Category Archives: Politics

Dear President Obama

I am neither a leper, a corpse, nor possessed by Legion. Therefore, I would like some help–not for myself–but for others with more serious problems. Here’s the list of healings we need, ordered by magnitude of the problem:

  • Time Warner Cable – West LA
  • Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority
  • State of California

Other than that, I think I would like more pay.

Amen.

Sincerely,
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Lazy Blogging is Easy

There was a great opinion piece arguing against the auto industry bailout on Monday in the Wall Street Journal (Full disclosure: Uncle Rupert owns both them and the company where I get my paychecks). Since I have low expectations for the Wall Street Journal to keep this opinion available for any reasonable amount of time, I’m reposting it here in its entirety and calling it a NaBloPoMo day. More after the break.

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No bailout for the automotive industry

I could care less if the Big Three were to disappear overnight. For decades they’ve existed as marketing and financial bureaucracies–not car companies, putting out shitty products propped up by nostalgia, misguided patriotism, cheap fuel, and cheap money. In the meantime, their foreign competitors have innovated, diversified, and invested wisely, building their brands over years, if not decades. The American automotive industry seems to be institutionally incapable of learning anything; it’s time to stand back and watch those institutions implode. This doesn’t mean we won’t have an automotive industry; it just means that new companies will have a chance to grow and innovate without being overshadowed by these soulless monstrosities.

However, I’d be perfectly happy to have the Feds relieve them, and American businesses in general, of the twin clusterfucks we know as defined benefit retirement plans and employer-based health insurance.

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Filing IRS complaints against political non-profits

Opponents of Prop 8 have set up a blog here:

How to File an IRS 501(c)(3) Complaint

The LDS church, through inciting its members to donate time and means to support Proposition 8(resulting in millions of dollars of cash contributions from its members and countless volunteer hours), and in-kind campaign contributions to a group that supports Proposition 8, has now made a substantial part of its activities attempting to influence legislation.

Take your pick: free speech or tax-exempt status.