to all major symphonic, classical, and preforming arts organisations and programmes; symphonies should not be made to go bankrupt.

Preforming Arts Service Initiative Act
The Preforming Arts Service Initiative (PASI), would brings talented Servicemen and Servicewomen into the concert halls, opera houses, and theatres of Atlasian towns and cities, to help both broaden their experience and help bring high culture into everyday life for millions of Atlasians.

Public Art Project  Act
The Public Art Project (PAP) would bring the works of Atlasia’s most promising young artists into to the public sphere, from our newest rural public buildings to even the Capitol. Additionally, PAP members helped make informational posters, exhibition displays, informational diagrams, and technical schematics.

Young Arts Project Act
This would give significant grants to public school districts for funding art and music programs, and funding visits to museums, theatres, et al.

Recreation and Fitness Act
Subsidies to families who cannot otherwise afford the costs to ensure their children are able to enroll and engage in recreational and sporting activities of various types.  
 

PAYING FOR THIS ALL
Goods and Services Tax Act
The Goods and Services Tax (GST) would be a tax levied on the value added on each level of production, at a level of 5%. Most developed countries, and indeed most countries in general, have a goods and services tax, and there is no reason Atlasia should not have one as well, especially in order to fund the improvements we intend to make. With exemptions for housing, education, and charitable donations, a GST would raise $277.2 billion in new revenue.
(http://assets.opencrs.com/rpts/R41708_20110322.pdf)

Financial Transactions Tax
The Financial Transactions Tax would tax the trades of each major category of financial assets traded in Atlasian markets: stocks, bonds, foreign exchange, and derivative assets (i.e. options, forwards, futures, and swaps). Many analysts also believe that an excessive share of the economy’s resources is being consumed by the financial sector. A financial transactions or trading tax is a policy tool that can address both issues: raising a substantial amount of revenue and reducing the size of financial trading in the U.S. economy relative to the economy’s level of productive activity. At a rate of 0.5% on stocks and 0.01% on bonds, a Financial Transactions Tax could raise up to $353.8 billion in new revenue. (http://scholarworks.umass.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1180&context=peri_workingpapers)

In total, this is $631 billion of new income per annum.

GAME REFORM

Establish the office of the Presidential Press Secretary
To improve communication from the President to the citizens of Atlasia, we would establish a Presidential Press Office to make announcements on a weekly basis, minimum. The Press Secretary would guarantee at least a basic level of contact and interaction with the Presidency, and would always be open for questions by definition.

Reorganize the Federal Departments:
A Department of Treasury and Budget
A Department of the Interior
A Department of State
A Department of Federal Elections
A Department of the Census
A Department of Culture and Education
  
A people’s constitutional convention

Party primaries
All parties would hold primaries for their presidential nominations

Popular petition through the committees
Constituents would be able to propose bills for Senatorial Committee’s recommendation
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Winfield/Simfan Energy Policy

If we create the right kind of system, we can not only get off the fossil-fuels roller coaster, but speed the transition to a clean energy economy that puts the interests of people before interests of polluters.  
Our goal is to cut carbon dioxide emissions 80 percent below 1990 levels by 2050. This will be accomplished through a cap-and-trade system that would auction off 100 percent of emissions permits, making polluters pay for the CO2 they emit.

We intend to channel revenue raised from auctioning emissions permits,  between $30 billion and $50 billion a year, toward developing and deploying clean energy technology, creating "green jobs."  

25 percent of electricity is to come from renewable sources by 2025, and 30 percent of the federal government's electricity is to come from renewables by 2020.

We will propose investing $150 billion over 10 years in R&D for renewables, biofuels, efficiency, clean coal, and other clean tech.

This plan is designed to achieve the following results:

-Improving energy efficiency 50 percent by 2030.

-36 billion gallons of biofuels to be used each year by 2022 and 60 billion gallons of biofuels to be used each year by 2030.

-All new buildings to be carbon neutral by 2030.

-Reduce oil consumption by at least 35 percent, or 10 million barrels a day, by 2030.

-Get 1 Million Plug-In Hybrid Cars on the Road by 2015.
 
-Create a new $7,000 tax credit for purchasing advanced vehicles.

-Weatherize one million homes annually.

-Increase fuel economy standards.

-Crack down on excessive energy speculation.

-Develop and deploy clean coal technology.

