3.19.2005

How We Pay For Things

Is Grover Over? Norquist's anti-tax jihad stumbles in the states
WashingtonMonthly.com (March 05)
We can quite plainly state that, of all the bastards in Washington DC (and there are many), Grover Norquist is at the top or our personal list. He's just bizarre and we really, really have no idea what his endgame is, but we know this: Paying Taxes IS Patriotic. Poor Grover just doesn't get that and that's what struck us about this passage in the Washington Monthly:

Poor Grover. Nearly everywhere he looks, it seems, a Republican governor or legislature is finding the seductions of tax hikes too powerful to resist in the face of reduced federal support and soaring education and health-care costs. Anti-tax groups such as ATR, the Club for Growth, Americans for Prosperity, and FreedomWorks seem to have feet-on-the-desk privileges in the White House and Republican Congress. For a time, they appeared to have even more pull in the states, where 1,200 of 7,400 state legislators have signed Norquist's pledge never to vote for a tax increase. Anti-tax advocates are quick to threaten political death to any Republican who strays from the no-tax gospel. But with the red ink still flowing, even after collectively closing more than $200 billion in budget shortfalls over the last three years, cracks are forming within the no-tax coalition. Governors are finding that they can't cut more without endangering programs that hit people where they liveā€”such programs as road construction, nursing home assistance, and reading, writing and arithmetic lessons. Surprisingly, legislatures are going along. Indeed, the day after Norquist announced his opposition to Daniels's budget plan, the Republican chairmen of the Indiana House Ways and Means and Senate Budget committees admitted that they didn't consider the no-tax pledges they had given the ATR binding because they signed them years before they acquired their current budget responsibilities. Another Republican Hoosier lawmaker complained to The Indianapolis Star, "I knew it [ATR's no-tax pledge] was like a marriage when I signed it, but now I want a divorce."
See your taxes pay for good things and not just bombs (though that is, expressly, about all Grover wants to pay for).

See where living in a black and white world governed by ideology gets you? Real life has nuances and sometimes we have to do things we don't like but, well you don't always get that luxury.

Read for yourself... and thanks to Buzzfalsh.com for pointing out the article.

By the way, Buzzflash has another article about how the ghoulish Republicans in Congress & Florida don't seem to care about how in Texas the Hospitals & the Courts can discontinue medical care even if a family doesn't want to. Where were Jeb Bush, Bill Frist, and Tom "The Hammer" Delay when they stopped feeding a baby? Oh wait, could it be because that was a black child and not a white woman? Nah...

(Don't get us wrong, we are completely 100% with Michael Schiavo in this, we just like the hypocrisy!)

3.16.2005

Cowards?

Plug pulled on anti-offshoring bill
RockyMountainNews.com (03.16)
Hmmm, so Colorado has decided that sending jobs its own citizens can do abroad is a good thing just 'cause it saves a few bucks...

The sponsor of a Senate bill to bar Colorado from using offshore workers to perform state services pulled the plug on the measure Tuesday after budget analysts said it would cost taxpayers $24 million.

The death of Senate Bill 23 represents the second year in a row that the bill - sponsored by Lakewood Democrat Sen. Deanna Hanna - has failed. Similar legislation has died elsewhere around the nation.
Probably because folks were too busy watching the Michael Jackson trial or 'American Idol'...

Republicans and Gov. Bill Owens attacked SB 23, charging it would force higher taxpayer costs, hamstring contractors and scare away foreign companies.

The bill was drafted to apply only to service contracts - such as call- center operations - vs. products such as computers and other hardware state agencies buy.

But critics charged the anti-outsourcing provision would affect everything from service contracts tied to state computer systems, to military operations and state telecommunications services.

Sen. Jim Dyer, R-Centennial, called the legislation's demise "healthy," saying the $24 million price tag probably was too low. "It's breathtaking to tell the taxpayers to dig into their pockets for that," he said.

