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

If universal health care is so great, how come nobody in the federal government has come forward saying that the people in the government will be on the same plan?  I mean, they have their own health care plan (and it's awesome, by the way) but from what I've read of the bills, theirs is nothing like what is being proposed for the rest of us.  Any of you supporters of social health care got a logical answer to that one?

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Re: Former LucasArts CEO Launches Bid for Seat in Congress

"congratulations as appearing as a major idiot, your outburst only hurts your position instead of remaining calm."

He sounds exactly like one of those going to "debate" health care at the town hall meetings.

He's right, you're wrong, and he'll yell at you until he's blue in the face until you admit you're wrong. Doesn't make for much of a debate, does it?

Re: Former LucasArts CEO Launches Bid for Seat in Congress

Man, as soon as I saw the accompanying picture I knew this thread was going to turn into a shitstorm. The fear some Americans have of universal health care is amazing.

Re: Former LucasArts CEO Launches Bid for Seat in Congress

 I'm going to deviate from the health care debate and say that Jim Ward destroyed Lucasarts, he's the person responsible for the horrible milking of the Star Wars brand and churning out derivative games over and over.  Check out the end of this video when he comes across as completely clueless http://g4tv.com/videos/11326/LucasArts-at-E3/

Now that he's gone, Lucasarts is making a comeback and reviving a bunch of their old titles (and doing amazing sales too!) - which is exactly what he was resisting in that video.  

Anyhow, I hate to get into the health care debate, but all I have to say is that if you don't think the US system needs reform - Remember Nataline (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nataline_Sarkisyan)

17 year old girl dies at the hand of the VERY REAL DEATH PANELS of the private insurance companies.

------- 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

Ya people tend to forget we already have a system where you only can chose if you have money if not you are screwed and at the whims of the HMO,insurance and credit company.....


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Re: Former LucasArts CEO Launches Bid for Seat in Congress

one thing that's always confused me about people who yell we won't be able to choose our doctors, aren't we already forced to choose from a list of doctors approved by the health insurance companies?

Re: Former LucasArts CEO Launches Bid for Seat in Congress

It's confusing to you because these people are either lying, or just plain stupid.

In Canada, for example, you can choose any doctor you want.  Period.

It's not about the government 'telling people' what to do.  It's about the government providing a service to its people.

Obviously, it's not 'free' in the sense that we pay taxes for it.  But it's a drop in the bucket compared to many other things that keep society running, and it's a price I'm willing to pay for a country worth living in.

Re: Former LucasArts CEO Launches Bid for Seat in Congress

well i figured they're lying because none of them have been giving me the one thing i've been asking for, proof and links to reliable sources.

 

and for future reference, telling someone to google something does not support your position.

Re: Former LucasArts CEO Launches Bid for Seat in Congress

I don't understand many of the criticisms of the system because it's ALREADY LIKE THAT. There are already death panels, doctors who are paid off to disapprove operations, and tons of exceptions made for "risky/experimental" treatments which are not covered, even if there is still a good chance.

Basically, the American system places a value on you. You are worth so much money, and after that you're on your own. In civilized nations, we don't put a price on people. People are the greatest resource a country can have.

Re: Former LucasArts CEO Launches Bid for Seat in Congress

To all the people here repeating solely what talking heads have to say: Read the bill.  Even a democrat should be able to find things reprehensible in it by page 300.  If not, you might as well call yourself a socialist.

Re: Former LucasArts CEO Launches Bid for Seat in Congress

Citation please.

Also, the word 'socialism' has rather different connotations in America than the rest of the world, in part because of the Cold War.

Do you consider the police and fire departments to be socialist organizations?  What about your precious military?  Aren't they, by your own definition, 'socialist'?  What about child labour laws?  Or minimum wage?  After all, we can't have the government getting in the way of business, right?

Re: Former LucasArts CEO Launches Bid for Seat in Congress

 You haven't read the bill though, and it would help if you actually read it, or rather the dozens of pages that address the bloody 300th page, instead of listening to Chuck Norris and some div who claims to be an expert despite being in a completely different field.

Idiot.

