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1  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: The Slenderman Movie on: September 27, 2016, 04:33:37 pm
Ah, slender man...for a second I thought this was going to be a movie about me! Sad
2  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: SB 2016-031: Corporate Tax Reform Bill on: September 27, 2016, 11:59:33 am
I'd want to see a slight cut for the 50-75K bracket, perhaps to 20%
Well, under the proposed bill it is cut to:
• 100K - 1M: 15%
• 1M - 10M: 21.5%
• 10M+: 28%



FYI, thank you, Speaker NeverAgain, for writing this. I can tell it took a lot of work, and I think it looks great. Just for clarification, on your proposed corporate taxes, would businesses under 100K not pay anything?
3  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: SB 2016-031: Corporate Tax Reform Bill on: September 27, 2016, 11:32:56 am
For reference, it looks like this is what the corporate tax rates currently are:
Corporate Taxes (By Tax Bracket)
$0-$50K (15%): $ 16.3 B     
$50K-$75K (25%): $5.4 B   
$75K-$100K (34%): $6.8 B   
$100K-$335K (39%): $9.6 B   
$335K-$10M (34%): $22.8  B   
$10M-$15M (38%): $3.9 B   
$15M-$18.3M (35%): $15.2 B
$18.3M+ (35%): $245.0 B                           
4  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: Atlasian Budget Congressional Committee on: September 27, 2016, 11:31:05 am
Well, NeverAgain has already proposed a basic version of what the budget looks like, based on US numbers. I don't really know how we can break a budget into multiple bills, but maybe we can go through it section by section.

For reference:
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Appropriations and Budget Act (FY 2016)

REVENUE

Income Taxes (By Tax Bracket)
$0-$9,725 (10%): $80.2 B
$9,276-$37,650 (15%): $252.7 B
$37,651-$91,150 (25%): $347.3 B
$91,151-$190,150 (28%): $239.5 B
$190,151-$413,350 (33%): $190.8 B
$413,351-$415,350 (25%): $4.6 B
$415,351+ (39.6%): $395.1 B
Income Tax Revenues: $1510.2 B

Corporate Taxes (By Tax Bracket)
$0-$50K (15%): $ 16.3 B      
$50K-$75K (25%): $5.4 B   
$75K-$100K (34%): $6.8 B   
$100K-$335K (39%): $9.6 B   
$335K-$10M (34%): $22.8  B   
$10M-$15M (38%): $3.9 B   
$15M-$18.3M (35%): $15.2 B
$18.3M+ (35%): $245.0 B                           
Corporate Tax Revenues: $351.8 b                             

Payroll Taxes
Social Security Payroll Tax (6.2%): $845.7 B
Medicare Payroll Tax (1.45%): $247.8 B   
Unemployment Insurance Tax (6%): $47.4 B         
Healthcare Tax Revenues: $1140.9 B

Excise Taxes      
Gasoline Tax (18 cents/gallon): $38.3 B
Cigarette and Tobacco Tax ($1.00/pack)* : $15.8 B
Alcohol Tax (various rates per unit)*: $22.6 B
Firearms Tax: $3 B
Excise Tax Revenues: $79.8 B

Estate Taxes
Estate Tax Revenues: $23.4 B

Miscellaneous Taxes
Customs Duties: $58.4 B
Other Revenue (Sales, Earnings, Fees, Etc.): $79.0 B   
Miscellaneous Tax Revenues: $137.9 B

REVENUE: $3244.0 B      


SPENDING               

TAX CREDITS

Earned Income Tax Credit: $56.3 B
Total Tax Credits: $56.3 B

DIRECT SPENDING

Military Spending
Military personnel: $147.8 B
Operation and maintenance: $248.2 B
Procurement, Hardware, and Major Purchases: $130.0 B
Research, development, test and evaluation: $68.0 B
Military Construction, Family Housing and Other: $35.3 B
Intelligence and Support Activities: $40.4 B
Atomic Energy Defense Activities: $18.3 B
Defense Related activities: $4.00 B
Military Spending Expenditures: $692.0 B

