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The Right and the Wrong Way To Address High Gas Prices

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With fuel costs near record highs, politicians are keen to help Americans save some money when filling up their fuel tanks. Two states provide a good model for how to do this…while the Biden administration and California consider going the wrong way.

In Maryland and Georgia, governments will temporarily forgo their cut of gas sales so that people can pay less when filling up their tanks.

Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp, a Republican, has signed a bill to pause the state's gasoline tax, which is $0.29 cents per gallon, and its diesel fuel tax, which is almost $0.33 cents per gallon, through May. And Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan, also a Republican, has approved a suspension of his state's gas and diesel fuel taxes—$0.36 cents per gallon and nearly $0.37 cents per gallon respectively—for the next 30 days.

They aren't the only two states considering a consumer break on gas taxes, either. "Lawmakers in Illinois, Massachusetts, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, New York and Tennessee are also weighing whether to suspend their state taxes on gasoline," the Wall Street Journal reports. "Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont, a Democrat, and legislative leaders have also reached an agreement to pause state collections on gasoline taxes through the end of June."

"And at the federal level, some members of Congress are calling on the Biden administration to suspend federal taxes on fuel," notes the Journal.

This is arguably the good side of government action to reduce fuel prices—saving consumers money by temporarily forgoing taking some of their money.

Gas taxes are relatively targeted at transportation and road-related spending, however, so decreasing that tax revenue without decreasing spending just means making up for it somewhere else. Drivers may save a little at the pump, but end up having to pay higher taxes later to close the deficit created by these tax holidays.

There's also something inherently gimmicky about temporarily suspending gas taxes in response to political pressure. (And it's a bit ironic that Democrats want to reduce gas prices now after arguing for years that higher gas prices were good for environmental reasons.) But saving consumers money by temporarily forgoing taking some of their money is arguably a better plan than simply handing out cash in hopes of stopping inflation.

Which bring us to the flip side, with some officials wanting to save consumers money by subsidizing gas purchases. The Biden administration briefly considered sending gas cards to people, though ultimately decided it was not a good idea.

Some have complained that suspending fuel taxes is too little help. But a break of some $0.30 per gallon—or more if the feds suspend gas taxes, too—adds up. It also tailors the price break toward the amount of gas purchased, instead of assuming everyone has the same fuel needs. It might not be a major break, or help drive gas prices down across the board, but it has the big advantage of being less likely to drive up gas prices even further.

But handing out government money to thwart high gas prices is like—pardon the pun—pouring gasoline on a fire. More government spending means more inflation. More consumers getting "free gas" means more gas purchases and, again, more inflation. Besides, the plan would be hard to target toward people who really need the help and not all sorts of people who can afford the higher prices and/or don't buy much or any gas. And it would be hard to prevent fraud.

The good news is that House Democrats "vehemently opposed" the gas card idea, according to Axios:

A House Democratic counsel on Wednesday laid out for the White House a list of reasons why gas cards would be a bad idea, including:

  • It would be expensive and poorly targeted.
  • It could worsen inflation and wouldn't do much to lower costs.
  • Delivering the cards would be a slow process that could bog down the IRS in the middle of the filing season, potentially delaying people's tax returns.

California, however, is still considering a $400 gas rebate which would functionally be like a "free gas" card, since it would go to anyone in the state who pays income taxes.


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• Police aren't submitting crime data to the FBI:

• "The Supreme Court says it won't review the case of a Seattle-based Christian organization that was sued after declining to hire a bisexual lawyer who applied for a job," notes the Associated Press. "A lower court let the case go forward, and the high court said Monday it wouldn't intervene."

• "Anti-abortion states have a decision to make: If they want to strongly enforce criminal abortion bans, they will probably have to go after women," writes Mary Ziegler at The New York Times. "Missouri's recent bills suggest which way that decision will go."

• A new rule related to business emissions expands the Securities and Exchange Commission's role and "could transform the SEC into one of the nation's leading enforcers of climate-related disclosures."

• "The second trial stemming from the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the Capitol shaped up Monday to be a lot less of a slam dunk for the Justice Department than the first," reports Politico.

• Schools in Minneapolis have been closed for 10 days due to a teachers strike.

• Abortion rights groups are trying a new tactic to challenge Texas' anti-abortion law.

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  1. With fuel costs near record highs, politicians are keen to help Americans save some money when filling up their fuel tanks.

    Keen to be seen as helping rather than causing.

    1. It's an election year. The time of "Do Something As Long as It's Something" is upon us. The very best ideas all involve bribing potential voters via the use of your discretionary government powers.

      1. Which bribery is largely returning some of their money to them, minus the 'processing charges'

        1. Returning their money without cutting spending so that they're really just printing new money to hand to people and driving up inflation even further.

          If they really wanted to curtail gas prices they would increase production of oil and approve construction of pipelines and infrastructure. Expanding fracking to help increase natural gas production, which used to be the greenies favorite energy source, would also go a long way toward reducing overall energy prices.

          We can't do those so we're slapping band-aids on cancer instead.

          1. One intervention begets another intervention which begets yet another and another and on and on ad infinitum.

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        2. That only applies if they send gas cards to net tax payers ie the top 45%

    2. Probably time to start talking about a $50 minimum wage?

      1. $50? You cheap bastard! Why not $1000?

        1. I won't get out of bed for less than that.

      2. The local fast food restaurant has a sign in their window for help wanted, starting at 19 dollars per hour.
        The 15/hr "living wage" is about 2 years too late already.

  2. Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp, a Republican, has signed a bill to pause the state's gasoline tax...

    BUT MUH ROADS!

    1. Don't worry, it's just a coincidence that this pause lasts only until the primaries are over.

    2. Don't worry, the crumbling infrastructure will help sell new spending later. It's a win-win.

      1. And it's paid for too. /sarc

  3. Drivers may save a little at the pump, but end up having to pay higher taxes later to close the deficit created by these tax holidays.

    Decreased spending isn't on offer.

  4. And it's a bit ironic that Democrats want to reduce gas prices now after arguing for years that higher gas prices were good for environmental reasons.

    I'm pretty sure you're talking about two different Democratic camps. The ones who are up for re-election in less-than-safe districts/states are sweating. Those who are safe want gas prices to keep climbing.

    1. And she somehow ignores increased domestic energy exploration.

  5. Cable TV companies lost more than 4.6 million subscribers in 2021.

    My good ol' rabbit ears haven't failed me yet.

    1. With a strip of tin foil on one of them?

      1. Nah. He just wears his tinfoil hat and hold the antenna.

    2. I can tell that I'm turning into my parents. TV has lost all interest for me. I mean, not only paying for cable (which I stopped years ago), but also the streaming services. We only keep them for the kids.

      I'm sure there are probably some good shows out there, but once I was out of the habit of watching, it's been easy to stay away.

      1. Binge watching = increased consumption of ETOH, sweets, and other shit that in any amount isn't good for you.

        IOW, I'm betting you aren't habitually drunk or overweight.

