"...The top 10 percent of earners pay nearly 70 percent of all income taxes, according to the I.R.S. People in the richest 1 percent pay 31 percent of their income to the federal government while the average worker pays less than 14 percent, according to the Congressional Budget Office." - from "The New York Times"
Results tagged “politics” from Mrs. Happy Housewife
I was looking for a new doctor today and came across a website where you can rate doctors: Vitals. You can bet I graded a doctor I recently visited who spent most of the appointment disparaging America instead of treating my ailment. Take that, you Socialist Quack. Ahem. Yes, I think you will find the Vitals website quite useful.
I'm an all or nothing sort of girl. Since I became an informed citizen, I have found it easy to become completely enmeshed in politics. My passionate nature makes it difficult for me to relax when I read the political news each day and I feel I have drowned this blog and my family in my passion. So, in order to preserve my sanity and to keep from annoying my husband, I am taking a political fast until the Inauguration, which always happens right before my birthday. (What a Happy Birthday to me!) I will continue to read political news (come on, I can't go back to being uninformed citizen), but instead of posting about or discussing politics, I will be saying each time a prayer for our government:
God of power and might, wisdom and justice,
I commend America to your merciful care,
That we may dwell secure in your peace.
Grant to all in authority,
The wisdom and strength to know and do your will.
May they always seek the ways of righteousness.
I'm hoping this fast will be the ultimate palate cleanser. Until January 20, as the saying goes, "How about those Mets?"
My daughter said "It's like we're in a dream."
I pray for our nation and the eight years to come. (Unless he really messes up or Republicans get their acts together in the next election, you know Obama will get two terms.)
What gives me the greatest hope for our future?
As she headed to bed last night, my daughter declared, "Even with Obama as President, this is still the greatest nation in the world!"
She's right and let us never forget that.
Come what may, our hope is in our country's foundation of Faith and Freedom and despite all America will suffer in the coming eight years, our hope lies also in the future generation: that they may love the Lord with all their hearts and souls and strengths and minds and that they may love their neighbors as themselves. And that they may cherish and defend their nation with every breath they take and every fiber in their beings.
I'm not giving up.
Our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal...we here highly resolve...that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom -- and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.
- I overheard two little trickertreaters and one of the girls said Sarah Palin burns books.
- Most of the trickertreaters were following the old custom of carrying pillow cases. Duh, they fit more candy.
- We had fewer hookers and pimps this year. That's nice.
- S won his basketball game and D lost hers.
- We tried to vote early but the line was longer than Communist Russians waiting for toilet paper. About 20% of registered voters in my county had voted by this morning. H and I decided we'll wait to vote on Tuseday.
- I just realized that it's "trick or treaters".
If my husband was late this often to his job, he'd be canned.
I miss Carnac the Magnificent and I'd like to make my own Election 2008 predictions.
McCain will win. The DNC will cry havoc and let slip the dogs of war. The RNC will once again be accused of "stealing" the election.
Obama will win. Sorta. We'll never really wade through the voter fraud. It'll make us long for the days of dangling chad.
At the YMCA tonight, I heard Lou Dobbs connect McCain to Palestinians. <cough> I also heard several preteen girls in the bathroom proclaiming their love for Obama. <gag> The most amazing item I heard, though, was that 29 of Mississippi's 82 counties have more voters registered than eligible adults. In all, there are 10% more voters registered than are eligible, according to the 2000 Census. George County Circuit Clerk Chad Welford says that the Census doesn't reflect the growth his county has experienced in the last eight years. According to Welford's logic, Mississippi has had a population boom of at least 10% since 2000. Right and I've got a bridge to sell you.
On the way home, H and I were talking about the voter fraud and H remarked that we've become a third world country. He's right. We're one of those pathetic nations most Americans can't find on a map and no one pays attention to except during an election when Jimmy Carter and the UN manage to show up to give their stamp of approval to the local dictator who hates liberty and calls for the destruction of America.
Yay, us! How far we've come.
...I Voted For the Other Guy"
If Obama wins and the world goes to Hell in a handbasket (as Biden prophesizes it will), I want to put this bumper sticker on our car.
Real change is finally giving our kids everything they need to have a fighting chance in today's world. That begins with recognizing that the single most important factor in determining a child's achievement is not the color of their skin or where they come from; it's not who their parents are or how much money they have. It's who their teacher is.
That's right, Senator Obama, a child's teacher is the single most important factor in determining that child's achievement. This is why I homeschool. Sadly, you are against homeschooling. You and I, though, know an important truth: she who rocks the cradle rules the world.
I knew many of these Celebs Who Lean to the Right; others were unexpected. Not that I hold much stock in Hollywood, but it's a pleasant surprise to find out that not every actor is a Hugo Chavez-kissing loon.
Bumper sticker spotted by Babalu:
Cuba got "CHANGE" in 1959
Not all change is for the better, you know.
Long before John F. Kennedy, way back in 1928, Al Smith was the first Catholic, major party candidate to run for President of the United States. Smith was also Irish. Those were two strikes against a presidential candidate back in the days when Catholics were distrusted and the Irish were ridiculed. Al Smith lost to Hoover but still managed to become a four-term New York Governor and, as president of Empire State, Inc., was instrumental in the construction of the Empire State Building.
While commendatory references to Smith and his actions were once common, by chance or by design, many of the addresses at later dinners have taken on a lighter tone. Indeed, the occasion has evolved into something of an opportunity for speakers - particularly ones whose mien is typically quite serious - to show, through quips and slightly irreverent humor, that they can poke fun at a political issue, an opponent, or themselves... In the days before Saturday Night Live, the Al Smith dinner served as a kind of "proving ground for the candidate as entertainer," as one reporter described it. Today the dinner remains a true phenomenon - a living memorial to an uncommon public figure, best known as the first Roman Catholic presidential candidate, who died more than six decades ago. Doubtless the dinner's honoree would be deeply gratified that he is being remembered each year in this fashion. He would be even more gratified to know that the dinner commemorating him and his unique role in American politics has contributed millions of dollars for charitable endeavors in the city he loved so much.
This year, the dinner's keynote speakers were Senators John McCain and Barack Obama. I find it ironic that Obama was a keynote speaker because, while he shares Al Smith's Socialist ideals, his extreme pro-abortion beliefs and votes run contrary to Catholic Charities' Principles of Catholic Social Teaching. There have been times when pro-abortion politicians were not invited, such as in 1996 when Cardinal O'Connor was reportedly upset with President Bill Clinton for vetoing a bill which would have banned certain late-term abortions and in 2004 when presidential candidate John Kerry, a Catholic, was not invited, reportedly due to his pro-abortion stance.
I love to watch politicians mock themselves and each other and I think you will enjoy the videos below of McCain and Obama speaking at the dinner last night. The first two videos are of McCain, who spoke first, and the last two videos are of Obama, who spoke right after McCain. Regardless of which candidate you support, I believe you will want to watch all four videos. They are refreshing glimpses of both Senators and humorous respites during this tooth and nail election.
Last night, I told H, "Remember this day; it is the day I agreed with Howard Stern."
Frightening thought, isn't it? Take a listen below (safe for work and children):
These do not sound like ignorant people who can't put a noun and verb together; yet, they are obviously uniformed and/or racists voting by skin color.
"Liberty cannot be preserved without a general knowledge among the people, who have...a right, an indisputable, unalienable, indefeasible, divine right to that most dreaded and envied kind of knowledge, I mean the characters and conduct of their rulers." - John Adams
Thanks to Stop the ACLU for posting the Howard Stern audio.