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251  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: IDS 2: Cultural Protection Act (Final Vote) on: April 28, 2014, 04:56:52 am
Aye
252  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: IDS 2: Cultural Protection Act (Debating) on: April 26, 2014, 10:26:02 pm
Ok, having checked and double checked I am now sure that there are currently no GM cost checks going on. This being said, we could probably do our own informal one, but I don't think it would be necessary to do before a final vote.

I hereby open final voting on this bill.

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Cultural Protection Act

Article 14 of the Is Our Children Learning Act is hereby amendment to read as follows:

14. To graduate high school, students shall be required to take at least three years of a common foreign language at any level of their educational career or be able to prove proficiency in at least two languages. Such a language is defined here as: English (for non-English speakers), French, Arabic, Spanish, Portuguese, Russian, German, Italian, Malay, Chinese, Dutch, Persian, Romanian, Serbian, or Swahili. Not all languages must be available at all schools; however, French must be offered in the parishes of Louisiana that make up Acadiana, and Spanish must be offered in any school district that is at least plurality Spanish-speaking.

Voting will last either 48 hours or until all legislators have voted. Please vote either Aye, Nay or Abstain.
253  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: German Presidential Election 1925 on: April 25, 2014, 08:55:47 pm
Marx (Catholic)
254  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: IDS 1: Housing First Act (Debating) on: April 25, 2014, 05:03:11 pm
Putting aside the mental health issue (because Maxwell's amendment is fine for the purpose and I'm trying to write up a more comprehensive bill on the issue for later), the biggest issue I have is transition of information. This seems like one of those programs that would be underutilized because the people its aimed at wouldn't know about it. Do y'all agree that its a problem? If so, I'm sure I can throw an amendment together to include an information campaign, but that does add costs on as well...
255  General Politics / Economics / Re: Which is worse Hyperinflation or Deflation? on: April 24, 2014, 11:47:46 pm
Would hyperinflation be a problem if GDP and wage growth were simultaneously skyrocketing?

Is such a scenario even possible?



Deflation just seems pretty bad any way you slice it. 



It might be possible in theory if you had productivity doubling every month or something; either way wage growth would probably lag behind a bit because of stickiness. Even if it was possible, the menu costs associated with hyperinflation would make it impractical to continue.

And yes, deflation is usually bad. It gives incentives for suppliers to stop supplying (falling prices means falling profits and fewer producers) and consumers to delay consumption (why buy something now if you believe prices will be lower next month?). Usually that would add up to an anemic economy.
256  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Gubernatorial/Statewide Elections / Re: Sen. Nelson Says He's 'Tempted' to Run for Florida Governor on: April 24, 2014, 10:37:13 pm
Nelson has never been overly popular, not to mention he is one of the most arrogant S.O.Bs in Congress.  He keeps winning because the GOP has nominated three losers to face him. 

Nonsense. There are very few Republicans who could beat him in a neutral environment. I'd bet that the only Republican who could have won last year would have been Jeb Bush himself, and that would have been a real race. The Florida GOP don't nominate duds very often (Katherine Harris aside). He keeps winning by filling the perfect niche of being liberal enough to win primaries but not too liberal to lose the goodwill he's built up with business owners, moderate republicans and former southern Democrats that carries him over the finish line.

I'd support him over Scott in an instant, and I'd bet every dollar I have that he'd beat Crist in the primary. Florida Democrats wouldn't be supporting him if they had a legitimate candidate who could win; Nelson could most definitely win. I've always thought Scott's chances were better than polls showed because Crist's support is so ephemeral; most of his supporters (with notable exceptions) doesn't really LIKE him, they either tolerate him because they want to win or out of expectation of future rewards if he wins. His lead has already shrunk and will (I believe) continue to shrink as Scott really gets on the airwaves and reminds people of who they're voting for. I don't think Nelson has done anything that would stick as much, even with a vote for Obamacare. I hope he decides to jump in.
257  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: 1888 U.S. House Vote, Round 2 on: April 24, 2014, 03:31:13 am
Zeb Zeb Zeb!
258  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: IDS 1: Housing First Act (Debating) on: April 23, 2014, 03:38:57 am
Well, without a cost estimate my biggest problem is that I don't think it deals with the main problem of homelessness; long term homelessness is much more due to serious mental illness causing problems rather than the lack of availability. As for the non-mental illness related homelessness, I've been led to believe that that is a much lesser problem; as in a situation where the afflicted don't stay homeless for very long. At any rate, I'd like some kind of mental health provision added before I'd consider voting for this.
259  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: IDS 2: Cultural Protection Act (Debating) on: April 23, 2014, 03:35:07 am
We should probably think about moving to a final vote soon.  Still, I don't know if I can sign this without a cost estimate.

I've been wondering that; how are cost estimates done nowadays? I saw Griffin talking about some kind of new system but I have no idea what that is....
260  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: IDS1: The Take the Power Back Act of 2014 [Voting on Override] on: April 21, 2014, 07:45:24 pm
Nay
261  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Voting Booth / Re: IDS Voting Booth: Executive Department Amendment on: April 20, 2014, 09:50:34 pm
Aye
262  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Voting Booth / Re: April 2014 At-Large Senate Election on: April 20, 2014, 09:48:02 pm
[1] JCL
[2] Goldwater
[3] Lumine
[4] Shua
[5] Write-in: Seatown
[6] Adam Griffin
[7] Alfred
263  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: IDS1: The Take the Power Back Act of 2014 [Vetoed] on: April 20, 2014, 09:17:58 pm
The Emperor having vetoed this legislation, now we must decide whether to override the Emperor's veto or not. Normally I'd ask the sponsor whether or not they wanted to do this before trying for an override, but Jbrase just declared a leave of absence. I think its probably a good idea to go ahead with this anyway, this being the case.

