Friday, October 31, 2008

trade....

Trade
Lower Barriers to Trade
John McCain believes that globalization is an opportunity for American workers today and in the future. Ninety-five percent of the world's customers lie outside our borders, and we need to be at the table when the rules for access to those markets are written. To do so, the U.S. should engage in multilateral, regional and bilateral efforts to reduce barriers to trade, level the global playing field and build effective enforcement of global trading rules.
Competitive American Workers
John McCain understands that globalization will not automatically benefit every American. We must prepare the next generation of workers by making American education worthy of the promise we make to our children and ourselves. We must be a nation committed to competitiveness and opportunity. We must fight for the ability of all students to have access to any school of demonstrated excellence. We must place parents and children at the center of the education process, empowering parents by greatly expanding the ability of parents to choose among schools for their children. John McCain will overhaul unemployment insurance and make it a program for retraining, relocating and assisting workers who have lost a job. The unemployment insurance system created in the 1950s needs to be modernized to meet the goals of helping displaced workers make ends meet between jobs and moving people quickly on to the next opportunity. John McCain will reform the half-dozen training programs to approaches that can be used to meet the bills, pay for training, and get back to work. John McCain believes that we can strengthen community colleges and technical training, and give displaced workers more choices to find their way back to productive and prosperous lives.

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Simpler and Fairer Taxes

Taxes: Simpler, Fair, Pro-Growth and Competitive
Pro-Growth Tax Policy
Keep Tax Rates Low: Entrepreneurs are at the heart of American innovation, growth and prosperity. Entrepreneurs create the ultimate job security - a new, better opportunity if your current job goes away. Entrepreneurs should not be taxed into submission. John McCain will keep the top tax rate at 35 percent, maintain the 15 percent rates on dividends and capital gains, and phase-out the Alternative Minimum Tax. Small businesses are the heart of job growth; raising taxes on them hurts every worker. Cut The Corporate Tax Rate From 35 To 25 Percent: A lower corporate tax rate is essential to keeping good jobs in the United States. America was once a low-tax business environment, but as our trade partners lowered their rates, America failed to keep pace. We now have the second highest corporate tax rate in the world, making America a less attractive place for companies to do business. American workers deserve the chance to make fine products here and sell them around the globe.

Allow First-Year Deduction, Or "Expensing", Of Equipment And Technology Investments: American workers need the finest technologies to compete. Expensing of equipment and technology will provide an immediate boost to capital expenditures and reward investments in cutting-edge technologies. Establish Permanent Tax Credit Equal To 10 Percent Of Wages Spent On R&D: This reform will simplify the tax code, reward activity in the United States, and make us more competitive with other countries. A permanent credit will provide an incentive to innovate and remove uncertainty. At a time when our companies need to be more competitive, we need to provide a permanent incentive to innovate, and remove the uncertainty now hanging over businesses as they make R&D investment decisions.
Innovation Tax Policy
Ban Internet Taxes: John McCain believes we must make a farsighted, robust, and fervent commitment to innovation and new technologies to sustain our global competitiveness, meet our national security challenges, achieve less costly and more effective health care, reduce dangerous dependence on foreign sources of oil, and raise the quality of education in the United States. John McCain has been a leader in keeping the Internet free of taxes. As President, he will seek a permanent ban on taxes that threaten this engine of economic growth and prosperity. Ban New Cell Phone Taxes: John McCain understands that the same people that would tax e-mail will tax every text message - and even 911 calls. John McCain will prohibit new cellular telephone taxes.

Gratitude

All I got time for is to show some gratitude. I am exhausted. I will blog about my day later.

1. If It's Paper has awesome cupcake holders for my cupcakes I made LITERALLY ALL DAY!

2. The break I got at dinner with Brandi at our new weekly tradition.

3. AWESOME Bible Study tonight!

4. My sweet hubby and my boys!

5. God's voice that I am so glad I hear speak to me..... I just need to listen more closely sometimes!

6. The bed I am about to go get into....I am exhausted!!!

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Sweet Life Lessons and some gratitude...

This morning started bright and early again this morning. Eli had drama camp again today. He is so excited about his play this weekend. He has the part of George. LOL! He is a little boys spending the day on a farm. It is really cute. I had to run errands for Tommy this morning in Spartanburg and then Bleeze and I met the Ward girls again today at Mimi's Japanese restaurant. It was so yummy. Bleeze and Anna were so precious. They love each other lots! I have some pics I will post later. Then I had to pick Eli up from camp. I spent the afternoon doing laundry and homeschooling. This evening I went to the new Walmart on Pelham. I LOVE IT!! It is smaller in size and so clean.. and everything is "green"! We had dinner at S&S tonight. The boys love go there and they eat plus it gets veggies in them. I just love that it is cheap. Eli had soccer tonight. When I went to pick him up we arrived early and so Bleeze moved up to the front seat with me. He had me laughing so hard. He is hilarious. Speaking of Bleeze.....here 's a story for you.

I have been telling the boys to not say the word "hate". So today I was in horrible traffic ( for the locals...WOODRUFF RD) I said, "UGGGHHHH, I HATE TRAFFIC" Bleeze says..."oooooo mommy, that's a bad word" I said, "oh, yes, that's right, I am so sorry" He said, " you love traffic mommy. We don't hate... we love." LOL!!! Oh I thought I would die! I said, "oh yes!" He said, "say it mommy, say it" so I had to say, "I love traffic" Oh my goodness! He is so hilarious! I guess I learned my lesson for today.......

Now to show some gratitude...

* I am so grateful for Japanese food with our awesome friends! Brandi your friendship brings me just as much joy as Anna brings to Bleeze!

* For awesome new Walmart on Pelham!

* Yummy cheap food from S&S!

* Fun times with Bleeze!

* life's lessons taught to me by my sweet kiddos!!!

* My sweet hubby that just made me laugh!

not meant to offend

Not meant to offend but watch it.... THANKS JILL!!!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KxhYampIl7A

Health Care

Reforms To Reduce The Rate Of Health Care Inflation
John McCain proposes a number of initiatives that can lower health care costs. If we act today, we can lower health care costs for families through common-sense initiatives. Within a decade, health spending will comprise twenty percent of our economy. This is taking an increasing toll on America's families and small businesses. Cheaper Drugs: John McCain will look to bring greater affordability and competition to our drug markets through safe re-importation of drugs and faster introduction of generic drugs. Chronic Disease: Chronic conditions account for three-quarters of the nation's annual health care bill. By emphasizing prevention, early intervention, healthy habits, new treatment models, new public health infrastructure and the use of information technology, we can significantly reduce these costs. We should dedicate more federal research to treating and curing chronic disease. Coordinated Care: Coordinated care - with providers collaborating to produce the best health care for the patient - offers better outcomes at lower cost. We should pay a single bill for high-quality care which will make every single provider accountable and responsive to the patients' needs. Greater Access And Convenience: Families place a high value on quickly getting simple care. Government should promote greater access through walk-in clinics in retail outlets. Information Technology: John McCain will promote the rapid deployment of 21st century information systems and technology to improve patient safety, enhance quality and lower costs. Medicaid And Medicare: John McCain will reform the payment systems in Medicaid and Medicare to compensate providers for diagnosis, prevention and care coordination. Medicaid and Medicare should not pay for preventable medical errors or mismanagement. We also need to implement a zero tolerance policy towards Medicare and Medicaid fraud that is increasingly stripping away resources from the sick and the elderly. Smoking: John McCain will promote the availability of smoking cessation programs. Most smokers would love to quit but find it hard to do so. Working with businesses and insurance companies to promote availability, we can improve lives and reduce associated chronic diseases through smoking cessation programs. Tort Reform: John McCain will lead the fight for medical liability reform that eliminates lawsuits directed at doctors who follow clinical guidelines and adhere to proven safety protocols. Every patient should have access to legal remedies in cases of bad medical practice but that should not be an open invitation to endless, frivolous lawsuits that drive up health care costs for everyone and make the practice of medicine unaffordable for good doctors everywhere. Transparency: John McCain believes we must make information on treatment options and doctor records more public, and require greater transparency regarding medical outcomes, quality of care, costs and prices. We must also facilitate the development of national standards for measuring and evaluating treatments and outcomes.
Reforms To Make Health Insurance Innovative, Portable And Affordable
Health Care Costs: John McCain will reform health care making it easier for individuals and families to obtain insurance. Americans are working harder and longer, yet the amount workers take home in their paychecks is not keeping pace because of rising health care costs. An important part of his plan is to use competition to improve the quality of health insurance with greater variety to match people's needs, lower prices, and promote portability. Families should be able to purchase health insurance nationwide, across state lines. Making the Tax Subsidy Fair: By making the tax code more equitable and transparent, John McCain will give every family a refundable tax credit - cash towards insurance - of $5,000 (Individuals receive $2,500). Every family in America, regardless of the source of their insurance or how much they make will get the same help. Families will be able to stay with their current plan, or choose the insurance provider that suits them best and have the money sent directly to the insurance provider. Making Insurance More Portable: Americans need insurance that follows them from job to job. Too many job decisions today are controlled by a fear of losing health care. Americans want insurance that is still there if they retire early and does not change if they take a few years off to raise the children. John McCain will lead the reform for portable insurance.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Great Day and Some Gratitude....