Democrats and organized labor supported SB 23, saying taxpayer money shouldn't be used to send jobs offshore.

"We owe it to the people of Colorado to keep good-paying jobs in our country," Hanna said on the Senate floor.
Hmmm, so here is what I don't get: we send jobs overseas to save money, but in doing so we take away jobs that folks here could do and thus pay more in taxes... Taxes being Patriotic & American because they pay for the Military, to take care of Veterans, Schools, Cops, Firefighters, Paramedics, Roads... Not only that, but if those jobs were kept in Colorado those employed folks would be able to buy stuff off their other hard working neighbors, you know "Stuff" like Ford Trucks, Enzyte, TiVo, houses, etc., so that eventually they can either sign up with a debt consolidator (say from the ubiquitous horrible 'LowerMyBills.com' ads on the Net, Radio & TV) or get some more home financing to pay off their credit card bills.

See, that's how an economy works: you have a job » your employer pays you » you buy stuff » the folks you buy stuff now have money to buy stuff now too » maybe those folks buy stuff off your employer » your employer pays you... And all the while all of you are paying taxes to provide for the "common good"... SO you see how it starts to work right? Real circle-of-life-Disney type stuff right there. But if you ship jobs away... well, you can see how the circle starts to break down.

By the way, if you are unlucky enough to be home during the day (at least before 7) or watch some of the smaller cable channels, really start to look at the ads you're being subjected to (actually, just watch your local morning news for a few days straight and see who is paying their bills).

3.14.2005

Goin' Down the Shore...

N.J. nears ban on offshoring of state work
NorthJersey.com (03.13)
Hey, the rules are rigged against American workers all over the world nice to see some folks trying something...

A bill to bar companies from carrying out New Jersey government contracts abroad will probably get a final vote Monday, after lying dormant for months.

The bill, if approved by the state Assembly, will require all state work to be done in the United States except in those situations where a local contractor cannot supply the service.

Opponents of the legislation - among them the state Chamber of Commerce and representatives of the insurance and securities industries - told the Assembly Labor Committee on Monday that the bill's passage is premature. They argued that its impact on a broad range of government contracts hasn't been determined.

"There are so many unanswered questions on the ramifications," Jim Leonard, a vice president for the state Chamber of Commerce, said after the committee hearing in Trenton. "Why are we forcing the issue without due diligence?"

Nevertheless, the bill was voted out of committee, and supporters believe it has enough votes in the Democratic-controlled Assembly to pass.

The Assembly also is expected to vote Monday on a resolution creating a seven-member commission of legislators and business and labor leaders to study "offshoring and outsourcing."
Hmmm, the insurance industry is against this bill? Well it must be doing something right. "Insurance" is one of the biggest scams out there and, having done some work for them, we think they're some of the biggest bastards out there. This upsets them? Good.

The Return of the Song of the Week

Sorrow by Bad Religion
Publication (0m.dd)
New post below this regarding the Great Working Over of the Working Class (also known as the bankruptcy bill), but for now our Song of the Week...

Father can you hear me ?
How have I let you down ?
I curse the day that I was born
And all the sorrow in this world

Let me take you to the hurting ground
Where all good men are trampled down
Just to settle a bet that could not be won
Between a prideful father and his son
Will you guide me now, for I can't see
A reason for the suffering and this long misery
What if every living soul could be upright and strong
Well, then I do imagine

There will be sorrow
Yeah there will be sorrow
And there will be sorrow no more

When all soldiers lay there weapons down
Or when all kings and all queens relinquish their crowns
Or when the only true messiah rescues us from ourselves
It's easy to imagine

There will be sorrow
Yeah there will be sorrow
And there will be sorrow no more

There will be sorrow
Yeah there will be sorrow
And there will be sorrow no more

There will be sorrow
Yeah there will be sorrow
And there will be sorrow no more

Happy Week folks... the blogging will continue.