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9 minutes ago, vcczar said:

OCC: As I'm not an economic historian, and the history books pass over this, I can't answer this. For the sake of the RP, we will simplify this greatly. Silver will be inflationary and will allow the poor Western farmers to pay back their debts quicker while also making your primary voter base happy. However, Silver will turn the banking, financial, and business institutions against you and will allow for a good probability of at least a temporary financial collapse, which probably won't affect your poor farmers as much as it would the cities. Moving to the Gold Standard or opting to stay with Bimetalism will upset your base in the West mightily, since they've been calling for Silver for over a decade or more. Moving to the Gold Standard will earn you support in the Industrial East Coast. Staying with Bimetalism will avoid any new economic instability, but it will make neither side happy. No one expects you to move to Gold. Your base expects you to move to Silver.  To answer your questions would require me to read an indepth book on bimetalism, which I don't plan on doing. I do, however, understand the general politics of bimetalism at the time, as well as the major theory on the economic volatility of the time. 

A Liberal Party economist argues that for our private industry to export more it must face less competition and grow. We went decades without growing because of the long depression. We will be overwhelmed against Europe's more advanced economies.  However, Conservative Party economists argue against the government interfering in trade, stating that with free trade goods are cheaper, even if they are foreign made. Without presidential support, there is no way a tariff bill passes, since the Conservative Party opposes raised tariffs; therefore, this issue will have to wait until it is brought up again.  New England's support, since it now wants a high tariff more than ever, is shifting away from the Conservatives to the Liberals over this issue. 

OCC: Just for clarification, are you saying that for partial bailout, you will denationalize the industries, but you will not offer him the President of the Bank of the United States? 

An investigation is conducted. Mexico is ruled out. They also rule that, except for the case of an accident, Great Britain is also ruled out.  While nothing is proven, the lead culprits are currently Germany (who we betrayed as an ally), Communist France (who we won't recognize), or Socialist Italy (who we won't recognize). 

OCC: While Spain was the historical culprit, our alternate history could be different, since events have changed the world, even in the Caribbean. 

The meeting appears to be inconclusive. As a compromise isn't met. The businesses see no profit in both raising wages and lowering hours. The workers want more control over the businesses through a labor union, something the businesses won't accept. Nationalized industries can be work through via an executive order--and they currently have an 8 hour work day, but not a wage increase. Those that are not a part of a nationalized industry have neither the 8 hour work day or a wage increase. With the current economy still not recovered, business feel they can easily replace any worker that complains for higher pay or fewer work hours, since unemployment is high. The protesters are risking their jobs to meet with you and some have been fired during the protest. 

The more compromising prohibitionist leaders suggest a national ban on hard liquor and strong beer. 

A bill to cut the military to gather funds for the Panama Canal is cobbled together. It needs the support of Conservatives to pass @Conservative Elector 2 and @Reagan04

 This needs the support of Conservatives to pass @Conservative Elector 2 and @Reagan04. Let me know which specifically you support. 

Education, shipping, fishing, and textile industries are also nationalized. 

Since we are simplifying things, we will stay with bimetalism, especially noting that since the mining industry is being denationalized, lawmakers need time to regulate the metals as private silver and gold industries reenter the market. I do however publicly sympathize with the farmers, noting that the Government will still work with them on their debts to make sure that bimetalism won't be the cause of economic distress.

 

Tariff issue acknowledged.

 

That clarification is correct; however if he agrees I want final approval due to another statement I will make in a bit here.

 

Investigate the Cuban towns near where the boat exploded, and see if any crew members who caused espionage escaped to the coast and 'faked their death'.

 

I want to bring forth with businesses a solid point: Due to the rise of the socialist/communist/facist ideologues, keeping their current workers instead of hiring more people, people more likely to be extreme, is the best choice. If they build trust with their non-radical employees, than their businesses face less worry about further labor protests and strikes. If they agree, note that they should re-hire those employees, as the protestors weren't trying to slander the companies at all, and just discussing policies.

 

I propose the limited hard liquor law, a law that limits the availability of hard liquor and strong beer solely to bars, where there is a relative safe environment to consume such beverages.

 

I am happy that these measures have been presented too Congress.

 

I wish to discuss with the shipping, fishing, and textile leaders, probably concentrated in the Northeast, about how they would grow if they were trading with other countries as their own business rather than a "Business of the American Government". If an industry, particularly shipping, sympathizes with this idea, then I wish to denationalize or at least open up the ability for private industries in these industries to exist.

