Monday, December 28, 2009

The Noise Machine (12/28/09)

No more figgy pudding!!!

Goodbye Ms. Feibel. (That Move It! column is burning through columnists at quite a clip) **It's telling to note that the CTC is STILL characterized incorrectly in this article. They're non-partisan, but hardly non-ideological. (That their pro-rail, anti-freeway expansion ideals mesh with ChronBlog goes without saying.)**

That's one archaic Texas regulation under review. The idea that trucks should pay less in registration fees dates back to the days when the State's economy was agricultural in nature. Of course, it MEANT pick up trucks at the time, but has been expanded to include SUV's as well. Good riddance. ChronBlog links to this Fort Worth Star-Telegram article on the same issue as well. My assumption is that the Fort Worth paper broke the story, and ChronBlog hastily penned the chub before picking up the original off the wires. That's our ChronBlog!

Good article on Church Under the Bridge. They do some food ministry as well, which isn't mentioned. (My prediction is that Religious charity work such as this is going to come under increasing fire during the next decade by those who feel it's the Government's job.)

Bad News: Rain chances on amateur night. If ever there was a NYE to stay at home....

Not the kind of story that's conducive to creating a "world class" downtown destination. (Toughs in fights and beating deaths? Really?)

Question: If it's the system that failed on Christmas Eve then why is the "fix" focused the further rights eliminations for law-abiding citizens and not on said system?

Answer: Because that's how we've designed the system to work in the first place.

In other words: Our initial response to the terror threat, Bush's reorganization and the creation of an entire new bureaucracy which in turn created a Rube Goldberg Machine for airport security, was wrong. This error became the system that's being talked about now. If you're running on a faulty system then the law of GIGO (Which America seems to have forgotten) guarantees that you're going to have faulty outcomes.

Case in point:Don't round up the people who came in contact with the inept Christmas Eve terrorist type guy. Instead, let's make sure we don't offend anyone and scrutinize everyone. (Here we go again)

(Marginally)Helping the environment by (Severely)punishing the poor. During tough economic times at that. (How long until some group is calling for a "bag subsidy" to offset this rise in costs that's primarily going to effect the poor and lower middle class? **What the City wants, is the .10¢/bag revenue that this is supposed to generate. Hiding under the cloak of "environmental stewardship" of course.**

"Going Green" in more ways than one. (As if the 'climate change' hoopla has ever been about anything else than making money.... From Al Gore and his group of carbon exchange investors to poor and developing nations hoping to cash in to municipal governments trying to find new revenue streams to upstart companies hoping for infusions of Government cash to make the non-viable operational for a short time.)

We're number 3!!! (This is a good thing)

I feel for the aughts decade. It's almost become a journalism parlour game to write about them in the most negative way possible. (And it's not just ChronBlog (who lives for dreck like this) penning disaster tales there's going to be a long list of dim bulbs offering Hosannas to their Deity of choice that some artificial time barrier has passed.)

Back to the "Party of No" - My guess is that this sticks because of a lack of articulation. I'm constantly told by my Republican friends that the Party does have ideas that extend beyond tax breaks and tort reform. Granted, most of the time they don't tell me what they are but they assure me they are out there. (The Democrats main problem is simple: A majority of the people aren't liking the ideas they're shovelling out. From that perspective this "party of no" thing might not have any legs. You can only call so many people "wingnut" before the word stops having any meaning.)

Prediction: One of the top stories of the next decade (here we go with artificial time barriers again) is going to be the increased governmental control into our financial lives. (Call it the "Europeanization" of our economy if you like. It's a fundamental sea-change in how America does business.) What will be left (mostly) unexamined is the overall global economic impact of removing the largest consumer of goods from the world economy.

Are all of the "new"* tax proposals really a tax on upward mobility instead of a tax on those who are already there? Victor Davis Hanson makes a strong case that it's so.

Slampo provides a public service to the masses. "Where's Waldo" with a Houston spin!

*By "new" we mean recycled from past administrations. In reality there haven't been any new taxation ideas for centuries.

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