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This deal that Obama has made with the republicans just rubs me the wrong way. I get that he did what he felt he had to do for those American’s struggling the most right now. That is understandable and by itself even admirable. And, if I felt that the republicans had even the slightest good intention, I would feel that the cooperation across the aisle would even be a good sign.

But, I don’t trust the republicans and I know that they will do everything they can to block any legislation that doesn’t benefit corporate America in the future so these efforts are really meaningless.

I have had something in my craw lately about social security.  It is one of the most important fundamental things we provide for our citizens.  Without it, the overwhelming majority of Americans would work their entire lives only to end up unable to keep their homes, take care of themselves or even slightly enjoy their well earned retirement.  And this is the best case, much more likely is that millions of people would be forced into poverty, destitution or worse.

What doesn’t make sense to me is that it has been said over and over again that removing the cap would completely eliminate the problem and instead they are talking about cutting benefits or raising the retirement age.  And in this new tax deal cutting funding to it by an extraordinary amount.  I just don’t get it.

I am so frustrated that people don’t seem to see the importance in taking care of each other, that in doing so we would lift the whole country up and build a solid foundation that will support us all and build a more prosperous country in the future.  I am tired of politics on both sides getting in the way of working together to find solutions to our growing problems.  It is time for them all to get their heads out of their asses and get to work.

Alright, enough ranting for one day.  I received the following email this morning and thought I would share.  Feel free to pass it on.

Top 5 Problems with the Tax Deal

Everyone knows that the “deal” that President Obama agreed to with Republicans will extend George W. Bush’s reckless millionaire tax bailout–but what a lot of folks don’t realize is that there are lots of other terrible parts of it, too.

Unemployed Americans desperately need their benefits extended to get by in this economy—so Republicans held them hostage to force through a slew of horrible economic policies in this deal.

Problem #1: The deal is a stealth attack on Social Security.

The deal will lower the payroll tax—the tax that funds the Social Security trust. This is a trap for Democrats. Republicans have been coming after Social Security for years and this cut is the biggest threat to the vital program in decades. It will cut one-third of Social Security’s funding this year alone and when we need to restore the payroll tax back to its current level, Republicans will cry “tax increases” and could gut it permanently. 1

Problem #2: For nearly one in three workers, it’s a tax increase.

Nearly 50 million working Americans—including all workers making less than $20,000 per year—and millions of federal, state, and municipal workers will see their taxes go up because of the deal.2

Problem #3: The deal has not one but TWO millionaire bailouts.

In addition to extending all the Bush income tax breaks for the top 2%, the deal will slash the estate tax. If Congress did nothing, next year the estate tax would be 55% and apply to everyone inheriting $1 million or more. But the deal reduces it to 35% and only people who inherit more than $5 million will have to pay. This second bailout will give a gigantic tax giveaway to a few thousand of the richest families in the country and add hundreds of billions to the national debt.3

Problem #4: Unemployment help is insufficient and inadequate.

While the deal extends unemployment benefits for another 13 months for people currently receiving it, millions of unemployed workers who’ve struggled the most and been out of work more than 99 weeks—since the giant Wall Street banks wrecked the economy—will get no help at all under the deal.4 It’s a gamble that there will be jobs in the next 13 months when the insurance runs out, but the tax cuts will go well beyond that. Better to just pass a stand-alone unemployment extension to help all struggling Americans.

Problem #5: Tax giveaways to the rich are a terrible way to create jobs.

Tax breaks for the rich are the least efficient way to create jobs and help the economy grow. In fact the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office says extending all tax cuts would lower unemployment only 0.1% to 0.3% over the next year5 and that the cost of the tax deal would be $900 billion over the next five years.6

Sources:

1.”Tax Cut Deal A Hidden Threat To Social Security” The Huffington Post, December 8, 2010
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/12/08/tax-cut-deal-a-hidden-thr_n_793983.html

2. “Obama-Republican Deal Could Mean Tax Hike For One In Three Workers” The Huffington Post, December 10, 2010
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/12/10/obamarepublican-deal-coul_n_795187.html

3. “Estate tax deal: worst part of a bad tax compromise” The Christian Science Monitor, December 7, 2010
http://www.csmonitor.com/Business/Tax-VOX/2010/1207/Estate-tax-deal-worst-part-of-a-bad-tax-compromise

