WORLD ENDS DURING CHRISTMAS?

GOOD MORNING WORLD

Today the world is supposed to end at 11:11AM or is it 11:11PM there are two of them?  I posted on my facebook timeline that I believed if we survived Y2K that we will have no problem surviving the end of the Mayan Calendar.

USA Today answered the question below.

Q&A: Is Friday Doomsday? Ask an expert Thursday at noon

The ancient Mayans, who ruled throughout southern Mexico and Central America until about 900 A.D., used three calendars, one of which was the Long Count Calendar that completes a major cycle on Dec. 21, 2012. Some today have claimed that the date signifies the end of the world, while scholars say it is merely the beginning of another cycle.

The Mayas still exist today as a diverse number of indigenous peoples, some of whom still speak the Maya language.

The end of the Mayan calendar put the spotlight on a people known for human sacrifices but celebrated for their past prowess in subjects such as math and astronomy. Today they live largely on the margins of the lands conquered by the Spaniards beginning in the 16th century.

The Mayans across the YucatánPeninsula were in rebellion throughout the later half of the 1800s, angered at discrimination and being treated as slaves by those of European descent. At the church here, they looked upon the “Speaking Cross” as an oracle in what is known as the War of the Castes. The Mexican army ended the uprising in 1901.

Ek, who conducts a Mayan form of Mass at his church, plans to mark the new calendar with prayer and traditional ceremonies, which he says many Maya have abandoned for other faiths, along with their language. He says this rejection of their culture might bring plagues, disease and drought.

Yet most people, says local museum guide Karla Chan Poot, “are receiving Dec. 21 with calm.

“People believe that they’re going to see a change, in humanity, in our thinking, that there should be a return to nature,” Chan says. “This won’t be anything like the world ending, or a meteor crashing, or extraterrestrials arriving,” or anything depicted in the popular culture or movies.

News of the pending end has reached people here, like aspiring Mayan artist Marco Poot Cahun, who incorporates doomsday talk into his monologues – which he delivers in Maya.

I think I am not going to worry about it at all.  I will continue with Christmas preparations and enjoy the day.  It rained very hard all night last night and is still very wet out there today.  Wishing it were snow for Christmas.  In the meantime I am looking around at our world today.  This is what is going on as I see it.

I do not want to negate the horror that happened last Friday.  My heart is still heavy as are many others.  I know America will come through this as we have tragedy so many times before.  Our America is a wonderful place and we need to hold her high as well.

We are looking at a fiscal cliff.  Are we going to go over it?  I have no idea.  I know we all have to get more honest with ourselves about what actually is going on in this government.  From the President right down to the congress and it’s members.

The President

FACTS:

Sept. 11th Benghazi consulate attacked at 4/5PM EST

There was no protest in Benghazi

Administration says it was due to a film

Susan Rice knew details before appearances Sunday September 15th

Failure in State Dept.

Libyan guards being blamed

Libyan guards on strike over salary and working hours

Sept 12th President speaks in the Rose Garden 10AM and does not call it terrorism and           flies to Vegas

Sept 12th President tells Steve Kroft of 60 Minutes it is too early to call it terrorism

Sept 25th the President still says Benghazi is a reaction to a film

THOUGHTS:

It took 14 days to come out with clear information.  The final report came out this week – 4 months later.  The report shows there were errors, seems to blame Chris Stevens the Ambassador and says the State Dept. had systemic problems.  The result is?  Four citizens were killed for goodness sake.  Is it true that this did not come to focus as it was during the election?  Or is it to the ‘2016’ movie that this is what Obama really wants?  Where is the accountability?

FACTS:

October 29th hurricane Sandy hits

October 29th the President warns all in Sandy’s path to prepare

October 31st the President goes to New Jersey/the President says he will do anything and         cut red tape

THOUGHTS:

This took the President 3 days as opposed to the 14 of Benghazi.  Great photo ops and during an election.  Was this a plus instead of Benghazi?

FACTS:

Friday Dec 14th the President is told about the killings in CT an hour after they occur

Friday Dec 14th the President speaks out about the killings over Television at 3:16PM

Sunday Dec 16th the President speaks in CT

Wednesday Dec. 19th the President speaks out against gun violence and presents a gun             control initiative for proposals by January – IT IS NOT JUST ONE THING!!!

THOUGHTS:

How come the President spoke so quickly after this horror about following it and we did not hear from him after Benghazi for 16 hrs?  What did he know and when?  What do you think the families of the four killed in Benghazi are thinking about the lack of the Presidential voice after their tragedy and his very vocal comments after Sandy Hook??

The Congress:

FACTS:

Entitlements must be reviewed and modified

They must find ways to cut spending

Earmarks must stop –    Hurricane Sandy legislation has pork in it and the actual funds to help the hurricane victims total only a third of the whole bill!

