Archive for October, 2010

Initiative Measure #1100

31 October, 2010

Yes.

Basically I believe the state should not be peddling vice.

I will vote no on Initiative 1105, because I already supported one Tim Eyman initiative.  And I don’t think the confusion of both passing would be helpful.

Dear Senator Murry

27 October, 2010

Dear Senator Murry,

a few questions for you.

You state, “one of the many reasons our country has fallen into the current economic recession is that too many Americans made uninformed and risky financial decisions. In order to avoid another devastating economic crisis, we are going to have to work to ensure that more Americans have the skills they need to make financially sound decisions”. I assume this means Congress, especially since the  the 2010 budget*  the federal government was spending $1.2 trillion more than it had. What is your plan to deal with this fiasco? Surely it can’t be by voting for a plan the military doesn’t want, that costs billions? If we keep the spending levels the same, we would need to increase tax revenue by almost 50%.  Do you have any plans to cut hundreds of billions of spending from the budget?

*Using Wikipedia, I don’t need exact, 90% accuracy is good enough, and I suspect that these pages are checked often by both Dems, Repubs, & Independents to make these pages as accurate as any other partisan pages.

Dear Mr Rossi, part 2

25 October, 2010

Dear Mr Rossi,

you write in the voter’s guide that “our national debt soared past $13 trillion“.  You then claim that your “plan is simple: Cut the massive growth in federal spending  that has created these huge deficits“, which sounds perfectly reasonable. One question, what massive federal spending are you going to cut? For 2010, according to Wikipedia*, federal receipts were ~$2.4 trillion, and federal spending was ~$3.6 trillion. That means, to balance that budget you would need to cut spending by and/or raise receipts to ~$1.2 trillion. To make your job easier, ~$2.1 trillion already has mandatory spending, such as Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, interest on the national debt.

If you are going to use “cut”, to balance the budget, you only have $300 billion left after the mandatory spending for your discretionary spending. Since national defense is important, we will only cut their budget by 50%.  And all the money is spent. By only “cuts” we would slash military spending by 50%, and have ZERO for DHHS, Dept Transportation, Dept Veterans Affairs, Dept of State, Dept of Education, Dept of Energy, Dept of Homeland Security, National Science Foundation, EPA, Dept of Treasury, Dept of Commerce, NASA, Dept of Justice, Corp of Engineers, and other things that our tax dollars support. Is that OK with you?

Or do you have a plan to raise ~$1.2 trillion more in revenue by presumably lowering taxes? Will it be half & half? When looking at the bloated budget, what are the twelve $100 billion programs that need to be ended**? Give me a few examples, so I can see you’ve put some thought into this problem.

You state that you plan to “Pass a Balanced Budget Amendment” which looks nice on paper. However, I would like to remind you that sometimes unplanned for emergencies come up, such as war (Iraq), national disaster (Katrina), or man made catastrophe (potential destruction of Western Civilization Economy, BP’s Gulf oil spill) , and I really don’t want the federal government’s hands to be tied when money needs to be spent. The constitution is just fine the way it is.

*I don’t need exact, 90% accuracy is good enough, and I suspect that these pages are checked often by both Dems, Repubs, & Independents to make these pages as accurate as any other partisan pages.

**If not twelve $100 billion programs, then how about one hundred twenty $10 billion programs?

Dear Mr Rossi

21 October, 2010

Dear Mr Rossi,

you seem to be concerned about the national debt. I am too. In your recent adds, you have attacked Senator Murry for a couple million spent studying exotic ants. First question, are those exotic ants destroying American crops? Second, realizing we have trillions of dollars of debt, and pointing to a million dollar study, is much like saying “my diet will be to have no pickles on my BigMac”.

Would you be in favor of reducing military spending? Since, by far, we spend much more on defense than any one else. No one comes close. If we cut out $100 billion from defense spending, we still would be spending multiple times more than anyone else.

shots

19 October, 2010

Last week, I took the three childrens to get their flu shots. I decided to be honest, and tell them that they would be getting shots. MsSqueaky was very upset, almost to tears, pleading, “I don’t wanna go to the doctor, I wanna go to the dentist!”

That morning, MrCuddles was showing off his language skills. He asked, “where mama go?” I was sure that was his first three word sentence, but MyBetterHalf reminded me he’s been saying “I get book” for a while. And then, I was singing the Dora theme song, and right after I sang “Swiper no swiping” MrCuddles said, “ah mon”. He did it with MrG & MsS too, all were entertained.

At the Doctor…whilst we were waiting, MsSqueaky got up, and said, “I be the doctor and I give you a shot” to me. She told me, “You stay here, you don’t cry,” and pushed on my arm with her fingers. I asked for a bandaid, and she pulled a pretend bandaid from a pretend draw on the wall. “Here you go. You get a sticker” and then she got me a pretend sticker. She then did the same to MrGrunty. After that, I asked MrGrunty if he was going to be a dentist, with a grin, he said yeah, and had me open my mouth so he could look at my teeth.

Finally when it was our turn, MrG & MsS got vacination-nasal-spray. They didn’t have infant vacs for MrCuddles, so he has to return.

