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My Political Thoughts – Updated

February 21st, 2011

I have my political opinions, and I usually keep them to myself…but I’m fed up with the “issues” in WI right now – and mostly at the teacher’s.  I know other people are protesting, but it seems to be a lot of signs out there from our “educator’s”.  First, your signs claim to be “about […]



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I have my political opinions, and I usually keep them to myself…but I’m fed up with the “issues” in WI right now – and mostly at the teacher’s.  I know other people are protesting, but it seems to be a lot of signs out there from our “educator’s”. 

First, your signs claim to be “about the kids”.  This has nothing to do with “the kids”.  It has to do with your salaires & your union, neither effects the kids, unless, of course, your giving your salaries directly back to the school.  AND, if you were really “about the kids” you wouldn’t be spending your day at the capitol protesting, you’d be in school teaching them – that’s what’s “best”, right?  Instead, they are getting days & weeks off to play video games & dull their minds.   And, teacher’s who are having their doctor’s forge “sick notes” so they can strike…seriously?  Could you set a better example. 

Second, I hear a lot of complaining about how teacher’s already make diddly squat & now they want you to pay for your pensions?  How unfair is that….  NEWS FLASH…welcome to the private job sector of America.  I pay for my own retirement out of my own pocket, after taxes, and I don’t complain, it is what it is.  And currently, all my friends & family back in WI are paying for yours through their taxes.  The average WI teacher makes $52,000/year.  Considering that includes a 2.5 month paid summer vacation upon all the other days, that’s not too shabby.  Not to mention, no one has ever claimed that teacher’s make bank…last time I checked, teachers CHOSE their profession.  I don’t see what leg you have to stand on.

Third, why are your democratic senator’s fleeing to IL?  If they REALLY had your back, they would be there fighting for you.  Right?  Instead, they are running away from their problems with their tails between their legs…  I bet you’re proud of them, aren’t you?

They way I see it is when you’re in a money crunch, you cut unnecessary things out of your budget (cable, dining out, etc).  This is all the governement is trying to do, get themselves on a reasonable budget by cutting unnecessary expenses because everyone in this day & age is capable of paying for their own “pensions”.

Matt really wants to send our children to private school.  I used to be an advocate for public schools, but everyday i become less & less of one.   I guess I’ll be scaling back on internet, phone, cable, & dining out so we can afford private school.

**UPDATE**
I came across this article – http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2677130/posts  I can’t believe you’re OK with being compared to a babysitter…

I had a response thought out for this, but than I came across this (by http://bejohngalt.com/):

First of all, I wasn’t aware that babysitting services were compulsory, or that in an effort to avoid babysitting services in some states you would have to fill out an affidavit in order to have the “right” to watch over your own child. Along those same lines, I was not aware that if you were actively avoiding someone babysitting your children, that child services could show up at your door and potentially create problems for your family. After all, if you don’t want a babysitter, something must be wrong with you, right? How dare you stay home and watch your own kids! Worse! How dare you want to teach your own kids while they are at home!

Next, if parents were paying teachers out of their own pockets, there would be a reasonable expectation of results. As a parent looking for a babysitter, would you respond to an ad that said “40% of our children live to give us a good recommendation!”? If the answer to that is no, then why is a 40% graduation rate acceptable? I’m talking to YOU, Wisconsin. How about this- 22% of kids die in our care, but maybe your child will get lucky! Would you CHOOSE that for your child?

If parents had to write individual checks for everywhere their taxpayer dollars went, I imagine that their expectation of service would be much different, and would remain uncolored by fuzzy “teachers are Jesus” anecdotes that seem to be prevalent among bleeding hearts.

We pay these teachers whether they are successful or not, because we have to (currently). What happens if we begin to adopt a merit based system? Would our graduation rates improve? What would happen if vouchers were introduced? Then, the “babysitter” who was watching soaps while your kid cried alone in a playpen might just have to work a little harder at being competent, knowing you could always take your hard earned money elsewhere……”


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Ring Drama

February 13th, 2011

I lost my engagement ring beginning of December.  It fell off in the process of looking for our marriage certificate.  Worst.Feeling.Ever.  Matt & I searched our house high & low, approximately 20 times.  The ring did not come out.  So right before Christmas, we got insurance money to replace it, and we did.  The 2nd […]



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I lost my engagement ring beginning of December.  It fell off in the process of looking for our marriage certificate.  Worst.Feeling.Ever.  Matt & I searched our house high & low, approximately 20 times.  The ring did not come out.  So right before Christmas, we got insurance money to replace it, and we did.  The 2nd ring is awesome, and pretty, but not as unique & meaningful as the first one.  And go figure, mid January, I was cleaning out of the office & giving stuff to Good Will when I found my original ring in a bag.  AHHH!!!

Matt & I did the right thing and told the insurance company.  They gave us 2 options – send back the first ring or the money they sent us.  I wish I could send them back the new ring…but its not an option.  So after 3 weeks of going back & forth, I’ve made the decision to send back the original ring.  Our savings account can’t take the blow of sending back the $$ insurance gave us (which we used to buy a new ring).  Its a hard decision, and not sure one I won’t regret, but we can’t sell the new one (we tried) and we can’t afford to send the $$ back, so we don’t have any other options.

What makes men think we are responsible enough to have nice, expensive, pretty things on our fingers?  I clearly can not be trusted.


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February Cleaning

February 13th, 2011

The shed has finally found its home in the backyard.  FIN.ALLY. Today Matt & I spent the afternoon taking stuff out of the old crowded/unorganized shed & moving it into the new shed…which has SO much more room. Then we took the bike out of the office along with a bunch of stuff (hockey equipment, […]



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The shed has finally found its home in the backyard.  FIN.ALLY.
Today Matt & I spent the afternoon taking stuff out of the old crowded/unorganized shed

& moving it into the new shed…which has SO much more room. Then we took the bike out of the office along with a bunch of stuff (hockey equipment, sticks, luggage, fans, golf stuff etc) out of the spare bedroom & into the new shed.  I am very pleased with the outcome.  The spare bedroom now looks like a spare bedroom, not a “storage room” and you can easily access everything in both sheds.  YAY.


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World…Meet Bubba

February 1st, 2011

Yesterday, Matt came home from the store with Bubba.  A humungous  insulated, to-go, coffee mug.  I have the most thoughtful husband in the world. 



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Yesterday, Matt came home from the store with Bubba.  A humungous  insulated, to-go, coffee mug.  I have the most thoughtful husband in the world.