It’s been an interesting week. I thought I’d take it easy this week, but of course, the news just spurred my creativity. Lots of things, besides Libya were happening around the country, but sometimes overlooked. So, just some quick thoughts.
GE apparently didn’t pay any federal income tax, in fact, ended up with a big tax credit which it can use next year. They were very, very profitable. There are reports which state that 2/3rds of the Fortune 500 also didn’t pay any federal income tax. Which makes me wonder why the Republicans are still saying that tax cuts are needed to create jobs. One would think, in light of these reports, that the unemployment rate would be as close to zero as possible. I’d still like to see their explanation of how not having an income tax bill at all – or even having a negative bill – means that these businesses are “overtaxed.” I somehow think you’d have to actually pay taxes before the argument has a leg to stand on, but that’s just me.
There’s a congressman from Ohio who told a reporter to stop asking about jobs. Which is funny, since the whole thing the Republicans ran on this past election was “job creation.” It was supposed to be their #1 priority, if I recall. Which is interesting how nothing in their legislative actions to date have actually related to … jobs.
There’s another congressman from Wisconsin who said that he’s struggling along on just $174,000 a year. Pity. Maybe he’ll suck it up and leave office to get a non-government job. I mean, nobody forced him to run for office. Oh, and while he’s at it, it doesn’t help to tell all the people you represent, who make less than 50,000 a year your hardship, and that they’re overpaid. They’ll turn out to be remarkably lacking in sympathy.
Ah, Florida! What would we do without Florida! Fresh off his gutting education spending and canning a high-speed rail system for his state, Governor Rick Scott remembers the truly important things in life. Making sure he lines his pockets. After all, if you’re going to shift where Medicaid money is spent in your state, it might as well be to the Medicaid business you own.
Texas is busy cutting its budget, and its own budget analysis estimates that the cuts are going to cost the state some 600,000 jobs. Meanwhile, Governor Perry is touting how this will make Texas a model for the country, and grow jobs. Texas used to be considered one of the worst educated states, and apparently is trying to head back to that range. It’s obvious that Governor Perry is a product of the old system. Oh, he also claims that “abstinence works,” because he has “personal experience in it.” Unfortunately for him, it looks like not many young people in Texas are following his example, given that it’s ranked fourth in teen pregnancy rates. Helpful hint: Yes, abstinence works, if someone is abstinent. From the evidence, they’re not being abstinent. Oops.
I saw pictures of the Tea Party “rally” (which didn’t get many people) in DC. Interesting how many seniors were there. I guess they don’t think that the budget and program cuts they’re advocating will affect them. I also guess they’ll be really pissed off when they find out it does. I’m sure the Republican Party will be happy to recommend brands of pet food that are suitable.
I get nostalgic on occasion too. Yes, I think it isn’t a good idea for young people to drink, smoke, use drugs, have sex, or do any number of illegal, immoral, and dangerous things. My parents thought so too, and made sure that I knew they thought those were a bad things. Somehow, that didn’t stop me, and I’m not stupid enough to think that my moralizing about it is going to stop today’s youth. Then again, I’m a liberal, not a conservative.
Now that I think about it, the saddest part of this? Even though today is April 1’st, and it’s April Fools Day, none of the above is a joke.