Say No to Renew the Zoo

About a month ago, Hogle Zoo emailed a coworker in the office where I work.  They asked if she would be willing to share and email with our office. The forwarded email essentially invited us to put a yard sign up at our homes. I immediately choose to offend half of the office, and I told them, that I would be voting no on Proposition 2.

I became very unpopular. Not that I was popular before.

I was accused of being a hypocrite because I attended the company summer picnic at the zoo, when I don’t support the zoo. I quickly correct those who accused me of such, and said that I support the zoo. I have supported the zoo in the best way I know how. I have purchased annual memberships at the zoo. I have had 3 separate annual memberships.

My problem is not with the zoo. It is with taxes and debt. We are entering into some financially trying times. And we need to cut back on services. We shouldn’t be increasing our state’s debt and thus increasing the tax burden on our citizens.

Like others, I will be voting no on Proposition 2. And I still love the zoo. Hmm… It’s probalby time to signup for another annual memberships again.

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Utah GOP Shuns at Anti-Hatch/Bennett Message

The Utah Republican Party doesn’t like fellow Republicans who voice their opinion against their candidates.

Did you know that the Utah Republican Party has a blog.  It’s called Leadership that Deliverers and it is generally fairly informative and fun to read.  I commend them in their efforts to reach out their party members and the public through blogging.

However, about a week ago, the party bloggers posted their support for Hatch and Bennett’s votes on the bail out bill. Immediately after reading the post, I commented that I disagreed with them.

Then I watched waiting for my comment to be published. It never was. At first, I thought that it was because of my dissenting opinion. But it doesn’t go that far. Because they currently have one comment that disagrees with them.

So, they aren’t that thin skinned. But they are sensitive about their politicians. Because the only reason that I can think why they wouldn’t publish the comment was that I specifically stated that I would not be voting for Bennett or Hatch their next election time.

I would provide the full comment, but I wasn’t smart enough to keep a copy of the comment somewhere. I just assumed that they were open-minded enough to let my post get through. I now know better.

It’s amazing how weak kneed the party is. Come on guys. We can’t a little decent in the party? It’s almost enough to make we want to leave. But I won’t because the Utah Republican Party is the closest major party to my opinion, and I can’t have influence without their strength.

Apparently, I CAN‘t choose to vote against a Republican candidate and express it on their blog.

Hatch is Wrong on Bailout

My friend email Senator Orrin Hatch about the recent bail out bill that he supported at the beginning of the month.  I believe that my friend’s email was letting Hatch know that he didn’t support the bail out.  And this was the response that he received from Hatch.

It is just further eveidence as to why the 110th congress needs to be removed from duty.  I share the email in its entirety.  But of course, I have to pause for comment. (Just for clarification, the italicized and indented portion is the letter from Hatch, the rest are my thoughts.)

From: Correspondence_Reply@hatch.senate.gov
Sent: Monday, October 20, 2008 11:54 AM
To: My Friend Whose Name Has Been Removed
Subject: Response to your inquiry to Senator Orrin Hatch

Thank you for contacting me to express your view that the Congress must act to address the current crisis in our financial markets and the state of the economy. I appreciate hearing from you.

As you well know, our financial markets have become increasingly volatile over the past weeks. The collapse of major financial institutions and a giant insurance company sent a clear signal that we were on the brink of a major financial catastrophe. Something had to be done in order to prevent the problems of our financial markets from leaking into other sectors of our economy. Secretary Paulson and President Bush offered the first solution to the exacerbating economic decline as an attempt to get the dialogue flowing. However, many, including myself, believed that this plan was not sufficient. The House amended the original plan in an attempt to protect taxpayer’s interest, prevent exuberant executive packages for participating entities, and provide more oversight. Even with these additions, the plan failed to pass the House, and that day the Dow Jones Industrial Average fell nearly 778 points, the biggest single-day point loss in history.

Politics of fear.  If you want people to believe that they should give more power to the government just make them afraid.  Create enough fear in them and they will bend over to let you have more power.

As you, I am deeply troubled by the financial situation we are facing. We did not get here because of any one decision or policy – these problems were years in the making. For example, in the late 1990s, the Clinton Administration began pressuring Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to purchase loans to subprime borrowers. We are seeing the consequences of a long series of policy errors, both in private and public sectors, which have combined to create a “perfect storm” of financial problems. In my view, one thing was for certain, inaction was not an option. We had to provide relief quickly because the consequences of inaction far outweighed the cost of the provisions in the legislation.

Just a minute here.  We are blaming the Clinton Administration here?  Let us not for gets that is the congress that has more control over the economy than the President.  And let us also not forget that Hatch and Bennet were both Senators during the Clinton Administration.  He is right that “these problems were years in the making.”  And Hatch is part of those years.

If we had not addressed this problem, we would be ignoring a much greater danger. For everyone who has a savings account, retirement savings, or a job, inaction placed these lifelines in jeopardy. For anyone who needs a mortgage loan, to borrow for a car, or to finance an education, the prospects had significantly worsened. With business expansion and job creation, there is a need for credit in order to make our economy work.

