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Friday Morning Coffee Muse

I see from my email forecast that we can expect a second day of sunshine before we go back to trying to live up to Seattle’s weather rep. It has rained (or so it seems from this side of memory) for the majority of the days in January. I guess we are making up for all of those beautiful blue skies in November and December. I have water standing right now in places in my yard I don’t ever recall seeing water stand before. Luckily, the rain has come down more as a steady light misting with occasionally heavier showers for most of the past month…The temperatures have also moderated back to normal for this time of the year in SE Texas. I am starting the day here at 6am with a balmy 39 and the forecast calls for a toasty 61 by 1pm. So all you folks in the Blue Ridges throw another log on the fire and stay warm.

For those of you who didn’t notice, the Senate yesterday tried to end the Federal Minimum Wage. An amendment was placed on a bill that would make minimum wages a state issue. Twenty-eight Senators voted for the amendment. You might want to check the list of names. I found it interesting that one of the two Republican Senators from the state of Texas voted “yea”. But I really wouldn’t have expected anything less from John Cornyn. I would like to thank our other Senator, Kay Bailey Hutchinson for having a conscience. The surprising name on the list to me was John McCain, I really find it hard to believe a Presidential contender would want to associate with killing the minimum wage…The representatives of ten states voted as a block to end the minimum wage, go take a look at the list, it makes for interesting reading.

You can tell I am still a newbie at blogging (with a low readership to boot) cause I still get a kick out of checking my logs at sitemeter. Mostly I look to see where the visitors are from. I also check where they are visiting from. Interesting reading for me at least. This weeks visitor counts at 39, not a high count but pretty much average for here.

This from “Eknath Easwaran’s Thought for the Day”…

A favorite expression of my granny’s was, “Life cannot make a selfish person happy.” It has taken me half a lifetime to understand the profundity of her simple words, warning that happiness cannot come from possessing another person, or from any selfish attachment. But she would also always add, “Life cannot help but make a selfless person happy.” Like spiritual teachers of all the world’s religions, she taught that happiness is to be found in learning how to love others more than I love myself.

Well, the clock on the shelf tells me I better get a move on…catch you later.

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The State of the Union

I managed to sit through the President’s address last evening without throwing anything at the television harder than a few epitaphs, the strongest of which was probably “You damn liar”.

One of the things I can not understand at all is the deficit. How can the President claim to have cut the deficit in half when it’s higher this year than last? Am I wrong? Has the deficit really been halved?

First, we must balance the Federal budget. We can do so without raising taxes. What we need to do is impose spending discipline in Washington, D.C. We set a goal of cutting the deficit in half by 2009 — and met that goal 3 years ahead of schedule. Now let us take the next step. In the coming weeks, I will submit a budget that eliminates the Federal deficit within the next 5 years. I ask you to make the same commitment. Together, we can restrain the spending appetite of the Federal Government, and balance the Federal budget.

Pretty straight forward statement isn’t it the deficit has been cut in half 3 years early. Then why is the deficit the same as last year and the year before? I found the answer here. I also learned that I was working under what is probably a wide spread misunderstanding. I have always associated the deficit with the total debt of the country and I find that’s wrong. The deficit is only the difference between income and outgo each year. And this President doesn’t count the money he’s borrowing from us as part of the deficit. No wonder Bush is so worried about Social Security. He’s borrowing from that bank heavier than any President before him and not adding those figures to his deficit numbers. So folks every time the President tells you he’s cut the deficit in half three years early, remember this, he learned his accounting from his good buddy “Kenny Boy” Lay.

I find myself more and more impressed with the new Senator fro Virginia every time I hear him speak. I think his closing last night was the right tone for the Democrats to take with Mr. Bush…

Webb concluded his speech with references to former presidents Dwight Eisenhower and Theodore Roosevelt and a warning for Bush:

“These presidents took the right kind of action for the benefit of the American people and for the health of our relations around the world. Tonight, we are calling on this president to take similar action in both areas. If he does, we will join him. If he does not, we will be showing him the way.”

Source: Va.’s Webb Offers a Blunt Challenge to Bush – washingtonpost.com

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politics

The State of the Union

I managed to sit through the President’s address last evening without throwing anything at the television harder than a few epitaphs, the strongest of which was probably “You damn liar”.

One of the things I can not understand at all is the deficit. How can the President claim to have cut the deficit in half when it’s higher this year than last? Am I wrong? Has the deficit really been halved?

First, we must balance the Federal budget. We can do so without raising taxes. What we need to do is impose spending discipline in Washington, D.C. We set a goal of cutting the deficit in half by 2009 — and met that goal 3 years ahead of schedule. Now let us take the next step. In the coming weeks, I will submit a budget that eliminates the Federal deficit within the next 5 years. I ask you to make the same commitment. Together, we can restrain the spending appetite of the Federal Government, and balance the Federal budget.

Pretty straight forward statement isn’t it the deficit has been cut in half 3 years early. Then why is the deficit the same as last year and the year before? I found the answer here. I also learned that I was working under what is probably a wide spread misunderstanding. I have always associated the deficit with the total debt of the country and I find that’s wrong. The deficit is only the difference between income and outgo each year. And this President doesn’t count the money he’s borrowing from us as part of the deficit. No wonder Bush is so worried about Social Security. He’s borrowing from that bank heavier than any President before him and not adding those figures to his deficit numbers. So folks every time the President tells you he’s cut the deficit in half three years early, remember this, he learned his accounting from his good buddy “Kenny Boy” Lay.

I find myself more and more impressed with the new Senator fro Virginia every time I hear him speak. I think his closing last night was the right tone for the Democrats to take with Mr. Bush…

Webb concluded his speech with references to former presidents Dwight Eisenhower and Theodore Roosevelt and a warning for Bush:

“These presidents took the right kind of action for the benefit of the American people and for the health of our relations around the world. Tonight, we are calling on this president to take similar action in both areas. If he does, we will join him. If he does not, we will be showing him the way.”

Source: Va.’s Webb Offers a Blunt Challenge to Bush – washingtonpost.com