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The gas tax hike is a good idea, it should be raised and then routinely adjusted based on inflation. This should be something moderate Republicans and Democrats can agree on, but I think it's rather optimistic to have any hope that they will.

 

On a bit of a tangent, I think we also need to implement some sort of user tax on electric vehicles and hybrids. They do just as much wear and tear to infrastructure as a traditional personal vehicle, but their users don't pay for it (further, they're subsidized). If you think our DOTs are strapped for cash now, just wait until EVs become more commonplace. At some point subsidies need to end and some sort of registration fee needs to begin - now might be the time to have that discussion. And if we do keep any subsidies around for EVs, it should be limited to manufacturers who can crank one out at a < $20k price point. Otherwise we'll end up with the wealthy driving around on roads paid for by the poor who cannot afford expensive new cars.

 

This is exactly the format of the transportation bill that just passed in CA: a gas tax increase with a separate registration fee increase for EVs.

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I think a weight-based registration fee makes a lot of sense (I believe most of the EU charges this way), as every vehicle on the road would contribute to it's share of abuse.

 

It's funny how we can all agree here on the needs for these things, but it will grind to a halt in Congress. 

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The gas tax hike is a good idea, it should be raised and then routinely adjusted based on inflation. This should be something moderate Republicans and Democrats can agree on, but I think it's rather optimistic to have any hope that they will.

 

On a bit of a tangent, I think we also need to implement some sort of user tax on electric vehicles and hybrids. They do just as much wear and tear to infrastructure as a traditional personal vehicle, but their users don't pay for it (further, they're subsidized). If you think our DOTs are strapped for cash now, just wait until EVs become more commonplace. At some point subsidies need to end and some sort of registration fee needs to begin - now might be the time to have that discussion. And if we do keep any subsidies around for EVs, it should be limited to manufacturers who can crank one out at a < $20k price point. Otherwise we'll end up with the wealthy driving around on roads paid for by the poor who cannot afford expensive new cars.

 

I was with you until you got to arguing that we should only subsidize EV manufacturers who can deliver at price points under $20k.  It is precisely because of the early adopter market being concentrated in the socioeconomic strata with higher disposable income that the only EV manufacturer to be delivering in considerable volume right now, or on track to expand to mass-market vehicles (which is still really only in the $35k-$40k class) began as a luxury manufacturer.  Subsidies can influence the market but they can't completely override it.

 

But absolutely to funding highways and other infrastructure on mileage-by-weight.  Though some other system would probably be necessary for cycling and other pedestrian-friendly infrastructure.

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Electric vehicle registration fees should absolutely be tied to vehicle weight. Eventually we will have electric vans and even electric semi trucks. There's no reason that those vehicles should have the same registration fee as a Nissan Leaf.

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Awww..Trump had to get Mulvaney to do the briefing today because Trump's fee fees were hurt when Dems. admitted that the rolled Trump in negotiations.  Perhaps Trump will have to go to his safe space (Mar-A-Lago) this weekend.

 

Seriously though.  Mulvaney admitted to this in the briefing.  Trump better learn to toughen up and stop being a snowflake.  How can he stand up to ISIS if Dems. make him cry.

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BREAKING (Dutch media): Trump, Giuliani, Sater implicated in money laundering scheme, face up to 30 years in prison: https://t.co/kr5tD6FGuc


"Those who can make you believe absurdities, can make you commit atrocities."-Voltaire

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Is there some bottomless pit of sh!t-stupid f*ckwads where Chump finds these tirds?

 

Donald Trump Taps Anti-Contraceptive Activist To Oversee Family Planning Program

http://huffp.st/iN2qfnq


"Those who can make you believe absurdities, can make you commit atrocities."-Voltaire

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The US Department of Justice is literally prosecuting a woman for laughing at Jeff Sessions

https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2017/5/2/15518574/desiree-fairooz-justice-department

 

And she might get off this time, and in fact I'd consider it likely and would not have advised Sessions to pursue this prosecution if the Vox article really is all there is to it (though I doubt that), but there will almost certainly be a next time.  She's essentially a professional provocateur.  It wouldn't surprise me if she practically wanted this prosecution as much as Sessions did.