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7 hours ago, vcczar said:

OCC: As I'm not an economic historian, and the history books pass over this, I can't answer this. For the sake of the RP, we will simplify this greatly. Silver will be inflationary and will allow the poor Western farmers to pay back their debts quicker while also making your primary voter base happy. However, Silver will turn the banking, financial, and business institutions against you and will allow for a good probability of at least a temporary financial collapse, which probably won't affect your poor farmers as much as it would the cities. Moving to the Gold Standard or opting to stay with Bimetalism will upset your base in the West mightily, since they've been calling for Silver for over a decade or more. Moving to the Gold Standard will earn you support in the Industrial East Coast. Staying with Bimetalism will avoid any new economic instability, but it will make neither side happy. No one expects you to move to Gold. Your base expects you to move to Silver.  To answer your questions would require me to read an indepth book on bimetalism, which I don't plan on doing. I do, however, understand the general politics of bimetalism at the time, as well as the major theory on the economic volatility of the time. 

A Liberal Party economist argues that for our private industry to export more it must face less competition and grow. We went decades without growing because of the long depression. We will be overwhelmed against Europe's more advanced economies.  However, Conservative Party economists argue against the government interfering in trade, stating that with free trade goods are cheaper, even if they are foreign made. Without presidential support, there is no way a tariff bill passes, since the Conservative Party opposes raised tariffs; therefore, this issue will have to wait until it is brought up again.  New England's support, since it now wants a high tariff more than ever, is shifting away from the Conservatives to the Liberals over this issue. 

OCC: Just for clarification, are you saying that for partial bailout, you will denationalize the industries, but you will not offer him the President of the Bank of the United States? 

An investigation is conducted. Mexico is ruled out. They also rule that, except for the case of an accident, Great Britain is also ruled out.  While nothing is proven, the lead culprits are currently Germany (who we betrayed as an ally), Communist France (who we won't recognize), or Socialist Italy (who we won't recognize). 

OCC: While Spain was the historical culprit, our alternate history could be different, since events have changed the world, even in the Caribbean. 

The meeting appears to be inconclusive. As a compromise isn't met. The businesses see no profit in both raising wages and lowering hours. The workers want more control over the businesses through a labor union, something the businesses won't accept. Nationalized industries can be work through via an executive order--and they currently have an 8 hour work day, but not a wage increase. Those that are not a part of a nationalized industry have neither the 8 hour work day or a wage increase. With the current economy still not recovered, business feel they can easily replace any worker that complains for higher pay or fewer work hours, since unemployment is high. The protesters are risking their jobs to meet with you and some have been fired during the protest. 

The more compromising prohibitionist leaders suggest a national ban on hard liquor and strong beer. 

A bill to cut the military to gather funds for the Panama Canal is cobbled together. It needs the support of Conservatives to pass @Conservative Elector 2 and @Reagan04

 This needs the support of Conservatives to pass @Conservative Elector 2 and @Reagan04. Let me know which specifically you support. 

Education, shipping, fishing, and textile industries are also nationalized. 

Need a Conservative response to this needing it above. I'll probably head to bed in an hour, after which I will continue the RP tomorrow. 

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9 hours ago, vcczar said:

A bill to cut the military to gather funds for the Panama Canal is cobbled together. It needs the support of Conservatives to pass

Speaker Rodgers enthusiastically encourages his Representatives to vote for the proposal, the Conservative Party is all for this.

9 hours ago, vcczar said:

Firstly, nationalizing the mining industry was one of the biggest hits to the West Coast mining industry. I firmly believe that mining should stay out of Government hands, and wish the denationalize this industry as soon as possible.

 

Next, I want to denationalizing the railroad industry. However, I will only denationalizing this industry if lawmakers can agree to passing legislation that will only allow one universal railroad size to exist in order to preserve our current railroad infrastructure and avoid a decline.

We agree in entirety to fullscale denationalization and if we must accept regulation to do so, we will oblige, though some grumble that had we won the White House, this would not have been necessary, either way the Speaker whips them into line and the denationalization efforts are fast-tracked.

We are also thrilled at the possibilities of a reserve army and arms industry. We take this goodwill and request White House for the Right to Business Amendment which would, in effect, denationalize all industries and prevent future nationalization as well as embed small government economics as constitutional precedent.

