You Didn’t Build That!

I hate to say this, but I completely agree with Barack Obama and his surrogates when they say that many Republicans are taking the President’s words out of context when he said “You didn’t build that.” Before you stop reading–assuming that would make you stop reading–hear me out.

First, I think that by taking his words out of context we hurt our cause. It’s obvious what he meant if you listen to the entire quote, and those who do hear the entire quote will assume that’s what conservatives do — take something out of context to fit our agenda. It also makes it harder to point a finger at Debbie Wasserman Shultz when she does the same exact thing. Read more…

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A Life Lesson in Conservative Ideals

I was watching a few of the Sunday news shows today. Kyle was there with me.  He had to stay home from Church because of a fever the last few days. All the shows were covering the SC primary, and I got a chance to give Kyle a little lesson in conservative versus liberal values.

He asked me if I liked President Obama. I thought a moment how I might answer this, because I didn’t want it to sound like it’s a personal thing for me, because it’s not. I told him I didn’t like his ideas. He asked what I didn’t like. I explained  that the President believes that it’s the government’s job to take care of people’s needs, and that he believes he should be able to take a lot of money from others who earned it in order to do this. He also thinks it’s not fair that there are some people who have more money than other people. I explained further that I believed that individuals need to take care of most of their needs on their own, and that having the government take money from others just to try to make things fair for everyone doesn’t work. Read more…

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How would you handle a “debt ceiling” at your house?

Unless you’ve been hiding under a big rock, you’ve heard about the ongoing fight in Washington as to whether Congress should raise the US debt ceiling.  The Republican’s are holding the line that if we’re going to raise the debt ceiling, we must ensure there are cuts in spending that more than make up for any additional borrowing.  They’ve also said that raising taxes is off the table (we’ll see about that, though).  The Democrats want to do more with what they like to call revenue increases, which really means raising taxes.  They figure if they say that the additional taxes will only be on the “millionaires and billionaires” and “private jet owners”, then most of America will be on board with that. Read more…

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9/11 – Remembering the Good and the Bad

Nine years ago today a small group of determined, suicidal, religious fanatics killed almost 3,000 people. Every year at this time we’re reminded of every detail through haunting images and videos of that terrible day. I’m thinking back to how proud I am of the way we handled ourselves individually and as a nation at that time. I also can’t help but think about some of the mistakes we made after. Read more…

Life, Liberty and Broadband?

The Finnish Government has decided that broadband is a legal right, and has ruled that all Finns should have immediate access to a 1 Mbps connection. They’ve also committed to increasing that to 100 Mbps by 2015.

The idea of broadband being a “right” seems pretty bizarre, but then again, let’s take a look at Finland. Economically, they are one of the most socialist of countries, even by European standards, and are a true welfare state. While the government provides a wealth of services to all of its citizens, it embraces wealth redistribution to accomplish that. They have a huge tax burden, especially for those with higher incomes, and they even determine traffic fines based on how much one earns. In fact, a few years ago a local heiress had to pay a speeding fine of 170,000 euros (about $204,000 at that time) for driving at 50 miles per hour in a 25 mph zone in Helsinki. Read more…

A More Fair Tax

April 15th has come and gone, and it is always a reminder of how much money our government takes from us–assuming you are one of the 50% who actually pay income taxes.  Yes, just under 50% of Americans pay no income tax. This would help explain why a recent poll showed that about 50% of Americans think that the taxes they pay are just about right. If you’re not paying anything, I guess that would seem just about right to some folks.  Of course, this puts an undue burden on the other 50% of Americans who are paying for all the federal services that 100% of American’s enjoy. Read more…

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Government inaction in action

The family and I drove to a Post Office the other morning to get passports for an upcoming trip. It was an excellent example for the kids of Government customer service in action.  Actually, what I mean is “inaction”. Read more…