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Friday, October 31, 2008

Fall Family Fun

Fall, halloween, Thanksgiving, shopping, family...the first snow...which, by the way happened yesterday. As I sat in my oh so boring case status update meeting I was able to get lost in the splendid view of the golf course with little flurries falling all around! It was pretty. I am actually feeling quite festive this year...more so than usual. We took Des trick or Treating last night at themall. It was an atrocious experience. I was sorely disappointed because he didn't want to do it. He kept throwing himself on the floor. I think he may be too little. Anyhow, the mall was swamped. There were little princesses and turkeys and zombies everywhere. I even saw Indiana Jones! We ended up letting him run around teh playground then going home. Maybe next year. We will be handing candy out tonight. I am sure he will have more fun doing that. Any tips on how not to eat the candy you hand out? Here are a few scrap pages to cheer you up! Happy Halloween!

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Tax Cut...on the dotted line

Today I heard some interesting news regarding Obama's tax plan. Have you been confused by all the tax talk? Who will get taxed? Who will see a tax cut? What taxes are we talking about?Apparantly, even the democratic party has no idea what income bracket is the cut off. We are all familliar with the "if you make less than $250,000 a year you will not see a tax increase" rhetoric. Well, this weekend in a speach Obama said it is $200,000. To make matters more confusing, Biden, in a speach yesterday, said that tax cuts should go to the middle class, people making less than $150,000 per year. They can't even get on the same page...how will they get the country on the same page?

Not to mention, all these tax cuts and extra spending...paid for by whom? I vote to keep what you earn, no matter if it's $25,000 a year or $2.5 million.

On the family front, I didn't want to confess this Mommy slip up so I have waited to blog about it. I did the dummest Mommy thing ever on Monday. I literally dumped my 1 year old son out of his stroller onto the floor. We were at the mall and we just left the plaground. He was tired so I just plopped him in his seat and took off through the mall. We were walking around a store and I forgot he wasn't strapped in and I lifted the back tires up to maneuver around some merchandise and "thump"...he was on the floor screaming. The aftermath? Me...a red face. Him...a little bump and a yellow bruise. Luckilly he didn't hit anything sharp and there was carpet to cushion the blow. This stuff only happens to me...I swear.
Update: He is fine.

Monday, October 27, 2008

Freebie Christmas Kit

The holiday season is swiftly approaching. I purchased today, from the Yankee Candle Company, a few votives to put me in the holiday mood. I purchased "Harvest" and "Fireside". They are delightfully seasonal scents on their own and orgasmic together. Okay, it's just a candle...but it's so good. They elicit thoughts of christmas trees, cold nights, christmas cookies, hot cocoa, iceskating, caroling, bustling malls, tinsel, eggnog, turkey...you get the picture...go get the scents.

I also, wanted to post one of my freebies here for you to get all my readers in the mood for the season AND since the malls are going to bypass Thanksgiving I thought I would too...Here is my Christmas Kit...enjoy. Click the picture to see it larger then grab it here: DOWNLOAD.
Happy Holidays!

Save this little boy's future...Vote Republican!

Save this little boy's future...Vote Republican!

I have this sign in my front yard because I support McCain and Palin. It's not because I am a gun loving do it yourself republican. It's because Obama's policies go against every economic bone in my body. I own no stock. Our family makes just over $50K a year. I am in debt to my eyeballs. I am the average american. I believe the following.

I am obviously failing to notice or understand how spending more money for programs will get us out of debt. It just doesn't add up. Not to mention, socialized medicine is a step in the wrong direction. Look, I am not so stupid and helpless that I need the government to choose my healthcare for me. I believe many other people of the same mindset.

If you think taxes will be lo wer for us under Obama then check out what he wants to do to your 401K...just go look, please. Not to mention, you think taxing only the upper incomes will not affect you? The people with $250K incomes are the people who own the businesses that make the world go around. Those people will not eat that tax. They will pass it on to you in the form of higher prices for merchandise or shipping or whatever...Ask an economist. Cut taxes accross the board and you have growth. Forced distribution of wealth leads to a bad place. The market is already bracing for an Obama win...it feels bleak.

I am also failing to notice how people can believe that socialism is a great place for a democratioc society to head towrds. People, wake up and look around. Where you have socialism you have unhappy citizens and A LOT of poverty. I do not need the governemnt, the same governemnt that screwed up the economy in the first place, to be any larger and bossier than it already is.

I am also failing to notice how American can ignore Obama's associations and background. It's is the people we meet and the things we do and believe that make us the person we are today. Whether you know someone for a day or ten years, they have impacted you. Obama has been permitted to walk on egg shells regarding past associations. I am skeptical to say the least.

I know how to spend my money. I know how to take care of my family.
I do not need help from Obama.

Support free market. Support your right to choose. Support McCain.

Obama's redistribution of wealth plan...chew on this

Today on my way to lunch I passed a homeless guy with a sign that read 'Vote Obama, I need the money.' I laughed. Once in the restaurant my server had on a 'Obama 08' tie, again I laughed as he had given away his political preference -- just imagine the coincidence. When the bill came I decided not to tip the server and explained to him that I was exploring the Obama redistribution of wealth concept. He stood there in disbelief while I told him that I was going to redistribute his tip to someone who I deemed more in need--the homeless guy outside. The server angrily stormed from my sight. I went outside, gave the homeless guy $10 and told him to thank the server inside as I've decided he could use the money more. The homeless guy was grateful.

At the end of my rather unscientific redistribution experiment I realized the homeless guy was grateful for the money he did not earn, but the waiter was pretty angry that I gave away the money he did earn even though the actual recipient deserved money more. I guess redistribution of wealth is an easier thing to swallow in concept than in practical application.
It seems to be okay and acceptable until you are the one whose money is redistributed.

I Do Not Choose to Be a Common Man

It is my right to be uncommon—if I can.

I seek opportunity—not security. I do not wish to be a kept citizen, humbled and dulled by having the state look after me.

I want to take the calculated risk; to dream and to build, to fail and to succeed.

I refuse to barter incentive for a dole. I prefer the challenges of life to the guaranteed existence; the thrill of fulfillment to the stale calm of utopia.

I will not trade freedom for beneficence nor my dignity for a handout. I will never cower before any master nor bend to any threat.

It is my heritage to stand erect, proud and unafraid; to think and act for myself, enjoy the benefit of my creations and to face the world boldly and say, "This I have done."

By Dean Alfange