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Could Someone PLEASE Tell Me Why This is Bad?

>> Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Back in April 2006 Nancy Pelosi vowed that a Democratic congress would bring down gas prices. At that time the average was $2.91 per gallon.

With prices now averaging $4 per gallon I'm wondering just where that Democratic relief is...

Obviously taxing the oil companies more will do the trick! Ummm, no. Do our elected officials in Washington not understand the "trickle down" effect? If more taxes are imposed on oil companies they will make up for it by raising prices. Which will, in turn, raise taxes. Even I can figure that one out. Thankfully a handful of those elected to watch out for us are actually doing so and blocked the bill. Of course it's an evil conservative conspiracy. Something about polar bears and caribou, I'm sure.

And speaking of stupid politicians...

Did you know the US Seante has it's own network of restaurants? Yep. And they have been losing money - more than $18 million since 1993. And now, without a $250,000 subsidy from taxpayers the Senate won't make payroll this month.

Are you kidding me? But wait, it get's better:

The embarrassment of the Senate food service struggling like some neighborhood
pizza joint has quietly sparked change previously unthinkable for Democrats.
Last week, in a late-night voice vote, the Senate agreed to privatize the
operation of its food service, a decision that would, for the first time, put it
under the control of a contractor and all but guarantee lower wages and benefits
for the outfit's new hires.

The House is expected to agree -- its food
service operation has been in private hands since the 1980s -- and President
Bush's signature on the bill would officially end a seven-month Democratic feud
and more than four decades of taxpayer bailouts.

Sen. Dianne Feinstein
(D-Calif.), chairman of the Rules and Administrations Committee, which oversees
the operation of the Senate, said she had no choice.

"It's cratering,"
she said of the restaurant system. "Candidly, I don't think the taxpayers should
be subsidizing something that doesn't need to be. There are parts of government
that can be run like a business and should be run like businesses."
Hmmm, I wonder what the wages and benefits are now? And, maybe it's just me, but shouldn't our entire government be run like a business? It's that what it is? One big corporation? (Glenn Beck's take on this is hilarious- check the next to the last paragraph.)

And wait, there's more...

In May the jobless rate jumped from 5% to 5.5%. Why? Kids got out of school and went looking for summer jobs. Jobs that pay minimum wage. Which has risen. Remeber this great government idea?

The minimum wage was hiked 14% to $5.85 an hour last July. Next month, it will
go up an additional 12% to $6.55 an hour. In July 2009, it's slated to rise
10.7% to $7.25 an hour.

So now the people who usually work minimum wage jobs can't get them because it costs too much for employers to employ them. So minimum wage jobs are being cut and we are seeing unemployed teens. Great idea, Congress.

And these are the people that want to be in charge of our health care???


Dan Kauffman 6:58 AM  

They can't run a restaraunt, but they want to run the entire Nation's Medical System

Jennifer 8:22 AM  

The gas prices are scary eh. It's 1.27/liter here which works out to be roughly about $5.08/gallon.

Minimum wage is up around 8 something/hour, and while I think ours has always been higher things were always cheaper in the states. However now our money is pretty much at par, and things aren't cheaper there for the most part.

What a crazy world we live in.

Jody 8:47 AM  

I suppose I'm not so affected by gas prices because we have driven an SUV in Europe- and paid double what we pay here. But it is stupid that we have so many reserves- both in our country and off our shores- that others can drill (with our permission) but we can't touch. I don't care about the caribou, I guess.

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