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First Connecticut and New York raised their heat allowance from $1 dollar to $20 dollars in order to qualify millions for SNAP food stamps, who would otherwise get cut off.
Today, in a very surprising move, PA, did the same…
Where is Delaware? Every dollar spent puts $4-7 thousand back into our economy! It’s the fastest way to grow our economy!
We’ve already run through the cost analysis. It is cheaper for you to pay 10 cents a gallon than not (because of the damage done to your car if the money if not forthcoming).
Now, let us look at who is against it and why. Pete Schwartzkoph, and the Republicans. Both have a singular characteristic. Both need to justify their positions to voters back home.
If you are a Republican, for example, you have essentially earned a salary for doing nothing except show up. You are pointless and take up space, simply because in a blue state, solely because of the smallness of your voting bloc, even if you wished, you could not make any legislative difference.
Since you are so impotent, you seize on this distraction, to pretend to show your voters that you will look after their interests, even though you know what you are saying is just plain wrong. Even though you know that if you were in power, that you would be pushing this 10 cents gas tax, instead, by pretending to be against it you hope to pretend you are tough and standing up to the governor, and hopefully some dummy who will only pay attention to this topic, will be enough to push you over the top in your next election….
You are probably going to lose in the next election. Then as a civilian, your car will hit potholes too. And you will be paying far more in repairs, than the 10 cents gas would cost you… Not voting for ht 10 cents will kick you in the end….
Everyone will first react negatively. I did. But everyone who looks at the benefits, sees this tax as a very cheap option to save oneself a whole lot of money….. Truth is, if I hadn’t looked at the wonderful benefits, I’d be against it still.
It’s sort of like this: if someone says, “hey you, buy this car” you say, “aw shucks, can’t. Not interested. I’m happy with what I got here.” But if someone says, “buy this car, it’s worth $40,000 but right now, it is priced at $10,000… Buy it for that?.” Then buying a car is a whole different ball game. The 10 cent gas tax is like that….
That letter was this one. Signed by 100 House Democrats and 4 Republicans to say they support the peaceful effort being under taken by John Kerry in Iran, and that unlike the others (mostly bitter old Republican and apparently John Carney) who want Iran nuked to show their support for Israel, and afterwards pursue any diplomatic solution, those undersigned instead, prefer the pursuit of a peaceful solution over that of a warmongering one.
Carney did not sign it. On Monday we will try to determine if he was AWOL on some hiatus, far, far away from performing his governmental duties, or, if he is trying to snuggle up to the Republicans by pretending to be one, at least being too cozy and timid to ruffle their feathers…
Both are odd. Both question his capacity to represent Delaware in the United States Congress.
If someone says do you agree with me, please sign this letter, usually the failure to sign it, means you do not agree with them, is that correct? So the assumption whether correct or erroneous, has no other choice than to be that John Carney doesn’t want the peace plan in Iran to work… He supports the Likud. The radical Israeli’s who want war all the time.
Here are excerpts from the letter, followed by what John is really saying to us by not signing it….
“As Members of Congress—and as Americans—we are united in our unequivocal commitment to prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon”….
Unbelievably, John Carney is not.
The proliferation of nuclear weapons in the Middle East would threaten the security of the United States and our allies in the region, particularly Israel.
Unbelievably, John Carney thinks it does the opposite.
At present, however, we believe that Congress must give diplomacy a chance. A bill or resolution that risks fracturing our international coalition or, worse yet, undermining our credibility in future negotiations and jeopardizing hard-won progress toward a verifiable final agreement, must be avoided.…
Unbelievably, by not signing, John Carney thinks we should bomb Iran before we negotiate.. As if one held up another at gunpoint, asked for his money, shot him then took it anyway.
We remain wary of the Iranian regime.
Apparently John Carney isn’t. He must expect them to be nuked out of existence any day now.
We believe that robust diplomacy remains our best possible strategic option, and we commend you and your designees for the developments in Geneva. Should negotiations fail or falter, nothing precludes a change in strategy. But we must not imperil the possibility of a diplomatic success before we even have a chance to pursue it.