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19 hours ago, Kingthero said:

Since we are simplifying things, we will stay with bimetalism, especially noting that since the mining industry is being denationalized, lawmakers need time to regulate the metals as private silver and gold industries reenter the market. I do however publicly sympathize with the farmers, noting that the Government will still work with them on their debts to make sure that bimetalism won't be the cause of economic distress.

The Western Progress base, which has been hoping for a Silver Standard for decades feels rightly betrayed. You have received piles of letters from angry supporters. The Eastern establishment, almost none of them Progress, have grown to respect you. One of the more moderate economists suggests that we could 1) abolish debtor's prisons and 2) find some alternative to payment of loans; however, the banks and loaning agencies would need to be compensated as well. 

20 hours ago, Kingthero said:

That clarification is correct; however if he agrees I want final approval due to another statement I will make in a bit here.

He states that denationalization seems to already be occurring, so he sees nothing in it for him if he bails out the government. It's the Bank Presidency or it is nothing, he says. 

20 hours ago, Kingthero said:

Investigate the Cuban towns near where the boat exploded, and see if any crew members who caused espionage escaped to the coast and 'faked their death'.

After interviews with locals we have been able to rule out Germany as a culprit. We cannot find any information to pin it on Communist France or Socialist Italy. The former has more cause to do us harm, considering Napoleon IV and the monarchists are residing in our country and hoping to regain France. Yet, we haven't any proof. 

20 hours ago, Kingthero said:

I propose the limited hard liquor law, a law that limits the availability of hard liquor and strong beer solely to bars, where there is a relative safe environment to consume such beverages.

This one needs support of the Conservatives 
@Reagan04 or @Conservative Elector 2

11 hours ago, Reagan04 said:

Speaker Rodgers enthusiastically encourages his Representatives to vote for the proposal, the Conservative Party is all for this.

A bill to cut the military to fund the Panama Canal has reached your desk for a signature. 

11 hours ago, Reagan04 said:

We agree in entirety to fullscale denationalization and if we must accept regulation to do so, we will oblige, though some grumble that had we won the White House, this would not have been necessary, either way the Speaker whips them into line and the denationalization efforts are fast-tracked.

A compromise denationalization bill is made to get enough Liberal and Progress signatures. That is, every industry is denationalized, except for the railroads and ocean-going shipping industries. The bill is on your desk for your signature. 

11 hours ago, Reagan04 said:

We are also thrilled at the possibilities of a reserve army and arms industry.

A bill to create a Reserve Army is made, but it requires deep cuts to infrastructure to create it. 

A bill to subsidize the arms industry, to grow it, has narrowly passed Congress. This requires cuts to general government spending. Liberals opposed the bill suggesting that those cuts shouldn't be there, and that the tariff on Europe should be raised in its place. 

11 hours ago, Reagan04 said:

We take this goodwill and request White House for the Right to Business Amendment which would, in effect, denationalize all industries and prevent future nationalization as well as embed small government economics as constitutional precedent.

This bill passes one house of congress but fails in the next, since support was exclusively Conservative. Conservatives leaders bring the failed bill to the president to see if he can work with his party to get them to endorse some sort of version of it. Liberals adamantly oppose it, as do most Progress members, especially miners. 

 

 

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Fmr. VP Henry Rothschild slams the Progress attempt to hijack the government. Just because they like one argument, he points out, doesn’t mean all others must be banned. He says it could do more harm than good to denationalize and make it permanent.

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54 minutes ago, vcczar said:

The Western Progress base, which has been hoping for a Silver Standard for decades feels rightly betrayed. You have received piles of letters from angry supporters. The Eastern establishment, almost none of them Progress, have grown to respect you. One of the more moderate economists suggests that we could 1) abolish debtor's prisons and 2) find some alternative to payment of loans; however, the banks and loaning agencies would need to be compensated as well. 

He states that denationalization seems to already be occurring, so he sees nothing in it for him if he bails out the government. It's the Bank Presidency or it is nothing, he says. 

After interviews with locals we have been able to rule out Germany as a culprit. We cannot find any information to pin it on Communist France or Socialist Italy. The former has more cause to do us harm, considering Napoleon IV and the monarchists are residing in our country and hoping to regain France. Yet, we haven't any proof. 

This one needs support of the Conservatives 
@Reagan04 or @Conservative Elector 2

A bill to cut the military to fund the Panama Canal has reached your desk for a signature. 