FACTS:

http://www.businessinsider.com/congress-sandy-relief-act-money-pork-2012-12

example from the article:

….the Sandy emergency spending package includes $150 million for fishery disaster areas in Mississippi and Alaska; $20,000 for a new car for the Inspector General of the Justice Department; $10.8 billion for the Federal Transportation Administration; and cancellation of loans related to Hurricane Katrina. It also contains $4 million for repairs at the KennedySpaceCenter and $3.3 million for the PlumIslandAnimalDiseaseCenter.

Read more: http://www.thefiscaltimes.com/Articles/2012/12/19/Congress-Piles-the-Pork-into-Hurricane-Sandy-Relief.aspx#page1#ixzz2FWDOel8C

THOUGHTS:

Fact is we need common sense.  We need a bill that says “We the Congress vote $XXX to help people in NY and NJ due to Hurricane Sandy.”  End of bill!!!  Obamacare was so long that Nancy Pelosi is famous for saying you had to pass it so you can read it.

Then there is the Fiscal Cliff.

We need common sense talk not double speak.  This is not a tax cut!  The Bush tax cuts which Obama adopted are expiring.  This tax has been the rate for the last ten years.  If these cuts expire the tax rate will go back up.  This Folks, is a tax increase no matter how they want to play it.

Imagine it in family terms.  You have an outstanding credit card that is higher than anything you have in your savings account.  How are you going to pay that down?  You have reached your limit.  You can charge nothing more.  The answer is to spend more money? I don’t think so!

MORE FACTS/QUESTIONS:

We have FortHood still being classified as ‘workplace violence’.

The President said Al Quada is dead and the report on Benghazi says it is not.

A Fast and Furious gun showed up in Mexico beside the dead body of a beauty queen.

Did Hillary really have a concussion or did she want to wait until the report was out? Did she have ‘Benghazi flu’?

If Gerard Depardieu left France due to a millionaire tax will highly taxed wealthy leave this country?

How does the President connect hurricane Sandy and the deaths in Sandy Hook with making good choices in Congress as he did in his news conference?  made no sense when I heard it?

In his own words, “After what we’ve gone through over the past several months, a devastating hurricane and now one of the worse tragedies in our memory, the country deserves the folks to be willing to compromise for the greater good.”

What does it say that WalMart sold out of assault gun?  Then again if a gun can kill aren’t all guns assault guns?

If the world ends today at 11:11AM all this is moot.  If it doesn’t then we need to get to work.   Call or write your Congress people!!!  They work for us – remember of the people by the people!

I am writing an entry for tomorrow.  See you then.  In the meantime I am going to focus on Christmas and the good things in our world and I am still…

…..ONWARD TO MORE MISADVENTURE…

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ELECTION DAY 2012 – WHAT MORE CAN BE SAID?

GOOD MORNING WORLD

Today is the big day and the first result has a tie.  Dixfield Notch, NH voted last night at midnight and the vote was 5 to 5.  In the rest of the country 30 million have already voted.  Let the cheering begin.

Dixfield Notch, NH has been the first to report their results, voting begins at 12:00AM election Day.  This is a tradition that began with their railroading history.  Since 1948 when the vote was at 7AM the voting has been early so that people working for the railroad would not have to take off unpaid time from work.  Then began a race with a nearby town, Hart’s Location with 35 voters, to be the first to report results.

What more can be said about this race?  The discussions are all done.  Tonight or even early tomorrow we will have a President once again.  When you think of it the process we go through in this country it is wonderful.  While not without strong language it is without violence, despite the Black Panthers standing in uniform monitoring at a polling place in Philadelphia in 2008 and today.   One day we have one man as a President and the next day, if there is an incumbent, it could be the same man or another.  No guns no bombs quiet and orderly.  God Bless America and the wisdom of those who went before us.

To fill out the page this morning I decided to look at the superstitions and folklore surrounding our elections.  Growing up in Maine I heard “As Maine goes so goes the nation” my whole life.  This has now switched to Ohio.  It is said that no one can be elected President without winning Ohio.

Another little tidbit that I found was the sports items.  There is the “Redskins Rule”.  For those not sports minded the Redskins are the football team – Washington Redskins.  This rule has predicted the last 17, out of 18, White House winners.  The rule is that if the Redskins do not win their last home game before the election that an incumbent will not hold the White House.  The Washington D C Redskins lost to the Carolina Panthers 21-13 in their last home game at Fed-Ex Field.