 

Is there some bottomless pit of sh!t-stupid f*ckwads where Chump finds these tirds?

 

Donald Trump Taps Anti-Contraceptive Activist To Oversee Family Planning Program

http://huffp.st/iN2qfnq

 

This doesn't answer the more important question of why there is such a thing as the the U.S. Office of Population Affairs.  That unanswered question then begs the subsidiary question of why, if there is going to be such a thing as the Office of Population Affairs, it appears primarily concerned with decreasing the U.S. birth rate.  Is that such a mission-critical federal priority in a country already below replacement fertility?  (Note that I don't actually care overmuch about the answer to the second question because, in my own view, we should never get to it--we should answer the first question with "no idea" and axe the department.)

 

This is not a normal president

http://wapo.st/2pM7En3?tid=ss_fb

 

Forty-plus years of normal presidents have brought us to this one.  That should say something about the long-term value of normality even to liberals, but particularly to conservatives who can trace a straight line of "normality" from Roe to Obergefell that will almost certainly resume with direct war on conservative Christian denominations as soon as a Democrat is in the White House again, given that Solicitor General Verrilli promised as much in open court at the Obergefell oral arguments.  Also, going forward, the Democrats have made it clear that they're not in the mood for normality anymore, either, they just want a different kind of abnormal.  Outright socialism is on the rise in the Democratic Party; part of Hillary Clinton's inability to connect with the increasingly strident liberal base was her connection to Bill Clinton's admittedly-fairly-successful but less invasive economic policies after he lost the House in 1994 until the end of his second term in January 2001.

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^ Most of the uproar about Colbert's derogatory comment is coming from the left, particularly the LGBT community - many of whom are justifiably upset about Colbert's homophobic slur:

 

Stephen Colbert tried to insult Donald Trump. He made a homophobic comment instead.

 

https://www.vox.com/identities/2017/5/2/15515066/stephen-colbert-trump-putin-homophobia-late-show

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Caught on yet?

 


"Those who can make you believe absurdities, can make you commit atrocities."-Voltaire

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^ Most of the uproar about Colbert's derogatory comment is coming from the left, particularly the LGBT community - many of whom are justifiably upset about Colbert's homophobic slur:

 

Stephen Colbert tried to insult Donald Trump. He made a homophobic comment instead.

 

https://www.vox.com/identities/2017/5/2/15515066/stephen-colbert-trump-putin-homophobia-late-show

 

A lot of Vox is garbage and I can't follow them because of the false outrage they spread. This is one example. The author (German Lopez, formerly of City Beat here in Cincinnati) makes the connection that because it involved Trump and Putin doing sexual things, that the joke was that they were gay, and being gay is funny. That's not the joke at all. The joke is twofold.

 

1) Trump is subservient to Putin. Putin has total control of Trump, and if Putin wants him to do something, Trump does it. It could work for any combination of genders/gender identities and still work.

 

2) Putin is notoriously terrible to the gay community, so implying that he would be sexually involved with another man is insulting to him. But most of the audience isn't laughing because "haha he's gay". It's like when a homophobic conservative christian lawmaker is outed for picking up guys at an airport bathroom. It's not funny because he's gay. It's funny because that's the antithesis to what he claims to be.

 

TLDR: Vox is garbage, and this wasn't a homophobic joke/slur.

 

EDIT: Judging by the comments on Vox's Facebook post, I would say most think the author is full of it. Almost every comment is claiming this isn't homophobic, and they are looking to be offended. Most on twitter calling for him to be fired are conservative trolls with frog emoji by their names.

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There's also the angle that the best way to insult somebody is by calling them what will offend them the most. Like how liberals keep talking about Trump's tiny hands. It's not that liberals actually care what size Trump's hands are, or think that people with smaller hands are lesser people. They keep doing it because it obviously annoys Trump.

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There's also the angle that the best way to insult somebody is by calling them what will offend them the most. Like how liberals keep talking about Trump's tiny hands. It's not that liberals actually care what size Trump's hands are, or think that people with smaller hands are lesser people. They keep doing it because it obviously annoys Trump.

 

From every politician I've heard that has attempted to working with him, he will change positions on anything provided you tell him 1) it was his idea and 2) its a good idea.

