Some quotes from the last week I found interesting -
"Remember: it took the President fewer than 100 days to spend more money than the federal government will collect all year. "Debt Day" was this past Sunday - only 97 days in to his term and three-and-a-half months earlier than last year." - John Boehner
This week, Congress will plow ahead with a final vote on the President's $3.6 trillion budget that spends too much, taxes too much and borrows too much. This is roughly the same budget that House Republicans unanimously rejected almost four weeks ago, but with one change: Senate Democrats invoked an arcane rule known as "reconciliation" that will grease the wheels for their costly, mediocre, government-run health care system. - John Boehner
Michigan Democrat Mitch Dingell called Henry Waxman's (D-California) Cap and Trade plan "a tax, a huge one at that." Experts suggest Americans will see an average monthly increase in utility Bills of $258 a month as a result. That is about $3100 a year for every household. Dingell went on to say ""Every economist says that a carbon tax is a better, more efficient, fairer way of doing it. ... The Europeans have had two, maybe three fine failures in their application of cap and trade. How do we avoid the mistakes that they have made? ... Nobody in this country realizes that cap and trade is a tax, and it’s a great big one. I want to get a bill that works — how do we choose the best way?" - Politco
For those who haven't figured it out...the free health care the Demos are promising will be paid with the CAP and TAX program. Their plan is to pass the health care issue and then figure out how to pay for it. By doing so they hope to railroad the cap and tax right down our throats.
Iowans passed a measure to allow gay marriage. Seems to go against the normal conservative farmer mentality. I think it is great. With every action there is another reaction. The lawyers will love specializing in gay divorce next.
In sports news, the Bengals had a great draft so I expect, given their track record, that everyone will end up either injured, in jail or they will be trouble makers. Excuse my pessimism but you try living in Cincy.
On the swine flu front, be safe folks. Wash those hands for at least 20 seconds with soap and warm water - if you need a timer sing Happy Birthday a couple of times (to yourself may be best). Avoid crowded areas and sick people. At times like these ask yourself if you have enough supplies on hand should a pandemic be declared. A gallon or fresh water per person per day for weeks is the recommendation. Non perishable foodstores are also required. Don't forget your disinfectants or your prescriptions. The best way to deal with this is to isolate ourselves for a little while and use precautions.