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Rant about the economy

I’m really getting frustrated with some of the discussion & talk about the financial situation our country is in and who is to blame and what we’re doing to solve it.  As I stated in an earlier post….I agree with Dave Ramsey that we can easily get out of this mess by making a few basic adjustments and give the people an option to get out.  Now today….the most powerful person in the world (arguably) Oprah Winfrey brought Ali from CNN on her show to try and explaining what happened.  Now, I’m sure he’s right with his facts…but what we’re all missing here is who is ideally responsible for getting us here.  We each need to take personal responsibility for the decisions and choices we make.  Here is what Ali said….Annie wanted to buy a house….she borrowed from the bank….they sold her loan to a bigger bank…..and they sold it to a bigger entity.  Typically this is OK….but when values of homes go down, people loose their jobs and the stock market crashes all at the same time….we have a problem.  Now poor Annie can’t pay for the expensive house that she probably shouldn’t have bought in the first place and her home gets foreclosed on.  Now the bank owns the home and their not in the business of taking care of empty homes.  Now, some are blaming the banks and they do hold responsibility for making loans when they shouldn’t have.  But it all comes down to personal responsibility.  WE can all qualify for more credit then we should….we need to have the self discipline to only take credit for and buy only what we can afford.  The “American Dream” is coming back to bite many people these days.  I think more than the banks, wall street, and politicians…..Annie is to blame.  Annie shouldn’t be using so much credit.  She should do her best to live within her means.  I personally spent over half of my adult life with consumer debt.  Not until Brenda & I decided to take personal responsibility for our spending and get control of it were we able to get out of debt.  The solution for our countries financial situation is for all of us to stop using credit to live and live within our own personal means.  Now, in full disclosure…I do have a mortgage on my home.  I don’t mean that we can’t buy a house until we pay cash…I mean our own consumer debt.  Putting things on credit when we really should be waiting to buy it.

What do you think?

Senate Bill 1738 – Save our children

I’ve been watching less and less of Oprah these days.  I used to really like watching her show because there would be something relevant that I could learn…but these days I’m loosing interest.  I typically tivo it…see the topic…and delete.  Last week she was speaking out on violence toward children…specifically child rape and how it is being shared over the Internet.  I almost deleted it for my own sanity but decided to sit through it and see what she had to say.  The content that was shared on that program made me physically ill.  The thought of what some sick individuals are doing to children made me want to puke.  I think that was Oprah’s intent…literally.  The solution was driving people to urge their representatives in the US Senate to pass Bill #1738 “Protect our children” act.  Now….anything that Oprah suggests politically I can pretty much guarantee that I will not align with her.  Especially since the bill is sponsored by Joe Beiden and Co-sponsored by the liberal Senator from Washington State Patty Murray.  Even with that said, the case was so clear…that I got up off my couch, went to my computer, emailed both Senator Murray and Senator Cantwell and urged them to pass 1738.  I’m sure there’s a bunch of funding stuff added to that bill that I likely won’t agree with…but if passing of this bill with save just one child and put away one more sick PIG…then I will swing to the left and support it right now.

This made me thing of my 12 year old daughter who is spending time with many of her friends.  I trust her friends and their Fathers…but so did the 3 girls represented on Oprah’s show.  As much as I shouldn’t get hyper sensitive about my daughters friends…it just reminds me that I need to stay in contact and in touch with EVERYONE she spends time with.  If you want to jump in and support this bill…you have only one week…email your Senator and tell them to support.  Click HERE for information on how to find your senator and what to do.

God – Please help the passage of Bill #1738 and help the funds to get in the hands of the people who can stop violence against innocent children  Please continue to keep my daughter Brooke safe.