A compromise denationalization bill is made to get enough Liberal and Progress signatures. That is, every industry is denationalized, except for the railroads and ocean-going shipping industries. The bill is on your desk for your signature. 

A bill to create a Reserve Army is made, but it requires deep cuts to infrastructure to create it. 

A bill to subsidize the arms industry, to grow it, has narrowly passed Congress. This requires cuts to general government spending. Liberals opposed the bill suggesting that those cuts shouldn't be there, and that the tariff on Europe should be raised in its place. 

This bill passes one house of congress but fails in the next, since support was exclusively Conservative. Conservatives leaders bring the failed bill to the president to see if he can work with his party to get them to endorse some sort of version of it. Liberals adamantly oppose it, as do most Progress members, especially miners. 

 

 

I propose we abolish debtor's prisons, and only those that deceitfully avoid taxes and fail to pay debts shall go to regular prison. Also, upon completion of the Panama Canal, announce that the Government will then use the extra funds to help the farmers ease their debts. The goal is to end economic hardship, and this alternative will have a similar and likely better affect then switching to the silver standard.

 

There will be no bending over to the capitalist.

 

Following the suspicions, we announce to the global world that the investigation has concluded that the sinking of the ship was caused by left-wing radicals, and while they did not claim to be apart of a specific Government, that speculation is left to the public.

 

The Panama Canal bill is signed.

 

The denationalization bill is signed.

 

If the reserve army is created, we can further cut our military to 60,000 so to lessen the cuts on infrastructure.

 

I sign the arms industry subsidy bill.

 

I side with my party and my westerners in going against this business bill.

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OCC: Will carry on with the RP when the Conservatives respond to the Liquor Bill in which they are tagged. 

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I would support it but I consider and recognize @Reagan04 as our party leader, so his opinion counts twice.

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3 hours ago, Conservative Elector 2 said:

I would support it but I consider and recognize @Reagan04 as our party leader, so his opinion counts twice.

Your character's support wins enough Conservative support for this bill led by American Progress members. 

 

4 hours ago, Kingthero said:

I propose we abolish debtor's prisons, and only those that deceitfully avoid taxes and fail to pay debts shall go to regular prison. Also, upon completion of the Panama Canal, announce that the Government will then use the extra funds to help the farmers ease their debts. The goal is to end economic hardship, and this alternative will have a similar and likely better affect then switching to the silver standard.

Two bills are in Congress. One abolished debtor's prisons. The other is a bill to use Panama Canal revenue towards helping poor farmers pay off their loans. This needs Conservative support @Reagan04 or @Conservative Elector 2

4 hours ago, Kingthero said:

Following the suspicions, we announce to the global world that the investigation has concluded that the sinking of the ship was caused by left-wing radicals, and while they did not claim to be apart of a specific Government, that speculation is left to the public.

Warhawks and the puplic wish to know if you intend to do anything about this, even though we can't tag it on any country. Some warhawks are suggesting we should blame one or the other country and retaliate. 

4 hours ago, Kingthero said:

If the reserve army is created, we can further cut our military to 60,000 so to lessen the cuts on infrastructure.

The army is reduced to 60,000 soldiers. 

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2 hours ago, vcczar said:

Two bills are in Congress. One abolished debtor's prisons. The other is a bill to use Panama Canal revenue towards helping poor farmers pay off their loans. This needs Conservative support

This is bound to make our base very unhappy should we support this, Conservatives almost unanimously support debtor's prisons and while there is sympathy for the poor farmer, a supermajority oppose this as government overreach and prefer a Free Market solution, thusly we could only support such things if the President and his Party were to reconsider the Right to Business Amendment.

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3 minutes ago, Reagan04 said:

This is bound to make our base very unhappy should we support this, Conservatives almost unanimously support debtor's prisons and while there is sympathy for the poor farmer, a supermajority oppose this as government overreach and prefer a Free Market solution, thusly we could only support such things if the President and his Party were to reconsider the Right to Business Amendment.

Debtor's prisons are abolished with the new act. 

The Right to Business Amendment couldn't pass both Houses of Congress last time, since it would violate some core principles of both the Liberal Party (pro-labor) and American Progress Party (which is moderately a labor party to some degree). However, the president @Kingthero can whip up support for it in exchange for for using Panama Canal funds towards indebted farmers. The Business Amendment will hurt labor support in the Northeast and in isolated areas elsewhere in the country. It would gain the support of business conservatives. The compromise will probably help with Western support, which was demoralized by the president not opting for the Silver Standard. This amendment will likely bring voter enthusiasm to the Liberal Party in heavy labor areas if it passes. 