The morning started bright and early. Eli had to be up and and at the theater early. It was so cold this morning. I think we are skipping fall and headed right into winter. We have a freeze warning for tonight! Bleeze and I joined the Ward girls for a playdate at Pump It Up. It was fun. Bleeze and Anna had fun playing together as usual. After I picked up Eli it was line rehearsals, homeschool, and work around the house. I let him skip tennis today. It is WAY to cold! This evening was our weekly date night with the boys. It was my week with Bleeze. He wanted horrid McDonalds so that is what we did and then I just took him to Dollar General for a little cheap toy. He think it is awesome. A plastic CD player. (It plays plastic, fake CD's) LOL! We also visited with my parents tonight too. I would have to say the highlight was when Eli got home from his date night w/ Tommy ( I still do not know what they did) we all got baths and curled up on the coach together with our snoopy blankets and watched THE GREAT PUMPKIN CHARLIE BROWN! SO MUCH FUN!!!!!!! Now the boys are in bed. I have some reading and writing to do. Before I go though, I will show my gratitude for the day.

Today I am grateful for:

* Fun times with the Ward girls at Pump it UP.

* Sweet dinner with Bleeze at horrid McDonalds

* That STUPID plastic CD player that brings Bleeze so much joy. Great $5 investment.

* Awesome blogs by Perry Noble.

* Best thing today...curling up with my babies to watch THE GREAT PUMPKIN CHARLIE BROWN!!!!

had to repost

okay... I had to repost this. I know I have posted a lot of political post but this is from a blog of a local pastor, Perry Noble. He writes some pretty awesome blogs and I love this one! It will make you think!

Frustrated With Politics & Christians
I’ve just about had enough…and am so glad I left the country yesterday…that way I don’t have to listen to this crap anymore.
And no, I’m not talking about the politicians and their crazy adds on television that are right in line with a middle school “yo mama” fight!
I’m talking about the Christians who have prostituted themselves with the political process and taken their eyes off of Jesus as their Savior and put them on either McCain or Obama as their Savior.
It’s STUPID!
Should we have a political opinion as Christians? HECK YES! Should we vote? ABSOLUTELY! I think a Christian who doesn’t vote is completely missing an opportunity that God has blessed us with as citizens of this country.
BUT…we can’t actually think that the salvation process is tied to who happens to be in the White House!
In reading through the Gospels the other day something HIT ME like a ton of bricks…the Jews missed the fact that Jesus was the Messiah because they were looking for someone to deliver them from the politics of Rome.
Let me say it more clearly–they missed Jesus because of politics!!! (And religion as well…but that’s another post!)For a Christian to claim that the world is going to be doomed to hell because a particular party happens to “control” the White House is a slap in the face of a Sovereign God.
He reigns! Read through Scripture & it is so clear…God has used kings and princes that were sold out to Him…and He’s also used those who had no love for Him at all…all for HIS glory!
So…next Tuesday…go vote! “For who,” you ask…well, here’s an idea…ask Jesus who to vote for…and then do what He says. (Yes, it REALLY is that simple.)
Then…whoever gets elected…PRAY FOR THAT MAN OFTEN! Even if the guy you want to win doesn’t…all the more reason to pray!
One more time…YES, we should have political opinions…and YES, it is OK if they are strong AND we believe in the cause…BUT PLEASE let’s not make the mistake of thinking that God is somehow limited by the policies and philosophies of a particular party!

Bleeze is declaring his independence...







Bleeze has been declaring his Independence for several weeks. He declares that he is BIG and that he can do EVERYTHING by himself. I took these pics of him last week. He got up and dressed himself. These pictures really do not do it justice. He took off his "goodnight" and failed to put on underwear. Those pants are HUGE on him so when he turned it around you could see his little hiney! LOL! He would not allow me to take a picture of that! Notice that the shoes are on the wrong feet. He is so precious!!!

Cheap, Clean, Secure Energy

Cheap, Clean, Secure Energy for America
Transform Electricity
Nuclear Power: Nuclear power is a proven, reliable, zero-emission source of energy, and it is time to recommit to advancing our use of nuclear power. The U.S. has not started construction on a new nuclear power plant in over 30 years. Currently, nuclear power provides 20 percent of our overall energy portfolio. Other countries such as China, India and Russia are looking to increase the role of nuclear power in their energy portfolio and the U.S. should not just look to maintain, but increase its own use. John McCain will put our country on track to construct 45 new nuclear power plants by 2030 with the ultimate goal of eventually constructing 100 new plants. It is also critical that the U.S. be able to build the components for these plants and reactors within our country so that we are not dependent on foreign suppliers with long wait times to move forward with our nuclear plans. The development of new nuclear plants will re-create a U.S. industry that has disappeared: manufacturing components of nuclear power plants, as well as assembling and operating the plants. A rough estimate is that 45 new nuclear power plants will create roughly 700,000 jobs - jobs in construction, engineering, operation and maintenance. Coal: John McCain will commit $2 billion annually to advancing clean coal technologies. Coal produces the majority of our electricity today. Some believe that marketing viable clean coal technologies could be over 15 years away. John McCain believes that this is too long to wait, and we need to commit significant federal resources to the science, research and development that advance this critical technology. Once commercialized, the U.S. can then export these technologies to countries like China that are committed to using their coal - creating new American jobs and allowing the U.S. to play a greater role in the international green economy. The development of clean coal technology will revitalize coal mining and return jobs to some of America's most economically disadvantaged areas. The demonstration projects alone will employ over 30,000 Americans. Renewables: John McCain will encourage the market for alternative, low carbon fuels such as wind, hydro and solar power. According to the Department of Energy, wind could provide as much as one-fifth of electricity by 2030. The U.S. solar energy industry continues its double-digit annual growth rate in 2008. To develop these and other sources of renewable energy will require that we rationalize the current patchwork of temporary tax credits that provide commercial feasibility. John McCain believes in an even- handed system of tax credits that will remain in place until renewable energy has progressed to the point that it is competitive with conventional energy sources.
Expand Domestic ProductionOf Oil And Gas
John McCain will commit our country to expanding domestic oil and natural gas exploration. The current federal moratorium on drilling in the Outer Continental Shelf stands in the way of energy exploration and production. John McCain believes it is time for the federal government to lift these restrictions and work with states to put our own reserves to use. There is no easier or more direct way to prove to the world that we will no longer be subject to the whims of others than to expand our production capabilities. We have trillions of dollars worth of oil and gas reserves in the U.S. at a time we are exporting hundreds of billions of dollars a year overseas to buy energy. This is the largest transfer of wealth in the history of mankind. We should keep more of our dollars here in the U.S., lessen our foreign dependency, increase our domestic supplies, and reduce our trade deficit - 41 percent of which is due to oil imports. John McCain proposes to cooperate with the states and the Department of Defense in the decisions to develop these resources. Estimates from the Minerals Management Service indicate that technically recoverable resources currently off limits in the lower 48 OCS total 18 billion barrels of crude oil and 77 trillion cubic feet of natural gas. John McCain believes in promoting and expanding the use of our domestic supplies of oil and natural gas when people are hurting, and struggling to afford gasoline, food and other necessities, and when our manufacturing businesses are increasingly hampered by the high cost of natural gas.
Addressing Speculative Pricing Of Oil
John McCain believes we must understand the role speculation is playing in our soaring energy prices. Congress already has investigations underway to examine this kind of wagering in our energy markets, unrelated to any kind of productive commerce, because it can distort the market, drive prices beyond rational limits, and put the investments and pensions of millions of Americans at risk. John McCain believes that where we find abuses, they need to be swiftly punished. To make sure it never happens again, we must reform the laws and regulations governing the oil futures market, so that they are just as clear and effective as the rules applied to stocks, bonds, and other financial instruments.
Transform Transportation
The only way America can break its strategic dependence on foreign oil is to change how we power our automobiles and rejuvenate our automotive industry. The Lexington Project will help do that through a comprehensive plan. Battery Technology: John McCain will propose a $300 million prize to improve battery technology for full commercial development of plug-in hybrid and fully electric automobiles. A $300 million prize should be awarded for the development of a battery package that has the size, capacity, cost and power to leapfrog the commercially available plug-in hybrids or electric cars. That battery should deliver a power source at 30 percent of the current costs. At $300 million, the prize is one dollar for every man, woman and child in this country - and a small price to pay for breaking our dependence on oil. Clean Car Challenge: John McCain will issue a Clean Car Challenge to the automakers of America, in the form of a single and substantial tax credit based on the reduction of carbon emissions. For every automaker who can sell a zero-emissions car, John McCain will commit a $5,000 tax credit for each and every customer who buys that car. For other vehicles, whatever type they may be, the lower the carbon emissions, the higher the tax credit. Flex-Fuel Vehicles (FFVs): In just three years, Brazil went from new cars sales that were about 5 percent FFVs to over 70 percent of new vehicles that were FFVs. American automakers have committed to make 50 percent of their cars FFVs by 2012. John McCain calls on automakers to make a more rapid and complete switch to FFVs. Alternative Fuels: John McCain believes alcohol-based fuels hold great promise as both an alternative to gasoline and as a means of expanding consumers' choices. Some choices such as ethanol are on the market right now. The second generation of alcohol-based fuels like cellulosic ethanol, which won't compete with food crops, are showing great potential. Unfortunately, today isolationist tariffs and wasteful special interest subsidies are not moving us toward an energy solution. We need to level the playing field and eliminate mandates, subsidies, tariffs and price supports that focus exclusively on corn-based ethanol and prevent the development of market-based solutions which would provide us with better options for our fuel needs. CAFE Standards: John McCain has long supported CAFE standards - the mileage requirements that automobile manufacturers' cars must meet. Some carmakers ignore these standards, pay a small financial penalty, and add it to the price of their cars. John McCain believes that the penalties for not following these standards must be effective enough to compel carmakers to produce fuel-efficient vehicles.
Building Efficiency
Government Purchasing: John McCain will make greening the federal government a priority of his administration. The federal government is the largest electricity consumer on earth and occupies 3.3 billion square feet of space worldwide. It provides an enormous opportunity to lead by example. By applying a higher efficiency standard to new buildings leased or purchased and retrofitting existing buildings, we can save taxpayers money in energy costs, and move the construction market in the direction of green technology.American Homes: Homeowners can save hundreds or even thousands of dollars a year with better light bulbs, appliances, windows, and insulation. As Americans retro-fit to improve energy efficiency and reduce their carbon footprint, jobs will flow to the U.S. providers of insulation, windows, appliances, and other sources of energy efficiency.

