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Friday, November 19, 2010

The Washington Post babbled again today about Obama inheriting a huge deficit from Bush. Amazingly enough, a lot of people swallow this nonsense.
So once more, a short civics lesson.

Budgets do not come from the White House. They come from Congress and the party that controlled Congress since January 2007 is the Democratic Party.

Furthermore, the Democrats controlled the budget process for FY 2008 and FY 2009 as well as FY 2010 and FY 2011.

In that first year, they had to contend with George Bush, which caused them to compromise on spending, when Bush somewhat belatedly got tough on spending increases.

For FY 2009 though, Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid bypassed George Bush entirely, passing continuing resolutions to keep government running until Barack Obama could take office. At that time, they passed a massive omnibus spending bill to complete the FY 2009 budgets.

And where was Barack Obama during this time? He was a member of that very Congress that passed all of these massive spending bills, and he signed the omnibus bill as President to complete FY 2009. Let's remember what the deficits looked like during that period: (below)

If the Democrats inherited any deficit, it was the FY 2007 deficit, the last of the Republican budgets. That deficit was the lowest in five years, and the fourth straight decline in deficit spending. After that, Democrats in Congress took control of spending, and that includes Barack Obama, who voted for the budgets.

If Obama inherited anything, he inherited it from himself.

In a nutshell, what Obama is saying is - I inherited a deficit that I voted for and then I presided over an expansion of that deficit four-fold since January 20th, 2009.

There is no way this will be widely publicized, Unless each of us sends it on! This is your chance to make a difference.
If it hasn't gotten your attention yet.

Unless you're in a government job, you've seen a major contraction in the job picture. But you probably already knew that.

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SPARKLES 1/5/2011 3:22PM

    It's ironic how when the truth is proven, it's time to stop talking about responsibility. Cannot WAIT til next elections. I say - Educate the public.

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KAROUSELL46 11/22/2010 5:03PM

    Thanks for sharing this informative blog....Karen

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CIVIAV 11/19/2010 1:08PM

    My response to this is not intended to take away from your message. I would really wish to agree with you that the messages we need to hear aren't getting accross as we spend too much time denigrating the other sides position. If we could get to work on solving the deficit together instead of blaming each other things might improve. Too Pollyana? Well, the country is split right down the middle and until we solve this - our problems will only increase, deficit or not. Perhaps the deficit is the way we can measure the success of our ability to work together. We're not doing a good job no matter the political party we side on.

I agree with you, we need to hear all sides of the argument. Frankly though, I don't want to bother with who did what. It doesn't focus on priority which is working together to create a more positive future - one that may or may not include a deficit but will for some time to come - we have it now.

Until we manage to get this 50/50 split healed we'll keep inheriting deficits and polarized positions that only make the situation worse. The issues you mention are important clearly but it's not important what side we are on. What is important is that we see sides and focus on the side where the other party isn't perfect.

I liked the Slowest Losers blog today. He suggested that if we have difficult speaking to another and can't see their perspective, that we should try wishing for and giving them what we wish for ourselves. If we can do this Republicans and Democrats alike, we might succeed in reducing the deficit and working cooperatively to fix our common problems.

Your comments are likely to be widely publicized since Obama has lots of detractors. He also has lots of supporters. Focusing on who's for vs who's agin will propagate the problem. Perhaps we need a President who can bring us all together! Oh no, that means a bigger war is coming. Historically that's the the one thing that tends to bring polar opposites together!

We need to learn to listen to each other's perspective instead of believing that we each have the others demise in mind. I plead for all of us to develop a kinder listening for those who believe otherwise.

A wise Spark Friend of mine posted this today - ' Be kind to your enemies, it makes them crazy!' I can't remember who said this but it alone highlights how we got into trouble in the first place.

Boy, I've been writing this and feeling more uncomfortable as I keep going. I wonder if I am being rude or ridiculous in my response but I believe with all I've got that this is so and so our political situation is the results of not being able to see, work with and collaborate with another...

The spirit of independence in America is what made us great and what might bring us down if we can't acknowledge we are so much alike despite what it looks like from the outside!

emoticon blog to get us thinking and for me personally to stretch my courage to speak up. Thanks for posting!

