Monday, January 26, 2009

An oldie but a goody

A conservative and a liberal look at a half full glass of water. The conservative says "the glass is half gone, we have to use what we have wisely". The liberal says "there still half the water to drink, let's party". When the coffers are empty, STOP SPENDING! Enough said! Though we should find out where the first half of the water went, shouldn't we?

HAY, that's hot

How many times do you have to tell a child about the stove. You tell them, you may hold their hand close to feel the warmth. Yet time and time again, you have to stop them from touching. Then one day, when your distracted, they do it. They touch it and come crying to you with a burn. You tend to their burn, you hug them and once again try to explain. With most kids, that's the end of it. Oh, accidents happen, but for the most part they now know and won't touch it again. Now picture this. You tell Congress that raising taxes will effect jobs and the economy. They do it anyway and things start to fall apart. You say "see what happens, don't do it again" and walk away. A bit later, after putting all their minds together, they come up with a new plan. Implement it, and the economy slips again. So once again, you scold and move on. After all the times that Congress has touched this stove, isn't it time to seek professional help and quit turning our backs?

Personally, I blame Janis

When did it start? When did we become a "you owe me" nation. Some blame FDR. Some say it was Carter. Personally, I blame Janis Joplin. I think that Congress spent the 60's listening to that "long hair" music and took it a bit to literally. "Oh Lord, won't you buy me a Mercedes Benz. My friends all drive Porches, I must make amends". Sounds a bit familiar doesn't it? Well, personally, I'm happy with my little truck. I don't have any friends with Porches and wouldn't care if they did.

Pllleeaassssee stop helping

I want you to take a few seconds, sit back and think. How many times have we been told "You'll thank me later" or "You don't know it, but it's for your own good". Now think how many times it really turned out that way. Congress keeps passing bills "for our own good" that we'll supposedly thank them for later. "It's for the children", "We have to act now" are phrases we keep hearing from Washington. Guess what! We've acted already. We've spent already. I heard somewhere once that the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. Sound familiar? Ever hear from your Grandparents, "I used to walk uphill, in the 3' of snow, aginst the wind, both ways to school. And I was thankful". Sometimes it's good to be thankful.

Sunday, January 25, 2009

I hope they can make it

Those poor people on capital hill. Life for them must be so tough. Trying to eek out a living at only $169,300.00 . Can you imagine the shame they must live with. 2.8% for a raise, what were they thinking. After a long day of figuring out how to make CEO's work for a buck, how can they relax knowing that's all they have to support their families. Let's not mention what the snobs at the club must say. We need to get Sally Struthers to start a help line right away.

You start first

How about this stupid idea. Take Oprah's, Tom Hanks, Bruce Springsteen and all the other "stars" incomes and toss it in a pot. Mix well. Then give them all back a middle income wage. Take the rest and spread it out. Just imagine how many people we could bring up to middle income. Think any of them would go for it???? They all want to share the wealth, let them. They do it, I'll do it. Wait a sec, I'm already making a middle income wage! I guess all I have to do is pay all the extra taxes they support to "fix" things.

Ohh, Ohh, pick me

Can I be next please. Cost of living is going up. Their talking a pay cut at my work and raising the co-pays for insurance. I'm losing A LOT OF MONEY EVERY DAY, I could go bankrupt soon. Doesn't that qualify me for one of them there bail outs? Every one's doing it, and yes I would jump off a bridge if every body's doing it. Sorry Mom, but we're talking TRILLIONS here! It's not like the we're talking real money here. Real money is worth something, and at the rate their printing it off the paper it's printed on is its only value. Just bleach it out, a few staples, and presto! A wonderful note pad to write down what your going to do first when(and if) the dollar is worth something again.

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Global what??????

Come on people, it's cold outside. When are the fanatics going to stop trying to tell us that the world is going to end tomorrow. I can be persuaded to change my mind if they can just answer one question for me. Why are the rest of the planets warming too? How is my SUV causing Mars to change? Could it be something with the sun? I'm not a scientist, and I didn't even stay at a Holiday Inn last night, but I don't see it happening. I also remember from school(yes public school). There have been many ice ages. Can you guess what happens after an ice age. When was the last one? Could we be at the apex of the temp range before we start back down? I doubt that to many remember when Al Gore told us that this past October was the warmest on record. There was a big headline. That was followed by a small paragraph weeks later on the last page about how they accidentally compared October's temps to September the year before. I won't even mention all the scientists that have jumped ship lately. Yes we do need to clean this planet up. Yes we should work on new sources of energy. We just need to stop throwing countless billions at it every year right now.