Dont be afraid to speak up....

I was so hesitant about posting anything political in my blogs or in emails. As this election has went by I have started sharing my opinions and posting information. I have received countless private messages and emails from people stating that they are in agreement with me or disagreement with me (that's the beauty of living in the land of the free). However, countless individuals have stated that they do not post or say anything because they don't want an argument or to cause conflict. I DO NOT post to cause conflict. I post because it is my opinions, concerns, and/or to educate others. I want to urge you today, do not be afraid to speak up on your beliefs no matter which candidate you support. Yes, voting is personal, but at the same time standing up for what you believe in or what you want your country to be is important also. Something you say could influence someone to get out and vote. To take part of our wonderful right to vote for our president. To share in the freedom of living in a democracy. Don't worry about what others think or say. If you believe in it strong enough stand up and say so! Only 7 more days and it will all be over (thank God).

Monday, October 27, 2008

update and some gratitude

Sunday was good. We had an awesome picnic w/ my parents up at Pearson's Fall. We had planned to go several weeks ago. I am glad that we chose this past weekend it was nice and the leaves were really pretty. My mom and dad cooked an awesome lunch picnic. It was great. Sunday night we went to trunk treats at church and then out to dinner at Two Guys with the Ward's. I have pics to post. I hopefully will get that done tomorrow.

I have cleaned and done laundry all day today. This week is going to be crazy busy because we have all our normal activites plus Eli is doing a drama camp this week. He will be in a play this weekend and it is going to be awesome. I am very tired tonight so I am going to turn in now. Hope everyone has an awesome week.

Grateful tonight for:

* The smell of a clean house...ahhh.. is awesome.

* My sweet Eli's love for the theater. He loves being at there and they love him so much.

* The ability to homeschool, clean, do laundry, and cook today.... I am blessed.

* Elisabeth Hasselback on THE VIEW. She rocked on Hannity tonight. She's my hero....

* My three guys: Tommy, Eli, and Bleeze

interesting

okay guys, I realize that some of you are totally sick of the entire political issues right now. To be honest, I am sick of it too. I am really ready for it all to be over. We only have 8 more days until election day. I know some of you want the post to stop. I however, feel strongly about this election and feel compelled to post. I am not making my post to be rude, hateful, or to start trouble. I post because I care about my future, my children's future, your future, and the future of our country. For those of you who are Obama supporters I just want you to take a look at this link. For those of you who are McCain supporters take a look and pass it on. This is from Sean Hannity's show last night. Now, for those of you who know me, you know that I am very open minded. I don't always agree with FOX news like most ultra conservatives. I watch CNN also. LOL!!!! I just want EVERYONE to be open minded and watch these clips. It is scary to me to think of what may happen to some of our freedoms. Please just take a look and do not be mean, just open minded and think hard about the decision we all have to make in 8 days. Grab you a cup of coffee take just 8 minutes and just relax and watch this clip. THANKS!!!

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Sunday, October 26, 2008

Supporting Small Businesses (this really applies to my family)

Lower Energy Costs
John McCain's Lexington Project will address the rising costs of energy that are hurting small businesses. He strongly supports increased domestic exploration of oil and natural gas. This will send a strong signal to oil markets that future supplies will be more plentiful, countering the rise in oil prices. The market for natural gas is less internationally integrated than that of oil - increased domestic production will lower the cost of this key energy source. The Project will transform electricity generation. John McCain has set the goal of building 45 new nuclear power plants by 2030 - creating 700,000 jobs and providing cheap electricity. It will provide incentives for the production of electricity from renewable sources. Finally, the Lexington Project will devote $2 billion annually to research that will allow the clean use of our most plentiful and low-cost energy source: coal.


Controlling Health Care Costs
John McCain has a comprehensive health care reform plan that will reduce the spiraling cost of health care - a major burden for those small businesses that offer health insurance and a major impediment for those who cannot. He will provide $5,000 for health insurance to every American family - supporting small businesses that seek to offer insurance. John McCain opposes costly mandates or "pay or play" requirements that would raise the financial burden on small business, cut the ability to hire, expand, or raise payrolls. John McCain's opponent would burden small businesses with roughly $5,000 to $12,000 of extra cost for every employee through his "pay or play" health care mandates. This will stifle new job creation, and it will require small businesses either to cut employees' pay in order to finance this mandate or fire them.
Taxes: Simpler, Fair, Pro-Growth, And Competitive
Keep Tax Rates Low: Entrepreneurs are at the heart of American innovation, growth and prosperity. Entrepreneurs create the ultimate job security - a new, better opportunity if your current job goes away. Entrepreneurs should not be taxed into submission. John McCain will keep the top tax rate at 35 percent, maintain the 15 percent rates on dividends and capital gains, and phase-out the Alternative Minimum Tax. Small businesses are the heart of job growth; raising taxes on them hurts every worker. John McCain's opponent wants to increase the marginal income tax rate which applies to the nation's 23 million small business owners who pay their taxes under the individual tax rate system. Cut The Corporate Tax Rate From 35 To 25 Percent: A lower corporate tax rate is essential to keeping good jobs in the United States. America was once a low-tax business environment, but as our trade partners lowered their rates, America failed to keep pace. American workers deserve the chance to make fine products here and sell them around the globe. Allow First-Year Deduction, Or "Expensing", Of Equipment And Technology Investments: American workers need the finest technologies to compete. Expensing of equipment and technology will provide an immediate boost to capital expenditures and reward investments in cutting-edge technologies. Establish A Permanent Tax Credit Equal To 10 Percent Of Wages Spent On R&D: This reform will greatly simplify the tax code, reward activity in the United States, and make us more competitive with other countries. A permanent credit will provide an incentive to innovate and remove uncertainty. At a time when our companies need to be more competitive, we need to provide a permanent incentive to innovate, and remove the uncertainty now hanging over businesses as they make R&D investment decisions. Allow Families To Keep Their Businesses: John McCain proposes reducing the Estate Tax rate to 15 percent and permit a generous $10 million exemption.
Opening New Markets
John McCain believes that globalization is an opportunity for American workers today and in the future. Ninety-five percent of the world's customers lie outside our borders and we need to be at the table when the rules for access to those markets are written. To do so, the U.S. should engage in multilateral, regional and bilateral efforts to reduce barriers to trade, level the global playing field and build effective enforcement of global trading rules. Export growth is the strongest part of our sluggish economy, and we should be encouraging the growth of even more jobs in this sector through more free trade agreements which give American firms more access to sell our goods and services abroad.

gratitude

Today I am grateful for:

* Wonderful Picnic with my family today. My parents ROCK at cooking some awesome food. We had the best time.

