Regarding the article “Plan to cut R.I. gas tax receives sluggish response” (9/15/05), what are the long-term plans for our state’s budget? After all, many people, organizations and the governor have rightfully called for more fuel efficient cars. This is not a partisan or political letter-to-the-editor, but an open question that affects us all. If, as the article stated, “Rhode Island relies heavily on the $142.8 million” which we receive from the gas tax, then what will we do as more and more people buy hybrid-cars and engines hopefully become more and more efficient. Consumers will need less and less gas, and the state will collect less and less taxes. Compounding the problem, the state also receives a hefty income form the cigarette tax. Many call for people to stop smoking, but what happens to state revenue when a critical mass of people do, in fact, stop smoking and stop buying as much gasoline?
Grover Norquist, one of the ideological leaders of our current administration, once said he wanted to shrink the federal government until it was small enough to be drowned in a bathtub. Well, those who believe in his view of things have worked very hard to accomplish this, and we see now what happens when you do that. In this case, the government did not drown. An American city did.
Remember where you were when the Republican’s said no to a tax break…there is truely no issue upon which they’re consistant.
Tom DeLay: No support to roll back gas tax
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – House Republican Leader Tom DeLay said on Tuesday there was no support for rolling back the federal gasoline tax to offset higher prices.
“Absolutely not,” he told reporters after a meeting with President George W. Bush on issues related to Hurricane Katrina.
“Now more than ever you’re going to need … that infrastructure, those highway trust funds, to rebuild the bridges that were destroyed, rebuild the railroads that were destroyed. You have to have the infrastructure or you can’t have a recovery,” DeLay said.
Iraq, Oil Prices, Katrina. George Bush’s poll numbers are sinking as fast as oil prices are rising. We are witnessing devastation eerily similar to 9/11, the destruction zone of the Southeast tidal wave, and the parts of the world affected by war and famine. In all of this Chief Justice Renquist has died. Bush’s inability to accomplish any “mission” is good news for defenders of the Bill of Rights. Bush has lost so much political capital that the likelihood of his elevating Clarence Thomas, Antonin Scalia, or their like has diminished. These are tough times personally, humanly, economically, and internationally. Perhaps there is a chance though for a more balanced bench on the highest court inside Washington.
When Pat Robertson criticized the autocratic leader who has runed his nation’s economy while making his country a breeding-ground and target of fanatical fundementalists, was he talking about Hugo Chavez or George Bush?
I find it amusing that the British are upset by Malcolm Glazer’s purchase ofthe “football” team Manchester United.
Maybe we can swap their soccer team for the British ownership of our supermarkets [Shaw’s owned by Sainsbury, UK, Ltd.], our electricity [National GridTransco, UK], and even our coffee and ice cream [Dunkin’ Donuts and BaskinRobbins are owned by Allied Domecq PLC (AED), UK]!
Ordinarily, it seems it’s Americans who are xenophobic, like the American response to the sale of rights to the Grand Canyon and Rockefeller Center to foreign corporations.However, at the same time, it is outrageous for the British to complainabout something that they do themselves -buy up companies in other countries.
Sun, May 22, 2005
Anti-Glazer protest makes little impact
CARDIFF, Wales — The threatened anti-Malcolm Glazer protest by disgruntled Manchester United supporters made little impact at the FA Cup final on Saturday.
Although fans held banners showing their anger at Glazer`s takeover of the famous soccer club, their threat to disrupt the biggest game in the English soccer season never materialized.
One banner depicted a shattered coffin with the words “MUFC Glazer. RIP. No customers, no profits.” There was also “Glazer rot in hell,” “Yankee Go Home” and “MUFC 127 years. Glazer not in a million years.”
The anti-Glazer faction among the fans said they wore black as a protest gesture. But with the United players forced to wear black instead of their usual red because of a clash of colors with Arsenal, most of the United followers did the same anyway.
After Saturday`s match, the fans trooped home in the rain after their team lost a penalty shootout to Arsenal 5-4 after a 0-0 draw at Millennium Stadium.
Glazer, owner of the NFL`s Tampa Bay Buccaneers, has bought 75 percent of United for 790 million pounds (US$1.47 billion, €1.16 billion), meaning he can virtually do what he likes with it.
Because most of that figure is borrowed money, fans organizations fear he could sell the club`s Old Trafford stadium or use it as collateral against debts. They also fear he will raise the cost of season tickets.
They have threatened not to renew their season tickets and have refused to buy anything from the club`s highly profitable merchandising stores.