      2. I haven't had cable for years. Even when I did I'd record everything so I could skip the commercials. But there just aren't enough shows that I would watch to be worth paying all that money.

        1. Why would a homeless person pay for cable?

          1. Homeless people get free streaming now on phones.

          2. They don’t. Doesn’t matter anyway, since all his money goes for bottom shelf liquor and hobo wine.

            1. I'm sure you impressed the girls with that bit of wit. Welcome to Mute, troll.

                1. How will we ever gauge the pain without seeing the list?

              1. Sarcasm seems to have lost his sense of humor. What'z a matter? Mommy forget the Fruit Loops again?
                The Phucko Knows

      3. I watch TV more than ever with streaming services. Unwokeness lives on Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In andThe Dean Martin Celebrity Roasts both on Tubi.tv!

        Curiosity Streaming provide tons of documentaries and educational shows good for all ages!

        I catch up with cartoons from the Nineties I missed on Disney+ and watch NatGeo specials too.

        My uncle has several other streaming services that include 24/7/365 dash-cam car wrecks and live streams of Yellowstone Geisers! I'll draw the line at those, but I almost have to organize my viewing to get just some of all that I love!

        TV viewing is practically á la carte nowadays! Newton Minow's "vast wasteland" has become an academy, an amusement park, and a den of iniquity all rolled up in one wonderful location!

    3. Gov-Mandated Digital TV killed the rabbit ears options here.
      Absolutely nothing the government can't destroy.

      1. if you live in a city you can get the major networks from the local stations with an HDTV antenna.

    4. AntennaTV has the grab-tail, skirt-chasing, slapstick, double-entendre, Unwoke goodness of The Benny Hill Show on Saturday Night/Sunday Morning from Midnight to 2 AM Eastern Standard Time!

      Benny Hill as Kid: Can I go Wee now?

      Mother: Sure.

      Kid: WEEEEEEEE! 🙂

  6. Which bring us to the flip side, with some officials wanting to save consumers money by subsidizing gas purchases.

    Including Ed Durr, the NJ Republican who unseated the Senate President. Couldn't sell out fast enough.

    1. Can you believe that one? Sweeney must be PISSED!

      1. Yes. Yes I can.

  7. (Old man being evacuated from Kherson area):

    "Civilians.... they (Russians) killed all the civilians.... these are bastards, reptiles, parasites. They don't fight troops, they fight people. Worse than the fascists. Yes worse, worse."

    (Another old man):

    I remember how the Germans attacked us. They didn't mess with us like this.

    See it for yourself:
    https://mobile.twitter.com/brikeilarcnn/status/1505874997646143489?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw%7Ctwcamp%5Etweetembed%7Ctwterm%5E1505874997646143489%7Ctwgr%5E%7Ctwcon%5Es1_&ref_url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.dailykos.com%2Fstory%2F2022%2F3%2F22%2F2087300%2F-Ukraine-update-Ukraine-fighting-to-liberate-Kherson

    1. I though you signed up to go there and fight?

      1. I'm sending dollar bills. My uncle Joe is helping too.

        1. Ahh. Keyboard warriors.

          1. No, I wanted to fight. I'd love to kick your ass. It's just that after watching things I realize Ukraine doesn't need someone like me because I have zero military experience. There's a whole country full of Ukrainian men waiting for weapons and these guys are better suited for the fight. Again I'm sending money every month. It's on auto.

            1. Keyboard warrior AND internet tough guy!

              1. "What the fuck did you just fucking say about me, you little bitch?
                I'll have you know I graduated top of my class in the Navy Seals, and I've been involved in numerous secret raids on Al-Quaeda, and I have over 300 confirmed kills. I am trained in gorilla warfare and I'm the top sniper in the entire US armed forces. You are nothing to me but just another target. I will wipe you the fuck out with precision the likes of which has never been seen before on this Earth, mark my fucking words. You think you can get away with saying that shit to me over the Internet? Think again, fucker. As we speak I am contacting my secret network of spies across the USA and your IP is being traced right now so you better prepare for the storm, maggot. The storm that wipes out the pathetic little thing you call your life. You're fucking dead, kid. I can be anywhere, anytime, and I can kill you in over seven hundred ways, and that's just with my bare hands. Not only am I extensively trained in unarmed combat, but I have access to the entire arsenal of the United States Marine Corps and I will use it to its full extent to wipe your miserable ass off the face of the continent, you little shit. If only you could have known what unholy retribution your little "clever" comment was about to bring down upon you, maybe you would have held your fucking tongue. But you couldn't, you didn't, and now you're paying the price, you goddamn idiot. I will shit fury all over you and you will drown in it. You're fucking dead, kiddo."

                - t. Lord of Stroozele

                1. Aktually, it’s spelled querilla.

                  — Dee

                2. Stroodle is DoL?

                3. I hear he got the super soldier formula too.

                4. No need for all that keyboard warrioring. The Ukrainians have got this quite nicely!

                  Russian military has lost more than 10% of combat force sent to Ukraine; new sanctions coming: Live updates
                  https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2022/03/22/ukraine-russia-invasion-live-updates/7123227001/

                  10,000 to 15,000 Putineers dead, supply lines broken, troops have shortages of everything, the closest the Putineers are to Kyiv is 10 miles. Ukrainian leaders urge Ukrainians to be the bigger person and not attack Russian civilians and cities. Vlad and the Putineers fucked up big!

                  And Putin deserves his defeat too! He's affected wheat prices globally on top of existing supply chain and inflation problems. Children have to get airlifted for cancer treatments because of the war, and a 97-year-old Holocaust survivor was killed by Putin's bombs!

                  Fuck Vlad Putin! Let's Go, Poontang!

              2. Sullum the pedophile is really off his meds today.

                You couldn't best up anyone older than ten Sullum, you faggot pedophile.

                1. The writers at reason don’t give a shit what you slack jawed yokels think.

                  1. They cared enough to ban you from the site at least once, so there is that.

                    1. They didn’t ban me.

                    2. Funny, cuz when you were KAR with the rednecks slur you were muted and then suddenly came back to the comments with an new moniker.
                      Was it that hard to unsubscribe from the Reason emails or did you just need a fresh start?

                    3. Sure they didn’t. We believe you.

                    4. I didn’t want a bunch of redneck Qanon Mormon loving fascists doxing me so I abandoned that account.

                  2. @vexbitch
                    Don’t care what you assholes think

            2. What a surprise you and the neolib hawks have found a solution that will make the defense contractors bank

              Who woulda thunk

              1. Killing fascists is the best money ever spent.

                1. Fascists killing fascists.

                2. By defending a country who kicked off 9 competing parties off their next election ballot?

                3. It'd be an internecine fight if stroodle gets involved.

                4. So you’re finally committing suicide? Outstanding!

            3. I'd love to kick your ass.

              Another thing you can’t do.

