In “Parse-imony” I break down current news stories with my pithy, running commentary…
First the headline:
ANNAPOLIS — Maryland lawmakers will debate today an increase in the sales tax on alcoholic beverages and how to subsidize troubled horse racing tracks as the General Assembly pushes toward midnight adjournment. [It is extremely interesting that the Maryland elected officials are looking to tax citizen who prefer to imbibe while at the same time give money to (although “subsidize” sounds much better) folks who run another “sin tax” operation leaving little doubt who has better lobbyists.]
My daughter decided to attend a college that is around 250 miles from home. It’s not a terrible trip a majority of it is highway and most of that is the Pennsylvania Turnpike. The Turnpike leg is nearly 170 miles unless I take a scenic route and get off early. The last trip turned out to be a real muse as I had several ideas for posts…including this one.
A few months ago I posted about the first liberal alter, abortion. Now on Labor Day it seems appropriate to post my second installment about unions. I think that I have a pretty unique perspective on unions having grown up in a heavily unionized Pittsburgh area and raised by a very pro-union father yet I was never a member of a union. I certainly remember my father having to take turns on the picket line when his union went on strike and I remember many times when he could not cross other picket lines in support of other unions.
At the risk of having my head removed from my body I have a few thoughts on the GSM (Ground Zero Mosque) controversy:
- I don’t see how Americans can look for legal means to stop the construction of the GZM. If we are a nation of laws and the mosque meets the standards and rules then it should not be prevented.
- I don’t see how Muslims who claim to be tolerant would in their wildest dreams would consider putting a mosque anywhere near the site of America’s greatest terrorist attack and carried out by Muslims.
Fresh from my experiences with Waiting Room Etiquette at my wife’s auto dealership I had the pleasure of logging around a thousand miles traveling to visit family over the last ten days. Unfortunately I had to share this time with many other drivers. I know that polls show that we all think we are superior drivers and we can do anything we want; the rules should only apply to the other guy. In my case that is true, but the rest of you need to show some etiquette so that superior drivers like me can get to our destinations unimpeded.
News briefs are a collection of interesting news stories…
This version is a glimpse into Pittsburgh politics dominated for decades by Democrats.
Brief 1: The Port Authority of Allegheny County (home of Pittsburgh) is the government agency tasked with running a transit system. As you might expect the agency poorly run and constantly running in the red. Facing another budget deficit the Authority has not threatened to streamline, become efficient, or even look to reduce labor costs their typical threat is to cut service. That seems to make sense except that this threat is not meant as a way to cut costs, but to enrage the local citizens to pressure politicians for more money. This tactic only works every time and lame duck Governor Ed Rendell has stepped and has threatened to”flex”[steal would be my term] federal highway money to save mass transit unless lawmakers raise taxes. Governor Rendell never met a tax he didn’t like.