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Last week, I asked if you had a message you'd like to send Rush Limbaugh. The response was overwhelming. We received tens of thousands of submissions, and we picked the top five:Now, I did not submit an entry, but I'd like to throw out a couple more options that I feel would better express the sentiment we're after.
Now, we're putting it up for a vote. Decide which slogan Rush will see in his home town.
- "Americans didn't vote for a Rush to failure"
- "Hope and change cannot be Rush'd"
- "Failure is not an option for America's future"
- "We can fix America, just don't Rush it"
- "Rush: Say yes to America"
The slogan with the most votes will be put on a billboard where Rush can't miss it.
THE CLAIM: "The president's budget increases taxes on every American, and does so during a recession," said Rep. Dave Camp of Michigan, the top Republican on the tax-writing House Ways and Means Committee. "Let's just be honest and call it a carbon tax that will increase taxes on all Americans who drive a car, who have a job, who turn on a light switch, pure and simple," House Minority leader John Boehner, R-Ohio, said of Obama's plan to impose a tariff on polluters.
THE FACTS: Under Obama's plan, tax cuts enacted under President George W. Bush for families making more than $250,000 would be allowed to expire in 2011, increasing the top income tax rate from 35 percent to 39.6 percent. The top capital gains tax rate would jump from 15 percent to 20 percent. Middle- and low-income taxpayers - 95 percent of Americans, by the president's calculations - would receive a new tax credit
Obama also would impose fees on greenhouse gas producers, including power plants that burn fossil fuels, by auctioning off carbon pollution permits. The goal is to reduce the emissions blamed for global warming. The fees would raise a projected $646 billion over 10 years. Obama aides don't dispute that consumers will get the passed-along costs. In testimony to the House Ways and Means Committee in September, White House budget chief Peter Orszag, then the director of the Congressional Budget Office, said companies that have to pay the emissions fees "would not ultimately bear most of the costs of the allowances. Instead, they would pass them along to their customers (and their customers' customers) in the form of higher prices." The added cost to consumers is meant as an incentive to reduce energy consumption. "If people don't change how they use energy, then they will face higher costs for energy," Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner said Tuesday.
That emphasis is mine, but that's the real crux of the matter. The Republicans may be right that it'll cost more to keep living the way we do under Obama's new tax plan. And that's the goddamn point, to raise the cost of living for lifestyles that are unsustainable. Sometimes it seems like conservatives would rather keep burning oil and coal until they're so scarce that the markets force consumers into an alternative, why walk off a cliff if you can see it coming?
Imagine your buddy suggesting you stop drinking tequila before you pee your pants, vomit on the floor and drive his car through a Starbucks window. You don't really want to, and you're not making sense, so maybe he provides a little incentive upside your head.
Money-grubbers: Obama's just trying to motivate in a language you speak, hitting you in the wallet so that you'll understand its cheaper to use renewable resources and consume less energy. Or maybe you'd prefer if Obama came to your house and punched you in the face every week until you stopped polluting so much.
Solid Waste:See? There's no reason not to use plastic bottles! This kinda logic keeps rolling in:
plastic bottles are only .3 percent of our solid waste
nothing in a landfill will biodegrade anyway
we have plenty of space for more landfills
Footprints?:Sweet Samson, I wanna smack somebody. I've got no problem with plastic or bottles. Its excess that's the problem; packaging and transporting a product that is already piped to virtually every building in our country is excess. Sure, brining potable water to regions that lack it is worthwhile, but enabling this disposable culture is wasteful and disgraceful.
plastic bottles don't effect global warming
we couldn't change global warming if we wanted to
plastic is cheaper to produce and transport than glass or metal
we should make money while we can and adapt to climate change when we need to