Thursday, June 25, 2009

Cross Your Fingers...Pray...Call Your Reps Today

The dreaded Cap N' Trade bill is up for vote in the House tomorrow.

Here's an excellent analysis in the WSJ -

But here's the crux of what you need to know -

The hit to GDP is the real threat in this bill. The whole point of cap and trade is to hike the price of electricity and gas so that Americans will use less. These higher prices will show up not just in electricity bills or at the gas station but in every manufactured good, from food to cars. Consumers will cut back on spending, which in turn will cut back on production, which results in fewer jobs created or higher unemployment. Some companies will instead move their operations overseas, with the same result.

When the Heritage Foundation did its analysis of Waxman-Markey, it broadly compared the economy with and without the carbon tax. Under this more comprehensive scenario, it found Waxman-Markey would cost the economy $161 billion in 2020, which is $1,870 for a family of four. As the bill's restrictions kick in, that number rises to $6,800 for a family of four by 2035.

Monday, June 22, 2009

Happy Fathers Day

To the most wonderful man, the creative storyteller, giver of Ding-Dongs & Cheetos, tireless landscaper, handyman of everything, diligent provider, fanatical hide n' seek player and endless patience for Duck Duck Goose, excellent back scratcher, sharp debater and staunch protector....

We love you deeply and madly (esp. me). Happy Fathers Day!!

Saturday, June 13, 2009

Exercise and Music

I cook to music.

I clean to music.

And now...I swim to music.

That's right. This long-time swimmer finally broke down and purchased a water-proof MP3 player. Technically, it's NOT a water-proof MP3 player. It's only a waterproof case and ear phones for my Shuffle.

But it works!!

It's glorious!!

Why in the world did I wait so long to buy one???

And my current play list rocks. I'll admit I'm a bit biased - but have you ever worked out to Chateau from Matrix Reloaded? It's a whole new world...

Go - Andy Hunter, Dread Rock - Don Davis, In My Head - Matrix Revoultions, Mona Lisa Overdrive - Matrix Reloaded, Furious Angels - Matrix Reloaded, Chateau - Matrix Reloaded, Harder to Breathe - Maroon 5, Supermassive Black Hole - Muse, Apologize - One Republic, Lost Without You - Delta Goodrem, Womanizer - Britney Spears, I Know Who You Are- Nickelback, Training Montaine - Rocky IV Soundtrack, Long Way Down - Goo Goo Dolls