I heard someone else suggest increasing the gas tax, this time federal… 25 cents a gallon. Easy assumption. The man does not have to eek out a living and drive fifty miles each way for work. He certainly doesn’t have to drive a hundred miles to and from work each day as some do.
Then again, maybe I’m wrong. Maybe he drives an electric car. At present people driving electric cars don’t pay gas tax. (I suspect that will be changed soon, though I don’t know how.)
On the other hand, he might use a subway, train or bus to go to work. He’d not pay a penny for gas tax, leastwise not directly.
Regardless of his method of transportation, he likely doesn’t have to give up groceries to pay the taxes. He likely doesn’t hurt to pay the bills as most of us do.
There is a solution for building and repairing highways. Stop squandering the money they have. Obama was authorized a trillion dollars for “shovel ready projects.” I believe he should have to repay it.
I still don’t know where that money went. Maybe it’s time for the government to pinch their pennies for a while. Maybe it’s time they stop squandering it. Then maybe they will be more careful with it. (I don’t hold out much hope for that.)
If you agree with me, send this to someone else. Send this to your representatives. Yell it from the housetops. I’m not sure, they might increase it anyway. It is what the government does. It is what they do. They tax and they spend. What else would they do. What else can they do. Oh, yes. Make laws. They do have a tendency to mess that up too.
In the last couple of weeks, I learned something very important. A multi-billionaire is subject to being illegally spied on. If the government was able to spy on candidate Trump, they can spy on any person for any reason.
Forget the 4th amendment. If you want something kept private, maybe you need to bury it. If you want to have a private conversation, forget using any kind of phone. It would be best to go out in the middle of a cow pasture to carry on a private conversation. Then you might want something that generates white noise. If you must use email and you don’t want the FBI or NSA to read it, you will likely want to double encrypt it.
Indeed, it is starting to look like money can be made by people selling:
1. Sound proof rooms.
2. E-mail encoders.
3. Audio encryption devices for phones and so forth.
Maybe I missed a few suggestions. Feel free to add a few.
By the way, I don’t have a whole lot to hide, but if I should decide to encrypt something, no one will ever figure it out. It is actually a surprisingly simple thing to do. Maybe I should start doing it just to confuse a few folks. It would serve them right for abusing their positions.
The Dems would like you to believe that the Republicans control the Senate. Not true, that is, unless they decide to change the rules. Right now, in order to pass a bill, it takes 60 votes. The Republicans only have fifty-one. Unless the rule is changed, the 49 senators can stop anything and everything. …and they have been doing a lot of that lately. So far, they have stopped over 100 in 2017.
One bill they were not able to stop was the tax reduction and that is because they used one rule to get around the other. The Republicans passed the bill with 51 votes. (As a result of having to resort to this method, they were not able to make all the tax reductions permanent. After a time, some individual taxes will return to what they were in 2017. Hopefully, between now and then, the changes will be made permanent, or at least extended. It sort of depends on if the Dems block the effort.)
I guess this is the sort of thing that happens when we let lawyers run our government.
The great circus, Barnum and Baily, has closed. It’s okay. We have another, the one in The Capital Building. Unfortunately, it’s not just for entertainment. It is for real. One representative argues this. The other argues that. Before you know it, it takes over a year to pass some kind of tax bill, one worse than the one they are replacing.
There are some representatives and senators who have the idea that the higher the taxes are, the greater the revenues. That simply does not hold true. It assumes that the spending and working habits of the populous are unaffected by tax rates. It doesn’t take a genius to understand the hole in that logic.
Moreover, their decisions are warped by people with large sums of money, lobbyists and lawyers who do not represent the national good.
So we sit here and watch the circus. We would laugh, but it simply isn’t funny.
By the way, there was the promise to repeal Obama care. It is now almost one year later. Over half of my Social Security goes to pay the $940 a month for my wife. I wonder if Sen. McCain would like to help me pay the bill.
My observation is that they really don’t have our interest in mind. So they come up with all kinds of distractions. McCain insists on following the senate rules. Really? (Proof positive, not all military heroes make good senators)
To get rid of Obama Care they need to vote to repeal it. Should take one day, maybe two. A simple provision should be made for those who have learned to depend on the law. It would continue the law for two years. Those that don’t want to depend on the law should be able to leave it any time.
That gives us two years to do it right. One bill for pre-existing conditions; one vote in each house; up or down. The second bill; one vote: include 26 year-olds on the policies. The third bill…. …and so forth and so on. It actually does not take someone with a doctor’s degree to figure it out. I suspect even a high school graduate could do it.
They keep telling us it’s complicated. Sorry. I don’t believe that. What I do believe is that it would be resolved tomorrow if the senators and representatives had to go through all we do. (Note: They should be required to do their own paperwork, no cheating by paying someone else.)
While they are piddling around, I am paying $940 a month for my wife. Thankfully, I am on Medicare or it would be double that.
Oh yes. By the way, I need to find another insurance company. Humana is canceling my wife’s policy at the end of the year. I guess the premiums are still too small.
What I think is that no one within the confines of the D.C. city limits cares one iota. While they argue, I go broke. What I think is that I am not alone. I might have to get another job just to pay her insurance. The problem is that I don’t think I can find one that will pay be enough.
Maybe it is about time to start sending letters to our congressmen. I’m not sure it will do any good, but let’s just try it and see.