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1) Trump is subservient to Putin. Putin has total control of Trump, and if Putin wants him to do something, Trump does it. It could work for any combination of genders/gender identities and still work.

 

Along these lines, the comment struck me as more sexist than homophobic. But yeah, any "outrage" is just conservative astroturf as far as anyone can tell.

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There's also the angle that the best way to insult somebody is by calling them what will offend them the most. Like how liberals keep talking about Trump's tiny hands. It's not that liberals actually care what size Trump's hands are, or think that people with smaller hands are lesser people. They keep doing it because it obviously annoys Trump.

 

But Trump's hands are verifiably teeny-weenie..... so, inferences from that fact aside, I see a difference in insinuating that he is gay.

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1) Trump is subservient to Putin. Putin has total control of Trump, and if Putin wants him to do something, Trump does it. It could work for any combination of genders/gender identities and still work.

 

Along these lines, the comment struck me as more sexist than homophobic. But yeah, any "outrage" is just conservative astroturf as far as anyone can tell.

 

It's mostly about calling out the hypocrisy of leftist political correctness. If a conservative had used such a big stage to say the exact same things about Obama or Clinton, the reaction would absolutely be completely different. This highlights the fact that political correctness is not at all about treating others with respect and dignity (as many Urban Ohioers have claimed here), it's about controlling unpopular speech and ideas under the guise of common decency. What we're seeing is the collective left admit it's perfectly fine to gay bash so long as you insult someone like Trump while doing so. Doing so with any other agenda, though, is strictly off limits.

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This highlights the fact that political correctness is not at all about treating others with respect and dignity (as many Urban Ohioers have claimed here), it's about controlling unpopular speech and ideas under the guise of common decency.

 

Reminds me of my thread getting locked and how it was edited, after it was locked.

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This highlights the fact that political correctness is not at all about treating others with respect and dignity (as many Urban Ohioers have claimed here), it's about controlling unpopular speech and ideas under the guise of common decency.

 

Reminds me of my thread getting locked and edited a few hours ago.

 

This is one reason why I always applaud the ACLU. While they are widely seen as a left-wing organization, they have protected the 1st Amendment rights of even the most "deplorable" of society.

 

As an attorney, its so disturbing to me to think that President Trump may want to expand libel law, which is really just a means of restricting anti-POTUS free speech. Just always remember, truth is an absolute defense to libel.

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1) Trump is subservient to Putin. Putin has total control of Trump, and if Putin wants him to do something, Trump does it. It could work for any combination of genders/gender identities and still work.

 

Along these lines, the comment struck me as more sexist than homophobic. But yeah, any "outrage" is just conservative astroturf as far as anyone can tell.

 

It's mostly about calling out the hypocrisy of leftist political correctness. If a conservative had used such a big stage to say the exact same things about Obama or Clinton, the reaction would absolutely be completely different. This highlights the fact that political correctness is not at all about treating others with respect and dignity (as many Urban Ohioers have claimed here), it's about controlling unpopular speech and ideas under the guise of common decency. What we're seeing is the collective left admit it's perfectly fine to gay bash so long as you insult someone like Trump while doing so. Doing so with any other agenda, though, is strictly off limits.

 

You and your obsession with political correctness.  If you hate it so much, do what most liberals have done and stop using the term.  It won't keep you up so much at night.

 

Here's the clear and rather obvious distinction.  Go over to the racism thread and watch that video of the white supremacist being told his DNA test reveals he is 14% black.  The black lady sitting next to him starts hysterically laughing.  She's not laughing at him because it is somehow laughable to be part black.  She is laughing at HIM being told he is 14% black.  Now let's imagine that instead of him being told he was 14% black, another non-racist guest was being told the same thing and the white supremacist started laughing at him.  Both people are being laughed at due to DNA tests showing they are part black.  One instance of laughing is clearly motivated by racial hatred and the other is not.  You can't be so intellectually dishonest to deny the difference. 

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You and your obsession with political correctness.  If you hate it so much, do what most liberals have done and stop using the term.  It won't keep you up so much at night.

