Get Out - 06/19/14

   I really wish the government would get out of my pocket.  Sorry, every once in a while I rant here and this is one of those.

   Last night, we ran a news story about how more than a dozen states are considering taxing us drivers based on the number of miles we drive.  Yep, you heard right... punish us for driving to work to earn more money so we can pay more taxes.  Think about all your friends in sales.  Talk about a kick in the gut. It's called the VMT, or vehicle miles traveled tax.

   It seems the government's requirement for more fuel efficient cars is now backfiring. We're burning less gas because our cars are better made.  Therefore, the gas taxes our government collects every time we fill up, are shrinking.   So, you thought that fuel efficient car would save you money... Not so fast.  Your government, as our report states, "...is accelerating their efforts to find solutions."  In other words, make up the difference in the gas taxes they're NOT collecting because a tank of gas is going further in well designed cars.

   Absurdity!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  That's all. I feel better.



 

 

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COIN TOSS-MAYOR

LIMA, Peru (AP) -- Usually, one flips a coin to determine things like who gets the ball first in a football game or who gets first dibs at the last slice of pie or something. But to settle an election? That's what happened in a small town high in the Peruvian Andes. Two candidates tied at the ballot box -- with each getting 236 votes in the municipal election. Peru's electoral law allows tie races to be decided by a coin toss. So the coin was tossed. And the winner -- Wilber Medina. His rival says he's cool with the results. It isn't known whether heads or tails carried the day -- and the election.

PUMPKINS-PIGS

SOMERSWORTH, N.H. (AP) -- It started as a potential case of pilfered pumpkins. But it turned out to be a windfall for a group of pigs. Foster's Daily Democrat in Somersworth, New Hampshire reports hundreds of pumpkins were reported stolen earlier week. The gourds had been set aside behind a school to be sold this weekend at a craft fair. The investigation didn't get far. Turns out a farmer spotted the pumpkins and asked a school worker if he could take them to feed his pigs. The school employee didn't know the pumpkins were being saved -- and the farmer took them. Police say the only ones that turned out happy in the whole episode -- are the hogs.

FIREWORKS-FUNERAL

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) -- When the fireworks burst in the air tomorrow night over Springfield, Missouri -- it won't be the Fourth of July -- but the last of James Carver. A Missouri funeral director will be bidding farewell to his dad -- by having his cremated remains mixed with fireworks -- and launched into the sky. Carver's father is the first to try the program by Greenlawn Funeral Homes. His son Jim is the funeral director -- and says the eight-minute fireworks display will be followed by a cookout and memorial celebration.

 
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