            4. No, I wanted to fight. I'd love to kick your ass.

              Unmask your email and I'd be happy to provide you with that chance.

              1. If somebody films it, I will provide the server to stream PPP. Watching LoSer get its teeth kicked in should be good for $10 / person.

                1. I would pay $10 for the opportunity to kick it’s teeth in.

            5. They could always use you to clear minefields.

            6. A leftist pussy like you isn’t going to kick anyone’s ass. Kyle Rittenhouse showed everyone what happens when you Marxist faggots overstep.

            7. > I'd love to kick your ass.
              >
              > I have zero military experience.

              Well, I'm sold on this Pay Per View experience!

            8. So how come u didn't do all that over the last 8-yrs? U know that civil war thingy that got started in 2014 with r CIA's little Color Revolution that tossed aside a Democratically elected government. Bet u were pissed? Which side were u set to join. The Western Nazi psychopaths who were bombing and beating the shit out of the Eastern Ukrainians for 8-yrs? Or the Eastern Ukrainian who just wanted out of the most corrupt country on planet earth? Just like Crimea wanted and VOTED for. Oh that's right... U hadn't a clue about all that.., did u? The f-ing Ukrainian government is just disgusting in every way possible. Yet here u r dude...., f-ing cheering for these Evil pricks. Your a fool in every way conceivable.
              The Phucko Knows

          2. You can just call it a loudmouth hypocrite and a coward. It's true, and it needs to see it in writing.

        2. I'll buy you a ticket.

          1. I don't think they'll accept your rubles. Your money is no good here or there or pretty much anywhere.

            1. "Anyone who disagrees with me is a rUsSiaN boT!!1!"

        3. So you've done nothing. Or do you think they are going to make it rain to blind the Russian soldiers?

          Most of what they've recieved in weaponry has been given to them, not sold.

          Also nobody believes you wasted your welfare check on others.

        4. Join the fight!

          1. Can someone queue up the opening of starship troopers where they all say "I'm doing my part!"

    2. Obviously they didn't kill all the civilians - or else how did the old man report on it? From beyond the grave?

      1. So you're saying it's okay then if they don't kill ALL the civilians. What a bizarre moral compass you have.

        1. Isnt that your mask defense?

  8. Facebook's parent company Meta announced earlier this month that it would allow some calls for violence against Russian soldiers invading Ukraine. In response, Russia has now banned Facebook and Instagram...

    Facebook allowing violence is something Russia cannot tolerate. I love that everyone gets once again to be a hypocrite.

  9. Police aren't submitting crime data to the FBI...

    Don't feed the compromised entities.

    1. There is no crime.

      1. They sent them a sheet which said, "The district is mostly peaceful."

  10. Democrats continue to refuse to release 48000 pages of documents from Brown's time on the sentencing commission.

    https://justthenews.com/government/courts-law/ex-top-senate-judiciary-attorney-says-durbin-hiding-ketanji-brown-jacksons

    1. Brown Jackson's *

    2. Linked this in another article. Absolutely shameless blue shills.

    3. Hey, it’s just possession of child porn. Who cares?

      — Jacob Sullum

      1. People collect it like Pokémon cards.

        1. "Gotta Catch 'Em All" - t. Buttplug

        2. Are there kiddie porn NFTs yet?

    4. How come people are surprised that pedofile Biden appointed a pedofile sympathy sizer?

  11. https://twitter.com/MEPFuller/status/1505965273119170563?t=zcT8KiUDKQuSa3-v-F6ZuQ&s=19

    Today is a good day to remember that Christine Blasey Ford credibly claimed that Brett Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her—accurately recalled who he was hanging out with, passed an FBI polygraph, and provided notes from her therapist about the assault—and Republicans didn’t care.

    1. I am sure she really believes it happened. Just like people believe they saw bigfoot, were abducted by aleins, and can hear Jesus speaking to them.

      1. hey man we are living in the neoliberal postmodern world. If they think their imaginary story is real, then it is real trauma and you are a bigot if you dont believe them

        oh unless they accuse a Dem, then its A-OK to sweep it under the rug

        got it?

    2. Jesus, is one single word of that true?

      Today might be a good day to recall that Democrats held onto this spurious, vague, slanderous and very personal allegation until the 11th hour, brought it out at the last minute to create a huge spectacle, then invented two others that were even more dubious - if possible - to try to destroy a man's reputation.

      Meanwhile the republicans are questioning today's nominee on her policies and legal theories and former decisions. The Horror.

      Josh Hawley even made a point to give advanced notice regarding what topics for her to expect to be questioned on, so that it wouldn't be a 'gotcha' situation, and she would be able to prepare an answer. How evil.

      1. Josh Hawley is clearly even worse than Warren, who refused to speak up about her objections until the confirmation hearing was over only so she could stall for another two weeks with her allegation.

        1. Wasn't it Feinstein?

          1. You shame me, sir, by accurately recalling names. It would have been more fun for me if it was Fauxcohontas, I suppose.

            1. In my defense, it was so long ago that it's hard for me to remember exactly who was present.

              1. Yeah, both are hateable people.

      2. Evil enough that Jacob Sullum had to write an entire article complaining about it.

        Wonder what he'll do if Hawley accuses her of running a secret rape club like Kavanagh?

        1. But she is okay with rape clubs so long as the person getting raped is a child

    3. "Accurately," because she said the names of people, one of whom is famous because he wrote a book, and nobody else could corroborate that they were together.

      1. And she also was a different year than Kavanaugh, younger, went to a different school, and literally nobody can corroborate that the two of them were ever once at the same place. But of course her allegations "Sound credible."

    4. Right now I have a patient who believes that she has to breathe for her sister.

      F'n real, for her.

    5. Today is a good day to remember that Matt Fuller is a partisan hack that deserves a sledgehammer to the mouth.

    6. I am reasonably certain she knew she was lying, and did so intentionally, 'to put an asterisk next to Kavanaugh's name.' The truth does not matter to a group that does not consider out-group members to be human.

    7. She couldn’t remember how she got home and she said her best friend was at the party but the friend doesn’t recall such a party. That’s credibility for you.

    8. * for extraordinarily small values of "credibility". Planck scale, really.

  12. The Supreme Court says it won't review the case of a Seattle-based Christian organization that was sued after declining to hire a bisexual lawyer who applied for a job...

    Bi is so 1990's. Wake SCOTUS up when you have trans discrimination.

  13. "The Right and the Wrong Way To Address High Gas Prices"

    Reason's leading economics expert has submitted the following playbook for addressing this issue.

    The right ways:
    1. Deny that gas prices are high at all.
    2. Dismiss all talk of rising prices by spamming HAPERINFLATION!!!!
    3. Change the subject to the 10 cent per pouch increase in spittin' tobaccy.
    4. Focus on rig count.
    5. Admit prices are high — but blame Putin.
    6. Admit prices are high — but blame Drumpf.

    The wrong way:
    1. Blame Biden.

