Former LucasArts CEO Launches Bid for Seat in Congress

August 15, 2009 -

Jim Ward, who left the CEO job at video game publisher LucasArts in early 2008, is now hoping to win a seat in Congress.

Ward, a Republican who currently works as a venture capitalist, is running to represent Arizona's 5th Congressional District. That seat is currently held by two-term Democrat Harry Mitchell. The district includes Scottsdale, Tempe and parts of Phoenix.

Ward outlines his philosophy on his campaign website:

I’m not a professional politician.  I’m a businessman.  And I don’t disagree that this country needs change.  But, in my experience, there’s the right kind of change and the wrong kind of change.  I believe what’s happening to this country represents the wrong kind of change...

Ward lists his political philosophy as conservative on Facebook. He has protested (see pic at left) against President Obama's healthcare plan.

Partially via: Kotaku


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Re: Former LucasArts CEO Launches Bid for Seat in Congress

No shit.

I especially enjoy your statement about how everyone distrusts the government when it comes to war and security, but they seem to enjoy when the government tells them what they can do health care wise.

Re: Former LucasArts CEO Launches Bid for Seat in Congress

So, you're saying that people enjoy it when their government (by the people, for the people) provides for the people, instead of lying to them, spying on them, imprisoning them, and sending their children home in a box?

I am over-fucking-whelmed.

Film at 11.

Re: Former LucasArts CEO Launches Bid for Seat in Congress

Lying to them?  Like Obama's administration basically from the start?  You know, the failed bailout, lying about the unemployment, lying about the economy, and, my favorite, lying about why they want to know WHO is spreading 'misinformation' about the health care bill (here's a hint: no one needs to know WHO said something to correct or combat the statement).

Spying on them?  Like the government has done since the NSA was created?  Or like the Health Care Bill would have allowed, spying on how people raise their children?  Oh yeah, that's a good one.

Imprisoning them?  Pretty sure your local prison is still in business, jackass.

Sending their children home in a box?  Here's a hint, people are still dying in Afghanistan, and thanks to Obama and his pentagon pet, they won't get much in the way of improved weaponry thanks to his cutting their budget so he could buy GM.  Oh, while we're at it, let's all thank Obama for making sure that we stop buying an aircraft that guarantees air superiority over people like, say, NORTH KOREA, IRAN, CHINA, AND RUSSIA.  Yeah, he really cares about the soldiers coming home in boxes.

I am over fucking whelmed by your stupidity.

Re: Former LucasArts CEO Launches Bid for Seat in Congress

You know, I was making a general statement.  But since you took that as some sort of challenge, would you care to back up your claims with evidence?

Re: Former LucasArts CEO Launches Bid for Seat in Congress

1. Go to google.  Look up U6 unemployment.  Read.

2. Do you know what the NSA is there to do?  Seriously, all they do is monitor transmissions of all kinds.  Including what's being written on forums.

3. I don't know where you live, but I'm sure if you go down to your local jail, you'll see they're still running at about maximum occupancy (unless you live in some bumfuck nowhere town).

4. This one's actually been on the news today.  It was on yahoo news earlier.  You know, the story about how some members of congress decided that it would be a better expenditure of pentagon budget money to buy 4 more Gulfstreams than to pay for a few more F22s that would guarantee we kick ass in our next war.  Or the fact that they keep trying to force the F35 JSF on armed services, which NOBODY FUCKING WANTS.  Or the fact that a lot of the 'exotic projects' happened to have to do with replacing parts of the M16 weapon system (like the actual mag, improved uppers, etc., etc.) which would have helped, you guessed it, the individual soldier.  I could go on, but I'm going out for a beer instead.

Re: Former LucasArts CEO Launches Bid for Seat in Congress

 "I am over fucking whelmed by your stupidity."

Agreed, you sir are absolutely fucking idiotic, America isn't at war with any of those countries. In fact, it is the exact opposite. It is people like you that make me sick. It is almost as if you want war with other countries. Get the fuck out of here, your credibility was lost the exact same way John Bolton's was.

Re: Former LucasArts CEO Launches Bid for Seat in Congress

Ah, Snipzor.  I can always count on you to have your head up your ass. 