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GETFIT2LIVE 11/19/2010 12:41PM

    Well said.

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Help! QUICK!!!

Wednesday, November 17, 2010


Does anyone know how to cancel a bid on ebay.

I put in a $5 bid for a Mickey Mouse Outfit and now it seems I'm only six minutes away

from owning Obama's entire Cabinet.

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GETFIT2LIVE 11/17/2010 12:44PM

    Oops! Yeah, not such an easy thing to do, retract a bid. Good luck on that!

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NOTFATCAT 11/17/2010 12:28PM

    Good grief! And I thought I was going to have to dial 911 to get you some real help.

Although, having anything to do with Obama and/or his cabinet is pretty dang scary.

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I can't believe I ate the whole thing!!

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Yesterday I told on myself about eating one of those big Apple Crumb Muffins from Costco. I ate it with butter.

It cost me a butt load of calories and fat!

By noon, I had already gone over 1000, and had the rest of the day to try to eat and stay in my allotment.

Guess what! I DID IT!!!!!

For dinner I had steamed broccoli and baked squash, with one TBSP butter. I drank water with my meal.

I cringed when it was time to enter the dinner food and see my total.

I came in at 1450!!! I had 100 calories yet before I went over.

WOW. Veggies are SOOOOOOOO good for us, and even better, TO us!! emoticon

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NOTFATCAT 11/17/2010 12:30PM

    The food tracker is a marvelous thing. If you didn't use it you most likey would have kept eating your way to fatcity.

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FABRICGIRL1 11/16/2010 7:22PM

  You did it! emoticon

You stopped yourself from derailing your day. Good for you.

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VTORIA3 11/16/2010 5:49PM

    Way to go on healthy eating! Absolutely love your background pic! Keep up the good work. emoticon

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KAROUSELL46 11/16/2010 4:48PM

    That's great news. Makes ya feel good when you track your food and find out you didn't go over. Sometimes we just gotta eat it. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon...Karen

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ISLANDGIRL2013 11/16/2010 4:25PM

    It's amazing how much we can eat, when we make better choices!

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RAMALEX 11/16/2010 4:04PM

  You were lucky, When I do that I'm over most of the time.

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GETFIT2LIVE 11/16/2010 3:11PM

    WOO HOO! Way to go on bringing things back under control. It's not something you want to do every day, to be sure, because it usually means protein/carbs/fat are not quite as balanced as they should be; those muffins are


EVIL! (But taste so darned good!)

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SPECIALGURL7 11/16/2010 3:07PM

    Keeping a check on the foods can really help monitor calories.

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CATIEMARIE 11/16/2010 3:03PM

    Well done for getting back on track. I went over board on Sat. night with small tarts. They were in my freezer and called to me, so I answered. I got back on track right away but my willpower is not strong yet.

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STACYLEIGH09 11/16/2010 2:59PM

    Be careful with limiting yourself! I used to do that, I know how muffins and anything sweet can ruin your diet early on in the day. Be proud of yourself, that you are becoming more aware but make sure you eat nutritiously as well.

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Teaching Your Kids About America

Monday, November 15, 2010

"Every child in America should be acquainted with his own country. He should read books that furnish him with ideas that will be useful to him in life and practice. As soon as he opens his lips, he should rehearse the history of his own country." --Noah Webster, On the Education of Youth in America, 1788

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LYNDALOVES2HIKE 11/15/2010 5:56PM

    Great quote and at least as relevant today as in 1788!!

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Feeling "flu-ish" in my fleece jammies

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Today I am not on top of my game.

I have a headache, my body aches, and I am sneezing every thirty seconds. I have made the decision to stay in my jammies.

Speaking of jammies. I have a new pair of jammies. They are fleece jammies.

Have you heard of them?

I never had, but I did hear about the fleece sheets from my friends at quilt club. I truly doubted if I could sleep under fleece sheets, and DH says he would DEFINITELY NOT!!!

But what does HE know anyway??