The next concerns the actual date, November 6th.  Since 1860 when Abraham Lincoln won election only Republicans have been elected on this date.   The most thorough information I could find about this was on breitbart.com.  Check it out for yourself for the full article at:

http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2012/10/30/The-Streak-Republicans-Have-Won-Every-November-6th-Presidential-Election-Since-1860

Starting in 1792, states had a range of dates on which to conduct presidential elections, but in 1845 Congress standardized the date so it would always be the Tuesday after the first Monday in November. Since then presidential elections have been held on dates ranging from November 2nd to November 8th with each date coming up about six times in a fairly regular pattern. The date November 6th has always been a good one for Republicans:

1860 – Abraham Lincoln over Stephen Douglas

1888 – Benjamin Harrison over incumbent Grover Cleveland

1900 – William McKinley over William JenningsBryan

1928 – Herbert Hoover over Al Smith

1956 – Dwight Eisenhower over Adlai Stevenson

1984 – Ronald Reagan over Walter Mondale

There was another curiosity that said that a Senator cannot be elected President.  That of course has been debunked in our history with the elected of Sen. John F. Kennedy and Sen. Barack Obama.

There is also a superstition that before the election of General Grant in 1872 that a man that used his middle name could not be elected a President a second time.  This was an interesting tidbit for me as I did not realize how many Presidents used their middle names.   There were 7 that had and/or used their middle names that were not re-elected.  They are: John Quincy Adams, Martin Van Buren, William Henry Harrison,  James Knox Polk, Rutherford Birchard Hayes, James Abram Garfield, and Chester Allan Arthur who were not reelected. Grant, who interrupted the pattern after Polk, may have eluded this by only using his middle initial.  It gave me pause to wonder had President Kennedy lived would he have been re-elected?

You have to love Trivia!  I am certain there is more out there that I have not found.

I was asked recently what I was going to write about when the election was over.  Since my blog is eclectic I am certain there will be much more to fill the space.  If Barack Obama is re-elected I have no worries as we have not yet the full information about Libya.  I also will scrutinize Mitt Romney to see that he keeps his promises.  By the end of 2009 there were a number of books already out with facts and figures about how Barack Obama had not kept his ‘first day’/’first year’ promises.  It must be no different for Mitt Romney when he becomes President.

As the votes are being cast and counted I am feeling like a kid on Christmas morning waiting for the best gift ever with a Romney win.  I really do not believe I will be disappointed.

…..ONWARD TO MORE MISADVENTURE…

VOTE – VOTE – VOTE IF YOU WANT THE RIGHT TO COMPLAIN

GOOD MORNING WORLD

I get the biggest kick out of people who complain about our government.  Well we all do at one point.  I am talking about the ones that complain and when asked – did you vote they say NO.  I have taken to telling them then they have no right to complain.  Our ‘constitutional right’ of complaining comes when we execute our constitutional right to vote.

As voters we are hiring a person for the job of President of the United States.  Both of the candidates meet the requirements.  So who is the best choice.  When hiring a person one looks at the resume and other factors.  We of course want to hire the top talent and we have gone through a process to find the best two candidates.

From Inc.com I found an interesting synopsis:

Four hiring practices of highly successful organizations
The study revealed that the organizations with the most effective hiring policies were more likely to use the following four practices:

  • Job interviews in which candidates are asked to describe specific examples of their skills
  • Automated resume screening and search
  • Assessments that predict whether candidates are motivated by the factors associated with a particular job or a company’s  values and ways of doing things
  • Simulations that gauge specific job-related abilities and skills

I believe the interviews, resume screening and search are completed as we have President Obama and Gov. Mitt Romney vying for the job.  The candidates are now openly describing their skills so that first bullet is completed as well.  It is for the employer – the American People –  to now make assessments to see if the candidates are motivated by ‘a company’s values and ways of doing things’.  We can also judge if they have the skills and abilities to do the job.  So let’s look as clinically as I can.

JOB SKILLS (ways of doing things):

Candidate Obama proceeded with bankruptcy of the car companies with public funds.

Candidate Romney believed in a structured bankruptcy with private funds and govt. guarantees.

 

Candidate Obama pushed through a partisan government run insurance plan Obamacare.

Candidate Romney work with a Democrat legislature to implement Romneycare.

 

Candidate Obama said he would work across the aisle and bring bi-partisanship back to DC.

Candidate Romney worked with a 85% Democrat legislature as Governor.

 

Candidate Obama pushed green energy to the loss of stimulus money.

Candidate Romney believes we must use resources we have and be energy independent.

 

Candidate Obama has a record of spending and not working with Congress.

Candidate Romney has a record of working across the aisle and balancing a budget.

 

Candidate Obama has no business experience.

Candidate Romney has run successful businesses as well as the Olympics.

 

Candidate Obama has regulated small businesses to closure.

Candidate Romney believes small businesses run this country.

 

VALUES:

Candidate Obama attended a church where the minister said things like “G__D__America”

Candidate Romney served as a minister in his church.

 

Candidate Obama was very open in his books about his recreational drug and alcohol abuse.

