Daily Archives: March 17, 2010

Obama: "Louisiana Purchase In Healthcare Bill Will Help Victims of Earthquake in Hawaii?"

With 57 states getting a 3,000% decrease in health insurance premuims and now this, I have to wonder just how much pot Obama smoked and how many brain cells he has left.

The main question is, what earthquake in Hawaii?

H/T Gateway Pundit

Transcript at Fox News

ABC News said in November 2009,

On page 432 of the Reid bill, there is a section increasing federal Medicaid subsidies for “certain states recovering from a major disaster.”

The section spends two pages defining which “states” would qualify, saying, among other things, that it would be states that “during the preceding 7 fiscal years” have been declared a “major disaster area.”

I am told the section applies to exactly one state: Louisiana, the home of moderate Democrat Mary Landrieu, who has been playing hard to get on the health care bill.

In other words, the bill spends two pages describing would could be written with a single world: Louisiana. (This may also help explain why the bill is long.)

Obama is wrong. The provision would help Louisiana and Louisiana ONLY!

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

**UPDATED**PDX City Council to Vote Today on Stealing Water Bureau $$$ for Bike Paths

**Amanda Fritz is on board with tax jack for bikes due to it being a “Job Retention” plan for the Water Bureau. A bag of pop cans for the first one who comes up with a story that reports the Water Bureau was going to lay off workers. It’s 7:22 am. On Your Mark, Get Set, Go!**
They plan to “kick start” the $1.5 BILLION  (here) plan with a $20,000,000.00 check written on the taxpayers’ dime from the WATER BUREAU. That’s $2,500,000.00-million-dollar-a-mile. That previous $600,000,000.00 figure didn’t include, you know, like, paying people.

On Feb. 9, two days before City Council adopted the plan, Gailey — PBOT’s “expert in costing out projects,” according to another PBOT employee — told colleagues that implementing the plan would cost $1.5 billion, once PBOT included non-construction costs like personnel and overhead.

And don’t forget maintenance costs. Portland’s City Council has an aversion to including those costs for its pet projects, too. Why, that would make the numbers look bigger and people–taxpayers–might notice! 
Portlanders face some of the highest water/sewer rates in the country and they’re due to go up EVEN MORE (here).

According to the bureau, fully complying with the rule will cost hundreds of millions of dollars. Paying for this could help increase average residential water bills from $22.02 a month to $41.18 over the next four years. Medium-size businesses could see their monthly bills increase from $510.13 to $935.45, while the monthly bill for large businesses could rise from $48,882 to $91,241.

So, what does the city do? Misappropriate money that could be used to LOWER rates to buy bicycling friends (see previous posts on this) favors even as the recession -hit-overly-taxed-higher-unemployment-rate-than-the-state-average Portlanders struggle. Stay classy, Council.

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

It’s Just YOUR $$: After Cutting Service Tri Met Plans to Spend Millions Moving Existing Tracks, Building Light Rail Bridge

H/T bojack here.
But that’s not the worst of it. They’re tearing up tracks that were just put in (much like they’re doing for millions of extra dollars in South Waterfront), to put in shinier, costlier tracks through the PSU “Sustainability” Center.

 From the Portland Daily Journal of Commerce here.

One project would shift streetcar tracks from Southwest Montgomery Street and Fourth Avenue through the site of the future Oregon Sustainability Center. Although the $2 million in stimulus money didn’t come through, Pearce said, there’s a pending state Connect Oregon grant that could replace that portion of the project’s $4 million cost.

How come they never use the word “sustainability” when it comes to my sustaining the money in my own wallet?

Oh, and the same brainiacs who wanted to use SoWa as an ‘economic engine’ for their grandiose bio tech plans have a similar vision for the “sustainability” choo choo:



“The real vision is: You’ve got the educational institutions, OMSI and a part of town with a lot of development capacity,” he said. “How do you turn that into an economic engine

 But of course when it comes to choo choo train projects Portland’s Planning Class can’t help itself. They’re planning another light rail bridge over the Willamette. That’s right, Tri Met, which just cut services and eliminated the freebie downtown bus zone, will spend money it doesn’t have –or does it?–on a new light rail bridge:

Another project site, Southeast Water Avenue, plays heavily into the future of the area’s rail systems. Riders would board light-rail trains and streetcars there before crossing the river on a new transit bridge.

Tri Met continues its mission creep to accommodate the same (small) percentage of people who use light rail, encumbering the taxpayers to an increasingly expensive–unsustainable? bill for maintenance on this stuff.
Don’t be surprised when Tri Met announces more service cuts. It’s mandate apparently isn’t helping Joe Average get around sing the least euxpensive means–a bus, rather it’s to keep spending for more choo choos so the suits get invited to their sustainability conferences.
Oh, and here’s where more of your money is going:

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

Obama "Care" Imposes ANOTHER New Tax Nobody’s Talking About

There they go again. They’re going after my boss and yours, too. The WSJ points it out here:

For the first time, the combined employer-worker 2.9% Medicare rate would be extended beyond wages to interest, dividends, capital gains, annuities, royalties and rents for individuals with adjusted gross income above $200,000 and joint filers over $250,000. …The White House plan also raises the ordinary Medicare payroll tax by 0.9 percentage points for the same filers, bringing it to 3.8%. …Earning even a single dollar more than $200,000 in adjusted gross income will slap the 2.9% tax on every dollar of a taxpayer’s investment income, creating a huge marginal-rate spike that will most hurt middle-class earners, as opposed to the superrich. …So for reasons of political expediency, Democrats will now impose a destructive tax that will permanently skew the incentives to work, save and create jobs. Come to think of it, that sums up this entire exercise.

