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1  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: Wages for Housework Act on: Today at 08:53:33 am
Is Nixcome not a full UBI? I've been under the impression that it was. If it's not, it should be, and probably at or around the poverty line.

Nixcome is a negative income tax, which is not the same thing. It's use is limited to persons receiving welfare, if I recall the debates surrounding it's implementation correctly. I don't think that we should limit ourselves to pegging the UBI to the poverty line, personally. I think, if anything, it should be enough to permit someone to choose not to work if they don't want to. This will not only have the effect of making work a choice rather than something that is forced on all of us, it will force wages upward, because employers will have to offer something to their employees to get them to choose employment, rather than choosing just to collect the UBI.

How about 125% of the poverty line? Then we won't have to adjust it every few years (though this does raise concerns about price increases and suchlike, and while I've seen good assuasions of those concerns, I don't think a UBI has ever been tried IRL).
2  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: Smack Ain't Whack Act of 2014 on: Today at 08:49:20 am
The problem with Heroin comes with it's illegality more than anything else. Properly regulated and distributed heroin would be far safer and would result in far less accidental overdoses than the stuff currently being peddled on our streets.

But to high school sophomores?

Sure. Again, I'm a firm believer in the idea that persons 16 and older should be considered full fledged adults and should have all the rights that come with that, including the right to engage in the use of mind-altering substances. Hence my 'Sweet Sixteen' Act.

Senator, have you thought through the ramifications of giving high schoolers access to every drug imaginable? I have, and they're not pretty.
3  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: 1924 on: Today at 08:39:07 am
I'm assuming this will go for three days?
4  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Sister cities on: July 23, 2014, 11:16:23 pm
Rochester and one of the Novgorods.
5  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: Wages for Housework Act on: July 23, 2014, 10:43:17 pm
Is Nixcome not a full UBI? I've been under the impression that it was. If it's not, it should be, and probably at or around the poverty line.
6  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: Smack Ain't Whack Act of 2014 on: July 23, 2014, 10:40:41 pm
The problem with Heroin comes with it's illegality more than anything else. Properly regulated and distributed heroin would be far safer and would result in far less accidental overdoses than the stuff currently being peddled on our streets.

But to high school sophomores?
7  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: 1924 on: July 23, 2014, 10:35:33 pm
To the Walsh voter: we will get a gay president in 1963 if my plan works, so you don't have to worry.
8  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: 1924 on: July 23, 2014, 06:08:22 pm
Underwood/Wheeler! Keep in mind that Underwood dies in January 1929, so we can't have him ever again if we elect Wheeler.

D[inks], I wish I thought of that before voting Sad

It's OK we can break the tie in favor of Underwood. BTW, if he's elected VP it'll be the first time a former Prez has become VP since John Jay.
9  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: 1924 on: July 23, 2014, 06:05:04 pm
Also thanks to Senador Equis for setting this up. Also we should decide what to call the new leftist party if the BMP and WP merge - bring back the People's Alliance? Stay with the WP? The Social Democratic Party? All the good countries have SDPs.
10  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: 1924 on: July 23, 2014, 05:58:10 pm
Underwood/Wheeler! Keep in mind that Underwood dies in January 1929, so we can't have him ever again if we elect Wheeler.
11  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: "Where've You Gone, General Washington?" - Participatory Election Series on: July 23, 2014, 03:44:06 pm
I vote that ITTL teddy bears are called iggy bears, after Pres. Donnelly. Also reminder to y'all that Cuba and Hispaniola are the territory of Atlantis.
12  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: "Where've You Gone, General Washington?" - Participatory Election Series on: July 23, 2014, 10:39:23 am
I will if/when work permits.

