Daily Archives: April 23, 2009

Chilling. If You Can Go Back and Prosecute a Lawyer for a Legal Opinion Which Saved Lives Imagine What You Could Do With One Which Costs Them.

If I were Bill Clinton, Jamie Gorelick, Janet Reno and the lot, I think I might be getting on the phone to their buddy BHO and urge him against prosecuting a ‘thought’ crime.
On the other hand.
Chilling piece by David Ignatius at WaPo. Here.
David Rivkin is on the show tonight as well. His recent piece on the torture memos belies what lib talk hosts are saying about them. Here.

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Oregon Democrats=Job Killers. After Market Car Parts Businesses Still in Peril.

Not satisfied with changing fuel to less efficient bio fuels and ethanol; not satisfied with cleaner running cars and trucks; not satisfied with greater fuel efficiencies than ever before; now democrats want to stick it to you for having “drag” on your car.
No, not this kind

These kinds: 





And they're willing to take a recession enhanced 12.1% unemployment
rate, laugh in its face, and destroy another industry which provides
work for Oregonians. House bill 2186 is still alive and now needs to die.
Call the Governor and the Democrat leadership and tell them 'no' to this bill.
Requirements to maintain or retrofit medium-duty and
heavy-duty trucks in order to reduce aerodynamic drag and
otherwise reduce greenhouse gas emissions from those trucks;
(d) Restrictions and prohibitions on the sale and distribution
of after-market motor vehicle parts, including but not limited to
tires, if alternatives are available that decrease greenhouse gas
emissions from motor vehicles;
(e) Requirements for motor vehicle service providers to check
and inflate tire pressure according to manufacturer recommended
specifications;
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He Loves this Bridge for CRC. But it’s Only 4 Lanes *With Update

Congressman Peter DeFazio, who has sway over how some federal funds are doled out on transportation even though Barack Obama is “keeping score, brother,” says the current Columbia River Crossing drawings are awful and the bridge is too expensive. Well, I agree but we need vehicle capacity over the Columbia. He says in the Zero today that he loves the Villau Viaduct in France for its design and that CRC engineers should be looking for more style. Can’t argue with him there. Look at this magnificent bridge! Problem. Count the lanes. I think it’s four. Problem: there’s an airport in Vancouver to consider and those suspension pillars (or whatever they’re called) would be in the flight path. There’s nothing wrong with a beautiful bridge. I’m all for it. There’s nothing wrong with a cheaper bridge. I’m all for that, too. Get rid of light rail and you’ve got the beginning of a solution.
Transportation expert, Cato Institute Senior Fellow and Oregonian, Randal O’Toole weighs in today:


I’ve been to the Millau Viaduct. It was built with a public-private
partnership
: the public provided the right-of-way and the private
investors put up 100 percent of the money. In exchange, they have the
right to collect tolls for about 40 years, after which the bridge
reverts to public ownership.

This is exactly the relationship that DeFazio has demonized with all
his might and done everything in his power to prevent from happening
in the U.S. So it is surprising that he would use it as an example of
how things should be done.

As for cost, remember the cost of a twelve-lane Columbia River bridge
is projected to be $1.2 billion. That is just about the same, per
lane mile, as the cost of the recently opened crossing of the Tacoma
Narrows. It is the light rail and reconstruction of every highway
interchange from Columbia Boulevard to Battleground Washington that
brings the total price to $4 billion. The CRC group has never
explained why they need to reconstruct all those highway interchanges.

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Chilling. If You Can Go Back and Prosecute a Lawyer for a Legal Opinion Which Saved Lives Imagine What You Could Do With One Which Costs Them.

If I were Bill Clinton, Jamie Gorelick, Janet Reno and the lot, I think I might be getting on the phone to their buddy BHO and urge him against prosecuting a ‘thought’ crime.
On the other hand.
Chilling piece by David Ignatius at WaPo. Here.
David Rivkin is on the show tonight as well. His recent piece on the torture memos belies what lib talk hosts are saying about them. Here.

Tell ’em where you saw it. Http://www.victoriataft.com

Oregon Democrats=Job Killers. After Market Car Parts Businesses Still in Peril.

