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1551  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: MA: Mideast Budget Amendment (Debating) on: February 21, 2013, 04:57:16 pm
If the goal of this bill is to limit the government's long-term debt without tying its hands during times of economic emergency, wouldn't a GDP cap somewhat defeat that purpose, since GDP will necessarily shrink during a recession?

I see what you mean. If, during a recession, the government deems it wise to stimulate the economy with additional expenditures, a GDP cap can indeed be counterproductive. Indeed, in times of a crisis the GDP is lower. As a consequence, the government cannot spend as much money (in raw numbers) as in a situation where the GDP is higher.
I am not a fan of massive government intervention even during a recession, but for someone who wants the government to take drastic measures in times of economic hardship your point is very valid.
1552  General Politics / International General Discussion / CEO of US tire company to France: Keep your so-called workers on: February 21, 2013, 04:41:25 pm
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The boss of US tyremaker Titan has provoked outrage in France after mocking its workers for putting in only "three hours" a day and said his company would be "stupid" to take over an ailing French factory.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/financialcrisis/9882422/US-boss-berates-French-for-three-hour-working-day.html
1553  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: MA: Unnamed amendment to the MFSA (Debating) on: February 21, 2013, 10:28:57 am
I propose the following amendment:

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9.) All municipalities in the Mideast are required to organize gun drop-off events at least once every two years. All weapons which are collected during such an event must be destroyed and can be recycled. Municipalities which do not comply with this statute can be punished with a fine of up to $50,000.

Suspending all regional aid to municipalities which do not comply with the law seems overly harsh to me, but I included a fine which is higher than $20,000 instead. Also, I'd rather leave it up to the municipalities whether they want to recycle the weapons or not, hence the formulation "can be recycled".
1554  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Federalist Convention—BOULDER, CO (Open floor statements from members) on: February 21, 2013, 05:03:22 am
Yeah, for some reason I thought he'd joined the Liberals a couple months ago and was only just returning home now. :p I think it was his post in the new register thread that threw me off.

D'oh.

Don't worry, from now on I will have a good overview of our regional members. Wink With that being said, I humbly accept your appointment and will serve as regional chair with great pleasure!
1555  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: MA: Confirmation of Clinton1996 for Lieutenant Governor (Debating) on: February 20, 2013, 04:33:05 pm
A question that must be asked in every confirmation hearing Wink: What, in your view, qualifies you for the job?
1556  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Official Matt from VT Northeast Assembly Campaign Thread on: February 19, 2013, 04:34:30 pm
Endorsed, dawg.
1557  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Siren for Mideast Assembly: Campaign Office on: February 19, 2013, 03:30:46 pm
Welcome to the race! It's nice to have a diverse field of candidates.
1558  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: MA: Unnamed amendment to the MFSA (Debating) on: February 19, 2013, 03:30:09 pm
We could leave that decision to the municipalities - they can, for example, simply collect and store the guns or destroy them. I'm not sure what I prefer, I'm open to either of these two options or to other good proposals.
1559  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Federalist Convention—BOULDER, CO (Open floor to members) on: February 19, 2013, 02:14:35 pm
Chairman Hagrid - thank you very much for stating what many of us in this party feel.

I agree with your analysis and would like to add the following to point 3 of your list:

According to the most recent Atlasian exit poll data, which is widely considered to be reliable (thank you drj101!), only 40% of Atlasians describe themselves as centrist, right of center or right-wing. The remaining 60% are clearly left-wing. What does this indicate? It means that the Federalist Party has a very hard time winning any federal election, but this task becomes impossible if members of our own party and independents with similar views don't support our well-qualified and active candidates.
This game is only interesting as long as there are competitive elections and there is a certain degree of balance between the left on the one hand and centrists and rightists on the other hand. So if you describe yourself as a centrist, a moderate, a conservative or anything of the sort, vote for candidates who share most of your political views! Not necessarily because it serves the interests of this party, but most importantly because we have to make sure this game remains exciting and provides an incentive for conservatives to make an effort.
1560  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Candidate Declaration Thread on: February 19, 2013, 07:38:41 am
I'm seeking re-election to the Mideast Assembly in March.
1561  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: MA: Unnamed amendment to the MFSA (Debating) on: February 19, 2013, 04:26:37 am
Yes, that's why I put clause 9 in bold print. Wink

For comparison, this is the original bill:

http://uselectionatlas.org/AFEWIKI/index.php/A.R.2_:_MIDEAST_FIREARMS_SAFETY_ACT
1562  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Mideast Constitutional Amendment: Vote Tracker/Discussion on: February 18, 2013, 02:43:26 pm
At least as far as I'm concerned, there will not be a lawsuit. My opinion on this matter differs from yours and the governor's - in my view the prerequisite for a vacancy is that someone previously held the office in question - but I'm fine with your general opinion. The most important to me was that we could hear what the representative of our judicial branch has to say before we proceed on this matter. And this is the case now.
1563  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: Mideast Assembly Thread on: February 18, 2013, 02:20:57 pm
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The Mideast Firearms Safety Act shall be amended to read