Candidate Romney has never used recreational alcohol or drugs.

 

Candidate Obama criticizes America.

Candidate Romney praises America.

 

Candidate Obama wants to transform America.

Candidate Romney wants to restore America.

 

On Nov. 6th we will all hire the man we believe can lead America for the next four years.  I believe we need a man of character and strength and I believe that man is Mitt Romney.  I have not been quiet about this fact.   I voted in 2008 and that gives me the right to complain.

I have been critical of our current President.  He has given me much of which to criticize.  I look to a candidate running for office to keep his promises as an act of character.  The President has kept few.  His most recent acts call his character back to mind for me.  In Benghazi there was much confusion. I am not sure a clear picture is out even now almost 2 months later.  The one thing that is blatantly obvious from what we do know is that the President knew what was going on and for weeks he and his staff were not truthful about the incident with the American Citizens – his employer!  Another item is his response to Sandy – he was there in one day!  It took him 7 days to get to the JoplinMO disaster, 14 days to the oil spill in the Gulf and ignored the flood in Tennessee. Hurricane Sandy happened the week before election day.  You make your own decision on these character points.

One of my favorite quotes is “Character is what you do when no one is looking.”  I want to hire a man to run our country who is a man of character and believes in service to country and others.  Mitt Romney is a man of character.  I challenge anyone to prove otherwise.

We are hiring a man to run the United  States of America.  Let these, their own words, speak for the candidates.

 

Candidate Obama said this week that ‘Oh no don’t boo – vote.  Vote. Voting is the best revenge’.

Candidate Romney said this week that we must ‘…vote for love of country’.

 

If you want the right to complain about how President Romney runs the country you must vote Nov. 6th!

…..ONWARD TO MORE MISADVENTURES…

BARACK, BRAWLER, BATTLESHIPS, BAYONETS, BRONZE

GOOD MORNING WORLD

Last night Bob Schieffer was the moderator for the last Presidential debate of the 2012 election cycle.  He had before him the man who ran the country for the last 4 years and the contender.  The question is which man is going to be the President of the United States?

I found myself thinking this is rather a boring debate considering the last two outings of these men.  Then I sat there and purposely listened and watched.  As I have said in many posts listening is more than hearing the words.  It takes into consideration the attitude and tone of the speaker of the words.  The fact checkers will take care of the actual information.

The fact checkers have already done their jobs.  There were a few major areas that were called into the discussion.  One was Romney’s defense of his auto industry bail-out stance.  Obama said Romney never said he would use government funds for the auto industry.  This is in fact wrong as in an op ed Romney did have a line about government loan guarantees.

The second quite loud interchange was the discussion about education in Massachusetts.  President Obama insisted that the improvements happened before Romney became the Governor.  In fact Gov Romney created the changes with his legislature during his term.

There was the ‘apology tour’ and mention of us not being a leader to which the President disagreed and the fact-checkers say the President never said he was sorry on the tour he took to the middle East.  The UN has also said that the US has had a leadership role.

The one that hit me and made me wonder who actually was running this country was President Obama’s demeaning attitude as he mentioned that the Navy is different than it was:

“You mention the Navy, for example, and the fact that we have fewer ships than we did in 1916. Well, governor, we also have fewer horses and bayonets. We have these things called aircraft carriers and planes land on them. We have ships that go underwater, nuclear submarines.” He added, “It’s not a game of Battleship where we’re counting ships, it’s ‘What are our priorities?’”

Last night during the debate I understand a Marine tweeted that the Marines still used bayonets. I would offer the following for President Obama’s edification.

http://cityroom.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/10/17/a-statue-arrives-at-ground-zero-while-another-still-seeks-a-home/

Commuters streaming out of the PATH train station at the WorldTradeCenter in Lower Manhattan on Wednesday morning may have spotted the shrouded newcomer:
a 16-foot-tall sculpture of a Special Operations soldier on horseback. The statue is a memorial to the troops who led the American invasion of Afghanistan in response to the Sept. 11 attacks on the trade center and the Pentagon.

It is quite something so I hope everyone checks the info about this statue out.  It gives one pause to think that the President is unaware of a large bronze statue of a horse soldier.  Wonder if he is aware we used them in Afghanistan?  

The President told Gov. Romney that “Everytime you’ve offered an opinion you’ve been wrong.”  President Obama told Romney he was misinformed and ‘the1980’s, they’re now calling to ask for their foreign policy back because, you know the cold war has been over for 20 years.’ 

Romney said: “Attacking me is not an agenda .”  He also said, “I have clear eyes on this. I’m not going to wear rose-colored glasses when it comes to Russia or Mr. Putin, and I’m certainly not going to say to him, I’ll give you more flexibility after the election. After the election he’ll get more backbone.”

Those were the words and many have said that the debate was won by President Obama.