Not satisfied with changing fuel to less efficient bio fuels and ethanol; not satisfied with cleaner running cars and trucks; not satisfied with greater fuel efficiencies than ever before; now democrats want to stick it to you for having “drag” on your car.
No, not this kind

These kinds: 





And they're willing to take a recession enhanced 12.1% unemployment
rate, laugh in its face, and destroy another industry which provides
work for Oregonians. House bill 2186 is still alive and now needs to die.
Call the Governor and the Democrat leadership and tell them 'no' to this bill.
Requirements to maintain or retrofit medium-duty and
heavy-duty trucks in order to reduce aerodynamic drag and
otherwise reduce greenhouse gas emissions from those trucks;
(d) Restrictions and prohibitions on the sale and distribution
of after-market motor vehicle parts, including but not limited to
tires, if alternatives are available that decrease greenhouse gas
emissions from motor vehicles;
(e) Requirements for motor vehicle service providers to check
and inflate tire pressure according to manufacturer recommended
specifications;
Tell ’em where you saw it. Http://www.victoriataft.com

He Loves this Bridge for CRC. But it’s Only 4 Lanes *With Update

Congressman Peter DeFazio, who has sway over how some federal funds are doled out on transportation even though Barack Obama is “keeping score, brother,” says the current Columbia River Crossing drawings are awful and the bridge is too expensive. Well, I agree but we need vehicle capacity over the Columbia. He says in the Zero today that he loves the Villau Viaduct in France for its design and that CRC engineers should be looking for more style. Can’t argue with him there. Look at this magnificent bridge! Problem. Count the lanes. I think it’s four. Problem: there’s an airport in Vancouver to consider and those suspension pillars (or whatever they’re called) would be in the flight path. There’s nothing wrong with a beautiful bridge. I’m all for it. There’s nothing wrong with a cheaper bridge. I’m all for that, too. Get rid of light rail and you’ve got the beginning of a solution.
Transportation expert, Cato Institute Senior Fellow and Oregonian, Randal O’Toole weighs in today:


I’ve been to the Millau Viaduct. It was built with a public-private
partnership
: the public provided the right-of-way and the private
investors put up 100 percent of the money. In exchange, they have the
right to collect tolls for about 40 years, after which the bridge
reverts to public ownership.

This is exactly the relationship that DeFazio has demonized with all
his might and done everything in his power to prevent from happening
in the U.S. So it is surprising that he would use it as an example of
how things should be done.

As for cost, remember the cost of a twelve-lane Columbia River bridge
is projected to be $1.2 billion. That is just about the same, per
lane mile, as the cost of the recently opened crossing of the Tacoma
Narrows. It is the light rail and reconstruction of every highway
interchange from Columbia Boulevard to Battleground Washington that
brings the total price to $4 billion. The CRC group has never
explained why they need to reconstruct all those highway interchanges.

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Together We Stand

The media can mischaracterize it, the government can ignore it and the left can ridicule and make lurid jokes about it, but the TEA Parties will continue as more and more Americans wake up and refuse to submit to Socialism.

If we wish to remain a free people and pass freedom and liberty on to our children, We Must Stand Together Now!!

350 TEA Parties already registered for July 4th, and growing!

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Liberal Strategy Explained

For some time now, conservatives have been unable to adequately put forth an effective strategy to prevail in America. Liberals, on the other hand, have for decades now followed one simple strategy that seems to resonate with the majority of Americans, at least when it comes to for elections.

Explaining this Liberal Strategy has been difficult, until now.

Andrew Klavan has looked back on Liberal Philosophy and has identified their strategy masterfully.

I agree with Andrew. Whatever we do, do not SHUT UP!

Michelle Malkin’s column shows more of this extensive doctrine from the left.

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Oregon Democrats=Job Killers Part Deux

Oh and here’s the list of all the taxes the D’s are raising this legislative session. How you like ’em now?

HB 2077 Committee on Revenue = Phil Barnhart, Chair Jules Bailey, Vice-Chair Cliff Bentz, Vice-Chair Vicki Berger Scott Bruun Sara Gelser Nick Kahl Tobias Read Chuck Riley Sherrie Sprenger would reduce the federal income tax exemption from $3,000 to $1,500. This would raise taxes on every Oregonian who pays more than $1,500 in federal income tax. The bill is retroactive to January 1, 2009. In the first year this bill would increase the income tax on Oregon taxpayers by about $120 million.

