Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Al Gore calls for a global tax on carbon to fund a progressive income tax cut for people

This is cool.

As part of his Nobel acceptance speech, Al Gore said:

And most important of all, we need to put a price on carbon -- with a CO2 tax that is then rebated back to the people, progressively, according to the laws of each nation, in ways that shift the burden of taxation from employment to pollution. This is by far the most effective and simplest way to accelerate solutions to this crisis.

That's absolutely right. We should tax what we don't like -- carbon emissions -- and use the money to fund what we do like -- purchasing power for individuals.

And we should embrace a global government for the purpose of levying, collecting, enforcing and distributing this tax. Without one, it's hard to see how we effectively reduce global pollution that causes climate change.

Thursday, December 06, 2007

Obama concert Friday at the Riv with Macy Gray, Jeff Tweedy, Stephan Jenkins, Jill Sobule, Cool Kids, The Changes, Canasta

This is a cool thing: there's a big concert tomorrow night at the Riviera for the Obama for President campaign. The headlines are in the headline (Macy Gray, Jeff Tweedy and lots of others).

Tickets aren't cheap ($50 to $500), but it's a fundraiser for the campaign that is successfully taking on the most entrenched Democratic political machine in the nation on a platform of progressive reform.

A million people donating $100 and 100 hours a year creates the world's most powerful force for justice.

The Obama campaign is getting closer every day.

Join the campaign.

If you want to buy tickets to the concert, you must do so here.

And while you're at it, tell one person you know (anyone will do) that you are going to vote for Barack Obama and ask them to consider doing so as well. Word-of-mouth is the most powerful political weapon on earth. Use it.