I listen to the news and everyone going back and forth about who should win the election. Who will be the best president? Who will really help our country? This one does this, this one does that…. on and on and on… Each person who is blessed to live in this wonderful country has to make up their own mind about who they will vote for. I will not give anyone my personal opinions about who I think will be the best president. But I will tell you that it drives me crazy that people do not go out and vote. It is your privilege, your right as an American to go and vote! I have voted in every election since I was 18, probably thanks to my parents who made sure that I knew voting day was a big deal. I remember being a little girl and my dad took me into the voting booth with him and he showed me how he placed his vote. Thanks Dad. I was watching and learning.
People in so many countries have died trying to get the chance to be able to make choices in their life, but in our country, people sit at home and complain, instead of getting up out of their chairs and taking the 15 minutes to make a difference.
As I sit here and try to decide what to write about today I watch our American flag flying brightly in the Spring sky. From our house I can see 5 American flags that are flown by different families. One family is a young couple with a small child and the husband is in the National Guard. Next door their sons both served in the military. Next to them the now 80 something gentleman served. Across the street on the corner is the family that lost their husband and father in Afghanistan. That was a sad day. My husband called me when he saw the military car pull up and the officer in full uniform went to the door, we knew what that meant.
When our son was in Iraq, with the 82nd Airborne for fifteen months, every night when I came home, I prayed that there would not be a car that I did not recognize in front of our house. We are one of the lucky families, our son made it home safely. His best friend did not. He was killed by a sniper. I can not imagine the pain that family, and so many others have endured. Yet our country does this in the name of freedom.
My husband served in the Marines as did two of his brothers. Another served in the Navy. My dad fought in WWII in the Army and received the Bronze Star. My step-dad retired from the AirForce, having served in WWII, Korean War, and Vietnam. Ever since I was a small child the American flag has flown in our yard. I smiled when a couple of years ago our daughter asked for a flag and flag pole for her birthday. I am proud to live in America, though we are not perfect. We have so many freedoms and privileges that so many people in this world do not share. We are truly blessed. I remember after 9-11 everyone wanted to fly a flag… I wish that had continued.
Yes, once again it is tax time. You gather all of your information that you think the tax professional will ask you for while you sit in the chair of honor. You twist and turn each time you are asked a question, remembering that tax audit looms over you head. Yes, I have receipts for that, no I won’t claim anything that I don’t have a receipt for. You listen as they click the computer key board again and again, they sigh, they moan, they tap their fingers, all while you wait…and wait… and wait to hear the outcome…. please – please don’t let me owe anymore than I already paid…..please please…..YEAH I get a refund!!!! Those are some of the most amazing words!
Ok, I will start this to say that I am not overly political. I am registered Independent and always try to vote for the person that I think will do the best job, whether they are Democratic or Republican. I have voted in every election since I was allowed to at the age of 18. I do think it is a right as a citizen of the United States and also a responsibility of each citizen.
Now my question is, there is rumor of the government having to shut down on March 4. The other rumor is the first things that will not be paid are Social Security and Veteran’s Benefits. These are the citizens that live on a fixed income, not large enough to put money away for a rainy day. I would like to know why Congressional salaries are not the first to go. They are the ones in charge of our money and if there is not enough, they should not get paid. It is not the little person’s fault that they spend our money irresponsibly. We all have to make our salaries make ends meet, we have to follow a budget, why don’t they?
Another issue I have is why should they be allowed to decide what their pay raise should be? When was the last time you got to tell your employer what you wanted for a raise? I think this is a real flaw in the system. I am not sure who should decide, but it should not be them. We get raises based on how well we do our job. Shouldn’t they be held to the same standard as the people they work for?
I did look it up and they did not get a raise in 2010 or 2011… good for them, I think that was the right choice, considering how many people had to take a pay cut to keep the job they had, in the real world. According to the net, the average salary of a congressman is $174,000. I don’t know about you, but that is a lot of money to me. I will never see anything close to that kind of a salary in my life time. If you take that times the number of congress men and women we are talking a lot of money. Yes, they make important decisions and it is, or used to be a job of honor, but I think we all need to be accountable for our country’s budget, not just the average citizens.