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1  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: I think there is a candidate everyone is forgetting on: July 04, 2014, 07:14:21 am
Deval Patrick.
2  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Moscow signals concern for Russians in Estonia on: March 21, 2014, 01:03:31 pm
If Russia invades Estonia the West will have to make a stand. Nobody really cares about Crimea but Putin should not go too far. And he probably knows this.

If Putin wants to start WWIII, he can. Only time will tell if that's his desire.

Of course he can if he wants to. So can Obama.

But I don't think he wants to start WW III. He is not stupid. He knows that nobody really cares about Crimea.
3  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Moscow signals concern for Russians in Estonia on: March 21, 2014, 08:08:03 am
If Russia invades Estonia the West will have to make a stand. Nobody really cares about Crimea but Putin should not go too far. And he probably knows this.
4  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Election What-ifs? / Re: Death of A Statesman on: March 14, 2014, 12:02:35 am
Yes, Willkie died in 1944.

And Alsace and Lorriane are in the east of France, not the west.
5  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Election What-ifs? / Re: 2008 with a twist. on: February 07, 2014, 01:39:50 am
If John Edwards is winning Louisiana, Arkansas, Missouri and North Carolina he would be able to win Virginia and Nevada as well. And probably Colorado too.
6  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: New Register Thread on: January 28, 2014, 02:41:04 pm
No, he is not.
7  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: New Register Thread on: January 28, 2014, 09:22:45 am
De-registering:

Earthling
Labor Party
Vermont
8  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: Northeast Assembly Thread II on: January 28, 2014, 09:11:34 am
I am resigning from the Assembly and leaving Atlasia.
9  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Candidate Declaration Thread on: January 28, 2014, 09:09:16 am
I am not running for governor of the Northeast anymore and I am also not running for reelection to the Assembly
10  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: NE1: Distracted Drivers Act (Veto Override Vote) on: January 26, 2014, 01:25:14 pm
Nay
11  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: NE2: The Works Councils Act (Debating) on: January 25, 2014, 10:36:58 am
I need more time to be able to defend this proposal. I am open for amendments to this bill.
12  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: NE1: Distracted Drivers Act (Voting on Final Passage) on: January 23, 2014, 11:59:42 pm
Aye
13  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: NE2: The Works Councils Act (Debating) on: January 23, 2014, 11:58:42 pm
I will react at length when I will have the opportunity to do so. But this is not a union, I don't believe it will add a new burden on the company and council will mostly work during work hours so the members of the council will be paid their normal salary.
Creating a Works Council is meant to bring employees and employers closer to eachother. By giving employees a bigger voice in the company it could actually reduce strikes.
14  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: NE2: Sponsors May Propose Amendments to Their Own Legislation Act (Voting) on: January 22, 2014, 06:20:43 am
Aye
15  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: NE2: Repeal of the Employees Fair Treatment Act (Voting on Final Passage) on: January 19, 2014, 03:43:35 am
Nay
16  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Gubernatorial/Statewide Elections / Re: Longest-serving governors in the Union on: January 18, 2014, 11:34:41 am
Kitzhaber should be above Brown. Kitzhaber will serve 8 years and 4 days twice (if reelected in 2014) while Brown will serve 7 years and 362 days and 8 years and 4 days (if reelected in 2014).
17  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: NE1: Airport Privatization Act (Voting on Final Passage) on: January 18, 2014, 08:54:51 am
Nay
18  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: NE1: Airport Privatization Act (Debating) on: January 16, 2014, 03:00:57 pm
I don't think we will agree on things.

But sadly enough price fixings happens to often. And when there aren't too many companies in competition with eachother, the risks are too great.

Also, cutting spending is risky. Because, what is waste? Sometimes it is obvious, but not always.


And adding a runway? An airport sometimes also owns the lands surrounding the airport. So they could ad a new runway on these lands to make additional flights possible. Of course the government will be involved, but outside the safety issues, can they object? When civilians in the area are subjected to far more airtravel, or the environment is in danger?

