Ideas Contributed [ 10 ] [+]
Routes can be handled by less vehicles and personnel if they know where they don't have to go. How often does a delivery person drive to a house without mail to send? Yes, junk mail comes every stupid day and that subsidy should be stopped FIRST, but then...Try a pilot community in which the little red flag sends a wireless signal to the post office and then the driver doesn't have to go everywhere just to look. If it ...more »
The bidding process goes against everything I've been taught on investing in quality. If you're not willing to pay more in capital for something that is more efficient and/or higher quality, you will pay more in the end for operating costs and maintenance.
Anyone else look at a continuous function in algebra class and wonder why on earth with all we know that our taxes are computed using large brackets? Seems to me a linear function would do one better. Any contributions or deductions would then affect your rate (however slightly) as well as your lower taxable income, and not just for the handful who are close enough to try to jump brackets. So there's more incentive for ...more »
The reward being that their annual taxes would be lowered by the amount (currently ~12% and growing) it takes just to pay interest. Obviously, if you pay ahead, you are no longer responsible for that debt interest. As an investment, it makes complete sense for anyone who can begin to do this. We don't have enough M1 or even M3 money lying around to tackle the whole debt problem, but working our way out through what I ...more »
Many local governments have taken on a policy that any new building, or those over a certain amount, be LEED certified. This is a great step, but the idea can go further within the federal government. We have the technology to make buildings cost-effectively which consume no more energy than they produce on-site. This would not only save money on energy bills over many years that the building stands, but spur innovation ...more »
Truth: Gas only costs in dollars a quarter of what it costs society. The rest is socialized through income taxes to pay for roads, DOD protection, increased health care, and the list goes on. Conversely, capitalism teaches that we should most closely align our costs with our usage. So really these things ought to be paid by the fuel tax. You may flinch at the thought of $20 gas, BUT keep in mind that for the median income, ...more »
What is coal worth? Currently, only what it takes to extract from the ground. What is the mountain, the stream, or the area's health worth? Obviously, much more. Innovation will be spurred toward efficiency and competing technologies if only fossil fuel companies paid for their external costs. Why throw them a bone and be stuck in the early 19th century? This money can be used to fund local health initiatives, conservation ...more »
Last year we borrowed 47% of what we spent. It's like making $53,000 and buying a house worth $100,000...every year. Not approved!
If 47% of each Congressman's pay was withheld, do you think the country would be borrowing this much?
It's time for this department to stand up and teach Congress about why ethanol is not working and will never work with corn. Actually, it should take a stance on many things currently misunderstood. You already spend money on the research, now bring it forward to decision makers. I say ethanol first because the subsidy is now under review. Great first step in removing that, but the mandate on fuel mix by volume still ...more »
When I deployed to the Middle East, I found large fields of nasty diesel electric generators powering our base (and many, many air conditioners) spewing out God-knows-what while requiring a constant supply of fuel. Fuel delivery costs loads more than stateside, because of security measures. However, the desert has an abundance of both wind and sunlight. The cost scale most certainly will tip toward the renewables when ...more »