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7676  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.
7677  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.
7678  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.
7679  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
7680  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)?
7681  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
7682  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Liberal National Committee Headquarters on: August 18, 2012, 05:18:21 pm
Marokai- Aye
7683  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / At Large Senate Poll on: August 18, 2012, 05:06:37 pm
This race should be fun! Smiley
7684  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.
7685  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?
7686  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.
7687  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.
7688  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.
7689  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.
7690  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: SENATE BILL: National University and General Education Reform bill (Debating) on: August 18, 2012, 03:56:35 pm
If you have any specific ideas, I would be willing to take a look at them and consider its merit. As of right now, I can't think of any specific guidelines I would find acceptable. I generally think that education works best without a profit motive.
7691  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: ScottSurveys/Porcupine Poll: At-Large Senate Race #3 on: August 18, 2012, 03:48:09 pm
I checked the boxes for Seatown, Andrew, Bacon King, Townsend, and Franzl.
7692  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: SENATE BILL: National University and General Education Reform bill (Debating) on: August 18, 2012, 03:41:46 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.

It guts the bill by removing the part that's part of your vendetta against for-profit institutions of education.

I do not have a "vendetta" against for-profit universities. I am not out to get anyone. I seek to improve the quality of our higher education system, improve access for those less fortunate and those who face discrimination, and remove predatory tactics that put profit as their primary goal instead of education.

You're bashing for-profit universities as "a scam against minorities and impoverished young people" and saying they're "not legitimate institutions of education", and I don't think all for-profit universities have to suffer a massive tax just because some of them use predatory tactics. Some for-profit universities are scams, yes, but that means we should put more focus into investigating those scams and exposing them rather than putting a blanket tax on all universities of a certain category.
They don't have to suffer a massive tax. They can reform their approach by transitioning from a business to a legitimate university.
7693  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: SENATE BILL: National University and General Education Reform bill (Debating) on: August 18, 2012, 03:32:22 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.

It guts the bill by removing the part that's part of your vendetta against for-profit institutions of education.

I love that you cry foul when Senator Seatown uses hyperbole against you but then you fling around loaded terms in every post you make. It's quite endearing.

I do not have a "vendetta" against for-profit universities. I am not out to get anyone. I seek to improve the quality of our higher education system, improve access for those less fortunate and those who face discrimination, and remove predatory tactics that put profit as their primary goal instead of education.
7694  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: SENATE STANDING COMMITTEE: The Judiciary (Equal Rights Amendment) on: August 18, 2012, 03:01:27 pm
The Committee will now consider the Constitutional amendment authored by the Administration and introduced by myself.

AN AMENDMENT

To ensure the equal protection of all genders n the Republic of Atlasia.

Be it enacted by 2/3 of the Senate of the Republic of Atlasia.

SECTION ONE. TITLE

This amendment may be cited as the 'Equal Rights Amendment.'

SECTION TWO. AMENDMENT

1.) Equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by Atlasia or by any Region on account of sex or sexual orientation towards adults.

2.) The Senate shall have the power to enforce, by appropriate legislation, the provisions of this article.



First, I would like to formally give the President the opportunity to speak on behalf of his amendment.  In doing so, I would like him to address the concerns that Senate Clarence raised so we can work out any quirks in a timely fashion.

(Yes, I will be speaking in defense of the amendment, as well. Tongue)

You already addressed Senator Clarence's opposition, I have little to add. I will be referring the Attorney General to this committee.
7695  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: SENATE BILL: National University and General Education Reform bill (Debating) on: August 18, 2012, 02:58:27 pm
I've already requested specific names from the GM; to name just a couple universities, Full Sail University and Everest University would have this 50% tax and more likely than not go bankrupt. You're driving Le Cordon Bleu out of the country; these aren't scams, these are legitimate institutions and you're taxing them to death. And when these schools do shut down, and do leave, how do you intend to keep funding this new stuff you're setting up?

Yes, those are for-profit universities. They are not legitimate institutions of education.
7696  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: SENATE BILL: National University and General Education Reform bill (Debating) on: August 18, 2012, 02:41:52 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.
7697  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Townsend for Senate - Official Campaign Headquarters, Carson City on: August 18, 2012, 12:35:06 pm
I admire your enthusiasm and believe you have a good skill set to bring to the Senate. Endorsed.
7698  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Ultimate office of former CJO, Governor, Representative, and Senator AndrewCT on: August 18, 2012, 12:34:33 pm
You've been a strong and true independent voice in the Senate. Endorsed.
7699  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Bacon 4 Senate HQ: BK's August 2012 Comeback Tour! on: August 18, 2012, 12:33:57 pm
You will be an asset to the Senate. Endorsed.
7700  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: ScottSurveys/Porcupine Poll: Hypothetical Presidential Matchup #1 on: August 18, 2012, 12:05:30 pm
I would vote for myself, and if I don't run, I hope another reformer with a strong record jumps into the race. Smiley
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