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10 minutes ago, vcczar said:

Debtor's prisons are abolished with the new act. 

The Right to Business Amendment couldn't pass both Houses of Congress last time, since it would violate some core principles of both the Liberal Party (pro-labor) and American Progress Party (which is moderately a labor party to some degree). However, the president @Kingthero can whip up support for it in exchange for for using Panama Canal funds towards indebted farmers. The Business Amendment will hurt labor support in the Northeast and in isolated areas elsewhere in the country. It would gain the support of business conservatives. The compromise will probably help with Western support, which was demoralized by the president not opting for the Silver Standard. This amendment will likely bring voter enthusiasm to the Liberal Party in heavy labor areas if it passes. 

OOC: I said we unanimously support debtor's prisons, that was part of the compromise, like, we don't want them abolished, but we would see to it that they would be should we get the amendment through.

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11 minutes ago, Reagan04 said:

OOC: I said we unanimously support debtor's prisons, that was part of the compromise, like, we don't want them abolished, but we would see to it that they would be should we get the amendment through.

@Reagan04 is supporting Dickensian-era solutions...

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Fmr. VP Rothschild slams the debtors prisons as a way to incarcerate the farmer for a problem that isn’t their fault. Suspicions mount that he’ll attempt a White House run of his own in the next cycle

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1 hour ago, Patine said:

@Reagan04 is supporting Dickensian-era solutions...

OOC: Correct, I have to play a role and fill a void for a voterbase, as much as I disagree with that, it's also a bargaining chip.

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2 hours ago, Reagan04 said:

OOC: I said we unanimously support debtor's prisons, that was part of the compromise, like, we don't want them abolished, but we would see to it that they would be should we get the amendment through.

OCC: Just to clarify, are you saying that you support the ending of debtor's prisons only if the business amendment is passed?

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@vcczar

 

I assume debtors prisons were abolished due to Progress and Liberals, judging how Hestia supports removing them too.

 

If I interpreted stuff right, the Panama Canal funds will likely pass with Liberal and Progress support, but if we compromised on the Business Amendment it would most certainly passed.

 

I am seriously hesitant about whipping up for a bill iirc I originally was against.

 

However, noting that we have done a lot of what that bill originally entailed, I believe we wouldn't gain much by following a radical solution to a solution already being gradually strived for.

 

I am willing to take a gamble that our Administration's progress towards denationalizing industries is enough to convince the few moderate conservatives if any needed to pass the funds no longer needed for the canal to help farmers, especially noting that farming is a delicate industry that powers this whole nation.

 

This means I will not be whipping any support for an amendment I don't believe is necessary anymore, or at least at this time.

 

I might be misinformed about this info, please lmk if I am.

 

In other notes, the Government announces that due to the recent sinking of the ship, and it being 'known' that it was done by radical ideas, that if we can pin a future attack on a country having those radical ideals, than let it be known that we will also tie the sinking of our ship to that country too and get our revenge for our dead soldiers.

 

 

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1 hour ago, vcczar said:

OCC: Just to clarify, are you saying that you support the ending of debtor's prisons only if the business amendment is passed?

Correct

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41 minutes ago, Kingthero said:

I assume debtors prisons were abolished due to Progress and Liberals, judging how Hestia supports removing them too.

 

If I interpreted stuff right, the Panama Canal funds will likely pass with Liberal and Progress support, but if we compromised on the Business Amendment it would most certainly passed.

 

I am seriously hesitant about whipping up for a bill iirc I originally was against.

 

However, noting that we have done a lot of what that bill originally entailed, I believe we wouldn't gain much by following a radical solution to a solution already being gradually strived for.

 

I am willing to take a gamble that our Administration's progress towards denationalizing industries is enough to convince the few moderate conservatives if any needed to pass the funds no longer needed for the canal to help farmers, especially noting that farming is a delicate industry that powers this whole nation.

 

This means I will not be whipping any support for an amendment I don't believe is necessary anymore, or at least at this time.

 

I might be misinformed about this info, please lmk if I am.

 

In other notes, the Government announces that due to the recent sinking of the ship, and it being 'known' that it was done by radical ideas, that if we can pin a future attack on a country having those radical ideals, than let it be known that we will also tie the sinking of our ship to that country too and get our revenge for our dead soldiers.

