And can the liberties of a nation be thought secure when we have removed their only firm basis, a conviction in the minds of the people that these liberties are the gift of God? That they are not to be violated but with His wrath? Indeed I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just: that His justice cannot sleep for ever.
- Thomas Jefferson, Notes on the State of Virginia, 1781

In the beginning of the contest with Britain, when we were sensible of danger, we had daily prayers in this room for the divine protection. Our prayers, sir, were heard and they were graciously answered.…Have we now forgotten this powerful Friend? Do we imagine that we no longer need His assistance? I have lived a long time, and the longer I live the more convincing proof I see of this truth, that God governs in the affairs of men.…We have been assured, sir, that 'except the Lord builds the house, they labor in vain that build it,' and without His concurring aid, we shall succeed in this political building no better than the builders of Babel.
- Benjamin Franklin, at the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia, 1787

A general dissolution of principles and manners will more surely overthrow the liberties of America than the whole force of the common enemy. While the people are virtuous they cannot be subdued; but when once they lose their virtue then will be ready to surrender their liberties to the first external or internal invader. - Samuel Adams, letter to James Warren, February 12, 1779

Get your facts first, then you can distort them as you please. - Mark Twain

It ain't what you don't know that gets you into trouble. It's what you know for sure that just ain't so. - Mark Twain

All you need in this life is ignorance and confidence, and then success is sure. - Mark Twain

Always do right, this will gratify some and astonish the rest. - Mark Twain

A banker is a fellow who lends you his umbrella when the sun is shining and wants it back the minute it begins to rain. - Mark Twain

Don't go around saying the world owes you a living. The world owes you nothing. It was here first. - Mark Twain

Fear leads to anger. Anger leads to hate. Hate leads to suffering. - Yoda

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Saturday, February 7, 2009

Wii have fun!

If you are like most families today, you are looking for ways to trim the family budget and still be able to find fun loving entertainment. The Wii gaming console along with the Wii Sports that is included may just be what you need. The Wii Sports game offers boxing, baseball, bowling, golf and tennis. The bowling is particularly family fun at its best.
Another fun thing to do is creating your Mii. Mii's are characters that you create to represent yourself, either as a likeness or your fun alter ego. You then use your Mii to participate in the games.
If you have a Wii, start using it for free family fun nights.

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

How's this for an economic stimulus?

Congress should get rid of the capital gains tax!
America is the wealthest country in the world, yet we are also the worst at saving money. What incentive do we have to save? Any interest we earn is taxed. Any income as a result of wise investments is taxed. Why would we want to save, knowing that we are just going to have to give a percentage of it to the government?
Another ironic twist to this is that if you make bad investments, you get to claim it as a deduction on your tax returns!
So let me get this straight, we are punished for smart decisions by paying taxes on capital gains and we are rewarded for bad decisions by claiming it as a deduction on our tax returns?

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Vote your raise?

Do you think our congress deserves to decide their own pay raise? No matter what their approval rating is, they continue to vote a pay raise for themselves. Let your representatives know how you feel about this and any other issues that you don't agree with. Find your representatives here USA Gov.

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