Language is more than just words.  Language is body speak as well.  Pundits have described President Obama’s face at times as smug.  His tone was demeaning and patronizing.  They said he was rude and insulting.  I saw this as well.  He was motioning almost as much as Joe Biden did. 

Mitt Romney on the other hand sat with a small smile on his face as he listened.  He had his hands clasped in a pose of a counselor listening.  When he responded he was measured as he spoke.  It appeared as if he was trying diligently not to be drawn into an argument.

President Obama reminded me of a scrappy kid on the playground with his hands up challenging his opponent to a fight.  Mitt Romney looked like the opponent with his hands in his pockets watching the little scrappy guy and deciding whether to engage or go. 

I saw two very different people on that stage.  One was a Chicago ‘brawler’ and the other was a Massachusetts ‘preppie’.  Having grown up a ‘townie’ I will choose the ‘preppie’ every time as they are usually better educated and smarter!

Years ago TONI, a beauty product that put a permanent wave into straight hair had a commercial that asked the consumer to judge between two models.  One had a permanent wave and one had naturally wavy hair.  The commercial asked, “Which one has the Toni?”  I would ask which one on the stage last night will be our President?

…..ONWARD TO MORE MISADVENTURE…

QUESTIONS ABOUND

GOOD MORNING WORLD

This is a fired-up Friday submission.  It is full more of questions than answers however.  I have been listening to the news this past week not reading and following as closely as normal.  I have scanned the papers only in passing.  I have done cursory looks on the web.  I am full of questions.

The requirements to be President of the United States of America are three fold only.  The first is that you be a natural born citizen.  OR if you were born in another country your parents had to both be natural born citizens of the USA.  The second is that you are 35 years of age.  The third is that you have to be living in the USA for at least 14 years. 

Those seem fairly simple to me.  The question arises, ‘When did our tax returns become part of the requirement?’  It is written no place in the Constitution.  Then again the IRS is not in that document!

In the research I did to investigate this question one source went back to FDR who did not submit his tax returns.  Nixon submitted 4 yrs as I remember.  Ford submitted a summary only and Carter three years.  It varied from then on.  The source taxhistory.org

(http://www.taxhistory.org/www/website.nsf/Web/PresidentialTaxReturns)

also said the following:

Individual income tax returns — including those of public figures — are private information, protected by law from unauthorized disclosure. Indeed, the Internal Revenue Service is barred from releasing any taxpayer information whatsoever, except to authorized agencies and individuals.

Question number 2 is, ‘Are not our candidate’s private citizens afforded all rights?’ Question #3, ‘Why do we need these?’  If they have passed any scrutiny of the IRS and accepted then, ‘What do we need to know of one’s private finances?’  We require no one else serving in public office to submit their taxes.  Of the 535 members of Congress on 17 make their returns public.  When this issue was pushed recently by a news organization, Nancy Pelosi quickly changed the subject to the economy.  She further suggested that if the media was covering this why shouldn’t they open their returns?  Another question!  Seriously?

Does not the President have some rights of privacy?  Do not candidates for the office deserve this?  We need to know what the platform of the candidate is and how they plan to carry it out.  I believe we need to know the character of the candidate as well. 

Character is not found on a tax return.  Or is it?  If you lie about your deductions wouldn’t this exemplify poor character?  If you take advantage of all the available LEGAL options, couldn’t this exemplify wisdom to use the tools at hand?  What do your charitable deductions say about you as a person?

When we hire someone for a job we interview them.  We are given a resume to look at prior to this interview.  The job applicant may even fill out an application.  This is the information we receive.  There may then be a process of one tow or three interviews before an individual is chosen.  Today in our PC world we are not to ask age or ethnicity.  I found it very interesting when our daughter who is now looking for employment with her newly earned BS degree was sent a piece of paper asking, among other questions, her race.

The ridiculousness of the scrutiny that we put our Presidents through today is exhausting.  We spent many TV hours and newsprint columns and internet info to discover that George Bush had not attended all of his National Guard meetings, nothing illegal by the way, and had a DUI.  On the other hand we spent very little time on the passage from President Obama’s book where he said, “I blew a few smoke rings, remembering those years. Pot had helped, and booze; maybe a little blow when you could afford it.”  Perhaps the reason this was not openly discussed is that he was not arrested?  Cocaine use and an arrest are a felony I believe.  Now we are after Mitt Romney for a prank he pulled in school.  And of course his tax returns.

It is time to make a list of exactly what is required for the paperwork for the Office of President.  Simple – a list!  In order to run for this office you need to supply your school transcripts from college and grad school, your dissertation if one was written, your work experience from college to now, your personal and business tax returns for 5 years and a copy of your most recent physical.  Isn’t that enough?

