April 25, 2006

Day-em!!!

I am sure that is what all of you are saying these days as you fill your gas tank. Too-litte-too-late President Bush says he is going to look into price gouging. Is this investigation going to go the same direction as that second phase of the WMD investigation in Congress. What? You say they didn't actually do the investigation?

Okay then, maybe it will be more like the 911 Commission investigation. You remember that one where the commission came up with some great recommendations on homeland security that the Bush administration promptly put into place. What? You mean they didn't do that? What's that? The 911 Commission gave them failing marks on implementing their recommendations?

Investigate all you want, George. We all know you come from O-I-L.

Oh...litte side note, and I caught this over at DailyKos:

Bush Eases Environmental Rules on Gasoline

President Bush on Tuesday ordered a temporary suspension of environmental rules for gasoline, making it easier for refiners to meet demand and possibly dampen prices at the pump. He also halted for the summer the purchase of crude oil for the government's emergency reserve.

Susan G comments:
Any bets on how long a "temporary suspension" will last?
And is anyone else detecting a pattern here?
In the wake of Katrina, Bush suspends prevailing wage laws.
In the aftermath of 9/11, Bush basically suspends the Fourth Amendment and, at Gitmo, the right to a fair trial.
There is no tragedy, crisis or concern in this country that will go unmet by this administration ... with a boon to cronies or a bolstering of executive power.

How's about we consider a real plan, not just grandstanding?

April 20, 2006

I don't mind paying my fair share...how about the corporations doing the same?

ShortBus posts this diary over at DailyKos:

Corporate taxes as % of fed revenue: 1950: 27.5%, 2003: 7.4%

From the post:

  • Corporate revenues represented only 7.4 percent of all federal tax receipts in 2003. With the exception of 1983, this represents the lowest level on record (these data go back to 1934).
  • As a result of these low levels, corporate revenues in 2003 represented only 1.2 percent of the Gross Domestic Product (the basic measure of the size of the economy), the lowest level since 1983, the year in which corporate receipts plummeted to levels last seen in the 1930s.
  • Corporate income tax revenues are lower in the United States than in most European countries. According to data from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, total federal and state corporate income tax revenues in the United States in 2000, measured as a share of the economy, were about one-quarter less than the average for other OECD member countries. Thirty-five years ago, the opposite was true -- corporations in the United States bore a heavier burden than their European counterparts.

April 15, 2006

Checking out the blogs

It's Saturday, and for the first time in weeks, I have the day off. So I am catching up on my Nevada blogs. A couple of highlights:





The Raid on Student Aid

From TomPaine.com

In February, Republicans voted through nearly $12 billion in cuts to student assistance programs. President Bush’s most recent budget, for the sixth straight year, leaves the maximum Pell Grant—the nation’s primary grant assistance program—well below the $5,100 he promised while campaigning for a second term.

These broken promises and cuts come at a time when the typical student borrower graduates with $17,500 in loan debt and interest rates on college loans are being hiked this July. Tuition at four year public colleges rose 40 percent since 2001, and 200,000 students are unable to attend college at all this year because of the costs.

[...]

When backed into a corner on their failures, Republicans like to try verbal judo and counter, “Democrats don’t have a plan, all they do is attack.” Well, Republicans should be condemned for placing the American dream further out of reach for young Americans; they should be called enemies of the middle class for making the loans parents take out for their children’s education more expensive. But Democrats also have a plan.


Rep. George Miller, D-Calif., and Sen. Richard Durbin, D-Ill., have introduced the Reverse the Raid on Student Aid Act of 2006 , which would cut interest rates on college loans in half. The typical student borrower would save $5,600 over the duration of their loan. As with national security, Democrats have stepped up with an alternative and progressives must now do our part to get that message out.



Where did your taxes go?

I found an interesting link to an interactive graphic over at TomPaine.com. Check it out. Type in the taxes you paid this year to the Feds and see how they divvy up the $$. What I found stunning was the percentage of my taxes that just go to pay the interest on the national debt.

April 12, 2006

And did anyone even notice?

Deaths of U.S. Soldiers Climb Again in Iraq

The death toll for American troops is rising steeply this month, with the military today announcing the deaths of two more soldiers, bringing the number of troops killed this month to at least 33. That figure already surpasses the American military deaths for all of March, and could signal a renewed insurgent offensive against the American presence here.

And we are just twelve days in...

April 11, 2006

The "Rising" Concern over Immigration

Skadi, over at And, Yes, I DO take it personally, comments on this AP article, Americans Say Immigration a Rising Concern. Hmmm...really? Why a "rising" concern? Skadi theorizes:

The manipulation of the news cycle has been successful. According to this AP article, Americans Say Immigration a Rising Concern:
When people were asked this past week to name the top national problem that came to mind, 13 percent said immigration — four times the number who said that in January. Roughly the same number, 14 percent of those polled, named the economy, according to the poll of 500 adults conducted April 3-5. The survey has a margin of sampling error of plus or minus 4.5 percentage points.
Now, let's see. What changed, exactly? Did we suddenly have millions of immigrants pour over the border in the last two months? Or could this be just an election year tactic designed to distract and divide Americans, just like other imminent faux threats to the American-Way-Of-Life like, oh say, Gay Marriage or Flag Burning or some other such non-issue?

Again, it's the old divide and conquer, look-over-here!! ploy that they are sooo good at. Ignore the man behind the curtain!

In the meantime, Americans are dying in Iraq for what appears to be an Iranian-styled theocracy, Bush and his minions are spying on Americans with no warrant or any sort of oversight, the Constitution is being used for toilet paper, and on and on. When are we going to quit falling for this? When are we going to say, "Enough with the hatred and division!"

Man, we have serious problems in this country. They aren't simple and there are no easy solutions. And we are going to have to take some time, talk them out and come up with solutions that work best for everyone.

April 4, 2006

I am not worthy...

Goodness, this humble little blog is getting some attention around the state. Desert Beacon, whose shoes I am not worthy to tie, has some very nice words for us. Myrna the Mynx over at Reno and its Discontents has us listed on her blogroll and has dropped by. Yukon Sully tips his hat to us as well. Newest kid on the block, TruckeeRiverLover popped in yesterday to give us a look-see.

The Nevada Blog Roll, located to the right, is growing and I, for one, couldn't be happier.