Wow, this isn’t what President Bush said.  Bush said that it was all about credit.  So, who is right?  Simply put, the real solution here is to manage our money.  To keep debt to a minimum, or eliminate it all together.

The Senate version of the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act, HR.1424, which ultimately passed the Senate and the House and was signed into law on October 3rd, broadened the ability of the federal government to revitalize our economy. The legislation is designed to help secure retirement savings, help small-business owners meet payroll and help restore the American people’s confidence in their own financial well being. Furthermore, the Senate added specific provisions to curtail the jobless rate and promote investment. Among the added provisions was a set of extensions to expired and expiring tax provisions, including the research tax credit and the Alternative Minimum tax (AMT). While it is estimated that 70 percent research tax credit dollars are used for wages of R&D employees, the AMT relief will free 23 million Americans, including hundreds of thousands of Utahns from having to pay the unfair AMT.

Thank you Uncle Sugar. I knew that you would come and save the day.  What would we do with out.  Sarcasm over.  The real solution is that we need to be willing to sacrifice.  By sacrifice, I mean to suffer the pains of an indutry that got greedy, and the consumers who were just as equally greedy.  We shouldn’t be placing this burden on someone else shoulders (our children) by getting in to debt.  The worst way to get out of debt is by incurring more debt, it makes no sense.

This legislation, while not perfect, will have a greater impact beyond Wall Street into Main Street. I believe that one reason why the financial rescue legislation failed to pass in the House the first time was because the American people were not convinced that the bill would help them personally.  Along with this, I believe that many Americans failed to see the connection with the current crisis with our financial markets and their own future economic well being.

Oh, I get it, Main street is too stupid to realize that they will be affected by Wall Street. This is just further proof that Hatch is an elitist.  He thinks he knows better than us.  We do realize that these companies failures will hurt us.  But, that doesn’t make it the right thing to do.  Government intervention is never the solution.

While the Economic Stabilization Act may hold off an impending economic meltdown, it must now be followed up with decisive action on our part. Foremost, we need to change the way the financial sector works. The Federal Reserve needs to rethink its definition of good monetary policy and determine whether its existing policy tools — such as reserve requirements, oversight capabilities, and reporting rules — are adequate. In addition, Congress must reconsider what it has charged the Federal Reserve to do. The Fed has been charged with two goals: 1) providing a sound currency with stable purchasing power, and 2) maintaining steady economic growth with low unemployment. At this point, it is obvious that an aggressive, excessively easy monetary policy in pursuit of short-term growth is self-destructive in the long-run. It leads only to inflation and speculative excesses in the credit markets that harm the economy. Only by focusing on a stable currency can the Federal Reserve achieve both its objectives.

Can you please explain to me how printing more money will help to stabilize our currency?  And further, increased regulation will not fix this problem.  Isn’t government involvement in the banking industry what got us here in the first place.  Keep your dirty hand off of the private sector.

We also need to completely rethink Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. As we’ve heard countless times over the last few weeks, in creating these two government-sponsored enterprises, we have made sure that the benefits of their investments are private while all the risks are public. Put simply, this is bad policy, with considerable moral hazard. Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac together represent an immense government-created and government-coddled duopoly. In the years since their creation, they have focused mainly on their own expansion, recklessly urged on by many in Congress who believed this was a way to make home ownership more affordable for lower income families. However, as a recent Fed study has demonstrated, most of the benefit of the previously implicit – now explicit — federal guarantee of their debt has gone to their shareholders as higher earnings, not to reducing costs for new homeowners. In their efforts to expand, Fannie and Freddie took too many unwarranted risks. They needed an ever-expanding supply of new mortgages to package and resell and to hold for income. Others fed this expansion effort with unsound lending. The recent Federal rescue package of these institutions requires an immediate step: Congressional oversight. It is a little late in coming, but, as of right now, it is essential.

Yep, I was right.  It was the government meddling in the private sector that caused it.  Thanks for helping me to understand how WRONG you are.

The regulatory and rating agencies also need to be reviewed. We need to ask whether they have enough resources for adequate supervision and whether they’ve failed to recognize the evolutionary changes in the credit markets and the new business arrangements that reduced transparency in financing. These and other questions will have to be explored as we move forward.

Yep, that’s right.  The problem has been that these federal programs don’t have enough money.  Why don’t we just print some more money and give it to these regulatory agencies.  When are you going to get it through your thick head, that government and money are the only solutions to every problem.  The solution in this case has to be self-regulation.

I believe that we clearly need to reform our financial markets and refine the powers of the Federal Reserve in order to ensure crises like this don’t happen again. And, though I hesitated to support the idea, it is not unreasonable to conclude that government intervention can provide immediate relief and prevent any more catastrophic losses in the near future and give the financial market time to sort out the mess. But, if we don’t adopt policies that are pro-growth, pro-business, and pro-job creation, we won’t be able to ensure long-term economic security for our country, no matter how many bad mortgages we purchase with taxpayers’ money.