You can just use the text of that PM you sent me as the body of the thing and then just slog through all that horrible code for the actual poll.
13  Forum Community / Election and History Games / Re: Historical U.S. presidential elections! Let's vote! on: July 23, 2014, 12:42:17 am
Are you a Prohibitionist?
14  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: "Where've You Gone, General Washington?" - Participatory Election Series on: July 22, 2014, 10:51:14 pm
A hiatus has been announced for a week and a half or so on my part when it comes to setting these up. If Malcolm feels like taking us through '24 and '28, he can do that.
15  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: GM Political Independence Amendment (final vote) on: July 22, 2014, 10:19:38 pm
Nay.
16  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: Corporations Aren't People Amendment (Final vote) on: July 22, 2014, 10:18:00 pm
Aye.
17  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: SENATE BILL: Ukrainian Technical, Economical and Military Aid (Debating) on: July 22, 2014, 10:16:00 pm
Aye.
18  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: Corporations Aren't People Amendment on: July 22, 2014, 08:12:10 am
Motion for a final vote.
19  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: GM Political Independence Amendment on: July 22, 2014, 08:10:03 am
Motion for a final vote - we haven't talked on this in days and Windy asked nicely.
20  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: Smack Ain't Whack Act of 2014 on: July 21, 2014, 07:51:22 pm
If one were to take my comments on Sen. TNF's bills  they'd think I'm some insane right-winger, and I'll clarify that I'm not. That said, I don't want heroin in the nation's high schools.
21  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: "Where've You Gone, General Washington?" - Participatory Election Series on: July 21, 2014, 07:46:41 pm
That seems about right - maybe trade in Underwood for DeWitt Clinton though, and I'd imagine Donnelly's only popular because he's worshiped as the second coming of Christ by the left.

Worst presidents would probably be Butler, Hale, perhaps Baby Adams and Monroe.

It seems like Cannon has it coming to him, and Clay might be a controversial one, since the breakup of the country started under him.

Cannon's not very popular, except among the right wing, but he's way better than the arc I had planned out for him - that was a full-on 10-year-minimum dystopia.

Now I'm incredibly curious what else you would have done for Cannon.

I had planned for him to win in '12 and '16, be forced into WWI (which he actually opposed both IRL and ITTL), and then turn into a crazy dictator by combining an enhanced Espionage Act with massively scaled-up Palmer Raids. I don't care if Palmer turned out a Farmer-Laborer.
22  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: SENATE BILL: The Let Us Have More Teachers Act (At Final Vote I think) on: July 20, 2014, 11:51:18 pm
It seems the President is mistaken on one thing - the current tests, I assume, still ue a raw score, just one that the writers have calculated will be too high for 25% of applicants. It's not automatically failing 25%, it's jutst supposed to using spherical teachers in a vacuum.
23  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: Wages for Housework Act on: July 20, 2014, 11:47:04 pm
This assumes that every non-working member of the family a) does housework and b) does enough housework to earn over $30,000 a year - above the current minimum wage IIRC, does it not?
24  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: "Where've You Gone, General Washington?" - Participatory Election Series on: July 20, 2014, 11:40:14 pm
That seems about right - maybe trade in Underwood for DeWitt Clinton though, and I'd imagine Donnelly's only popular because he's worshiped as the second coming of Christ by the left.

Worst presidents would probably be Butler, Hale, perhaps Baby Adams and Monroe.

It seems like Cannon has it coming to him, and Clay might be a controversial one, since the breakup of the country started under him.

Cannon's not very popular, except among the right wing, but he's way better than the arc I had planned out for him - that was a full-on 10-year-minimum dystopia. Clay's a middle-of-the-road fellow: not really blamed for the war, but not really good at Presidenting.
25  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: "Where've You Gone, General Washington?" - Participatory Election Series on: July 20, 2014, 09:10:39 pm
That seems about right - maybe trade in Underwood for DeWitt Clinton though, and I'd imagine Donnelly's only popular because he's worshiped as the second coming of Christ by the left.

Worst presidents would probably be Butler, Hale, perhaps Baby Adams and Monroe.
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