Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Senator Brown

Come on. Barely 2.5 million people voted in this Mass. special election to replace Ted Kennedy and it appears they now determine the fate of an entire nation. 1/2 % of the entire population of the USA. I CALL BULLSHIT ON THAT. Get some huevos Democrats.
Some dumb-blond dude shows up in the Senate spouting the same old failed Republican talking points and you fold. I get the sense that you were ready to fold, the bullies have beat you down or maybe you really kinda like the corporate friendly republican-lite legislation you get when you seek "bi-partisanship."
When the Republicans lose they double down and become even bigger assholes. They don't change. They have nothing, they are proposing nothing. NOTHING that addresses the issues of the day. But somehow as a minority party, 41% of one of two the legislative bodies, they can jerk your chains and you heal like some like a subservient dog.

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Move your money

I read about "Move Your Money" site on the Huffington Post. Go and see the little film and again vote with your $$$$.

Friday, December 4, 2009

I can't help it.

I can't help myself, I have to get this off my chest.
Sarah Palin has said that she wants our President to boycott the Climate Change conference because of some emails that totally blow the entire field of climate science out of the water. But wait what did she do when she actually had any responsibility and would be held to account for her opinions and action:

Sarah Palin
September 14th, 2007


I, Sarah Palin, Governor of the State of Alaska, under the authority of art. III, secs. 1 and 24 of the Alaska Constitution establish the Alaska Climate Change Sub-Cabinet to advise the Office of the Governor on the preparation and implementation of an Alaska climate change strategy.
Scientific evidence shows many areas of Alaska are experiencing a warming trend. Many experts predict that Alaska, along with our northern latitude neighbors, will continue to warm at a faster pace than any other state, and the warming will continue for decades. Climate change is not just an environmental issue. It is also a social, cultural, and economic issue important to all Alaskans. As a result of this warming, coastal erosion, thawing permafrost, retreating sea ice, record forest fires, and other changes are affecting, and will continue to affect, the lifestyles and livelihoods of Alaskans. Alaska needs a strategy to identify and mitigate potential impacts of climate change and to guide its efforts in evaluating and addressing known or suspected causes of climate change. Alaska's climate change strategy must be built on sound science and the best available facts and must recognize Alaska's interest in economic growth and the development of its resources. Commercializing Alaska's great natural gas reserves through a new pipeline will improve the nation's energy security while providing a clean, low carbon fuel to help the nation reduce its overall greenhouse gas emissions.
The purpose of the Climate Change Sub-Cabinet is to advise the Office of the Governor on the preparation and implementation of an Alaska climate change strategy. This strategy should include building the state's knowledge of the actual and foreseeable effects of climate warming in Alaska, developing appropriate measures and policies to prepare communities in Alaska for the anticipated impacts from climate change, and providing guidance regarding Alaska's participation in regional and national efforts addressing the causes and effects of climate change.
In view of its purpose, the Climate Change Sub-Cabinet shall develop recommendations on the following:
  1. the assembly of scientific research, modeling, and mapping information in ways that will help the public and policymakers understand the actual and projected effects of climate change in Alaska, including the time frames in which those effects are likely to take place;
  2. the prioritization of climate change research in Alaska to best meet the needs of the public and policymakers;
  3. the most effective means of informing, and generating a dialogue with the public regarding climate change in Alaska;
  4. the early assessment and development of an action plan addressing climate change impacts on coastal and other vulnerable communities in Alaska;
  5. the policies and measures to reduce the likelihood or magnitude of damage to infrastructure in Alaska from the effects of climate change;
  6. the policies and measures addressing foreseeable changes to the marine environment; the quantity, quality, and location of fish and game in Alaska; and the productivity of forests and agricultural lands in Alaska due to climate change;
  7. the evaluation and response to the risks of new, or an increase in the frequency or severity of, disease and pests due to climate change in Alaska;
  8. the identification of federal and state mechanisms for financing climate change activities in Alaska, including research and adaptation projects;
  9. the potential benefits of Alaska participating in regional, national, and international climate policy agreements and greenhouse gas registries;
  10. the opportunities to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from Alaska sources, including the expanded use of alternative fuels, energy conservation, energy efficiency, renewable energy, land use management, and transportation planning;
  11. aggressive efforts toward development of an Alaska natural gas pipeline to commercialize clean burning, low carbon natural gas reserves
  12. the opportunities to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the operations of Alaska state government;
  13. the opportunities for Alaska to participate in carbon-trading markets, including the offering of carbon sequestration;
  14. the identification of economic opportunities for Alaska that might emerge as a result of the growing response to this global challenge;
  15. other policies and measures that the Climate Change Sub-Cabinet considers would help achieve the purpose of this Order

This Order takes effect immediately.

