Thursday, November 16, 2006

Spittin' Wicked Randomness, Vol. 15

This Sunday, look for us in The Doo-Dah Parade in Pasadena. I'll be leading the StandUp Academy procession of Marching Grouchos. Come out and get wacky!

The Oxy library had their annual book sale yesterday (it's open to the public today, in the library at Occidental College). For $5.50, I got a falling-apart copy of Pauline Kael's 5001 Nights at the Movies, Vito Russo's The Celluloid Closet, a couple Orson Welles biographies that I'll probably never read (Peter Noble's The Fabulous Orson Welles and Charles Higham's Orson Welles: The Rise and Fall of an American Genius), a couple Dahiel Hammett novels (Red Harvest and The Dain Curse), Garma C.C. Chang's The Practice of Zen, a replacement for my long-lost copy of Holy Blood, Holy Grail, and Aspects of Alice, a collection of essays about Alice in Wonderland (Freudian, Jungian, biographical, psychedelic, and so on), which I flipped through a few times in my college library while I should have been doing research on subjects that I had no interest in at the time.

What the Dem's should do now:

Instead of dwelling on what’s gone wrong, Democrats should focus on what to do right. For example:

-Cut the Alternative Minimum Tax so it doesn’t slam the middle class, and roll back the Bush tax cuts for the rich.

-Open Medicare to every American who needs affordable health insurance, and use Medicare’s resulting huge bargaining clout to reduce drug prices.

-Bar companies from deducting from their corporate income taxes any executive pay in excess of $1 million a year.

-Raise the minimum wage and index it to inflation.

-Reform Social Security by eliminating the ceiling on payments so people earning over $100,000 a year pay the same percent of their income as everyone else.

-Raise fuel economy standards, eliminate subsidies to the oil companies, and use the money instead for basic R&D in non-carbon based energy.

-Renegotiate the Kyoto protocols on greenhouse gas emissions.

-And while we’re at it, reaffirm the Geneva Conventions.

I agree with all of that, but I might add that first the Dems might want to figure out how to sell that stuff to America, so we don't end up losing in 2008. It shouldn't be that hard to convince the 99% of the population that this stuff benefits that these are good ideas, should it?

In the "can't believe it took this long to happen" category: The Nugs Report! (Why did they wait 'til I stopped smoking?)

Yeah, this happens to me all the time.


Blogger rickdog said...

No more for-profit lobbying.

Pre-1960, the laws were very strict on this. Corporations could not make political contributions, up to 5 years in prison and the liquidation of the company. Any type of corporate influence in politics was forbidden. Now we have billions in corporate contributions, they write the letters of new law. I'm convinced that the current situation in Iraq and here at home is directly caused by this corrupt alliance - just look at the business interests of the members of the Project for a New American Century to undertand that.

12/01/2006 11:33 AM  

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