* Taking my sweet boys to Trunk Treats. I had a sweet skeleton and scooby doo to have fun with tonight. I will post pics later.

* Fun times with Brandi and Jon at Five Guys tonight.

* the 15 minute nap I got today.

* God's grace

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Sneezy Saturday....and some gratitude

I think it is official we all have colds. Bleeze is sneezy and coughing and so am I. Eli had me up in the middle of the night coughing and Tommy woke up with congestion also. But we will make it. It could be a lot worse! We stayed home all day. We did manage to go to Eli's soccer game. They tied today. That was good b/c their playing stunk until the last quarter. Tommy and I went to church tonight. That is one good thing about attending a church with service on Saturday and Sunday. We can't take Bleeze tomorrow b/c of all his yucky cold symptoms. Mom and Dad kept the kids and we had dinner with them after church. Church was good of course. The music was great tonight. I made cupcakes for the bake sale at Trunk Treats at church tomorrow night. All and all despite the sneezing, snotting, and coughing we had a good day. Going to show my Gratitude and snuggle with my boys.

Grateful for...
* That we re going to feel better soon b/c by "His stripes we are healed".

* Eli being the most amazing goalie in the entire history of soccer...LOL!

* Cupcakes and icing...

* Tonight sermon at church....to have joy in my trials knowing that it is only temporary through Christ.

* Worship Music

* Yummy dinner w/ my parents

* the fact that Tommy went grocery shopping tonight for me after he went to the gym. (even thought I spent a half hour calling out my shopping list over the phone)

Government Reform...

Reforming Washington to Regain the Trust of Taxpayers
Bring The Budget To Balance By 2013

John McCain will balance the budget by the end of his first term. The near-term path to balance is built on three principles:
Reasonable economic growth. Growth is an imperative - historically the greatest success in reducing deficits (late 1980s; late 1990s) took place in the context of economic growth.
Comprehensive spending controls. Bringing the budget to balance will require across-the-board scrutiny of spending and making tough choices on new spending proposals.
Bi-partisanship in budget efforts. Much as the late 1990s witnessed bipartisan efforts to put the fiscal house in order, bi-partisan efforts will be the key to undoing the recent spending binge.


In the long-term, the only way to keep the budget balanced is successful reform of the large spending pressures in Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid. McCain Policies Will Support Reasonable Economic Growth: Small business is the key to job growth. Small business will benefit from:
Low individual tax rates - sole-proprietorships, partnerships, landlords and others are taxed under the individual income tax.
Access to capital from low tax rates on dividends and capital gains.
Minimizing expensive mandates - such as those for health insurance and pro-union initiatives like card check.
Enhancing international competitiveness to keep jobs here; not abroad.
A lower corporate tax rate.
Improved investment and research incentives to ensure that workers have the most modern technology.
Bringing the budget to balance, reducing federal borrowing, and controlling spending to reduce the burden on the economy.
Comprehensive Spending Controls: John McCain will institute broad reforms to control spending:
The McCain administration would reserve all savings from victory in the Iraq and Afghanistan operations in the fight against Islamic extremists for reducing the deficit. Since all their costs were financed with deficit spending, all their savings must go to deficit reduction.
A one-year spending pause. Freeze non-defense, non-veterans discretionary spending for a year and use those savings for deficit reduction. A one-year pause in the growth of discretionary spending will be imposed to allow for a comprehensive review of all spending programs. After the completion of a comprehensive review of all programs, projects and activities of the federal government, we will propose a plan to modernize, streamline, consolidate, reprioritize and, where needed, terminate individual programs.
Take back earmark funds. The McCain Administration will reclaim billions of add-on spending from earmarks and add-ons in FY 2007 and 2008.
Bi-partisan Fiscal Discipline: A McCain Administration will provide the leadership to achieve bipartisan spending restraint equivalent to that in the 1997 Balanced Budget Agreement between a GOP Congress and a Democratic President. In 1997, President Clinton and the GOP Congress agreed to balance the budget by restraining the growth in spending and cutting taxes over a ten-year period.
With the same bipartisan effort today, with the federal budget that is now 70 percent larger, we could keep taxes low and still balance the budget by holding overall spending growth to 2.4 percent. Unlike Congress and the Executive branch in recent years, a McCain Administration will enforce the spending restraint to balance the budget and keep it balanced.
A McCain Administration would perform a comprehensive review of all programs, projects and activities of the federal government, and then propose a plan to modernize, streamline, consolidate, reprioritize and, where needed, terminate individual programs. McCain could use the bi-partisan commission structure used for the Defense Base Realignment and Closure Commission (BRAC). Such a commission could be required to report to the President who would then submit the recommendations to the Congress for a straight up or down vote.
A McCain Administration will review all special spending provisions to end subsidies to high-income individuals and corporations
Eliminating Wasteful Spending
Stop Earmarks, Pork-Barrel Spending, And Waste: John McCain will veto every pork-laden spending bill and make their authors famous. As President, he will seek the line-item veto to reduce waste and eliminate earmarks that have led to corruption. Earmarks restrict America's ability to address genuine national priorities and interfere with fair, competitive markets. Leadership, Courage And Choices: Reducing spending means making choices. John McCain will provide the courageous leadership necessary to control spending, including:
Eliminate broken government programs. The federal government itself admits that one in five programs do not perform.
Reform our civil service system to promote accountability and good performance in our federal workforce.
Reform procurement programs and cut wasteful spending in defense and non-defense programs.
Reforming Entitlement Programs For The 21st Century
Reform Social Security: John McCain will fight to save the future of Social Security, and he believes that we may meet our obligations to the retirees of today and the future without raising taxes. John McCain supports supplementing the current Social Security system with personal accounts - but not as a substitute for addressing benefit promises that cannot be kept. John McCain will reach across the aisle to address these challenges, but if the Democrats do not act, he will. No problem is in more need of honesty than the looming financial challenges of entitlement programs. Americans have the right to know the truth and John McCain will not leave office without fixing the problems that threaten our future prosperity and power. Control Medicare Growth: The growth of spending on Medicare threatens our fiscal future. John McCain has proposed comprehensive health care reforms that will reduce the growth in Medicare spending, improve the quality of care, protect seniors against rising Medicare premium payments, and preserve the advancements in medical science central to providing quality care.

Friday, October 24, 2008

My laugh of the day...

My friend posted this earlier in one of her journals..... It has made my night....LOVE IT!


FRIDAY...such a dreary friday

Today has been such a dreary day. It has rained all day long. It is a good thing though. We need the rain. I have had a good day though. This afternoon, Eli went and spent some time with Tommy so Bleeze and I hung out here at home. We made brownie cupcakes. They are yummy! I got new tires on my van today. I have tried to keep Bleeze in. He has a nasty cough and now I am sneezing...uggghh. We went on family date night too. We went to El Mariachi for some yummy Mexican food and then we went to Khols. Tommy needed some long sleeve shirts. So our date night was not really exciting but we were together and had fun. It was just fun to be together. I am thinking that Eli's soccer game may get rained out tomorrow. If the rain stops I think we may try to go to Boo in the Zoo. So for now.. I am off to show my gratitude for today and go to bed.

* Making brownies with my sweet Bleeze.

* New tires on my van.

* Bleeze nap this afternoon gave me some much needed quiet time.

* Family date... just being with them..I am so grateful for how awesome my family is.

*Mexican food and Margaritas

* Our sweet surprise. Tommy stopped at a gas station while we were out tonight. He came out with each of us our favorite thing.... Bleeze- Skittles, Eli-Starburst, Him- Fruit Mentos- and me- carmel cremes. Such a "sweet surprise" from my sweetie. Of course the boys loved it.

* My new sweater I got tonight at Khol's.

* Laughs with my sweet Bleeze on the bed tonight until he laughed so hard he got the hiccups.

*The big hug and kiss Eli just gave me!

Please take time to read no matter who you support

I know that some of you are not McCain supporters but I would really like for you to take the time and read this letter that was passed to me. It really puts things into perspective. If you are McCain supporter please take time to copy, paste, pass this letter on. THANKS!!!