But like I said, I don't think we will agree. And I don't have the time to discuss this, right now. Maybe tomorrow, but not now.
19  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: NE2: Repeal of the Employees Fair Treatment Act (Debating) on: January 16, 2014, 01:29:15 pm
If the company has a dress code and it is included as part of the contract you sign.
20  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: NE1: Airport Privatization Act (Debating) on: January 16, 2014, 01:27:35 pm
There also enough evidence that private enterprise does not result in better quality, just higher costs for clients. Big companies ultimately get the same problems as governments do. They become bureaucratic entities. And clients going to a different business is possible in many sectors, but with airports it's much more difficult. Competition is not great in the airport industry.
Where has airport privatization resulted in higher costs and worse services? Also, competition may not be as intense as in other industries, but certainly it will be more competitive than it was under a government monopoly. Also, companies are less likely to become bureaucratic because they actually have an incentive to increase efficiency.

First, a company could own several airports in the area, making competition disappear as well. Monopolies are created among companies as well. There is a long history of companies making deals with eachother so they can screw the people. And I have no doubt that many people within a public-owned airport want to make it as efficient as possible. To bad, it does not always work that way. In public and private owned enterprises.

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And governments are accountable to the people. But a public-owned airport does not have shareholders looking over the shoulders to see of the profits are high enough.
How are governments accountable to the people for airport inefficiencies? I don't think many people base their votes on the quality of airport services. Also, the lack of accountability to shareholders is precisely the problem. With a profit incentive in place, airport managers have much more incentive to cut out waste, offer competitive rates and services, and expand when profitable (this is explained in greater detail the Reason Foundation study I provided).

No, not many people vote on the quality of airport services. But at least they have a vote on them. With private-owned airports they don't. And yes, they could go to another airport. Which may be 200 miles away. And also owned by the same company.
And profit incentives does not make better companies. It could come at the cost of workers and clients. Because when things go south, they will pay the price.
What you are writing always sounds nice in theory, too bad that it doesn't work that way in many areas. The airport business is too small to make for efficient competition. And the risks of being dubbed by the companies are too big.

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When it comes to regulations, I am talking about how many planes can land on the airport, how many planes can take off, how many passengers can pass through, which airlines can use the airport. Things like that.
Under this law, air traffic control would still be controlled by the government. Air traffic controllers would still be public employees, they would simply go to work at privately owned control towers.

And what is to say that they won't increase the number of airplanes arriving and departing the airport? Adding a additional runway can be done, safe or not? After all, increasing the number of airplanes and passengers at the airport is increasing incomes. But other areas like safety and the environment will suffer.
21  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: NE1: Airport Privatization Act (Debating) on: January 16, 2014, 12:40:03 pm
There also enough evidence that private enterprise does not result in better quality, just higher costs for clients. Big companies ultimately get the same problems as governments do. They become bureaucratic entities. And clients going to a different business is possible in many sectors, but with airports it's much more difficult. Competition is not great in the airport industry.

And governments are accountable to the people. But a public-owned airport does not have shareholders looking over the shoulders to see of the profits are high enough.

When it comes to regulations, I am talking about how many planes can land on the airport, how many planes can take off, how many passengers can pass through, which airlines can use the airport. Things like that.
22  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: NE2: Repeal of the Employees Fair Treatment Act (Debating) on: January 16, 2014, 12:05:49 pm
I never said I was against protections for employers. My anecdote was admittedly overly simplified but we shouldn't make it a burden for employers to fire someone especially if that worker isn't carrying his or her own weight. I've always been concerned that this law was too burdensome for the employer.

Employees can still be fired. But employers need to make a case for dismissal, instead of just firing someone who wears the wrong pants.
23  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: NE2: Repeal of the Employees Fair Treatment Act (Debating) on: January 16, 2014, 11:46:46 am
Being pro union does not make you pro labor. After all, you want employers to have the right to fire workers because they are union members. After all, they don't need any reason to fire someone. How is this being pro Labor?
24  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: NE2: Repeal of the Employees Fair Treatment Act (Debating) on: January 16, 2014, 10:59:11 am
And you are a member of the Labor Party? For what?

You are nothing but a wolf in sheep's clothes.
25  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: NE1: Airport Privatization Act (Debating) on: January 16, 2014, 04:25:35 am
I am opposed to privatizing airports.

There are several services which are better handled by the public sector, and airports are one of them.

I fear privatization of airports would lead to increased problems in the future, one being increased fees to consumers, another being, I believe, national security would be more at risk.   

Agreed. Smaller airports may be privately owned, but the big airports are better of in public hands. Security, services and regulations are too important to be handled by private enterprise. After all, they only look at making the most profit.
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