Texas oil refineries want Texas school districts to pay for the pollution-control equipment the refiners are required to install. They claim they cannot afford to stop polluting the environment unless they get huge tax refunds.

Some readers out there might know my love for rail travel and my feeling that we a grossly under served in the U.S.. Contrary to frequent accusations that I’m some sort of Marxist, I do not feel that passenger rail would best be served by a government takeover and subsidy. So here is my outline… Read Article →

Basically, his theory boils down to this: We’re speeding towards a brick wall. We can see the brick wall even though there are people in the back seat telling us there is no brick wall. He proposes that we continue at current course and speed to maximize fuel efficiency and then when we reach the brick wall, if it’s there, we’ll magically wish it away and speed right on through.

Why is threatening to violently overthrow the government not federal offense if one is a Republican?

Over on my other site CheersandGears.com, I was having a conversation about the coming oil bust and our need to push now to find an alternative to oil as our primary fuel for transportation. My jaw dropped with this response:

A lot of Democrats are very worried about the upcoming election on November 2nd. They should be. A good many of them stand to lose their job. I, however, am not that worried. I think this country really needs the good shellacking the Democrats are about to get. Here’s why:

12. The only hope you have of ever seeing another pay raise is if Congress passes health care reform. Without health care reform, the increasing cost of your health insurance will swallow this year’s raise. And next year’s raise. And pretty soon it won’t stop with just your raise. Without health care reform, the increasing cost of your health insurance will start making your pay go down.

13. I wish I could tell you that this was just a worst-case scenario, that this was only something that might, maybe happen, but that wouldn’t be true. Without health care reform, this is what will happen. We know this because this is what is happening now. It has been happening for the past 10 years. In 2008, employers spent on average 25 percent more per employee than they did in 2001, but wages on average did not increase during those years. The price of milk went up. The price of gas went up. But wages did not. All of the money that would have gone to higher wages went to pay the higher and higher and higher cost of health insurance. And unless Congress passes health care reform, that will not change.

Well, it will change in the sense that it will keep getting worse, but it won’t get better. Unless the problem gets fixed, the problem won’t be fixed. That’s kind of what “problem” and “fixed” mean.

14. Sadly for any chance you have of ever seeing a raise again, it looks like Congress may not pass health care reform. It looks like they won’t do that because they’re scared of angry voters who are demanding that they oppose health care reform, angry voters who demand that Congress not do anything that would keep the cost of health insurance from going up and up and up. Angry voters like you.

Who said globalism isn’t great? The San Francisco bay bridge rebuild project was off shored to China, a country known (we need a sarcasm font) for it’s high quality building practices. The bridge is arriving in pieces aboard specially built ships, 15 months late due to poorly translated plans, low grade steel and prison labor… Read Article →

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