Is The Election Over Yet?

Boy, did this get my blood boiling today!

“There are 47 percent of the people who will vote for the president no matter what. All right, there are 47 percent who are with him, who are dependent upon government, who believe that they are victims, who believe the government has a responsibility to care for them, who believe that they are entitled to health care, to food, to housing, to you-name-it — that that’s an entitlement. And the government should give it to them. And they will vote for this president no matter what. … These are people who pay no income tax. … [M]y job is not to worry about those people. I’ll never convince them they should take personal responsibility and care for their lives.”
–Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney

True – Yes.

But why is it true (according to the 2011 report from the Tax Policy Center):

  • Approximately 30% of those who did not pay income taxes earn under $33,000 a year.
  • Approximately 10% are elderly.
  • 2/3 of that 47% paid payroll taxes.

I won’t lie – I got a tax refund last year. I’ve utilized unemployment twice in the last 5 years. I used the renter’s credit on my state taxes. I use charitable tax donation credits. However, two years ago, I paid taxes. And I did pay them.

But, to me, that’s not the biggest issue here. A politician skewing information to make themselves look better. Shocking. What gets me is “… [M]y job is not to worry about those people. I’ll never convince them they should take personal responsibility and care for their lives.”

Excuse me?

No, Mr. Romney, your job as President is to care about all Americans – not just those who pay income tax. You are voted into office BY the American people.

Mr. Romney, I don’t need you to convince me to take personal responsibility and take care of my life because I’m doing just fine. Am I excited my birth control is free? Yep. Do I still pay over $150 a month in health insurance premiums because my employer doesn’t offer any? Yep.  If “Obama-care” is cheaper and offers better benefits, I’ll change providers. And let’s chat about the 20% of my paycheck that doesn’t come to me. I thought it went to PAY TAXES but apparently, I’m the idiot…and want the government to take care of me. I’ve been, as I mentioned, unemployed twice in 5 years. However, I’ve been paying into the system since I was 15 years old! Unemployment was a blessing for this hard-working girl.

It’s a good thing that I wasn’t on the fence about my vote.

I’d love to hear your opinion about this insane election. However, please know these are just my opinions. I am not a politician, hold a political office, or have a degree in poli-sci. I’m just your average 47% of America that doesn’t pay taxes. 

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Ummmmm…….Hi………

Remember me? It’s been awhile, huh? I know, my bad. Want an update? Sure you do!

I haven’t been to CrossFit since August 21st. I should feel guilty but I really don’t.

I went to San Francisco for a few days! That was nice. Had a wonderful visit with my friends Amber and Greg. My mom went with me as well. It was her first time in California. We left on August 25th and I was back at work on Wednesday, the 29th. Like a said, a quick multipurpose trip.  One of which was I was in desperate need of a break!

My momma enjoying a nice ice water.

Golden Gate from Fisherman’s Wharf.

View from our Room

I also got to see the amazing Kelly Clarkson. My lovely friend Lindy and I went. We recently discovered that we were both Kelly fans and now I always have someone to go to see her with! YAY!

Horrible picture, but I promise it’s Kelly!

So, those two things were awesome! Since my return from The Bay, I’ve worked 118 hours. I’ve worked some part of every day except Labor Day. We held our annual leadership retreat on September 12 and 13. Between the time between my trip and today, I created the 2013 budget, closed August books, rewrote the entire policy and procedure manual, wrote volunteer job descriptions, served in multiple committee meetings and everything else I do on a regular basis.

I promised myself that I would be less stressed at this job. I wouldn’t take on so much. I’d have more of a work life balance. I have failed, miserably. And to pay for it, the day after the retreat was over, I got sick. I mean sick as a dog sick. Strep, ear infection, sinus infection…..I’ve been in bed for the last three days. I’m miserable. So rather than a pedicure this weekend, I had a doctor’s visit and meds instead.

Other items of note:

  • I have a new crush.
  • I need to go shopping for clothes that fit. Unfortunately, that means a bigger size.
  • My friend Nicole finally got her house! It’s been a LONNNGGGGG process, but they are scheduled to close at the end of October.
  • Tomorrow is September 17th. I am supposed to get an update on my major life event tomorrow. Trying very hard to be positive. However, the longer it takes the more I doubt myself.
  • I gave up my head coaching position for Girls on the Run this season. This was a very difficult decision for  me but it has turned out to be a very good one for my sanity.
  • I’m supposed to have a magazine ready for publication in two weeks. And I’ve been too busy to chase content.

I think we’re all up to date. Has anyone been up to anything fun?