SAL-VA-TION: by grace

E-LEV-EN: children from 1984 to 2006

HOME-SCHOOL-ING: since 1990

DOWN-SYN-DROME: susie and gabe

GRAND-CHILD-REN: since 2010

FAITH-FUL-NESS: my steadfast rock, my biggest supporter, my leader, my friend, my love, my husband

Thursday, April 30, 2009

Getting Political

Joey's gonna love this (even moreso because he can catch me using "gonna" which isn't proper English").

I've been getting involved in our political process beyond teaching the children about our three branches of government and reviewing the history of our nation. (I'm sendinging emails, signing petitions, making phone calls, mailing tea bags.) As I witness the hundreds of billions of dollars being created, financed, or taxed (maybe I could say "begged, borrowed, or stolen") and appropriated by our representatives in Washington I am waking up to the fact that by not saying anything I'm part of the problem.

I know what it takes to run a fiscally responsible home, I now know what it takes to run a fiscally responsible business, and I don't understand how those same principles don't apply to running a fiscally responsible governement.

Guiding principles:
Don't spend what you don't have.
Don't buy things just because "everybody else is."
Don't make emotional spending decisions.
Recognize the difference between necessity and luxury, and:
Borrow sparingly, out of necessity, with a sound plan to pay it back.

I've added a new blog site to my list to help remind me how my money is being spent. You may care to check out if you're interested.

I looked up the salaries of members of the House of Representatives during my adult life.

Great incentive to get votes. Join a campaign, get on staff and if your candidate wins you get thousands of dollars of taxpayer bonuses.

I'm writing a letter to Mr. Obey, who already wrote to me and admitted which of his constituents he doesn't "give a you-know-what about"--it wasn't clear whether I'm one of them or not. I don't think this letter will be my last.


Joey said...

Ha, I don't know if "love" is the right word, but it's good to see the activity.

Funny thing is, I'm much less active now than I was a few years ago. I still follow it and still try to get involved to a small degree on the local level. But I just don't have the energy for it that I once did.

Keithslady said...

I guess it depends on what fuels your involvement. I figure I should expend the energy to help motivate change before I have to expend the energy to find a new country (OK, maybe not that radical...).