Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Best Sentences I Read Today, About The Senate

About the Senate's successful vote to privatize its failing restaurants:

Wizbang Blog: If the U.S. government can't even run a food service organization without driving it into the ground, how in the hell is it going to run our entire health care system?

About the Senate's failed vote to tax the windfall profits of oil companies:

FEE: Giving politicians money is no way to increase the supply of gasoline.


At 6/11/2008 1:40 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

What can we do to strengthen the dollar, lower unemployment, help the construction industry, lower energy prices, stimulate the economy, help the auto industry, and increase tax revenues?

The answer is ....... begin drilling for oil.

Having worked in the steel mills, I know how drill pipe can stimulate steel production. Oil companies need heavy machinery and trucks that also require steel.

Transportation will be needed to move supplies, not to mention the supplies themselves will be needed and stimulate other producers of wire, chains, I-beams, etc. Cain link fences.

Construction of oil derricks will require additional workers and metals. They will need geologists, engineers, metallurgists, inspectors, testers, etc.

They will need road builders and deep sea divers and barges and ships and pipes. Ship captains, service crews.

Lumber will be needed for houses and offices and various storage sheds, temporary structures and scaffolding. Sheetrock. Wiring. Light bulbs.

Furniture, fixtures, plumbing fixtures, copper pipe, plastic pipe,

They will need generators, engines, turbines, furnaces, etc, especially if drilling in the arctic.

Of course, workers need clothes, coats, heavy winter wear, socks, etc.
And of course food and water, doctors, medical care.

But the Congress of the Unites States says no. That's bad for the People.

At 6/11/2008 2:46 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nice post, anon. 1:40,

Some quotes from Mark Twain:

Suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of Congress. But I repeat myself.

This country has come to feel the same when Congress is in session as when the baby gets hold of a hammer.

Oh, I don't blame Congress. If I had $600 billion at my disposal, I'd be irresponsible, too.

Senator Dood seems to have confirmed all three in the recent posting regarding taxing any industry with an imagined "windfall profit".

At 6/12/2008 10:46 AM, Blogger Marko said...

Is it any wonder that the schools are messed up when they can't run a restaurant?

I always ask people if they would like to have the folks at the DMV running their health care, or schools, or oil companies. They usually say no. Also, people hate HMOs - why would they prefer to have the government have us all join an HMO that they run?

We need to do a better job explaining this stuff to people.


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