September 24, 2008

September 24, 2008
Thanks for stopping by and checking out another day in my life. I hope you had a better day than I did.

Now I am always grateful for waking up on the right side of the grass if you know what I mean. But today was not a good day for me. My mouth and head are killing me after having dental surgery and a tooth pulled yesterday. So every time I moved today I felt pain.

Watching all the talks on CNBC about the $700 billion buyout being purposed by our government did not help my headache either. I am getting so sick of the officials trying to force this bailout down the throats of the middle class. See most of us did not make any money off of all the bad debt and corporate profits that made up the current financial crisis. So why should we and future generations now bail out the stock market and the rich? Why should not the rich making over $1 million a year have to solve the problem. Then they would learn the problems of the middle and lower class have been having for years. But I guess that is too much to ask so let's just pile $700 billion dollars more of national debt on the heap. No wonder our government politicians are scared how it will look to us back home especially since it is an election year.

Now I will give them some valid points they have made. If someone does not straighten out the financial industry mess then there will be a further crunching on credit borrowing. The resulting credit crunch would make it even harder to get mortgages, car and other loans. But maybe we need to get back to paying cash for things instead of constantly living outside our means. Maybe we need to be honest with ourselves and others about what we can really afford in life and still have some savings for retirement. Some people do not need to own a house and should rent since they will end up in foreclosure anyway. Some people should not have big car loans because they can not afford them. There are too many shows on television and too many studies showing Americans are further in debt than ever and for what? To impress other people. Well, not for me, thank you. I have learned to modestly since going out on disability. I live in a much smaller home but I do not have to worry about being able to afford it every month. I no longer take one or two vacations a year since my medical costs have exploded the past four years. I only have one credit card and I pay it off every month. My only credit debt is for a hospital stay which I am making monthly payments and hopefully will have paid off within a year. So it can be done. It just takes being honest with yourself and doing a budget. Then you have to stick to it.

So it will be interesting to see when Congress will make a decision on the bailout. Also if it will work or will it be another huge financial down spiral? What changes will they purpose? What ramifications will this have on future generations and the standing of our country? Hello Toto. It's not the year 2000 anymore. Wake me up when it's over. But while I was watching all the proceedings, I was also trying to catch up on messages and correspondence.

Gary returned home from work around 5:30pm while I was taking a nap with Sugar. He could tell when I got out of bed my mouth was killing me so he was very quiet. Gary was a sweetie and took the dogs out for me. Told him to make whatever he wanted for dinner since solid food was a no go for me. Hopefully, I will be able to eat again tomorrow since I do not want to lose any more weight. Gary ended up making himself some pancakes for dinner. Unfortunately, it is still early but I can barely hold my eyes open so I am headed to bed very soon.

I hope you had a great day and made the most of it.

Wishing you health, hope and happiness.

Big bear hug,

Daddy Dab