Bush wants to expand funding in several areas. He wants to give pell grants for high school students. He wants to expand No Child Left Behind, touting as a great success. Where is the freedom of the people in educating their children? George Bush and republican party are not calling for enough change. President Bush calls on congress to reduce earmarked bills by half. Why not get rid of them all together? He says the budget is on track to be balanced by 2012. Why not immediately cut out all the junk and balance it tomorrow. I cannot run my household by promising to be balanced in 4 years.
George Bush has several good things to say, but his Presidency has been filled with spending, spending, spending. And while he often speaks of solutions, he has yet to get anything done. We need someone to cripple congress with vetoes until things change. No more bipartisanship. Let's have reality. Let's have a revolution!
Ron Paul for President 2008!
Birth of Baby Insurance costs ~$800
Diapers and other supplies ~ 20
Child Tax Credit $1000
Proposed Tax Refund $300
The income part assumes I really understand all the tax implications of having a child!
Total Net Gain:
One new baby + $480
This video, while poking fun at McCain, shows that Ron Paul did indeed make John McCain look uninformed on the topic. Granted the video is making fun of McCain by comparing him to Miss South Carolina, but if you make it to the end, Ron Paul's statement explains why John McCain definitely appears uninformed about the topic.
The only problem is that I am also uninformed (as is most of America I assume), so while cunning, I'm not sure how many votes it won Paul last night. Hopefully, more than I realize.
Me: Because he loves Jesus and wants to learn more about Him
Kate: Mommy, I love Jesus too...that's why I'm going to Heaven one day
That conversation ended a lot sweeter than the following which had a just plain funny ending
Kate: Mommy, what's Hell?
Me: Hell is where God punishes sin forever and ever
Kate: Maybe we can go there one day
Me: No Kate, Mommy and Daddy will never have to go to Hell and I hope you won't either
Kate: Why does God punish sin?
Me: Because God is holy and perfect and hates sin
Me: Kate, everyone sins. Daddy and I do and you do too. We don't love people like we should and we don't always share with others. But remember your bible verse, "The Father has sent His Son to be the Savior"? God sent Jesus to be our Savior. Remember how we talked about Jesus dying on the cross for our sins? Jesus NEVER sinned and He was punished for OUR sins so that if we believe in Him and trust in Him, we will never be punished in Hell for our sins...we'll get to go to Heaven and be with Jesus forever! Isn't that great!
Kate: Well Mommy, my Crocs have dirt on them.
Glad we've got that straight!
I am so thankful for a solid block of sleep now!
You are now 21 months old and a joy and treasure to me. You love to play with your dolls and carry your blanket around with you everywhere...even from room to room in our house!
The main thing I wanted to share with you is the special time we've had together lately. This month (it's happened almost everyday), you've been waking up from your nap a little earlier than your brother and sister.
When you wake up, you want to sit in my lap for about 30 min. We talk and laugh and you tell me you love me and you hug and kiss me. I know you won't remember this time we've been sharing but as your mother, few things give me greater joy than this. I love you my sweet girl.
According to these TV channels:
1. Women should support Clinton
2. African Americans should support Obama
3. Mormons should support Romney
I cannot help but wonder who the African American Mormon women should support.
If you fall into one of those categories, please read through these articles and watch these videos. These are resources I've read or watched over the past few days:
Is Ron Paul Electable?
Shouldn't we Christians vote for the baptist pastor?
Ronald Reagan was charged with being "unelectable" in late March
Who is this Ron Paul guy?
And why do you keep writing posts about him?
Ron Paul's ideas are crazy?
A Radon Testing Kit!!!
This site says it is a "great holiday present"....Here's an excerpt from the site:
This holiday season, give your loved ones the gift of health. Radon
test kits make great holiday presents for friends and family, reminding them to
test for radon to protect their health. Think about giving test kits to
friends and family who have recently purchased a new home, friends who might
want to protect their children at home, or anyone, to reduce their risk of
becoming one of the 20,000 Americans who dies from radon-related lung cancer
deaths each year.
I don't know much about radon gas, but whoever wrote that it's a great holiday gift makes me glad I celebrate Christmas instead of "holiday"!
This article discusses the u-verse offering, and at first glance, it seems pretty amazing. Who wouldn't want cable and internet bundled together for $59?
