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5576  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Northeast Reform Commission on: June 25, 2013, 08:03:25 pm
I could come back...after my time in the IDS is done.

Please do! Smiley
5577  Forum Community / Interactive Timelines / 1992 Interactive Timeline Thread (Sign-ups) on: June 25, 2013, 07:55:03 pm
This forum doesn't seem to be one for interactive timelines anymore, but I decided to start one up just to see how many people are interested.  If enough people sign up, I'll continue it and establish some rules.  For now, just post a reply saying the candidate you want to be.  If you want to play as someone not on the list, I will consider approving your request, but there are no guarantees.

Republicans:

President George H.W. Bush of Texas: Oldiesfreak1854
Former Presidential Advisor Pat Buchanan of Virginia: ChairmanSanchez
State Representative David Duke of Louisiana: Spiral
Former Governor Harold Stassen of Minnesota:
Former Congressman Ron Paul of Texas: Bmotley

Democrats:

Governor Jerry Brown of California: Maxwell
Governor Bill Clinton of Arkansas: JerryArkansas
Senator Bob Kerrey of Nebraska: Superique
Senator Tom Harkin of Iowa: Matt from VT
Former Senator Paul Tsongas of Massachusetts: IBDD
Senator Joe Biden of Delaware: LumineVonReuental
Governor Evan Bayh of Indiana: Tmthforu94 (Jayhawker)
Senator Al Gore of Tennessee: Clinton1996

Independents:

Businessman Ross Perot of Texas: SJoyce
5578  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: MA US Senate Special Election: Official Election Day & Results Thread + Poll on: June 25, 2013, 07:24:30 pm
Still predicting a comfortable Markey win.  Boston hasn't even reported, yet.
5579  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: MA US Senate Special Election: Official Election Day & Results Thread + Poll on: June 25, 2013, 07:16:54 pm
53-46.6 Markey with 1% in
5580  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: MA US Senate Special Election: Official Election Day & Results Thread + Poll on: June 25, 2013, 07:03:57 pm
Polls are now closed.  Time to watch and wait.
5581  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Office/Senate Campaign HQ of Northeast Governor Scott [Farewell Address] on: June 25, 2013, 06:55:28 pm

My fellow Northeasterners, tonight is my last opportunity to speak to you from the Governor's Ranch as your regional executive.

I am profoundly grateful to you for twice giving me the honor to serve, to work for you and with you to prepare our region for the future. And I'm grateful to my Lieutenant Governor, to my Cabinet secretaries, and to all those who have served with me for the last eight months.

The last year has been a time of rigorous transformation.  Together we have faced numerous challenges.  We've learned that no matter what the problem, be it hurricanes or tragedies like the one we saw in Sandy Hook last December, we must be prepared, and that we cannot lose our sense of patriotism.  Because of you, our social fabric is stronger, our communities healthier and safer, and our generation better prepared for the road ahead of them.

We could not have gotten this far without the spirit of our region.  Today, our collective strength and resilience serve as an example to the rest of the world.

In every bill I proposed, signed, and rejected, I always stayed true to my number one goal: giving the people the tools they need to live prosperously while conducting our government under the limits established by the Constitution.  That is the document we are sworn to uphold.  And now tonight, we have a record we can be proud of.  Our surplus has reached record highs, we have developed comprehensive reforms aimed at improving the lives of those in need, and now the reforms passed during this administration are a shining model to many of our leaders in Nyman.

Tonight, I'd like to share a few thoughts with you about the future.  During my administration, I found myself constantly having to appoint new Representatives and call special elections that shouldn't have been needed in the first place.  When election time comes, we seldom have the competition this region needs.  In the last two elections, we couldn't even find enough candidates to run for Assembly in time.  This is something that must change if we ever want our region to succeed.

That is why I am calling on both citizens and elected officials to become more involved with their government.  Vote, run for office, propose legislation, debate, make suggestions, conduct polls, report on the happenings of the Assembly.  This region was created by the people, and so the people must hold it to high expectations.

I join all Northeasterners in wishing our very best to the next governor, SirNick, to his family and his administration in addressing existing challenges and in leading the march of progress over the next four months, so that our region may continue to shine bright.

As for me, I'll leave the governorship more idealistic, more full of hope than the day I arrived and more confident than ever that our region's best days lie ahead.

My days in this office are nearly through, but my days of service are not.  In the months ahead, I will swear in to office as your next senator, once again taking the oath to uphold our sacred laws and protect our country from all enemies, foreign and domestic.  And for that opportunity, I cannot thank you all enough.

Good night, and Dave bless.
5582  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Who would get the most "ironic support" from Atlas Dems in 2016? on: June 25, 2013, 12:49:55 pm
Ben Carson or Allen West

Think of the common factor they share with Herman Cain

Wait.  Ben Carson, Allen West, and Herman Cain are three different people? Huh
5583  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Gubernatorial/Statewide Elections / Re: TX-2014: Kinky Friedman probably running on: June 25, 2013, 11:56:29 am
R hold.
5584  General Politics / Individual Politics / No Child Left Behind Act on: June 25, 2013, 10:52:44 am
If you were in Congress at the time, how would you have voted on NCLB (2001)?
5585  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Which of the 3 preceding posters avatar would you rather live in? on: June 25, 2013, 08:42:23 am
Indiana.
5586  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Negative Income Tax on: June 24, 2013, 10:33:21 pm
Giving someone 300 dollars straight out is a worse way to combat hunger than giving them 300 dollars in food credit.

This doesn't seem self evident to me. Besides, the comparison shouldn't be $300 in cash versus $300 in benefits; it's really $300 in cash versus $300 in benefits minus administrative costs. A basic income is a far less costly and intrusive way of administering a welfare state that actually guarantees that everyone's basic needs can bet met.

