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Date: May 16, 2006

Are you listening, President Bush?

I call my mom from my cellphone quite a bit. It’s easier for me to put my earplug in and yak with her on my drive home from work. Plus, I miss calling my now deceased grandmother on my long drives home and it is nice to talk to Mom — most days.

Anyway, Mom is upset about all of this “spying” the government is doing on the average citizen. I tried to explain to her that there is no way for the government to listen in on all of our phone calls. There are 260 million people in this country — if only half of them place a phone call in a day, that’s still 130 million phone calls for the government to track. Now, don’t get me wrong, I’m not supporting the government’s ability to listen in on any call they want without a warrant under any circumstances, but I’m not worried that President Bush is listening in.

My mother, and I think she’s kidding, often tells me to watch my language if I say Ass or damn or, on the rare occasion I say something worst. She’s worried the government will over hear my call to her and bust me for speaking obscenely. (I really hope she’s kidding.)

This past weekend, I tried to explain to her that if the government was listening, they’re probably listening for certain words, like bomb, blow up, terrorist, etc. and recording those calls. They can’t possiblily be recording ALL of our calls ALL of the time.

So, for my mom’s sake, Mr. President, if you are listening to my phone calls, please let my mom know that I’m really not wanted for swearing on the phone.

God Bless

Good Tax Cuts VS Bad Tax Cuts

If Congress wanted to cut taxes that would help the average American, they would raise the limit on Social Security, not give tax breaks to those who have earned investment capital gains.

The taxable limit on Social Security is $30,000. If you earn — including your Social Security benefit — $30,000 per year, the government taxes your Social Security. So, if you’ve worked hard all your life and saved for your retirement and now you’re starting to take money out of your tax free investment accounts, you’re paying taxes on Social Security. How can that be right? Has anyone in Washington, D.C. ever tried to live off of $30,000 a year? With rising gas prices and medicine, etc. $30,000 doesn’t go far.

Further, what about tax breaks for single Americans? A single American earning $40,000 per year, really brings home — after taxes and insurance — around $22,000 per year. Does that seem fair?

I’m running late for work, so I don’t have time to put in more figures, but trust me — Washington is definitely not looking out for the right people.

God Bless

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