Dear Friends:

My name is Joe Porter. I live in Champaign, Illinois. I'm
46 years old, a born-again Christian, a husband, a father, a small business
owner, a veteran, and a homeowner. I don't consider myself to be either
conservative or liberal, and I vote for the person, not Republican or
Democrat. I don't believe there are 'two Americas ' but that every person
in this country can be whomever and whatever they want to be if they'll just
work to get there and nowhere else on earth can they find such
opportunities. I believe our government should help those who are
legitimately downtrodden, and should always put the interests of America
first.

The purpose of this message is that I'm concerned about the
future of this great nation. I'm worried that the silent majority of honest,
hard-working, tax-paying people in this country have been passive for too
long. Most folks I know choose not to involve themselves in politics. They
go about their daily lives, paying their bills, raising their kids, and
doing what they can to maintain the good life. They vote and consider doing
so to be a sacred trust. They shake their heads at the political pundits and
so-called 'news', thinking that what they hear is always spun by whomever is
reporting it. They can't understand how elected officials can regularly
violate the public trust with pork barrel spending. They don't want
government handouts. They want the government to protect them, not raise
their taxes for more government programs.

We are in the unique position in this country of electing
our leaders. It's a privilege to do so. I've never found a candidate in any
election with whom I agreed on everything. I'll wager that most of us don't
even agree with our families or spouses 100% of the time. So when I step
into that voting booth, I always try to look at the big picture and cast my
vote for the man or woman who is best qualified for the job. I've hired a
lot of people in my lifetime, and essentially that's what an election is - a
hiring process. Who has the credentials? Whom do I want working for me? Whom
can I trust to do the job right?

I'm concerned that a growing number of voters in this
country simply don't get it. They are caught up in a fervor they can't
explain, and calling it 'change'.

'Change what?', I ask.

'Well, we're going to change America', they say.

'In what way?', I query.

'We want someone new and fresh in= the White House', they
exclaim.

'So, someone who's not a politician?', I say.

'Uh, well, no, we just want a lot of stuff changed, so we're
voting for Obama', they state.

'So the current system, the system of freedom and democracy
that has enabled a man to grow up in this great country, get a fine
education, raise incredible amounts of money and dominate the news, and win
his party's nomination for the White House that system's all wrong?'

'No, no, that part of the system's okay we just need a lot of
change.'

And so it goes. 'Change we can believe in.'

Quite frankly, I don't believe that vague proclamations of
change hold any promise for me. In recent months, I've been asking virtually
everyone I encounter how they're voting. I live in Illinois, so most folks
tell me they're voting for Barack Obama. But no one can really tell me why
only that he's going to change a lot of stuff 'Change, change, change.' I
have yet to find one single person who can tell me distinctly and
convincingly why this man is qualified to be President and
Commander-in-Chief of the most powerful nation on earth other than the fact
that he claims he's going to implement a lot of change.

We've all seen the emails about Obama's genealogy, his
upbringing, his Muslim background, and his church affiliations. Let's ignore
this for a moment. Put it all aside. Then ask yourself, 'What qualifies this
man to be my president? That he's a brilliant orator and talks about
change?'

CHANGE WHAT?

Friends, I'll be forthright with you I believe the American
voters who are supporting Barack Obama don't have a clue what they're doing,
as evidenced by the fact that not one of them - NOT ONE of them I've spoken
to can spell out his qualifications. Not even the most liberal media can
explain why he should be elected. Political experience? Negligible. Foreign
relations? Non-existent. Achievements? Name one. Someone who wants to
unite the country? If you haven't read his wife's thesis from Princeton,
look it up on the web. This is who's lining up to be our next First Lady?
The only thing I can glean from Obama's constant harping about change is
that we're in for a lot of new taxes.

For me, the choice is clear. I've looked carefully at the two
leading applicants for the job, and I've made my choice.

Here's a question - 'Where were you five and a half years
ago? Around Christmas, 2002. You've had five or six birthdays in that time.
My son has grown from a sixth grade child to a high school graduate. Five
and a half years is a good chunk of time. About 2,000 days. 2,000 nights of
sleep. 6, 000 meals, give= or take.'

John McCain spent that amount of time, from 1967 to 1973,
in a North Vietnamese prisoner-of-war camp.

When offered early release, he refused it. He considered
this offer to be a public relations stunt by his captors, and insisted that
those held longer than he should be released first. Did you get that part?
He was offered his freedom, and he turned it down. A regimen of beatings
and torture began.

Do you possess such strength of character? Locked in a filthy
cell in a foreign country, would you turn down your own freedom in favor of
your fellow man? I submit that's a quality of character that is rarely
found, and for me, this singular act defines John McCain.

Unlike several presidential candidates in recent years whose
military service is questionable or non-existent, you will not find anyone
to denigrate the integrity and moral courage of this man. A graduate of
Annapolis, during his Naval service he received the Silver Star, Bronze
Star, Purple Heart and Distinguished Flying Cross. His own son is now
serving in the Marine Corps in Iraq . Barack Obama is fond of saying 'We
honor John McCain's service...BUT...', which to me is condescending and
offensive - because what I hear is, 'Let's forget this man's sacrifice for
his country, and his proven leadership abilities, and talk some more about
change.'

I don't agree with John McCain on everything - but I am utterly
convinced that he is qualified to be our next President, and I trust him to
do what's right. I know in my heart that he has the best interests of our
country in mind. He doesn't simply want to be President - he wants to lead
America, and there's a huge difference. Factually, there is simply no
comparison between the two candidates. A man of questionable background and
motives who prattles on about change, can't hold a candle to a man who has
devoted his life in public service to this nation, retiring from the Navy
in1981 and elected to the Senate in1982.

Perhaps Obama's supporters are taking a stance between old and
new. Maybe they don't care about McCain's service or his strength of
character, or his unblemished qualifications to be President. Maybe
'likeability' is a higher priority for them than 'trust'. Being a prisoner
of war is not what qualifies John McCain to be President of the United
States of America - but his demonstrated leadership certainly DOES.

Dear friends, it is time for us to stand. It is time for
thinking Americans to say, 'Enough.' It is time for people of all parties to
stop following the party line. It is time for anyone who wants to keep
America first, who wants the right man leading their nation, to start a
dialogue with all their friends and neighbors and ask who they're voting
for, and why.

There's a lot of evil in this world. That should be readily
apparent to all of us by now. And when faced with that evil as we are now,
I want a man who knows the cost of war on his troops and on his citizens. I
want a man who puts my family's interests before any foreign country.

I want a President who's qualified to lead.

I want my country back, and I'm voting for John McCain.
Phone: 760.434.1395
E-mail: ronald.hess@alumni.purdue.edu

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Today....

Today has been good. I homeschooled this morning. It was good to have my sweet niece Lexi here today. We enjoyed lunch at Stevie B's and then took a quick trip to the bank and Target. This afternoon Eli had tennis and then tonight I had Bible Study. Watching ER now... I had a great, blessed day.

Things I am grateful for today...

1. My sweet niece Lexi

2. BLT pizza at Stevie B's

3. My three pigs; Tommy, Eli, and Bleeze

4. Yummy dinner at Midtown Deli with some great ladies from Grace.

5. Awesome Bible Study at Grace tonight.

6. Fun times with Brandi at Starbucks after Bible Study. (Brandi, try not to swallow you hair...lol)

7. the fact that I am learning to listen more closely for the voice of God.

