Let’s Raise the Gasoline Tax

28 12 2008

I follow Tim O’Reilly on Twitter. He’s the founder and CEO of O’Reilly Media. You probably know of him from the technology books his company publishes with the illustrated animals on the covers.

He’s a very interesting person to follow. His comments cover a wide range of topics from the economy to the environment. Most of the time, his comments are re-tweets (RT) from other Twitters. This morning he tweeted the following:

RT @wattzon: http://url.ie/111y gas tax conversation – friedman chimes in: “price matters – when prices go up people change their habits”

The link takes you to a New York Times Op-Ed column written by Thomas Friedman. It’s a must read in my opinion. Friedman presents his position on raising the gasoline tax.

It’s interesting how his stance on raising the gas tax goes against the grain of rational thought. Our brain tells us that raising taxes is bad. Our brain tells us we finally got the price of gasoline down why would we want to raise it. How could he possibly be right?

Friedman is an expert on the economy. I am not. As such, I have to defer to the expert on matters like this. I have to assume he is right. I do not have the knowledge, background, or education to argue against his view. I have to rely on his peers to offer the opposing argument if there is one.

But what if Friedman is right. Does our new administration have the wherewithal to follow Friedman’s advice?

I hope so.

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Vacation Destinations

15 12 2008

Now that Barcelona is behind me, I need to pick my next vacation destination. Here’s what I’ve come up with so far in no particular order:

  1. Mexico City
  2. London
  3. Alaska
  4. Istanbul
  5. Somewhere in Canada: Quebec, Toronto, Banff (Lake Louise), Vancouver
  6. Vienna
  7. New York City

I really enjoy visiting large cities. It usually means lots of attractions, cheap transportation, and unlimited dining options.

Any suggestions?





Bad Morning

13 12 2008

Worth watching again.





Christmas Cookies

13 12 2008

Last year, I made something like seven different Christmas cookies. It ended up being too much. Too much time. Too much cookies.

As I tossed the leftover, uneatened cookies in the trash, I made a resolution to limit my Christmas baking to three recipes, four at the most. 

This year I’m making 4 recipes:

  1. Fantasy Fudge
  2. Oreo Cookie Balls
  3. Microwave Peanut Butter Fudge
  4. 7 Layer Bar

These are everyone’s favorites and they’re soooo easy to make.





Peanut – It’s Been Two Years

13 12 2008

Peanut





Gifts

12 12 2008

I am so proud of myself this year. My Christmas shopping is done and all the gifts are wrapped. I guess I have to put up that Christmas tree now.