Wednesday, October 18, 2006
New independent poll shows Sue Kelly's days are numbered!
Now, a few weeks ago, before Sue's ties to former Congressman Mark Foley were clear, John Hall released an internal poll that showed him and Kelly running neck and neck, with Kelly at 49% to Hall's 45%. But as this story in the Times Herald Record noted, Kelly's folks didn't give the poll much credence because it wasn't independent. Kelly spokesman Jay Townsend said of the poll results: "No independent source has released anything close to this. It is at variance with what we've done internally."
How will Jay spin this one? Post your guesses in the comment section.
Let's not get complacent. There's still two weeks to go and we have to work work work to evict Sue and get a real representative who will work for us in Washington.
Poor Sue - she thinks lowering tax rates lowers taxes. There is no free lunch. You have to pay for everything you buy. The only way to lower taxes overall is to buy less. If we buy an Aircraft Carrier, as we recently did, that has to be paid for no matter what the tax rates. If there is not sufficient money to pay for it now, we go deeper in debt, and future taxpayers will have to pay for it with interest.
I think John Hall will focus more on taxing the rich - not the typical family of the 19th. But there are also many ways we could have saved money. The Iraq war is obvious. $300 billion and counting. That's $1000 for every man, women, and child in the U.S. and some gave much much more.
Prescription drug benefits is a second area the US could make money. Right now the VA is allowed to bargain to get low prices. Medicare is not - and thus pays higher prices. Remove this stupid restriction and lower costs.
Another way to make money is to sell the TVA (Tenn. Valley Authority.) Why should the Fed. Govt. be in the electric power business in one part of the country.
In short, in addition to raising taxes on the rich there are many things we can do to make more money.