    #DefendBidenAtAllCosts

    1. 7. This is what you voted for.

      1. 8. Nobody said this would be fun.

        1. 9. Buy an electric car.

          1. 10. Just lie back and enjoy it.

            1. Lie back and think of England Ukraine.

            2. 11. High gas prices are good for the environment.
              12. It's just the big oil companies suddenly trying to gouge us.

    2. "4. Focus on rig count."

      This means something. Pluggo isn't actually sure what, but probably proof of the strength of the Biden economy.

      1. Mr. Buttplug relies on rig count during the Biden economy almost as much as he relied on the Warren Buffett Net Worth Index from 2009 to 2016.

      2. The rigged count in Georgia? Or in Pennsylvania?

        Oh, you said "rig count".

    3. 7. Admit that prices are high, for good reasons, but twist it to say "this is what it will take to move forward in the green new deal, everyone will have to pay more to save the planet".

    4. 10. Blame drumpf AND putin
      11. Make more than $300k, you filthy serf
      12. Get fauci back to warn us that we need another booster or we are murdering grandma

    5. No need to defend Biden, he can defend himself.

      Just listen to how great things are on the twitteratti:

      President Biden@POTUS·18h
      United States government official
      Our economic strategy has worked — and it’s still working.
      - We created 6.7 million jobs last year
      - Unemployment is down to 3.8%
      - Our economy grew at 5.7% last year
      - We reduced the deficit by $360 billion last year

  14. "The second trial stemming from the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the Capitol shaped up Monday to be a lot less of a slam dunk for the Justice Department than the first,"

    From the article:

    Unlike the vast majority of the nearly 800 people charged in connection with Jan. 6, Griffin didn’t go inside the building, nor is he accused of violence or property destruction.

    Chemjeff and Ruby Tuesday still think he should have been shot.

    1. The fuck is he being charged with if he didn't go inside?

      1. Because FYTW.

      2. Oh, I don't know, maybe participating in a HEAVILY ARMED INSURRECTION that was worse than 9 / 11?

      3. Maybe if you weren't intentionally ignorant and attacking those who have linked to the abuses against these people you wouldn't be fucking shocked. Instead you had a hard on for a woman being shot by a Capitol officer.

        There is also someone facing 26 years for walking into the Capitol and taking pictures where video shows an officer waving him in. But you're ignorant to that too due to your anti trump conservative hate limp dick bullshit.

        1. All that matters to him is his hatred for Trump. And a steady supply of cheap booze.

      4. Since nobody was willing to tell me I checked it out myself. Weak sauce. Very weak sauce. Hope he's acquitted.

        1. Good for you buddy! Do you feel smarter?

        2. Hey asshole. This is why people hate you. You've been told this dozens of times as you rolled around in ignorance like mud.

          1. Never wrestle with a pig.

            You get dirty, and the pig likes it.

            1. Is JesseAz comparing me to the pig? That's fucking hilarious. Try a little common sense for a moment. If I'm the pig, why is he the one who drops a turd on every one of my comments? If I'm the pig, why do I refuse to engage with him? Use your brain.

              1. Poor sarc.

              2. Why make false assertions to defend your ignorance?

      5. He had an assault megaphone.

        1. Maybe voted incorrectly.

      6. Wow, it's almost like they're political prisoners or something.

        1. I can understand prosecuting those who invaded the Capital building and caused damage. But this guy? From what I read he's being prosecuted out of spite.

          1. Welcome to common knowledge from last year.

        2. There's a line from Midnight in a Perfect World, 'Beta Test Police State,' I think is how it goes. Seems apropos.

  15. If they want to strongly enforce criminal abortion bans, they will probably have to go after women...

    Did people think otherwise?

    1. They should be going after all birthing persons, not just women.

    2. Or is this one of those women's agency carve-outs?

  16. CBS News
    @CBSNews
    "They have implied you were solely nominated due to your race...Your nomination is not about filling a quota... It is about time that we have a highly qualified, highly accomplished Black woman serving on the Supreme Court," Sen. Hirono says of Judge Jackson in opening remarks.

    1. By tbey does she mean Biden because I believe he explicitly said he was only choosing a black woman before any other consideration. The fact she's soft on child molesters like Biden is a plus.

      1. Yeah, this is another one of those "I feel like I'm taking crazy pills!" moments. Biden said, in no uncertain terms - word for word - "I’m looking forward to making sure there’s a Black woman on the Supreme Court."

        1. And what will he do if she rules against one of his Executive Orders? Will he say she's not Black?

        2. Honestly, any time Hirono is running her cakehole, it seems like she has been indulging in recreational pharmaceuticals. Or, just maybe, is lying to push the 'chosen' party's narrative.

    2. Hirono just described what filling a quota is.

      1. Democrats aren't very bright.

        1. In a contest of dumbest senators, I think she wins.

          1. She makes 'will Guam flip capsize' guy look smart.

            1. Pretty sure Hank Johnson is just a Representative, and in that side of Congress, there's a lot of competition for dumbest.

              1. Yeah I limited it to senators for good reason. Trying to consider all the stupidity in the house might make ME dumber.

          2. Only because kamala was promoted.

        2. Hiring is the dimmest of all

        3. They do say that Democracy Dies In Darkness...

          1. Remember, "Democracy Dies In Darkness" because if the mob can't see you, the mob can't get you.

            1. It used to be a warning statement and a reminder from the paper of record, to expose the truth no matter the cost. Now it's their mission statement.

              1. Well, since Democracy is unlimited majority mob rule, it should be on a libertarian paper's masthead along with "Liberty Lives In Sunlight."

                As for "The Paper Of Record," it should be called "The Paper With A Record," amirite?

    3. That was a quick turnaround from "how dare they accuse us of tokenism" to "hey now we have a black!"

    4. When you say that you are going to nominate a black woman for being a black woman, then that is filling a quota. If Hirono is offended by that, then her beef is with Biden for saying that out loud.

      1. Hirono added the weasel word *soley to make the race issue the only issue. Not the fact there are other qualified judges that might fit the Supreme Court better or equally as well.

        It's all farce at this stage anyway. What a comedy clown show.

    5. "There's no implication, the President of the United States explicitly fucking stated that this person's primary qualification was their melanin count and wedding tackle combination. He could have just as plausibly chosen Oprah Winfrey or Kim Kardashian."

      1. There is nothing more racist than a democrat.

  17. ...could transform the SEC into one of the nation's leading enforcers of climate-related disclosures.

    The Biden administration puts the creep in mission creep.

  18. KAMALA HARRIS: "The significance of the passage of time, right? The significance of the passage of time. So when you think about it, there is great significance to the passage of time…there is such great significance to the passage of time."

    1. AOC with 20 years of experience.

      1. Slept with way more people than aoc though.

        1. You just want to date her.

          1. Still would. Just watch those teeth.

          2. skip the date part if aoc.

