Posts Tagged ‘big brother’

Raising the Gas Tax?

January 2, 2009

Today, the National Commission on Surface Transportation Infrastructure Financing suggested to Congress to raise our taxes on gas and diesel by roughly 50%.  Currently, we pay about 18 cents a gallon on gasoline and 25 cents a gallon for diesel.  Read about it here.

According to the commission, the current taxes leave a shortfall of about $100 billion a year, which means road and bridge projects can’t get funded.

My main problem is that this panel was created by Congress.  They are not an independent party to analyze the entire infrastructure system and budget.  The easy way out is to just raise taxes.  What they really need to do is look at all the bureaucracy that exists and look at how much they can save if they streamlined their operations.  Nothing in this article suggests the government faced such an audit.

Also, I have a big problem with the taxes I pay going to Washington for them to dole out.  How do I know that my taxes will help build or repair roads in my neighborhood?  My money might go to build a bridge in Alaska or some high-ranking Senator’s home state.  This is one of the main reasons for the American Revolution and our Constitution in the first place.  They were fed up paying taxes to the British government, and then never seeing any returns on those dollars.

They should lower, or even abolish, the Federal tax and replace it with State or local ones.  That way, we would all see returns for our tax dollars.  If we did this, we would probably see lower taxes because there would be more efficient use of the dollars, resulting in less of a need for the tax.

The Federal government does fund some of the major Interstate highways, so they could either give the power to the states or they could use a portion of the tax dollars the states or local governments receive.

The entire system is backwards right now, where our money goes into a black hole, and we have no idea if we will ever see it.  We need to start at the local level, not at the Federal level.

Also, we should not be fooled into thinking this is for environmental reasons.  They say in the article that they need to “sell” it to us.  If they really had the environment in mind, they need to explore different fuel sources, electric cars and plug-in hybrids.  Raising the tax on gas does nothing to promote alternative forms of transportation.  Taxes to deter the use of something rarely work, if ever.

And finally, check out this paragraph from the article:

According to a draft of the financing commission’s recommendations, the nation needs to move to a new system that taxes motorists according to how much they use roads. While details have not been worked out, such a system would mean equipping every car and truck with a device that uses global positioning satellites and transponders to record how many miles the vehicle has been driven, and perhaps the type of roads and time of day.

Are you kidding me?  Talk about Big Brother!  The government has no right to monitor where or when you are driving.  Why is that their business?  Rather than tracking your every move, they should just set up toll booths on certain roads.  I know that their ideas are well meaning, but the last thing we need is the government monitoring our every move.

We need less Federal intervention in our road and infrastructure system, in order to really fix and address the problem.  The more power that is handed to local, state, or even private companies the better.  We have no way to hold Washington accountable for how they spend our tax dollars.  Locally, we can see the results of our taxes and can hold our politicians and policy makers accountable.

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Thank God Cheney Can’t F-ck Us Anymore

December 21, 2008

Today, Vice President Dick Cheney defended the Bush Administrations actions of basically wiping their ass with the Constitution of this once great country.

The Face of Evil

The Face of Evil

He defended the domestic wiretapping, uses of exectutive power, and torture of terrorism suspects, saying he would do it all over again.  Also, Cheney said that the President has no checks and balances in the War on Terror and could launch a nuclear strike without Congress or the Courts to defend our country.

Really? Nuclear War?  What planet is this guy from?  Civil liberty?  Right to privacy?  Not in Cheney’s book.  He doesn’t care about anything except making the President the new King of the US.  While the neo-conservatives lost this election to Obama, they will be back and they will further advance their agenda of making the Executive Branch the sole source of power in the US.  I can’t believe Cheney has the gall to go on TV and spew this garbage!

Can we use this interview as an admission of guilt and throw this clown in prison for the rest of his life for treason?  As citizens, it is our job to hold our leaders accountable and follow the Constitution, which is the only document that grants power to certain branches of government.  Instead, we have let the Executive Branch grab more and more power.

Look at all the programs the Bush Administration has enacted – domestic wiretapping, recording out internet use, searching and seizing your property without a warrant, the Patriot Act, the right to go to war without Congress, setting up hidden prisons around the world, jailing US citizens without the right to trial, the new financial czar, the office of economic stability, and now the auto czar.  Not only have we stripped rights away from individual citizens, we are now nationalizing our financial system and our auto industry.  The government is really becoming “Big Brother.”

While the powers Bush grabbed seem to be used for fighting terror, how do we know Obama or the next President will not take this power further?  What if the next president decides that anyone who protests the government is supporting terrorists?  He could jail these protesters without the right of habeus corpus because of the powers he has taken. Or, he could search my home right now for writing this blog.  The powers granted to him allow the Executive branch to do this without a warrant.

Sure, he may never use these powers en masse against his own people, but who really knows?  Just the fact that this is possible should be enough to energize the public.  Instead, we are too busy fighting over gay marriage and other issues that do not directly effect our lives.  If we put the same passion behind restoring the government of this country to the vision of our founding fathers as we do in debating gay marriage, we would have a revolution starting tomorrow morning.

I know government will only get bigger under Obama, but hopefully he will have the common sense enough to restore some of the checks and balances on his power that Cheney and Bush have granted themselves.  I’m so glad that Cheney will be gone in a month and won’t have the chance to screw up our country any longer.  Hopefully, he’ll just go sit on the board of some company and f-ck over some shareholders, and not every single citizen of the United States.