Tuesday, November 18, 2008

How I feel today

After work being too crazy for about six weeks things have really calmed down around here and I am back to being a bit too unoccupied. This gives me too much time to think. Then this song comes on and the day is done for me. I'm not in a funk but I am totally in reflection mode.

Wednesday, November 05, 2008

Not a good day

Yesterday was not a good day for me as an American. I heard someone on the radio say this morning that they felt like yesterday was Christmas. I felt like yesterday was a slap in the face. I know many of you probably won’t agree with my politics here but this is how I feel so either bear with me – I’ll be bearing with your decision for the next four years and beyond – or stop reading and come back next time. I promise to write another entry shortly – I already have one brewing.

1) President: I have never hidden the fact that I am a conservative. Now, did I think McCain was the best candidate or the best person I could hope for to be the next in office, no. Did I think he was a better person for office than Obama, yes. Let me explain why. In large part it is financial. OK so there are some human rights issues too and environmental and foreign strength and health care policy and well, the list goes on but for ease of expression I am going to keep this to my financial/economic concerns.

I’m terrified of what his Presidency is going to do to my paycheck. First of all, I understand people go through hard times and sometimes need a hand up. What I am sick and tired of and something I see Obama strengthening is the “hand out”. I get furious when people do not take personal accountability and frankly I am almost as furious about the people who don’t expect it. If you are going to take my tax dollars that I have worked beyond hard for and give them to someone who simply hasn’t done what they need to do to move into a better place then that isn’t right. I’m not the smartest person you will come across in your life but I have worked my butt off to get to the place I am today. And I don’t even make that much money compared to what I am paying to have gotten here and will continue to pay for the next 25 years of my life.

I don’t care what Obama has said in the past 70 years of campaigning, my paycheck will be effected by him being president and having the economic policies which he does. Here’s why: I am a single person with no real tax breaks other than my house which puts me into a fairly high tax bracket. HOWEVER, if you look at what is coming in as income and what is going out to handle debt I am not upper class in fact I barely can be considered middle class. So, I fully expect to begin to pay more of the hand outs to people who haven’t done what they should do to get out of the various positions they are in (sorry if this sounds unsympathetic – frankly I am) which will then make things more difficult for me, causing me to carry their slack. This, I am not ok with.

The second reason I have no doubt I will see an effect in my income level is that I work in a small company (only eleven and one-half employees, no she isn’t half a person, she works part time) that makes over $250,000. I’m sorry but I don’t believe for one fraction of a second that 90% of small business in America make less than that. That’s stupid and anyone who believed that clearly knows nothing of small business. I generally get a pay raise at the end of the year. I would bet all of next year’s paycheck that this December 31st I will get the bonus I have earned through my revenue in 2008 but I will not receive a pay raise, or will receive an insignificant one.

Thanks Obama. Now not only do I have to pay you as the federal government more to give to people who haven’t worked as hard as I have all my life but I also get LESS money to do it with. Awesome.

Oh and just so all of you know - I give from my paycheck in many ways so it isn't like I don't already do a large part to help those who need the help. I would bet the percentage of my paycheck that goes to charitable giving is comparable to most of you reading this. I just want to get that out there, not to brag, but to make clear that I support giving assistance to those in need as God has commanded us to but I would appreciate being able to control where that goes. Now I'm going to have to cut back in areas I feel passionate about giving to because the government is going to reach deeper into my pocket and far more often.

2) Proposition 1000 (Physician Assisted Suicide) – I felt almost more passionate about this proposition than perhaps I did about the presidency. For the record – Webster’s defines suicide as:

The act of taking one's own life voluntary and intentionally; self-murder; the deliberate and intentional destruction of one's own life by a person of years of discretion and of sound mind.
- so yes, this IS suicide no matter if you call it “death with dignity” or not. It is WRONG to allow people to commit suicide rather than put their family through what they see as the hardship of their illness. It is just plain wrong. It is WRONG to make doctors lie on death certificates. It is just plain wrong. It is WRONG to not value human life. It is just plain wrong. Below is a letter to the editor my friend Molly wrote about Proposition 1000. She says it better than I ever could so I’m going to just leave it at that.

Let them keep their dignity

My dad was diagnosed with colon cancer more than a year ago. When he wasn't improving, the doctor gave him horrifying news that he would die within three months. The hospital informed us that hospice would take over his care. Two nurses visited regularly at home.

Nurse Mickey treated my dad with compassion. If my dad experienced any pain, they took care of it. God blessed our family with my dad's presence for two months. During this time, each of us had a chance to say goodbye. Family members came and shared how my father made a difference. Childhood friends shared how they valued my dad's life-changing friendship.

It was hard to see my dad fade a little each day. Every moment was a precious gift from God. On Oct. 1, my father, Michael, died at 66. I will always remember my dad's never-ending faith in God and others. The hospice care gave my dad a chance to die with dignity. Initiative 1000 takes that dignity away. When we start playing God, we lose the value of human life.

-- Molly Feeney, Sammamish

3) Washington State Governor – I really wanted Dino to win this time. I got to meet him a few months ago and was VERY impressed by his ideas he had for the state and for getting us back on track financially. Now we are stuck with more of the same and the poor schmuck who comes into office next is going to have a terrible economic mess to dig themselves out of. Plus nothing is going to change about traffic and we are going to continue to see taxes rise.

Dear Lord, please don’t let the moronic voters of this state support an income tax. Amen.

PS - the only positive to come out of yesterday (well other than Norm Coleman beating Al Frankin in MN) is that I recieved five votes for Supreme Court Justice. All without doing ANY campaigning. Maybe there is something to this.....