So it turns out the Conservatives didn't support the abolishing of Debtor's Prisons. The business amendment doesn't pass. The bill to allow Panama Canals fund to help farmers, barely passes with the VP breaking the tie in the US Senate. 

Your military advisors want you to pin the sunken ship on France, but our military has shrunk so much that war isn't advisable. 

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17 minutes ago, vcczar said:

So it turns out the Conservatives didn't support the abolishing of Debtor's Prisons. The business amendment doesn't pass. The bill to allow Panama Canals fund to help farmers, barely passes with the VP breaking the tie in the US Senate. 

Your military advisors want you to pin the sunken ship on France, but our military has shrunk so much that war isn't advisable. 

So the debtor thing didn't pass, or is it close like the panama thing?

 

We still have a navy, and if additional attacks with direct evidence or new evidence on the ship comes out, then we can choose other means of blocking said enemy country, like enforcing a blockade on the panama canal which France, if they were the target, would heavily benefit from to trade with their pacific colonies.

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32 minutes ago, Kingthero said:

So the debtor thing didn't pass, or is it close like the panama thing?

 

We still have a navy, and if additional attacks with direct evidence or new evidence on the ship comes out, then we can choose other means of blocking said enemy country, like enforcing a blockade on the panama canal which France, if they were the target, would heavily benefit from to trade with their pacific colonies.

It didn't pass. 

A more concrete response to France, the supposed country responsible for sinking our ship, will be required by the winner of the next election. The media is hyping up France, even though we still haven't proof for or against them being the culprit. 

Time for this term has run out. 

I will type up the updated State of the Union sometime tomorrow.

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State of the Union for Election of 1900

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National Strength: We rank 7th in the list of the top 10 countries: Russia, Great Britain, Germany,  Japan, Mexico, France, United States, Italy, Austria, Canada. The latter country has just been given independence from Great Britain. We need to increase our at home economic production to increase in this area, currently we are being out-competed by Europe. 

Military Strength: Our professional army is 60,000 men and 55 ships. We have naval bases in Hawaii, Cuba, and Panama. We have a strong enough army for defense, but not to wage war. 

Foreign Affairs: We are improving relations with Europe. Either France or Italy has sunk one of our ships off Cuba. We have Free Trade agreements with 3rd world regions; although, some are considering breaking with this to grow their own industries. 

Military: Our military has recently neutralized any potential attacks Native American attacks by finally disarming and forcing them to stay on reservations. Our military is most inactive. 

Economy: Our economy is still in a recession, and it has dipped occasionally into a Depression. Economists believe a high tariff, good relations with Europe, and a Gold Standard will improve the economy. The Panama Canal will certainly help if we are exporting more than we import. Currently, we import much more. 

Trade: See the economy section. We are building up an Arms Industry, which might ultimately aid us in trade as we arm selected countries. 

Budget: Our budget is restricted because of a low tariff and relatively low taxes. In short, we aren't gathering enough revenue to meet our spending. Our national debt has also increased since the 1860s. The National Bank has done a good job of not allowing it to spiral out of control, but we are likely to never pay it off to meet the spending demands at home. 

Social Harmony: There is no sign of public unrest at the moment. Although, labor union protests will persist. 

Immigration: European and Chinese immigrants are our most common immigrants, but they aren't arriving in large numbers since we don't have many jobs open. 

Mood of the people: The people are still disgruntled about the economy. 

Popularity of the Incumbent: The incumbent has a mixed record. His own supporters are upset about the president not moving to the Silver Standard. He has secured a bill that will allow Panama Canal funds to help pay off poor farmer's debts, but this will likely take years as the Canal will take time to build. There is a chance the president won't have a solid lock on the West.  

Party Power: Conservatives are the largest party, but they do not have a majority. A populist swing towards progressivism will likely see Conservative members decrease and Liberal Party numbers increase. 

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52 minutes ago, vcczar said:
State of the Union for Election of 1900

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National Strength: We rank 7th in the list of the top 10 countries: Russia, Great Britain, Germany,  Japan, Mexico, France, United States, Italy, Austria, Canada. The latter country has just been given independence from Great Britain. We need to increase our at home economic production to increase in this area, currently we are being out-competed by Europe. 

Military Strength: Our professional army is 60,000 men and 55 ships. We have naval bases in Hawaii, Cuba, and Panama. We have a strong enough army for defense, but not to wage war. 