            1. This. It's tough to engage in casual conversation with an imbecile.

              1. You don't need her (AOC) to necessarily talk, do you? 🙂

                1. I do not

                2. AOC issued her calling as an adult film star. That chick is mad for DVDA.

                  1. ‘Missed’ and ‘made’. Although I suppose ‘mad’ works too. I’m sure she’s a naughty little trumpet. Too bad she’s hooked up with a weak beta male.

      2. When discussing public sector 'jobs,' and using the word experience, the use of the most exaggerated air quotes is necessary. There is an immense divide between viable experience, learned from working a job, and simply holding a position. Strap-hangers, toadies, sycophants, career administrators, politicians and bureaucrats tend to fall into the latter category. In fact, the vast majority of non-professional America does.

    2. Trust the experts.

    3. when someone fucks their way to the top is anyone surprised they have no mental abilities worth anything?

      1. It is pretty amusing -people will still hold up 4 year college degrees, law degrees as being an indicator of intelligence. They will argue that harris is actually very intelligent, even with the overwhelming evidence that she is a fucking idiot. If you swap in, say trump, I am guessing the story changes immediately.

        1. A college degree indicates that you're good at following instructions and have somewhat disciplined personal habits. Nothing more.

      2. It worked for Cleopatra, and she wasn't exactly stupid.

    4. Is she trying to write as song?

      1. Going to have dozens more when all is said and done.

        1. True. She is one dumb cunt.

  19. "Anti-abortion states have a decision to make: If they want to strongly enforce criminal abortion bans, they will probably have to go after women"

    Ugh. More transphobic language from otherwise "socially liberal" Koch / Reason allies. It's 2022!

    Seriously people, this isn't difficult. Anti-abortion states have a decision to make: If they want to strongly enforce criminal abortion bans, they will probably have to go after menstruators.

    #TransMenAreMen
    #NonbinaryAreNonbinary

    1. "If they want to strongly enforce criminal abortion bans, they will probably have to go after women"

      Punishing people who have their kids murdered? Shocking.

    2. Men-struators is gendered language. How does that get by the new language police?

  20. https://twitter.com/LouiseMensch/status/1506247230667120640?t=AO7jGuf1noV6H1fdZH25zw&s=19

    In case you hadn’t noticed, we are winning this war and we are going to remove Vladimir Putin and we are going to bring Russia to heel. It is a unipolar world and Russia is going to accept that whether they like it or not. Vae Victis.

    As far as I am concerned we are not only assisting Ukraine, we are taking revenge for Afghanistan and for 2016, for the interference in Brexit, for Extinction Rebellion, the Yellow Vests and IndyRef, for Canada 2015 and the Trucker Convoys, and COVID misinfo.

    1. More mighty keyboard warriors .

    2. What happened to the biolabs? No one believed it, so you moved on to some other lie, you piece of shit?

      1. So Victoria Nuland should be charged with lying to Congress?

      2. How the hell does you not knowing discredit the biolabs story, and why are you trying to redirect?

      3. What's your address?

  21. The Right and the Wrong Way To Address High Gas Prices

    1. Decide you don't care if the middle class knows you hate them.
    2. Write an article telling them to buy an electric car, take the bus, stop eating meat, kill your pets, and just deal with it.
    3. Finish your $100 breakfast, take a limo from you condo in midtown to your office 2 blocks away.

    1. The irony of 2 being that battery prices are escalating almost as quickly as Russia is a prime exporter of Nickel.

      1. Facts are for little people, not Bloomberg writers.

      2. Like they care. That's a problem for the peasants to sort out.

    2. Kind of like the old definition of an executive: Someone who leaves his airconditioned office to ride in his airconditioned limousine to his airconditioned country club to take a steam bath.

    3. The arrogance and insolence of that bopinion post was appalling.

  22. The second trial stemming from the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the Capitol shaped up Monday to be a lot less of a slam dunk for the Justice Department than the first...

    The process is often punishment enough.

    1. Especially considering that they've been held for over a year in conditions that were too inhumane to keep murderers in.

    2. The Constitution is inconvenient for a Court of Star Chamber.

  23. Justin Amash
    @justinamash
    Happy to see President Biden nominate someone to the Supreme Court who holds more than a few truly liberal views. Compare Ketanji Brown Jackson, a public defender who fought the government, to the last Democratic nominee, Merrick Garland, a stalwart defender of government abuses.

    The audition is proceeding nicely. Stelter should call soon.

    1. Was Amash right in his assessment? KBJ is an uber-lib and Merrick Garland does defend government abuse of power.

      I mean, even a stopped clock is right twice a day, right?

  24. Schools in Minneapolis have been closed for 10 days due to a teachers strike.

    Do kids even know what the inside of a classroom looks like anymore?

    1. Making kids go to school is white supremacy.

  25. https://twitter.com/ElectionWiz/status/1506264979435102213?t=6JIHavDDtoo1LXq720-E7w&s=19

    BREAKING: During her Senate Confirmation Hearing, Judge Jackson criticizes congressional statutes and the Sentencing Guidelines, saying the guidelines are not up to date and are too harsh for child porn offenders.

    [Video]

    1. Does she have kids?

      1. Her own and others.

    2. "too harsh for child porn offenders"

      Someone was sucking up to her audience. Next she'll tell them insider trading by pols is different and a good thing.

  26. “A House Democratic counsel on Wednesday laid out for the White House a list of reasons why gas cards would be a bad idea, including:
    It could worsen inflation and wouldn't do much to lower costs.”

    Excuse me, but I’ve been told in no uncertain terms that government spending cannot cause inflation because inflation hawks have to be always wrong.

    1. So they are just going to let Putin get away with these high prices?

    2. Resident economist and drilling expert, Buttplug 2, has assured us that inflation isn't happening, and if it is, only affects smokeless tobacco, and if it does eventually happen it will be a good thing or because of Russia.

    3. Government spending decreases the deficit per the white house and shrike.

  27. Abortion rights groups are trying a new tactic to challenge Texas' anti-abortion law.

    They've sleuthed that anti-abortion groups are behind the anti-abortion law?

  28. https://twitter.com/lone_rides/status/1506251025988079627?t=zQZvv2fkF-g_OjNX9kjmbA&s=19

    Democrats called a pedophile killed in Kenosha a "hero".
    Democrats are mad at an anti-grooming bill.
    Democrats are defending a judge with a history of being soft on child sex abuser crimes.

    Why are Democrats so comfortable with pedophiles?

    1. CNN producer recently found to be teaching tweens how to have sex.

      The DNC is the new catholic church

      1. No doubt they were shaken by the sudden loss of Pope Epstein the 1st.

        1. Who didn’t kill himself.

          1. He was shown a higher calling...

  29. Parents sue private school their children attend over forced activism. Claim school is violating their apolitical tax status.

    https://legalinsurrection.com/2022/03/parents-revolt-at-westminster-schools-in-atlanta-over-critical-social-justice-political-activism-file-irs-complaint/

  30. Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb, a Republican, vetoed a bill that would have banned transgender girls from competing with girls sports teams at schools.

