Here is a sort of screwed up sound seeing tour. Herein I discuss my astronomy, my observatory and give a little tour of the joint. It is kind of “screwed up” because I didn’t give a very good sound seeing tour due to visitors, dead batteries and other distractions. It’s long and kind of boring but might be interesting especially if you are interested in learning a little more about what amateur astronomers do.
This podcast is commentary on drugs, both legal and illegal, and the fucked up failure known as the war on drugs.
Our brain dead members of the House voted to eliminate the estate tax. This is dumb. Really dumb. First of all, the estate tax effects a very, very, very slim minority of people. Second of all, the farmers and small business owners that the Republicans claim this is helping can easily be helped by raising the threshold a bit. Right now it is at $1.5M. Make it $5M and it covers all of those poster child cases. Hell, make it $10M.
The people most “hurt” by the estate tax are the ultra wealthy, i.e. those people with generational wealth who inherited their fortune and want every child and grandchild and descendent to be wealthy until the end of time. First of all, I personally think generational wealth is bad for America. The rich love to talk about a meritocracy. If they truly believe that they should be for an ungodly high estate tax rate, because people that inherit money did not earn it. There is no “merit” there. Second, if you inherit millions or billions of dollars, it is a no brainer that you can make it into even more millions and billions. In terms of equal opportunity in this country, no question people that inherit ungodly fortunes have a huge advantage.
Make no question about it — the estate tax still leaves plenty of room for rich cry babies to remain rich cry babies. If you are worth a shit load of money when you die, your children will still have a shit load of money. What we are saying with the estate tax is that your wealth was not created in a vacuum and you have a responsibility to share some portion of your wealth with the country that made it possible after you are dead and don’t need it anymore.
As a side note, people that leave huge fortunes to their children are idiots anyway. I can’t think of a more efficient way to turn people into white trash than give them millions of dollars for no reason. As Warren Buffet says, you should leave your kids enough money that they feel they can do anything but not so much they can do nothing.
The estate tax is fair, it effects very few people, it helps support the very society that makes extreme wealth possible, it is consistent with a philosophy of a meritocracy, it can be tweaked to protect farmers and small business owners, and we absolutely need it.
Why the hell are Republicans so stupid that even in times of war and soaring debt they still want to eliminate taxes? These people are fiscally irresponsible.
Here is the next in my series of podcasts. This is a rather rambling one about podcasting, Democracy Now! and related topics. It’s actually a short one! Enjoy…
This quote from this article cracks me up:
Lawmakers with automakers in their districts led the fight to defeat Waxman’s proposal, arguing it was backdoor way to require U.S. mini-vans, sport utility vehicles and pick-up trucks to improve their fuel efficiency.
It just blows my mind that as oil prices rise and we spend billions going to war to protect our oil interests that these dumb fucks still blatantly and explicitly pander to the auto industry. How dare we try to improve fuel efficiency — fucking commies.
I don’t get how these losers can keep their jobs. They are bought and paid for by the auto and oil industries. It is shameful.
Today’s show is called Racism: It’s Sick But It’s Not Dead Yet. I didn’t realize it when I was recording it, but today is the 37th anniversary of the death of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.. He was assassinated on April 4th, 1968 in Memphis, Tennessee. He was 39 years old. I am 39 years old.
Here is a rather disjointed but hopefully coherent expose on bias and the media. It’s called, surprisingly, Bias and the Media.
Thank you for doing the right thing on the ANWR vote. I look forward to joining you in continued opposition to opening up ANWR for oil drilling.
In regards to the filibuster, don’t you think it a rather odd double-standard to accuse the Democrats of being uncooperative with regards to judicial nominees when the Republicans used the very same tactics against the Clinton administration? I believe it will damage the credibility of the Congress if you rubber stamp Bush nominees. I also believe that any weakening of the filibuster is a direct attack on the history and integrity of the Congress. I’d also remind you that this sword cuts both ways.
Please do not support weakening of the filibuster. It is un-American.