Python at the Ohio Statehouse

30 03 2011

Today, 3.30.11, Republican Speaker of the Ohio House of Representatives (Batchelder) and the Citizens who he represents clashed over SB5… (Paraphased interaction)

Batchelder:  Shut up!  Will you shut up!

Citizens: Ah, now we see the violence inherent in the system.

Batchelder:  Shut up!

Citizens:  Oh!  Come and see the violence inherent in the system! HELP! HELP! I’m being repressed!

Batchelder: Bloody peasant!

Citizens: Oh, what a giveaway.  Did you hear that? Did you hear that, eh?  That’s what I’m on about — did you see him repressing me, you saw it didn’t you?

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The Good Old Days…?

15 10 2010

I am not nostalgic for the days the Tea-GOP seem to long for.

It’s easy to think that government should stay out of our lives– we are a culture that deeply values privacy– but do we really want government to cease its protections?

Do you like the idea equal rights for women, persons with disabilities, persons of every race, creed, color and culture? Do you like knowing that there isn’t rat poison in your Cheerios? Do you like weekends? Do you like public education? Social Security benefits? Do you like public works– water? sewage treatment? roads? Do you think minimum wage protects workers from sweat-shop-like treatment? 40-hour work weeks? Overtime? Breaks during your work day? How do you like IEPs and IDEA? ADA? The end of legal discrimination by insurance companies against children with disabilities?

I want government to continue to protect my son from discrimination by schools,  insurance companies,  public bus drivers, diner owners, employers and bullies.  I want water delivered to my home– and sewage removed. I want to know that the food I serve my family is safe.

Two years ago I voted for change and, although slow in coming, there have been victories! My son has insurance and my credit cards can’t abuse me. That’s not bad!

I don’t want to return to the good old days– they really weren’t good.





Tax Break In The Works

18 01 2008

According to Andrew Taylor of the AP– which I trust about 75% of the time, CNN which I trust about 33% of the time and MSNBC which I trust about 50% of the time; there appears to be a tax cut coming today to get the economy going again.

From AP: Aides to lawmakers involved in the talks said the White House also wants to eliminate the 10 percent income tax bracket for one year and issue a rebate within months. Advocates for the poor said that tens of millions of people in lower income ranges would be left out or not fully feel the benefit of the White House plan.

Lawmakers were instead discussing a $500 rebate for individuals, the aides said, with details for couples and people with children still being negotiated.

The rebates would likely be limited to individuals with incomes of $85,000 or less and couples with incomes of $110,000 or less, the aides said, speaking on condition of anonymity because no final decisions had been made.

The president did not push for a permanent extension of his 2001 and 2003 tax cuts, many of which are due to expire in 2010, officials said. That would eliminate a potential stumbling block to swift action by Congress, since most Democrats oppose making the tax cuts permanent.

Paulson said the business section of Bush’s plan would be focused on “giving businesses the incentive to hire people, to create jobs.”

White House counselor Ed Gillespie said Friday on CNN the White House would still like to see the tax cuts made permanent, but the president believes a stimulus plan needs to be put into place within the next few weeks.

Bernanke voiced his support for a stimulus package in an appearance before the House Budget Committee. He stressed that it must be temporary and must be implemented quickly – so that its economic effects could be felt as much as possible within the next 12 months.

Back to my thoughts: I’m certainly not opposed to paying taxes as a general rule so long as it’s actually being used for the improvement of this country and not for padding the pockets of the already rich.  I am opposed to continuing to waste tax dollars while the people who pay for them are struggling. Further, I have real issues with borrowing money from China, paying more than a couple hundred for a toilet in the pentagon or wasting millions on Yucca mountain– which appears to finally be dead in the water.

So, we’ll see what happens with this proposed tax break… CNN was doing a survey asking what people would do with their $800. More than one email they read said it would go towards heating bills and gas for vehicles. This isn’t going to stimulate the economy but, it will help the individuals who need it for their bills. 