    He knows that gender segregated sports were devised because of identity and not biology.

    1. Girls who complain about seeing a penis in the shower room are just bigots.

      1. Or just jealous - - - - - -

        1. Taking penis envy to a whole new level.

          1. One of the first comments I heard on "the feminists", in 1970, was "this sounds like a nationwide case of public penis envy"

    2. Fair competition is a social construct.

  31. "Russia has now banned Facebook and Instagram, citing laws against extremism. "Meta will now be prohibited from opening branches in Russia and from doing business in Russia,"

    Klaus Schwab isn't going to like this. Putin might lose his Young Global Leader certification.

    1. Banning Facebook is the one smart thing Russia has done.

  32. Virginia has banned modifying cars so that the front bumper is higher than the rear.

    Hawt.

    1. Tomorrow’s hot trend: modifying cars that are bent upwards in the middle.

    2. How could you see over the raised front bumper? How high are we talking about here?

      1. Google “Carolina squat”.

  33. Some Chicago schools are reimposing mask mandates.

    Those parents are voting blue no matter what.

    1. Stick to the jokes Fist.

  34. Happy to see President Biden nominate someone to the Supreme Court who holds more than a few truly liberal views.

    He only saw the right color vajj.

    1. I thought they were all pink

      1. Only on the inside.

  35. If 7 am sunrises and 6 pm sunsets are reasonable — and if the time of sunrise matters significantly more, as sleep experts say — then…instituting permanent standard time is optimal for almost all cities...

    Farmers, as usual, can go fuck themselves.

    1. I'm pretty sure farmers do what they need to do when they need to do it regardless of what the clock says.

      1. They do - but there is a serious percentage of this country that can't wrap their heads around the idea that start and stop times are arbitrary, not set by Congress, and can be freely modified by individuals.

        They seriously think Congress needs to sort out what time they start work at.

        1. They need to be told everything.

        2. "They seriously think Congress needs to sort out what time they start work at"
          I assume you are meaning "us" by "they", because congress never starts work, because they do no work themselves.

    2. Farmers don't get up based on what a clock says.

    3. 'Permanent daylight saving time is most harmful, generally, to people in the service industry, essential workers, persons of lower income status and even populations of color.' Weird, since if the stated goals of the left-leaning and progressive groups is true, these are the folks they are working to support. Doubly weird, the 'research' is coming from urban areas, where nothing is produced, and commutes are typically shorter.

      1. “Permanent daylight savings time is most harmful..to…. populations of color.”

        Lol. What isn’t?

        Everything Is So Terrible And Unfair!!!!

        1. Permanent Standard Time would also be most harmful to populations of color.

  36. Besides, the plan would be hard to target toward people who really need the help and not all sorts of people who can afford the higher prices and/or don't buy much or any gas. And it would be hard to prevent fraud.

    I'm glad they hammered down on the REAL problem with this solution. If it's not aimed at equity, it's not worth doing.

    1. And besides, those are the people who voted for higher gas prices.

  37. https://twitter.com/ejmalrai/status/1506122760543744000?t=AMuLJfgv1R4tgzXix_JvDw&s=19

    To make sure the war lasts as long as possible, the #US is sending secretly acquired Soviet air defence equipment to #Ukraine

    Russia had summoned and told the #US Ambassador in #Moscow John Sullivan, that relations between the two countries were on the “on the verge of a breach”. #Russia delivered a formal complaint, apparently over Joe Biden’s claim that Vladimir Putin was a “war criminal”

    After breaking off relations with Russia after the 1917 revolution, the US recognised the Bolshevik-led administration in 1933. #Washington and #Moscow have always maintained diplomatic relations, even during the most perilous of times as the Cuban missile crisis of 1962.

    [Link]

    1. We'll just send Obama back to hit that reset button.

    2. To make sure the war lasts as long as possible

      Everything you need to know about the Biden administration's policy on the Russia-Ukraine fight in one line.

    3. Russia could stop this war in a matter of hours by deposing Peuwtin and withdrawing their conscript slaves from Ukrainian territory.

      -jcr

  38. • Schools in Minneapolis have been closed for 10 days due to a teachers strike.

    These are the same people who say that parents have no right to have any input on what lessons are taught in the classroom nor how they are taught, because these professionals are much better at knowing the best interest of the children. So you really need to hammer at this every single time they act in manners that aren't in the best interest of the children.

    If they'll strike when the strike isn't beneficial to children, what else will they do that isn't beneficial to kids? Support shitty teachers who pay union dues? Lobby in favor of politically biased objectives without caring if your children learn or not?

    Fuck all public sector unions, and teachers' unions in particular.

    1. Fuck the police unions in particular too.

      Protecting bad actors with responsibility for children, and protecting bad actors with state authority to wave guns around, both deserve a good reaming out with metal shop hardware.

      Oh, and fuck Joe Biden.

      1. With apologies to Brandon. Let's go.

    2. Even FDR saw the danger of public unions.

  39. We need to focus on the most important matters first:

    "‘Kill more’: Facebook fails to detect hate against Rohingya"
    https://apnews.com/article/technology-business-bangladesh-myanmar-united-nations-f7d89e38c54f7bae464762fa23bd96b2

    Yep, some 'social media' or other is not capable of following the narrative.

  40. > Cable TV companies lost more than 4.6 million subscribers in 2021.

    And yet cable is still the best way to access streaming video. At least in my neck of the woods (smack in the middle of Silicon Valley). DSL is to slow, fiber isn't here, "public" wifi sucks, to that leaves cable. I wish there were other options here, but there aren't. The only copper into my home are phone and cable. Mesh wifi networks aren't here yet, and I don't trust them. Fiber is the internet equivalent of the bullet train, meaning it's always in the news but it's years until it makes it to my door. If it ever does.

    1. Like we care.

      1. She didn’t even call anyone a racist with that rant.

    2. I get internet through the cable company but I don't have cable.

      1. What's connected to your modem then? Or is it satellite?

        1. I don't have cable television. Because if I did I wouldn't watch it.

    3. It's funny. I had to move away from Silicon Valley, where I lived just a few blocks from Google's research labs, to get cheap, super fast fiber.

  41. Days since enbs last yglasias reffrence : 11

    1. Could have sworn I saw this post yesterday.

      1. She may be up tk 12

  42. 'It's only because we had a surplus of yellow fabric...'

    "Cosmonauts wear Ukrainian colors on International Space Station"
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5INzBNKMmh8

    Vlad not amused.

  43. All the Jan 6 cases are slam dunks, they don't use evidence or witnesses or common sence, guilty by orange man bad is good enough for the feds

  44. The Right and the Wrong Way To Address High Gas Prices

    Funny, the "libertarian" magazine lists two wrong ways of addressing high gas prices.

