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1  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update for Everyone IV - Hungover on: October 01, 2016, 03:17:51 pm
Thank you everyone for your kindness - it means the world to have a place of support to come back to. <3
2  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update for Everyone IV - Hungover on: September 30, 2016, 11:53:45 pm
Due to events that have arisen in my life, I will be withdrawing from the forum for an undetermined period of time. I ask for your thoughts and prayers.

3  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: New Register Thread on: September 30, 2016, 11:51:53 pm
4  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Office of Senator Tmthforu94 on: September 30, 2016, 11:51:09 pm
I received a call earlier this week that will change the trajectory of my life. I had hoped Atlasia would be able to serve as a good distraction. The way the campaign turned this evening made me realize that won't be the case. "When they go low, you go high," but in this case, I'm putting myself before this forum and bowing out.

Congratulations, Adam, you got what you wanted. Best of luck, Blair. While you may think poorly of me, I think highly of you. Thanks to Leinad, Peebs, DFW, Yankee and everyone else for your friendship and kindness. I hope to stay in touch.
5  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Important Food Poll on: September 30, 2016, 11:23:05 pm
Pizza. It's good for one slice, but after that it just takes like an ocean of tomato sauce to me. I still don't understand how fried chicken is number one.

It's a bunch of dumb grease and bread after a few bites,even with the best "rubs" and sauces in the world, and chicken is inherently a bland meat.

The other options have much more complexity and variation, thus giving more mileage.

Also the best "Luther" is miles ahead of the best rub.

The real question is, why are Tacos in 2nd?
correct. it boggles me why so many establishments choose to use white meat for fried chicken. that is the 2nd largest problem (behind the flour and egg thing)
Great point - I usually prefer getting dark meat instead of white. While white can be good at some places, it is often too dry.
6  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Labor Party HQ (Siren Appointed) on: September 30, 2016, 10:59:42 pm
Siren (I-GA) is appointed to Clyde's seat in the House and will be caucusing with Labor
Another Southerner heads to Congress! Congrats, Siren!
7  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Important Food Poll on: September 30, 2016, 01:07:36 pm
11 heathens voted for tacos? Where are the pitchforks and torches?
I'm so disappointed in this forum.
8  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: SB 2016-026: A Real Living Wage Act (Final Vote) on: September 30, 2016, 08:39:19 am
This has enough votes to pass. Senators have 24 hours to change their votes.
9  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: October 2016 Federalist Convention (Delegates Sign-in) on: September 30, 2016, 06:06:46 am
x Tmthforu94, hopefully the next President of Atlasia! Smiley
10  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Important Food Poll on: September 29, 2016, 09:49:13 pm
I saw this poll on Buzzfeed today and it generated quite a debate in the office - curious to hear what y'all think.

Personally, I ended up selecting fried chicken, but that was with the understand that traditional wings are still acceptable. However, if I had to give up wings, I'd probably switch to a burger, just because I can't imagine myself without the other three.

Yes, I know that I have an unhealthy obsession with food that will catch up with me once my metabolism slows down. But in the meantime...vote!
11  Forum Community / Election and History Games / Re: Collaborative Administration - Sign Up on: September 29, 2016, 07:11:29 pm
Oh, interesting! I'll be Secretary of Agriculture.
12  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Rockin' Insights - October 2016 Election Poll on: September 29, 2016, 04:48:05 pm
Glorious news!

Too bad I stole your potential Senate seat Tongue
#PrimaryLLR Tongue
13  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: Atlasian Budget Congressional Committee on: September 29, 2016, 10:37:25 am
Income Taxes:

Here are a couple proposals to get us started, by Atlasian politicians and RL politicians.

Proposal A (Riley)
$0-10,000      10%
$10,001-40,000   15%
$40,001-$100,000   20%
$100,001-250,000   25%
$250,001-500,000   30%
$500,001+      35%

Proposal B (Pingvin)
15% Flat Tax

Proposal C (Hillary Clinton)

Ordinary Income%, Capital Gains%, Income Brackets
10% 0% $0 to $9,275
15% 0% $9,275 to $37,650
25% 15% $37,650 to $91,150
28% 15% $91,150 to $190,150
33% 15% $190,150 to $413,350
35% 15% $413,350 to $415,050
39.6% 20% $415,050 to $5 million
43.6% 24% $5 million and above

Proposal D (Jeb Bush)
0%    $0-22,600
10%  $22,601-87,500
25%  $87,501-163,800
28%  $163,80+
14  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: SB 2016-026: A Real Living Wage Act (Debating) on: September 29, 2016, 10:12:10 am
Five days of no debate.  I second Blair's motion.

I'm not quite sure how Kingpoleon's proposal would be laid out, so I suggest we vote on the bill as is and then the House can deliberate.
Fair enough. I was waiting to see if there would be discussion on that proposal but time slipped away.

We are now at a final vote. Senators, please vote Aye, Nay or Abstain.


I will be following the House discussion on Kingpoleon's proposal.
15  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Opinion of Green Line on: September 28, 2016, 10:26:37 pm
We have good Illinois posters - FF
16  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Office of Representative 1184AZ- Important Announcement Posted on: September 28, 2016, 09:18:21 pm
You're one of Atlasia's hardest and most passionate players - glad to have you in the party. Smiley
17  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: SB 2016-027: Anti-Terror Coalition Resolution (Debating) on: September 28, 2016, 02:05:42 pm
I would urge Senator Scott to amend that clause to something close to the following:
At any time, a simple majority of coalition members may vote to add or rescind membership to the Anti-Terror Coalition:

Once Scott announces whether they want to change that, 24 hours for objections to the amendment.
18  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: SB 2016-028: The New Foreign Relations Review Act (Final Vote) on: September 28, 2016, 10:12:57 am
The bill has passed the Senate! It now moves to the House.
19  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Gubernatorial/Statewide Elections / Re: Legislatures with Exact Multiples of State Senate to Lower House Membership on: September 28, 2016, 08:44:37 am
Interesting concept - I believe Indiana has completely independent maps for Senate and House, though I certainly think Option B is a good way for states to consider. For us map-makers, certainly keeps things cleaner!
20  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
21  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?
22  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                           
23  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:
Appropriations and Budget Act (FY 2016)


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      



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


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

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

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

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]


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.
24  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Opinion of the Previous Poster on: September 27, 2016, 12:16:26 am
25  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.
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