Government involvement hasn’t been working so far.  Why would it work now?  Come on.  I am tired of this.

In order to address these concerns, Congress must be very careful as we work to solve this crisis. We must meet the demands of taxpayers and restore confidence in our financial markets.

Again, thanks for writing.

Sincerely,
Orrin G. Hatch
United States Senator

I have posted in several places (twitter, facebook, Newspapers, personal emails, etc.) that I will not be supporting Hatch or Bennet for reelection.  This email has solidified by reasons for such a move.  Hatch believes that government is the solution to all our problems.  When in reality it is usually the cause of it.

Sandy’s Blog

Well, after following my blog for years, my dear wife has finally given into the addiction called blogging.  She followed my ill-advised advice, and used WordPress.  After a brief training session, she finally has a new post.  It is the talk she offered at her grand father’s funeral.

So, please take a minute to check it out.

Oh, and don’t expect much politics over there.  She doesn’t find it as interesting as I do.  But you will probably learn more about us through her blog, then you will through mine.

The Octogenarian

Last week my wife’s family lost a truly great man.  I was going to post this earlier, but I couldn’t find the video that I wanted to include.  I still can’t find them, but I feel a need to post about this great man anyway.

The octogenarian lived to be 82 year of age, and he served all he came in contact with well.  First, he served his country during WWII as a simple galley man on a U.S. Naval ship.  He wasn’t a gunner, he wasn’t a captain, he wasn’t fighter pilot.  Instead, he was your simple every man working in the kitchen.  The video that I wanted to share was a discription of what he did during the war.

After the War, he came home and served his community as a volunteer fire fighter.  It was wonderful to see two men stand at attention by the casket during the viewings.  The represented his service to the city he spent most of his adult life in.

He served his family, through his excellent example of work.  Except for the last few years of his life when his health prevented it, when ever you went to Grandpa’s house he was either in the shed, garage, or garden working.  He always kept himself busy with one project or another.  This would often translate into something for one of his sons, or grandchildren helping harvesting the garden.

He served his church by serving his neighbors. Even though some consider the task of home teaching a menial.  This octogenarian understood the value of service to those who home taught.  If he home taught a widowed sister, you can garauntee that she were taken care of.  A family in need was also someone who Grandpa took care of.

This octogenarian lived a good life, and service was a part of who he was.  His 82 years of service in this world has left the world a better place.

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Wimmer’s Tax Plan

When I talk about Carl Wimmer, I failed to discuss appropriately his new tax plan.  Perhaps that is a good thing, because it left this opportunity to dispel some half truths that are being spread about his record.

When I picked up the mail today, I saw me second mailer this campaign season from Wimmer’s opponent, Dave Hogue.  However, I was deceived.  While it appears to have come from Hogue’s campaign, the small print reveals that the ad came from the Utah State Democratic Party.  I almost had to get out a magnifying glass to see it.

But that isn’t the point.  The point is that this ad is full of half truths.  While, I could discuss that half truths the add tells about Wimmer’s vote on CHIP and the Jordan School District Split.  I would like to focus on the most erroneous the half truths.

The ad states, “Now education funding is a mess, and Wimmer wants to shift the burden by INCREASING THE SALES TAX BY 2.25% to fix the district split” (emphasis theirs).

Talk about picking and choosing what you talk about.  The Democratic Party forgot to mention that Carl’s Tax Plan will completely remove the school district based property tax.  Wimmer’s purpose is to create a way for school funding to be more proportionate to population and not to property value.

The current system has several flaws.  In places where properties have high values, the school receive more money then those were property taxes are lower.  Also, it creates a system where some pay less than their share of taxes because they have larger families, or they have multiple families living in a home.

Wimmer’s plan will change that buy, taking the money to areas where people live.  For example, I have a large family.  There are eight of us.  However, I pay a rate of taxes based on the value of my home.  Granted I live in a larger home, but I know people who live in homes almost twice the size of mine, but they only have three people living in that home.  Because I have eight people to care for, I will pay a fairer share of my burden to educate my children through Wimmer’s program.

Don’t let the half truth’s of the Utah Democratic Party fool you.  Wimmer is working to lower taxes.  Wimmer cares about our children and he is fighting for our children’s education.  Wimmer is the right choice for District 52.

World Net Daily and Sarah Palin Read My Blog

World Net Daily and Sarah Palin stole my idea.  While I probably should be angered at the plagiarism. I am more honored.  I can’t believe that such a small little blog has such big influence.

World Net Dailey is reporting the same thing I did on Monday.  That Sarah Palin is helping out NBC, SNL, and Tina Fey.  I am impressed that my news has such a far reach.

So, now we know that this is important that we help out the struggling network, this struggling show, and this struggling comedian. Americans everywhere do you duty.  We must help McCain and Palin to win.

Just another reminder, I won’t be voting for McCain.  I can’t do it after the bailout.  It was the wrong thing to do, so voting for anyone who voted for the bill is the wrong thing to do.