Anyway, all I could picture was the kind of fleece we use for dog bedding. You know, the thick, kind of bumpy stuff. I pictured my fleece sheets like that, including the collected dog hair that gets imbedded in them.

So I by-passed the idea of sheets. Then I went to Costco.

They had a pile of jammies that were so soft and comfortable feeling in my hand. I lifted a pair up and brushed my cheek with them. I tucked my hand inside the folds, and it was so warm, soft and light.

Kind of like a soft loving hug from Gramma.

They were at a very reasonable price......$16.99.........so I bought one pair.

Put them on when I got home, and I knew I was in heaven!

I sent DH back to Costco for two more pair.

I think I might even get some for the GDs and Bossy daughter for Christmas.

These things are wonderful. You simply gotta try them!

Then I was in Costco again the other day, and there, right by the entrance, they had fleece sheets. AND at a very good price, too.

I was sorely tempted, but DH was with me, so I just made a mental note that I am going to go back and buy some, put them on the bed, and see if he even notices.

He probably won't. During the winter we sleep with flannel sheets anyway, so he will probably just think these are flannel.

He doesn't deal with types of fabric............only types of tools, cars, oils for cars....that kind of stuff.

I am flu-ish today, as I said. And I am in my fleece, loving jammies.

Life could be worse. Oh yes. A LOT worse!

Now I am going downstairs and get some orange juice, aspirin, and grab a quilt book to read.

I have learned from Spark People that it is truly okay to take care of myself, and that I don't have to be a super woman all the time.

Today, I choose to listen.

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TINKLOVESBEAR 11/14/2010 3:17PM

    Ahh Yeah...gotta love the fleece jammies!! Cozy, soft and warm...perfect! I traded in my flannel jammie pant on fleece ones last year, and I will never go back! I am happy to hear you found a set (or three!)! I hope you get to feeling better real soon! It sounds like you have the best remedy (OJ, fleece jammies, a good book and rest) well in hand! Take good care of yourself and feel better! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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KAROUSELL46 11/14/2010 1:19PM

    Sorry you are ill. You are right to slow down and take care of yourself. My GrDD has a pair of fleece jammies. She loves them. I need to get a pair for other GrDD but she wears a size 0 and hard to find. On the weekends, I hardly ever get dressed, ok, not running around nude here. Remember I live on a main street and that would not be pretty. I'm passed the point of getting dog hair on things. I invest in the rollers and I'm not the only one running around with doggie hair on them. I use to have flannel sheets but for some reason went back to the same ol' things. Get better soon...Karen

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LUNADRAGON 11/13/2010 10:58PM

    I hope you feel better soon! I am wearing my fleece bottoms with a sweat shirt. They are so cozy!

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GETFIT2LIVE 11/13/2010 8:57PM

    Take good care of yourself and feel better. I have been looking at those fleece jammies at Costco, and I have the fleece sheets. They are wonderful, and you're right, DH probably won't even notice they are fleece once they're on the bed. Men usually don't notice that kind of thing.


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TOWHEE 11/13/2010 7:03PM

    Sorry you aren't feeling well, but I'm glad you have given yourself permission to take care of yourself and take it easy.

DH bought me fleece jammies for Christmas last year. They are heavenly; just as you said, like a hug. I've found that I get too hot in them, so I wear the pajama tops with cotton, baby doll bottoms.

Question for all of the flannel sheet users: don't your flannel jammies stick to the sheets? I remember flannel boards as a kid. We used them to stick up paper cutouts that had a piece of flannel glued to their backs. I've always imagined that that is what flannel jammies would do with flannel sheets. emoticon

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NOTFATCAT 11/13/2010 6:51PM

    Sorry you are feeling under the weather.

I weal flannel and always have flannel sheets on the bed (year round), but I passed the fleece jams and sheets.

I too thought the dog and cat hair and other things would attach themselves to the sheets like to the fleece throws and jackets I have. You will have to give me a report on how yours work.

Tuck in and take care.

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183WANTS2B140 11/13/2010 2:43PM

    I love my flannel pjs and am now going to watch out for the fleece ones. They sound like they would be wonderful after a hard days work.

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