8. Grateful for Elisabeth Hasselback on The View. I appreciate her view and support for John McCain.

9. Tylenol PM and Unisom... I have a feeling that I am going to need one or the other tonight.

10. That my sweet Bleeze cold seems to be going away...yay!

Workplace flexibility in a changing economy

Workplace Flexibility and Choice
John McCain understands that today’s changing economy is making it harder for parents to balance the demands of family life and their jobs. He believes that strong families require that parents be involved in the lives of their children. Flexible work arrangements can help families strike the right balance.
John McCain was proud to support the Family Medical Leave Act in 1993 that ensured men and women are able to take leave to care for a newborn child, adopt a child or care for an immediate family member with a serious health condition and return to a position that is substantially equal in pay, benefits, and responsibility. This was a needed minimum standard to ensure that parents were not penalized for making the important decision to raise a family. John McCain co-sponsored the Family Friendly Workplace Act, which sought to allow employers to provide flexible work schedules to help employees balance the demands and needs of work and family, such as allowing employees to take compensatory time-off rather than be paid overtime and to work more than 40 hours in one week and correspondingly less in another week.
John McCain also understands that our changing economy forces many families to deal with the disruptions that come with a job change. He believes that families should be able to hold onto the health and retirement benefits that they have chosen. He also believes that workers should be able to choose new training that fits their personal situation so that they can build new skills as their careers change.
John McCain believes that to keep America competitive in the world economy, employers need to be able to attract and retain workers. This requires employers to offer flexible work arrangements and allow workers to bring their health and retirement benefits with them or choose new plans.
John McCain also believes that as our workforce ages, many older Americans want to continue to stay in jobs. These workers have the experience and skills that help keep America competitive. More flexible work arrangements would enable these workers to continue their careers and help keep our economy competitive.
John McCain is calling for National Commission on Workplace Flexibility and Choice. This Commission would bring together a bi-partisan set of leaders representing workers, small and large employers, labor, and academics. The Commission would make recommendations to the President on how modernizing our nation’s labor laws and training programs can help workers better balance the demands of their job with family life and to enable workers to more easily transition between jobs.
The Commission would examine the following issues that John McCain believes are important to workplace flexibility and choice:
Modernizing the nation’s labor laws so that they allow for more flexible scheduling arrangements
Ensuring that the nation’s labor laws don’t get in the way of working at home
Promoting telework so that workers can spend less time commuting
Making health more portable so that workers don’t lose their benefits when they switch jobs
Ensuring that workers can choose retirement plans that best suit their needs
Providing workers with more choice in job training assistance so that they can build the skills they need for new and better jobs

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

showing my attitude

of GRATITUDE....

I am grateful today for....

1. My huge coffee cup that Tammy and Tony gave me for my birthday this year. (Tommy refers to it as my bowl ) It helps me make it through my mornings.

2. playing soccer in the back yard with Eli... we had fun.

3. yummy dinner at S&S....good food, cheap prices

4. Bleeze pretending to take our picture w/ his play camera together and then pretending to look at the screen on the back (that has Hannah Montana on it) LOL! and saying "that picture is perfect of us" SO SWEET!

5. The fact that two sweet kids (Eli and Lexi) have spent the entire evening drawing and listening to worship music. That is awesome!

Hump Day update...

Let me start by saying last night I had an awesome date night with Eli. He chose to eat at Fatz???? But okay. I like to eat there. He loves the dinner rolls there. He ate 6! LOL!! They are small but still. He was so sweet dipping them in the yummy honey butter and just chatting up a storm. We laughed the entire night. I felt like I used to when I hung out with my younger brother. We just acted silly. It was fun! Then we went to Dicks to get new goalie gloves. He is really taking this goalie position seriously. We ran by Kmart for me to get some finger nail polish remover and see if they have a black turtleneck for him to wear w/ his Halloween costume. We bought two hotwheels for the boys. Eli picked out a blue car for him and of course green for Bleeze (his favorite color) I haven't been to Kmart in ages. I just could not find a turtleneck for boys anywhere! They had them though. Kmart had such cute fall decorations. After our trip to Kmart we stopped by Sonic for him a Ocean Breeze slush and me a chocolate milkshake (that was not to yummy, I don't think they mixed it)
Today I spent most of the morning doing some reading and homeschooling. This afternoon while Bleeze was napping I went out with Eli and played soccer. We had a blast. ( I hate to say it but my right leg is killing me from kicking it so many times as if though I was kicking into the goal). We took the van to car wash and then went to S&S for dinner. It is so yummy! Good veggies and cheap! After dinner Eli had soccer. It between dropping off and picking up Bleeze and I went home and did a load of laundry and then picked up Eli. We also got Lexi tonight. She is spending the night because of some test Tammy's dad has to have done in the morning. Sending our prayers for him!
Bleeze went to sleep early tonight (thanks to cold medicine, he is so sneezy and drippy) Poor baby! Eli and Lexi have literally been drawing for 2 hours. They are so funny. (At least they are not arguing) LOL!
I did have time today to throw in some political blogs. Some people blow my mind! Anyway, that is all I have to say about that for now.
I just looked at my sweetheart. He is sleeping in the recliner. He works so hard, he went hunting tonight too and worked out the gym. He is beat! Well, I am going to settle in bed and read some before attempting to sleep. I have been having serious issues with that lately. Good night!

had to share

My sweet friend Brandi wrote this blog. I know, I said I was only going to post a very minimum concerning the election but boy I am feeling the pressure here in the last few days before we vote. I loved her blog and found it to be honest and worth sharing.

now i was not going to do the whole political thing this year because i got REALLY bent out of shape about it last election and i said I wouldn't let it this time around. Last time i wasn't married and didn't have children so i had time to be concerned and wear my bush pens and stickers and everything but now that i have kiddos i haven't really paid much attention. I know that God already knows and is in control of what is going to come of this whole thing but I'm really having to put my faith and trust in him. My Bible study and devotions are really lifting me up but I still feel like I need to say this. I'm voting for John McCain. Many republicans seem to not be behind this man 100% but you still need to back him. In the primaries here in SC i didn't vote for him. I really liked Fred Thompson. Well....he was out soon. LOL! Now I am totally backing McCain. He is our man! The thought that Barack Obama could be our next president is quite unnerving. We don't need a rookie in our world today. HELLO????? what are you people thinking? The world cannot have peace by a handshake! I'm sorry but that is just not going to fly. I feel that Obama is very naive. I don't feel comfortable having someone lead our country that doesn't seem to have a clear perspective on things. Man, he sure does make wonderful speeches and sermons but the problem is that i just don't really believe them. I'm not sure but he does have muslum background and don't you think he may give Iran a little leway. Israel is a great friend of ours and if America knows what is good for her she will keep it that way! God is wanting and calling to all the Americans to make the right choice. Come on people....don't you want our children to experience the freedom we do? I don't want to live in fear the way I did the 6 months after 9.11. I was in TOTAL fear! Biden himself said an attack would be made on the US immediately after (IF) Obama was elected and he didn't know what Obama's response would be. What?!?!?! You know....President Bush made some mistake but who doesn't? Atleast he acted after the attacks and obviously it worked because we had not had another like that since! I feel like I'm living in freedom again! Now we don't need to lose it! If you are at all intelligent and want your children and decendants to know the freedom you have today then make the right choice and vote McCain Palin.

Immediate Relief for American Families-Gas and Food Prices...

Immediate Relief for American Families
Gas and Food Prices

John McCain will help Americans hurting from high gasoline and food costs. Americans need relief right now from high gas prices. John McCain will act immediately to reduce the pain of high gas prices.

John McCain believes we should send a strong message to world markets. Under his plan, the United States will be telling oil producing countries and oil speculators that our dependence on foreign oil will come to an end - and the impact will be lower prices at the pump.

John McCain's policies will increase the value of the dollar and thus reduce the price of oil. In recent years, the declining value of the dollar has added to the cost of imported oil. This will change. Americans will have a stronger economy, a stronger dollar and greater purchasing power for oil, gas and food.


John McCain believes we should institute a summer gas tax holiday. Hard-working American families are suffering from higher gasoline prices. John McCain called on Congress to suspend the 18.4 cent federal gas tax and 24.4 cent diesel tax from Memorial Day to Labor Day.
Reuters: Gas Tax Holiday "Of Most Immediate Effect To Consumers." "Of most immediate effect to consumers was his appeal to the U.S. Congress to suspend the 18.4 cent federal gas tax and 24.4 cent diesel tax from Memorial Day at the end of May to Labor Day in early September." (Steve Holland, "McCain Proposes Tax Cuts And Lashes Democrats," Reuters, 4/15/08)
USA Today: "A USA TODAY Analysis Showed That McCain's Gas-Tax Proposal Could Save Motorists $6.8 Billion In Taxes During The Summer." (Kathy Kiely, "Gas-Tax Holiday Among McCain's Plans For Economy," USA Today, 4/16/08)
John McCain will repeal the 54 cents per gallon tax on imported sugar-based ethanol, increasing competition, and lowering prices of gasoline at the pump.
John McCain will roll back corn-based ethanol mandates, which are contributing to the rising cost of food.
Home Plan

John McCain believes there is nothing more important than keeping alive the American dream of owning a home. Priority number one is to keep well-meaning, deserving home owners who are facing foreclosure in their homes. John McCain's approach to helping sub-prime or other financially strapped mortgage borrowers is built on sound principles:

No taxpayer money should bail out real estate speculators or financial market participants who failed to perform due diligence in assessing credit risks. Any assistance for borrowers should be focused solely on homeowners and any government assistance to the banking system should be based solely on preventing systemic risk.

Any policy of financial assistance should be accompanied by reforms that promote greater transparency and accountability to ensure we never face this problem again.

