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Calvin Coolidge

When thinking about the past Presidents of the United States, Calvin Coolidge is one of the last that come to mind for many.  This is truly unfortunate, especially for conservatives.  Here is actual video and audio from a small speech delivered by Coolidge in 1924, the first ever recorded for a President.  It gets really good around 2 minutes.

86 years ago, Calvin Coolidge told to the American people that their taxes were too high and that their liberties were were being trampled upon.  I ask you, does the current administration think about the individual when it proposes raising taxes or when it forces socialized medicine upon the people?  The answer, simply, is No.

Thank you,  President Coolidge, for giving conservatives another point in history with which to reference the intent of our Founders.

h/t – Dennis Prager

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Posted by on October 18, 2010 in Economy, Freedom - Loss Of, History, Money, Politics


Becoming Provident Providers

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Posted by on May 16, 2010 in Economy, Family, Life, Money


More Proof

That Michael Moore is a tool.


Tax Refund

I got this email today.

Recalculation fiscal acitivity 2008-2009
Local Office no. 72
HM Revenue & Customs Officer:
Jennifer Brough

ATTN: Dear Applicant

After the last annual calculation of your fiscal activity we have determined that you are eligible to receive a tax refund of 401.63 GBP

Your Tax Refund Number ID: UK/38HMRC928841, complete the tax return form attached to this message.
After completing the form, submit the form by clicking the SUBMIT button on form and allow us 5-9 business days in order to process it.

Our head office address can be found on our web site at

Jennifer Brough
Tax Credit Officer
Opening hours:
8.00 am to 8.00 pm, seven days a week. 

I didn’t even know that I’d filed a British Tax Return (chuckle). Ha! What will scammers think of next?

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Posted by on January 15, 2010 in International, Money


The Season is Upon Us

The Thanksgiving weekend isn’t over for a few more hours but the Holiday Season is fully upon us.  I’ve had a great week off and am looking forward to getting back to school tomorrow and finishing the last three weeks of my undergraduate degree.

Normally around this time I would have taken the time to sit back and reflect on the blessings that have been mine this year.  Yet, I’ve had so many opportunities to do so that it would seem forced to set aside a special day.  So let’s recap the last year: 

School Blessings

December 4, 2008 I lost my job for the second time that year.  I had been working full-time and going to school part-time since Summer 2006 and had projected a Summer 2010 graduation as long as I could maintain 9 credits each semester, three semesters a year.  However, Tammy and I decided that, with the state of the economy in January 2009, it would be wise for me to focus all of my energy on school and graduate sooner so that my school schedule would not be an obstacle in my finding employment (as it had been thus far).  Thus began my 2009 education blitz, completing 43.5 credits in three semesters: 12 in Spring, 15 in Summer, and 16.5 this Fall.

Family Blessings

I’ve had more time to spend with my family, especially my son.  Born in May 2007, D has always been his mother son.  In fact, he really didn’t like me at all for the first nine or so months of his life.  I could hold him if Tammy was in the room, but as soon as he discovered that she was gone, it was kicking, punching, screaming, and crying until she came back and held him.  Even as he started to warm to me, the situation didn’t really seem to improve much.  I was usually gone from early in the morning until late at night, night classes being the only classes that I could take because of work.  On nights that I didn’t have class I was home, but usually huddled over my homework.  My absence strained my relationship with my son because I didn’t understand his attempts to communicate with me (as babies do) and my attempts usually left both of us frustrated.  My lack of employment has been a huge blessing in that it has allowed me to spend more time with D and our relationships have changed dramatically in the last year.

My family has been blessed with good health this year.  As we’re uninsured (except for the boy, thanks be given to CHIP) and have not had the finances to survive a major medical event, this has been a major blessing!

Financial Blessings

On top of student loans, which thankfully will not be excessive when I graduate, I’ve been able to participate in a state tuition assistance program that assists displaced workers to receive additional education in order to improve their employment opportunities.  And since University students are not generally admitted to the program it is an even bigger blessing.  This has allowed us to use more of our student loans for living expenses. I was able to find temporary employment with the U.S. Census Bureau during the spring.  The majority of the work fell during the break between Spring and Summer semesters and took some strain off of our student loan funds. 

Our car is in good order.  Our bills are manageable.  We have all been healthy.  We almost lost our apartment when the owner filed bankruptcy, but miraculously they didn’t lose any of their real estate in the bankruptcy.  Also, our extended family cannot be overlooked.  They have stepped in countless times and surprised us with diapers or clothes for D, food, and even money when things got really tight.  We could not be where we are without them. 

One final blessing that cannot go unmentioned – my wife.  She has been my rock since the day we were married.  She has primarily managed our finances so that I wouldn’t have to worry about it (and because I SUCK when it comes to money).  Tammy has found ways to cut our grocery bills down to almost nothing, with out sacrificing food, in ways that I never thought possible.  She deserves all credit for the intellectual growth and development of our son and I give it fully.  I keep saying that I don’t deserve her and that some day she’ll realize that.  Yet, in her usual way, she reassures me of the opposite.  I hope to be able to prove her right. 

Tis the season, they say, to be grateful for the blessings that we have.  I’ve been thankful every day for the last year and will continue to be so. 


Posted by on November 29, 2009 in Family, Follow up, Holiday, Life, Money


Audit the Fed

Ron Paul’s bill that would publicly audit the Federal Reserve, HR 1207, now has 290 co-sponsors in the House and 25 co-sponsors in the Senate.  I’m happy to see that 4 of Utah’s 5 congress critters are on board – Matheson, the lone Democrat, is still holding out.  This could be very interesting…

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Posted by on September 17, 2009 in Economy, Money, Politics, Really Excited, Ron Paul


Something to Think About

Marko mentions this year’s budget deficit and helps us conceptualize how much money is being over spent. I add that they more they spend, the lower the value, making them spend more because it’s worth less. Wait, isn’t that called inflation?

I’m not old enough to have lived through it, but my parents tell me that this is looking like the Carter administration all over again. Maybe that is why the Democrats wanted to mobilize the youth vote – all that we learned in our high school American history classes was that the American Revolution was a failure because the Founders didn’t guarantee civil liberties as we understand them today, and that FDR was the greatest President to have graced us with his rule.

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Posted by on August 26, 2009 in Money

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