Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Credit Where Credit is Due

I have written before about my contempt for Mike Huckabee, or at least for some his political positions, but I have to give the man some credit... because he called out Sarah Palin. For being an idiot, basically.

Maybe he didn't use the word idiot... but it was implied.

A few days ago Sarah Palin referenced Michelle Obama's "Let's Move" campaign on her show "Sarah Palin's Alaska" by saying, "Where are the s'mores ingredients? This is in honor of Michelle Obama, who said the other day we should not have dessert."

Anyone who can read and has done even the slightest bit of research about the "Let's Move" campaign knows it's not about taking desserts away from kids, but rather it promotes eating a balanced healthy diet and exercising in order to address the very real and very prevalent problem of childhood obesity. Promoting healthy eating and exercising is pretty much the most boring and uncontroversial thing ever...at least to sane people.

Anyways, props to Mike Huckabee for calling out Palin on her ridiculous implication that the First Lady is saying "the government should decide what your kids eat."

"Michelle Obama's not trying to tell people what to eat or not trying to force the government's desires on people," Huckabee said. "She's stating the obvious, that we do have an obesity problem in this country."

If you want to know more about the Let's Move campaign, Michelle Obama wrote a good article (pretty short, easy read) in Newsweek this year explaining why she started the campaign and what it's all about.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Taxes

I was in favor of the tax compromise that Congress is working on until I read this.

If you are single and make less than $20,000.00 you will pay MORE in taxes under the proposed bill next year than you paid last year. Also, if you are married and jointly make less than $40,000.00 you will pay MORE.

Median income in the US is $50,000.00 so a lot of people (the working poor) are really going to be screwed by this.

I'm definitely not in the "only rich people should pay taxes" camp, but it just doesn't seem right that the only group of people taxes are going UP for is people barely making a living wage.

By the way, under the current proposal, I would benefit from the changes (which is why I was originally in favor of it)