Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Our Country has a Spending Problem...

So. This blog started out as a PF blog, and I was planning to return to it's roots with today's entry. I was going to ask a bunch of questions and hope against hope that someone out there would hear my pitiful plea and answer some of them. But, I talked to my friend over at American Judgment and we ended up having a 30-minute conversation about everything I wanted to rant/ask about.

So instead, I'm going to quote from American Judgment's most recent post - he asked the question that has been in the forefront of my mind ...

Explain how it is mathematically impossible to bailout the banks, spend $800 billion (plus interest) to stimulate the economy, Nationalized Health care, increase education, refinance mortgages, lower taxes for 55% of Americans (95-40% in #8), give welfare checks to 40% of Americans, and cut the deficit in half using only the savings from reduced Iraq operations and eliminating the Bush Tax Cuts for the wealthiest 2% of taxpayers. Seriously, how can anyone think that is possible? Just writing that list pissed me off....

I Agree. HOW are we supposed to do all of that at once? On borrowed money? Do these other countries know we aren't going to pay them back this century? Now, as I have said before, I'm just an English major...so if someone can explain this to me, PLEASE do! (And please, a little more in-depth than M's explanation - "we print the IOUs, so we can do it.")

Mmmk. I am going to try to be zen and happy, because really, what can we do about all this? To combat the lack of hope being reported in the media, QuarterLife Finances has followed Well-Heeled's lead and listed five things to be thankful for. I think I'll end on a similar note. =)

1. Our cat seems to be much better! No more throwing up in the middle of the night. Whew.
2. Book Club was super fun last night, and we picked an interesting book for next month - I'm excited to start.
3. I started going to the gym again, and I'm really really enjoying it (for once)!!
4. My husband is awesome.
5. Even though my current job situation kinda sucks (just an FYI, waiting tables is MUCH HARDER than my old cushy desk job), we are still OK. We can pay our rent, and eat and even do a fun thing or two. We are very very blessed.

What are you thankful for at the moment?? Leave some love and let me know!

2 comments:

QL girl said...

Yeah, I try not to think about those questions I can't really answer, and even if I did I wouldn't be able to do much about.... =]

You know, I have made two changes in what I do this year, and I think they really have made a huge difference in my happiness level....exercising reading for fun. Its amazing! lol.
(And thanks for the link back!)

Shannon said...

Here are my comments on what you are thankful for:
1.I'm glad that Deacon is feeling better! Throwing up at random moments is no fun.
2.What book did you pick for book club?
3. I went to the gym and ran/walked for 45 mins.- Goo me! Haven't been in F-O-R-E-V-E-R.
4. Yay M!
5. Glad you guys are doing well, things will be OK!!

Things I'm thankful for:
1. Spring is almost here! Which means cute clothes and warm weather.
2. Being motivated to take classes online to broaden my skills-woot!
3. My awesome boyfriend.
4. Girl Scout cookies- yes, they are available to buy now so go get some!
5. Supportive friends and family through this rough time. =)