Foreign Affairs: We are improving relations with Europe. Either France or Italy has sunk one of our ships off Cuba. We have Free Trade agreements with 3rd world regions; although, some are considering breaking with this to grow their own industries. 

Military: Our military has recently neutralized any potential attacks Native American attacks by finally disarming and forcing them to stay on reservations. Our military is most inactive. 

Economy: Our economy is still in a recession, and it has dipped occasionally into a Depression. Economists believe a high tariff, good relations with Europe, and a Gold Standard will improve the economy. The Panama Canal will certainly help if we are exporting more than we import. Currently, we import much more. 

Trade: See the economy section. We are building up an Arms Industry, which might ultimately aid us in trade as we arm selected countries. 

Budget: Our budget is restricted because of a low tariff and relatively low taxes. In short, we aren't gathering enough revenue to meet our spending. Our national debt has also increased since the 1860s. The National Bank has done a good job of not allowing it to spiral out of control, but we are likely to never pay it off to meet the spending demands at home. 

Social Harmony: There is no sign of public unrest at the moment. Although, labor union protests will persist. 

Immigration: European and Chinese immigrants are our most common immigrants, but they aren't arriving in large numbers since we don't have many jobs open. 

Mood of the people: The people are still disgruntled about the economy. 

Popularity of the Incumbent: The incumbent has a mixed record. His own supporters are upset about the president not moving to the Silver Standard. He has secured a bill that will allow Panama Canal funds to help pay off poor farmer's debts, but this will likely take years as the Canal will take time to build. There is a chance the president won't have a solid lock on the West.  

Party Power: Conservatives are the largest party, but they do not have a majority. A populist swing towards progressivism will likely see Conservative members decrease and Liberal Party numbers increase. 

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Name and office, and note if they are a minority--woman or African-American: Former Vice President Stephen M. McEnroe

Resident State: Missouri

Platform (see State of the Union)

National Strength: We should work here to get on the top again. America is not just a country, it is the best country and we need to show this by gaining a strong economy. Denationalize and deregulate businesses and do not let down the backbone of our nation. Small business owners and farmers.

Military Strength: It seems fine, but as we do not intend to engage in any war soon, we should think about ways to use the resources here in a more budget-friendly atmosphere.

Foreign Affairs: That is a good signal. The Liberal Administrations put us at odds with many of our former allies. Let us continue to work with our partners, but never ever fight a war for them. We will not recognize France or Italy nations under a Conservative government.

Military: End those Indian wars once and for all. Treat all who are willing to recognize our values respectful but fight the last troublemakers. 

Economy: President Carpenter got us on the right track again. Let us continue his record. I am sure another Conservative administration will make our country even stronger.

Trade:  continue to rebuild our reputation in Europe. Trade is a valuable thing for our people and companies. sell arms for profit and do not believe pacifists who are saying we should stop this.

Budget: As business orientated Conservative I think high government spending is a thing we should to overthink a second time. Cut taxes and deregulate, denationalize businesses to get a booming economy.

Social Harmony: Under a McEnroe administration we will let western farmers not down, I am from the West too as Missourian. We will not let down anyone in our country. Vote Conservative if you want real change.

Immigration: When we have many Americans currently unemployed we cannot accept large numbers of immigrants. We have to reduce the numbers because it does not make any sense letting people in first and cannot get them into work. And it is unfair to our people. We need to get Americans into jobs first.

Mood of the people: Under President Carpenter's administration people were more happy and that's the point I want to continue from. I know it best, I served as his Vice President and so I am experienced.

Popularity of the Incumbent: The President has accomplished some good things, but in order to gain our nation on top again we will need a true Conservative leading us again.

Party Power: Vote Conservative down-ballot. A Conservative President can only work in a meaningful manner if he has the support of our congress.

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Name and office, and note if they are a minority--woman or African-American: President Lewis Barker

Resident State: California

VP: VP Harper Inning of Illinois

Platform (see State of the Union)

 

I have set up our country on the best course of action for America: if other parties were to take the Whitehouse, we would remain in economic scrutiny because of the rapidly changing economic policies. 

 

You all have gotten exactly what I promised, and I deliver on what I promise.

 

My promises for next term?

 

1. Formally address foreign policy targets as a result of the ship sinking.

2. Continue our economic policy to allow for our businesses to export immensely with our trade partners.

3. Commit a Governmental Budget analysis to see how we can pay off national debts.

 

I will continue to serve all the American People, not just the ones commonly known as my supporters.

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