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1726  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: SirNick for President - People Over Politics - VP Announcement on: April 27, 2014, 06:47:51 pm
I would only be a little surprised if the Federalists sat this one out, to be honest. I had assumed that they'd run someone who wouldn't really be a factor.

Anyway, Dallasfan is a solid choice, albeit one that could have been a formidable candidate in his own right if he'd wanted to.
1727  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: SENATE BILL: Clean Energy Research Act of 2014 (Debating) on: April 27, 2014, 12:20:49 pm
It's worth keeping in mind that guaranteeing sufficient baseload generation capacity (as opposed to peak generation capacity) requires that we rely on energy sources other than renewables at this point.

Solar and wind don't generate electricity through every hour of the day and every day of the year, and we have very little control over when they do. So until we make significant advances in energy storage technology, we will remain reliant on other sources of energy.
1728  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Do you enjoy fishing or hunting? on: April 27, 2014, 12:02:48 pm
Never hunted (never will), and fished a couple of times, and was bored silly.
1729  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Survey Atlasia: April Regional Senator Approval Ratings on: April 26, 2014, 02:39:56 pm
Off the top of my head, group marriage. I am sure that there are a few other issues, too. Maybe the double jeopardy amendment?

Where Bore has stood out more lately is in showing that he has interesting ideas and that he's one of the Senate's better critical thinkers. He has always been a thoughtful Senator, but he's become better at communicating that quality.
1730  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Survey Atlasia: April At-Large Approval Ratings on: April 26, 2014, 11:26:51 am
Approve of Shua.
1731  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Three Biggest Issues Why You Don't Vote For the Other Party on: April 25, 2014, 06:13:13 pm
1. Most of my friends are Democrats/not-Republicans.
2. Most of my coworkers are Democrats/not-Republicans.
3. Most members of my family who I see frequently are Democrats/not-Republicans.
1732  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: SENATE BILL: Clean Energy Research Act of 2014 (Debating) on: April 25, 2014, 05:43:36 pm
Nuclear power is also incredibly expensive relative to fossil fuels and (surprisingly) many renewables once you account for the massive capital costs and waste disposal costs that nuclear power plants entail. Even if it could ignore every regulation on the books, no utility would choose to build a nuclear power plant without a massive amount of government aid.
1733  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: SENATE BILL: Duke’s Let’s Put Atlasia to Work Program (Debating) on: April 25, 2014, 05:31:06 pm
I'd have abolished the tax if I'd known about it then.

(Frankly, I'd have proposed abolishing the tax long before I got around to the Executive Branch Reorganization Act if I had been aware of it. I don't think it advances the public interest to discourage firms from opening new outlets.)

I wasn't able to find anything immediately re: the prior abolition of the SBA, but I have a few notes that might help if I can find them.
1734  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: SENATE BILL: Dukeís Letís Put Atlasia to Work Program (Debating) on: April 25, 2014, 04:22:03 pm
Assuming you could attract the talent to staff it effectively and invest a couple of billion in start-up funds, it seems like creating a government-run start-up bank would be the best way to structure this. As of now, we might find that banks capture most of the surplus that this subsidy creates, if it creates any at all.

That said, I can't say that I'm sold on the idea to begin with.
1735  General Politics / Political Debate / Re: Should felons be allowed to vote? on: April 25, 2014, 02:21:49 pm
I tend to think of voting as being more similar in kind to jury duty or being drafted than it is to concepts like freedom of movement or freedom of speech.
1736  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Should BRTD be a moderator? on: April 25, 2014, 02:13:04 pm
One of our current mods is similar to BRTD (I won't say who, but I'm sure that most of you can guess correctly), and he is not especially popular.
1737  General Politics / Political Debate / Re: Should Presidents be able to serve more terms, non-consecutively? on: April 25, 2014, 02:09:35 pm
Yes to the question in the thread title, no to the question in your post (against term limits).
1738  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Is it better to have an exciting or an uninspiring personality in life? on: April 25, 2014, 02:07:58 pm
I've known a few "exciting" people. Contrary to what you might think, they're generally unpleasant company and not especially interesting.
1739  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Atlasians for Single-Payer Health Insurance on: April 24, 2014, 08:55:04 pm
Yankee is correct. Fritzcare, even after the 2012 reforms, resembles a single payer system more than it resembles Obamacare. At this point, it's a bit like Medicare for all with premiums and deductibles based on means-testing. I have no idea what kind of a market for private insurance, if any, is likely to remain in existence.

