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11401  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: Legislation Introduction Thread on: April 09, 2011, 01:21:16 pm
The Let’s Make This Official Because We All Thought It was Already True and Help a Couple of Other Places Act
1.   The $105 billion dollars currently allotted to military operations in Afghanistan and Iraq shall be removed.
2.   $10 billion shall be allocated to humanitarian missions and aid in Ivory Coast.
3.   $13 billion shall be allocated to humanitarian missions and aid in Libya.
4.   Reconstruction Aid in Afghanistan and Iraq shall increase from $6.85 billion to $9 billion.

I thought we were already out of them ? Huh
We are, but in the last budget, we continued to put money there.

Please tell me I didn't vote for that budget.
I don't think you did. Badger had brought it up several times in the debate of the budget, but it was never corrected. JBrase and I happened to notice it back in February when we were studying the budget and possible cuts we could make.
11402  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: Legislation Introduction Thread on: April 09, 2011, 12:40:20 pm
The Let’s Make This Official Because We All Thought It was Already True and Help a Couple of Other Places Act
1.   The $105 billion dollars currently allotted to military operations in Afghanistan and Iraq shall be removed.
2.   $10 billion shall be allocated to humanitarian missions and aid in Ivory Coast.
3.   $13 billion shall be allocated to humanitarian missions and aid in Libya.
4.   Reconstruction Aid in Afghanistan and Iraq shall increase from $6.85 billion to $9 billion.

I thought we were already out of them ? Huh
We are, but in the last budget, we continued to put money there.
11403  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: George Allen is back in the game! on: April 08, 2011, 10:29:41 pm
Yes, Macaca wasn't racist either, it was just a funny joke.

We all know George Allen can be racist and dumb, so it's not out of the realm of possibility he asked the question because the man is black.
Roll Eyes
11404  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Do you think the US Government will be able to avoid shutdown? on: April 08, 2011, 10:25:32 pm
Hallelujah. This is great news for America's future.
11405  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Regular Question Time Made Interesting Thread April 2011 on: April 08, 2011, 10:04:58 pm
Mr. President

Does Atlasia have a universal health care policy?

If not, are there any plans to have one instituted?

http://uselectionatlas.org/AFEWIKI/index.php/Atlasian_National_Healthcare_Act
11406  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: Indiana 2012 Congressional Races on: April 08, 2011, 07:43:29 pm
http://www.indystar.com/article/20110331/LOCAL01/103310353/1115/LOCAL0104/Donnelly-floats-ideas-Senate-campaign

Joe Donnelly appears to be strongly considering a run for the Senate to avoid losing to Jackie Walorski. No surprise here at all. I'm confident Lugar would be able to easily beat him, though not so sure on Mourdock.
11407  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: Indiana CD 2: Possible rematch on: April 08, 2011, 09:36:43 am
I live in the fifth district and was an active supporter of Walorski. I voted libertarian for SoS and my district congressional race.  Chard Reid

If you supported Walorski, why did you vote against her?
Because, as he said, he lives in the 5th district, and Walorski is in the 2nd district. Wink
11408  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: George Allen is back in the game! on: April 08, 2011, 08:17:16 am
I guess this is racist if you really want it to be racist.
Ditto. He wasn't asked because he was black, but because he was tall. The same thing has happened to me before, since I'm 6'4''.
11409  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Is the preceding poster moderate, liberal, or conservative? on: April 07, 2011, 10:39:00 pm
A liberal, both economically and socially.
11410  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: SENATE BILL: Amendment to the OSPR.... (At Final Vote) on: April 07, 2011, 10:10:06 pm
nay
Care to explain? Just not sure why you're opposed this, and you haven't voiced your thoughts anywhere on the thread until this.
11411  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: office of senator shua on: April 07, 2011, 07:49:53 am
Dear citizens of AtlAsiA,

I, ShuA, have presently A certain slight challenge in communicating And I hope you will bear with me through this time As I continue my work As your Senator.

