Solar Panels on Every Roof

November 6, 2007

I am not for government regulation beyond the authority granted by the Constitution, however, if the government can mandate things like catalytic converters for automobiles and the like, couldn’t they also mandate that all homes have solar panels on their rooftops? I’m sure there would be millions of square acres of panels generating trillions of kilowatts of energy, wouldn’t there?

So, why not?

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Freedom of expression

November 1, 2007

Listening to Bob and Tom show on the radio this morning and they had a 3 or 4 comedians in conversation with them….and it kept coming up over and over whether they could say certain things or how they could say certain things to be ok for broadcasting over the air. I could only think about 1)how our founding fathers would be rolling over in their graves if they could hear this. 2) how the # of instances and circumstances when free speech rights were limited are growing and how self imposed censorship is rampant, 3)how much creativity is limited by this obsession with controlling speech 4) that these are professional radio people that have been doing this for 30 years and they are struggling ON THE AIR to try and figure out what is ok and what isnt. To me this is awful and shameful.


Open honest government

October 16, 2007

Thinking about our posts and about how many speak to integrity and honesty within society. I am wondering if we are at the point where we have problem identification down pretty cold and if we should think about what real world options are there. Is there a “state of the art” for open and honest government? I think about the listing for freedom of the press and I beleive that a scandinavian country like Finland is at the top of that particular list. Not sure how much that equates with open and honest but it seems like it would have potential to be a component. What would the measures be if we were finding a model of a society that is “working” right now – or, if that doesnt exist, which one is working the “best” by some objective measure. Maybe this kind of ranking is already out there – I have to confess that writing this blog is all the further I have looked into it.


Michigan Income Tax Increase: Will It Really Be Rolled Back?

October 1, 2007

According to The Detroit News, the new bill just passed to avert a government shutdown

would ratchet up the levy from 3.9 percent to 4.35 percent to raise $760 million. The rate would begin a gradual rollback in 2011 and return to 3.9 percent by 2015.

My question: Will the income tax ever be rolled back to 3.9 percent? Ever?

I predict that the Michigan income tax will never see 3.9 percent again. Ever!

This is the way government usually works: Squeak something in via “compromise,” place some kind of “rollback” or “sunset” provision in order to get it passed, and later pass new bills that remove the “rollback” or “sunset” provision.