Shorter Frank Blethen…

Faced with a choice of protecting the interests of oil refineries, and protecting the interests of 40,000 children on Basic Health, I’ll go with the oil refinery every time.


  1. 1

    Michael spews:

    Well of course. Parents need to be responsible for their children and shouldn’t need help from the government. Oil companies shouldn’t be responsible to anyone and need all the help they can get.

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    nolaguy spews:

    Goldy, i think you’re being sarcastic, but I’m not clear on your message.

    I see no reference in the linked article that states the taxes generated from oil refineries will be going directly to fund child health. As far as I can tell, that is not the only choice that has to be made if this tax is enacted or not. Or, is that indeed the issue? Tax oil refineries, or 40,000 kids lose health benefits?

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    Windows XP spews:

    re 2: I think what Goldy is getting ast is that it will be harder to sell our children out of state — and that would be a huge loss.

  4. 6

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    @5 I have a better idea: Rescind Frank’s special tax break! Make newspapers pay taxes like everyone else.

  5. 7

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    For some strange reason the loudest squealing about taxes always comes from those who don’t pay any.

  6. 9

    rhp6033 spews:

    Blethen Tax Philosophy # 1:

    (a) A bad economy is a terrible time to raise taxes.

    (b) A so-so economy is a bad economy.

    (c) In a good economy, there is no need to raise taxes.

    (d) If a tax is necessary and a good idea, then today is always a bad time to do it. See rule a, b, and c, above.

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    Steve spews:

    Speaking of health, I’m pleased to report that my company only saw a 17% increase in our insurance premiums this year. You didn’t fare so well? As my friend Lost says, “that’s your problem”. Of course, we had to increase our deductible again in order to keep the increase in check. No big deal. No price is too high for me to pay my insurer if that’s what it takes to keep that foul commie-fascist-socialism at bay. Those sneaky bastards, how dare they, tempting me with more affordable healthcare! I’m wise to that shit.

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    Michael spews:


    It’s crazy shit. Health care costs are killing us where I work and we have one person that just deals with insurance crap- instead of, you know, doing what we actually do-, but some how it’s bad for our business to get rid of that healthcare cost.

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    Roger Rabbit spews:

    The legislature should quit tinkering around the edges and enact comprehensive tax reform. They’ll never raise enough money by slapping additional regressive taxes on those least able to pay.

  10. 17

    Michael spews:


    Why tax people that, by definition, DON’T HAVE ANY MONEY!

    Rich people have money, if you want money: for taxes, for charity donations, in exchange for cocaine, for whatever, go talk to the rich folks.

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    Michael spews:


    Well, it makes a hell of a lot more sense to ask to borrow a dollar from a guy with $50 in his wallet than to ask a guy with no wallet and 50¢ in his pocket.

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    Puddybud is Sad my friend died spews:


    According to Factless@18, it’s his right to take the $1, which may help for a minute or go to Factless’ “special project”, instead of making it easier for the original owner invest that $1 to make it work and hire people with the proceeds of that invested $1.

    You see, the Dumb Bunny brags about how his invested money is bringing him additional value. So how does that happen Michael? Why is the Dumb Bunny investing in the stock of corporations and rich peeps to make money? This is why Factless’ weak argument falls down flat on it’s face. The Dumb Bunny would not have anywhere to invest if you tax the rich until they say no more screw y’all we’re outta here.