Tuesday, November 23, 2010
Adding the issue to its Most Wanted list,the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has called on all states to adopt laws requiring all motorcycle riders to wear government-approved helmets.The most wanted list is the federal government initiative to encourage state governments to adopt laws and programs the NTSB believes will significantly improve transportation safety.
In its latest annual update of the Most Wanted list, the NTSB added motorcycle safety, while dropping recreational boating safety; an area in which it found substantial progress has been made.
From 1997 through 2008, the number of motorcycle fatalities more than doubled during a period when overall highway fatalities declined. Although the number of motorcycle fatalities fell in 2009, the 4,400 deaths still outnumber those in aviation, rail, marine and pipeline combined, stated the NTSB in a press release.
According to the Department of Transportation (DOT), head injury remains the leading cause of death in motorcycle crashes. As a result, the NTSB recommended that all states require all persons riding on motorcycles - drivers and passengers - to wear helmets that comply with DOT's Federal Motor Vehicle Standard 218.
This standard establishes minimum performance requirements for helmets designed for use by motorcyclists and other motor vehicle users. The purpose of this standard is to reduce deaths and injuries to motorcyclists and other motor vehicle users resulting from head impacts. Currently, 20 states, the District of Columbia and 4 territories have universal helmet laws that apply to all riders. Twenty- seven states and one territory have partial laws that require minors and/or passengers to wear helmets. Three states - Iowa, Illinois and New Hampshire - have no helmet laws. I feel that this is a good law that will protect individuals that ride motor vehicles. This will prevent plenty of head injuries and traumas. Certain federal parties would agree or disagree with these facts. No matter what is said, the law is now that motorists are required to wear helmets.
Friday, November 12, 2010
Obama said he was committed to working with Democrats and Republicans during the lame duck session to guarantee the extension of middle class tax cuts, but denied that meant he was necessarily willing to cave on the matter of extentding those cuts for wealthy Americans. He says his number one priority is making sure that we make the middle class tax cuts permanent and that we give certainty to the ninety-eight percent of Americans who are affected by those tax breaks. He denied that he will accept extensions of the Bush- era tax cuts. He might be willing to accept the extensions for all tax brackets, not just the middle class.
President Obama proposes to let the Bush tax cuts for the rich expire as a way of saving $700 billion over the next 10 years. He says that our nation cannot afford those cuts, given the unsustainable outlook for the federal budget and the threat it poses to both our short-term and long-term economic health.
But that savings is just a fraction of the $2.2 trillion cost of the generously defined middle-class portions of the Bush tax cuts, which President Obama does want to extend. I think having a tax cut will be a great decision and will result in a better america and better things going on in the near future.We cannot afford to extend the Bush tax cut if we are going through with it. If we did extend the Bush tax cut, we will also have looming deficits. These affects of tax cuts deals with the fact that after the new election, the fact that their are many more Republicans in office means that the tax cuts are more likely to stay.