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7551  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: SENATE BILL: FoxConn Embargo & Creation...Committee Bill (At Final Vote) on: August 18, 2012, 11:06:18 pm
I was initially going to vote for this, but Sbane raises a valid point.  How can we just deliberately say we're going to investigate FoxConn plants without opening talks with China about this?
Part of investigating the plants is opening the dialogue with China.

Right. It isn't the Senate's role to open talks with China, or any other nation. That responsibility lies with the executive branch. This law can be executed as written, and I believe it should. There is nothing wrong with an investigation.
7552  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Is this racist? on: August 18, 2012, 10:27:43 pm
Of course it is.

But props for mentioning George Romney and using the word "brainwash" at the same time.
7553  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: SJoyceFla (IB-FL) for At-Large Senate on: August 18, 2012, 10:22:07 pm
How would you reform the federal tax code?

Mostly via reducing the tax burden on middle-income folks; personally I advocate the FairTax, but I think the best I can accomplish in the Senate is some cuts in the rates (though not enough to cause large defecits).

How far would you go beyond the tax cuts I signed into law?
7554  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: What is your Foreign Policy? on: August 18, 2012, 10:16:23 pm
Career Diplomat

You scored -9 Force, 12 Institutions, and -9 Ideals!

You like diplomacy for its own sake. On the bright side, this means that you are likely to avoid going to war (even if it means parsing apart smaller countries to appease megalomaniac dictators). On the not so bright side, the costs of such inaction are often quite high. But...at least you'll have job security.

Ummmmm.
7555  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: SENATE BILL: National University and General Education Reform bill (Debating) on: August 18, 2012, 10:04:36 pm
http://www.fastweb.com/financial-aid/articles/2589-total-college-debt-now-exceeds-total-credit-card-debt
Well based on this that total college debt is growing at about $50 billion a year, so maybe in the range of 150 to 200? That seems to me fiscally realistic, if you impose some controls like I suggested, and end the federal loans for people that fail out of college/go to private colleges.

I think you are significantly underestimating the costs of this sort of thing, but if you want to get creative and find some ways to lower future or even current student debt we can look at those and see what works.
7556  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Franzl for Senate on: August 18, 2012, 10:02:29 pm
Endorsed. I look forward to (hopefully) having your voice of reason in the Senate.
7557  Election Archive / 2012 Elections / Re: Who would be the best choice to replace Biden and why? on: August 18, 2012, 09:52:22 pm
Biden is the only part of the ticket (either ticket I should say) not entirely worthless.
7558  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: SENATE BILL: National University and General Education Reform bill (Debating) on: August 18, 2012, 09:46:15 pm
How much would we need in funds to make the public university system totally single payer?

Including public schools in the states, like UVA, UNC, etc?  Or just the universities created in this bill?
Yea Including schools like that and community colleges. Not including private or for-profit colleges. Also everybody only gets 1 shot at free education, the second time they have to pay.

Enough to buy off at least six other Senators to override my veto, on top of whatever other costs.
7559  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Is your position on the following issues authoritarian or libertarian? on: August 18, 2012, 09:10:58 pm
Libertarian
Authoritarian
Neutral/Moderate

Guns
Gambling
Alcohol sales restrictions
Tobacco
Smoking in public
Tobacco advertising
Strip clubs
Fashion industry (in relation to eating disorders)
Fashion industry (in relation to "morality")
Pornography
Prostitution
Fast food
Pop sales in high schools
School uniforms
Marketing to minors
Violence in the media
Sex in the media
Profanity in the media

Suburban development
7560  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: SJoyceFla (IB-FL) for At-Large Senate on: August 18, 2012, 09:09:49 pm
I prefer to focus on issues where I can make progress and get things done rather than taking an ideological stance and wasting everyone's time.


I appreciate that sentiment. Smiley
7561  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Marokai for Senate: I want to be part of the fun too! on: August 18, 2012, 08:13:15 pm
In general I think that this Senate hasn't really tried bringing themselves together to discuss bigger issues than their pet causes. The flurry of Amendments that don't really matter, or are outright silly (like the Supreme Court stuff) make it seem like the Senators aren't really communicating with each other to do anything. There need to be more lightning rods in the Senate's consideration that actually grab most Senators' attention.

I agree with this analysis. One of the drawbacks of dissolving the two party system has been that, instead of stronger and more ideological parties, we have a structure that has no leadership and Senators run around like chickens with their heads cut off. Do you think you can help reverse this trend? And, what do you think the Senate can do to focus on policies that matter instead of whatever inane subject was introduced first? I've tried to address this in the past with little success.
7562  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: SENATE STANDING COMMITTEE: National Security on: August 18, 2012, 08:01:35 pm
Thank you, Mr. President.