in the meAntime, As Alwys, pleAse leAve me your thoughts on the importAnt mAtters of the SenAte being discussed on the AtlAsiA government boArd. 
Thank You.
"Shift" button acting up, eh? Wink
11412  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Regional Protection Party Spring Fling/April Retreat (members sign-in) on: April 07, 2011, 07:48:47 am
X Tmthforu94
11413  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: The Atlasian-International Journal on: April 07, 2011, 07:48:05 am
I congratulate Ben for creating a story that is getting such a response. One of the hopes in making these reforms is getting discussion geared towards actual policy, and I think we're suceeding in that department. Smiley

I do find this story actually going into effect hard to believe, but it didn't really surprise me to see Ben's first story being related to Israel. Wink
11414  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Regular Question Time Made Interesting Thread April 2011 on: April 06, 2011, 10:47:46 pm
Mr. President

Does Atlasia need a national anthem?
Yes. Though I'm skeptical of your proposals.
11415  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / TRC Poll - Mideast Senate Race on: April 06, 2011, 09:47:58 pm
Tmthforu94 Research & Communications

Early, but this could be an interesting race. The Mideast has been very tight for the past several rounds, and this one should be no different, especially with no incumbent.

Poll will run for 3 days. I know there's a lot of options, sorry! Tongue

Mideast Citizens Only!
11416  Election Archive / 2012 U.S. Presidential Primary Election Polls / Re: NBC/WSJ: Romney 21% Huckabee 17% Trump 17% Gingrich 11% Palin 10% Pawlenty 6% on: April 06, 2011, 07:24:22 pm
I like Trump, but once a campaign starts and the skeleton's roll out, he's toast.

Great to see Romney doing so well, especially in the second poll, which is much more likely.
11417  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: The White House on: April 06, 2011, 07:02:22 pm
Statement from the President

Good Evening,

Tonight, I am here to update the Atlasian people on the current situation in Libya, what we plan to do, and how this will affect our future. I’d like to begin this address by thanking the men and women currently serving our nation overseas.  It is our military we must thank for preserving our many freedoms and rights as an Atlasian citizen.  Atlasia has always played a role in achieving global security and advocating for human rights.  Because of our commitment to making this world a better place, there is a cost involved, both financially and sadly in lives.  In situations like the one currently ongoing in Libya, our values of democracy and our interests are at stake, and it is our duty to act.  For too long Colonel Gaddafi has been allowed to violate the sacred obligation a ruler has to his citizens; at long last, the people of Libya have risen up against Gaddafi, and reasserted their natural rights.

In the face of opposition, Colonel Qaddafi and the Libyan government have taken the cowardly approach: they have started to conduct a military campaign against the people of Libya.  It is important that we stop the killing of so many innocent lives, and Atlasia is ready to do its part in assisting the rebels and ending the killings.  We will be deploying CIA and other intelligence agents within the rebel forces to both train and advise them.  In addition, Colonel Gaddafi and top government and military leaders will now be considered bombing targets.

Many of our allies have joined in this quest to defend the brave people of Libyan, and I thank them for their commitment to this cause.  Their commitment shows the rightness of our cause; it shows the legitimacy of our action.

I understand the concerns of those questioning our action.  Why should Atlasia be a “police” for the entire world?  That is not the issue – the issue now is whether or not to help the Libyan people overthrow and oppressive dictator, and allow them the right to self-determination.  Do not misconstrue this initial action for a long term military commitment.  It is our goal to stop Colonel Gaddafi without putting Atlasian troops on the ground, and I am confident we will be successful in this mission.

For centuries, now, Atlasia has been a beacon of hope in the world and the leading voice for democracy and human rights.  It is vital to our future that we maintain that record.  If we continue to sit back and do nothing, we will be letting down not only the people of Libya, but our Allies, and our own basic principles.

