We’ve been up overnight with the boys again lately…and when I say “the boys” I mean JT.
This kid is going to be a night owl. He doesn’t seem to mind being up in the middle of the night. Lately the issue has been his blanket. He can’t seem to work out how to pull it up over himself so he stays warm. So when he rolls over and the blanket falls off…we usually hear about it on the monitor.
The variations on his request for blanket service have been interesting. Usually it’s “Mommy” or “Daddy”…The other night he put special emphasis on his request by yelling… “Mother!!!!”
Both boys have also taken to calling us by our first names…”Sally, make sure you get the diaper bag.” and “Pat, come downstairs.” We’re working on how we address adults.
Debt Debate (On Set)
So as the President and Republican leadership meet at the White House again today to talk about the debt ceiling we talked about our personal solutions to the “Debt Crisis”. I won’t say who said what but one member of the Morning crew said they’d like to take what we spend on welfare and hand it out…a year’s worth of funding…split it among the American people and then say…”That’s it”. Another suggestion was to make everyone pay their taxes by actually writing out a check every week when they get paid. This way, the theory goes…we’d all be a little more in touch with what we actually pay in taxes.
I found an interesting article that talked about the Bush Era tax cuts as they’re being referred to. When we enacted those cuts…the government was bringing in more than it was spending as a percentage of the GDP. Today, that formula is the other way around. Washington is spending significantly more than it takes in. The article said that is the argument for allowing at least some of those tax cuts to expire as they’re set to do in 2012.
Of course none of these solutions would work on their own or even in combination because we don’t live in fantasyland. i think, for me, the point was that it’s going to be a combination of things what will get the Federal deficit down and spending under control. Washington can surely be a better steward of our money. We can certainly cut back. Certainly, there are rules that can be tightened up to increase revenue as it was intended to come in.
I think anyone who believes that sticking to their guns will win them this debate is misjudging reality. I think a lot of Americans would be please with an approach that forces everyone to have a little skin in the game.
Yep, that’s right…A County Supervisor from one of the inland counties of Southern California pitched the idea an the LA Times ran with it this week. the idea is that the Cities of LA and San Francisco disproportionately represent the State. There are “other” (Republican) views in California…they just get drowned out by the larger cities of LA and San Francisco.
The Governor called it a political Stunt…it’s not a new idea…more than 220 groups have tried some form of a California split since the late 1800’s.
So lets try his for Iowa.
There are a lot of people in this state who think Des Moines has too much control over politics and decision making. So how would you split the state up? Where would you draw new Iowa borders? What would you call the new mini-states?
Split us up into as may pieces as you like.
Lets leave it at that.
Have a good one