Bluffs and Bloviation…

Ah, Pacific Gas and Electric…again!  They blew up San Bruno.  Rather than repair a gas pipeline they knew was leaking, they diverted the money to a political campaign in a failed attempt to create a monopoly in the state.  But, they created a revenue stream from it by getting an increase in rates, ostensibly to pay the fine.  The fine will be paid and gone, the rate increase is forever.  They burned down Paradise.  Maintaining all of that equipment, it seems, really cuts into profits.  But, they created a revenue stream from it by getting an increase in rates, ostensibly to pay the fine.  The fine will be paid and gone, the rate increase is forever…

I want to be clear, here.  I know the rank and file workers are doing the best they can with what they have.  These decisions are being made by the management, not the workers.  People have noticed that PG&E refuses to do it’s job and then profits from the subsequent disaster they create.  People aren’t happy about it.  So, PG&E goes on the offensive.  They start an ad campaign about how awesome they are and how they care and how there’s nothing more important than safety and…blah, blah, blah.

Now, they’re threatening their customers.  “We’re going to turn the power off, how do you like that?”  Why?  Safety, of course.  They’re not JUST turning off the power.  They’re leaving it off for several days.  That should show us.  “Well,” they say, “we need to check the lines before we can restore power.”  Why?  Well, because they STILL haven’t properly maintained the equipment and, apparently, a strong breeze can bring down lines.  So…why don’t they just bury the lines?  They already bury gas lines, why not put the electric lines underground, too?  Oh, FAR too expensive.

Quick lesson: profits are the amounts left over after all of the expenses are subtracted from all of the revenues.  If profit is $1 dollar, the company will be fine.  All obligations are covered, all employees paid.  In the first quarter of 2018, PG&E reported profits of 442 million dollars.  In the first quarter of 2019, profits dropped to 136 million because of the fines; simply a temporary downturn.

How much burying could PG&E do with 136 million dollars or 442 million dollars?  Quite a bit, I imagine.  Over time, most of the wires would be underground.  As a bonus, they could install switches so they can control their grid and not have to guess at which switch turns off which section.  But that would interfere with profits, right?  Can’t have that in this so-called free-market Capitalist system.  So, PG&E thrives, investors get a little return, and, from time to time, some people are going to die.  If you complain, they’ll take your electricity away completely.  (Your bill will still arrive exactly on schedule…)

I think a free market system that kills people but protects the health of companies has it’s priorities all screwed up…

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So, the Orange Anti-Christ, Donnie Dumbass, actually said, “I have an Article II, where I have the right to do whatever I want as President.”  He’s actually said so on more than one occasion.  You might be surprised to hear that Article II says no such thing.  You may think I’m wrong.  Here, read it for yourself and if you can find anything in there that says the President can do whatever he wants, I’ll give you a dollar.  But, because he’s stupid enough to believe it, I think he’s about to become VERY familiar with Section 4…

“Article. II.

Section. 1.

The executive Power shall be vested in a President of the United States of America. He shall hold his Office during the Term of four Years, and, together with the Vice President, chosen for the same Term, be elected, as follows

Each State shall appoint, in such Manner as the Legislature thereof may direct, a Number of Electors, equal to the whole Number of Senators and Representatives to which the State may be entitled in the Congress: but no Senator or Representative, or Person holding an Office of Trust or Profit under the United States, shall be appointed an Elector.

The Electors shall meet in their respective States, and vote by Ballot for two Persons, of whom one at least shall not be an Inhabitant of the same State with themselves. And they shall make a List of all the Persons voted for, and of the Number of Votes for each; which List they shall sign and certify, and transmit sealed to the Seat of the Government of the United States, directed to the President of the Senate. The President of the Senate shall, in the Presence of the Senate and House of Representatives, open all the Certificates, and the Votes shall then be counted. The Person having the greatest Number of Votes shall be the President, if such Number be a Majority of the whole Number of Electors appointed; and if there be more than one who have such Majority, and have an equal Number of Votes, then the House of Representatives shall immediately chuse by Ballot one of them for President; and if no Person have a Majority, then from the five highest on the List the said House shall in like Manner chuse the President. But in chusing the President, the Votes shall be taken by States, the Representation from each State having one Vote; A quorum for this Purpose shall consist of a Member or Members from two thirds of the States, and a Majority of all the States shall be necessary to a Choice. In every Case, after the Choice of the President, the Person having the greatest Number of Votes of the Electors shall be the Vice President. But if there should remain two or more who have equal Votes, the Senate shall chuse from them by Ballot the Vice President.

The Congress may determine the Time of chusing the Electors, and the Day on which they shall give their Votes; which Day shall be the same throughout the United States.

No Person except a natural born Citizen, or a Citizen of the United States, at the time of the Adoption of this Constitution, shall be eligible to the Office of President; neither shall any Person be eligible to that Office who shall not have attained to the Age of thirty five Years, and been fourteen Years a Resident within the United States.

In Case of the Removal of the President from Office, or of his Death, Resignation, or Inability to discharge the Powers and Duties of the said Office, the Same shall devolve on the Vice President, and the Congress may by Law provide for the Case of Removal, Death, Resignation or Inability, both of the President and Vice President, declaring what Officer shall then act as President, and such Officer shall act accordingly, until the Disability be removed, or a President shall be elected.

The President shall, at stated Times, receive for his Services, a Compensation, which shall neither be encreased nor diminished during the Period for which he shall have been elected, and he shall not receive within that Period any other Emolument from the United States, or any of them.

Before he enter on the Execution of his Office, he shall take the following Oath or Affirmation:—”I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my Ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.”

Section. 2.

The President shall be Commander in Chief of the Army and Navy of the United States, and of the Militia of the several States, when called into the actual Service of the United States; he may require the Opinion, in writing, of the principal Officer in each of the executive Departments, upon any Subject relating to the Duties of their respective Offices, and he shall have Power to grant Reprieves and Pardons for Offences against the United States, except in Cases of Impeachment.

He shall have Power, by and with the Advice and Consent of the Senate, to make Treaties, provided two thirds of the Senators present concur; and he shall nominate, and by and with the Advice and Consent of the Senate, shall appoint Ambassadors, other public Ministers and Consuls, Judges of the supreme Court, and all other Officers of the United States, whose Appointments are not herein otherwise provided for, and which shall be established by Law: but the Congress may by Law vest the Appointment of such inferior Officers, as they think proper, in the President alone, in the Courts of Law, or in the Heads of Departments.

The President shall have Power to fill up all Vacancies that may happen during the Recess of the Senate, by granting Commissions which shall expire at the End of their next Session.

Section. 3.

He shall from time to time give to the Congress Information of the State of the Union, and recommend to their Consideration such Measures as he shall judge necessary and expedient; he may, on extraordinary Occasions, convene both Houses, or either of them, and in Case of Disagreement between them, with Respect to the Time of Adjournment, he may adjourn them to such Time as he shall think proper; he shall receive Ambassadors and other public Ministers; he shall take Care that the Laws be faithfully executed, and shall Commission all the Officers of the United States.

Section. 4.

The President, Vice President and all civil Officers of the United States, shall be removed from Office on Impeachment for, and Conviction of, Treason, Bribery, or other high Crimes and Misdemeanors.”

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