DATED at Juneau, Alaska, this 14th day of September, 2007.
She isn't real. I am sure of it. She just can't be.


Via Sam Stein at the Huffington Post who reports on this story. Read those and mine below is just a further rant.

I am self-employed, my wife works two part-time jobs. No employer based insurance is available to us. Last year, after years of not having any insurance my wife let me sign her up on my catastrophic health insurance plan. I still have to convince her every month to pay the bill.

I was looking at new plans for me and the kid and was able to add her for what appeared to be about $100 or so. Signed up on-line, got a quote and sent in the paperwork. The policy comes back being about an extra $150 to add her. (She has actually used health care in the past and this is counted against people when they sign up for insurance.) Bite the bullet, got to be responsible. So we started paying the monthly payment of around $500 for a policy that has a $5000.00 deductible and and bunch of really fine print. It isn't health care, it really is insurance against the dreaded day when you hear from the doctor, "I have some bad news...." And then it might be useless.

Now apparently we are not paying enough to meet Wall Street's expectation for their profits.

Aetna President Mark Bertolini laid out how the company planned to raise prices to improve the company's profit margin. He said the firm had "implemented a combination of underwriting enhancements, pricing actions and plan design changes, intended to ensure that each customer is priced to an appropriate margin."

They are making a profit, just not enough. (What is that called again? Oh yes, I think it is "greed") So Aetna will be raising rates and kicking out clients who use health care. Nice. These people are so sure they are going to win this health care reform issue, they are people who are such bullies, who have the entire Republican Party and 3/4 of the Democrats in their pocket, they can just lay a big stinking pile of crap right on the American public, and then expect us to thank them.

No reform needed here. The best medical care in the world!!! And good public policy. Let the marketplace decide who deserves health care, no government "death panels" needed. It just happens by the magical power of the free markets.

I am not sure if I am going to try and convince the wife to pay that bill again.

Thursday, September 24, 2009

What is that Parnell up to?

What is that Parnell up to? The governor's office is entirely too quiet. It is kinda boring. Maybe he could hire Meg back. That would get things rolling.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009


Thinking about the Permanent Fund Dividend.
Each year when the Gov. announces the amount the Permanent Fund Dividend that each of us Alaskans will be getting, I am struck by the unmet needs that exist in our state and the possibilities of what we collectively could be doing with that money. The oil that generates the money isn't ours, the resource doesn't belong to the current citizens of the State of Alaska, it belongs to future citizens as well.

I grew up in Texas. The burbs of Dallas. Texas has a Permanent Fund too. But in their Constitution they set up a Permanent Unviversity Fund. The University of Texas System and the Teas A&M system are both in part supported by the money generated by this fund.

These two Universties are top notch institutions, education and research. The endowment the PUF has created will keep these universities going long after the wealth from the resources has been exhausted. Future generations will have access to education and will economically benefit from the research produced by these institutions. We will all get to pay off our credit cards, pay from some oil for the heater, or use all kids PFD's and buy a snow machine.

A study on the impact of a strong University system reports,
"For every $1 dollar the state invests in UT System higher education, that dollar serves as a catalyst for, and ultimately results in, an additional $24 dollars of gross work-life incremental earnings that go into the Texas economy."

I can't find any research on the impact of the PFD, but I am sure that is big as well, but too what end?

Sunday, July 5, 2009

Good Luck Sarah

It seems obvious that Sarah Palin reached the limits of her executive capabilities as mayor of Wasilla. Her further advancement was just ambition, a confluenece of political disasters (Gov. Murkowski, Knowles, McCain) and just dumb luck.  

Politically she was a master of capitalizing on the events of the day.  We have to give her that. Unfortunately, or more correctly, fortunately she lacked any substance to back up the bluster. It was always about playing the politics and promoting the brand.

Alaska can move on now and she can further her new career as a celebrity-politician. And unless there is revelation of a scandal or she takes up the offer from Playboy and wipes out the modicum of credibility that she retains, she will continue to drag the Republican Party further right and further into obscurity. 

Good luck Sarah.