The other evening, MrGrunty was in our bed at 9:30pm, because he didn’t want to be in his bed. I asked him, “are you doing this, because you know that soon you will be withdrawing from Mommy & Papa and you just want to spend extra time with us now?”   He sheepishly replied, “yeah”.

Bible class

17 October, 2010

Today, I was back with the elementary students, teaching about God choosing David to be King.

Well…maybe. We made smoothie’s, and I am happy to say that the students came up with the idea to share the smoothies with the pre-school kids.

I was lots better than last time. But then again, when making food, you usually have a captive audience.

 

In regards to getting older

13 October, 2010

I love T.S. Eliot.  I’ve heard it said that sometimes TS can be a bit of a bummer. I love Part Five, of “East Coker” and find it very optimistic, in a roundabout sort of way.

So here I am, in the middle way, having had twenty years—
Twenty years largely wasted, the years of l’entre deux guerres
Trying to use words, and every attempt
Is a wholly new start, and a different kind of failure
Because one has only learnt to get the better of words
For the thing one no longer has to say, or the way in which
One is no longer disposed to say it. And so each venture
Is a new beginning, a raid on the inarticulate
With shabby equipment always deteriorating
In the general mess of imprecision of feeling,
Undisciplined squads of emotion. And what there is to conquer
By strength and submission, has already been discovered
Once or twice, or several times, by men whom one cannot hope
To emulate—but there is no competition—
There is only the fight to recover what has been lost
And found and lost again and again: and now, under conditions
That seem unpropitious. But perhaps neither gain nor loss.
For us, there is only the trying. The rest is not our business.

I love it. Here we have one of the best poets ever, and he feels like an incompetent hack at his craft. But that’s not the point in art, sport, life, relationship with God. “For us, there is only the trying. The rest is not our business.”

For me more than twenty years have passed since I became an adult. And even though my body and mind are not as strong or flexible, and I certainly don’t feel any wiser, I just need to keep trying.

ping pong

12 October, 2010

tonight, after the childrens had gone to bed, Mr Oliver-kitty convinced me he needed me to play with him.

So I got a ping pong ball, and bounced it off the wall, he would chase. I bounced it on the bed, he gracefully glided through the air, landing on the bed with front legs stretched out like super-kitty, head darting from left to right looking for the ball. When found, he swatted it with his paws, still extended arms, and then hopped to the other side of the bed to hide behind a one inch fold in the blanket.

Sophie-kitty wanted to play too. And she would even go chasing it around the floor.

stories

11 October, 2010

Mr Cuddles is starting to sing along with songs, sometimes, even almost singing the right word at the right time. “ah heh leh heh ah leh sta” (TwinkleTwinkle) or “mine” in the Snuggle Puppy song.  (MsSqueaky also does this to the Dora theme song, but it has lots of words and is fast, she gets most of the words, but sometimes she’s a microsecond behind.) MrCuddles likes peaking around corners, and when we ask, “where’s he at?” he’ll lean, bending at his side, and get a big grin on his face when we can then see him. Last night, MrCuddles started helping take dishes from the table to the kitchen after dinner, we clapped for him, and told him he was very helpful, he was very proud to be “hopfa”. At daycare, the other day, I noticed, he’s helpful there too, the teacher will give him a cup, “take this to A….take this one to B” and he does.

Yesterday, MsSqueaky woke before her brothers from their nap. I asked if she wanted to help me build a desk. You see, I’ve had this desk from the in-laws for at least a year. Finally, put it together. I would the screws in position, and then MsS would use the screw driver. By the third screw, she was assembling it, using the washer, and then aligning the screw.

The other day, reading a Children’s Bible with MrGrunty, he pointed to a picture and asked if that was God. No, God’s not on that page. He flipped a few more pages, pointing, asking. I told him, “God’s everywhere.”  “God’s everywhere?”   “Yeah, God’s in your room, and God’s with us right now, and God’s with mommy right now. ”   “oh”   I then said, “I love you God.”  And MrG repeated, with a smile, “I love you God.”

Initiative Measure 1098

10 October, 2010

I’ll be voting NO on I-1098.

Initiative Measure No. 1098 concerns estand reducing other taxes. This measure would tax “adjusted gross income” above $200,000 (individuals) and $400,000 (joint-filers), reduce state property tax levies, reduce certain business and occupation taxes, and direct any increased revenues to education and health.blishing a state income tax a

My understanding, is that Washington state gets revenue from sales tax, people spend/buy the state gets cash. OK. Except, in lean times, when people want to hold onto their cash, then state revenue goes down. I’ve been told, that other states that have a state income tax do not have such wild revenue swings. I’m all in favor of a state income tax and getting rid of the sales tax.

However, the feeling I get from I-1098, is that a bunch of people got together, said, “we want stuff” and pointed to the top 3% of wage earners and yelled, “and you have to buy it for us.”

I have no problem with everyone paying an income tax, and it’s good if the different levels of income have different levels of taxation. But I firmly believe, when it comes to taxes, we should all be in it together. Yes, the High School kid flipping burgers, and the Seahawk quarterback.