Down with Charter! They'll never compete if this thing takes off and the quality of it is decent.
Supervise teeth brushing
Make sure she goes to the bathroom
Pick out clothes
Supervise getting dressed
Help tie shoes
Put on coat
Brush her teeth
Put on clean diaper
Pick out clothes
Put on shoes and socks (normally this is done 2x before we leave because she always takes them off)
Make sure I have another diaper with me...just in case
Put on coat
Make sure we have "botbee" (her blanket)
Pick out clothes
Get him dressed
Strap in car seat carrier
Put blanket over him
Make sure I have diapers/bottle if we are going to be out awhile
Walk all 3 to the car...
Buckle Henry's seat in
Buckle Kate in
Buckle Claire in
Climb to the front on the van
Sit in my seat
Buckle myself in
Turn on the car
Sit and rest (I actually do this)
Now, this may seem like a lot but it normally only takes about 2 hours :)
Kate: Would you like to play beauty parlor Claire?
Kate: Would you, could you, in the dark?
At DAXKO, where I work, we received news yesterday that we would now have FSAs as a benefit. My first thought was, oh good. After a little research, I do not know what to think about them. I must decide how much medical expense I will incur during the year at the beginning of the year, and if I guess wrong, I'll lose any money I did not use. I do not know the accuracy of wikipedia on this, but it tells me that I can REQUEST a refund (it's not automatic) of unused funds, and if I do not request a refund, I'm taxed on the non-refunded amount.
Surely, this is wrong. From my little research (10 minutes or so online), it seems that FSAs are another attempt by our government officials to provide relief, and once again, they have only made our lives more difficult.
At first glance I think, "Yes, I'll participate. After all it's free money." But stepping back, I wonder if it is free money. There seems to be a good bit of overhead as I must manage yet another account of money, and interact with the government on yet another level (Ever file tax returns?). Living in America, we become less free everyday. If I participate in this plan, does the federal government now know every medical expense I make? And what am I being paid for this disclosure? The tax benefit does not seem to be that significant (a few hundres dollars per year).
I'm not knocking DAXKO here. This is all about the politicans we continually elect into office. They attempt to fix a broken system and it only becomes worse. And no Mike Huckabee, preventative healthcare is not the ultimate solution. We cannot prevent all health problems, and if we move that direction, I'll be going to the doctor once a week for a "check-up" in order to not lose my co-pay that I set aside at the beginning of the year in hopes that I could keep from getting sick. Preventative healthcare simply leads to "charts" that are useless.
After all, how many of you have babies under a year old that either weigh too much or weigh too little? Everyone of Peggy and I's children have measured 90% height and 10% weight on "the charts"? In a world where obesity is a major issue one would think this is a good thing, but not according to our doctors who are into "preventative healthcare measures".
Charter representatives cannot tell me how much certain services cost without "accessing my account". I guess I'll be charged a "complaint fee". I'm considering downgrading to "basic cable", and I've been chatting with the charter support team for 10 minutes just to receive a simple quote.
The chat representative needed my address, phone, and last 4 digits of my social security number to receive a simple quote. I was then told it would take 2-3 minutes (after the previous 10 minutes) to get the quote.
I'm curious how a company run like this stays in business, and I quickly remember it is because the government is involved. We in Hoover have no options. Cable is regulated and restricted to charter alone in hoover alabama. I have never spoken to anyone with favorable things to say about the company, yet we're stuck. Someone in our city council is receiving a kick-back. This must be the case!
Charter raises my rates annually without providing any additional value (they actually took channels away this year). They increase their internet costs and I have no other options because bellsouth cannot get a strong enough signal to our neighborhood. I guess I should just be a good little American and quit complaining.
In a free country, I should have choices, but I have no other viable options, and I have no voice to make changes. I didn't intend to get into this during this post, but this is why I support Ron Paul for President. Everytime the government becomes involved in something, the cost goes up, the value decreases, and government officials become rich and more powerful. This is not a good combination.
It is indeed time for a revolution. I vote we start with taking down charter communications.
These two channels have not invited Ron Paul to their debates, and I would like to see the other candidates refuse to participate in those debates if they truly believe openness and freedom are good things.
Granted, I do not truly expect anyone of the candidates to refuse an opportunity to squash another candidate due to censorship, but then again, if they did, I may actually give them another look.....on 2nd though...nah.