Tax Gas to Pay for Roads

I know you will probably scream bloody murder at this suggestion but you have to admit it makes sense: Raise federal gasoline taxes to pay for desperately needed road and bridge construction and repairs. Yes, it could be politically unpopular. But hey, President Obama doesn’t have to worry about getting reelected, so why did he […]
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The Threat of Cheap Oil

  According to an old saying I heard as a child in Jamaica, “One man’s rise is another man’s downfall.” And, as usual with those old sayings, it has proven to be quite accurate throughout my lifetime. Cheap oil is a dream come true for most of the industrialized world. It means lower gas prices […]
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In bad times, the private sector doesn’t create jobs.

I’m a little tired of the claim that the private sector not the government creates jobs.  That’s not entirely true.  In good times, that is true.  But these are not good times and in these times, the only entity that can stimulate job creation is the government. Think about it logically.  Profit is the motive […]
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Pay No Attention to Those Pesky Polls

Sandra was worried. President Obama’s popularity seemed to be taking a nosedive. So on this balmy Florida day, with the sun in the sky and the birds in the trees, her brow was furrowed. Those pesky polls! They’ve ruined my wife’s day. The latest ABC News/Washington Post poll gave the president a 46 percent approval score, […]
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Economics 101

While I have not been shaken from my belief that much of the debt crisis thingy was about both parties ganging up to send the teaparty into needed retirement, I must admit concerns about the agreement reached, with the apparent approval of president Obama.  And it’s not because House leader John Boehner’s boasted that “We […]
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Saggy pants and blue bikinis

This country is race-divided but also in race-denial. A new trend in discussing race is that when a black person is offended, he is called a racist. Offense is the best for of defense. Many of you might have heard about Deshon Marman who was evicted from a US Airways plane and then arrested, simply […]
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Now They’re Blaming Obama for High Gas Prices

I wonder how the Republican leaders and their media mouthpieces will manage to blame President Obama for the wildfires in Arizona? For blame him they probably will.  They’ve found a way to blame him for just about everything else. Their latest absurd claim is that the Obama administration deliberately enacted policies designed to raise the […]
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Gas Prices: The $4-a-Gallon Misunderstanding

Now that gas is over four dollars a a gallon again, you will be hearing the cry of “Drill baby, drill” across the land. The hucksters who manipulate the politicians in Washington (and throughout the western world) will be screaming for less regulation, more domestic drilling, even if it means death and destruction like the […]
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Why Drill, Baby, Drill When There’s a Glut of Oil?

The Florida Legislature, which is dominated by Republicans, recently voted to allow drilling within three miles of the state’s beaches. Gov. Charlie Crist and leaders in the state Senate have so far refused to go along with the idea, but you can bet the fossil fuel companies aren’t about to give up their battle for […]
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There’s Obviously More to Gas Prices than “Drill, Baby, Drill”

You’ve probably heard that oil prices are way down – and expected to go even lower as world demand weakens. And you might be wondering why gas prices in the U.S. are going up. The answer: American refineries are producing less gas. That’s right. When oil prices go down, refineries cut back. That reduces the […]
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