Monday, September 27, 2010

Sometimes little things can make you happy

I've got a blue button on my hair dryer.
The instructions said that when you push it, negative ions* come out in the air.

I have no idea if it really works, but even so, every morning when I'm drying my hair (I start with my head upside down) I push the button and I smile. :)

It's automatic -- I don't know if I'm smiling at myself because I'm pushing a button that does nothing, or if it really works.

It doesn't matter.

Bottom line, I always feel just a little better.

So, look for your blue buttons of happiness. They're out there!

And smile.

Have a great day,


*negative ions are the good kind -- they are also produced by falling water, like your shower or a water fall. I think its why people love waterfalls so much.

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Just say no to negative political ads!

Haven't you had enough of these ads with no substance, only negative appeals to emotion?

For example, in NC, Richard Burr has been airing ones with people talking about wasteful spending and the problems we are in. They forget that Burr, as the incumbent, bears responsibility - he voted for the bank bailout and a little cooperation would have made the stimulus and the health care bill more effective.

Why doesn't he have an ad listing his accomplishments in the Senate?
(fill in your guess here)

Just say no to negative ads! Write your candidate that you'd like to hear facts, and if they don't listen, don't vote for them!!!

Thursday, September 16, 2010

How to stimulate the economy

Everyone (well, not everyone actually) wants our economy stimulated. You hear quite a bit about it on the news, but no one seems to have an answer.

I don't claim to have the answer either (but keep reading anyway) but I would like to recommend a few things and refute some of the ideas I've heard one too many times.

Before I go any futher... here is my pet peeve.

"Letting the tax cuts expire on people who make more than $250,000
will hurt small business."


I've heard this enough that someone must believe it!

Here's reasons why those people are either purposely misleading the public (lying) or ignorant of economics and human nature:

1) We are talking income taxes, not business taxes. Having been a business owner, I know the difference between the two, and can explain about LLC's vs. S-corporations.

2) What small business person have you ever hear say "Wow, I have this great opportunity, but I just don't think I'll do it because I might have to pay a bit more in taxes" ?

3) If a small business owner is lucky enough to clear $250,000 as income after all their business expenses, they have ample opportunity to reduce their income to lower their tax rate. Two methods to do this (that I can think of off the top of my head) are paying their employees higher wages or a bonus, or investing to grow the business. Both of these would help the economy.

4) The people that are fighting against letting the Bush era tax cuts make over $250,000 and usually work for the government or a political party.

So, the next time you hear this, please note who says it, and let me know!