    The right way is for the US government to make oil and gas exploration and extraction easier; to end its foolish pursuit of reducing carbon emissions; to end its foolish manipulation of international fossil fuel trading; and to end subsidies for public transit and green energy.

    1. They don't even need to abandon carbon reduction, just come to the reality that it can't be overnight and we need to form a realistic bridge. Our current economy, transportation etc is ran by fossil fuels and that isn't changing anytime soon. Still no viable long range electrical transportation vehicles or agricultural vehicles.

      1. "and we need to form a realistic bridge"

        We already have such a bridge. Natural gas, a fossil fuel less problematic than oil or coal. Billions of cubic feet are burned off in the drilling for oil without producing any consumable energy.

        1. They get burned off because of lack of pipelines. The cost to transport them from wellhead to where they are needed is to cost prohibitive without pipelines. They would rather sell it than burn it. I live in a major fracking area and this is a subject of conversation all the time. They're literally losing millions of dollars each year but it's still cheaper than trying to transport it by truck or rail.

          1. The bridge may be more expensive than you bargained for. I reckon it's still cheaper than going 100% fossil fuel alternative which could cost trillions if not quadrillions. We have much cheaper bridges, of course, buses and bicycles.

    2. And to auction off the federal lands which contain most of the oil, and which the federal government has no constitutional authority to own or keep.

  45. To reduce gas prices, we need to drill more oil here and build more gas pipelines.

    1. L'Chaim!

    2. ^ and also end the fed.

      1. I ain't sayin' I'm a Gold Bugger!
        But I don't trust that Fed Paper!
        Get down, Mises! Go 'head, get down!
        Get down, Mises! Go 'head get down!

    1. So, like, a couple of tanks worth?

      1. exactly.

  46. Lol

    https://twitter.com/KevinRothrock/status/1505942013837033473?t=V3syArK2gLJ_ZDH1lEImWA&s=19

    After seeing everything taken from Russians in the past few weeks (Instagram, Disney, McDonald’s, the free press, Apple, Facebook, sugar, etc.), I can now say confidently that I have no idea what deprivation is capable of sparking a mass movement against the invasion of Ukraine.

    1. Russians tend to rise up and overthrow their rulers when said rulers' expansionist adventures go awry. World war one did in the Czar. Afghanistan was one of the major causes of the collapse of the soviets. Ukraine might very well be what lands Peuwtin's head on the block.

      -jcr

      1. That you still think this line of thought is legitimate shows just how pathetically brainwashed you've become.
        Your opinions on anything now are not credible.

      2. "Afghanistan was one of the major causes of the collapse of the soviets."

        No, it wasn't.

  47. Two states provide a good model for how to do this….
    In Maryland and Georgia, governments will temporarily forego their cut of gas sales so that people can pay less when filling up their tanks.

    So now we're in favor of government activism? For God's sake, Reason, what has happened to you?

    Yes, gas taxes are stupid and yes, less money in government hands and more in private hands is better.

    But good government is not only about good policy, it's about consistent, uniform, reliable policy.

    After the last two years I would think anyone would understand that having government change its fucking mind every 30 days is a BAD thing.

    So NO, temporary gas tax relief is not the "right" way to address high gas prices.

    1. Permanent gas tax elimination is the answer.

      1. Given that it's a pretty regressive tax to begin with, I'm all on board with that.

        1. In the past I've advocated for a road tax based upon the weight of the vehicle, since that's what damages roads. The common response is that, because heavier vehicles have poorer fuel economy, a gas tax is a de facto tax on vehicle weight. Of course none of that matters when the money is diverted away for other purposes.

          1. I prefer till roads, with some form of yearly pass, i.e. you pay a reduced price once a year and never have to pay any tolls for the rest of the year.

            1. Of course this has its problems too. I would have to buy one for both Montana and North Dakota, as we do a lot of business in Williston.

              1. I use an EZ-Pass and it covers everywhere in New England I've driven so far.

          2. The common response is that, because heavier vehicles have poorer fuel economy, a gas tax is a de facto tax on vehicle weight.

            So.... vehicles with poorer fuel economy don't pay more in taxes by buying more fuel?

            Think it through buddy.

            1. I've got a personal question if you don't mind. Exactly how retarded are you? If you can read that sentence you quoted and not see that I was saying poor fuel economy because of greater weight means more fuel used and more taxes paid, then you must be retarded. Were you tested? Do you have some sort of certification that you use to warn people of your terminal stupidity? Are you some EoE person who only has a job because the government give tax breaks to companies that hire retards?

              I'm serious. That's the only explanation I can come up with for this reply of yours.

              1. There’s other factors besides weight that effects fuel economy.

                Which makes your comment embarrassing.

              2. "A carbureted V-6 in an old sports car uses less fuel than a fuel injected V-6 in a heavier modern minivan" - t. sarcasmic

              3. Did you not read where you said "the common response" is a predicate. It isnt the common response. It is the fucking reason retard.

            2. By the way, all of that previous comment of mine was rhetorical, and I know no answer from you will be honest. So back onto mute you go.

              But to those who actually read this asshat's comments, this is why I have him on mute. To reply is to talk about me, or him. Topic shmopic. He's too stupid to talk about topics. That's why all his comments are about people.

              1. His comment was about fuel economy.

              2. "Ideas!!"

              3. I responded on topic each time dummy.

                And this is proof you dont actually mute me.

            3. I love it when the dipshits pretend to be smart and end up displaying their ignorance. Every single state has overweight permitting requirements. So every state essentially has a weight-mile tax once loads reach a certain size. Unless someone wants to pretend that permits are not just taxes by another name.

              Then there is IFTA. For commercial vehicles, fuel tax is allocated to the state driven, not the state where it is purchased.

          3. privatize all the roads, problem solved

    2. Fuck you. Any tax reduction, anytime, anywhere is a good thing.

      -jcr

    1. There has been some real promising advancements in nuclear fusion but 8 years seems unrealistic to achieve commercial output. Self sustaining fusion still remains under a second in length even though we have dramatically increased the length of reaction, and still have a long way to go before we produce more energy than put in.

      Newer nuclear fission reactors are much more promising, as are thorium reactors.

      What really needs to be addressed is our aging and coupled together grid.

      1. We also need secure national repositories for nuclear waste. If we keep letting the NIMBYs prevent solving that problem, nuclear power will continue to be needlessly dangerous.

        1. We have one, just can't use it because of the environuts.

  48. https://twitter.com/JackPosobiec/status/1506273032985321482?t=1LWIyisCg0upRnGPVO4BaA&s=19

    BREAKING: Jackson says she gave pedophiles lighter sentences bc its different when they use computers vs mail to get volumes of child porn

    This makes ‘total sense’ according to Jackson

    Establishment cons say she is 'qualified' though so we are supposed to overlook her actual record

    This is what credentialism leads to

    [Video]

    1. Putin's policies in Ukraine are abusing children too.

      1. Damn, ecog coming out as a pedophile.
        Ecog has never shown anything that indicates intelligence, but trying to deflect from child molesting is a new low.

