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7701  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.
7702  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.
7703  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
7704  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: SENATE BILL: National University and General Education Reform bill (Debating) on: August 18, 2012, 11:59:02 am
Basically, the idea of this bill is to assist regions in bringing in economic activity to areas that are in need of them and help transition our nation's education system into one that is more public, affordable, and useful to the students they serve.  This bill, albeit not a drastic change to the structure of our education system, will steadily put our nation's youth on the path toward success in a universal college system.

And to expand on my proposed alternative: use the funds you would be using to fund grants to the regions to create satellite campuses of existing regional universities in economically distressed areas, thereby not having to establish an entire new national university administration and having universities that come with a proven brand name already instead of an entirely new operation (thus helping with student recruitment as well). It saves money, and it makes sense.

Establishing a national university system would introduce competition to regional public universities, which should in turn force improvements. It allows the federal government to have a larger say in tuition costs and education quality. These campuses aren't meant to be just another generic public university, the goal is to develop a true world class university system, that rivals our most storied private universities.

In other words, you want the federal government to expand into and "have a larger say" in yet another realm that's traditionally (with the exception of West Point, Annapolis, etc.) been the domain of the regions while attempting to drive out of business several private universities?

No. Excuse me for being baffled at the suggestion that this bill would drive "out of business" several private universities, which are not even allowed to act as businesses, and would be unharmed by this bill considering the surplus of students, and offended at the suggestion that I want universities to fail. There is an increasing federal interest in higher education, especially with the nationalization of student loans.

Excuse me for not believing that a 50% tax wouldn't harm and potentially bankrupt universities.

What universities do you think would be affected by it? Any real university would not be affected by this tax, the Student Loan Protection Act I sponsored and passed forbid federal loans from going to students at for-profit universities, widely regard as little more than a scam against minorities and impoverished young people. This tax limits them further and offsets any good they may have provided by strengthening career and vocational training at local community and city colleges.
7705  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: SENATE BILL: FoxConn Embargo & Creation...Committee Bill (Debating) on: August 18, 2012, 11:18:33 am
This is very similar to a policy I campaigned on; I will support it.
7706  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: SENATE BILL: National University and General Education Reform bill (Debating) on: August 18, 2012, 09:01:39 am
Basically, the idea of this bill is to assist regions in bringing in economic activity to areas that are in need of them and help transition our nation's education system into one that is more public, affordable, and useful to the students they serve.  This bill, albeit not a drastic change to the structure of our education system, will steadily put our nation's youth on the path toward success in a universal college system.

And to expand on my proposed alternative: use the funds you would be using to fund grants to the regions to create satellite campuses of existing regional universities in economically distressed areas, thereby not having to establish an entire new national university administration and having universities that come with a proven brand name already instead of an entirely new operation (thus helping with student recruitment as well). It saves money, and it makes sense.

Establishing a national university system would introduce competition to regional public universities, which should in turn force improvements. It allows the federal government to have a larger say in tuition costs and education quality. These campuses aren't meant to be just another generic public university, the goal is to develop a true world class university system, that rivals our most storied private universities.

In other words, you want the federal government to expand into and "have a larger say" in yet another realm that's traditionally (with the exception of West Point, Annapolis, etc.) been the domain of the regions while attempting to drive out of business several private universities?

No. Excuse me for being baffled at the suggestion that this bill would drive "out of business" several private universities, which are not even allowed to act as businesses, and would be unharmed by this bill considering the surplus of students, and offended at the suggestion that I want universities to fail. There is an increasing federal interest in higher education, especially with the nationalization of student loans.
7707  Election Archive / 2012 Elections / Re: Gallup: Obama gets low marks on economy on: August 18, 2012, 03:14:41 am
The nation knows Obama is beyond his scope in dealing with the economy.

But for some reason, the people would still rather have lunch with Obama than with Romney.

Once Romney is able to convince the nation he is just a regular guy, who happens to have the ability straighten out the economy, he has it made.   
So in other words, once that flying pig bursts out of Mitch McConnell's turtle butt, we shall all get a million dollars rebate check? Romney is nowhere near a regular guy. He's that weird neighbor that everyone has who's nice and all, but you just think is annoying.

Mitt Romney=Ned Flanders?
7708  Forum Community / Forum Community Election Match-ups / Re: opebo vs. BritishDixie on: August 18, 2012, 02:33:42 am
Opebo/opebo
7709  Election Archive / 2012 U.S. Presidential General Election Polls / Re: Rasmussen Poll of Wisconsin: Romney-Ryan 48%, Obama-Biden 47% on: August 18, 2012, 01:46:49 am
People thought I wasn't serious when I said Wisconsin could very well be the closest state.

And that remains incredibly unlikely.

Not if Obama loses by 3 or 4 points.
7710  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Rank the last several VP picks from most to least intelligent. on: August 18, 2012, 12:10:59 am
Intelligent

Cheney
Ryan
Lieberman
Edwards
Biden
Palin

Unintelligent

My list as well. Cheney really personifies the "Evil Genius" trope, doesn't he?
7711  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: SENATE BILL: National University and General Education Reform bill (Debating) on: August 17, 2012, 10:54:26 pm
Basically, the idea of this bill is to assist regions in bringing in economic activity to areas that are in need of them and help transition our nation's education system into one that is more public, affordable, and useful to the students they serve.  This bill, albeit not a drastic change to the structure of our education system, will steadily put our nation's youth on the path toward success in a universal college system.

And to expand on my proposed alternative: use the funds you would be using to fund grants to the regions to create satellite campuses of existing regional universities in economically distressed areas, thereby not having to establish an entire new national university administration and having universities that come with a proven brand name already instead of an entirely new operation (thus helping with student recruitment as well). It saves money, and it makes sense.

Establishing a national university system would introduce competition to regional public universities, which should in turn force improvements. It allows the federal government to have a larger say in tuition costs and education quality. These campuses aren't meant to be just another generic public university, the goal is to develop a true world class university system, that rivals our most storied private universities.

This bill as written will also stimulate regional activity. For example, the Midwest and Pacific will have to debate and choose a location, or risk losing out, and also empowers the Oversight committee and the under-utilized SoIA position.
7712  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Opinion of the Preceding Poster's Signature Thread VIII on: August 17, 2012, 09:53:52 pm
I think the quote is over his head.
7713  Forum Community / Forum Community Election Match-ups / Re: mondale84 vs. Winfield on: August 17, 2012, 09:33:08 pm
Both are excellent posters! Grin
7714  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 17, 2012, 09:07:40 pm
20RP12
7715  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Massachusetts Senate election, 1994 on: August 17, 2012, 09:06:41 pm
Kennedy
7716  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: MSNBC's Toure says Romney Is Engaging In The "Niggerization" Of Barack Obama on: August 17, 2012, 08:18:03 pm
Toure's observation isn't even novel, let alone outrageous. It's a tragic commentary on American politics that the Romney campaign's response is to take offense.

White America doesn't want to talk about race. I'm sure you can imagine why.
7717  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: SENATE BILL: Jobs Now Act of 2012 (Debating) on: August 17, 2012, 07:51:41 pm
No, I'm not saying we have to take all of it out, but if you want to do that we should delay it or something. I think we can constructively eliminate the loophole.
7718  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.
7719  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Voting Booth / Re: Mideast Voting Booth - Impeachment Clarification Amendment on: August 17, 2012, 07:40:31 pm
Aye
7720  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
7721  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.
7722  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%.
7723  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.
7724  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.
7725  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
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