Yes, Liberals do want to tax everything!

Let’s see, riding a bike is healthy, does not burn evil fossil fuels, so, you would think Liberals would not want to tax bicycling right? WRONG!

Chicago is by no means the only place across the U.S. tempted to see bicyclists as a possible new source of revenue, only to run into questions of fairness and enforceability. That is testing the vision of city leaders who are transforming urban expanses with bike lanes and other amenities in a quest for relevance, vitality and livability – with never enough funds.

Two or three states consider legislation each year for some type of cycling registration and tax – complete with decals or mini-license plates, National Conference of State Legislatures policy specialist Douglas Shinkle said. This year, it was Georgia, Oregon, Washington and Vermont. The Oregon legislation, which failed, would even have applied to children.

“I really think that legislators are just trying to be as creative as possible and as open to any sort of possibilities to fill in any funding gaps. Everything is on the table,” he said.

Of course it is, because EVERYTHING ought to be taxed according to Democrats! Funny, they never think of reducing their rate of spending do they?

Of course, to be fair, those riding bikes, or anyone who just wants to contribute to funding city bike paths ought to pony up for such infrastructure. Colorado Springs, hardly a bastion of Liberalism, does it the right way

Hawaii has had a statewide bike registration law for decades, as has the normally tax-hating city of Colorado Springs, Colo., though in both cases, they are one-time fees and all proceeds go toward bicycle infrastructure.

In the case of Colorado Springs, the proposal came from the cycling community itself. The $4 tax on the purchase of new bikes has been in place since 1988, and no one seems to mind. It only raises up to $150,000 a year, but it’s useful as a local match for federal grants. And it gives cycling advocates leverage when pushing for bike projects. For one thing, it has revealed that 25,000 bikes are sold each year, a big number in a city of 430,000.

Now, I do not support federal grants for such local projects. Let those localities, and those who ride bikes, or who wish to contribute, find the needed funds. But the one-time fee is a good idea. Too often, taxes that are supposed to be temporary become permanent, then they are raised, and later raised even more.

This guy is the kind of person we should put in Congress!

Via Moonbattery

Kudos are due to a countermoonbat landlord in Colorado Springs:

John Obringer sent out a letter to his tenants at the Casa Adobe Apartments on Wednesday. The letter was addressing cutbacks on staff and maintenance issues.

“Due to the stupidity of the U.S. electorate, the Obama-administration’s continued assault on small business is resulting in increased taxes, regulations and mandates that are forcing the management company (B&J Enterprises, Inc.) for Casa Adobe Apartments to modify its operation to survive. This has resulted in layoffs, work-time reductions and decreased pay for workers. Consequently, the business hours are now Monday and Tuesday from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. Please plan accordingly … We are working hard to maintain the field, cleaning and maintenance personnel in place without raising rents, but that too is inevitable due to the upcoming inflation and market forces,” writes Obringer.

“If you have any questions, comments or criticisms, please call me. Thank you in advance for your cooperation and Happy Holidays to you and yours,” continues Obringer.

Then he added, “BTW: If you voted “Democrat” on Nov. 6, please notify me ASAP so I can raise your rent first to help pay for what you asked for.”

This is what we need, people who speak the unvarnished truth. Not politicians who will say whatever it takes to get elected.

 

The Lefts war on self-defense and on individualism

Via Moonbattery, I think it is self-explanatory

Nine-year-old Nathan Pemberton of Colorado Springs was kicked out of school Tuesday for standing up to a bully. Steven Swedenburg, a reader at Denver’s KDVR, provides the commentary:

 Most Wednesday afternoons Nathan Pemberton would be sitting in his third grade classroom. But that didn’t happen.

“Got suspended,” he says.

The 9-year-old was kicked out of school Tuesday after he says he stood up to a bully who was beating him up.

“One kid kicked me in the back, then punched me in the face. Then I punched him in the face, and then I got in trouble, he says.”

A picture shows the red marks on his face. His parents says about once a week, he’s been coming home from West Elementary School in Colorado Springs saying he’s been bullied.

They’re glad he finally decided enough is enough.

“Finally, yeah, we told him, if you have to, if there’s nobody else around, you do what you have to do,” his mother, Deborah Pemberton, says.