Military Retirement
Military retirement: $65.3 B
Income security for veterans: $40.0 B
Veterans education, training, and rehabilitation: $18.6 B
Veterans mental health resources: $8.0 B
Hospital and medical care for veterans and retired military: $50.0 B
Housing and other veterans benefits and services: $5.0 B
Military Retirement Expenditures: $187.9 B

International Affairs
International development and humanitarian assistance: $38.0 B
International military aid: $35.0 B
Conduct of foreign affairs: $6.0 B
Foreign information and exchange activities: $2.0 B
International Affairs Expenditures: $81.0 B

General Science, Space, and Technology
National Science Foundation programs: $7.0 B
Department of Energy general science programs: $4.5 B
Space flight, research, and supporting activities: $26.0 B
General Science, Space and Technology Expenditures: $37.5 B

Non-Defense Energy Spending
Energy Upkeep and Subsides: $21.4 B
Energy supply: $1.0 B
Energy conservation and preparedness: $1.0 B
Energy information, preparedness, & regulation: $0.4 B
Non-Defense Energy Spending Expenditures: $23.8 B

Natural Resources and Environment
Water resources: $5.4 B
EPA: $8.6 B
Conservation and land management: $9.0 B
Recreational & Park resources: $4.3 B
Pollution control and abatement: $2.0 B
Other natural resources: $5.0 B
Natural Resources and Environment Expenditures: $25.3 B

Agriculture
Farm Assistance and  Agricultural Subsides: $21.5
Farm income stabilization & crop insurance: $4.3 B
Agricultural research and services: $3.5 B
Agriculture Expenditures: $29.0 B

General Government
Basic Government Operations: $20.4 B
Congress: $4.1 B
Postal service: $1.9 B
Legislative functions: $2.75 B
Executive office programs: $0.95 B
IRS & other fiscal operations: $7.6 B
Other general government: $2.5 B
General Expenditures: $33.4 B

Transportation
Highways, Railroads, and Other Surface Transportation: $60.3B
Coast Guard: $8.00 B
Air Transportation: $18.0 B
Water transportation: $15.0 B
Other transportation: $0.42 B
Transportation Expenditures: $100.7 B

Community and Regional Development
Community development: $6.0 B
Area and regional development: $8.0 B
Disaster relief and insurance: $10.15 B
Homeless Shelter Emergency Housing: $2.5 B
FEMA: $5.0 B
Community and Regional Development Expenditures: $31.65 B

Education
Elementary, Secondary & Vocational education: $68.4 B
Higher education: $35.0 B
The Arts, Museums, and Public Broadcasting: $20.1 B
Research and general education: $3.4 B
Education Expenditures: $127.1 B

Training, Labor and Unemployment
Training and employment: $8.0 B
Labor law, statistics, and other administration: $1.6 B
Unemployment Insurance (CSSRA Sec. 5): $87.3 B
Training, Labor, and Unemployment Expenditures: $96.9 B


Health Care Spending
Medicare (with Federal Portion): $971.1 B
Affordable Care Act Subsidies: $55.7B
Disease control, public health and bioterrorism: $5.5 B
Health research and training: $29.4 B
Other Public Health Programs: $41.3 B
Children's Health Insurance Program: $12.6 B
Food safety and occupational health and safety: $3.0 B
Health Spending Expenditures: $1118.6 B

Civilian Retirement
Civilian retirement and disability insurance: $24.9 B
Federal employee retirement and disability: $78.2 B
Federal employees' and retired employees' health benefits: $18.9 B
Elderly Insurance (CSSRA Sec. 6): $763.0 B
Civilian Retirement Expenditures: $885.0 B

Aid to Low-Income Families
Housing assistance: $65.0 B
Food stamps: $86.6 B
Other nutrition programs (WIC, school lunches): $21.0 B
Child care funds: $4.8 B
Other aid to low-income families: $2.6 B
Temporary Assistance for Needy Families: $20.6B
Aid to Low-Income Families Expenditures: $200.7 B