What has and/or what can Atlasia do to improve relations with Islamic nations like Egypt, Libya, and Turkey?

I'll be having the SoEA address this question on behalf of my administration.
7563  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: SENATE BILL: Jobs Now Act of 2012 (Debating) on: August 18, 2012, 07:24:41 pm
A long winded set of restrictions, maybe?

I'm not sure what those restrictions would be.  There'd have to be a certain criteria we could use to determine if a business is truly struggling and would therefore need to resort to layoffs.

It is the only to do it though. My suggestion would be to just start writing down standards and think of as many continencies for abuse as possible so as to address them.

Can other Senators try contributing even a little bit? It's like the same three or four people doing everything, I don't imagine that can be very fun.
7564  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: At-Large Senate Q&A Discussion Thread on: August 18, 2012, 06:26:21 pm
The President has created this thread, and thus I can lock this.

Let's turn this into a discussion thread.
7565  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: At-Large Senate Debate on: August 18, 2012, 06:20:07 pm
Okay this was bumped while I was starting something...the candidates should head over to the new thread and answer some questions! Cheesy
7566  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / At Large Senate Candidate Q&A on: August 18, 2012, 06:19:32 pm
Following the model that worked in the Mideast and Northeast regions, I am opening this Q&A session for the candidates.

Here is the first set:

1. Why are you running for the Senate? What can you do to improve the quality of Senate debates?

2. What is your ideology and how does it impact your decision-making? What will your top policy priorities be during your term, if elected?

3. What is your opinion of the current Senate session's work (legislation, activity, and debates)?
7567  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Candidate Declaration Thread on: August 18, 2012, 05:41:42 pm
God, you people are ruining my chances! Let the new kids have a chance!

Wow. Just wow. Wink
7568  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Liberal National Committee Headquarters on: August 18, 2012, 05:18:21 pm
Marokai- Aye
7569  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / At Large Senate Poll on: August 18, 2012, 05:06:37 pm
This race should be fun! Smiley
7570  General Politics / Political Debate / Re: Abortion on: August 18, 2012, 04:49:36 pm
Option one, but I could support option two if necessary.

Abortions are medical procedures that are, at times medically recommended and potentially life saving for the mother. There is no rationale I can agree with that makes abortion legal, but also not federally supported.

I guess the rationale is having to navigate a political system filled with fundies, moderate heroes and corporate cronies.
7571  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: SENATE BILL: National University and General Education Reform bill (Debating) on: August 18, 2012, 04:46:26 pm
I feel that adding new campuses is an important issue, and something the Senate should address as a body.

That is fair. Do the Senators believe the funds assigned in sections 3 and 4 are adequate?
7572  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: SENATE BILL: National University and General Education Reform bill (Debating) on: August 18, 2012, 04:44:03 pm
I have no opinion on your new amendment. Whatever the Senate feels appropriate, I will support. I initially went with the Committee to give it some direct responsibilities, and I thought it might be onerous to get the whole Senate to vote on something particularly minor.
7573  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Public Office of the Napoleon-Kalwejt Administration on: August 18, 2012, 04:38:37 pm
I am endorsing in these August Senate elections the following candidacies, in no particular order:
Senator Andrew (Indepdent- PA)
Bacon King (Liberal- GA)
Franzl (Liberal- IL)
Governor Townsend (Liberal- NV)

Marokai Blue (Labor- IA)


These five are highly qualified individuals and I encourage to offer them your support as well. This looks to be an exciting and unpredictable election. With the competitive Mideast and Northeast Assembly races also taken into account, I believe that Atlasia is truly on the rebound and our Renaissance has begun. I am looking forward to the next Senate session.
7574  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: SENATE BILL: National University and General Education Reform bill (Debating) on: August 18, 2012, 04:33:33 pm
That amendment just guts the bill. I would love to hear Senator Ben argue in favor of for-profit universities. I also object to removing our involvement in determining the location; this is federal money.

How is this for-profit universities?  I'm not a fan of them to begin with, and will happily adjust the language, but I don't like us taxing tuition that schools receive - that money belongs to the institution.  And as for the location, I don't want to force regions to locate a school in a particular place of "economic distress."

This isn't forcing regions to do anything. We are using federal dollars to build new, first rate universities in areas of economic distress so that we can stop the bleeding and reenergize areas in decline with bright and youthful people. The regions are given the option to recommend the city based on their own public education system and what areas could use the most help.

The tax only applies to predatory for-profit universities. Their students are already ineligible to receive student loans.
7575  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: SENATE BILL: National University and General Education Reform bill (Debating) on: August 18, 2012, 04:07:40 pm
Senator Scott, do you have any information about the Finland model that could potentially improve this bill? I have seen you mention Finland's education system before and am curious to hear more. Taking advice from the successful can't hurt.
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