An update

Since the wife has the day off I’ve been busy being designated driver. Here are a few things I’ve been thinking about. The clunker bill appears to be in trouble and it hasn’t even been in effect a week. The bill which was pushed through by none other than Nancy Pelosi seems to have questions nobody can answer. It didn’t make sense to me when I heard only $1 billion was alloted for the bill. With administrative cost that doesn’t leave much to buy cars.

The raising of the minimum wage by seventy cents has a lot of people scratching their heads. This bill, passed to help those who are stuck in minimum wage jobs is only going to end up hurting them and/or raising the unemployment rate. The companies who hire these minimum wage people are not going to absorb a seventy cent an hour loss. That leaves them with two options: either give the workers
less hours at the same cost to the employer, or just fire them. Another well thought out plan from the people who rushed the stimulus through.

Health care reform still has me worried. The reason is simple. If Obama sticks to his word about the eight things that would have to be in the reform bill for passage, we citizens would lose five freedoms we currently enjoy. I agree they are freedoms because I don’t believe they are rights, but they are important.

1. The freedom to choose what’s in our healthcare plan.

2. The freedom to be rewarded for healthy living, or paying more for not doing so.

3. The freedom to choose high-deductible coverage.

4. The freedom to keep our existing healthcare plan.

5. The freedom to choose our own doctors.

Before you call me crazy I’d like to point out that these are not my words. They come from none other than CNN online. That’s pretty mainstream media to me. You should read the article
to get an idea of what is really at stake. We have more to lose and nothing to gain if this bill gets passed.

Lastly is a travel advisory I recieved by email from a friend. Here it is-

For those of you who might be considering a road trip, be
advised: Portions of I-64, I-70, I-29, and I-90 will be closed this weekend. Expect long delays along these interstate highways plus major traffic disruptions in Charleston, WV, Louisville, KY, St Louis, MO,
Kansas City, MO, and Omaha, NE.

A 500-ton piece of coal is being moved from West Virginia to South
Dakota so that Barack H. Obama can be added to Mt. Rushmore

Comments are always welcome.

4 Responses to An update

  1. qcexaminer says:

    Re: bridges, it was just reported that a “shooting” happened on the Centennial Bridge a little after noon, so THAT bridge is closed—-just in time for lunch hour traffic to get backed up—gotta love the Quads!

    Re: minimum wage, Illinois has one of the highest in the nation—I believe it is set to go up to $8 per hour soon. I never understood the logic of this—this is far less than a “living wage” and it hurts the poor.

    Examiner Jr. got his first real job when he was 14, but when he was in high school, he worked at one of those joints at the South Park Food Court. A couple of years ago, IL (or maybe federal, can’t remember which—maybe both!) raised the minimum wage and combined with rising food prices at that time spelled disaster for the workers at his place and others.

    Of course, Examiner Jr. didn’t become homeless when his hours were cut, but there were several single mothers working there that were in a world of hurt because their hours were cut too—some lost their jobs.

    Our wonderful government: Live and DON’T learn!

  2. cruisin2 says:

    I heard that a man was tasered and then fatally shot by a policeman who was injured during a scuffle. It did seem an odd spot for that kind of thing happening. And I’ve seen the raise in minimum wage causing lay-offs more times than I care to remember.

  3. anonymous says:

    Seems a little strange that the Cash for Clunkers is out of money already. I wonder if it could be like Medicare, when Dr’s inflate the billing and get paid for service not rendered. Could these dealers have figured out how to scam the government, and some of the sales they turn in are bogus?

  4. cruisin2 says:

    It screwed up because it is government run. And these are the people that want to spend over $1 trillion on Obamacare?

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