General Family Support:
Foster care and adoption assistance: $8.0 B
Child support and family support programs: $2.92 B
Social and family services: $6.14 B
General Family Support Expenditures: $17.06 B

Administration of Justice
Federal law enforcement: $25.3 B
Border security and immigration: $13.5 B
Federal litigation and judicial activities: $9.6 B
Federal prison system: $23.3 B
Criminal justice assistance: $5.2 B
Administration of Justice Expenditures: $76.9 B

Interest on Debt
Interest on Debt
Net Interest: $244.73 B
Interest on Debt Expenditures: $244.73 B[/b]

TOTAL DIRECT SPENDING: $3609.21 B
TOTAL TAX CREDITS: $56.3 B

EXPENDITURES: $3665.51 B
DEFICIT: $421.51 B

Is there a preference on whether we start with revenue or spending? Personally, I think it makes more sense to start with revenue.
5  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Opinion of the Previous Poster on: September 27, 2016, 12:16:26 am
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6  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Who won the first debate? on: September 26, 2016, 10:41:55 pm
The debates were supposed to be Clinton's shining moment when she proved that she was the only candidate who was presidential. Instead, the debate was a wash - both played to their bases and didn't really explain how they would bring Americans together. Because of that (similar to how Trump won primary debates by "not losing"), I would say Trump won.
7  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: SB 2016-028: The New Foreign Relations Review Act (Final Vote) on: September 26, 2016, 04:58:47 pm
This has enough votes to pass. Senators have 24 hours to change their votes.
8  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: HB 2016-1038 - Atlasian Official Language Act (DEBATING) on: September 26, 2016, 12:12:12 pm
For reference, there are over 300 languages spoken in the Atlasia, many coming from our First Nations people.
9  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / SB 2016-030: End Selective Service Act (Debating) on: September 26, 2016, 11:56:29 am
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End Selective Service Act
1. Selective service is repealed, and all military service will be completely voluntary.
2. The bill will take effect immediately upon being signed by the president.
Sponsor: Enduro, via Public Submissions

72 hours to debate. I have notified the sponsor to testify.

For reference, this passed the House, so if we pass it, it'll move on to the president, who has indicated he will sign it.
10  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: SB 2016-028: New Economic Atlasian Regulation Act (Final Vote) on: September 26, 2016, 11:51:57 am
With 1 in favor, 2 opposed and 1 abstaining, this has failed in the Senate.
11  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: SB 2016-025: Ending Federal Marijuana Prohibition Act of 2016 (Final Vote) on: September 26, 2016, 11:50:38 am
This has officially passed the Senate. It now moves on to the House.
12  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: SB 2016-028: The New Foreign Relations Review Act (Debating) on: September 26, 2016, 11:49:33 am
We will now proceed to a final vote. Senators, please vote AYE, NAY or ABSTAIN.



Aye
13  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: Special Investigative Committee on the Muslim Brotherhood on: September 26, 2016, 10:11:04 am
This is past due. I urge the committee to reach a decision as soon as possible.
14  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Election What-ifs? / Re: Proportional electoral college! on: September 25, 2016, 10:14:49 pm
Very interesting concept!
15  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Tmthforu94 for Atlasia on: September 25, 2016, 05:54:25 pm
Where do you stand on environmental protection?
I've seen the videos - there is scientific evidence that human actions have some sort of an effect on the environment, and we can't ignore the research that shows our coastlines receding - the economic impact if that occurs will be devastating. In the past, I've supported practical environmental legislation in Atlasia, and with the reset, would open to bringing some of it back, such as the Environmental Policy Act of 2007 (Ebowed)and the The National Offshore Oil Spill Response Equipment and Resources Act (NC Yankee).
16  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Opinion of dfwlibertylover on: September 25, 2016, 10:29:17 am
HP - one of the worst.
17  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: SB 2016-004: Senate Rules and Procedures on: September 25, 2016, 09:32:05 am
- Should a bill be allowed to have multiple sponsors in the same house?  If we adopt the old Amendment rules, how should this affect the amendment process?