John Carney, like those in the despicable other party, think diplomacy is overrated and that only force can be the method used. That vision killed Americans in Iraq. It is killing Americans in Afghanistan. It is a dumb vision, and every knowledgeable person has denounce that war-mongering posture with Iran. That posture has only one motive behind it: to force Israel to independently bomb Iran and then let America protect Israel from retaliation.
John Carney’s not signing moves him over to the Republican plan which prefers to antagonize Iran instead of negotiate with it. Such an idea for lack of better words, is just stupid. Stupid as would be Japan’s thinking it should torpedo the battleship Missouri as it steams into Tokyo for the signing of the end of hostilities… It is just plain stupid and John Carney apparently fell for it. If he falls for this, what else will he fall for?
Delaware needs someone who is not stupid, representing us in Washington….
Governor Markell in a distraction to focus attention away from Charter Schools breaking all sorts of statutes, has proposed a controversial 10 cent tax increase on each gallon of gas…
If you are like me at all, and I’m sure a large number of you are, when you first heard that you probably echoed my words or something to it. ”Are you effin crazy? We just finally got prices back down under $3.33 a gallon (the feel good mark since $10 will buy you 3 gallons which will get you 60 miles or 150 in you have a 50 mpg car…. )!!!
Seriously, how are we going to get back on our feet?
Then I saw the car in front of me swerve and I didn’t and hit the pot hole digging it out another inch… Someone’s got to fix those I said…
Now I have to get an alignment…. The cheapest alignment in Delaware is $69.95… but I know the guy. He charges everyone else $89.95… So I asked myself how often to I have to get an alignment? The correct answer if I was being truthful to myself?…. every time I hit a pot hole. How much does it cost me if I don’t get alignments? At $150 per tire, $600 dollars. $300 if I just do the front…
I don’t know if you have noticed but there are an awful lot of potholes that just showed up this week. i can name locations of about 20, some of which are pretty scary.
Is it cheaper for me to pay 10 cents a gallon I wondered instead of buying new tires? So I turned off Rick Jensen and did the math.
At 10 cents a gallon, my cheap alignment would equal 699.5 gallons. Meaning if I didn’t pay the tax and suffered paying alignments, I would have to burn up 699 gallons to break even… At gallon 700, the cost of the alignment becomes cheaper than the tax on the gas. And that is a cheap alignment. The $89.95 version would cost you 899 gallons of gas. When you burn gallon 900, no tax and the allignment becomes cheaper.
How far does 899 gallons take you?… At 20 miles per gallon, it would carry you 17,980 miles…. if you get 25 mpg, it takes you up to 22,475 miles. That is almost 2 years of driving in a leased car…. It is almost a year of driving for a normal family car with teen age kids.
So if you don’t pay taxes on gas at 10 cents a gallon and just pay for alignments, at mile 22,476 you break even. How many alignments will you have over that time? Bad as roads are today, possibly 4. at 3 month intervals… Therefore by saving 10 cents a gallon, you would be spending the amount for 4 alignments, or $359… in 22,476 miles… So which would you rather pay? $89.95 or $359 each year?
So what if you buck it and skip the alignments and just buy tires when the metal pokes through? Well, in two days since the pothole incident, I’ve lost all the tread off the corners of my tires, or about 50,000 miles worth. The centers are still like new so at that rate, it would probably be a month before I have to buy two new front tires, and the going rate for big tires on sale is near $150 each installed, some more, some less of course. That equals 3 alignments right there…
So what if I don’t pay 10 cents a gallon tax, and never hit a pot hole… What happens then? Fat chance that will ever happen, but if such a miracle ever were to occur, it would have saved you $89.95 across every 22,475 miles…..
