Thursday, May 04, 2006

Random Thoughts

I don't know if you heard but Rep. Foley is pushing for the repeal of the state gas tax. For how long I don't know. He thinks they should have a special session to do it. Is this the same Dan Foley that thought it was nearly a crime when Gov. Richardson was making noise about one earlier in the year? Talking about how much it would cost the taxpayer etc. Another question. What are we going to do about the money that goes missing from the road funds? The idea that the politicans can continue to buy us off and avoid the problem is rather disgusting to me. I much prefered Sen. Bingamans comments on New Mexicos' natural alternative fuels. Sun, wind, biomass. This is a solution. Gas prices need to remain high to get people off the dime and moving that direction. It's painful now but will pay dividends if we can use it to move people forward instead of staying stuck in the petroleum past. You know pre 9/11 thinking. Lets have no drilling, no rebates. Gas in the past, new ways to go as the plan. Unfortunately too many of our elected representitives are more interested in partisan politics and political warfare to actually think like anything approching visionary. Who's voting for these guys anyway?

I found it interesting that hannity and Colmes spent the first 20 minutes on Patrick Kennedys fiasco like it was some major deal. I didn't see the whole show but I saw nothing in the show on the outing of Rumsfield. You know war and peace and stuff like that. Nothing when compared to a drunk Kennedy. Sean...eat me.

12 Comments:

Blogger The Game said...

You have a legit arguement saying that you like gas prices high to force people to look at alternatives...

But why are the Dem's, the party of the libera, screaming and yelling about high gas prices? They should be happy, they are happy...but they don't have the guts to admit what they really are...

And if they are going to yell about high gas prices, just get a mirror and start yelling...the fed. gov't makes twice as much money on a gallon of gas as the oil companies...then when you add in all the policies that make us more dependant of foreign oil (no drilling in the middle of nowhere, no refineries in 30 years, and no nuclear power) that is why we have the problems we have.

11:12 AM, May 05, 2006  
Anonymous Marc88200 said...

Ron, This is typical Foley. He plans on ending the 17cent state gas tax "temporarily" until the Legislature meets next January. Then he wants to make it Permanent.
In the meantime he wants money from the surplus in the budget to cover the loss of the tax (so much for fiscal savings). Of course, he would never want to mandate a reduction in price from the taxpayer-supported big oil as that is the "free market". Foley and his group could then say that there is not enough money available for needed programs such as Health Care for all New Mexicans. Some people might not end up paying enough insurance premiums and might negatively effect Foley's "free enterprise" bidness. Of course, no sports program shall go unfunded and left behind. As the Governor's Office has said, there are legal ramifications that can not be solved by simply meeting for one day and declaring the tax no longer in force. And none of this would have anything to do with supporting alternative energy. There is not going to be a special session for this neocon prop and there shouldn't be, then Foley can have another of his temper-tantrums
and the num-nums in Roswell can continue to be viewed as a joke by the rest of the state (and yes it is). I say keep Foley in office, he is the perfect poster boy to be pointed to in November as representative of the nonsense that has gained control of the Republican Party.

On another somewhat related matter,
Iran is getting ready to do oil business in Euros. This is the main reason for the talk of attacks on Iran. And if Iran does do this it will harm the U.S. and the budget. It wouldn't of course if we had not had an administration
and Congress that gave damaging
tax breaks to the most wealthy, subsidies and no-bid contracts to the Haliburtons and the waste that is the Iraq mess. This is why we are so dependent on foreign investment in government bonds and need a strong dollar. Remember when all of this mess began in the Reagan Admin and Social Security funds have since been used for the general budget. Now, they can say that Social Security is going "broke" and is a failed program and needs to be made a welfare program by making it means-tested. Things are largely the way they are because the ones with power have used so many things to make it that way.

12:11 PM, May 05, 2006  
Anonymous Scary Cat said...

Mr. Spook,
Hiss! Your ignorance is showing again. (Icky pooh! Please cover it up.)
I am a Democrat and a Liberal and I am not happy about high gas prices which affect everything from what it costs to fill up one's own gas tanks to the cost of merchandise/groceries at the stores. It is bad for the economy. The Dem plan to have a gas tax holiday paid for by taxing the oil companies is only a temporary measure, but still better than the GOP plan. We need alternative energy. I am happy to say that NM's Democratic senator,
Jeff Bingaman is supporting these things.
I was downtown yesterday and only saw one Bu$h sticker on a vehicle. Now, that is what makes me happy-that the Bu$hrat is lo$ing popularity here in Bu$h Country, even if it i$ only because hi$ $elfi$h $elf-absorbed $upporter$ can't afford to ga$ up their $UV$, pick-up$, and Hummer$.
Speaking of RAT$, I see that another rat is abandoning ship and leaving the Bu$hrat's Administration-Porter Goss. Too bad, the Bu$hrat doesn't, too. I wish he'd illegally emigrate to MX. Maybe he'd be mistaken for a chihuahua. LOL (Altho, Molly calls Perot the chihuahua, not Dubya.)