A school spokesperson told FOX31 Denver in a statement the district has a “no tolerance student discipline policy. If a student is involved in a physical altercation on school property, they are automatically suspended.”

It goes on to say, “District 11 schools employ many anti-bullying teaching techniques … and none of these methods include violence or retaliation.”

This is more than just the continued idiocy of “zero-tolerance” policies. This is part of the Left’s continual war on both individualism and on self-defense. Note that the school policy against bullying says 

“District 11 schools employ many anti-bullying teaching techniques … and none of these methods include violence or retaliation.”

In other words, there is no punishment against bullying. A policy against bullying that has no teeth is worthless. In fact it only punishes those who do the right thing and defend themselves.

I have had some experiences with bullies in my life. Two were in school, one in 7th grade, one in high school. Let me tell you about one of those. The bully, I will call him Carlos because that was his name, thought it was cool to jab me in the back, and then run. Carlos did this a lot. Well, one day, Carlos did it while we were lined up, and he could not run. I turned, punched him in his mouth, and split his lip. He immediately ran to the teacher, who said ” Carlos, you are always hitting people, what do you expect them to do? Now you go apologize”

Of course, this was a private school, and more than twenty years ago, so I was lucky. I had a teacher with some common sense. Today, common sense, it seems, is forbidden in school.

Woman drinks, bathes in…….

Remember my friends, before you click the link, you cannot UNREAD once you have read something

Carrie is a 53-year-old cancer victim who according to her friend has ‘done some strange stuff over the years’. But this may be the strangest of all.

The middle-aged brunette from Colorado Springs has taken to drinking………………

Again, remember, before you go on you cannot unsee what has been seen

……………….urine, a four-year-old, five-glass-a-day habit that she calls ‘comforting’.

On TLC’s finale of the shocking series, My Strange Addiction, Carrie explains that drinking the warm pee for the first time didn’t make her throw up so she decided: ‘You know what, I can do this.’

Diagnosed with stage three malignant melanoma eight years ago, the mother of four daughters began drinking her urine in the hope that it may help with her recovery.

But it seems that the alternative medicine fan has taken quite a shining to the beverage. Of the taste, Carrie enthused about the variety of flavours that change depending on her diet.

Who has always said the Left HATES the right to self-defense?

Oh yeah, it was me! And this story, Via Moonbattery backs me up

After his roommate and his girlfriend were robbed by armed men in ski masks, Benjamin Portman of Washington, DC became sufficiently alarmed to attend a community meeting on skyrocketing local violence. There he asked why bureaurats make it all but impossible for law-abiding citizens to defend themselves by exercising the Second Amendment.

Paul Quander, the District’s deputy mayor for public safety and justice, responded that crime victims should give the criminals what they want. Mr. Portman protested, saying, “But how do you know you’re going live and survive? You’re completely at their mercy.”

Mr. Quander thinks victimhood is preferable to self-defense. “The problem is, if you are armed, it escalates the situation,” Mr. Quander told residents. “It is much better, in my opinion, to be scared, to be frightened, and even if you have to be, to be injured, but to walk away and survive. You’ll heal, and you can replace whatever was taken away.”

Or at least, if they choose not to kill you for kicks you’ll survive. The God-given right of self-defense never comes into it from the statist point of view.

Leftists see people as cattle,incapable of doing anything for themselves. The fondest desire of Leftists is for us all to be completely reliant upon government, big Leftist government of course, for EVERYTHING. and that includes protection. The Leftist has no use at all for individuals defending themselves. That sets a bad example for the rest of the “cattle” you see.

Moonbattery also highlights another story that points out how armed citizens save lives. I heard of this on the drive home last night.Oddly enough, the report from the media gave not one mention of an ARMED doctor helping to save lives

A Colorado doctor with a concealed-weapon permit said he grabbed his gun and guarded an exit at a medical building as dozens of people fled from a gunman who had taken two hostages.

Authorities in Colorado Springs said the hostages were released before police shot and fatally wounded the gunman Tuesday. No one else was hurt.

Gee,why would the media leave out the armed citizen helping to save lives? HMMMM