As we’ve seen before, it won’t be long before additional taxes will trickle down to the middle income earners due to those “rich” people doing something else with their money.

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

**UPDATED**PDX City Council to Vote Today on Stealing Water Bureau $$$ for Bike Paths

**Amanda Fritz is on board with tax jack for bikes due to it being a “Job Retention” plan for the Water Bureau. A bag of pop cans for the first one who comes up with a story that reports the Water Bureau was going to lay off workers. It’s 7:22 am. On Your Mark, Get Set, Go!**
They plan to “kick start” the $1.5 BILLION  (here) plan with a $20,000,000.00 check written on the taxpayers’ dime from the WATER BUREAU. That’s $2,500,000.00-million-dollar-a-mile. That previous $600,000,000.00 figure didn’t include, you know, like, paying people.

On Feb. 9, two days before City Council adopted the plan, Gailey — PBOT’s “expert in costing out projects,” according to another PBOT employee — told colleagues that implementing the plan would cost $1.5 billion, once PBOT included non-construction costs like personnel and overhead.

And don’t forget maintenance costs. Portland’s City Council has an aversion to including those costs for its pet projects, too. Why, that would make the numbers look bigger and people–taxpayers–might notice! 
Portlanders face some of the highest water/sewer rates in the country and they’re due to go up EVEN MORE (here).

According to the bureau, fully complying with the rule will cost hundreds of millions of dollars. Paying for this could help increase average residential water bills from $22.02 a month to $41.18 over the next four years. Medium-size businesses could see their monthly bills increase from $510.13 to $935.45, while the monthly bill for large businesses could rise from $48,882 to $91,241.

So, what does the city do? Misappropriate money that could be used to LOWER rates to buy bicycling friends (see previous posts on this) favors even as the recession -hit-overly-taxed-higher-unemployment-rate-than-the-state-average Portlanders struggle. Stay classy, Council.

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

It’s Just YOUR $$: After Cutting Service Tri Met Plans to Spend Millions Moving Existing Tracks, Building Light Rail Bridge

H/T bojack here.
But that’s not the worst of it. They’re tearing up tracks that were just put in (much like they’re doing for millions of extra dollars in South Waterfront), to put in shinier, costlier tracks through the PSU “Sustainability” Center.

 From the Portland Daily Journal of Commerce here.

One project would shift streetcar tracks from Southwest Montgomery Street and Fourth Avenue through the site of the future Oregon Sustainability Center. Although the $2 million in stimulus money didn’t come through, Pearce said, there’s a pending state Connect Oregon grant that could replace that portion of the project’s $4 million cost.

How come they never use the word “sustainability” when it comes to my sustaining the money in my own wallet?

Oh, and the same brainiacs who wanted to use SoWa as an ‘economic engine’ for their grandiose bio tech plans have a similar vision for the “sustainability” choo choo:



“The real vision is: You’ve got the educational institutions, OMSI and a part of town with a lot of development capacity,” he said. “How do you turn that into an economic engine

 But of course when it comes to choo choo train projects Portland’s Planning Class can’t help itself. They’re planning another light rail bridge over the Willamette. That’s right, Tri Met, which just cut services and eliminated the freebie downtown bus zone, will spend money it doesn’t have –or does it?–on a new light rail bridge:

Another project site, Southeast Water Avenue, plays heavily into the future of the area’s rail systems. Riders would board light-rail trains and streetcars there before crossing the river on a new transit bridge.

Tri Met continues its mission creep to accommodate the same (small) percentage of people who use light rail, encumbering the taxpayers to an increasingly expensive–unsustainable? bill for maintenance on this stuff.
Don’t be surprised when Tri Met announces more service cuts. It’s mandate apparently isn’t helping Joe Average get around sing the least euxpensive means–a bus, rather it’s to keep spending for more choo choos so the suits get invited to their sustainability conferences.
Oh, and here’s where more of your money is going:

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

Obama "Care" Imposes ANOTHER New Tax Nobody’s Talking About

There they go again. They’re going after my boss and yours, too. The WSJ points it out here:

For the first time, the combined employer-worker 2.9% Medicare rate would be extended beyond wages to interest, dividends, capital gains, annuities, royalties and rents for individuals with adjusted gross income above $200,000 and joint filers over $250,000. …The White House plan also raises the ordinary Medicare payroll tax by 0.9 percentage points for the same filers, bringing it to 3.8%. …Earning even a single dollar more than $200,000 in adjusted gross income will slap the 2.9% tax on every dollar of a taxpayer’s investment income, creating a huge marginal-rate spike that will most hurt middle-class earners, as opposed to the superrich. …So for reasons of political expediency, Democrats will now impose a destructive tax that will permanently skew the incentives to work, save and create jobs. Come to think of it, that sums up this entire exercise.

As we’ve seen before, it won’t be long before additional taxes will trickle down to the middle income earners due to those “rich” people doing something else with their money.

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