4. “Unemployment benefits: Extension won’t help ’99ers'” The Christian Science Monitor, December 7, 2010
http://www.csmonitor.com/Business/Latest-News-Wires/2010/1207/Unemployment-benefits-Extension-won-t-help-99ers

5. “The Deal” Paul Krugman, The New York Times, December 7, 2010
http://krugman.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/12/07/the-deal/

6. “CBO score shows tax plan ups deficit $900 billion in 5 years” CNN.com, December 10, 2010
http://articles.cnn.com/2010-12-10/politics/tax.plan_1_tax-cuts-tax-plan-bush-era-tax?_s=PM:POLITICS

A while back a friend of mine  started an increadible business with her friend and business partner.   A business for women, run by women.

nuu-muu

She is a runner and was completing a half marathon in an old polyester dress that she loves and found really comfortable to run in.  She threw it over a pair of shorts and off she went.  After several people commented on her dress and asked where she got it, she thought there might be something there.

A lot of hard work later nuu-muu was born.  It’s a play on the muu-muu (remember those? LOL).  Get it?

Who says you can’t be athletic and girly at the same time.  These dresses are made for exercising but are cute cute cute as well.

Well, when she started the business she sent me a dress.  I was so excited when it arrived and then absolutely mortified when it didn’t fit.  It would barely go over my head and when I did finally get it on, everthing was bulging and horribly horribly wrong.

This had nothing to do with the dress, which is actually very flattering and made for real bodies, even coming in sizes up to XXL.  It had everything to do with my denial and the size I should have asked for, but was too embarrassed to.

So, the story goes, it was laundry day and 106 degrees out and I needed something to throw on so I could wash my very limited supply of clothing appropriate for such a heat wave.  I look up and there it is, hanging in my closet, just where it has been since the day it arrived.  What the hey?  and I put it on…

What?  It goes over my head.  Hmm, a little tight across the boobs, but wait…  Where is the bulging?  the uncomfortable tightness that made me want to run and hide under the bed until winter?  Almost gone.  Not perfect, but with a pair of leggings, this pretty little thing just might make an appearance on my next hike and is definitely making the trip to Hawaii.

Can I just say, as a side note, that I hate having big boobs.  Having lived with them since I was 10 years old, I can confidently say that if I could have one plastic surgery it would be to remove them.  Nothing cute is cut for big boobs.  Why anyone above completely flat chested would want to make them any bigger, I simply can not understand.  OK, rant complete.

How did this happen?  Have you read The Gabriel Method?

For this reading we will use the same cards as for reading 6 to find out what is in store for me from a business perspective.

The layout

Use I-X of Wands and the first 10 major arcana cards, kept in separate stacks.

This is a three card reading, laid out side by side from left to right.

Position 1: Shuffle and deal the top card of the wands stack. This position deals with the past.
Position 2: Shuffle and deal the top card of the major arcana stack. This position deals with the present.
Position 3: Shuffle the remaining wands and deal the top card. This position deals with the future.

The Question: What do I need to know about my business life?

The Spread:

Position 1: VIII Wands
Position 2: VI Lovers
Position 3: II Wands

The Answer

In the past, the message you sent, now attracts the attention of others, and in the future changes come from higher up.

The Cards

VII Wands

My Take: There are eight wands surrounded by eight doves flying through the sky. This is a movement card. Things are in motion.

The Card: Great energy and speed. You are inspired, clicking on all cylinders and moving toward your goals. The path you are searching for is revealed to you.

VI Lovers

My Take: Sex, passion, two people being very intimate.

The Card: A relationship of any kind, especially a lover. Sharing one viewpoint with another. Attraction of opposites. A partially revealed mystery. Being Vulnerable.

II Wands

My Take: There are two windows with steps leading down the center. The path is guarded by two wands. What path will you choose?

The Card: Power held in reserver. The path is in front of you but you haven’t decided what road to take yet. You have the power to choose which window, but are not ready to move on it yet.

Reading Analysis

I have felt lately that my life is finally moving again and that I will soon figure out what it is that I am supposed to be doing for my future business life. I still am not aware what it is and am looking forward to this revelation. I know that it is coming and that I have the power to handle whatever choices I will need to make. It is nice to know that someone might be noticing me as I keep getting told that another individual will play a big role in getting me moving in the right direction.