HB 2649 COMMITTEE ON REVENUE creates an Oregon alternative minimum income tax. The bill would levy a minimum 7.5 percent minimum tax on adjusted gross income of $125,000 for single taxpayers or $250,000 for joint filers. AGI is the amount of income after the expenses of earning that income have been deducted. In the first year this bill would increase the income tax on Oregon taxpayers by about $145 million.

HB 2651 COMMITTEE ON REVENUE creates a new tax bracket establishing a 10 percent income tax on taxable income exceeding $125,000 for single taxpayers or $250,000 for joint filers. This new tax bracket would add $89 million to Oregon taxpayers during the first year.

HB 2474 COMMITTEE ON REVENUE would reduce the discount for property tax payments collected by November 15 from 3 percent to 2 percent and for two-thirds payment from 2 percent to 1 percent. This bill would have the net affect of increasing all timely paid property taxes by 1 percent.

HB 3415 COMMITTEE ON REVENUE imposes a tax on each fuel supplier and utility based upon the amount of carbon in carbon-based fuels that are sold by the fuel supplier to consumers in the state. It also would tax all carbon or carbon-based fuel used to produce carbon-generated electricity that is supplied by any utility to consumers in Oregon.

HJR 48 COMMITTEE ON REVENUE proposes to amend the Oregon Constitution to allow the Legislative Assembly to impose taxes on carbon emissions for the purpose of funding reductions in carbon emissions and carbon fuel use.

HB 2696 Representative RILEY would add back to Oregon taxable income any capitol gains tax reductions achieved through a 1031 real property exchange. The practical effect would be to abolish the Oregon capitol gains savings now available with 1031 real property exchanges.

HB 2785 Representative READ, Senator HASS; Representative SHIELDS would suspend the Oregon income tax credit for political contributions for two years. This would have the practical effect of increasing the Oregon income tax liability by $50 for each taxpayer who makes political contributions and claims the tax credit.

HB 2818 COMMITTEE ON TRANSPORTATION = E. Terry Beyer, Chair George Gilman, Vice-Chair Nick Kahl, Vice-Chair Jules Bailey Cliff Bentz Vicki Berger Deborah Boone David Edwards Mike Schaufler Jim Weidner would establish a 12.5 percent tax on all automobile rentals having a contract duration of 30 days or less. The tax revenue would be collected for the Department of Transportation for highway purposes.

HB 2771 COMMITTEE ON REVENUE (at the request of Bridgeview Winery eliminates a tax exemption for small winemakers thereby increasing taxes on their operations. HB 2461 levies a draconian tax on beer called the prevention, treatment and recovery tax on malt beverages.

HB 3406 COMMITTEE ON REVENUE ,

HB 2122 at the request of Governor Theodore R. Kulongoski, …

.HB 2018 COMMITTEE ON HEALTH CARE = Mitch Greenlick, Chair Chris Harker, Vice-Chair Ron Maurer, Vice-Chair Scott Bruun Ben Cannon Michael Dembrow Chris Garrett Bill Kennemer Tina Kotek Jim Thompson all increase taxes on cigarettes and other tobacco products.

HB 2698 Representative RILEY would add back contributions to employee stock ownership plans to Oregon taxable income. Contributions to stock ownership plans by both employees and their employees are currently exempt from federal taxable income. This bill would make those contributions by both employees and employers taxable for Oregon income tax.

HB 3309 Representative RILEY similarly reduces the deductibility of currently tax exempt gains in annuities.

HB 3312 Representative GREENLICK ….

HJR 27, Representative SHIELDS

HJR 29 Representative J SMITH; Representatives BUCKLEY, CANNON, DEMBROW, GARRETT, GREENLICK, HARKER, HOLVEY, NOLAN, RILEY, ROBLAN, SHIELDS

HJR 31 By Representative J SMITH (at the request of R.P. Joe Smith all propose to reduce the amount of allowable income tax deduction and credits that are not required under federal law. The final three bills propose to amend the Oregon Constitution to facilitate more taxation.

HB 3303 Representative GARRETT; Representatives BUCKLEY, ROBLAN, Senator MONROE is my personal favorite. This bill levies a 10 percent excise tax on bird seed. This bill should be a prime candidate for the “turkey of the year.”

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