By now, everyone’s heard that the irrepressible Isaac Hayes, musician extraordinaire, and, most importantly, the voice of Chef, has died.
Maryland comprises a small portion of the Greater D.C. Metroplex, and yet is responsible for a surprising amount of the area’s political stupidity, which is really saying something, as the fine political sages running the District of Columbia are among Maryland’s competition.
Maryland citizens’ political betters in Annapolis are baffled by the following series of events, as noted by the Wall Street Journal.
First, Maryland’s getting a little short on cash, having dumped taxpayer funds into such revenue generating enterprises as supporting CASA, a private charity involved setting up illegal alien employment centers. (At least some folks seem to be opposed to CASA’s vision statement advocating “strong, economically and ethnically diverse communities in which all people – especially women, low-income people, and workers – can participate and benefit fully, regardless of their immigration status.” There’s so much wrong in all of this that it’s difficult to know where to begin).
Second, in order to offset this shortfall in revenue, Maryland decided to double its cigarette tax from $1.00 to $2.00 per pack and watch the revenue pour in. (Note also that Maryland raised taxes on lots and lots of other items and activities at the same time, to which GorT can surely attest).
Third, as noted in the WSJ linked article, the anticipated revenue tsunami has not materialized.
Fourth, Maryland pols are baffled at the idea that if you raise taxes on an item, people will use less of it, resulting in lower revenues. See generally, price elasticity. And, not coincidentally, widespread tax avoidance flows from poorly contemplated cigarette taxing decisions (buying out of state, from Indian reservations, or from criminal enterprises).
Lacking its planned revenue tsunami, Maryland’s Elected Betters undoubtedly will now dream up a new revenue stream (read tax increase) to extract additional money from the suckers — er, taxpayers — continuing to live in the Old Line State. Enjoy, Free Staters.
Great line and very appropriate with GorTechie’s Enigma post.. Y’all know where standeth the Œcumenical Volgi. But really, is anyone really surprised at all this “subtext” insanity? I mean, for God’s sake, the last two generations or so of students in the humanities (especially the English departments whence cometh journalists) have been taught that this is what informed analysis is: hunting down secretive motives that boil down to a will to power and usually closely tied to race, “gender,” and class.
Behold the fruits of the baby-boomers’ dodging the draft and hiding out in grad schools, and adopting wholesale semi-understood French literary movements!* Young journalists and politicos who think that this word-game bullshit actually relates to reality!
I don’t know if we’re on the Road to Ruin, but we’re sure as hell passing through Moronburgh, population: us.
*See, e.g., Camille Paglia’s “Junk Bonds and Corporate Raiders: Academe in the Hour of the Wolf,” Arion (Spring 1991), pp. 139-212.
…in September the Large Hadron Collider overseen by CERN in a facility near Geneva, Switzerland will go operational. Now they aren’t going to start splitting or smashing atoms right away but the conspiracy theorists are out there already. We’ll keep our fingers crossed, but I’m more in line with this professor from UC Santa Barbara (by the way, UCSB grabbed my intention in high school when I found out that they had dorms on the beach with twice a week maid service).
By the way, I always did like “The Black Hole” movie. No, ‘Puter, that movie doesn’t suck.
…to find this way, way out of line. The Volgi isn’t an end-the-drug-war guy, but he does think the increasing militarization of police tactics (cf. Waco, Ruby Ridge) is very worrisome. I recognize that these incidents have come about because police sometimes face a ruthless, heavily-armed criminal element (especially with regard to drug syndicates), but when officer-safety trumps public safety, there’s a fundamental distortion of the policeman’s job. The overcautious SWAT team at Columbine and these over-aggressive tactics in pursuit of a presumed pot dealer are two sides of the same coin. Let’s hope departments are working on ways to keep the boys in blue safe, while recognizing that their job sometimes necessarily involves exposing themselves to mortal danger on behalf of law, order, and the public—which is why they’re heroes.
St. Michael, patron of policemen, ora pro nobis.
Too cool….I spent 10-15 minutes today “geeking” out on this site. Too much fun.
Very funny story from David Frum.
Now I’m fired up. Canadia hates America? That’s like the fat boy in high school who couldn’t get a date to the prom and blamed all his personal problems on the jocks who had girls draped all over them like a flesh tuxedo. Wait, I was that fat kid. Nevermind. Where was I? Oh, Canadia.
After reading Notorious OEV’s linked article, I decided to set U.S.-Canadian relations back about to the War of 1812 level.
Let’s be honest. The national characters of the U.S. and Canadia are different because of the way the nations were formed. The United States told King George III to get to packing and then tossed England’s armies the heck out (with some help from the French), because we knew best how to rule our own danged selves, thank you very much. Canadia didn’t so much mind being toadies to the British Crown, and weren’t granted Dominion status by the British Parliament until 1867. Canadia still has allegiance to the Crown, and even has the comely lass Queen Elizabeth II on its currency.
In sum, America decides what it wants to do and then does it. Canadia waits for someone to decide what they should do, then waits for a ruler to grant them permission to do so. Or, even more succinctly: American individualism versus Canadian statism. That pretty much nails down the viewpoint differences between America and Our Northern Suburbs. And don’t even get me started on Canadia’s entertaining French as a language coequal with English.
Now, to be fair, Canadia has traditionally had an exceptional military, carrying more than its fair share of the burden in World War II. And, notably, fighting America to a draw in 1812. Also, as Ghettoputer understands, Canadia’s special forces remain exceptional to this day, particularly in sniping. And poutine rules. OEV knows far more about this sort of stuff than Ghettoputer, so Ghettoputer defers.
Also, your invading hordes of resident Canadia Geese are much appreciated by golf course water hazards and shopping mall retention ponds everywhere in America.
The one area in which Canadia clearly has America licked is in the national anthem. The Star Spangled Banner is well-nigh unsingable to anyone except trained musicians with its one-and-a-half octave range. Whereas O, Canada has great lyrics and is emninently singable.
So, good on Canadia, America’s Fifty First State! Motto: Slightly More Popular Than North Dakota.
…stop hatin’ on our land…