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Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Al Gore and Politics

I learned a long time ago about how politics causes those involved to pick issues the voters know little about to demonstrate superiority and capture that ignorance. Al Gore is the best example of this trickery.

No definite scientific proof that human activity contributes to global warming but Al Gore writes books about it and makes movies. He has even stated that second hand tobacco smoke contributes to global warming. This plays to anti-smokers but is total absurdity, which destroys what little credibility he might have with the learned.

Tuesday night on Larry King Live, Gore out did himself. Playing to young workers, Gore answered a question about what he would do if he was president by stating that, though impractical, he would lower the payroll tax by taxing polluters and moving the money to the payroll collection. This would hurt those workers in the future as polluters met standards and quit paying the tax which would help all those current efforts to destroy the SS system. After all, Gore broke the tie in the senate which started taxation of SS benefits. When he was running for president, a question from the audience about income taxes on unemployment benefits prompted an answer that he didn't know about it but would check into it. I haven't heard anything about it since, from him or anyone else in the public eye.

Al Gore doesn't belong anywhere in an American leadership position.

Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Electronic Age Humor

My wife and I went to the Family Dollar Store here in Ruidoso, New Mexico, to pick up a few things before we went to KFC to pick up their Tuesday $1.99 chicken fried steak special. We're saving up for the start of the horse racing season next weekend.
When we got to the front door of the Dollar Store, a handwritten sign said, " Closed - Cash Register Broke."
Anyone who has trouble checking out anywhere should understand. Always the first sign of arithmetic problems in our educational system. I think business owners should take a chance, though, if their registers don't work, but they probably can't operate without a computer either.

Sunday, May 20, 2007

Texas Smoking Ban and Other Issues

Senator Ogden is chairman of the Texas Senate Finance Committee.
----- Original Message -----
From: sam nettles
To: Samantha Phillipe
Sent: Sunday, May 20, 2007 8:11 AM
Subject: Texas Smoking Information And Other Issues
After several attempts to contact the State Senator representing Williamson County, Steve Ogden, regarding power lines scheduled for construction in the cornfield behind my son's house and other issues, I was contacted by phone by a member of his staff a few days ago. She said the 130 toll road route didn't have enough eminent domain ownership available on both sides of the road. I told her that I had been up and down the road and plenty of space was available on both sides of the road and that eminent domain was going to have to be utilized no matter where the route went. I told her that perhaps Governor Rick Perry, who appoints the Public Utility Commission, should be asked to use his influence since the commission will make the final determination. I fussed a little about the state going with privatization on road construction and she said it was because of the loss of federal funds. I said, "I wonder why?" and then told her Texas has always had the best roads in the country until recently and suggested that a state income tax for the wealthy was the best answer, even though the general public is against it. I explained that the leadership responsibility rested with our public officials to explain the benefits of a state income tax over the regressive sales tax which robs the poor and the middle class. Of course, I'm sure the toll road owners are against the power line construction alongside 130, no matter what happens to the citizens of Hutto. I'm sure the Governor and the Commission don't want to offend the toll road owners.
She wasn't aware of the recent news about 1/3 of the bees in the U.S. dying every year which may be caused by power lines. Additional costs shouldn't be a factor with burying the lines. Current research is only done in Europe, not in the U.S. and it appears that Big Money interests in America just don't care.
I also complained about the absolute ignorance of the Texas House in passing the smoking ban and that it reflected a much deeper intellectual problem with Texas leadership at this time. The second hand tobacco smoke danger problem is totally non-existent and all subscribers are either making money out of it or they are unaware of the dangers to the country and its freedoms and the junk science involved. She said the ban appeared to be dead in the water before reaching the senate.


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