Tuesday, July 22, 2008


The Republicans and their backers are screaming drill, drill, drill for new oil sources. On the other hand the Democrats and all their backers are just as loud in telling us it wont help us at the gas pumps today and that it will take ten years to bring this new oil on line.

So who is right and who is wrong? My question is, if we don't do anything today as they toss this political football around without action from either side; then what will happen ten years from now when we have to wait another ten years to bring it on line?

Isn't that how we got into this mortgage mess? Everyone just looked at their low payments for a year or two, and made no provisions for the day when they would skyrocket up in the future.

Can't these two parties set politics aside and do something that would be beneficial for you and I?

Saturday, July 19, 2008


I just love this blog world. There are many that make you think, laugh and are even informative. But the trend in the political ones have this old guy shaking his head. They all remind me of my grammar school days when the teacher's pet was left in charge when the teacher left the room, to snitch on those who misbehaved.

On a daily basis when you look at a liberal blog, it's "teacher, teacher look at what the Republicans did today". The little stoolies at the conservative blogs do the same as they blame everything on the Democrats. Then like kids on a play ground, they find idiots who know less then they do, and after they print their comments it is taken as the gospel truth because they agree with the blogger's point of view.

And it's considered treason to agree with the opposite party, even tho it may be the best plan ever. And so the little game is played as both sides bicker and nothing is accomplished. Our elected officials throw us little bones that all these dyed in the wool Democrat and Republican backers fight over.

Never see any of these blogs complain that it's always partisan politics when it concerns matters that effect us in our daily lives, yet how easily party lines are crossed in Washington whenever big business or the politicians are the ones to gain.

They promise us a health care plan you can't make heads or tails of. Wouldn't it be nice if someone asked the candidates why we can't have a plan like members of congress? If it's good enough for them, why isn't it good enough for us? And it took them ten years to raise the minimum wage, while they got how many raises?

Stop the bickering and stop salivating at these bones they throw us. Just join forces and demand a bit more from those fools in congress.

Tuesday, July 15, 2008


I was surprised at the results of a study conducted by a research firm regarding the use of money savings coupons. According to the research, manufacturers offered 302 billion coupons at an average face value of $1.28 each. The number of coupons redeemed? A mere 2.6 billion or less than 1 percent.

What was really surprising, was who were the most avid users of these coupons. It wasn't the people who could use these savings the most, but rather well educated women with a bachelor or masters degrees. Also it was households with income levels of $150,000 or more.

Many people were exhilarated at receiving the one time $600 stimulus check from the government. But by using those coupons they could average anywhere from $600 to $900 every year in savings.

And what do the poor fools do? They spend days on end waiting in line to get the latest bell or whistle that comes out on the market, paying top dollar, unable to wait a month or two until the prices drop drastically. Then we wonder why we have such a disparity between the haves and have nots?

I could ramble on, but I have to fill out and mail a coupon for $10 I received after having the oil changed in my car yesterday. I might not have that bachelors or masters degree, but I am smart enough to take that ten dollar savings they are giving me and use it.


There was a tragic article in the Chicago Tribune this past Sunday about the alarming increase of kids injured and killed by family members who were backing out of their driveways.

Naturally the usual culprits were to blame for this increase. We need to keep better statistic, enact new laws, the increase of SUV's and there poor visibility in backing up.

Blame it on anything but the driver. I guess it's to much to ask that some caution be used before backing up. It seems the parent profiled in the article saw two out of the three kids on the lawn, yet he still backed up. I know everyone is complaining about the fact that our days have been shortened to 22 hours and they don't have enough time to do anything. But come on, we can't sacrifice a few seconds out of the day and ensure our kids are kept out of harms way.

Sunday, July 13, 2008


Drive by any Wal-Mart store parking lot and it is jam packed with shoppers who are swayed to shop there by the so called low prices. But are they the lowest prices in town, or just a gimmick to part fools with their money?

I stopped at a local Wal-Mart store to pick up a few things, since it was on the way to where I was headed. Having been at a local grocery store the previous day, I decided to compare the prices on the items I had purchased.

Granted they do have some low prices on an array of products, and you would save if you only purchased those items; but this is a super center that traps you into One Stop Shopping and you end up paying higher prices that offset those super savings.

My day was made when I found that I would have paid more had I purchased them today. I then checked further and to no surprise found that a wise shopper will not fall for those catchy company slogans and assume that everything is as promised.