 

This is pretty meta. One of the purposes of the political correctness movement is to remove certain specific words from our lexicon in order to promote the spread of left wing ideas. Removing the name of the concept itself is truly Orwellian (so, no real surprise that liberals are attempting to do just that). In the perfect leftist world, we will all end up completely PC and not even be aware of it because we won't have the words to describe it. Big Brother would be proud.

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You and your obsession with political correctness.  If you hate it so much, do what most liberals have done and stop using the term.  It won't keep you up so much at night.

 

This is pretty meta. One of the purposes of the political correctness movement is to remove certain specific words from our lexicon in order to promote the spread of left wing ideas. Removing the name of the concept itself is truly Orwellian (so, no real surprise that liberals are attempting to do just that). In the perfect leftist world, we will all end up completely PC and not even be aware of it because we won't have the words to describe it. Big Brother would be proud.

 

Oh please.  What words are being 'removed from our lexicon'?  What specific words?  Derogatory slurs?  Too f'in bad.  You are just going to have to deal with getting frowned upon if you want to say in public what you say behind closed doors in your safe spaces at MAGA rallies. 

 

I simply prefer to not use the term because it is a mistake to think politics has anything to do with it. 

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1) Trump is subservient to Putin. Putin has total control of Trump, and if Putin wants him to do something, Trump does it. It could work for any combination of genders/gender identities and still work.

 

Along these lines, the comment struck me as more sexist than homophobic. But yeah, any "outrage" is just conservative astroturf as far as anyone can tell.

 

It's mostly about calling out the hypocrisy of leftist political correctness. If a conservative had used such a big stage to say the exact same things about Obama or Clinton, the reaction would absolutely be completely different. This highlights the fact that political correctness is not at all about treating others with respect and dignity (as many Urban Ohioers have claimed here), it's about controlling unpopular speech and ideas under the guise of common decency. What we're seeing is the collective left admit it's perfectly fine to gay bash so long as you insult someone like Trump while doing so. Doing so with any other agenda, though, is strictly off limits.

 

Outside of Fox News conservatives really don't have big stages.....

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Political correctness in essence is being mindful of the words that you use.  People may be offended by using certain.  No one is banning you from using whatever racial slurs you want.  Just don't expect to use them without criticism.  Free speech is a 2 way street. 

 

 

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^But what about Ram's safe space?

 

And I still don't see what politics has to do with "being mindful of the words that you use"

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from the Senate hearing today

 

Orrin Hatch: POTUS just said that the hacking could have been China or...

 

Comey: It was Russia.

 

Also, Comey re-confirmend that Trump is under FBI counter-intelligence investigation......and Giuliani is too.

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^ This example clearly illustrates what politics has to do with it. The fact that you guys treat the term "political correctness" like "Voldemort" also speaks volumes but I don't expect you to be able to step back and see that from any other perspective.

 

While we're on this tangent, I'm looking forward to this:

 

Milo Yiannopoulos to launch Milo Inc., 'dedicated to the destruction of political correctness'

 

http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/gossip/la-et-mg-milo-yiannopoulos-inc-media-empire-20170502-story.html

 

Milo Inc. will get off the ground with $12 million in funding from investors he declined to name. His goal, according to his self-published press release: "Making the lives of journalists, professors, politicians, feminists, Black Lives Matter activists, and other professional victims a living hell."

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^ This example clearly illustrates what politics has to do with it. The fact that you guys treat the term "political correctness" like "Voldemort" also speaks volumes but I don't expect you to be able to step back and see that from any other perspective.

 

While we're on this tangent, I'm looking forward to this:

 

Milo Yiannopoulos to launch Milo Inc., 'dedicated to the destruction of political correctness'

 

http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/gossip/la-et-mg-milo-yiannopoulos-inc-media-empire-20170502-story.html

 

Milo Inc. will get off the ground with $12 million in funding from investors he declined to name. His goal, according to his self-published press release: "Making the lives of journalists, professors, politicians, feminists, Black Lives Matter activists, and other professional victims a living hell."

 

That's a lot of money to stroke his own ego with his base.   

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haha we don't treat political correctness like voldemort. You treat it like Benghazi.

 

We spend a reasonable amount of time talking about it - mostly when you bring it up. Otherwise we don't care about your conspiracy theory to alter the dictionary and make people forget words that exist.

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