March 03, 2006

After Wu-Tang... Russ Feingold and Barack Obama love the kids!

A quick update on two of the most popular senators in D.C., first Illinois Senator Barack Obama comes up with a great plan to help our auto industry issues:
The federal government would pay 10 percent of the $6.7 billion in annual health costs for retirees that are weighing down General Motors, Ford and Chrysler if they'll commit to building more fuel-efficient cars, Obama proposed in a speech Tuesday before a panel at the National Governors Association conference. He called it a "win-win proposal for the industry."

The Washington Monthly explains the details of Obama's Plan:
The plan includes a new focus on biofuels, primarily cellulosic ethanol. His plan has five components:
  • Ramp up new fuel standards that will result in production of 65 billion gallons of alternative fuels per year by 2025.
  • Mandate that the federal government buy only flex fuel vehicles.
  • Within ten years, mandate that every car in America is a flex fuel vehicle. Include a $100 tax credit per vehicle to ease the pain.
  • Put yellow gas caps on all flex fuel vehicles.
  • Provide a $30,000 tax credit to any gas station that installs E85 pumps (i.e., a blend of 85% ethanol and 15% gasoline).
  • Sometimes the government needs to give the free markets a slight "nudge" to get them going in a direction that will benefit the greater good. Government spending should NOT bail out every industry that fucks up, but Obama's plan is more of a "trade" than a "bail out" because our environment doesn't have a voice or cash to influence the free markets. (But maybe Hurricane Katrina counts as a "voice").

    In Russ Feingold news, check out the Rhodian Attic's great collection of Russ Feingold quotes and how his political career relates to good ol' Mahatma Gandhi! Here's one of the best quotes from the bunch:
    "America was founded on the principle of freedom for all people, and I strongly believe that the civil rights of all individuals should be vigorously upheld regardless of race, religion, national origin, gender, age, disability, genetic make-up, or sexual orientation. Upholding the rights of all citizens has proven to be a struggle throughout our history, but nothing worthwhile is achieved without a struggle."

    Good leaders exist in our government, we shouldn't have to settle for Hillary's flaky ass in 2008, believe that! Russ Feingold in 08'... you saw it first on the blogs.


    At 3/03/2006 8:07 PM, Blogger Kathleen Callon said...

    Came over to say that with Feingold as a mentor, Obama would be great as VP even without "marinating". (Thanks for the props, by the way.) Both of them are admirable, diplomatic, and most importantly, seem like good, honest people.

    Thanks for telling me about Russ. Ever since, when I've seen his name, I've made sure to read more about him. There is hope. Peace.


    At 3/03/2006 8:46 PM, Blogger chico-towner said...

    We got roughly 3 years to get goin on helping Russ get elected. Right now i'm fighting to get rid of the republicans in my own district. It's gonna be years before we get some sort of balance back into our government, but like Russ said "Nothing worthwile is achieved without a struggle."

    Stay blessed!

    At 3/03/2006 9:39 PM, Blogger pissed off patricia said...

    Hey chico, Russ is who we need. Now we need to convince everybody else. It's so great to find a friend in this endeavor. :)

    We can do this thing! All we need is a plan.

    At 3/05/2006 2:53 PM, Blogger Kathleen Callon said...

    Just started a petition to ask him to run at Please, come on over and sign it.

    At 3/08/2006 12:39 AM, Blogger noneed4thneed said...

    Love the pic of Russ and Obama. Now that would be a great ticket in 08. Feingold/Obama for 8 years and then Obama takes over! Keep up the great blog.

    At 3/08/2006 8:14 AM, Blogger chico-towner said...

    LOL... good idea. But like I say, lets get Russ nominated FIRST then we can worry about running mates. We have an up-hill battle but we have a 3 year head start as of today. The more we get the word out the easier it will be for Russ.


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