Daily Archives: May 4, 2008

Am I The Lone Voice In The Wilderness

I was beginning to think that I was the lone voice crying out in the wilderness. I felt a little like the mythic boy who tried to put his finger in the dike to stop a flood.

I went to CBS’s web site to protest this evenings’ news. Remarkably they report that even among African Americans there is some displeasure with the Reverend Wright. Even many of these people have succumbed to the constant drum beat of the big lie promulgated by CBS news itself. They did not report on a single person who had obviously heard what Pastor Wright actually said and was thus able to resist the big lie. Is it a little hard to believe in this unanimity?

Surely there must be a few other people in the 300,000,000 in this country who have heard what I heard.

Even more remarkably I found this item by John Nichols that had been printed in The Nation. There is at least one other person in this world who appears to have actually listened to what Pastor Wright is saying.

At the National Press Club meeting and at the NAACP meeting, Pastor Wright received a huge round of applause at the end. What did these people hear that they thought was worthy of vociferous applause? Do you think the news media is even curious? Are you curious? How come we have not heard an opinion from a single person that attended these meetings?

By the way, several times at the National Press Club event, it was pointed out that there were many guests in attendance. It was the guests who were applauding, not the press corps. Only a few of the press corp applauded. What did that audience hear that the press corps did not? Why couldn’t the press corps hear the message that was actually delivered?

To be fair, I have received an email from Garland Bayley which expresses similar outrage to mine. I posted his email as a comment to a previous item.

I also can tell from the statistics on this web site that people are reading and following the links in my previous posts about this issue. The interview with Bill Moyers seems to be the most popular so far.

Why Not Lower The Gas Tax

Here is a link to an explanation of why we shouldn’t lower the gas tax.

As I noted in my response to the proposal:

If Hillary’s plan is to recoup the taxes by charging the oil companies in a different way, why would she think that they would lower the gas prices because the way they were taxed had shifted?I know I could make a case for it, but it is hardly a sure thing.

The other problem I have with windfall profits taxes is trying to figure out how you define a windfall profit.

Wouldn’t a windfall profit tax be anti-free market? The possibility of profits and losses is one way that the market has of pricing economic risk. We should think long and hard before fooling with this market driven mechanism.