John McCain has proposed a new "HOME Plan" to provide robust, timely and targeted help to those hurt by the housing crisis. Under his HOME Plan, every deserving American family or homeowner will be afforded the opportunity to trade a burdensome mortgage for a manageable loan that reflects their home's market value.
Eligibility: Holders of a sub-prime mortgage taken after 2005 who live in their home (primary residence only); can prove creditworthiness at the time of the original loan; are either delinquent, in arrears on payments, facing a reset or otherwise demonstrate that they will be unable to continue to meet their mortgage obligations; and can meet the terms of a new 30 year fixed-rate mortgage on the existing home.

John McCain's HOME Plan Will Keep 200,000 To 400,000 Families From Losing Their Homes. "But at the same time, McCain is calling for aggressive federal action to help keep 200,000 to 400,000 families from losing their homes. That plan has many of the elements of a proposal by Rep. Barney Frank, D-Mass., and Sen. Chris Dodd, D-Conn., requiring participating lenders to forgive part of the loan principal and then write a new loan that would be backed by the federal government through the Federal Housing Administration." (Tom Raum, "Everyone's Invited: McCain Economic Plan Draws From Both Parties," Tucson Citizen, 4/17/08)
How It Works: Individuals pick up a form at any Post Office or download the form over the Internet and apply for a HOME loan. The FHA HOME Office certifies that the individual is qualified, and contacts the individual's mortgage servicer. The mortgage servicer writes down and retires the existing loan, which is replaced by an FHA guaranteed HOME loan from a lender.
John McCain will bolster groups like Neighborworks America that provide mortgage assistance to homeowners in their communities.

Keeping The Credit Crunch From Hurting College Students
John McCain is proposing a student loan continuity plan. Students face the possibility that the credit crunch will disrupt loans for the fall semester. John McCain calls on the federal government and the 50 governors to anticipate loan problems and expand the lender-of-last resort capabilities for each state's guarantee agency.

Let's talk Politics.....

I know that some people think that you should keep your personal thoughts on the election to yourself. However, I feel that I need to share mine. To think that Obama may be the next president scares the living crap out of me!!!!! I just want to share some facts with you over the next few days. I pulled these straight from the McCain website. I urge just to read over them. They make sense and they are in no way bashing Obama. I hope you will take time to read over them especially if you are undecided. I told some folks this week this is just my personal impression of Obama. He is smooth, he talks a good talk. You know ladies, like the talk that guy in high school used to talk...smooth, beautiful, music to your ears and then just leaves you hanging in the end! That is how I feel about Obama. He is that suave guy who sweet talks a good talk but deep down you just feel like he is full of it. You don't want to admit it but you just know it. That is what I think a lot of people are thinking. So that is enough on that subject. I will just post my little articles and be about my business. Praying for McCain and our country!!!!

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Gratitude

For the past couple of years we(the boys and I) always talk about what we are grateful for. The boys have gratitude journals and so do I. We try to write things in them everyday. I've been doing this for a long time. I always tell my boys to have the "attitude of gratitude". What is gratitude? The dictionary defines it as "a feeling of thankfulness and appreciation". All of my cafemom friends, especially Elle, "count their blessings" everyday. Candy list her top five things she is thankful for that day. I have been inspired, not to be a copy cat or anything but I am going to try to list some things each day that I am grateful for. All of my cafemom friends and Candy, you make me think each day. I've been doing this for a long time in my journals here at home but I think I would like to share my thoughts with others. I can only hope to be half the inspiration you guys have been to me! Thank you! I love you all!!!!

So here is today's list:
I am grateful for:
1. Friends who inspire me to share my heart with others.

2. Fun times at the park with Brandi, Anna, Ava. Bleeze and Anna were precious playing "honey and mom".

3. That I am able to go on weekly date nights with my boys. That one-on-one time is truly precious. I loved my time with Eli tonight. He made me laugh until I cried. He is such a sweet boy. I have great times with him.

4. I am grateful that I laughed until I cried.

5. That my sweet Bleeze got his Scooby Doo set tonight when he and Tommy had their date night.

6. TIVO...without it I would never get to watch my TV shows.

7. My husband that loves me and works long hard hours every single day. He's the best.

8. Last night but not least by far, An awesome God who loves me and is constantly watching out for me, shining His favor on me, crowing me with His glory, and making my crooked places straight!!!

scary!!!!

This is a rush transcript of "Special Report With Brit Hume" from October 20, 2008. This copy may not be in its final form and may be updated.
(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)
SEN. JOE BIDEN, (D-DE) VICE PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE: Mark my words. It will not be six months before the world tests Barack Obama like they did John Kennedy.
The world is looking. We are about to elect a brilliant 47-year- old president of the United States of America.
Remember I said this as much as anything else I said. Watch. We're going to have an international crisis, a generated crisis to test the mettle of this guy.
And he's going to have to make some really tough — I don't know what the decision is going to be, but I promise you it will occur. As a student of history and having served with seven presidents, I guarantee you it will happen.



SCARYYYYYYYYYYYYY!!!!!!!!!

highlights



I have been kinda busy and lazy lately. The times I could have blogged I have decided to just chillax the past few days. Let me see what are some highlights.


* I finished THE SHACK! AMAZING!


* Took the boys to Cracker Barrel on Friday night. We all wore our Halloween shirts. The boys wore their Halloween Crocks. CUTE! I will have to say that there is nothing like good old Southern Comfort food on a cool night. YUMO! We went to Target. I bought the book The Secret Life of Bees. I am almost finished with it and then I am going to go see the movie. Great Book!


* Saturday we hung out here at home. Took the boys to the new fancy McDonald's for lunch. It is nice. Plasma screen TV's, chandeliers hanging up, high top booths. NICE! Ceramic tile floors( you know I would notice the floor...lol) But the best part is that it does not have a germ factory playground. LOL!


* Saturday night Tommy worked late but that did not keep us from getting our bimonthly date night. We went to Copper River and then ha...WALMART for him to purchase MORE hunting gear.


*Sunday was good. We went to church of course! I am excited about starting the study on I Peter. After church we went to my parents for lunch and then to the Sports Store and Barnes and Noble. I started the Love Dare Book this week. Sunday night Tony and Tammy came over for dinner. We had good conversation. Only to be interrupted by Eli's stomach issues. ugghh.. I think he over ate or something. He was still having some other issues too.


*Monday morning it was off to the doctor with Eli. He is dehydrated (they think from sports) and they are watching for more symptoms leading towards kidney stones. pray that this is not the case. I cleaned house the rest of the day then last night I cooked dinner and the boys and I ate. Tommy was late coming home. After dinner I got the boys in bed and watched some tv myself. I can't believe how much I like One Tree Hill.


* Today has been good. I home schooled this morning and then we met Brandi and her girls at the park. Bleeze and Anna had so much fun. They played "mom and honey" that's what Bleeze calls "house". He calls the mom the mom and the dad the "honey" b/c that is what I call Tommy. LOL! It was so beautiful today.


After lunch I went to the John McCain headquarters for a shirt that I wanted (Elizabeth had it on, on THE VIEW today) They were completely sold out of shirts, no road signs, no bumper stickers, nothing) That's okay though that means he has got lots of supporters. I am really getting frustrated with this entire election. I have had several good arguments and blogs boiling in my head I just do not have the energy to post them. It exhaust me. One thing I do want to say though, is regardless of whom you are voting for Obama or McCain, do you honestly think that either one of them can take office and not raise taxes. I mean let's use common sense. Look at the current state of the economy. I will say this. All the programs that Obama promises have to be funded from somewhere...where do you think that money is going to come from??????okay, can't talk about it anymore It is exhausting...lol...no I am serious..it is!


* Tonight is date night with the boys. I have Eli this week. I was thinking maybe we would go get him some new goalie gloves for soccer and Krispy Kreme doughnuts until I spotted a bag of Dove chocolates on Tommy's desk. Now I am thinking just to get the goalie glove. LOL!


* I hope everyone is doing awesome. I am out of here. Going to go sit on the porch and enjoy this beautiful weather!!!!!

Friday, October 17, 2008

Holy Sha-moly!!!!

On this gloomy cloudy day, I had to make a weekly trip to Walmart. It is so yucky outside and my boys were being very, let's see, what's the word, BAD!!!!!!! They were driving me insane. I always put Bleeze in a stroller and make Eli push it (germ issue with the shopping car). So we are zooming through Wally World with Bleeze screaming to the top of his lungs because he wants this printing machine he saw in the craft department. It cost $100 and was for adults. For some reason he got it in his head that it blew bubbles. It has nothing to do with bubbles. After trying to explain for 10 minutes, I just let him wail and blocked the noise out ( I am really good at that) so I am walking through the lingerie department and what do I see but this.....











