Archive for June 2, 2011

$6,000+ For a Heated Driveway or $6,000 for a Yearly Income?

This morning when I was taking my “power walk” (ah, it wasn’t so powerful insofar as I have a terrible cold), I walked by a site where the homeowners were installation of a heated driveway.

As I walked home, I wondered how much such a luxury would cost.  Hey, who wouldn’t love to have a heated driveway, right?

Naturally, the folks who do that kind of work are reluctant to talk about the bucks but I did come across this:

The exact cost to purchase a snowmelt system or “heated driveway” depends on many factors, such as whether the the heated driveway can be tied into your home’s heating system, or must stand on its own. Another factor is the type of control scheme you choose — a manual or an automated system. The latter are more expensive, and the cost goes up the more sophisticated they get. But to give you some idea of up-front cost, let’s assume you’ll purchase a manual system. Systems regulated by manual control schemes usually cost “$10-$15/square foot,” according to John Sweaney, design engineer at Watts Radiant. For example, if the total square footage of your driveway were 1000 feet, your up-front cost to have a snowmelt system installed under the whole driveway would be $10,000-$15,000.

So, for the sake of not knowing for sure, let’s pretend the cost for an “average” driveway would be something around $6,000.

And now let’s remember that N.J. Governor Chris Christie said that a family of three whose annual income — ANNUAL INCOME — of $6,000 is too rich to get health care assistance.

Things are so freakin’ outta whack around here folks.

June 2, 2011 at 7:48 PM Leave a comment

Anthony Weiner Needs a PR Person, Pronto

Geezus, Anthony Weiner (D-NY) continues to bungle the underwear photograph fiasco, digging himself into a deeper and deeper hole.

I heard he hired a lawyer but what he needs to get is a P.R. person, ASAP.  He and his staff are freaking out:

Congressman Anthony Weiner said Thursday he’s finished talking about the lewd photo sent from his Twitter account.

But he still wouldn’t say whether he’s the one in the picture.

So CBS 2 political reporter Marcia Kramer decided to go to his office on Capitol Hill to try to get you some answers.

You’ll never believe what happened.

Kramer tried to get an interview with the six-term New York Democrat and as a result had the cops called on her.

This is a case study in how not to handle something like this.

June 2, 2011 at 6:14 PM 2 comments

A Yearly Income of $6,000 is Rich?

Imagine being in a family of three, having a yearly family income of $6,000, and being told you’re too rich to qualify for health care assistance:

Despite recent polls that show Americans are just as protective of Medicaid as they are of Medicare, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) is trying to gut the popular program in his state and prevent 23,000 people from receiving benefits. Christie has proposed cutting Medicaid eligibility to absurdly low levels: from the current maximum income of $24,645 to $5,317 a year for a family of three. Apparently, the governor believes a family of three making $6,000 a year is simply too rich to receive Medicaid.

This is how totally, insanely out of whack things get when politicians represent corporations and the truly rich instead of We the People.

June 2, 2011 at 4:23 PM Leave a comment

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