Here are a few of the Minority Republican PartY talking points from this last week. No No No No No No No No. We disagree, we are against it, we can't go along with that, we don't want to run up the debt, torture is not really torture, we have not been asked to participate, we are going to come up with new ideas, and no no no no no. Jay Severin, former Republican Party political consultant, claims Mexicans Export VD to the US, their women have moustaches, calls them primitives, leeches and is surprised that Mexico has not visited upon us poxes of more serious types already than the swine flu and refers to those who are already here as criminaliens. As for visiting poxes on us, the Spanish colonists killed of a pretty large portion of the Mexicans when they came to the new world by infecting them with Smallpox, a disease they had no immunity to. Go figure!
Rush Limbaugh, the new spokesman for the Republicans, at a meeting of the Conservative (Republican) Heritage Foundation attended by Clarence Thomas, conservative member of the Supreme Court, appointed by Bush Sr. this week, mocked the idea of a recession since his salary is now so much higher. Tell that to the millions who have lost their jobs lately. It is time for the Republicans to start caring about more than just themselves and look for solutions to the problems we face in this country, other than tax breaks for the wealthiest people, many of whom are their biggest supporters. I guess it is no wonder they fight for the Insurance companies and pharmaceutical CEO's who give so much money to their various campaign funds. One more Republican talking point. I didn't know Waterboarding was torture.
A new state law has upped biodiesel's content of diesel fuel from 2% to 5 percent, on its way to 20 percent by 2015. Similar increases are planned for the ethanol content of gasoline. All this is spurring the food for fuel debate. Does it make economic or environmental sense to convert food crops like soybeans and corn into biodiesel and ethanol?
The overall efficiency from the photosynthesis of sunlight into plants such as corn, soybeans, and switch grass, and then converting plant material into ethanol or biodiesel is about 2-3 percent. Using ocean algae, from which nature makes crude oil, is a little more efficient.
But there are two more effective approaches to convert most plants to energy by avoiding the intermediate step of conversion to liquid fuel. One way is to simply burn the plants directly; the other way is to eat them.
Time to go away ethanol
Gov. Pawlenty sounds completely foolish promoting higher ethanol concentration in fuel one day and encouraging comprehensive flood control with holding structures for the Red River the next. The ethanol industry caused the draining of natural wetlands that have held back floods for thousands of years but now drain rapidly into Minnesota rivers.
The money taxpayers have paid to subsidize ethanol plants, ethanol sales and corn growing make bank and auto bailouts look like child's play. Now farmers want to force us to buy more of their snake oil by mandating 15 percent in all gasoline up from 10 percent. Most states don't require residents to put up with this nonsense. The University of Minnesota and Iowa and others have clearly shown ethanol makes global warming worse. It takes as much oil to produce the ethanol, hence the need to subsidize it. The increased demand for corn caused by ethanol has resulted in millions of wetlands drained for farming. Eighty species of song birds dependent on wetlands are rapidly becoming extinct. Ducks, amphibians, reptiles and mammal populations are declining.
Five gallons of water are required for each gallon of ethanol depleting aquifers and drying up wells. Ethanol produces 30 percent lower mileage and ethanol eats fuel pumps. Soil is eroded rapidly from corn fields and over 50 percent of Minnesota's premium soil is gone. It clogs the Mississippi and costs $100 million per year to dredge. It causes a 200 mile wide stinking dead zone in the Gulf of Mexico.
Farmers used to call ethanol green but now that myth has been busted and they call it renewable. The only thing renewable is the taxpayer dollars that continually flow into the ethanol black hole.
Time to wake up
This letter is in response to Koering's amendment failing. Since when did school boards get the power to raise taxes? Is this a Communist country? Well, it's nice to see all you people who support the union agree with this. I don't but then again I am not a Democrat. When are you people who voted for these Democrats going to wake up? I don't care if these politicians want you brainwashed into believing that they are in control and you have no rights. If all you Democrats don't like this country and its freedom please leave and take your illegal friends with you.
I'm willing to have a debate with any Democrat on national TV so the whole world can see. You should be able to make a fool out of me real easy or maybe not. Are you Democrats ready to find out - I am.
Or are you scared that the people will finally realize that this is a country where it stands as we the people, not we the government.
Robert J. Hutchins
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