Fact of the matter is, we, as a country, seem to consitently prepare for the last war we fought.  Just because we're fighting countries that don't no how to maintain a fighter plane, does NOT mean that we won't be in our next war, which is likely to be with one of the nations I mentioned. 

Of course, you can live in some dream world utopia if you want.  God knows, it seems like you do.

EDIT

By the way, I love how you couldn't dispute a single thing I said in the post you replied to.  Hell, I even have something to add.

1) Bolton still has more credibility than most of Obama's staff.

2) At last the last AG wasn't letting felons go because they helped somebody get elected.

Re: Former LucasArts CEO Launches Bid for Seat in Congress

Yes, just like the filthy conservatives who will tell you that the government was providing "security" while defending the Patriot Act.

If you like having bureocrats running your life for you, then good for you- this new country that is being forged will give you plenty of time for hacky sack. 

Re: Former LucasArts CEO Launches Bid for Seat in Congress

Raped away?

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Re: Former LucasArts CEO Launches Bid for Seat in Congress

I'd just like to add this little gem of enlightment, regarding the sign in the picture, and toward Zerodash.

I have a doctor of MY choosing.  And I have universal health care.

I live in Canada.

I also have a small business.

If we had to pay for the treatment that my brother got for his cancer, we'd be bankrupt.

If we had to pay for the MRIs and hospital care for my mom, we'd be bankrupt.

If one of my friends had to pay for the unexpected health problems she had, she'd be bankrupt.

Consider that health costs are the number one cause of personal bankruptcy in the United States. 

Consider how that affects small business.  And quality of life.  And friendships.  And careers.

Consider that most of the people rallying against government health care are senior citizens who have government health care.

This is what causes my brain to bleed from my ears.

I will also go out on a limb and assume that either you've never been afflicted with serious unexpected health problems, or that you're rich enough that a 20,000 dollar procedure is no big deal.  The best care money can buy, right?

You can buy that here too, and in many other 'socialist' countries.

So please take your vitriolic, mouthbreathing, infantile bullshit and go fuck yourself up the ass with a claw hammer.

Re: Former LucasArts CEO Launches Bid for Seat in Congress

Guess what, asshole I pay for 100% of my health insurance, and it doesn't cost 40-60% of my income to do so.

I still don't understand people like you and your hatred of people who sacrifice and work hard to actually make something of themselves.

Re: Former LucasArts CEO Launches Bid for Seat in Congress

"Guess what, asshole I pay for 100% of my health insurance, and it doesn't cost 40-60% of my income to do so."

I have public health insurance and it doesn't cost me 40-60% of my income either.

Provide evidence for your claim, or go fuck yourself.

Re: Former LucasArts CEO Launches Bid for Seat in Congress

Thank the gods Philippe, someone with sense.

The fact that you Americans would let people die or lose everything just to get care is barbaric. Oh no, government crown corps competing with big business, the world is fucking ending.

Get over yourselves, America is not top dog on the planet anymore, and if you want to catch up, you're going to have to become civilized.

Re: Former LucasArts CEO Launches Bid for Seat in Congress

Heh, as an American. I accept this fact. The "United" States is not the best country in the world.

And until healthcare recieves the overhaul it desperately needs, I think American doctors can just ignore that hipocratic oath, since it means dick to most of them. This is the one country I know of where if a patient is unable to pay their medical bills, the hospital can sue the patient

Re: Former LucasArts CEO Launches Bid for Seat in Congress

Yeah, and forcing doctors to take paycuts under a nationalized system is going to make everything better, right?

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Re: Former LucasArts CEO Launches Bid for Seat in Congress

A physician working in Canada, under a nationalized health care system, makes a very decent living.

Your bullshit = shot down.

Re: Former LucasArts CEO Launches Bid for Seat in Congress

Hmm...a very decent living vs. being truly wealthy....I'm choosing the latter.  Here in America, the primary reason for a lot of people to become doctors is money.  Take the money away, and you're going to have a lot less doctors.  Now where's the great health care we're supposed to get going to come from?

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Re: Former LucasArts CEO Launches Bid for Seat in Congress

"Hmm...a very decent living vs. being truly wealthy....I'm choosing the latter."

So you're a greedy little shitstain with delusions of grandeur.  That's good to know.