We will be working toward less oil dependancy from the middle east and Venezuela, markets which will become more and more volatile in the coming years.  I propose to increase our oil imports from Canada, a more dependable supplier.

Off shore drilling will only be permitted once it has been established that adequate controls are in place to ensure no oil spills will occur.


Smiley

Over the remainder of the campaign, I will be announcing further policy positions, which will include some from our previous Presidential campaign.  

Good policy then is still good policy now, after all.  

Some of these policies are encompassed by Wincare.  
99  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Winfield/AndrewTX for Atlasia, the rise of the Grass Roots on: May 24, 2014, 04:38:33 pm
Simfan, thank you so very much for your endorsement.

It is a great honor for me to receive the endorsement from such a great Atlasian as yourself.
100  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Winfield/AndrewTX for Atlasia, the rise of the Grass Roots on: May 24, 2014, 04:08:31 pm
The Winfield campaign swings into Columbia, SC.


View of Columbia, SC skyline, showing the street where the Winfield motorcade made its' way to the Carolina Stadium for his speech  



Columbia, SC crowd cheering on Presidential candidate Winfield


My friends, thank you so much for coming here today.  I am so very pleased to be here in the south.  And thank you from the bottom of my heart for your fantastic welcome.  Folks here in the south sure know how to make you feel at home, even for a Northeasterner like myself.
  

IT'S GREAT TO BE HERE IN COLUMBIA!

My friends, my fellow Atlasians, I will be addressing you today on a matter near and dear to my heart.  I came to Columbia today to talk with you and with the nation about the well being of Atlasians, for this generation, and for Atlasians yet unborn.

I envision an Atlasia where our people can live happy, productive, and meaningful lives, freed from the restraints and worry and apprehension, freed from the burden of not knowing where your next dollar is coming from, freed from the heartbreak of not having adequate means to adequately care for your children.

My fellow Atlasians, I have heard your cries, and I have listened.  I am here today to offer Atlasians a choice.  A choice between an uncertain future and a future where you will know where you stand, a future where you will know that you will not have to worry about your day to day existence, a future where you know you and your loved ones are secure and safe.

Most government plans are so complicated and bureaucratic as to be almost incomprehensible.  I offer a simple, practical, and affordable solution.  For lack of a better name, I will refer to it as Wincare.

Wincare will encompass the following aspects of our lives:

Comprehensive health care for all Atlasians. including hospital care, catastrophic care
Day care for those who require it
Comprehensive dental care for all Atlasians
A comprehensive prescription drug plan for all Atlasians
A comprehensive home care program for those who require it
A comprehensive seniors care plan effective either in their homes or in government care facilities
A comprehensive eye care program
Preventive education programs where Atlasians will learn, to the extent possible, how to better protect themselves and their families from common ailments
Community kitchens and homeless shelters where the homeless can eat and stay over a period of time until they are able to cope on their own, assisted by government education and assistance programs
Adequate retirement benefits for those who require it
A financial assistance program for those in need to get them over their hard times
Employment insurance program for those who lose their jobs to carry them over

These are some of the programs I propose.

Good programs require adequate funding, and I am proposing dropping all sales taxes and instituting an across the board goods and services tax of 5%, which will exclude food.

I propose a progressive tax policy, which will provide the required revenue necessary to adequately care for Atlasians and will fund the day to day business of government.

Up to 35,000 10%
Over 35,000-50,000 15%
Over 50,000-100,000 20%
Over 100,000-300,000 25%
Over300,000-500,000 30%
Over 500,000-1,000,000 35%
Over 1,000,000-3,000,000 40%
Over 3,000,000-5,000,000 45%
Over 5,000,000 50%

This taxation policy is simple and straightforward, no deductions, no loopholes.

Because we know there is considerable extra cost in raising children, for families with dependent children up to age 18, or 18 and over enrolled in an accredited education institution, or age 18 and over still dependent due to physical or mental health issues, the following deductions will apply for these families:

Up to 35,000 3,000 per child
Over 35,000-50,000 2,000 per child
Over 50,000-100,000 1,000 per child

Unlike many politicians, I lay out the facts up front, without surprising you afterwards.

My friends, my fellow Atlasians, thank you so much for your time today, now let us put ourselves to work in this great cause, of service to our nation, and to our fellow man.

God bless you, and God bless Atlasia.    
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