Tell someone who has little chance of making it in an economy lacking jobs for even college grads that they can get rich through little effort, and yes, they will probably take the bait.
Does any other country do this to their citizens?
Are there not enough real criminals? Do the police not know where Wall Street is located?
Anyways, what else are they supposed to do? The average person at a minimum wage McDonald’s job is almost 30 with a clean record. If you are anything less than that, you have virtually no chance in this economy – which means no food, no house, nothing.
This is the predictable outcome of our nation’s conservative/neo-liberal policies.
At least that’s what the title of this article should have been in the USATODAY:
A poll conducted for the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals in May found that 71 percent of Iowans oppose [horse] slaughter, and three in four Iowans oppose having a slaughterhouse in their community.
Pretty ironic, coming from a state where at least 97% have no problem slaughtering millions of other animals for their enjoyment.
Next we will get a poll telling us how mad they were at Michale Vick.
I don’t mind my food being raised in my community. Why do ~75% of Iowans have a problem with it?
Why is it considered child cruelty to show non-vegan children where their food comes from?
The premise of the editorial (masquerading as “news”) is the brilliant idea to replace (or supplement) the gas tax with a mileage tax, which has the effective purpose (which of course is never stated) is subsidizing large, low mpg vehicles (think trucks, etc) for the damage they do to roads and the climate, and shift those costs onto lightweight, low mpg vehicles (think hybrids and electric cars) which do significantly less damage to both. (Pro-tip: reducing weight is one of the easiest ways to increase MPG, so to people saying that high MPG cars are getting away with damage to roads, you can stop now. The total amount of “free” damage electric cars would get away with is miniscule with the damage large, heavy vehicles CURRENTLY get away with: WHERE IS THE OUTRAGE, HYPOCRITES?)
It is too bad they were unable to find anyone that wasn’t firmly in the neoliberal camp on this one to maybe get a word in edgewise. Instead readers are left with less than half the story.
Let’s review the damage:
States are looking for an alternative to the gas tax, because the per-gallon taxes often do not keep up with inflation, and they are bringing in less money as cars become more fuel-efficient.
This is only true because they were explicitly written not to keep up with inflation. Do you know what would be a faster, more efficient way of funding our roads than writing a massive boondoggle of a legislation that involves tracking devices, new taxes, new bills distributed to millions of new people through the mail, etc, etc, etc? A one page bill indexing the gas tax to inflation. Who knew! Only a fool could support this mess.
Oregon’s gas tax is currently 30 cents a gallon. The mileage tax under the legislation would be 1.5 cents a gallon. So anyone driving a car averaging fewer than 20 miles per gallon would pay less money under the mileage tax than the gas tax and maybe even get a refund.
Notice the error there? The author is even so confused by this stupidity he confuses “gallons” with “miles.” Again, this is subsidizing anyone with a heavy gas guzzler that gets under 20mpg, while charging anyone with a lighter, less damaging, high mpg vehicle the difference.
“We are forward-looking enough to realize a better solution really isn’t out there,” said Oregon state Rep. Vicki Berger, a Republican.
Now there’s a vote for the single dumbest person in Oregon. You know what is a “better” solution? Raise the gas tax to the appropriate level. In EITHER CASE, the state collects THE SAME AMOUNT OF REVENUE. The only difference is under the hair-brained scheme is the massive increase in inefficiency: again, thousands of meters for cars, mailing bills, processing checks, missed payments, errors, etc, etc, etc. This really is the single dumbest program proposed in a LONG time.
Now, again, not a SINGLE PERSON was quoted in the editorial on the stupidity of this program: the massive economic inefficiency, the massive subsidized costs to inefficient drivers, the massive externalized costs to climate change and the environment. Not one single sentence pointing out the obvious.
No wonder this country is filled with people who have no idea what is going on.
All of the hand-wringing rings hollow when coming from a society which does much worse to billions of animals yearly just for their pleasure (the US is still technically in the first world):
A New Jersey woman pleaded guilty to animal cruelty charges Tuesday in a case that sparked international headlines after an emaciated dog was found, starved and near-death, wrapped in a plastic bag and thrown down a building’s garbage chute…
The dog — named Patrick by his rescuers when he was brought in around St. Patrick’s Day — was found near death in a plastic bag at the bottom of a trash chute. The dog survived and recovered. Thousands of fans followed Patrick’s progress on his Facebook page. A custody fight over the dog erupted after his much-publicized plight resulted in thousands of letters and donations from around the world.
She should have hired a farmer to do it for her and avoided all the criticism.
Gov. Robert F. McDonnell said Tuesday that he will return all the gifts from businessman Jonnie R. Williams Sr. and indicated for the first time that he was not aware of everything the Star Scientific executive had given to his family.
Why deny any inmate a DNA test that could definitively prove that he was innocent, especially in a country where DNA evidence has led to the post-conviction exoneration of 310 people? On average, those wrongfully incarcerated men served 13.6 years in prison.
I guess we’ll have to assume The Atlantic is still using Lynx web browsers for research.