Friday, January 23, 2009

Proud to announce

The Ohio Dept of Transportation is proud to announce the endowment of $300,000.00 for a mural on Rt 24. That's not a typo, $300,000.00. This money came from the Transportation bill your Rep's signed into action. Aren't we proud. This happened around October, you remember, during the start of the bailout frenzy. I was told in an email from ODOT that we should be proud we got the money instead of someone else. Sorry Southern Iowa, no decorative shrubs for your highway. Eastern Mississippi, no statue honoring the creator of the largest ball of twine. I'm sure you've all seen the nifty things States put along highways. Ever wonder where the money came from? Your Tax Dollars. Think about it the next time your dodging a pothole, or a road is closed because "there's no money"
SAFETEA-LU transportation bill

It starts with us

I'm talking to the 8 in 10 that did not buy a house that we couldn't afford. The 90 some percent that hold a job. The people that dutifully pay our taxes. The core of this country, the under represented. We have to long sat back and picked the lesser of 2 evils. We need to find candidates that will support us, not use us. Politician's have to long counted on our silence. We "go along" with to much because we think it doesn't effect us. It does! Look at your property taxes, sales taxes, income taxes. Vote, everytime. Even if you just get a ballot and leave a race blank, it still counts. They see it, and they know they are losing support. They know that next election there could be someone elses name in their slot because the people are not happy. Ignore the "buzz words", look past them and to the core of what they are saying. If you agree, fine, wonderful, it's your choice. If you see empty promises, look at the next name on the ballot. Check them out, and do what you feel you have to do. Just be ready to back up your choice with facts, not "feelings".

Daily paper

When did we allow the Media to start telling us what the news should be. It's one thing to have an agenda, but to hide it under the cover of "fair and balanced coverage" is a bit different. Anyone willing to step back and look can find daily examples of bias in a few moments on line. Now there's talk of bringing the Fairness Doctrine back. What's the matter National News, afraid of a few Talk Radio hosts pointing out a few forgotten tidbits you may have overlooked? Admit what you stand for and let the ratings sort it out.

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Presidential primary

Is anyone else tired of the endless year it takes to get through the Presidential primary season? Wouldn't it save time and money if the primaries were set up on a revolving schedule with the nation divided in quarters? Start in the NE in March. May in the SW. July in the SW and Sept in the NW. The next time it starts a quarter turn clockwise and so on. It would give the candidates only one section of the country to canvas at a time and 2 months to do it in. No more traveling countless times across country unless there was a function they chose to attend. More for us common folks, there would be less time needed for political adds in any given area until the final 2 make their run. It would also give more of a chance for any given candidate to make it longer in the race without the stigma of losing Iowa or NH hounding them.

Line item VETO

Isn't it about time for Congress to finally pass a line item VETO. It would hold those responsible for wasting our money accountable. If Congress sends a bill to the President with "pork" in it, he can remove it without being accused of being against anything. You all know as well as I do that Congress adds their own pet projects to important bills. If the President uses his VETO, he is accused of hating children, or not caring about disaster relief somewhere. The line item would stop a lot of wasted money, or at least put the focus directly where it belongs.


Hello all that venture into the unknown. The unknown in this case is when the "People of Smart" stopped caring to do a bit of looking before they jump. Not that that includes everyone, just a majority at the time of this posting. I am a Republican, a true Republican. You know, the Republican's that have been sorley dissipointed since the passing of Reagen. I personally don't care who anyone voted for. If your an Obama supporter, GREAT, WONDERFUL, GLAD TO HEAR IT. Just tell me why. Please leave the "buzz" words out please. I want facts, issues, numbers. If your a fellow Republican, please tell me how we can get our party back. Attacks will not be tolerated from any side. Anyone looking for an online fight will be ignored. I just want to open a discussion that will hopefully get our Country on track. Thank you.