4:00 PM, May 05, 2006  
Blogger Ron said...

Game, to a large extent you are right which is why I no longer call myself a Democrat. The real polices that make us dependent on oil(i don't care if it is foreign or domestic.) is not no drilling and no nuclear. It's neither party willing to invest, browbeat and push alternatives(non or less harmfull) for all they've got. Like our survival and the survival of our nation depends on it. Cuz it does!!!! We need a national push and conversation on a grand scale with all of us included. The politicains only know how to bribe us. Most of them have no vision. Nuclear and drilling is the perfect example of pre 9/11 mindset.

12:45 PM, May 06, 2006  
Blogger The Game said...

eventually we need to find new sources, but since we have not for 30 years, we need to get what we can now so we are not at the mercy of the middle east...hey, I'm all for cars that run on batteries or whatever, but anyone who simply blames bush or the oil companies doesn't get it

11:32 PM, May 06, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was angry about the Kennedy thing, too. Not important, so it got all the air time.
It amazes me how ignorant the people in the main stream press are. What do they do with their time, comb their hair??
Anderson Cooper said Ray McGovern SAID he was an ex CIA agent. Heck, I have been reading him for years. Have him on my truck. He was Bush, Sr.'s daily briefer. CIA agent for 27 years. Sent back his commendations to the CIA because we became a nation that tortures.
When I was in Ca. took my step-grandson to hear a soldier back from Iraq speak. He said the reporters just seemed to disappear. They were there the first year, and now nothing. He started writing because he saw a little blip on CNN about an incident in Iraq that was "nothing." He had experienced it, so he wrote what it really was which was not "nothing." But, the reporters were not there.

Lonna

2:54 AM, May 07, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Re: no refineries in 20 years, this is a Chevron memo:

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - A Chevron memo is raising suspicion that oil executives intentionally reduced refining capacity in an effort to boost profits. The 1995 memo, obtained by Consumers Union, reads:

"If the U.S. petroleum industry doesn't reduce it's refining capacity, it will never see any substantial increase in refinery profits." END QUOTE

The oil companies get tax breaks and are making obscene profits. I don't care that gas stays high -- I actually think it should have been rationed after 9/11 -- BUT, I sure do think the companies should be paying windfall profits taxes. NO companies should make the money they do and not pay hefty taxes on them during a war that is benefitting them while we go ever further in the hole. You have to tax those who are actually making money.

Lonna

9:51 AM, May 07, 2006  
Blogger Ron said...

Anyone who doesnt get we need a war ON oil and not wars FOR oil simply don't get it. What if we could sell technology and even OIL to other countries. You know the ones that are SLOWER than us to move on to the inevidable.
Maybe we should not drain every drop of oil out of the planet. Maybe we may want to save some just in case. Ya never know what's going to happen. How about making the nature preserve our emergency stash Game. I know conservatives are tradional and like to stay with the old ways but its time to go forward..and in a big hurry pal.

3:06 PM, May 07, 2006  
Blogger Ron said...

Welcome back Lonna! Thanks for that! I tell people that often with mixed belief and disbelief. All of this is certainly a business plan. Watch Valero and Tesoro.
They are among the few independant refiners left and obvious buy out targets.

3:13 PM, May 07, 2006  
Blogger Dedanna said...

Re: which party to blame, I blame them all. 'nuff said.

Do we honestly need another source of energy?

Well, if you get hot this summer, open your damned windows.

If you need gas, well, you're sh* out of luck, unless you can afford it.

I say bankrupt the economy. Don't use it. They're raising the prices all over b.s., and I'm not going for it. So, I just don't use it. If more would go for this kind of economy, then we might have decent prices on oil. Maybe. If the corporate whores realize that we're not buying into their b.s., then they might lower the prices.

Hell, it's another way to fight against an illegal war, too. We're in iraq cuz of the oil. Scrimp, do without, do whatever you gotta do, just don't buy any oil. 'nuff said.

9:21 PM, May 08, 2006  
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