October 12, 2007

Great News!

I am so glad the inventor of the Internet has finally been awarded a Nobel Prize, even if it is for his work on Global Warming. What were we thinking? Why didn’t we take the opportunity to have this guy as our President? Shame on us.

"I am deeply honored to receive the Nobel Peace Prize," Gore said. "We face a true planetary emergency. The climate crisis is not a political issue, it is a moral and spiritual challenge to all of humanity."

What? A spiritual issue? That is just like our wonderful Governor of Pennsylvania telling us Jesus, Moses, and Mohammed would support his healthcare plan. (by the way, Gov. Rendell did make this statement earlier this year!) It just so happens that when I was reading the article on YahooNews, the advertisement that popped up on the right was from……The United Methodist Church. “Open Hearts, Open Minds, Open Doors”

October 11, 2007

A Republican Survey! You mean they care what we think?

A Republican Party Census Document was given to me yesterday for my review and recommendation.

The survey is composed of 26 questions. Two questions ask about your past voting. The entire “survey” appears to be simply a fundraising activity for the G.O.P.

Here are some of the questions:

“Should we stop the Democrats from cutting funding for our intelligence agencies or bringing back Clinton-era restrictions on inter-agency communications?”
Yes – No – Undecided.

“Should President Bush’s successful income and capital gains tax cuts be made permanent?”
Yes – No – Undecided.

“Should we make sure President Bush’s judicial nominees receive fair hearings and up or down votes in the Senate even when Democrats threaten a filibuster?”
Yes – No – Undecided.

The “survey” mentions Democrats or the Democratic party in seven questions. “Clinton-era” is mentioned in two questions. Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid are mentioned in one question. The “survey” basically portrays the Democratic party as evildoers and the Republican party as the answer to all the worlds problems!

My favorite question though is the last one:

“Will you join the Republican National Committee by making a contribution today?”
Yes - $500 $250 $100 $50 $35 $25 $Other
Yes - $11 to cover the cost of tabulating the survey
No – “I favor electing liberal Democrats over the next ten years.”

The accompanying letter asks for money three times on a four page letter. The letter also makes it sound like the end of the world will occur if Hillary or Barrack are elected President. But we can prevent that, simply by sending money to the Republicans! I guess they don't really care what we think, they just want our money.

Do people really fall for this? Are people that blind?

October 10, 2007

“The Ethanol Craze”

There is a column titled “Briefing” in each issue of The Week magazine. The column looks at a topic and tries to explain the main points of the issue by asking and answering simple questions.

In the October 5, 2007 issue, the topic title is “The ethanol craze.” The following are quotes from the article on page 14.

“Congress wants the U.S. to produce 36 billion gallons of ethanol by 2022. Is the plant-based fuel really the answer to our energy problems?

Is ethanol something new? Not at all.
But is corn the best ethanol source? Not by a long shot.
Why is corn-based ethanol dominant? In a word, politics.
Is ethanol environmentally friendly? Not especially.
Does ethanol have other downsides? Yes-it raises food prices here and abroad.
But what about replacing foreign oil? Even that is something of an illusion.”

There you have it, just the facts. Why ethanol and why corn? Politics. Wake up America. Vote the politicians out in November and vote for new people that are actually concerned about America, not just their wallets.

October 04, 2007

Eliminate Property Taxes?

Senator James Rhoades lays it on the line with the Property Tax Elimination Bill. He is requesting a referendum on the November 2008 ballot that would eliminate property taxes and increase the sales tax and personal income tax to offset about 96% of the $9 billion property taxes bring in.

You can read his press release at his web site.

His legislation will increase the sales tax from 6% to 9.19% and the personal income tax from 3.07% to 4.36%.

He says the funding to school districts would require the local school boards to REDUCE or eliminate school property taxes dollar for dollar.

Rhoades has some good ideas, but if property taxes are not eliminated, there is no reason for this legislation to go any further and waste the time of the legislatures. This is no different than the tax shifting schemes of the past.

October 03, 2007

New Healthcare Plan for PA Schools?

A few weeks ago, our Governor encouraged the General Assembly to create legislation for a statewide healthcare plan for school employees. The plan is to include all school districts, intermediate units, career and technical centers, and charter schools. Oh, except for the Philadelphia school district. That don’t need to participate because they claim they are already doing what the state is requesting and they are doing it better.

Hmm. Sounds fishy, doesn’t it? I am not opposed to the idea of a healthcare plan for all school employees, but that is what it should be for ALL school employees. Not all except Philadelphia. If it is true that Philly has a great plan, then let all the school employees into the program and the problem is solved, right?

The big question will be cost and benefits. There are many unanswered questions as of yet, but this is something that all tax payers will need to pay attention too. Why? A plan like this could help some districts, but possibly hurt others, which would cost local taxpayers more. Most governmental programs tend to be inefficient and ineffective, again this costs taxpayers money.

Another key initiative behind this legislation is to take healthcare off the bargaining table, which has been a big sticking point for the unions and has led to several strikes over the past few years.

I have a better idea, rather than mess around with a massive healthcare system for some 260,000 people, just pass a law that limits teacher strikes to only non-school hours/days!

October 02, 2007

Hannah Montana Sold Out!

Many of you have probably heard on the news about the Hannah Montana concert that is scheduled for Pittsburgh. In short, the concert sold out almost immediately. The people who purchased the tickets were scalpers, so little or no tickets were available to the general public when they went on sale.

For a complete story check out the WTAE web site.

Want to teach these scalpers a lesson? Don’t pay their ridicules prices, then they will be stuck with those tickets and lose money. Sure, this one concert won’t put them out of business, but if no one buys from a scalper, then they WILL go out of business eventually.

It is simple economics, supply and demand. Stop demanding the tickets and the price will drop. Of course, the spoiled little brats will still get to go, the greed starts at a young age here in the USA.

For the record, I do not agree with what the scalpers are doing and it is probably illegal and should be dealt with accordingly by the authorities.

Just my thoughts, how about yours?