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Old 11-13-2020, 05:56 PM   #271 (permalink)
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I'll give it a watch. Probably time I revisit Inconvenient Truth while I'm at it to see how that has held up over the years.

My question is, in 12 years will we have just 12 years left before catastrophe? A better strategy would be every time a deadline is reached, extend it by half of the previous deadline length to give an ever increasing sense of urgency, with an asymptote of zero time left, meaning there will always be time left. It continually allows moral divisions to be created, which is useful.

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Old 11-13-2020, 06:29 PM   #272 (permalink)
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My better strategy would be to not mock the poor unfortunate spokewomanperson for her generation. Dylan had enough sense to reject that label.

In any case, the pole flip/micronova moots all the squabbling.
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Old 11-13-2020, 11:07 PM   #273 (permalink)
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"All tax is theft"? Not my position, the first rebuttal that comes to mind.
Which the rebuttal to that is "Goods and Services cost money". People like having roads to drive on but they don't like paying taxes to pay for them. They always want to tax somebody else. Or as my high school government teacher used to said:

"Don't tax me, don't tax thee, we'll tax that man over behind the tree."
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I would gladly pay more taxes if I knew it would result in better services.
But that is not the case. The more you pay more that gets wasted on free stuff for people who don't want to work, pointless layers of government bureaucracy and failed social programs. It seems as little money as possible is spent on stuff for the tax payer.
I would gladly pay 5 cents more a gallon for the DMV to not suck. The way the government works is they will take the 5 cents and make the DMV worse.
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Trapped by her fame like a fly in amber in the La Brea tar pit, apparently.
There's amber in the tar pit? Thought it was asphalt the last time I was there. Might be some tree sap encapsulation so this metaphor is lost on me.
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I would gladly pay more taxes if I knew it would result in better services.
But that is not the case. The more you pay more that gets wasted on free stuff for people who don't want to work, pointless layers of government bureaucracy and failed social programs. It seems as little money as possible is spent on stuff for the tax payer.
I would gladly pay 5 cents more a gallon for the DMV to not suck. The way the government works is they will take the 5 cents and make the DMV worse.
Your complaint and the perception that government is wasteful is why we don't have a simple tax structure with one pool of money that is divided up as needed like you claim you want. Instead we have this:

State Highway Fund
Oregon’s State Highway Fund collects resources from three main sources:
  • Taxes on motor fuels, including gas tax and diesel tax.
  • Taxes on heavy trucks, including the weight mile tax and truck registrations.
  • Driver and vehicle fees, including licenses and vehicle title and registration.

Under the Oregon Constitution, State Highway Fund fees and taxes must be spent on roads, including bikeways and walkways within the highway right of way. State funds can be used for both construction projects and the day-to-day maintenance and operations of the state’s roads.
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In new mexico back around 2006 this was one of the few states to charge nearly $4 a gallon for gasoline.
The governor said the tax increase was necessary to "fix the roads". Well the roads didn't get fixed at all, they got worse. I don't know what they did with the money but it definitely wasn't spent on the roads. The state deficit was also exploded to a billion dollars during that time.
Roads didn't start systematically being fixed until about 2011.
So I say fight all motoring related tax hikes, all the time.
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...so this metaphor is lost on me.
It was a mash-up of two metaphors. Sorry.
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Your complaint and the perception that government is wasteful is why we don't have a simple tax structure with one pool of money that is divided up as needed like you claim you want. Instead we have this:

State Highway Fund
Oregonís State Highway Fund collects resources from three main sources:
  • Taxes on motor fuels, including gas tax and diesel tax.
  • Taxes on heavy trucks, including the weight mile tax and truck registrations.
  • Driver and vehicle fees, including licenses and vehicle title and registration.

Under the Oregon Constitution, State Highway Fund fees and taxes must be spent on roads, including bikeways and walkways within the highway right of way. State funds can be used for both construction projects and the day-to-day maintenance and operations of the stateís roads.
A single pool of funds can still maintain accountability for spending. To say that all of fund x must be spent on use x is kinda silly, because needs aren't always consistent and predictable. If there's an over funding in one area for a particular year, those funds should be shifted, refunded, or rainy day funded rather than wasted.

My wife and I have (in essence) a joint account. It's not like we budget for food and if we hit our food budget decide we're not eating for a few days, and likewise if we have excess food budget, don't splurge on fillet mignon.

Either certain services are both essential and best administered by the state and should come from the general fund, or they are inessential or better served by other entities and not funded at all. Everything else is incompetence, ignorance, or corruption.
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To spend a billion dollars in a few years in a state with a 7 billion dollar budget with out creating some obvious benefits for the tax payer, the only logical explanation is incompetence, ignorance and corruption,

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