Sunday, January 27, 2013
Thursday, January 17, 2013
Talk about a publicity stunt.
What I like about Chris Rock, which is one of things that makes him popular, is that he deliberately tries to say the most outrageous thing possible.
From: Witmer, Robert C.
At Vernal smoothie shop, liberals pay more
Politics » Colorful owner reasons that their policies are costing his business more.
By Kathy Stephenson
| The Salt Lake Tribune
First Published Jan 16 2013 04:16 pm • Last Updated Jan 16 2013 07:28 pm
George Burnett believes that big government, entitlement programs and reckless spending are "liberal programs" that cost jobs and bring higher taxes.
So, the Vernal businessman has no problem charging liberals a higher price than conservatives at his Main Street juice bar called I Love Drilling.
"They’re costing us money," he said of his left-leaning customers. "So it only seems fair that I charge them a little bit more."
Burnett doesn’t try to hide the price discrepancy. The menu board above the register clearly states that liberals will pay $5.95 for a 16-ounce smoothie or juice, while conservatives pay $4.95. (Employees pay only $3.95.). When ordering the drinks, which are named after famous oil wells, the cashier simply asks "What’s your price?"
"We use the honor code," Burnett. "We’re not going to quiz them, because it’s not a big deal."
But it has become a big story.
Earlier this week, a local newspaper wrote about the price discrimination and the story went viral. Since then, Burnett and his smoothie shop have been a discussion topic on national television and radio shows, websites and blogs, including The Huffington Post where there are more than 5,500 reader comments. On Wednesday, during an interview with The Tribune, Burnett was headed to Salt Lake City to be featured on the Fox News’ afternoon business program.
While it looks like a gimmick, Burnett insists that his varied pricing is a way to get the country to deal with its budget woes.
"In my own little way I’m saying we need to talk about this or we’re not surviving," he said. He likened it to a married couple who keeps spending money they don’t have and pretending the family finances are okay. "I’m not trying to create a divide. We have to deal with it."
Since the news broke Monday, the store’s co-manager, Isaac Burnett (George’s son), said the smoothie shop has seen a big increase in business thanks to attention to their policy.
Tuesday, January 15, 2013
'Mr. President, I rise
today to talk about America's debt
The fact that we are here today to
debate raising America's debt limit is a
sign of leadership failure. It is a sign
that the U.S. Government can't pay its
own bills. It is a sign that we now depend
on ongoing financial assistance
from foreign countries to finance our
Government's reckless fiscal policies…
That is money that we have borrowed
from the Social Security trust
fund, borrowed from China and Japan,
borrowed from American taxpayers…
Numbers that large are sometimes
hard to understand. Some people may
wonder why they matter. Here is why:
This year, the Federal Government will
spend $220 billion on interest. That is
more money to pay interest on our national
debt than we'll spend on Medicaid
and the State Children's Health
Insurance Program. That is more
money to pay interest on our debt this
year than we will spend on education,
homeland security, transportation, and
veterans benefits combined. It is more
money in one year than we are likely
to spend to rebuild the devastated gulf
coast in a way that honors the best of
And the cost of our debt is one of the
fastest growing expenses in the Federal
budget. This rising debt is a hidden domestic
enemy, robbing our cities and
States of critical investments in infrastructure
like bridges, ports, and levees;
robbing our families and our children
of critical investments in education
and health care reform; robbing
our seniors of the retirement and
health security they have counted on.
Every dollar we pay in interest is a
dollar that is not going to investment
in America's priorities. Instead, interest
payments are a significant tax on
all Americans—a debt tax that Washington
doesn't want to talk about….
Now, there is nothing wrong with borrowing
from foreign countries. But we must
remember that the more we depend on
foreign nations to lend us money, the
more our economic security is tied to
the whims of foreign leaders whose interests
might not be aligned with ours.
Increasing America's debt weakens
us domestically and internationally.
Leadership means that ''the buck stops
here.'' Instead, Washington is shifting
the burden of bad choices today onto
the backs of our children and grandchildren.
America has a debt problem
and a failure of leadership. Americans
I therefore intend to oppose the effort
to increase America's debt limit'
March 16, 2006