MIDEAST FIREARMS SAFETY ACT

1.) Definitions:

a. In this act:

i. "Firearm" means any weapon designed to discharge a projectile by means of gunpowder.

ii. "Specified felony" means any felonious crime that (i) has as an element of the use, attempted use, or threatened use of physical force against the person of another (Such crimes include, but are not limited to, theft, robbery, homicide, attempted homicide, forcible sexual assault, sexual assault of a child, kidnapping, false imprisonment, substantial and aggravated battery, auto theft, and car jackings.); or (ii) is burglary, arson, or extortion, involves use of explosives, or otherwise involves conduct that presents a serious potential risk of physical injury to another.

2.) No person may conceal and carry a firearm on their person in public places unless they have completed a government firearms safety course and have been issued a proper license. These licenses must be renewed every 10 years.

3.) Violation of Section 2 is punishable by a fine of not more $10,000 or imprisonment of not more than 3 years or both.

4.) No person may possess a firearm if they have:

a. Been convicted of a specified felony or adjudicated delinquent of a felony in the Mideast Region, or

b. Been convicted of a specified felony or adjudicated delinquent of a felony in another Region, or

c. Been convicted of a specified felony or adjudicated delinquent of a felony under Federal Law.

5.) Violation of Section 4 is punishable by a fine of not more than $25,000 or imprisonment of not more than 5 years or both.

6.) No person may possess a shotgun or rifle with a barrel length of under 16 inches.

7.) Violation of Section 6 is punishable by a fine of not more than $25,000 or imprisonment of not more than 5 years or both.

8.) The Second Concealed Carry Statute is hereby repealed.

9.) All municipalities in the Mideast are required to organize gun drop-off events at least once every two years.
1564  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Who would you rather hire as a financial planner? on: February 18, 2013, 11:16:40 am
Well, I'd rather spend money on food than on prostitutes so my choice is BushOklahoma.

Even if it's the kind of "food" BushOklahoma seems to like?

No, I don't want BushOklahoma to decide for me what I should eat. If he were my financial planner his job would solely consist of planning my food expenses while giving me a free hand to buy whatever I like. Wink
1565  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Mideast Constitutional Amendment: Vote Tracker/Discussion on: February 18, 2013, 09:58:44 am
Well, we'll know more as soon as TJ chimes in. Wink
1566  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Thank you. on: February 18, 2013, 09:51:40 am
You ran a strong and issue-based campaign and even though there was another ticket in the race that was closer to my heart I sincerely congratulate you on your victory!
1567  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Who would you rather hire as a financial planner? on: February 18, 2013, 09:21:17 am
Well, I'd rather spend money on food than on prostitutes so my choice is BushOklahoma.
1568  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Mideast Constitutional Amendment: Vote Tracker/Discussion on: February 18, 2013, 09:14:16 am
I agree with Inks. I don't think the text of the newly passed constitutional amendment requires the Governor to appoint a Lt. Governor now. Indeed, according to my interpretation of the amendment the first Lt. Governor of the Mideast will be the one we are going to elect with the Governor in May. At any rate, I would like to hear what our regional judge, TJ, has to say on this.
1569  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: MA: Mideast Budget Amendment (Debating) on: February 18, 2013, 04:36:11 am
I agree. Unfortunately the office of GM has been vacant for quite some time now so we just need to wait.
1570  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: MA: Amendment to the Mideast Abortion Statute II (Final Vote) on: February 18, 2013, 04:34:39 am
Aye
1571  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: MA: Helping Our Farmers Act (Vote on Amendment) on: February 18, 2013, 04:33:27 am
Nay, as I prefer a higher limit ($150000).
1572  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Re-elect Oakvale: For The People, for The Pacific: Victory speech! on: February 18, 2013, 04:31:39 am
Congratulations! May this race be a reminder to all of us that we can never take a victory for granted. Wink
1573  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Snowstalker For Senate (again!) on: February 18, 2013, 04:25:56 am
Congratulations!
1574  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Office of Senator Ben on: February 18, 2013, 04:25:12 am
Congratulations!
1575  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Mideast Senate Election Tracker: Ben projected to win the election on: February 17, 2013, 04:07:57 pm
Ben's election is certain unless some of his supporters invalidate their votes and afleitch suddenly supports JCL. I'm glad that the outcome of the election doesn't hinge on one single vote because I imagine the interpretation of Al's vote for "Gassmanynumbers" could be contentious in a very close election. Wink
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