Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Gas Tax Holiday? Do the math, Obama's right.

McCain has proposed a "Gas Tax Holiday" to show his concern for the little people this summer. Sen. Clinton has jumped on that bandwagon, too. But not Obama. Here's why:

Okay, so the federal gas tax is 18.4 cents per gallon.

I don't own a hybrid (damn!)...so based on the amount of city/freeway driving i do, i'm going to estimate my gas mileage at 20 mpg.

I'm going to say I drive an average of 100 miles per week. So between Memorial Day and Labor Day, I'll probably drive about 1300 miles. So let's see:

1300 miles divided by 20 miles per gallon = 65 gallons

I'll be buying 65 gallons of gas over the next 3 months.

At the current national average of 3.60 per gallon, that will cost me $234.00.

Now let's factor in the proposed "Gas Tax Holiday":

65 gallons multiplied by the 18.4 cents per gallon discount.

That brings my total down to $222.04!

WOOHOO!!!! I'm gonna save me $11.96!

But wait a minute. According to economist Jeffrey Perloff of UC-Berkeley, the suspension of the federal 18.4 cent gas tax would likely result in a 9 to 12 cent reduction at the pump. So I may only save $5.85. Well, gee, good lookin' out, guys.

What are you going to do with your savings? You could celebrate Memorial Day with a six-dollar burger at Carl's Jr! As for me, I'm going to donate $15 to the Obama campaign and get myself an Obama '08 car magnet.

Because like he said, the Gas Tax Holiday idea is traditional Washington politics. Let's play little word games, trick people into thinking we're doing something to help them, and come off looking like heroes. Not this time! See, he's not even president yet and Barack Obama is already making things better.

Go Obama!!

Thursday, April 24, 2008

McCain in New Orleans

Senator McCain went to New Orleans this week to show support for those who were affected by Hurricane Katrina. Emphasis on the word "show". Think he'll put his money where his mouth is? Think about this:

...on February 27, John Hagee, founder and senior pastor of Cornerstone Church in San Antonio, Texas, endorsed Sen. John McCain for president. Following Hagee's endorsement, McCain said, "All I can tell you is I'm very proud to have pastor Hagee's support."

On the September 18, 2006, edition of National Public Radio's Fresh Air, host Terry Gross said to Hagee, "You said after Hurricane Katrina that it was an act of God, and you said 'when you violate God's will long enough, the judgment of God comes to you. Katrina is an act of God for a society that is becoming Sodom and Gomorrah reborn.' " She then asked, "Do you still think that Katrina is punishment from God for a society that's becoming like Sodom and Gomorrah?" Hagee responded:

HAGEE: All hurricanes are acts of God, because God controls the heavens. I believe that New Orleans had a level of sin that was offensive to God, and they are -- were recipients of the judgment of God for that. The newspaper carried the story in our local area that was not carried nationally that there was to be a homosexual parade there on the Monday that the Katrina came. And the promise of that parade was that it was going to reach a level of sexuality never demonstrated before in any of the other Gay Pride parades. So I believe that the judgment of God is a very real thing. I know that there are people who demur from that, but I believe that the Bible teaches that when you violate the law of God, that God brings punishment sometimes before the day of judgment. And I believe that the Hurricane Katrina was, in fact, the judgment of God against the city of New Orleans.

Will the "liberal media" be talking about Hagee's hateful philosophy -- apparently shared by McCain -- with the same fervor they had in exposing Obama's supposed "ties" to Louis Farrakhan and William Ayers?

War stories...

a rush of adrenaline immediately following the sniper attack.

I still like Bill Clinton...

...even though his wife irritates the hell outta me. i mean come on. the Obama campaign taking a page out of Karl Rove's playbook? that's the kind of "black is white" argument that only Karl Rove could pull off, Hillary!

But seriously folks, did anybody else realize that Bill was cunning enough a linguist to contribute to a NYT crossword puzzle?

Idiots 'R' Us

The crown jewel of the Republican Party's argument against our next president.

why do i care?

well, after a good 36 years spent in a perpetual state of dim-witted self-absorption,
i think i may finally have reached my saturation point. and it's pretty sad that it's taken this long because to be honest, i'm kinda shallow. therefore, this is the first and last post on this blog that's about me.

the rest of it? anything goes, i guess. as long as it originated somewhere outside of my thick skull, it's fair game.

so, hello.