On the other hand we could listen to what they are saying and judge them on their character.  Think the quote goes something like this, ‘Character is what you do when no one is watching.’  The final question then would be, “What were Mitt Romney and President Obama doing when no one was watching?”

…..ONWARD TO MORE MISADVENTURE…

PS ……… funny addition – I cut and paste a lot of info from the web to use or not in my writings.  I write my comments above all of these and add what I want.  I then run spell and grammar check before I post.  I was surprised to see that the page I took from Mr. Obama’s book had more corrections that should have been made then my own post!!!  Evidently my stream of consciousness writing is more grammatically correct!!!

TAX HIKES

GOOD MORNING WORLD

Letter to the Editor Of The News Journal,Wilmington,DE:

I am writing in response to the letter from Rev. Long of Chester, Pa. that appeared in your newspaper onTuesday July 3, 2012.  The line above his letter was “Obamacare really means ‘Obama Cares”.”  Rev. Long’s letter mentioned the names the Affordable Healthcare Act has been called and ended with the fact that it may bring Obama a second term and show that he really cares.  I do not want to spoil Rev. Long’s impression of this bill.  I do not believe that caring means paying.  If you care about someone do you not want to take care of them?  This bill charges us all under the guise of care.

The facts are that this bill will cost us all – all of us – $500 billion plus in tax hikes.  The law contains 20 new or higher tax items.  It is the largest tax increase in American history.  The people that pay for this increase – 75% of them – earn $120,000 or less per year.  President Obama said two very important things that need to be added here.

He said, “I will not raise taxes on anyone earning under$250,000.

He said, “The Affordable Healthcare Act is NOT a tax.”

Americans for Tax Reform has a website that details all of these increases documented with page numbers of the bill.  It can be found at http://atr.org/full-list-obamacare-tax-hikes-a6996.  There you will find that in 2010 over $53b taxes took effect.  An example is item #3 “Black Liquor” tax hike of $23.06 that increases the tax on a type of bio-fuel.  Bill: Reconciliation Act; Page 105. In 2011 over $6.4b will go into effect. 

In 2012 we find #9 Employer Reporting of Insurance on W-2 (Min$/Jan 2012): Preamble to taxing health benefits on individual tax returns.  Bill: PPACA; Page: 1,957

In 2013 we see the addition of over $260b.  Included in this is item #14 on this list.  This is a Flexible Spending Account Cap – aka “Special Needs Kids Tax” of  $13b.  This imposes cap of on FSA of $2500.  This is now an unlimited amount.  One group this will effect is parents of special needs children.  There are thousands of families in the U.S.who use FSAs to pay for the education of their special needs children.  Tuition at one school was documented as $14,000 per year.  Under current tax law FSA dollars can be used to pay for this.  With a cap of $2500 who will pay in the future?  The documentation of this was: Bill:PPACA; Page 2388,2389.

In 2014 we are hit with $60b plus and in 2018 it is $32b.  If this is how Obama Cares I would ask him to please not care so much.  The United States of Americacannot afford it.  Do not take my word for it.  Check it out for yourself.

The question then arises, Can we trust a man who in his OWN words says one thing and then deliberately does another?  I think not.  His own words and subsequent actions set up questions of honesty.  He must not be elected again in 2012.

…..ONWARD TO MORE MISADVENTURE…

INDEPENDENCE DAY

GOOD MORNING WORLD

Happy 4th of July to one and all.  This is the day to celebrate our good old USA.  This is the day of family picnics and fireworks and parades.

As a child we would go to Bar Harbor ( a neighboring town) for the fireworks.  They were held at the dock and shot out over the water.  Oh we ‘oohed’ and ‘aahed’ with the best of any group.  They were fun.  I also saw the fireworks in DC in 1975 as they were gearing up for the 200th anniversary of our country – what a display that was!!!  Now I really like watching them on PBS from Boston with the Boston Pops playing the music and both music and fireworks are in sync.  I would love to see those in person one day.  I am not sure the celebrations this year will garner as much attention with the fourth being on a Wed.  Many are having their displays on the Sat before or the Sat after or not at all due to weather conditions.

The 4th is the day of day for parades.  We got up early in my childhood to go to Bar Harbor for their big parade.  There were bands and little cars with Shriners in them scooting about.  There were floats that had people tossing candy.  I remember a specific float from the Holsum Bread company that tossed out roll sized loaves of bread!!!  Later on my ‘Coffee Club” would design and construct floats for another parade – oh many love parades!!!

The 4th is a time when families get together and have parties or picnics.  For many years we would go to a cousin’s camp and boat and swim and water ski.  I vividly remember the 4th when I was 10 years old.  I saw no fireworks that year as I had been rushed to the hospital for an emergency appendectomy!!!  While I missed the fireworks I still made out like a bandit as in those days it was in the hospital for two weeks.  Do you know how many presents a 10 yr old can get from all the relatives while being in the hospital at that time???

