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Saturday, March 24, 2007

Late Evening Rants

So I've spent some time in the car today, which means that I'm listening to WCCO Radio (good stuff) -- the mighty 8-3-0. This means less to me on a weekend (since there are several shows I generally don't follow and most of the afternoons are taken up with sports programming or sports-oriented shows which don't really hold my attention at all. But, they still do the news every half hour...and so I was able to hear a few things.

First off, we'll stay 'local' -- and by that I mean Minnesota. There was a bill which has apparently been passed by the MN House to raise the gas tax by 10 cents per gallon. The last time anything happened to the gas tax in Minnesota was in 1988. Considering how we're a high service, high tax state, I personally don't see how making a 10-cent change once every 19 years is such a big deal. I won't like paying it, but when it comes right down to it, it's not going to make a huge dent in my checkbook at the end of the month.

But, we have this wonderful governor who has vowed to veto this 'tax' increase. Lest we forget how many 'user fees' have been proposed and mandated under this man's tenure. Those aren't taxes, though -- so we're OK!. Give me a break. Whatever the verbiage may be, the same effect is felt -- user fee or tax. Just because of this issue even being in the news, I'm really hoping that the legislature can get together and override his intended veto. Just to prove a point. Hell, change the verbiage to call it a 10-cent-per-gallon 'user fee' and I'll still bet he'll veto it. Turns out (if you ask me), anything that's not his idea for an income generation mechanism is called a tax no matter what it's actually called, but anything of his idea can never be called a tax, but rather a user fee...

Anyway, enough of that. :)

I'll try to keep this next rant a bit shorter and more to the point, but I also heard some reports of our magical president chastising the legislature for their various mandates to (over some period of time) get out of the bullshit in Iraq. Now, I'm not exactly sure what the best route to go would be, but that's not the point. The point is that it has to (and needs to) end eventually. But this dude is so set in his mind that this will never be the case. Here again, I hope the same damn thing happens at the federal level that I hope happens to the gas tax in Minnesota.

It's about time the executive branch gets pruned by the power of the veto override. After all, that is part of the checks and balances system between the three branches -- and it's about time it gets used a little more. After all, "of the people, by the people, for the people" -- so, come on, people!

I never have liked that man, and it's amazing to me how many people fall into the 'he's the greatest thing since sliced bread' mentality. Of course, I guess there are also a lot of people in this country who don't think for themselves either...which is becoming more blatantly obvious in certain circles.

But, I digress. And now I've done enough political ranting for a while and I feel all armchair activist, so I'm going to bed. Until next time...

--MZ

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