Re: Former LucasArts CEO Launches Bid for Seat in Congress

In the professor's defense, he stated clearly in the link this guy provided in another article that he was neither a physician or legal professional.

the professor was not selling himself as more than he was, clearly pointing out he was not an expert on the issue.

Re: Former LucasArts CEO Launches Bid for Seat in Congress

 Good point, I've been talking about this so much I've been mixing up the players.

Even then, any... every argument against it has always been by some health insurance lobbyist and never a doctor (Or a reputable doctor).

Re: Former LucasArts CEO Launches Bid for Seat in Congress

Wrong.  The Mayo Clinic, arguably the best hospital in America, has been vehemently against Obamacare from day one.  That's why, when the President cited the Mayo Clinic as a model for his health care plan, they said they didn't want to be associated with it.

You've been trying to defend a poor bill so much that you just assume that anyone not wanting to be on board is racist.

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Re: Former LucasArts CEO Launches Bid for Seat in Congress

i don't see racist occuring in any of the above coments, he simply assumed the professor said he was an expert, i stated otherwise, and he accepted that fact as true in a civil manner, much better of a discussion then i've seen from others.

Re: Former LucasArts CEO Launches Bid for Seat in Congress

 I did a "ctrl+f" to find if anyone accused anyone else of racism or bigotry, and all I got was me stating a bill in the 1980's was anti-racial discrimination, and findings of the word "racist" were only fron Baruch and Jed(whatever the rest of the name).

Like everything else poster said above, it is a false statement and I give him the "pants on fire" rating.

Re: Former LucasArts CEO Launches Bid for Seat in Congress

I can see how it's been easy. personally i've never really taken a position, my whole goal of discussion on this site has simply been keeping it all based in fact and make sure each side provides proper proof to their claims.

 

I've never made a claim, as far as i can tell, without citing proper sources, and i just want everyone to approach this with the same amount of proper research to weed out bias.

all doctors i've seen on CNN seem to be in favor of reform, just maybe not exactly what's on the bill right now, which is fine the whole point of the democratic process is to find a compramise of ideas. yet some people just resort to bashing it without offering constructive ideas.

Re: Former LucasArts CEO Launches Bid for Seat in Congress

so you've read it yourself? or are you quoting chuck norris again?

Re: Former LucasArts CEO Launches Bid for Seat in Congress

 I still laugh (out of sadness and shame) when I hear stories about americans screaming at the ambulence to drop them off because they can't afford it.

That's some fucked up shit, America. Best country my ass.

Re: Former LucasArts CEO Launches Bid for Seat in Congress

To all the people claiming that this will cause even more cost and stuff, may i offer this:
 

http://wolafen.wordpress.com/2009/01/11/life-expectancy-versus-health-ca...

 

Japanese government helps provide health care and has a higher life expectancey as well as much less cost...as does the many countries also in front of us with higher life expectancies.

whether or not the reform is exactly like their kind (maybe it should be?) it's obvious we're already paying way out the ass for health care.

Re: Former LucasArts CEO Launches Bid for Seat in Congress

Thats because the Japaneses diet is less calorie and sodium rich thus you get more healthy people per capita vrs most western countries.

 

But it comes down to stay the corse and pay more or take care of more people and pay more taxes but pay less in healthcare.


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Re: Former LucasArts CEO Launches Bid for Seat in Congress

Then lets get on their damn diet.

regardless of the reason, there's room for improvement be it in health care or average diet choices

thinking america is great is...well great.

thinking america is the best is arrogent, something has to change and shouting at each other doesn't help.

Re: Former LucasArts CEO Launches Bid for Seat in Congress

Well rice and fish is not a staple food in the US, the US needs the otaku diet we have all kinds of neat dust catchers but a bare fridge :P



I agree America is great but greatest is much more a option...



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Re: Former LucasArts CEO Launches Bid for Seat in Congress

No health care, no doctor, no choice.

-Ultimately what will do in mankind is a person's fear of their own freedom-

Re: Former LucasArts CEO Launches Bid for Seat in Congress

-Ultimately what will do in mankind is a person's willingness to sacrifice freedom for the illusion of security.

