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First Cauliflower of 2012

Posted by olemike on 01/28/2012

I just picked my first Cauliflower of this years winter garden.  It’s the first time we tried to grow these so even though it is not quite a big as can be purchased, we are might proud of it.

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How much more in tax will Apple Pay?

Posted by olemike on 01/25/2012

After listening to the SOTU speech last night, I began to wonder how much more in taxes the President would have Apple pay.  It seems they just had a very profitable quarter and they definitely have about 20,000 employees in other countries.  They doesn’t seem to bode well for them under the President’s new tax proposal.

While I do agree that we should use the tax code to motivate companies to keep their manufacturing in the United States, I am anxious to see if the government really follows through.  Somehow I doubt that the President will be as harsh toward Apple as he is toward oil companies.

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Wanted – Politicians who tell the Truth

Posted by olemike on 01/10/2012

The current state of politics remind me of the line from “Julius Caesar” where Caesar tells Brutus “The fault dear Brutus is not in our stars, but in ourselves, that we are underlings.” As long as we the public play the fool and allow our elected leaders (or would be leaders) to lie to us about what they believe, will do, have done, want to do, etc., we will get the exact type of leadership and government that we deserve.

Both political parties are guilty of telling lies to us and about each other and are basically saying just about anything that will enable them to get elected or reelected. I, for one, am sick of it. Reading this article this morning set me off.

The country is so polarized around politics right now that it is almost impossible to imagine how we will ever solve the ever-growing problems which we face. Our debt is ballooning, our education system is becoming second-rate, we have millions unemployed, and most of the country think we are heading in the wrong direction.

The best answers we get from Washington are to either spend more and raise taxes or spend less and cut taxes. Surely a better answer is somewhere in the middle. Unfortunately, we seem to be out of deal makers. Most of either retired or given up. Even the President, who should be leading the way, has given up and is strictly in campaign mode.

We are in big trouble if things don’t change. We must demand honesty and integrity from those we elect.

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