Archive for April, 2009

Big Brother is Watching You!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

April 29, 2009

What a wonderful Idea this would be. Just think. You could never get lost because the government would know every move you make every minute of every day. We all know that nobody in the government would ever think about using or abusing this information.

If you go to the bank they will know.

If you go to the store they will know.

If you go to the bar they will know and can sit outside the bar waiting for you.

If you visit your mistress or boyfriend they will know.

If you go to an unapproved rally (like the Tea Party) they will know.

Need I say more? Just read.
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Top lawmaker wants mileage-based tax on vehicles

 

By JOAN LOWY, Associated Press Writer – 2 hrs 3 mins ago

WASHINGTON – A House committee chairman said Tuesday that he wants Congress to enact a mileage-based tax on cars and trucks to pay for highway programs now rather than wait years to test the idea.

Rep. James Oberstar, D-Minn., said he believes the technology exists to implement a mileage tax. He said he sees no point in waiting years for the results of pilot programs since such a tax system is inevitable as federal gasoline tax revenues decline.

“Why do we need a pilot program? Why don’t we just phase it in?” said Oberstar, the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee chairman. Oberstar is drafting a six-year transportation bill to fund highway and transit programs that is expected to total around a half trillion dollars.

A congressionally mandated commission on transportation financing alternatives recommended switching to a vehicle-miles traveled tax, but estimated it would take a decade to put a national system in place.

“I think it can be done in far less than that, maybe two years,” Oberstar said at a House hearing. He was responding to testimony by Rep. Earl Blumenauer, D-Ore., who recommended that the transportation bill include pilot programs in every state to test the viability of a mileage-based tax.

Blumenauer said public acceptance, not technology, is the main obstacle to a mileage-based tax.

Pilot programs “would be able to increase public awareness and comfort and it would hasten the day we could make the transition,” Blumenauer said.

Oberstar shrugged off that concern.

“I’m at a point of impatience with more studies,” Oberstar said. He suggested that Rep. Peter DeFazio, D-Ore., chairman of the highways and transit subcommittee, set up a meeting of transportation experts and members of Congress to figure out how it could be done.

The tax would entail equipping vehicles with GPS technology to determine how many miles a car has been driven and whether on interstate highways or secondary roads. The devices would also calculate the amount of tax owed.

“At this point there are a lot of things that are under consideration and there is also a strong need to find revenue,” Oberstar spokesman Jim Berard said. “A vehicle miles-traveled tax is a logical complement, and perhaps a future replacement, for fuel taxes.”

Gas tax revenues — the primary source of federal funding for highway programs — have dropped dramatically in the last two years, first because gas prices were high and later because of the economic downturn. They are forecast to continue going down as drivers switch to fuel efficient and alternative fuel vehicles.

Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood has ruled out raising gas taxes to make up for the funding shortfall, and the White House has rejected a mileage-based tax. They have not offered an alternative.

“The funding of the highway trust fund is a complex issue that will require consultation with Congress and consideration of a number of creative ideas,” said Transportation Department spokeswoman Jill Zuckman. “The secretary looks forward to working with Chairman Oberstar and others as they consider how to keep the highway trust fund going.”

A mileage-based tax has been unpopular in some states where it has been proposed. Critics say it unfairly penalizes drivers who live in rural areas and intrudes on privacy.

“When we can solve the equity issues to a majority’s satisfaction in the Congress, when we can solve the privacy issues to the satisfaction of the American people, we can look at moving forward, but I just don’t think we have the data or the experience right now to say we can set a timeline or a deadline,” DeFazio said in a recent interview.

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Government to Own Controling Interest in GM

April 28, 2009

An Editorial

By

Thomas W. Bates

 

Is anyone as outraged as I am? So what’s the big deal you might say. The Government runs the post office and medicare alright doesn’t it? (cough cough choke choke)

 

Just think about this. GM has announced the closing of many plants. Does anyone really believe that the government won’t put its finger into this pie? You can bet the farm that behind the scenes Congressman X is twisting arms saying “Dont close the plants in my district or state. Do the closings in thoes Republican districts and states.”

Remember the “Blue Ribbon” panels that are used to determin military base closings? Are we going to go there?

What about the other auto makers that are still free? What will the government do to them if they have the gall to outsell their company? Will the sit passively by? Will they meet the new market demands? Will they introduce ledgislation to “even the field” if people dont want to buy their cars?

I vote for field evening. This is a very dangerous situation. 

Obama’s First Hundred

April 28, 2009

The oval office can be a bit overwhelming.

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Vicious Polar Bear Attack!!!!!!!!!

April 28, 2009

Bear Attack in   Churchill,  Manitoba , Canada

These are pictures of an actual polar bear attack in Churchill.

These pictures were taken while people watched and could do nothing to stop the attack!

Reports from the local newspaper say that the victim will make a full recovery.

The photos are below.   

 

Ploor Bear Attack

Ploor Bear Attack

We Can Change Global Warming to Global Cooling

April 2, 2009

A new scienticic breakthrough will reverse global warming.

A new bill in congress will cure forever global warming.

It is very simple. Every American will be given a global cooling system of their own.

It consists of an exercise bike, a generator, and an air conditioning unit.

Every American will be able to receive tax credits for peddling one hour a day to operate their backyard global cooling system. All this cool air is estimated to be able to reverse global warming in about twenty years from the start of the peddling. It will also make us all healthier.

Isn’t our government just wonderous?

Keep watching for developments on this story.