*Fixed.

Re: Former LucasArts CEO Launches Bid for Seat in Congress

What freedom?  Oh yeah!  The freedom to drag your cancer ridden body into a ditch.  Thank you American Government!  Do you want more of my taxes and give me fucking nothing in return?  Sure!

Asking for healthcare isn't sacrificing freedom, it's receiving it.

-Ultimately what will do in mankind is a person's fear of their own freedom-

Re: Former LucasArts CEO Launches Bid for Seat in Congress

If you had the ability to digest any of my words you'd understand with complete certainty that I want less taxes.  Meaning the government takes less of your money.  Meaning less taxes.  Meaning when you get paid you get more money.  Meaning you keep more of what you earn.  Meaning you don't get taxed for simply living and having a job.  Do I need to continue?  Reallly?  Are you serious?  Meaning the government doesn't have their hands in your pocket.  Meaning the government has less money to waste on illegal wars and unconstitutional programs.  Meaning congress has no power to use authorities not granted in article 1 section 8 of the constitution of the United States of America.

Re: Former LucasArts CEO Launches Bid for Seat in Congress

TJLK will probably say that a government powerful enough to provide something is powerful enough to take it away.

Well, they don't provide anything NOW, so they're not going to take anything away.  ;)

Re: Former LucasArts CEO Launches Bid for Seat in Congress

Ir order to become a CEO of a large compnay, one has to be a political business person.  Which means, right from the begining he is trying to fool people in to believing one thing, when the opposite is true.  Such a tactic will work, since 97% of republicans seem to fall for the tactic so often, its beyond simple amusement.  All he has to do, is play the 'fear' card, and all those little republicans will come running to him.

But then again, he just have to have people in that state believe illegal aliens are taking over, mexicans are storming across the border, and that democrats of the state will take their guns away.  On top of that, try to tell them their health care will be like (insert european country republicans hate at the time).  Its the same old crap, and those people in that state eat it up, as if the dish has never been served.

 

Re: Former LucasArts CEO Launches Bid for Seat in Congress

Have fun in your FEMA camp.

Re: Former LucasArts CEO Launches Bid for Seat in Congress

I hardly live in a FEMA camp. 

Re: Former LucasArts CEO Launches Bid for Seat in Congress

Enjoy your insurance provider turning down your care due to it being "experimental" and losing your home just so you can live another day.

Re: Former LucasArts CEO Launches Bid for Seat in Congress

 Have fun with your Government run healthcare telling you’re doctor the treatment is to expensive or the drug is too expensive and that you shouldn’t take the red bill but the cheaper alternative.

 
Have fun with the rationing of care oh wait people do not want too see that 

Re: Former LucasArts CEO Launches Bid for Seat in Congress

 Drugs and treatment are already incredibly expensive, more than every other country in the world. Also, government healthcare OPTION.

Re: Former LucasArts CEO Launches Bid for Seat in Congress

Drugs are incredibly expensive?  Really?  Unless they're brand new, chances are VERY good that you can find a $4 alternative at Wal-mart.

Also, OPTION my ass.  That bill was written with thousands of ways to FORCE someone to use the 'option'.

Re: Former LucasArts CEO Launches Bid for Seat in Congress

 Yeah, number one being being how it is much cheaper and number two how it is more reliable than private insurance. I bet you can't name one thing of the "thousands of ways to FORCE someone to use the 'option'".

Re: Former LucasArts CEO Launches Bid for Seat in Congress

I can name a few, actually.

However, my favorite are as follows.

1.  Any change in policy coverage and the individual who owns the policy is switched to goverment 'option'.

2. Any change in COST and the individual is switched to government 'option'.

3. All businesses that don't use goverment 'option' and don't meet the government 'standard' (which its likely the government won't even meet) are either forced to switch to government 'option' or to pay an 8% payroll tax, which makes it even harder for a company to be competitive.  In other words, they have to switch to the government option if the government says their insurance isn't what the government thinks it should be.

Re: Former LucasArts CEO Launches Bid for Seat in Congress

1) Citation needed

2) Citation needed

3) Citation needed

You can't make claims like that without the actual draft page cited.

