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7676  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: SENATE BILL: Jobs Now Act of 2012 (Debating) on: August 17, 2012, 07:44:15 pm
Unless there's a reason for why the section should be removed, I'd prefer that it stay in the bill.

Well, as Shua has said, normal work hours are reduced to 32 for larger companies starting in 2013. That's actually a 20% decrease from the 40 hour work week. It seems that the goal of Section 3 will already be accomplished, unless you are trying to take that even further.

Yes, but the goal of the section is to give employees in struggling businesses the ability to temporarily cut their work hours so that they can keep their jobs and continue to receive pay in the case that 32 hours is still too much for a company to afford.

Do you think we could find a way to make sure that employers don't use this as an opportunity to cut hours or salaries for their workers on the taxpayer's dime, if those companies aren't making cuts that are necessary? And if we pass this right now, that subsidy will go out but the hours cuts are going to come into effect anyway so its likely that employers can reduce their employees hours from 36 to 32 (or whatever) and the employee gets the subsidy but the work hours likely would have been reduced anyway to avoid overtime payments, making it a freebie.
7677  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Voting Booth / Re: Mideast Voting Booth - Impeachment Clarification Amendment on: August 17, 2012, 07:40:31 pm
Aye
7678  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Voting Booth / Re: Mideast Voting Booth - Amendment to Article III of the Mideast Constitution on: August 17, 2012, 07:40:09 pm
Aye
7679  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: SENATE BILL: Jobs Now Act of 2012 (Debating) on: August 17, 2012, 07:34:34 pm
Unless there's a reason for why the section should be removed, I'd prefer that it stay in the bill.

Well, as Shua has said, normal work hours are reduced to 32 for larger companies starting in 2013. That's actually a 20% decrease from the 40 hour work week. It seems that the goal of Section 3 will already be accomplished, unless you are trying to take that even further.
7680  Election Archive / 2012 Elections / Re: Who will win Berks County, PA? on: August 17, 2012, 07:16:16 pm
Based on my experience in Lancaster volunteering (Lancaster is a lot like Reading), I'd say that turnout will be lower, but not nearly as low as many have suggested. Puerto Ricans in Reading will still come out for Obama. Assuming a 5-6% Obama win in PA, he takes Berks. However, Eastern PA in general will probably trend Republican.
Obama is the only Democrat to win Berks in recent memory. He could win, but I expect Romney to take it narrowly. Though on the other hand I expect Obama to win PA by about 4.7%.
7681  Election Archive / 2012 Elections / Re: Who will win Berks County, PA? on: August 17, 2012, 07:11:33 pm
I say Romney will. Lower Hispanic turnout and white voters swinging back to the GOP makes a 50-48 Romney win in Berks a strong possibility.
7682  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: SENATE BILL: Jobs Now Act of 2012 (Debating) on: August 17, 2012, 07:00:59 pm
The removal of Section 3 wouldn't really bother me.
7683  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Voting Booth / Re: Mideast Voting Booth - Amendment of the Mideast Time of Alcohol Sales Statute on: August 17, 2012, 06:56:23 pm
The elected Assembly is very out of touch.

Aye
7684  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Voting Booth / Re: Mideast Voting Booth - Unnamed Amendment on: August 17, 2012, 05:48:34 pm
NAY
7685  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Rank the last several VP picks from most to least evil. on: August 16, 2012, 10:08:36 pm
Cheney
Lieberman
Palin
Edwards
Ryan
Biden
7686  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Liberal National Committee Headquarters on: August 16, 2012, 09:51:33 pm
AndrewTX- Aye
Seatown- Aye
7687  Election Archive / 2012 Elections / Re: Ad spending on: August 16, 2012, 08:19:18 pm
The Michigan money also seems like its probably being wasted.


Trickle-down politics is much more rooted in reality than trickle-down economics.
7688  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Autism Spectrum Quotient on: August 16, 2012, 07:38:22 pm
23

I like numbers/patterns (duh, I post on Atlas!) but am far too socially aware to get a higher number, I guess.

I got 24, likely for the same reasons. Smiley
7689  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: MSNBC's Toure says Romney Is Engaging In The "Niggerization" Of Barack Obama on: August 16, 2012, 07:16:09 pm
Cue fake outrage in 3, 2...
7690  Election Archive / 2012 Senatorial Election Polls / Re: IN: Dem poll shows close race, GOP poll shows close race on: August 16, 2012, 05:40:13 pm
Averaged out:

Donnelly: 42
Mourdock: 42

That's the result all the other polls have given us, right?
7691  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: HagridOfTheDeep for At-Large Senate—North Myrtle Beach Campaign HQ on: August 16, 2012, 05:33:45 pm
Good luck. Am I right in assuming the hut in your banner is representative of your feudalistic economic policies, and in no way related to a series of British fantasy novels? Wink
7692  Forum Community / Forum Community Election Match-ups / Re: If the last three posters were running for POTUS who would you vote for and why? on: August 16, 2012, 05:31:49 pm
My buddy Jake
7693  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: How many of the following apply to you? on: August 16, 2012, 05:28:58 pm
Good at trivia
Own an ergonomic keyboard
7694  Election Archive / 2012 Elections / Re: My hunch of what post-Ryan looks like on: August 16, 2012, 05:22:05 pm
There is no way WV is a toss-up, unless Obama drops out.

WV wouldn't be a toss-up even if Obama did drop out. But in 2000, it was a toss up.
7695  Election Archive / 2012 Elections / Re: My hunch of what post-Ryan looks like on: August 16, 2012, 05:03:57 pm
West Virginia (and maybe TN) should be a toss-up in your 2000 map.
7696  Forum Community / Forum Community / Stitches on: August 16, 2012, 05:01:53 pm
Accidentally got a nice slice down my wrist earlier today...needed 8 stitches from the urgent care but I'm fine now. I'm thankful nothing serious happened, I came awfully close to cutting a tendon.
7697  Election Archive / 2012 U.S. Presidential General Election Polls / Re: Rasmussen Poll of Wisconsin: Romney-Ryan 48%, Obama-Biden 47% on: August 16, 2012, 04:57:30 pm
People thought I wasn't serious when I said Wisconsin could very well be the closest state.
7698  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Opinion of RogueBeaver on: August 16, 2012, 04:53:23 pm
His predicting the Ryan pick was the product of serendipity rather than insight, but I enjoy reading his posts. It would be great if his ilk were driving discussion on the 2012 board, rather than the Mondales and Politicos.

I wouldn't group Mondale with Politico, he is more of a Winfield. It's fairly obvious the majority of his statements are facetious, tongue-in-cheek comments. Politico must be considered, to borrow from Mr. Giuliani, not very bright.
7699  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Opinion of RogueBeaver on: August 16, 2012, 04:51:16 pm
FF, I always enjoy his posts.
7700  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: The sudden realization that there might be a god...(attention whoring?) on: August 16, 2012, 10:28:26 am
lol
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