"Take the money away, and you're going to have a lot less doctors.  Now where's the great health care we're supposed to get going to come from?"

The same place your police, firemen, and military come from.

If your primary motivation for helping people is money, that says a lot about you and your society.

Re: Former LucasArts CEO Launches Bid for Seat in Congress

And you're a greey little jerk who hates hardworking people and wants to give people stuff they haven't done anything to earn. Hey look, I can put a biased, unfair, over-exagerated spin on things too!

People are greedy. Take away all their nice amenities and comforts and you'll find yourself with a bunch of self-serving monkeys who will do anything to survive and stay ahead. Believing the everyone takes a high-paying job to help people and not because they want the money is idyllic and ignorant. Yes plenty of these people take the jobs to help, but plenty of others take them for the money. The world isn't perfect.

Re: Former LucasArts CEO Launches Bid for Seat in Congress

The world isn't perfect.

And why should we let that stop us from trying?

Re: Former LucasArts CEO Launches Bid for Seat in Congress

That's not true.  Decent people only need a certain amount to survive.  More than that they're comfortable.  A LOT more than that and they're really comfortable.  Any more than that and it's just plain greed.

If I were making $250k a year, I'd be more than comfortable and will to sacrifice some of that to help my fellow citizens.  To horde all that while others suffer is called "being a douche".

------- Morality has always been in decline. As you get older, you notice it. When you were younger, you enjoyed it.

Re: Former LucasArts CEO Launches Bid for Seat in Congress

It's easy to talk, I'd like to see you put it into practice.

And why exactly does using something you've worked to earn make you a douche? You're the one that worked for it. Yes you probably should help your fellow humans, but they have no right to demand that you give up what is rightfully yours to help them.

Re: Former LucasArts CEO Launches Bid for Seat in Congress

A person who makes a shitload of money and does not contribute to society at all is actually a giant douche. Not everyone who makes more than you likes to swim in their money, Baruch. A person who takes part in money hoarding is also taking part in douchebaggery.

Re: Former LucasArts CEO Launches Bid for Seat in Congress

Now I can't even follow what you're trying to say; I'm getting mixed messages from your post. Please be more specific and actually give a reason besides "it just is."

Re: Former LucasArts CEO Launches Bid for Seat in Congress

It's simple enough.  If you don't give away all the money you worked hard to earn, you're a terrible person.  That's his message.  Oooooh, greedy bad people.  Oooooh, terrible people we are, to be sure, expecting to keep some money for ourselves so we can, you know, put food on the table, give to charities, and buy the things we worked so hard for.

Re: Former LucasArts CEO Launches Bid for Seat in Congress

 You are so full of shit.

Nobody is talking about taking everyones money away, you are a goddamned liar if you actually want to fool your idiotic fucking friends into believing that horseshit.

It is simple circulation based economics, if a person doesn't contribute anything but takes in themselves much of the circulated money, they are greedy and they are screwing over everyone else. If freedom is fucking over everyone else, then fuck that and fuck you.

Re: Former LucasArts CEO Launches Bid for Seat in Congress

Tell that to the people who would foot the bill for this new program.

I'd also like to know where you get the idea that these people aren't contributing anything. They're not pulling the money out of thin air; they're doing something to earn it. Doing something counts as contributing (unless working somehow doesn't count in your book).

You're also forgetting that these people who are supposedly hoarding money are probably investing it (which helps other businesses) or saving it (which allows the banks to give out loans). It's not like they're ferreting it away in mattresses where it never sees the light of day.

Honestly, I think you really need to just back off and cool down. You're just swearing up a storm in a silly Internet debate. I'm really starting to wonder if you're okay based on the way you've been posting here; I think you're getting way too involved. If you're going to keep posting, could you please calm down? Swearing at your opponent isn't exactly a legitimate tactic, and you might want to think about how it makes you look when you do so.

Re: Former LucasArts CEO Launches Bid for Seat in Congress

"And you're a greey little jerk who hates hardworking people and wants to give people stuff they haven't done anything to earn."

Like roads, police, fire, and military service.  you didn't 'earn' those either.

"People are greedy. Take away all their nice amenities and comforts and you'll find yourself with a bunch of self-serving monkeys who will do anything to survive and stay ahead."