I’m not opposed to getting a check from Uncle Sam– the way the Bush Administration spends it I’d just as soon get the money– however, wouldn’t– in the long term– that money be better used buying solar panels or new windows?  Maybe that’s what we’ll do with ours… over the long term it would be a much bigger savings.  Think they’ll extend the engergy tax credits too?

To learn more about energy tax credits visit: http://www.energy.gov/taxbreaks.htm





The Economic Effects Of Richardson Dropping Out Of The Race

13 01 2008

Think about the t-shirts, yard signs, buttons and mugs with “Richardson 08” emblazoned on them… think about the shop owners and street vendors who bought them to sell. Think about the printers who have stock made up. I realize that no small country will fall as a result but these are real people who made a financial investment and are now stuck with stock that will be sold basically for scrap…

We spent a lot of time getting artwork together for our web-store. Call me selfish but, we have some really cool designs with Bill Richardson (www.cafepress.com/bullfeathers/) and now… they’re wasted. Don’t get me wrong– there are some other really great things, great art (I know, I’m biased) and fun lines. Not everything on our site is political– there is a section on Autism, fun designs, some suggestive stuff and plenty of non-Richardson political stuff.

We’re fortunate– our only investment is time. (Cafe Press does print on demand)… but, I certainly feel for the folks who have money invested for which they will not see any return.





I Love to Hate Clinton… but there are cracks in my armor

9 01 2008

I don’t like Hillary Clinton. It’s everything and nothing about her. Maybe I’m too old fashioned… maybe she seemed like a big phony… maybe she “stood by her (lying, cheating, SOB) man”… whatever it is– was– I’m starting to re-think my position.

Her contained, lady-like, emotional display earlier this week made me look at her as if she is human for the first time.  I lived in Washington DC when the Clintons arrived– at the time of the very suspicious suicide, at the time when their investments were questioned and there were all kinds of rumors circling about her having an affair of her own… by the time Monica came along I was gone from there and no longer privy to inside the beltway gossip– I’ll bet it was fun at the RNC!!

I have friends who are big Hillary supporters and know her personally. They say that in person she is a real human being– funny, passionate and smart. I’ve never met her and don’t have a personal experience to draw upon.

 Anyway, I’m going to take a new look at her Health Care and Autism Plans and see where that leads me.  Economically– I think she has as good of a shot at fixing things as any of the other top candidates. These are the issues that matter the most to me and will weigh much heavier than their like-ability or what they think about immigration or abortion. I’ll keep you informed of my progress.





What happened to Richardson?

4 01 2008

I was really disappointed in Richardson who I have supported until now.  The media started reporting yesterday afternoon that he had made a deal with Obama.  I don’t really blame Obama for asking Richardson to give away his votes if it turned out that he wasn’t able to reach the needed 15%. That’s smart business. I do fault Richardson for going along with it. Dodd had the right idea– don’t speak for your supporters. You can’t ask someone to vote for you then commit them to another candidate.

In a shift from what I usually write– I have to say that I was really impressed by Edwards post 2nd place acknowledgement speech in Iowa last night. He talked about real people and their real problems. He talked about ending the influence of big business and bringing the US back to a place where “The American Dream” become a reality. He was passionate, articulate and intelligent. I like what he’s saying about the Economy and need to research what he’ll do for Autistic folks and their families before I switch over.  Still haven’t been able to find anything about Autism in relation to Edwards.

Huckabee seems like a really great guy. I know a member of his senior staff and she is a really smart woman so I can’t imagine she would sign on if Huckabee weren’t who he claims to be. My concern is with his fact checking. It bothers me that he crossed the writer’s picket line– so did Hillary for all practical purposes. I don’t think Huckabee is a viable candidate in most of the country.  He’ll do well with conservative Christians but not with moderates, or socially liberal Christians. I do believe he is the real deal– he is a genuine christian in the sense that he practices what he preaches– he has a real relationship with God. I applaud him for his genuine-ness– I just don’t believe he has what it takes to make it as the next president.

Right now I’m not sure where I’ll go but, Richardson lost my support.