Sunday, June 28, 2009


Well, I'm trying something new: Twitter.

When I started my blog, I thought it was very cool, very new.

I was already an avid emailer, and used IM with ease. Hand written letters and cards were never my forte, but I could always type.

Then came MySpace. Interesting way to keep up with the kids, faraway friends and family. It was a good way to share pics, stories and rants.

Then I joined FaceBook. Now this was more my style! Real names, real updates for family and friends! I could respond to what others were posting and even chat if I happened to catch them online. My youngest son still won't add me as a 'friend' because he thinks it should have stayed a college only program... but I'm wearing him down. My friends are even divided by category: "Kids", "My Generation", "Family", etc.

So I keep hearing about Twitter. I'm bored last night, so I joined. Don't really understand the hype, but I get that you can send 'updates' via texting - which I'm not good at, and via the computer - which I am good at. (I'm sure Joe will find many gramatical errors in that sentence).

I elected to add Twitter to my blog (which isn't followed regularly, but I do know it's seen) and I may add the app to FaceBook. I haven't added my phone, mostly because I'd have to pay for each text message and until I get a phone with a QWERTY keyboard, it would take too long to update by phone.

Anyway, I'm not sure Twitter will be something I'll enjoy, or if it will just fall by the wayside... Either way, technology moves so quickly that the next 'New' thing will be months old before I catch on.

This getting old stuff is a bitch.

"Obama Scoffs" and We Suffer

This guy is NOT an economist, an insurance expert, has no degree in human resources or even a business administration degree. He is a lawyer.

Yes, he has access to experts, but many of his policies seem rudimentary and naive. High school kids taking statistics classes understand that what he proposes won't work.

People really need to wake up and stop this government take over of the private sector. This has to stop or the America we know will cease to exist.
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GOP: After big fed spending 'Where are the jobs?'

WASHINGTON – Republicans concerned about the Obama administration's big spending on economic stimulus, energy and health care are asking, "Where are the jobs?"

"Unemployment has soared above 9 percent. And now the president admits that unemployment will soon reach double digits.

"After all of this spending, after all of this borrowing from China, the Middle East, our children and our grandchildren, where are the jobs?" he said.

president expects the nation will reach 10 percent unemployment within the next few months.
"Democrats are pushing a government takeover of our health care system that will cost at least a trillion dollars.
government reports that indicate millions will lose their current health coverage and millions more will lose their jobs if the Democratic plan is adopted.
scoffs at predictions that his plans to offer a public plan as an alternative will harm the private insurance industry
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Tax and Spend Doesn't Work When People Are Out Of Work

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Americans Increasingly Skeptical of Obama's Pledge of Fiscal Discipline as Deficit Grows

- A New York Times/CBS News
poll shows 60 percent of Americans do not believe the president has a strategy to reduce the deficit.

- A Wall Street
Journal/NBC poll says 58 percent of Americans want the president to make controlling the deficit a higher priority than a
speedy economic recovery.

  • $38 billion for the State Children's Health Insurance Program Reauthorization between
    2010 and 2019
  • $787 billion fiscal stimulus bill
  • $75 billion homeowner stability program
  • $125 billion
    "place holder" of additional financial stabilization funds (if needed)
  • $22 billion for Cap and Trade program in 2020
  • "All the rhetoric and all the happy noises that can come out of Washington cannot disguise or replace the higher interest
    rates that we're going to be facing
    at some point the markets are going to insist on serious fiscal responsibility and Washington
    will not be able to talk its way out of that
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    Monday, June 08, 2009

    1,600,000 jobs lost vs 150,000 jobs 'saved'

    So. Are you working? How about your spouse? Your grown children? Your parents? Do you have a 'recession-proof' job? Are you a nurse that can't find work? How about an auto mechanic? Maybe the restaurant you worked at closed. Or some large manufacturer that depends on the auto industry. How about a bank? Oh, wait, they got money, so you're probably still working...

    We have lost 10.6 TIMES the number of jobs 'created' or 'saved'. And in the process we have bankrupted our children and their children and pretty much destroyed the basic American Dream.

    How's that 'change' workin' for ya?

    BTW, the unemployment rate in Michigan is expected to hit near or at 20%. Hope it's better where you're living.
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    Obama promised Monday to speed federal money into hundreds of public works projects this summer, vowing that 600,000 jobs would be created or saved.
    his fresh promises were largely political theater: The jobs goal was set a month ago, and the list of projects Obama announced were already in the pipeline.
    poll found that 41 percent of those surveyed disapproved of Obama's handling of the deficit, his highest disapproval rating on any subject polled.
    government reports have shown the economy has lost more than 1.6 million jobs since Congress approved funding for the program in February.
    administration's predictions that unemployment would rise no higher than 8 percent already have been shattered.
    Just how much of an impact Obama's recovery program had on the pace of job losses is up for debate.
    Obama has claimed as many as 150,000 jobs saved or created
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