Well, the House just passed the Senate bill and sent it on to the President. To put this in perspective I put together the following table to help explain what little good has just taken place.
The Fiscal Cliff
|Proposed Budget Cuts||
In Family Budget Terms
|2012 Annual Expenses||
|2012 Annual Income||
|Net Loss from 2012 (New Debt)||
|Existing Home Loan||
|You Now Owe||
To Solve Your Problem You
|Cancel Your Newspaper Subscription||
|Have a Yard Sale||
|Net Loss For 2013||
Sadly, this is barely a drop in the bucket…and it took how long to arrive at this?
Oh, and there is still the matter of the debt ceiling to deal with. A friend of mine sent me the following scenario:
You come home from a trip to town to discover that due to a major city sewage malfunction your house has become filled with refuse. What do you do? Raise the ceiling or get rid of the crap and clean the house?
Sorry folks, but all of D.C. needs to get a loud and clear message to get serious, start working together and solve this mess.
By the way…Happy New Year!!
The We Draw The Lines Commission has released the 1st draft of the proposed map for redistricting the California Assembly, Senate and Congressional lines. This proposal is based on the November 2010 elections and census. For Scott Valley the proposal spells DISASTER!
Senator Doug LaMalfa and Assemblyman Jim Nielsen have been outstanding supporters of water and property rights in Siskiyou County and Scott Valley. Additionally, Congressman Wally Herger has also served us well at the Federal level, particularly with National Forest and endangered species issues. With the newly proposed lines, they will no longer be our representatives.
The Scott Valley watershed has been cut away from the rest of Siskiyou County to become part of the North Coast. This is wrong and irresponsible of the commission. Currently, residents only have to drive an hour and a half to reach their elected representatives offices. Under the new proposal, we are looking at a four and half hour drive in the summer and more than a six-hour drive in the winter. We will essentially be cut off from representation.
I urge you all to contact the commission and let them know of the error they are making and REQUEST that a hearing be held in Yreka to discuss the issue.
Speak up and make your voice heard or you all shall be silenced in the near future. We must remain in Assembly District 2, Senate District 4 and Congressional District 2. Call 866-356-5217 AND submit online comments to the We Draw The Lines Commission at http://wedrawthelines.ca.gov/contact.html.
A friend of mine on twitter sent me a link to a site that provides some good advice on what to include when you are providing input to the commission. http://redistrictinggroup.org/participate/developing-information-about-your-community/.
Senator Reid has once again shown that he not only suffers from hallucinations, but also delusions. While speaking on the floor of the senate yesterday, calling the House Republicans “mean -spirited” in their proposed budget cuts, he successfully provided the evening news outlets with a non-stop stream of ridicule directed at a group of people whom I have great respect and admiration for, cowboy poets.
Reid said that the “tens of thousands of people who come there every year would not exist” if it were not for the National Endowment of the Humanities. Give me a break Senator! First, government does not create life, let alone “tens of thousands!” Second, festivals of poetry and music can and will be successful without government handouts.
I do not doubt that the National Endowment of the Humanities may have provided some of the original funding to get the event started, but with the quality of acts and tremendous attendance and support of the public, it should be self-sufficient financially. As an individual who enjoys cowboy poetry and bluegrass, I have been to several, very successful festivals that started and continue to survive, without government handouts. It is the coming together of communities, the passion behind the art and music, that makes these events so successful.
So, Senator Reid, thanks, but no thanks. Please put some time in on cutting government waste, reforming Social Security and Medicare, cutting taxes and eliminating onerous regulations to create jobs and allow Americans to put more money in their pockets. Let the private sector create its own endeavors, through individual ingenuity and support.