No your eyes are deceiving you.... it is LEG WARMERS! YES 1980's leg warmers. I said, "OH MY GOSH" Eli said "What in the world is that? I explained and he looked me and said, "Why in the world would anyone wear those?" I said, "I don't really know, all I know is that many moons ago, I had a pair in every color of the rainbow. I even had leopard print. LOL!!!!!" He said, "You are not going to buy them now are you." LOL!!! I said, "nope, don't think you will see me wearing those this go around" I could not believe it. It brought me so much laughter and flooded back memories of those ugly things. I got a great stress relief from my screaming child who by this time screamed himself to sleep! Thank God for leg warmers in the 1980's for making me "cool" and thank God for them today for giving me a good laugh!!!

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Bleeze is shaving ALREADY...LOL!



Bleeze shaving.... he did not want me to take his picture. He got this cute little pretend set the other night on "date night" he loves to play with it. It is so precious!!!!


fun times, cupcakes, politics...LIFE

I am sitting here watching The Golden Girls. I love this show. It makes me laugh so hard!!!!!Makes me think of much I miss you guys....Candy, Tiffany, Christy. Good times!!!!! Anyway, the past few days have been pretty jammed packed and fun. I will hit some of the highlights.
* Tuesday morning was great. Talked with Candy on the phone.... again my friend...I've missed you!
* I also cleaned out the garage. I always get VERY angry when I clean out the garage. My boys make such a mess and all the neighborhood children seem to think they live here. So I was fussing under my breath and out loud about the mess. I said, "Oh, I am so mad, I am about to explode" Bleeze looked at me and said, "Mommy, you can't explode!" I said, WHY? He said, "You got bones in your body" LOL!!!!!!!!! That made me settle down and count my blessings! Thanks sweet Bleeze!
* Let's see, Tuesday night was date night with the boys. I had my sweet Bleeze this week. He wanted to eat at Chickfila again. So we went to Chickfila. He had a lot of fun because the BIG COW was there. The cow gave Bleeze a balloon. He just thought that rocked! He was so cute looking up at that Cow. He must have asked me a thousand times if it was a boy or a girl. I told him a boy but I don't think he believed me. LOL! He said he wanted to go shopping. We got a late start so I said okay, we will go to Target and Hobby Lobby. We had fun. He ran up and down the toy aisles telling me everything he wanted Santa to bring him. I just took my time and let him have fun in the toy department. He got a pretend shaving set. I have some pics to post of him "shaving" but I will have to upload them later. Pressed for time right now. After our shopping trip we headed to Brewsters for ice cream. We sat outside and looked at the moon. (its full) I did not need to look at the moon to know it was full though. I can always tell by my boys behavior and their sleep patterns. So, we had a nice little time. We even sang " I see the moon" a few times. After we got in the car Bleeze wanted to sing "God is Big"he loves it when they sing it at Grace. So we sang it all the way home. After this last time singing I said, " Oh I sure love God" Bleeze said, "I love him too" Made my night!!!!! Once we got home he "shaved" his little face a hundred times. LOL!
* Yesterday was CRAZY!!!!!!!!!!!!! I had to go to Spartanburg for Tommy and then all the way back to Greenville to Pelham for something I needed! UGGGGHHHH!!! The boys were good and entertained themselves. Bleeze even slept! LOL! So while we were out and about. I decided that I am great at multitasking. I was driving, grocery shopping, going through drive through and texting different people all at one time pratically. LOL!!! Bleeze says "mommy text at red lights and stops signs for safety" LOL!!!!
* Speaking of texting Jennifer, I had so much fun chatting with you yesterday. I have laughed about the story you told me. I told Tommy this morning and I was laughing just like the old days just seeing the entire thing in my mind. LOL!!!!!!!!!!!! I miss you too...maybe someday I will get to Aiken or you will get to Greenville. You so need to come!!!!
* The weather here has been beautiful. It was warm yesterday afternoon. The boys played outside! While they were playing I was busy practicing my cake decorating. The night before I made red velvet and chocolate cupcakes. So yesterday I decorated them. I will post some pics later. I have to give them out today though so we don't eat them. LOL!
* So last night Tommy worked really late so I watched some episodes of John and Kate plus 8. Ha! They make me realize I can do anything. I only have 2. They rock!!!
* Then there was THE DEBATE! I have made no bones about the fact that I am a McCain supporter! I just have a few things to say.....
1. Do you honestly think that either candidate can do any of the things that they promise without raising some taxes considering the current state of the economy???? I mean it is just common sense people!!! COME ON!!!!
2. I cannot and will not vote for anyone who says that precious life is choice!!!!!! Sorry can't do it. I don't really understand how anyone can. I may write an entire blog on this subject later but I know it is going to cause such a stink I don't know if I am up for it today.
3. I loved that McCain made it clear that he is not George Bush.
4. People need to really pay attention to the "eloquence of Obama's" speech. He uses words like look at, possibly, etc. He his not making promises. He is making things "sound good" Just really look at his policies and see if they are truly possible. I mean, I am not a very intelligent person and I can see how he uses specific wording to make it "sound good" Some of the things he says are not achievable. I can really see how he is a smooth talker.. he makes things sound really good. However, ARE THEY POSSIBLE?? Most of his policies include big government and I am NOT BIG GOVERNMENT!!!! I always think about what people say, "If it looks and sounds to good t0o be true then chances are it is too good to be true." That is what I feel about Obama! (that's just my opinion don't go all crazy on me)
5. I am ready for the election to be over either way. Still supporting McCain all the way!!!!
okay... enough election talk....
So now, I am off to homeschool and run some errands. Looking forward to tonight's Bible study. YAY!!! I also can't wait to watch Grey's and ER. Abby leaves tonight on ER I know I am going to cry a river...Oh! Speaking of crying a river. I am reading the Shack. I am only on chapter 5 and I was crying a river yesterday....Oh...THANKS Tammy for the warning about reading it while camping. SO GLAD THAT I DID NOT READ IT THERE! LOL!!!
* Oh I also want to give a big shout to two peeps. Elle, you counting your blessings and Candy making your thankful list each day. You two inspire me to look at at the little things and be so thankful. Love to you both!!!

Monday, October 13, 2008

Monday...

Monday..... today has defiantly been Monday. I was up bright and early cleaning and homeschooling. Eli did really good this morning and finished quickly. That was great. The highlight of my day was having lunch with Candy. Chickfila....that's our place girl! It was so good to see her. I've missed her like crazy. I LOVED seeing Gracie and Hayden too. Hope to see Hannah soon. Then the boys and I were off to Bilo. I really hate shopping at Bilo but it is in the parking lot with Chickfila. Came home and cleaned the floors and dusted the walls. Oh...and more laundry. Then I cooked some dinner... Beef Stroganoff. (I thought of you Candy, I did not use yogurt though...hehehehe)


After dinner it was soccer time. Eli and he got his pics. So handsome he is. I drove Bleeze to my parents because I did not want him to fall asleep on the way to soccer. When I went back to pick him up, he had gotten a bath and was into a Scooby Doo movie. So I chilled out with them until time to pick up Eli again.


OH! I had a blast talking to Lori tonight too! Girl you make me laugh so hard!!! Glad you joined facebook too. LOL!!!! We've got to plan a camping trip soon! Came home, mopped some more floors, got the boys in bed, did some scheduling, watched One Tree Hill and now I am just chilling with Tommy. He is watching Life on Mars...weird show!!!! I am about to crash. I am beat!!!!Bleeze has had a horrible past three nights sleeping...(full moon Brandi....BEWARE) I have a very busy week. Tomorrow is jammed packed! That's about it for me today. nightie night!

Great words by Charles Stanley

There will be times when life has a stagnant feel to it. We can even become depressed in our thoughts as we wonder what God is doing.Just as there are seasons of immense growth, there are times when we feel as though we are standing still spiritually. Seasons like these can be restful, especially when we make up our minds to allow God to do His perfect work in our lives. Even when you feel as though nothing major is happening, God is at work.We need times of spiritual rest in order to be refreshed by God's Spirit. Take advantage of the quiet seasons of life by committing yourself to prayer, keeping up with your spiritual journal, and studying God's Word.The secret to the deeper life is not found in activity but more often in restfulness, where we concentrate on the goodness and richness of the Lord and where we are taught by Him how to live each day according to His will.It is only in times of quietness that you are able to hear God's most intimate words. Have you learned to listen for His voice? Can you rest right where you are even as the world continues its fitful turning around you?Seasons of quietness teach us how to find healing solitude in times of great activity. This is why Jesus told the disciples to abide in Him. When we abide, we rest, and when we rest, we experience great peace.