The 4th has many memories for me and actually as a festive holiday takes a back seat to many others.  I do not know when it lost it’s lackluster.  This year, being on a Wednesday, means we get an extra day to play and a short work week.  Otherwise it is just another day.  Do not get me wrong – it is the celebrations that I can take or leave.  The meaning of the day probably grows as the celebrations wane.  I get tears of joy and pride in my eyes when I think about America and see a flag on display.  The patriotic music stirs my soul.  The history intrigues me more and more as the years go by.

Three Presidents died on this day.  James Monroe was the most recent in 1831.  Five years earlier in 1826 we lost John Adams and Thomas Jefferson.  These two founding fathers had had an interesting relationship.  Respectful foes pops to mind as a way to describe it.  Competitive might also work.  In July of 1826 they each knew the other was ill.  On this day in 1826 John Adams died and his last words were, “Thomas Jefferson lives.”  The intimation is thatAdamseven lost this one.  The fact is that Jeffersonhad died 5 hours earlier and the Adams family had not been notified.

There are many other little known facts about this day – google it.  You will find that we split from England actually in the 2nd of July.  You will also find that the Declaration was not signed until August 2nd and then only 50 men signed it.  It was not until January of the next year that the final signature was affixed to the document.  It is also the birthday of Malia Obama, our President’s daughter.

We live in the greatest country in the world.  We as responsible citizens must preserve our republic as it stands One Nation Under God.  Like the President or not the fact that we can have any say in who sits in that office is truly a gift from our founding fathers.  We are one nation and I pray all who read this have a “Grand Old Day”.

…..ONWARD TO MORE MISADVENTURE…

ACCENTUATE THE POSITIVE

GOOD MORNING WORLD

I want to thank those who commented on the July 1 post.  I really appreciate your positive feedback.  I also need to thank our daughter.  I went away last weekend to a world where there was no cell service, TV or computer access unless you were very high (as on the top of a mountain) or had permission and password to access someone’s wi-fi.  I discovered after arrival that the wi-fi was not easily available.  With great difficulty and the help of a knowledgeable teen, we got messages to my daughter to access my blog and post my already pre-written drafts.  Then through her enthusiasm I was posted twice in one day.  Luckily we got wi-fi for a couple of hours one morning and I was able to write yesterday’s blog for her to post.  Had not ever thought when I began this year’s project that I might be away.  So now that this is set in case this situation should ever happen again, I can relax and write away as I choose. 

All the positive comments that I read brought into focus the negativity that can be experienced in life.  It is extremely (not a sport for sure) for me to deal with negative people.  You have them in your life I am sure.  Nothing is ever right.  They belittle others and many of your thoughts are wrong or have no basis in reality.  It is wearing and tiring.  I believe that at times I have been and can be one of these people.  I am trying (and have been for awhile) to make a conscious effort not to be so.  I believe for the most part of my life I have been upbeat and optimistic and maybe that brings out the negativity in others.

Recently I was in the company of a person who was continually negative.  The feeling I had at times when comments were made was like two same poles meeting.  I had that feeling that there was an opposite pushing against each part of a magnet.  At times it was tension filled and very uncomfortable.  Being one who rarely is at a loss for words I found it difficult not to strike back when I was the recipient of caustic remarks.  I am also sensitive.  I had to rein this in as well as the tears that were quickly coming to my eyes.  Finally in a casual conversation when I commented on Dr. Oz and something I had read about a tea he believes is good for us, I was told he was a charlatan. I had to say something.  I came back with that I thought he was a real Dr. and a successful surgeon.  The comment was how did I know that?  I had to say I believe his open heart patients when they say so.  Someone else spoke up then and I left the situation.  I seems that there is little positive spoken from this person – or at least toward me – and I am sad for that.  From my vision I believe this person is very blessed.  I can only hope he/she sees it.  I must say I am proud of me for not saying what was in my heart when the hurtful things about my blog (why would anyone care what you say) or being a writer (you have to take a course) came my way.

Positive or negative, it got me to thinking further about our political process.  How do you accentuate the positive and still win?  John McCain tried it and failed.  He did not speak in the negative about Barack Obama.  I believe that may have been in part due to his race and the newness of running against the first bi-racial candidate.  He did mention his record, while seemingly ignoring his background.

Each candidate needs to put him and his views forward so that we want to vote for him over the other.  At the same time it is necessary for each to point out the differences in their platforms and way of governance.   It is also important to point out the facts that do not agree with what each candidate did or said previously.  For example how do you speak about President Obama if you are a Romney voter without pointing out President Obama’s promises and whether he kept them or not.  In Mitt Romney’s case, he is looking to take the job away and how do you discuss his career without pointing out his successes or failures as well.  Is it positive or negative?  In this case is the negative okay?  If we do not know both sides of all issues how can we decide? 