So, you're arguing in favour of public healthcare.  Good, I'm glad we agree on something.

Re: Former LucasArts CEO Launches Bid for Seat in Congress

Say what? People pay taxes to fund law enforcement, fire departments, and the military. Explain to me how you don't earn something when you've paid for it.

I'm also glad that you have a sense of humor, although I have no idea how you got from A to B there.

Re: Former LucasArts CEO Launches Bid for Seat in Congress

Amen to that. Firemen are not wealthy, yet they choose to do a very dangerous job because they wanted to. I want a doctor who's reasons are to help people, not because he wants an assload of money.

Re: Former LucasArts CEO Launches Bid for Seat in Congress

And how often do you hear in the news about shortages of firemen, especially in the West Coast, where there are fires all the time?  Because most people won't risk their lives and/or reputation on a crappy government salary.  Now, you're suggesting that we make doctors do a dangerous, sometimes life-threatening job for a shit salary, while offering them absolutely no protections in the form of lawsuit protection whatsoever, and you think that people are just going to line up?  And you call me the idiot...

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Re: Former LucasArts CEO Launches Bid for Seat in Congress

 *facepalm*

If doctors become doctors because of money, then chances are they are really bad a what they do.

Re: Former LucasArts CEO Launches Bid for Seat in Congress

Do you think all doctors do their jobs solely because they absolutely love helping people? Yeah, and all those crappy teachers became teachers because they like kids and not because they get high pay and the summer off. *eyeroll*

Welcome to reality. People are greedy and can take jobs that pay well solely because they pay well.

Re: Former LucasArts CEO Launches Bid for Seat in Congress

"Welcome to my delusional fantasy"

Fixed that for you, because you have no fucking clue what reality is and never will because you view the world the way you want to see it. Nobody everyone in the world is a money obsessed shit like you, otherwise there would be chaos (And the whole free market thing would be the end of the world). If people take a job just because of money, common sense tells us that they'll do whatever it takes to cut corners so they make their money with as little effort as possible.

Re: Former LucasArts CEO Launches Bid for Seat in Congress

Again with the insulting. Could you possibly act in a mature, civil, non-condescending manner? I'm starting to wonder why I'm bothering to talk to you when all you've done is call me childish names. But you're free to keep on insulting me regardless. It's more of a reflection on your character and/or issues than mine, and I find the inaccurate assumptions of people I've never met more than a little amusing. Watching you overreact and swear up a storm every time I post hasn't gotten old yet.

Anyway, I actually don't give a rip about money. I'm a poor college student, not some rich businessman, and I probably won't ever make more than 80k a year once I get out of school. I'd be perfectly happy living on a farm making just enough to get by if I thought I had the skills and opportunity to do so. You might consider figuring out my views instead of trying to peg me with whatever random negative garbage happens to run through your head while you're posting; it would save me a lot of time trying to explain to you how exactly you read me wrong this time. Or you could just throw another random, way-off-the-mark generalization at me in your response like you're probably going to... whatever floats your boat.

If people take a job just because of money, common sense tells us that they'll do whatever it takes to cut corners so they make their money with as little effort as possible.

And this doesn't happen? I'm not sure how delusional you think my view of the world is, but you must have some serious rose-tinted glasses if you fail to see the masses of greedy bastards lining up to do just this to make a few bucks. Why do you think we need consumer-protection agencies like the FDA? Why do you think all these Chinese products have had lead paint lately? Why do you think numerous companies set up factories overseas? Greed is big, and people will do most anything they can to make a few extra bucks.

Re: Former LucasArts CEO Launches Bid for Seat in Congress

Keep your canadian opinions out of an american way of life you know nothing about.  The facts are there.  Start doing some research before you start invoking hateful comments to people.  I don't are how it is in your country or any other country.  We are a republic of capitalists.  Our nation didnt rise to the power it is now by doing things your way. So, you sir, can stick that hammer up your ass.  Have a nice day "ehy".

Re: Former LucasArts CEO Launches Bid for Seat in Congress

Thanks for continuing the American stereotype of being an arrogant crazed patriotic jackass. And you guys wonder why other countries have a low opinion of you.