Theoretically speaking, you would need to have a primary or main sponsor would make decisions regarding the amendments, with all co-sponsors just being a formality. Otherwise it would get chaotic.

Tmth is right though, plus at points the number of bills might dip for a variety of reasons and thus refusing bills from another house on grounds of lack of sponsorship in the other one, would be counterproductive.

My main concern is that there seems to be little to facilitate direct coordination between members of both houses, besides select committees which have no legislative power.  Ideally, we would have conference committees to resolve differences between House and Senate versions of similar legislation, with the sponsors of each version of the bill overseeing the process.  Alas, I suppose that isn't quite tenable in a game of this nature. Tongue
That is what we have now. Though we need to improve the wording, if similar bills pass both houses at the same time, a conference committee convenes. I added it to the rules back in June. The issue right now is that constitutional wording limits how often that can occur, but I'm hoping to amend that section out.
18  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: How would Rubio/Kasich be doing against Clinton/Kaine? on: September 24, 2016, 09:48:25 pm
Assuming he won the nomination 2008/2012 style (a bit of a challenge, but not too difficult) and hasn't made any major gaffes, I think he'd be winning fairly comfortably. Both sides would probably have higher favorables. Atlas Polling Map right now would look something like this:
19  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Election What-ifs? / Re: America's Greatness And The Rise Of The Romney Dynasty on: September 24, 2016, 06:14:15 pm
Senator Romney today, President Romney tomorrow! Excited to see whether he runs for reelection in 2000...or something else. Wink
20  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Election What-ifs? / Re: CONDI on: September 24, 2016, 06:12:43 pm
Good update, keep it coming!!
21  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: How would have Sanders fared in the G.E.? on: September 24, 2016, 06:08:20 pm
I generally agree with earlier posts - Trump would be doing a little better in the south and Sanders would be doing a little better in the midwest. Clinton was barraged with attacks for months, so I'm not quite sure it would be accurate to use Sanders head-to-head numbers during the primaries. He has a lot of far-left positions that Trump would nail him on, though I think he'd still be doing better than Hillary due to being perceived as honest and have integrity.

No tossup map:
22  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Tmthforu94 for Atlasia on: September 24, 2016, 05:54:49 pm
Blair also released a platform, and it's a pretty good one. Do you support any parts of it?
Of course, and as president, I will be happy to work with Senator Blair to execute certain aspects of it. I also hope that if Blair is elected, I'll be able to work with him to get aspects of my platform implemented.

I especially look forward to hearing specifics on cabinet reforms, as that has been an ongoing problem we've had for a while. I'm currently working on some ideas myself, with a key aspect being adding Wiki updates to job descriptions and figuring out a way to improve the relationship between the GM and regional governments. We had an extremely active GM a while back (Badger, I think) who would analyze bills and was very helpful with regions and federal governments formulating budgets and complex legislation. I'd like to help give the GM the tools to go back to having that, and I think reforming the Internal Affairs position is a good place to start.

I also agree that the Vice Presidency has become too much of a placeholder - I've already spoken with a couple individuals about serving as my Vice President and have made it clear that I want it to be a more hands-on role.
23  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Enduro Films on: September 24, 2016, 05:53:01 pm
We are proud to announce that Enduro Films will host a preisdential debate with Enduro as moderator. Invitations will go out as soon as the nominees are set.
Provided that I am able to win the Federalist nomination, I'm looking forward to it! Smiley
24  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: Criminal Justice Reform Congressional Committee on: September 24, 2016, 05:39:37 pm
Criminal Justice committee largely stays the same, with the addition of 118AZ. Any word from Dereich?
25  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: Atlasian Budget Congressional Committee on: September 24, 2016, 05:35:50 pm
New Budget Committee Members:
Tmthforu94, JoMCar, NeverAgain, Blair, LLR

To start, Speaker NeverAgain has gone ahead and introduced a Corporate Tax Reform Bill. Especially for Senate members, I encourage you to weigh in on that debate: SB 2016-031.
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