Top Of My Head

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Date: June 5, 2007

The Starter Wife…

I know I just posted a serious piece on home sale transfer fees, but then I put my computer aside and started reading this next week’s TV Guide (the one with the Sopranos on the cover). I had my choice of three magazines that arrived at the house yesterday — US News & World Report, Newsweek and TV Guide. Sometimes, a girl doesn’t want to read serious news, so I picked up the guide.

Anyway, there’s a spoiler in the magazine. I’m sure they didn’t mean it. Maybe, they didn’t realize that those of us with subscriptions would receive the issue BEFORE we saw the next episode.

So, as a public service announcement, DON’T READ THE JUNE 11TH ISSUE OF TV GUIDE UNTIL AFTER YOU WATCH THIS WEEK’S THE STARTER WIFE!

On other news, they put in 3 pages of Rosie/Elisabeth coverage. Oh, and what a joy that is to read. I didn’t even bother reading the whole thing. I used to like Rosie O’Donnell. Really, I did and I still do to a point, but I agree with Elisabeth. She was calling Americans terrorists. Now, it should be stated that I agree with Rosie about 75% of the time — maybe I don’t agree on how she says it, but I agree. I disagree with Elisabeth about 98% of the time. I rarely think she knows what she’s talking about. President Bush could announce a new bill that says parents should beat their first born and Elisabeth would blindly follow him. However, based on Rosie’s statement, I agree with Elisabeth, she was calling Americans terrorists. I also agree that Elisabeth should in no way feel as if she needs to defend any remark made by Rosie and vice versa. I don’t believe the hype that Rosie was fired. People who bring up the ratings by 10% do not get fired.

I only have a couple more things to add to this.

First, even I’m getting sick hearing about all of this and I don’t think TV Guide needed 3 pages on a story they’ve covered and covered.

Second, as far as who should be the next co-host, well, I’d like to sign up for the job, but I don’t think Barbara Walters will be calling me. So, here’s my choice, Sherri Shepherd. She’s funny, she’s opinionated and she can hold her own. Next choice would be Whoopi Goldberg. But, since me and Barbara Walters aren’t bffs, I don’t think she’s going to call me up and ask my opinion.

Third, the only reason I still watch the View in any capacity (and I’ve missed the last few weeks) is for Joy Behar. I just love her!

Finally, I’m done writing on this subject, unless Barbara Walters calls me up and asks my opinion. I think the rest of the world should be done with this subject, too.

God Bless

Home Sale Fee…

On my way to work, I’m listening to 95.7 and I hear this ad from the Wisconsin Homeowners Alliance. (I didn’t even know there was such a group.) Apparently in the new budget, they want to raise the home sale transfer fee — something else I didn’t know existed.

Currently, the home sale transfer fee is 3%. That comes to 3.00 for every $1,000. Governor Doyle wants to double it to 6% or $6.00 for every $1,000.

What’s the big deal?

First, only 7% of homes sell in Wisconsin every year (According to the JSOnline.) So, we’re discussing something that only affects 7% of the people and I don’t think the home sale transfer fee is stopping anyone from selling their home.

Second, the home sale transfer fee hasn’t been raised since 1982. Raising it now, when the money will be used for things like police officers is not a bad thing.

Third, has anyone noticed that our state is in financial trouble? (Along with almost every other state in the union.) The Republicans (according to the JSOnline article) are against this. Really? They had control of both the senate and the assembly for years, I didn’t see them come up with any great ideas to help fund the state. (But, they did bring us the anti-gay amendment and concealed carry, so let’s all applaud their efforts.)

Finally, the average person is not going to even notice this. The homeowners alliance group’s ad on the radio sounds like we’re all doomed if this passes. But, in reality, on a home that sells for $95,000, the fee is only $570.00. Since the last time I checked my house was valued at $95,000, I don’t think I’ll even notice the $570.00 fee. We’re not talking about a huge amount of money. I pay half of that every year in state taxes on the gas I buy.

I read one blog entry that liken this rise in a state fee to the same tax raise that caused the Boston Tea Party. Things were a lot different 200 years ago. We didn’t need as many police officers and fire fighters. We didn’t have teachers. (Women couldn’t vote.) I don’t like paying taxes anymore than the next guy, but I like knowing that underprivileged children have access to Badger Care. I like knowing that we don’t have to cut state funding to police offices and fire fighters. If that means I have to pay a little more when I sell my home, well that’s just the way it goes.

God Bless

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