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Ahhhhhh Fall

Yes it has arrived and I love it! Fall is definitely my favorite time of year. The days are slowly getting shorter and the nights have that new crispness and nip that is missing throughout the summer. Football has started and the days are getting a little grayer and wetter. We still have plenty of sunny days at this time of year, but the cloudy ones are starting to creep in. These are great days to run in! Soon the trees will be ablaze in reds, yellows, and oranges and the air will have a smell of dying leaves that give it an earthy aroma. It is awesome to live in a place that has actual seasons.

 

Speaking of places that do not, Debbie has been in Southern California the past week taking a class for business. The house is really quiet and lonely with her gone and no more cats creeping around. I miss them, but that doesn’t mean we will be back in the pet realm anytime soon. I have heard word that Alex and Mo have a new kitty but I have only seen a picture of the little fuzz ball. They named it Dwight, after the Office character. I need to go and watch the first episode by the way. So………bye for now!!!

No AIG Bailout!

This is circulating the email highway and I thought it interesting. What do you think? And what about the bailouts of the rest of the financial world coming our way?

 

I’m against the $85,000,000,000.00 bailout of AIG.

 

Instead, I’m in favor of giving $85,000,000,000 to America in

a We Deserve It Dividend.

 

To make the math simple, let’s assume there are 200,000,000

bonafide U.S. Citizens 18+.

 

Our population is about 301,000,000 +/- counting every man, woman

and child. So 200,000,000 might be a fair stab at adults 18 and up..

 

So divide 200 million adults 18+  into $85 billon that equals $425,000.00.

 

My plan is to give $425,000 to every person 18+ as a

We Deserve It Dividend.

 

Of course, it would NOT be tax free.

So let’s assume a tax rate of 30%.

 

Every individual 18+ has to pay $127,500.00 in taxes.

That sends $25,500,000,000 right back to Uncle Sam.

 

But it means that every adult 18+ has $297,500.00 in their pocket.

A husband and wife has $595,000.00.

 

What would you do with $297,500.00 to $595,000.00 in your family?

Pay off your mortgage – housing crisis solved.

Repay college loans – what a great boost to new grads

Put away money for college – it’ll be there

Save in a bank – create money to loan to entrepreneurs.

Buy a new car – create jobs

Invest in the market – capital drives growth

Pay for your parent’s medical insurance – health care improves

Enable Deadbeat Dads to come clean – or else

 

Remember this is for every adult U S Citizen 18+  including the folks

who lost their jobs at Lehman Brothers and every other company

that is cutting back. And of course, for those serving in our Armed Forces.

 

If we’re going to re-distribute wealth let’s really do it…instead of trickling out

a puny $1000.00 ( “vote buy” ) economic incentive that is being proposed by one of our candidates for President.

If we’re going to do an $85 billion bailout, let’s bail out every adult U S Citizen 18+!

 

As for AIG – liquidate it.

Sell off its parts.

Let American General go back to being American General.

Sell off the real estate.

Let the private sector bargain hunters cut it up and clean it up.

 

Here’s the rationale. We deserve it and AIG doesn’t.

 

Sure it’s a crazy idea that can “never work.”

 

But can you imagine the Coast-To-Coast Block Party!

 

How do you spell Economic Boom?

 

I trust m y fellow adult Americans to know how to use the $85 Billion

We Deserve It Dividend more than I do the geniuses at AIG or in Washington DC .

 

And remember, The Birk plan only really costs $59.5 Billion because $25.5 Billion is returned instantly in taxes to Uncle Sam. An interesting idea

 

Much News – Good and Bad

 

I guess I’ll start with the bad news first. We finally had to put our last cat Simon to sleep August 27th! He was a real trooper though and lived longer than our vet said he would. He went through two thyroid surgeries and had progressive liver disease, but was a real good guy right to the end. It is very sad not having him around and I still catch myself looking for his little “accidents” when I come home and then realizing I won’t find any! Now we are pet less for the first time since almost the beginning of our marriage, which is over fifteen years. The house is very empty and quiet now without them around. Even so, I think for the time being, we will take a break from having a pet. We will still miss our kitties!! We also said our goodbye’s to our good friends the Hillstrom’s as they left Snoqualmie for San Juan Island. We have known them for many years, enjoying Packer games, dinners, holidays, and many good times. Although we won’t get to see them as often as in the past, they are still close enough to keep in touch and visit. They are definitely living the good life at the Island!!!

 

Now with better news, Alex and Mo are now hitched!!! They got married August 16th at a beautiful location called The Olsen Mansion. It was a beautiful ceremony and Mo was a gorgeous bride. Many people showed up from all over the place. Cousin Nick came in from Texas, Donna and Chris came from La Center, even our old friends the McEvoy’sdrove in from Roslyn even while they had visitors at their house. The only down side to the day, it was hotter than the surface of Venus that day. We were all dressed to the nines in 90  plus degree heat and it was miserable. But bride and groom made it through and are now beginning their new lives together! They honeymooned in San Diego and are now back with Mo ready to begin her new career as a teacher! I set up a photo album at our Flickr page and you can check it out here. We have been pretty busy and I have been putting some long hours behind the wheel of the bus, so I’ll leave it here and bring more news shortly!

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