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Rise of National Debt

Posted by olemike on 06/24/2011

Talking about the national debt is all the rage right now.  I thought I would see who the big spenders really are.  Using data obtained from The Street, It would appear that George Bush had the biggest real number contribution (4.9 trillion) to the deficit but that President Obama has him beat by almost double (15.2% to 8.0%) when you look at the compound annual growth rate.  Their combined 8.3 trillion increase dwarfs the 5.4 trillion  by the previous seven presidents back to and including Lyndon Johnson.

Can we all now agree that both parties are responsible for the huge deficit, quit throwing stones, and get something done before the country ends up in the poor house.  If we don’t, we will all regret it soon.

Contact your congressman and/or your senator and let them know what you think. – Please!


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Cutting Foreign Aid

Posted by olemike on 06/18/2011

Here’s a good place to start reducing spending – stop sending foreign aid to countries that hate America.

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Fruits of our Labors

Posted by olemike on 06/17/2011

Our garden is finally doing a little better.  We have been getting Spinach, Lettuce, and Swiss Chard for a few days now.  Today, we picked the first good Zucchini, Crook Neck Squash, and Summer Squash.  I look forward to eating them tonight.

Our tomatoes are looking a little better.  Ironically, the best looking one (on the left side of the picture started out as just a stub.  I broke it while planting but I stuck it in the ground anyway to see if it would survive.

My beans are still not doing much.  I don’t know what I’m doing wrong.  Too much water, not enough water, etc.  I need help   Any ideas out there?  Leona planted some Marigolds for some color and help ward off bugs.  Something is still eating my beans though.

It’s starting to warm up quite a  bit now.  That will begin to stress my spinach and lettuce but it should be beneficial to other things such as tomatoes.

Here’s hoping.

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Are we “Better Off” after 2 years of Obama?

Posted by olemike on 06/16/2011

It has recently been suggested to me that we are “absolutely better off” now than when President Obama took office.  Unfortunately, it doesn’t feel that way.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, unemployment was at 7.8% in January of 2009 when Mr. Obama took office.  As of 6/13/11, it stood at 9.1%.  Does that feel better?

In January of 2009, the price of gasoline in California was about $2.05/gal.  In early June, it was about $3.94/gal.  Does that feel better?

Commodity prices, as measured through the Standard & Poor’s GSCI, are up about 7 percent this year alone..  Does that feel better?

The Federal Debt in Jan 2009 was 10.6 trillion.  At the end of May 2011, it was at 14.3 trillion.  Does that feel better?

I’m sure if we dug deep enough, we could find some metrics that look better today than when President Obama took office.  He does, in fact, get credit for killing Osama Bin Laden.  However, in the big picture, his administration has failed to achieve success in reducing unemployment, ending deficit spending, and addressing the problems facing us with the huge national debt continuing to grow.  Noteworthy is the fact that the Democratic led congress did not even pass a budget in the 2010 fiscal year.  Why –  because they were concerned about public reaction to their plans.


Don’t get me wrong.  I don’t necessarily believe that the Republicans have all the right answers to these big issues.  However, as President, Mr Obama has failed to lead the country in addressing these problems.  That is why he is,  thus far, a failure.

He got elected by promising hope and change.  I, for one, am still hoping for change!

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Keep your “Weiner” at Home

Posted by olemike on 06/06/2011

I don’t supposed we should be surprised at the problems Anthony Weiner (Congressman from New York) is having.  With the latest revelation that he has been sending  lewd pictures via Twitter, I think it is safe to say that his career is in the proverbial toilet.  He gets no sympathy from me.  It is unfortunate that we can’t seem to find national leaders with some minimal level of integrity when it comes to fidelity at home and some minimum level of moral character.  I realize we all have flaws and make mistakes but how can we trust people to do the right thing in governing  if they lie to their family, spouse, constituents, etc.   If we as citizens do not demand that we expect a  little honor from our elected leaders, we will never get it.   Surely, somewhere, sometime, we can find someone who has both integrity and leadership skills.  If not, we are in trouble.

Clinton, Gingrich, Weiner, Ensign, Edwards, Livingston, Spitzer, Sanford, Craig, et. al.

Does personal behavior matter?  What say you?

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Mammoth Lakes Adventure

Posted by olemike on 06/05/2011

One of my favorite family vacations was about 5 years ago when my family and my sister’s family (from Texas)  all met at Mammoth Lakes on the eastern side of the Sierra Nevada.  There is some beautiful country to see – mountains, lakes, etc.  We rented a couple of condo’s, went fishing, horseback riding, boating, and a great time was had by all.  I highly recommend this area for outdoor recreation.

Enjoy the pictures.


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Abortion = OK, Circumcision = Not OK

Posted by olemike on 06/05/2011

I certainly do not understand the liberal mind.  Can someone please explain to me why it is acceptable to kill an unborn baby but not to allow circumcision after they are born?

What happened to freedom of choice?

Please clarify this for me. 

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Sonoma County Vacation

Posted by olemike on 06/04/2011

Well, it really wasn’t a vacation per se.  We were really baby sitting my youngest son’s two girls but it seemed like a vacation.  We viewed the Pacific from Bodega Head,

walked the beach at Salmon Creek Beach,

ate a great brunch at the Tides Restaurant in Bodega Bay, and then spent the 2nd day in the great little town of Sonoma.  We took the kids to ride the train at Train Town,

bought lunch at the Cheese Factory, had a picnic in the park, fed the ducks, and then topped off the day (and the trip) with ice cream at the Chocolate Cow.  It was a great February day – Oops, this was early June.  Well, it just seemed like February.  It was cloudy and threatened rain most of the two days.  We still had a great time.

For you out-of-towners, I can recommend a great place to stay.  Check out Tre Sorelle Cottage.  Enjoy!

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