Nov 07 2006

Throw the bums out

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Today is election day, so I hope everyone will be heading to the polls. Although I reside in DC, there is nothing of substance to vote for here, so I continue to vote in California via absentee ballot. Most of the people I voted for were Dems, but there were a few Republicans and even a Libertarian. As usual, there were a ton of propositions, but the one I was most interested in was Proposition 87. Basically, if 87 is passed, a tax will be levied on oil produced within the state and the income from this tax (a projected $4 billion) will be used to fund alternative energy projects to “reduce California’s dependence” on petroleum. Why tax the producers, though? They are in the business to extract oil and refine it into gasoline, thereby meeting the needs of car-dependent Californians. Then the Prop 87 people come around shouting, “These oil companies aren’t investing enough money in alternative energies!” Jesus Christ, they’re OIL companies…drilling for oil is what they do best. Yes, these companies invest in alternative energy, but the bottom line is, they are OIL COMPANIES. And as much as you might demonize them, these are the companies that allow you to drive and fly wherever the hell you want.

There’s another tax proposition on the ballot – Proposition 86, which would levy an additional tax of $2.60 per cigarette pack to fund various health programs. The goal of this proposition is to reduce the consumption of nicotine and ultimately save lives. If the goal of Prop 87, then, is to REDUCE THE CONSUMPTION of oil (and gasoline), why not raise the state gasoline tax to promote conservation? Yeah, I’d love to see a politician suggest that. But, it’s much easier to just tax the big, bad oil companies, no?

On the subject of Congress, I’m hoping the Dems gain some major ground in both houses. It’s not that I’m really excited about the Democratic Party, I just like it when Congressional Republicans lose. I like to compare this election to the 2001 World Series. Who cares about the Diamondbacks winning, wasn’t it great to watch those damn Yankees lose!?

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3 Responses to Throw the bums out

  1. From Cincysundevil:

    I love the title … I think Americans did pull a Britney Spears Tuesday and got rid of a ton of Federlines.

    Posted on November 8, 2006 at 2:28 pm #
  2. From Jackie:

    Okay, so I have a good voting story for you. So I have been an NY resident for a good eleven months. Yesterday I had the chance to finally vote in this nice little state. Okay. So, in California you get a nice little piece of paper and a sharpie and you connect the arrow to your vote. At least that is what I’ve done every time I’ve voted in the state. Polling places are clearly marked. Everyone is nice. You get a cute little sticker to say you voted. Flash to NYS voting procedures. First off, I couldn’t find my damn polling place EVEN though I had the damn address. I saw a sign on some random ass door that said NO DOGS and put the two together. Also, the signs that said no polling within 100ft was a nice X on the treasure map of voting. I got in there, no greeters, just one line. I was like, uhhh where do I go? The 10 people working were all engaged in conversation until I rudely interrupted them- I mean, geez. Sorry for bothering your conversation. Then I get to the table and I tell them my name and there no check of the ID. I could be some bum off the street and casting my vote. They had a copy of my signature. All I had to do was sign my name next to the box with MY OTHER SIGNATURE right there. Great. Some person could come by and just copy my signature. Next, voting. Ummm… I had no idea that polling machines were still in existance. I thought they died with the dinosaurs. I get in there and I am trying to pull the curtain. The lady comes over and is all frustrated with me cause I don’t know how to use the big metal box. “You have to pull the lever to the right, click the knobs down for your vote, and when you’re all done, just pull the lever back to the left.” HOLY SHIT. So I’m sitting in this metal polling booth, very excited that I am in my own private bomb shelter. Needless to say, I voted and it was the most exciting voting experience I’ve had in a while. Please add that to my list of why California is Better than New York List.

    Posted on November 8, 2006 at 10:36 pm #
  3. From Lindsay:

    LoL Jackie, I think that list is going to end up being pretty long, don’t you think?

    Posted on November 13, 2006 at 11:10 pm #

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