Now I certainly understand the emotional side of putting ones foot down and saying no to paying 10 cents more per gallon. if you are like me you watched gas go up after George Bush was elected, and climb, and climb, and climb, and climb, and climb, and then, when the speculators had to cover their margins, it dropped to $1.40 a gallon. Remember that? Today the sell-shorts are larger than the sell-longs. That means BIG money is betting on the price of oil to fall over time, not rise. Prices will continue to be near this level for a long time. It sort amounts to a savings for us when we fill up at the pump. A weeks driving at $4.00 cost us $100. Now it costs us $83.25… We have $16.75 to spend on other things, Like 5.67th Rita Water Ices….which honestly, we wouldn’t have bought if gas was $4.00 a gallon….
I understand the emotional backlash.
It’s like being frustrated and behind, frustrated and behind, frustrated and behind, and finally there is an opening, a break going our way, and someone is trying to scoop that up away from us… How dare they!..Makes perfect sense….. that is on an emotional level….
But, what if you had a leaky roof?
Would you, when money finally came into your possession after a long drought, say, well we need to have some fun, lets blow it, whoopee?
Maybe… but if you had a roof that dripped, and could never have afforded the cost of a patch or replacement, and fatalistically accepted your plight in life with buckets mapped out in precise arrangements every time precipitation was announced, would that change your calculations? Would it make sense to first use that first extra money coming in, to fix that roof now, instead of letting it go, increasing its future repair cost with each month it goes unfixed? Wouldn’t it be wise to put off going to the beach and use more extra money, instead of going now on the little bit you have, and having the roof cost more later?
That is where we are with this 10 cents a gallon controversy. We want to spend our money at the beach this summer, and let the roof go. But we should fix the roof first, and we all know it… we just don’t want to do it…..
Politics aside, this is just a smart decision. Putting a tiny bit aside now from everyone, to prevent a huge cost later in the future. If you look at the costs of doing nothing, this 10 cents a gallon saves us money…. It really doesn’t hurt us; it really does help us save beaucoup de dollars…
Between last Thursday night and last Friday morning, the price of gas jumped 12 cents. from $3.27 up to $3.39. Has anyone complained vociferously? Have you heard anyone complain vociferously? Have you seen any news media outlets running stories on the corporate price hike that was 20% HIGHER than the proposed gas tax increase?…. No.
Because it really isn’t that big of a deal. Compare that to how many people you tell when you buy tires and get the sticker shock! Because that is a big deal…
There are 1 million people in Delaware. But 70 times that, 70 million come into Delaware every summer to visit our beaches… Mathematically that means the gas tax will be paid by 1 million Delawareans for 52 weeks a year and 70 million for one week a year while they are here on vacation. So if we use 50 gallons of gas per week, per person (imagine little babies driving cars, lol) that $5 of extra tax would be generate from Delaware’s citizenry, ($5.00 X i million X 52 weeks per year) or $260 million each year, and from the visitors, ($5.00 X 70 million X 1 week) or $350 million would be added to our coffers. So the total would be $260 of which came from us, and $350 which comes from our visitors.
Delaware then gets a benefit of $610 million dollars while coughing up $260 million… which as we said above, really doesn’t hurt us at all on an individual scale. So if people were cars, we’d have $610 million. But, the ratios opf in-state and out-of-state automobiles remain the same, since the allotment of vehicles is similarly proportioned to the amount of people. Just with Motor Vehicle data I didn’t bother to look for, we can make a very close calculation in dollar figures which should closely mirror the 42% of the total received revenue that Delawareans would actually pay…..
It is very rare when one finds a tax where it costs one less to pay, than not to pay…. This one is…
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- Cost is very high
- Less efficient than reciprocating engines at idle speed
- Longer startup than reciprocating engines
- Less responsive to changes in power demand compared with reciprocating engines
- Characteristic whine can be hard to suppress
Translated to a loud jet engine larger than that on planes, sitting on the Chrysler Site running 24/7…. once it gets turned on, it stays on until it breaks down.
Remember those sissy’s who lived in Brandywine Hundred who were always bitchin’ bout those planes coming into Philadelphia International? At least they got breaks between planes…..
