Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Very Short Post on Pres's Speech This Week

Ok, so I just watched a recap of some Late Night Comedians' jokes about Pres O's debt limit speechy-thing, and heard our Supreme Politician say this:

"For the last decade, we've spent more money than we take in. In the year 2000, the government has a budget surplus, but, instead of using it pay off our debt, the money was spent on trillions of dollars in new tax cuts...." (insert sound effect of record scratching to a stop)

What The Heck????????????????????

How do you spend money on cuts? It's not yours if you don't have it, and it's not spending if you don't collect it! I must have spent my surplus on my decreased salary, then, I guess.

Truly unbelievable.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

All Work and No Play

Well, last night was home improvement night, and I must say, I got a fair amount done and perspired enough to show it!

With our Central AC out, we've been using 2 borrowed air conditioners, a small window unit and a portable floor model. Yesterday, I borrowed a 3rd unit, a large window unit, from the wife's brother's shop: it was dirty, let me tell you!

It cools like a beast, though, and I succumbed to the wife's wishes and put it in the boys' room, moved that little one upstairs, and can only hope for little rain so that the cardboard in the open window sections stays dry-ish... what a pain.

On the upside, having AC in the bedroom might help break the 17-day dry is my birthday, after all. :)

I did manage to get 20ft of new vinyl gutter installed almost completely, just an endcap and some screws in the joiner piece and all should be done. Not a difficult job at all as it turned out, just hoping the chalkline was accurate and the fall is enough!

**UPDATE 2*** The other half of the front is done, about 15 feet, plus endcaps and screws in the joiners, so I can call those sections "complete."  Next is either the sides of the porch (4 ft. each) or the garage. Definitely need gutter covers, though, there was already bits of bark, moss, and shingle crap in there!

so, on the birthday night, we found a leak in the laundry room ceiling: after some perspiration and cleaning, discovered that the ice maker supply line leaving the "switch" had come out of the compression fitting....grrr. Fixed it, though. Oh, that other matter? Sorry about my luck. (update: 25 26 days. oh well broken at exactly one month)

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

I Hate Liars

So, yet again we hear, even on Fox News Radio half hour clips, that we risk default, and that Social Security Payments are at risk.

Bull Crap.

Yes, we borrow 40% of what we pay out, but that's because we pay out too much! Two points: if the debt ceiling will affect SS and Medicare payments, then we MUST be using borrowed money to write those checks, right? So much for the old Lockbox argument. If we are borrowing to pay those, how screwed up is the Federal Budget? Second, El Presidente said (to Scott Pelley, airs tonight) that we send out 70 million checks....WTF? with the estimated population at 311,749,302  it amazes me that so many people are receiving Government Support. Fun fact, that's roughly equivalent to every Obama voter...(69,499,428)

We won't default. we can pay the debt service and make our entitlement payments. We HAVE to cut spending. Either we do it now, make arrangements to cover obligations and avoid foreclosure, or we wait and then get foreclosed upon.

That's our choice, America.

Know that whenever anyone says "we may not be able to send out those Social Security checks" or "the US may default on it's loans" that person is lying or stupid.

I like this from the Washington Examiner, more specific, and with numbers!