Today was groundhog day, and frankly i don’t care one bit about whether some overlarge squirrel so slow that it can be caught and displayed by a politician can see it’s shadow or not. I’m keeping the jacket handy, no matter what the small hairy piece of lunch meat says. Still, it was nice to see that the Mayor Bloomberg of New York City could take time from his busy schedule to play with a fat stupid angry squirrel and get bitten for his trouble. Enjoy watching the Mayor try to catch the ugly little shit stain.
The little guy wanted nothing to do with coming out at all, and yet the headline on this video on youtube reads “Staten Island Chuck predicts an early Spring.” BULLSHIT. Staten Island Mike has a prediction. The mayor will survive the bite he received from the Groundhog, and winter will last until the Spring Equinox, just like every other friggin year.
Groundhogs are stupid, eat them. People who listen to groundhog weather predictions are stupid. Insert cannibalism joke here. 🙂
And now for something completely different…
Thoughts on the stimulus package: Here is a brief glimpse into what the senate may end up passing, stimulus wise:
Tax cuts for Working Families – $247,000,000,000, over half of which is the $500 for a single person/$1,000 for those filing jointly tax credit that President Obama campaigned on. Also there will be $70,000,000,000 in AMT tax relief.
Job-creating Investments in Infrastructure and Science – $165 billion, including $16,000,000,000 to repair, renovate and build public schools, $3,500,000,000 more for higher education. Over 5 billion dollars for Homeland security, 2½ billion for the Department of defense, and $9,000,000,000 for broadband upgrades. There is also:
$153 billion for Job-creating Investments in Health, $138 billion for Investments in Education and Training, Job-creating Investments for an Energy Independent America, to the tune of $82 billion and 21 billion for Small business tax cuts.
Jobs will be there in a great many fields for the next several years to help rebuild America’s crumbling infrastructure, millions of them. I am looking for holes in this, places where there are things going on here that I don’t like and frankly I don’t see any… yet. I’ll keep looking. Not because i want to find anything wrong, i would love there to be such a thing as a perfect bill to help make America a better place. I don’t think it’s possible.
I have heard arguments against tho. Some say it is too small, others too large, others still claim that everything that isn’t a tax cut is pork.
Fact of the matter is that America needs something, and this is about the best plan that I have seen. I have looked into the republican alternative, and while it is nice, it is far from enough. Tax breaks will not save America. We’ve gone to that well enough to know that tax breaks, in and of themselves, no matter how far reaching, do not fix economic problems. What we need to do is to get Americans to spend, both big business and small, credit markets and individual investors, and individuals who may not ever be investors, and small business tax breaks and AMT tax relief (both of which are in the democratic stimulus bill, along with the parts that actually stimulate the economy) is simply not enough.
The one thing that Amazes me is that the masters of Deficit spending, the Republicans, are now the ones saying the deficit will go up too much with all this spending. What were they doing when George Bush was adding trillions of dollars to the deficit? Voting for his tax cuts, which HURT America. The only ones DUBYA helped was the rich, who made more money and paid less taxes, thanks to him. I make less than $40,000 a year and pay well over 30% in taxes, why are people making 100 or even a thousand times more than me paying less in taxes? I read a report on bloomberg.com that said that the top 400 $$$ makers in America paid on average 17.6% of their money, total, in taxes, thanks to George Bush. Had they paid a fairer share, closer to what I pay in taxes, America would have received tens of BILLIONS more dollars in their coffers annually to pay for all the things government does.
It would be nice if everyone had low taxes, but that won’t happen, there’s just too much to pay for, and the working and middle classes get the short end of the stick, while the Rich walk away relatively unscathed. Small government WOULD be nice, but in this day and age…. it just won’t happen. No President since WWII has presided over the shrinking of government. None. Either Republican or Democratic. Shrinking the taxes Like the Republicans want to only makes sense when the size of government contracts. And unfortunately it doesn’t do that.
That’s about it for me. One more video, a few quotes and I am done.
And since it’s Monday, it’s time for some METAL!
Chuck Schuldiner and Death, Live at Eindhoven in 1998. The Philosopher:
That’s it for me. Later!
Today’s Nuggets, By Adam Smith,Via Wikiquote: Civil government, so far as it is instituted for the security of property, is in reality instituted for the defense of the rich against the poor, or of those who have some property against those who have none at all.
This disposition to admire, and almost to worship , the rich and powerful, and to despise, or ,at least neglect persons of poor and mean conditions, though necessary both to establish and to maintain the distinction of ranks and the order of society, is, at the same time, the great and most universal cause of the corruption of our moral sentiments.
It is not very unreasonable that the rich should contribute to the public expense, not only in proportion to their revenue, but something more than in that proportion.