I thank you all for your attention.  Dave Bless you all, and Good Night.
11418  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Regular Question Time Made Interesting Thread April 2011 on: April 06, 2011, 04:19:03 pm
What are your thoughts on the Senate right now and it's activity, and is your Administration going to try and do anything regarding Senator activity requirements which was floated during the campaign?
I was generally disappointing for most of my first month in office at the activity of the Senate. Amendments were slowly being made, and nothing was being passed. However, now that we're on to new legislation, I've really seen a lot of progress in the past few days. If we're going to keep taking over a month to pass a bill, my hope is that it at least comes with 10+ pages of discussion, which wasn't really taking place. The Senate will hopefully soon pass an amendment on expulsion procedures. Something I am in complete support of is stricter activity requirements for Atlasian Senators, and I do plan on getting something written and passed by the end of this session.
11419  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: SENATE BILL: Amendment to the OSPR.... (Debating) on: April 06, 2011, 04:15:44 pm
Could we bring this to a final vote soon?
11420  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: SENATE BILL: Feline Protection Act (Amendments/Debate) on: April 06, 2011, 04:09:29 pm
I suppose we shouldn't be surprised by the anti-feline agenda of this administration.
Good gracious...my record as an Atlasian has been spotless in this area, and the fact that you keep bringing up personal matters here is extremely unnecessary. No one cares about it but you.

For the record, I was leaning towards signing this bill, but will accept the decision made by my Vice President.
11421  Election Archive / 2012 Elections / Re: Would you vote for Trump in a general? on: April 06, 2011, 03:53:30 pm
Anyone who would seriously consider voting to elect Donald Trump President should be shot.
Sad Sad Sad
11422  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: SENATE BILL: Reduction of Registration Requirements Amendment (Debating) on: April 06, 2011, 03:50:17 pm
I'm going to oppose this, sorry.

If you want to join, you can wait a little.

You really don't remember zombie invasion, when people were registering onsite just to get involved in Atlasia? Come on!
The zombie invasion occurred due to people previously in the game. All this would do is slightly delay the inevitable, Dave forbid that ever happens again.
11423  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: SENATE BILL: Reduction of Registration Requirements Amendment (Debating) on: April 06, 2011, 03:37:14 pm
What are the current requirements?
75 and 15 days.


A resolute and definitive no. The last thing we need is easing zombie recruitment.

^^^

My thoughts exactly.

Also: quality, people, quality. It's better to have less, but committeed, citizens, than being flooded.
I think we have plenty of longstanding members who are not at all committed to this game. The only way we can know if someone will be committed to the game is by giving them a chance.
11424  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Regular Question Time Made Interesting Thread April 2011 on: April 06, 2011, 02:51:25 pm
Mr. President,

The White House thread has made clear that 'all options are on the table' with regards to Libya. While it is obvious that the administration is already backing the UN 'No Fly Zone,' is it actually a possibility that this government is considering putting Atlasian boots on the ground?

War is something that is not on the table now, and hopefully never will be. The only way I would want this nation to enter a war is if our own security and rights were threatened, which I don't believe they are at this current time.
11425  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Regular Question Time Made Interesting Thread April 2011 on: April 06, 2011, 02:49:14 pm
Marokai, I'll be answering your three questions individually, as I do not have a long enough time right now to sit down and answer all three. Letting you know this so you won't think I'm avoiding your other two questions. Wink

In the past when you were a Senator, you once proposed a modified version of a bill I proposed a long time ago, which would've allowed regional governments more leeway in how they elect their Senators. I know regional rights is a third rail in Atlasia.. but I think we need to change our elections in some way to keep the game interesting. Would you ever propose anything similar in your position as President?
I don't recall proposing a specific amendment on it. Looking back, while I still do not support Fusion Voting, I do believe letting the regions decide how to elect their Senators is acceptable. Fusion Voting could possibly pass as an amendment, but I'm not sure if I see two regions even doing it. And in order for it, I would think there should be a high percentage of voters in each region supporting it.

The current system is flawed, as neither is highly competitive. Regional seats generally are unopposed, though I think that's more of the people's fault and not the systems. And with At-Large seats, we generally know who's going to get in, and the only sort of competition is for the last seat. Though that could potentially change as the right and left are getting more and more even. I just don't see a solution that both regionalists and anti-regionalists would find palatable, but if one were introduced, I'd certainly support it.
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