Well it is now official....the House has passed the 700 billion bail out bill. In my opinion, this is a sad day in America, consequently, I am not going to vote this year at all or if I do it may be for the Independent. Otherwise, It is truly the lesser of two Evils, both of which are nothing more than common criminals who have stolen or aggreed to steal from every tax paying American.
Listed below is just a few of the items of "Pork" that was added onto the bill to sweeten the deal for our elected officals:
(There are also some four dozen small provisions. Among them, with projected costs over 10 years:
_Extending an expired provision that gives Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands a rebate against excise taxes charged on imported rum. The rebate, at $13.50 per proof gallon, helps finance local infrastructure projects. The cost is $192 million.
_Establishing a new tax credit ranging from $2,500 to $7,500 for purchasers of plug-in electric-drive vehicles. Cost: $758 million.
_Extending tax credits that expired at the end of 2007 for certain domestic corporations involved in American Samoa economic development. Cost: $33 million.
_Extending a credit of up to $10,000 for the training of mine rescue team members. The credit expires at the end of this year and the one-year extension costs $4 million.
_Enacting President Bush's proposal to erase the debt of the black lung disability trust fund at a cost of $1.3 billion.
_Extending for one year a seven-year depreciation timetable that NASCAR and other motorsport racing facilities have had for some years, the same tax break that amusement parks enjoy. Without the extension, the tracks would have to depreciate the cost of their improvements over 15 years, raising their taxes by $100 million.
_Extending for five years a program that reduces import duties on some wool fabrics. The tariff relief benefits U.S. worsted wool fabric producers that use imported fibers and yarns. Cost: $148 million.
_Increasing the single-year deduction in production costs, from $15 million to $20 million, that film and TV productions may take if the costs are incurred in economically depressed areas. In an effort to keep film and TV productions in the U.S., it also allows more companies to use a domestic production deduction. Cost: $478 million.
_Allowing commercial fishermen and others hurt by the 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill in Alaska to average out damage awards over three years rather than taking a one-year hit from the IRS. Cost: $49 million.
_Extending two programs that fund rural schools and rural communities that have been relying on declining income from logging on federal land or have low property tax bases because they are located on or next to federal lands. This is a major issue in the West. Cost: $3.3 billion.
_Exempting wooden practice arrows used by children from an excise tax of 39 cents per arrow. Oregon's two senators and two Wisconsin representatives previously introduced legislation calling for the action, saying the tax was meant for more expensive archery arrows and is untenable for makers of toy arrows that may cost only about 30 cents apiece. The bill would affect about a half-dozen manufacturers nationwide, including one in Oregon; the Oregon senators said they didn't seek its addition to the bailout, however. Cost: $2 million.
_Allowing employers to exempt from taxation what they spend on some fringe benefits for workers who commute to work by bicycle, for example reimbursing the cost of parking the bikes. Cost: $2 million.
All of our elected officials should be fired as of right now or tar and featherd while were are running them out of our communities....these are the people who are supossed to speak for us...represent us and our best interests. The "pork" eaters are nothing more than a buch of douchebags who have just stolen well over 700 billion legal, all the while the American people just stood by...."be careful of wolves in sheeps clothing" is certainly something that comes to my mind right now!
Say goodby to your 401k and all your investments and say hi to HIGH TAXES....about a trillion worth God I love America, it is the only place where our government can, at will, induce socialism at any time it deems the need.
Oh America, America that song does not mean shit now!!!!!!!!!