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    existing ones on the Chesapeake Expressway the Richmond Powhite and Downtown expressways the Pocahontas Parkway and the Dulles Toll Road Will these tolls go away with the ever increasing gas tax Not likely The I 95 toll was proposed as a way to avoid increasing the fuel tax but McDonnell is coming back this year looking for that money too As usual the politicians on the hill want to have their cake and eat yours too Another major problem with this proposal is that it means legislators get to impose regressive tax increases every year and never have to take responsibility for doing it We like to hold our representatives responsible when they raise our taxes but once this one is in place it will rise every year all by itself I can t think of another tax with a feature like this It s described as being like a sales tax percentage of sales but it is much different because sales taxes are based on what each person voluntarily chooses to spend not how much some government bureaucrat decides to spend from the treasury Which brings me to the most insidious feature of this proposal the basis of increases using the PPI Other nonresidential category Leave aside for a moment the accuracy of DOL s modelling and the relatively short history of this index it is less than 2 years old I will leave those arguments to statisticians and assume that this index is an accurate assessment of costs in the market The problem is the market itself In basic economics we assume that prices rise and fall based on supply and demand But the market measured in this index is vanishingly small 13 states currently use the index to adjust their fuel taxes and Virginia is only one of the remaining states considering the proposal The consumers in the market are exclusively governments and the producers are exclusively government contractors often organized using groups like the VTCA So now we have a feedback loop that starts to eliminate downward pressure on prices And in a closed market such as this when consumers are provided exactly the amount of funding required for their purchases we get an ever spiraling increase in costs all borne by taxpayers with no recourse except pressuring legislators to take action in repealing a tax And with powerful lobby groups like the VTCA and the Richmond Regional Planning District Commission opposing such a reversal it is unlikely to happen The General Assembly meets every year and can raise gas taxes each time they meet If they need to raise gas taxes do it as needed Don t allow them to pass a law that will raise taxes in perpetuity and without limit Update I ve changed the link for Olympia Meola to point to her Twitter profile It seems she is no longer on staff at the Richmond Times Dispatch and is now working for the rent seeking elites that keep the public education system

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  • Lizard's Weblog » About
    set up my web site If you re curious who I really am you can probably figure it out without too much trouble Posted in Comments 0 No Comments No comments yet RSS feed for comments on this post TrackBack URI Leave a comment You must be logged in to post a comment Search Pages About Privacy Policy Blogroll VA 10th Amendment blog Categories movies and reviews Politics Press site

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  • Lizard's Weblog » Privacy Policy
    express purpose of delivering the service requested To send periodic emails The email address you provide may be used to send you information respond to inquiries and or other requests or questions How do we protect your information We implement a variety of security measures to maintain the safety of your personal information when you enter submit or access your personal information Do we use cookies Yes Cookies are small files that a site or its service provider transfers to your computers hard drive through your Web browser if you allow that enables the sites or service providers systems to recognize your browser and capture and remember certain information We use cookies to compile aggregate data about site traffic and site interaction so that we can offer better site experiences and tools in the future Do we disclose any information to outside parties We do not sell trade or otherwise transfer to outside parties your personally identifiable information This does not include trusted third parties who assist us in operating our website conducting our business or servicing you so long as those parties agree to keep this information confidential We may also release your information when required comply with the law when an appropriate warrant is issued enforce our site policies or protect ours or others rights property or safety However non personally identifiable visitor information may be provided to other parties for marketing advertising or other uses California Online Privacy Protection Act Compliance Because we value your privacy we have taken the necessary precautions to be in compliance with the California Online Privacy Protection Act We therefore will not distribute your personal information to outside parties without your consent Childrens Online Privacy Protection Act Compliance We are in compliance with the requirements of COPPA Childrens Online Privacy Protection Act

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  • Lizard's Weblog » movies and reviews
    The movie was truly inspiring Charles Farmer is a farmer Forced to leave NASA to care for his family after his father s untimely death he never gave up his dream of exploring outer space And despite the struggles of living pours everything he has into building his own rocket and even involves his wife and children in his plans for the launch The odds are against him More than a half a million dollars in debt a legacy inherited from his father and facing imminent foreclosure Farmer becomes desperate Soon the FBI is hounding him the FAA is trying to shut him down and even one of his old buddies from astronaut training Bruce Willis is sent to betray him I was thoroughly caught up in the drama of this flick despite it s seemingly trite and formulaic story line Thornton is thoroughly convincing and we root for him even when he has given up on himself The directing is first rate and the dialog is convincing more than making up for what could have been a mediocre story Even Bruce Dern steps out of his usual bag portraying the mellow old grandfather instead of the on the edge

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  • Lizard's Weblog » Press
    Beach To see Jamie s full letter to State Central Committee members see below Jamie Radtke Dear Members of State Central Committee I humbly request your consideration to adopt a resolution calling on Lt Governor Bill Bolling to repudiate his unfortunate statements made earlier this week about the character and electability of Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli as Governor The Committee should resolve further that Governor Bob McDonnell should withdraw his delegation of responsibility to Mr Bolling for economic development Chief Jobs Creator if Mr Bolling fails to repudiate his statements Mr Bolling s voting record and public positions vary little from those of Mr Cuccinelli Mr Bolling s personal criticisms of Mr Cuccinelli are groundless and would be just as offensive and outrageous if directed at a Democrat Mr Bolling has further stated to the media that he will refuse to support Mr Cuccinelli as the Republican nominee for Governor at the conclusion of our Republican Convention in May which is in direct violation of our Republican Party Plan Conservatives have consistently demonstrated a willingness to abide by the process outlined in the Party Plan The expectation should be no different with our elected officials Thank you for your time

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  • Lizard's Weblog » site info
    as a plugin from Dean Lee It s not modified from the standard FCKEditor distribution it s just wrapped up as a plugin which is very cool Thanks Dean Posted in site info Comments 0 February 27th 2007 WordPressin Ok I ve embarked on creating a WordPress weblog WordPress is pretty cool It s not everything I m looking for but it looks like it will work I actually tried this once before several months ago and got so frustrated trying to make WordPress work like I wanted it to that I gave up and removed it in favor of Plone And that was pretty cool But Plone is a lot of layers of stuff It s built on top of Zope which is fine but trying to integrate other things and figure out how everything works is a major task Zope has its own database system and reams and reams of little object modules It also uses its own web server which was a little tricky to get working along side Apache Plone is a great full featured CMS tool but a little more than I need for the simple stuff I want to do on this site Anyway I ve settled on doing what I can with WordPress since I at least understand all the parts Apache PHP MySQL CSS etc I even experimented with some themes I now have a slightly customized version of the Earth 1 0 theme from apparently 2yi net I m sure I ll be making more changes but this looks like a good starting point Updating it to use my colors and logo was pretty simple I m mostly satisfied with the look so far I don t like this editor too much I wonder if I can install FCKEditor in WordPress

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    Lizard s Weblog Register For This Site Username E mail Registration confirmation will be e mailed to you Log in Lost your password Back to Lizard s Weblog

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