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Politics / Re: U.S. Flag Ripped Down At Utah High School -Replaced With ISIS Flag
« Last post by LpMv2407 on February 16, 2018, 01:51:55 PM »
just a disturbed kid being a disturbed kid probably.
Sports / Re: 2018 NASCAR
« Last post by LpMv2407 on February 16, 2018, 01:47:22 PM »
I'm with yall on Ford's but Sunday is going to be much warmer than last night. I'm hoping the track gets slick and the field gets spread out like an old school daytona race. I feel like handling could come more into play then even more so than last night.
Politics / Re: Raising the Gas Tax to Fund Infrastructure
« Last post by Common Sense on February 16, 2018, 12:52:56 PM »
Negative. Don't care who proposes it I wouldn't support it. And as Solon noted its a regressive tax.

And it would never pass Congress without getting earmarked to crap and only 5% of the revenue would actually make it to the infrastructure.
Politics / Re: Raising the Gas Tax to Fund Infrastructure
« Last post by Steven on February 16, 2018, 10:54:45 AM »
I would support the tax if the money only went to the infrastructure - but I don't see it happening. Maybe later when we have a democrat as president we can all support raising the gas tax.
Politics / Re: Raising the Gas Tax to Fund Infrastructure
« Last post by Solon on February 16, 2018, 09:06:16 AM »
The gas tax is a regressive tax. The poor pay a higher percentage of their incomes than the rich. It is an unfair tax. Only a progressive tax that raises the rates as income rises comes close to being fair. A gas tax is, unfortunately, a mainstay in state funding for roads and bridges. The federal government has access to more and better resources. If Trump were serious about infrastructure projects, he would have made it his first priority as president. He destroyed any possibility of that with the tax cut for the rich. His infrastructure proposal is not serious and funding it with a federal gas tax is DOA.
Sports / Re: College Basketball 2017-2018
« Last post by Common Sense on February 16, 2018, 09:04:05 AM »
I think its going to be Duke's to lose at this point.

They were the favorite coming into the season and now that we're in the final stretch coming into the ACC tournament, Coach K's boys are looking solid. Not just that the fact they DEMOLISHED my Hokies but they're solid all around.

I think a variable is whether or not that punk Grayson Allen keeps his feet to himself or not! I can't stand that kid.
Sports / Re: 2018 NASCAR
« Last post by Common Sense on February 16, 2018, 09:01:48 AM »
Looks like Sunday is going to be a BLAST. the Fords look stable and FAST. Chevys are close behind and locked up with the Yota's.  But who knows how this will shake out. Blaney and Elliott each won their Qualifying race. 22,2,4,11,17 and 14 all had good runs even if the 2 crashed out. I'm sure their backup car will be fine.

Gotta go with one of the Fords for the win Sunday - Joey or maybe Harvick

I am with you on the Fords! I'm pulling for Brad Keselowski. He was Jr's young prodigy on the super speedways and he's got Penske power in his Ford.
Politics / Patrick County's Hospital Gets Saving Grace
« Last post by Common Sense on February 16, 2018, 08:58:49 AM »
Governor Northam is singing a bill today to give the long Patrick County hospital second chance.

Northam worked with Sen. Stanley of Stuart to license for the shuttered Pioneer Community Hospital marking hope that the hospital could reopen soon.

Its good to have a doctor who is a RURAL VIRGINIAN running the show in Richmond.
Sports / Re: College Basketball 2017-2018
« Last post by Youngblood on February 16, 2018, 08:55:06 AM »
we getting down to the nitty gritty with 2 weeks left in the regular season and roughly 4 or 5 games left for each team. UVA should be the 1 seed in the ACC tournament but a dogfight has developed for that 2 day bye that goes with 2,3 and 4 seeds. Clemson and Duke are locked at 9-4 and they play each other this weekend. UNC is 1/2 game behind Duke and Clem and they play at Louisville Saturday night. Louisville is only a game behind UNC. VT should beat GT and they are just a game behind Louisville.
UNC has a tough schedule left with trips to Louisville, Syracuse and they close out at Duke.
Duke goes to Clemson and VT over their next 5 games, with Louisville and Syracuse at home.
UVA plays GT and ND at home and has to go to Pitt and Louisville over the next 4.  I see 4 more wins here.
Politics / Re: Raising the Gas Tax to Fund Infrastructure
« Last post by Common Sense on February 16, 2018, 08:54:44 AM »
It wont work. At all. And its multi-faceted.

First- politicians in the House and Senate will earmark the bill that becomes law. The funds that come in from the tax raise will go to some Representatives garden project in North Dakota or a Senator's retirement center in California.

Second- it will encourage carpooling and public transit. This is good for staying green and reducing traffic congestion but that means less cars on the road...and less cars filling up at the gas stations.

Third- been there, done that. Last tax increase was in 1993. Construction costs have continued to rise with inflation. And improvements in vehicle fuel efficiency have allowed consumers to drive more miles on less gas. This is why that tax income has remained stagnant.

Its functionally a bad idea. And gas is high enough but thanks to my Kroger points I can save a little money!
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