(At least that's how it's supposed to work; because of what was probably an oversight, we don't allow providers to bill patients who are covered either in full or in part by Fritzcare.)
1740  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Survey Atlasia: April Senate Approval Ratings on: April 24, 2014, 08:49:10 pm
Strongly disapprove.
1741  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Survey Atlasia: April Regional Senator Approval Ratings on: April 24, 2014, 08:48:26 pm
Bore just keeps getting better. Approve.
1742  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Survey Atlasia: April Regional Executive Approval Ratings on: April 24, 2014, 08:46:56 pm
Strongly approve of Dallasfan.
1743  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Voting Booth / Re: Northeast Voting Booth: Executive Department Amendment on: April 24, 2014, 08:45:08 pm
Aye
1744  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Is this the worst post in the history of Atlas? on: April 24, 2014, 09:58:42 am
Do you guys honestly want the moderators to curate the GPG and similar threads? That strikes me as an awful idea.
1745  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Is "Hey Soul Sister" one of the worst songs ever? on: April 23, 2014, 08:33:55 am
"I'm so gangsta, I'm so thug."

(Yes.)
1746  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: What didn't the electorate like about the 1980s democratic party? on: April 23, 2014, 06:39:14 am
I remember hearing once that President Reagan came into office in 1981 and mentioned to someone that he wanted to return America to a place before the 1960s and 1970s ruined it.

With the exception of some positive aspects of the Civil Rights era and Women in workplace, I genuinely believe America would have been better had New Years Eve 1959 led into New Years Day 1980.

I'm glad that you concede the the Civil Rights Movement had "some positive aspects."
1747  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Obama wants to privatize the Tennessee Valley Authority on: April 22, 2014, 09:43:49 pm
Does the TVA actually require federal support? I was under the impression that it was self-funding at this point.

It's got a load of liability from the coal ash disaster a few years back and a number of its coal-fired plants will be needing to be either replaced or upgraded soon.  Its rates need a significant increase if it is to be able to deal with those issues itself without drawing upon the Federal fisc and that's not politically palatable.

That's unsurprising. I'm inclined to agree with Bedstuy (and would even if the Authority were truly  self-sufficient), but whatever the case, floating the idea seems like a savvy political move that forces a lot of the White House's opponents into an uncomfortable and ideologically incoherent position.
1748  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: The Good Old Days are back! White House courts young heirs on: April 22, 2014, 09:10:55 pm
I heard that no one realized that something was wrong until the band began to play "The Rains of Castamere."
1749  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Obama wants to privatize the Tennessee Valley Authority on: April 22, 2014, 09:07:39 pm
I'm not going to go the Snowstalker/TNF route, but the TVA has been remarkably effective, and privatization of public utilities tends to go badly. What on earth is Obama thinking?

I think if you read the actual budget document, it makes more sense.

Why should New York taxpayers subsidize Tennessee electricity consumers?  Tennessee taxpayers don't subsidize New York electricity consumers.  That's fundamentally unfair.  But, the Obama plan says we should explore just transferring the TVA from federal to state/local control.  That might be the best solution. 

That's a legitimate point, and the solution to that is for the TVA to become a national power monopoly instead of a regional one.

Maybe that's a good idea, I don't know enough about the electricity industry to say for sure.  I do know that federal ownership of all electric power generation and transmission is a political non-starter at the moment. 

Does the TVA actually require federal support? I was under the impression that it was self-funding at this point.
1750  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Is this the worst post in the history of Atlas? on: April 22, 2014, 08:59:59 pm
Shockingly repulsive, even for someone with deficient critical thinking skills.
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