Legislators have 48 hours to vote. A majority of 3/4ths of the legislature, either 4 ayes if 5 vote, 3 ayes if 4 vote, or approval from all those who vote if there are under 4 voters is required for an override. Please vote either aye, nay or abstain.
264  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: 1888 U.S. House Vote, Round 1 on: April 20, 2014, 08:30:32 pm
Vance/Smith
265  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: 1888 U.S. Presidential Election on: April 20, 2014, 03:25:39 am
Geez, I feel bad for Dallasfan. He's going to have to jump through hoops to explain Cleveland mysteriously losing 20% of the electorate while the great war hero only does ok and a mostly dead party comes magically back to life.
266  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / IDS 1: Housing First Act (Passed) on: April 20, 2014, 03:21:24 am
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A BILL


To combat homelessness in the Imperial Dominion of the South


Be it enacted by the Legislature of the Imperial Dominion of the South assembled



SECTION 1. TITLE

This legislation may be referred to as the Housing First Act.

SECTION 2. APARTMENT DEVELOPMENT

1. The Government of the IDS will be responsible for determining how many apartments shall be built in each state proportionate to how many homeless persons are living in each state in accordance with the 2013 estimate;

 7500 - Florida
 5500 - Texas
 3200 - Georgia
 3200 - Louisiana
 2600 - Tennessee
 1800 - Puerto Rico
 1100 - North Carolina
 1000 - Alabama
   600 - South Carolina
   400 - Mississippi
   300 - Arkansas

SECTION 3. HOUSING FIRST PROGRAM

1. All homeless individuals and families in the IDS will have the option of moving into an apartment room which must include a living room, a bedroom with beds, a bathroom, a refrigerator, and Wifi.  The Government of the IDS will be responsible for ordering routine checkups in each apartment to ensure quality and cleanliness.

2. Each individual or family will be assigned a caseworker to meet with on a weekly basis.  The caseworker, who shall be employed by the Government of the IDS will be responsible for helping each applicant find employment.

3. Each individual or family will be allowed to stay in their respective departments until the government determines that they are self-sustainable.  The caseworker may assist the applicants in finding a new home located anywhere in the IDS.

4. The government will be responsible for compiling client-level data into the database, including the results of annual counts of the homeless derived from shelter and street surveys taken each January.

Sponsor: Emperor Scott
267  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: IDS1: The Take the Power Back Act of 2014 [Final Vote] on: April 20, 2014, 03:19:35 am
With 2 votes in favor with one against, one abstaining and one not voting this bill passes the Imperial Legislature and moves to the Emperor for veto or signature.
268  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: IDS1: The Take the Power Back Act of 2014 [Final Vote] on: April 19, 2014, 02:45:08 pm
Abstain
269  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Gubernatorial/Statewide Elections / Re: Future Governors on: April 18, 2014, 11:46:53 am
Florida Republicans are likely to run either Pam Bondi or Adam Putnam in 2018. The fight between them could be a fun one, but I'd bet on Bondi. Florida Democrats would either run Charlie Crist for reelection or, should he lose this year, some Central Florida mayor.
270  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: 1888 U.S. Presidential Election on: April 18, 2014, 12:05:21 am
Vance
271  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: If you were in Congress, what would you do if... on: April 18, 2014, 12:03:53 am
On the face of it, option one would seem to be the better policy/reelection option, but congressional office aides specialize in areas specifically so they can learn the hard stuff for you and give you the one page summary.

I say take the meeting with the sick kid and use it as a photo op and have your aide meet with the trade group while personally reassuring them that you'll be an eager co-sponsor to (insert legislation here).
272  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Voting Booth / Re: IDS April 2014 Regional Election on: April 17, 2014, 11:58:32 pm

Emperor:
[1] Scott

District 2:
[1] Dereich
273  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: IDS1: The Take the Power Back Act of 2014 [Voting on Amendment] on: April 17, 2014, 11:00:44 pm
Seeing no further debate, I hereby bring this to a final vote. Legislators have 48 hours to vote aye, nay or to abstain.

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The Take the Power Back Act of 2014.

1. In the event that Federal Statute is being challenged by the Imperial Dominion of the South in the Supreme Court, the Emperor may direct with executive order the temporary nullification of the Federal Statute in dispute within the IDS until the case is decided by the Supreme Court.
274  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: IDS 2: Cultural Protection Act (Debating) on: April 17, 2014, 12:48:24 am
I have a few questions about this: first, why grades 6-12? Dividing the 4 years into part of high school as well as part of middle school seems like it could create some complications for people coming from middle schools with different language standards.

275  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: What is your alignment? on: April 16, 2014, 11:17:09 pm
Lawful Good

You are 38.9% Good.
You are 56.4% Lawful.

I actually expected Lawful Neutral.
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