On taxes, I’m from Ky which has an approach I liked. They tax everything. Even your bank balance on Jan. 1. But OTOH, all the taxes are small. And
the end result is everybody is paying some taxes. It’s a share and share alike approach. Or to alter the famous pre anti-smoking saying, “If
you’ve got it, pay it!” I live in FL now, which has no inheritance tax and no income tax but relies primally on a 7% sales tax.
FL also has a very high - I think - property tax. I rent now, so my contribution to the property tax is “hidden” from my view. Sure, renter’s
pay the property tax. Indirectly. We pay it, the landlord gets to deduct it!
posted by cranefly
I agree, America needs public schools. The newer suburbs of the US need public transportation, so the average Janes and Joes in the US could figure
out some way to make Ethanol 850 more applicable for cars, and lower costs of teachers, schools, food, etc.
C/F, there is no way we can ever get off the oil addiction or get away from foreign oil. We use 22 million barrels a day. We pump 7 million barrels
domestic oil a day. If we do ANWR, that will add 2 million barrels a day. We are hooked on foreign oil. We have 800 million barrels in our Strategic
Every so-called “alternate” fuel has been out there for decades. Every so-called “alternate” source of energy has been out there for decades.
I dislike the all too common reference to “free market” because I do not feel there are ‘free markets” in the US. Whatever I do think about
the market, free or hobbled, it muddles along and chooses every day what is cheapest. What delivers the most btu’s for the buck. Which is the
"bottom-line" name of this game.
Conservation is the only useful alternative or supplement to present practices. If ethanol, if hydrogen, if multi-fuels were so good, considering we
have known the technology for decades, one or more of them would be here Now! And not just a pie in the sky plan the R&Fs are about to sell us to pay
Halliburton or ADM more money to look for the rainbow's pot of gold. That money could better go for schools.
Any “research” or “development” project that needs public funds is very likely defrauding the public. If the proposal was viable, private
money would flow into it from the Rockefellers, the duPonts, and Fords of old. Or the Bill Gates and Warren Buffets of today. Those guys are not dumb.
They will be in on the ground floor of a real workable plan, if there is ever to be such a thing. IMO, It’s a shill game.
Politics aside, I don't like how the federal government regulates some of education. Not the Sciences, but the humanities, which get toyed
with the most before hitting the textbooks, and if people believe in Evolution, Creations, or ET Genetic Splicing of bigfoot, humans, and ETs, then
they should make a disarmer saying this is what "so and so Institution, company, etc. believe and is supported by the federal government." Actually,
don't they have them already?
I’m behind the curve on this. I’m sure the regulators need to reduce their intrusive practices. I don’t know how that is to be done as most of
the problems stem from Congress. The bureaucrats are merely enforcing laws passed by Congress. They do not make up anything on their own authority.
Congress is now deep into micro-managing us. Too deep.
But vouchers would be a great idea, but many parents here are too lazy to vote for it, and "shop around" for schools. [Edited by Don W]
I’m against vouchers if the money is tax money.
[edit on 5/7/2006 by donwhite]