But it guarantees no such thing, because it relies on people to spend the money efficiently and on the things they need, which is quite the assumption. $300 in food stamps is more efficient because that money (in addition to being inserted right back into the economy, which isn't a given otherwise) will, always, be spent on food and only on food. Even if it's traded for other things from other people under the table, that money will be used to buy food and end up on someone's table, somewhere.

The same can be said for other things. What is better, to help someone stay warm in the cold winter? Directly subsidizing their bills, or giving them the equivalent amount of money in a lump sum and hoping they spend money on it? Even if it keeps most people warm, there will always be a certain percentage of people who decide not to use that money for what it was intended for, or for what they need. The same principle is true for other things as well.

As long as welfare recipients aren't spending the money on drugs or alcohol, which the vast majority of them do not, then I don't really see how the money could be spent inefficiently.  Food stamps are useful, of course, but do they always solve the problem?  What if someone has enough food to last them for the week, but not enough money to pay the month's rent?  I don't necessarily object to targeted benefits, but I don't think giving the beneficiaries a sufficient amount of flexibility with their money would hurt anyone.  In fact, I would argue that the recipients are better equipped to spend the money the way they see fit just because they understand their living situations better than the government does.
5587  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Democrats only: Hillary Clinton vs. Ron Wyden on: June 24, 2013, 08:15:54 pm
If the 2016 primary came down to these two candidates, who would you support?
5588  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: What outside temperature do you prefer? on: June 24, 2013, 07:51:52 pm
65-70 degrees with a nice breeze.
5589  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Negative Income Tax on: June 24, 2013, 07:28:02 pm
Bumping this.  I'm still not sure if I'll pursue this in the next Senate (especially because of its cost), but I still think we should work on a bill that makes welfare more effective and, if possible, less costly.

Why would anyone want a negative income tax except the super wealthy who don't want to pay taxes?

What do you mean?  The wealthy would pay more taxes.
5590  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Progressive Caucus: Nominating Our Next Chair on: June 24, 2013, 07:18:41 pm
I would like to nominate Siren.
5591  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Federalist Convention—NEW ORLEANS, LA (VOTE! VOTE! VOTE!) on: June 24, 2013, 07:16:18 pm
Look, I'm not going to try to tell this party how to do its business, but I think I should put in a word of advice... especially since the election's over. Wink

You can't be a successful party and at the same time try to expel your own members.  When you do that, you not only ask for the demise of your party, you become less likely to reach out to centrists and people who might otherwise become members.  More importantly, it would create more drama for the game, which is the last thing it needs right now.  Now, if Ben runs for office someday on the Federalist label and someone wants to primary him, then that would be a more orderly way to express your disapproval of his actions.  But I, for one, would never consider joining a party that's so hostile to moderates or members who don't always walk the party-line.
5592  Forum Community / Forum Community Election Match-ups / Re: Name two demographic groups the previous poster would over-/under-perform with on: June 24, 2013, 07:09:32 pm
Over: Union workers, socialists
Under: Wealthy people, elderly
5593  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Where would you rather live? on: June 24, 2013, 06:58:26 pm
Other than low cost, what does Texas offer? Hundred degree summers and the smell of cow farts. Mmmm







5594  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: What is your desktop background? on: June 24, 2013, 06:50:15 pm
This is not actual size, obviously:


Please feel free to make fun of me for posting a picture of a cartoon robot while you guys put cartoon ponies in your sigs.

No worries; I laugh at both you people. Smiley
5595  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Voting Booth / Re: Northeast Voting Booth: TOSTWDHEA (...again) on: June 24, 2013, 06:10:36 pm
Aye.
5596  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Voting Booth / Northeast Voting Booth: TOSTWDHEA (...again) on: June 24, 2013, 06:09:46 pm
Attention Northeasterners: Please vote AYE, NAY, or ABSTAIN on the following amendment.  This vote will last seven days.

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AN AMENDMENT
To correct a typo that no one has seemed to notice or care about until now.

Title: This is to be entitled the "Because the Senators Are Really that Stupid Amendment".

The text of the "On Second Thought, We Have Expectations Amendment", Is Amended as Follows:

Quote
The On Second Thought, We Do Have Expectations Amendment

If the President, Vice President, or a member of the Senate does not post on in the Atlas Fantasy Government board for seven consecutive days (168 hours) without posting a leave of absence, an article of impeachment shall be automatically placed before Senate in accordance with Article I, Section 2, Clause 3 of the Constitution and thus considered accordingly.

Whenever a Justice of the Supreme Court shall have failed to participate in the two consecutive rulings issued by said the aforementioned court, an article of impeachment shall be automatically placed before Senate in accordance with Article I, Section 2, Clause 3 of the Constitution and thus considered accordingly.

Participation in a case shall be determined by whether or not the Justice in question joined, concurred, dissented or recused himself in the case thread, by individual public post, for that particular case.
5597  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: U.S. Presidential Election, 1920 (Party nominations) on: June 24, 2013, 05:03:11 pm
Marshall/Owen
5598  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Jeff Merkley? on: June 24, 2013, 03:14:01 pm
He's probably not going to run, but if he does, I'll support him over Hillary.
5599  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Voting Booth / Re: Voting Booth to Establish the New Pacific Region on: June 24, 2013, 01:18:02 pm
Do you support the adoption of this Constitution for the New Pacific Region?
[  ] AYE
[X] NAY
[  ] ABSTAIN

Ballot for Governor:
[X] Write-in: Illegitimate voting booth is illegitimate.
5600  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Funny Pictures Thread on: June 24, 2013, 01:10:41 pm
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