Re: Former LucasArts CEO Launches Bid for Seat in Congress

It's optional to take, not optional to pay for it.  Whether I take it or not, I have to pay for it.  Explain how it would be fair for me to go to the gym, take care of my body, get checkups every year (with my own insurance), but have to pay for all of the medical care for some lazy fatass with no job?  I do the work to take care of my self, so why should I have to pay for someone else unwilling to do the work to take care of themselves?

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Re: Former LucasArts CEO Launches Bid for Seat in Congress

Actually, I do have goverment run health care in my state.  And I'm in the USA.  Its run pretty well, because a group of people got together and put together healthcare with the patient in mind, not the insurance company or hospital in mind.  Yes, it is not fool proof.  Nor is it perfect system.  But it does cover all 98% of residents (the remaining 2% just pay the $2300 fine to avoid it).  It is set up to be preventive medicine (i.e. help pays for gym membership), not just reactive medicine (i.e. showing up at the ER for medical treatment).

In addition, this healthcare cover, that covers 98% of the state's residents, costs only $88 million a year.  That's pocket change when you realize, it is only 3/10ths of 1% of the state's budget.  If you could make sure every member of your family was covered by medical insurance.  And your relatives, along with all your friends.  And it costed you, only 3/10ths of 1% of your annual salary.....would you do it?  Of course you would!

And that folks, is why the Commonwealth of Massachusetts's health care model is of interest.  I havent had a problem with it.  When I have questions, I contact the group, and wait about 15-20 minutes (patience is a virtue lost on 100% of conservatives....).  The person on the other side has been helpful, kind, patient, and knowledgable.  This is purely an American healthcare model.

So, what I hear from conservatives and Republicans, is the fear.  That is all it is, for them.  Its the same for any topic on our nation's list of troubles.  They seem perfectly content to allow 40-50 million of our fellow Americans to suffer due to no health coverage.

Its to bad conservatives shun wisdom in favor of fear.

Re: Former LucasArts CEO Launches Bid for Seat in Congress

HAHAHAHA

Really?  Because everytime I hear from people from Boston, I hear how terrible the health care is, how mediocre the services, and, especially from people in the government, how it drains money from the city.

Re: Former LucasArts CEO Launches Bid for Seat in Congress

One of the things about human beings is that we complain about everything, no matter how good or bad something is.

So you might want to judge a system by its actual results.

Because ultimately, results are more important than your feelings.

Re: Former LucasArts CEO Launches Bid for Seat in Congress

"Really?  Because everytime I hear from people from Boston, wait... I don't actually I don't know anybody from Boston and the people who I claim to be from Boston aren't from Boston at all but rather claim they are just so they can be on my side of the fence when it comes to arguing about it."

Fixed that for you.

Re: Former LucasArts CEO Launches Bid for Seat in Congress

Actually, I go to Boston quite often.  I love the bars, and I love the Sam Adams brew you can only get there.  I also enjoy seeing Sox games. And I can tell you, there's not a lot of love for the health care in Boston to be found in Nuf Ced, the Bull and Finch, or the Cheers bar (not the bull and finch, the replica one).

Re: Former LucasArts CEO Launches Bid for Seat in Congress

Typical Snipzor, a person may or may not have a point, and you just have to call them a liar when you don't know dick about the person.

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Re: Former LucasArts CEO Launches Bid for Seat in Congress

If it doesn't fit into his little world, he's very good at ignoring it or morphing it til it does.

Re: Former LucasArts CEO Launches Bid for Seat in Congress

 Actually, when it comes to taking the word of someone who is directly correlated with it and someone who has no correlation with it in the first place, I'll take the one that directly implies causation. Like any intelligent person would do.

Re: Former LucasArts CEO Launches Bid for Seat in Congress

Accept you have no proof going one way or another about someone elses experiences, so you claiming it just didn't happen, for no other reason than it goes against what you think, makes you a complete jackass.

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Re: Former LucasArts CEO Launches Bid for Seat in Congress

I assume you've read the entire health care bill then?

 
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