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!?