You make a call for him to do research, and then immediately afterwards say that you don't care how it is in other countries. Looking at how other countries' health care systems work would be called FUCKING RESEARCH you moron. But really, 'american way of life', 'don't care how it is in your country or any other country', 'republic of capitalists', 'didnt rise to to the power it is now by doing things your way', and of course ending with the disparaging remark towards Canadians at the end.

Could you get any more stereotypically American?

Re: Former LucasArts CEO Launches Bid for Seat in Congress

So, you admit that you don't care if there's a better way.  You don't even care about the suffering of your fellow Americans.  You only care about power.

Is that correct?

Re: Former LucasArts CEO Launches Bid for Seat in Congress

He's entitled to his view of the current situation just as you are, this whole healthcare debate has sucked in people from all over the world, because other countries healthcare systems have been used as examples. I can not turn the radio on, without hearing some American saying that the NHS is an Evil Socialist idea (God forbid we make sure every one gets help when they need it. It may not be perfect but nothing is).

So before you start telling people to keep their noses out, just remember we where invited when this debate pulled other countries into the mix, and it never hurts to have the opinion of the person looking in.

If I had to pay for even half of the health care that any one member of my family needs or needed, I would be bankrupt. Now I don’t how it works in America, so here is a possible situation to give me an idea:

“Someone with a heart condition who can not afford the insurance and can not afford the medication because the condition prevents them from working” would they get the medication free or subsidized with no hassle, or would they have to go without?

 

I am not here to judge......... but that has never stopped me before!

Re: Former LucasArts CEO Launches Bid for Seat in Congress

With how it is now, go without, and if he went to see a doctor fairly soon before beignunemployed and cannot pay the hospital bill, the hospital will likely sue them for the money

Re: Former LucasArts CEO Launches Bid for Seat in Congress

Our nation didnt rise to the power it is now by doing things your way.

Your nation did go broke, has record amounts of people losing their homes, and everyone lives in incredible debt because of YOUR way of doing things. Stock market crash? Your fault too. Thanks America, and thanks Capitalism, for fucking the whole planet with your greed once again.

Re: Former LucasArts CEO Launches Bid for Seat in Congress

And that happened in part because our brilliant Congress encouraged banks to give out the high-risk loans that put them under in the first place. What this country needs is less government intervention and more common sense. Of course, that's never going to happen.

Re: Former LucasArts CEO Launches Bid for Seat in Congress

And by "encouraged", you mean "just let them". The whole "encouraged" bull comes from a government action that attempted to stop racial discrimination in financial discussions with banks, which was about 30-40 years ago.

But of course, those facts are pesky things in your eyes.

Re: Former LucasArts CEO Launches Bid for Seat in Congress

No, by "encouraged," he means "forced them to under penalty of laws against racism," because that's what Barney Frank and Bill Clinton threatened them with.

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Re: Former LucasArts CEO Launches Bid for Seat in Congress

 Because Barney Frank and Bill Clinton still control the fucking country and have been for the last 5000 years.

Div.

Re: Former LucasArts CEO Launches Bid for Seat in Congress

They don't need to. Doing the damage in the past is enough to mess up the present. Simple cause-and-effect.

Re: Former LucasArts CEO Launches Bid for Seat in Congress

You know that libs don't understand cause-and-effect.

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Re: Former LucasArts CEO Launches Bid for Seat in Congress

Cause-and-effect tends to ruin most political ideas--liberal or otherwise. If more people could figure out the principle, we'd have more common sense and less need for all sorts of idiotic government intervention into every single part of life.

Re: Former LucasArts CEO Launches Bid for Seat in Congress

 Wow, you had no bloody idea I was making fun of you.

Bill Clinton and Barney Frank don't control everything. Also I resent you blaming everything on them when you bitch about how liberals shit on Bush, and by resent, I mean facepalm. The anti-racist legislation started in the 1970's, early 1970's and was enacted in the early 1980's. So you are going to blame the "high risk loan encouragement" on a bill that stopped racial discrimination in the 1980's which was still going on. Do I smell some stereotyping here? Of course I do.

Re: Former LucasArts CEO Launches Bid for Seat in Congress

Do you think you're psychic? You have a great tendency to attribute negative views to me that I DO NOT HAVE since I'm now a racist and a believer in eugenics according to you. Way to stereotype your opposition in an attempt to discredit him.

 
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