John Carney voted to cut SNAP (Food Stamps) by $8.7 Billion. Per year that amounts to a cut of $870,000,000 each year….
During a time when his corporate sponsors want him to subsidize their low wage workers, he goes and cuts their benefits… Now those lowballing corporations will have to pay their workers more.. After all, they can’t let them die. No one else would do their work.
So workers, management, and investors in Wal*Mart, McDonalds, or other low paying companies that actually help you get SNAP and Medicaid so you can live on what little they pay you… Give Carney a ring… Tell him he’s costing your job by playing with your benefits and cutting them….
The principle statement supporting the implementation of Common Core, has always been that we need a better educated workforce to do tomorrow’s jobs….
Governor Markell said it in his state of the state address on the day the DOW fell 176 points….
This has been a reoccuring theme of his; ”the education of today will not bring us the jobs of tomorrow..”
Although that sounds good in soundbyte form, it is not grounded too well in reality. In reality, the wages of jobs have declined as the demand for work rose to become greater than the supply. In other words, unemployment is too high… and that suppresses the cost of labor.
When one’s boss can hire one cheaper to do the same job, that is not the best time to ask your boss for a raise…..
Today, our minimum wage is being paid to college graduates and high school graduates. It used to be paid to those who were either still students, or never did graduate….
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Today! Across the minimum workforce almost 5 out of every 10 have a college experience; and almost 8 out of 10 graduated high school or have a GED.
We are already educating our lowest level of workers far above what the job market requires… There are no jobs to be given to those who will soon emerge college or career ready (SAT score over 1550), unless they first fill in the minimum wage jobs these poor blokes working now, give up when they get bumped up into real jobs….
If you bump your newly trained graduates directly into those high paying jobs, then you will be freezing the current generation into these minimum wage level jobs at which they are currently stuck…
One cannot bootstrap a educational process into producing high quality job applicants, when there are no high quality jobs taking applications…
We already have a high quality educated work force; we call it our minimum wage crowd….
So Governor. What are you going to do?
As I see it here are your options….
You have to create an industry here in Delaware. Here is one: wind power infrastructure and solar power grid efficiency. You just make it up and go after it, hoping it doesn’t implode like Fisker and Bloom… The difference is that with Fisker and Bloom, you said “here is some money, do something”; you left it up to them. With this, you get Federal funding and we go government control all the way involving public-private partnerships. We have the land, we have the technical expertise, we have a scientifically educated work force; all we need are capital and someone to direct it.
Secondly, the government needs to create high labor-intensive industries. Areas where humans will not be replaced by robotics. Health care comes to mind. Personal care of senior citizen in their homes, is another. Food inspection is a third. Why can’t we have a public-private enterprise here in Delaware which performs the FDA food inspections for the entire East Coast? Environmental inspection industries is a fourth avenue of opportunity; testing and verification, done by the state to insure compliance of air, water, and soil standards…
As one can tell, these require more taxes. Those who have benefited from the bounce-back of the financial markets, should be the ones to carry the rest of us forward. That would be the 1%. There are two ways to fund our future growth… A) We can borrow and spread the cost over time by increasing our debt and pay it back later, or B) we can pay as we go by assessing more from those in real time, who can afford it without denting their lifestyle…. Being a fiscal conservative, I fall into taxing now, paying now, and keeping our debt levels low.(B).. It makes too much sense to do it any other way….since we currently have an abundance of cash in the hands of the 1% from which to draw.
The point being made through all these wishful plans, is that employment in the private sector is now full. It will not grow more jobs on its own. It is now required of government to prime the pump; we need it more than ever. Most of those currently unemployed will need government jobs to get back to work. There is much to be done to our infrastructure; we have cut government for so long, that many things are close to being broken….
We have an educated work force ready and able. It is our college and high school educated minimum wage earners.... We need to first give them the opportunity to move up into jobs for which they are qualified to do,.. in order to make them better citizens. Playing with education again and again to make more minimum wage workers who are overqualified, is not going to do anyone any good at all… it is just circling money around where it is not needed.
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