    2. Is it better to be soft on child porn, or the opposite?

  49. California consider going the wrong way

    A good general rule is that whatever California is doing, go the opposite way. You'll be right almost every time.

  50. We all owe the Jehovah's Witnesses a huge debt of gratitude for the First Amendment rights they've helped establish at the Supreme Court, though this turn is unfortunate for a number of reasons (via @mmasnick)
    https://techdirt.com/2022/03/18/jehovahs-witnesses-abusing-copyright-subpoena-process-to-unmask-critics/

    No, the Jehovah's Witnesses owe all the stores they litter with copies of Watchtower a day long garbage-picking and clean-up sesh, followed by a promise to never distribute literature on private property without owner permission.

  51. California, however, is still considering a $400 gas rebate which would functionally be like a "free gas" card, since it would go to anyone in the state who pays income taxes.

    The sooner California goes bankrupt the better so as a resident I actually support this plan.

  52. Gas taxes are relatively targeted at transportation and road-related spending,

    That's the propaganda line, and it's bullshit.

    -jcr

  53. The scam:
    Lower gas taxes in response to idiot policies that drove up gas prices.
    Suddenly notice that the roads are no longer maintained.
    Raise general taxes "to fix the roads" and spend the money on bike paths and electric vehicle charging stations.
    Suddenly notice that the roads are no longer maintained.
    Raise general taxes "to fix the roads" and spend the money on grants to your buddies to study why the roads are no longer maintained.
    Suddenly notice that the roads are no longer maintained.
    Raise general taxes "to fix the roads" and spend the money on grants to your buddies to find out studies do not get the roads fixed.
    Suddenly notice that the roads are no longer maintained.
    Raise general taxes "to fix the roads" and spend the money on trains, while making private cars illegal.

    1. You forgot ask the Feds for money to fix 'infrastructure', you know, the roads.

      And I know the interstate roads are a different animal, but they are the roads that typically take the beating and the roads held up as example when 'fix the roads' general taxes ask comes up. Right?

  54. There's also something inherently gimmicky about temporarily suspending gas taxes in response to political pressure.

    It is bizarre people who call themselves libertarians can't identify good and bad solutions. Of course Dems are happy to remove this tax. Of course they'll replace it with an income tax which they manipulate to protect their allied groups.

    The best solution is not a temporary tax abatement but instead removing the government restrictions on supply. This includes Keystone but more importantly fracking. Additional supply will bring down prices as well as put more people to work.

    1. i am always amazed that so few on these threads is offended by the record profits gas and oil make at times like this. If gas prices are up because oil is up, then shouldn't the extra money go to pay for the oil? If i own an apple stand and apples get mor expensive, I charge more, but I don't make more money, that just goes to buy apples. This situation and others like just prove that we have a monopoly or at least a price fixed market. If there are billions in profit, one company should be selling gas cheaper to get a bigger share of the market, but that never happens. I am sure some complicated accouting and tax and regulatory tricks are employed to make everything seem kosher and just...but it is B.S. all the same. It is situations like this that give weak thinking types the idea that capitalism does not work. Free market advocates need to push back against industry instead if just whining all the time about taxation. Hell, half the time the tax cose qas written by corporations so they could build in loopholes and keep put competition and cheat the system.

      1. All the raging against oil profits is nonsense. The more you make what they do harder to do, the less they invest in the future and the more profit they take now.

        If I remember correctly, natural resources are recorded at acquisition cost and depleted using various methods. So the price/barrel of the resource only changes when you begin tapping new sources acquired at a higher price. Where tech has enabled them to stretch resources, they have additional cost for the tech, but not the resource.

        And that is the reason for the profits. The biggest cost for oil companies is plants and equipment. Halting pipelines will actually make their profits rise because they are not putting those assets into service for depreciation. They also are not building new 50 year plants because it would be insane in the current political environment. Record profits today and a nightmare tomorrow when their current equipment wears out.

  55. Anyone who is wasting breath distinguishing "permanent DST" from "permanent standard time" is an idiot. In the long run, scheduling relative to the hours of sunlight will be indistinguishable under either; they'll just have different nominal numbers.

    1. I don't care which they pick. Just pick one.

      1. That is where my head is as well. Pick a time, and move on.

      2. True story: When I spent my first summer in Russia it was 1991–still the Soviet Union but with change very much in the air. My Russian friends asked me about DST and told me they didn’t have it. Yes, I found the ONE advantage of that ghastly regime! The next summer I brought it up again and they nonchalantly told me: “Oh, we have that too now…first year.” I asked, “And you don’t mind?!” They just smiled and shrugged. I’d have been pissed! Besides this was St Petersburg , land of the White Nights! WTF do they need DST for?!?!?!

    2. It does makes more sense to pick the time where noon is at the highest point for the sun at the time zone's central meridian.

      Or, fuck it, we could just be like China and have one time zone for the entire country.

      1. One Time Zone? Oh man, the Wicked Witch of the East and the Wicked Witch of the West would get into a rad cat fight over THAT one! (Sorry, but the Munchkins in Flyover Land would have no say in the matter!)

        1. Use the meridian in the middle for a single time zone and the Munchkins are on Central time already. Sounds like a win-fuck-those-guys-on-the-coasts to me!

          1. I’m (stuckk) IN California and I endorse your message!

  56. LONDON BREED IS CRACKING DOWN
    CRACKING DOWN CRACKING DOWN
    BEWARE LADY!
    https://apple.news/AjbVUN9cxRC-Rz2YlFg0cfQ
    Seriously, when the lines of her and Nancy Pelosi are getting on the Official Proggie Shit List, it’s time for this California Boy to stock up on popcorn!
    Is this a Left Fascist vs Bolshevik thing? Hmmmm….Anyway, back to the popcorn….MMMM cheese flavored—white cheese just to check my privilege…

    1. likes not lines

  57. Supply and Demand............

    #1. Too many 'fake' USD (future GOV-SLAVES not doing their 'free'/taxed work).
    #2. Gov-Guns blocking gas supplies.

    Now that wasn't so hard after all......

  58. If you're going to add up numbers on which TV services have gained and lost users, you should at least mention the fastest-growing media -- alt-media such podcast platforms (Rumble, BitChute, locals, dailymotion) most of which do not regulate their content like FacePlantBook, Twatter, and EweTube do. They host thousands of worthwhile programs, including news much more reliable than you'll find on any Big Media outlet, and most of it's free to watch!

  59. Most states have billions of extra tax dollars available today. Simply end unconstitutional domestic surveillance practices - it’s already illegal and the money is there for the taking.

    The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that preemptive totalitarian style 24/7 surveillance that lasts longer than 2 weeks is a “search” and governed by the 4th Amendment. That outlaws all “preemptive” surveillance in the USA. That taxpayer money could be used for legal activities.

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