I believe we need to be smart and investigate everything we can about our candidates.  For this we rely on news, TV and internet.  It is up to us to sort the positive from the negative.  Maybe it simply comes down to the facts.  If it is a documented negative then it cannot be argued?  It is okay?  If it is a negative slur against the person or his family it is not allowed?  I am still pondering this.

What I have gleaned from all of this rambling this morning is that I am normally positive.  I am going to continue to live this way.  I may not bounce around as quickly or as easily as I used to do – I still will be positive.  I used to sing “Good Morning bright sunshine good morning to you” to our children to wake them up.   I will continue to do that now for my grandchildren and also continue to ignore any pillows that may come my way!!!      

…..ONWARD TO MORE MISADVENTURE…

LEGISLATION/LEADERSHIP

 

GOOD MORNING WORLD

When our children were little they had a show called ‘Schoolhouse Rock’ that would send information and snippets about our government across the airways. Anyone remember this:

I’m just a bill.
Yes, I’m only a bill.
And I’m sitting here on Capitol Hill.
Well, it’s a long, long journey
To the capital city.
It’s a long, long wait
While I’m sitting in committee,
But I know I’ll be a law someday
At least I hope and pray that I will,
But today I am still just a bill.

If you remember the tune you are old like me!!!  The picture accompanying this little ditty is a rolled up piece of paper with a ribbon on it.  The cartoon character proceeds to tell the Boy in the piece that a lawmaker comes up with an idea and writes a bill.  Then it shows them arguing over it and the Boy comments on that.  The Bill, the name of the paper roll character, answer that he is lucky as most bills do not get this far they die in committee.  Then Bill says it looks like he is going to live so he goes to the House of Representatives.  If the House votes to keep him the bill then goes to the Senate he tells the Boy and the arguing and discussing begins again.  Bill then explains that if he passes the Senate he still may not make it pass the President’s veto.  Very informative for the kiddos and even their mother though I knew this from history.

So then the question arises – why are the Republicans being blamed for the stalling that is going on inWashingtonD.C.  Our President had a super majority – that is both houses of Congress held a Democrat majority – for the first two years of his administration and could have passed anything he wanted if all the Democrats were on board with it.  As of 2010 the Republicans have a majority in the House.  The Senate still remains a Democrat majority.  Perhaps we need to go a little further to understand.

What the Bill did not go into is the fact that nothing comes to the floor of either house of Congress unless it is put on the agenda.  The agenda is set by the Speaker of the House or the Majority Leader in the Senate.  Any bill that makes it to the floor in the House and passes may be stopped in the Senate if it never gets on the agenda.  In the case of the Congress that is sitting at this time Sen. Harry Reid of Nevada is in charge of setting the agenda for the Senate.  For a bill to move anywhere it needs to be on the agenda.  Once the bill gets to the Senate floor discussion and hopefully compromise occurs.  If discussion leads to a yes consensus then the bill goes back through the whole process House and Senate for a final approval on that which was previously reached.  If it does not reach consensus it is dead on the Senate floor.

The Speaker of the House, Rep John Boehner, is in charge of setting the agenda there.  He has spoken over and over again about 30 bills that the House has passed and Sen. Reid refuses to put on the agenda for the Senate.  There seems to be a disagreement about the number and the Democrats say they have taken up three so the number is 27.  Regardless, how can anything get done if there is no discussion?  Sen. Reid has not brought a budget to the floor of the Senate in three years.  The Republicans forced him to bring President Obama’s 2012 Budget to a vote.  It was defeated 99-0 after the House had defeated it 414-0.  The movement of much of our Congress seems to be stalled in the Senate.  While the Republicans do not have a majority,  they do have a tool called a filibuster that can stall and stop Senate business.

 On top of all of this is the further question of leadership.  It is my understanding that a good leader gets his people together on a regular basis and listens and guides and empowers.  Does not a good leader help bring information forward and guide people to see each others points?  Are we seeing that from our President?  Are we so polarized that we cannot see each others points.  We do not necessarily have to agree.  We can listen and look for ways to compromise if we meet.  When was the last time he met with the leaders of Congress?  Aren’t  these meetings supposed to happen on a regular basis for the good of our country?  In the last few days our President has issued an executive guideline to alter arrest procedures of Homeland Security and invoked executive privilege on document sour Congress wants.  How can the Republicans be faulted?  Is it the House’ fault?  They are having committee meetings.  They are passing bills?  How can they be at fault if the Democrats under the guidance of Sen. Reid are not doing the work required of them?  The question then remains who are the obstructionists at this time?  Perhaps I am missing some big part of the understanding of how our government works?  Perhaps it needs to work together?

 …..ONWARD TO MORE MISADVENTURE…