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Will Anything Really Change In Washington?

by Leslie Edwards

When I heard that John Boehner invited the freshman congressmen to a meeting, I knew it would not be a welcome to DC, meet and greet. Many of the newcomers were not supported by the Republican Party and some Republicans still believe that if the Tea Party had stayed out of it, they would have won a few more seats.  Although I am sure that Boehner congratulated them on their victories, the real purpose of the meeting was to explain that regardless of what they ran on, this is how it really works if you want to get anything done in Washington.  And, of course, to shore up votes for the leadership posts which were predetermined by which old white guy's turn it is to lead.

We can hope that the freshmen will continue to stand up for the policies that got them elected, but it is hard to fight a decades in power political machine.  For anything different to happen in Washington, the old white guys have to be open to new ways of doing things.  The special interests have to stop buying votes and the congressmen have to stop allowing themselves to be bought.

Each bill should be about one thing instead of adding pages of pork spending to get others to vote for the bill.  The same pork projects should be handled by the appropriations committee and not be attached to a bill that is totally unrelated. When these projects have to stand on their own, a huge number would be rejected.

The Congress should be subject to all of the same laws they make for the Country.  If they cannot exempt themselves from certain programs and laws, they might actually read the bills.  If they read them before they vote, the outcomes would be different.

The Republicans have a terrific opportunity to cement their power for years to come, if they give Americans what they think they were voting for.  It will be evident very soon if it is business as usual in Washington.  If it is, and nothing changes, the People will rise up and organize a third party that will make the changes America wants in their government.

The Tea Party was extremely effective in sharing the consistent message of limited government, balanced budget and free markets and Americans rallied behind their candidates.  And that was just the first round.  Now that they have had lots of practice, think about the waves the Tea Party can make in 2012.

Republicans have this great mandate to change the way things are done in DC.  If they fail to deliver, they will be held accountable and 2012 will truly be the year of great change.

leslie edwards                                                                        Environmentally Aware, Socially Conscious, Politically Active real estate agent

leslie@leslieedwards.com    www.SOuthMetroAtlantaMLS.com

 

 

Stimulus Package Example

by Leslie Edwards

Stimulus Package, How it Works

 It is a slow day in the small Saskatchewan town of Pumphandle , and streets are deserted. Times are tough, everybody is in debt, and everybody is living on credit

A tourist visiting the area drives through town, stops at the motel, and lays a $100 bill on the desk saying he wants to inspect the rooms upstairs to pick one for the night. As soon as he walks upstairs, the motel owner grabs the bill and runs next door to pay his debt to the butcher.

 The butcher takes the $100 and runs down the street to retire his debt to the pig farmer. 

 The pig farmer takes the $100 and heads off to pay his bill to his supplier, the Co-op. 

 The guy at the Co-op takes the $100 and runs to pay his debt to the local prostitute, who has also been facing hard times and has had to offer her "services" on credit. 

The hooker rushes to the hotel and pays off her room bill with the hotel owner. The hotel proprietor then places the $100 back on the counter so the traveler will not suspect anything. 

 At that moment the traveler comes down the stairs, states that the rooms are not satisfactory, picks up the $100 bill and leaves. 

No one produced anything.  No one earned anything.  However, the whole town is now out of debt and looks to the future with a lot more optimism. 

 And that, ladies and gentlemen, is how a Stimulus package works 

 

 

 

Dave Ramsey's Thoughts on The National Debt

by Leslie Edwards

As a Dave Ramsey Endorsed Local Real Estate Provider, I regularly receive interesting information from Dave.  One of the things I like about Dave Ramsey is that his message is clear and he presents a plan that anyone can follow regardelss of the amount of their debt.  Another thing I appreciate about Dave is that he makes no bones about his politics. 

If you need help with your finances, call Dave.  If you need help with real estate, call me.

leslie edwards                                                                                                     770.460.9448 direct                                                                                            RE/MAX Around Atlanta                                                              leslie@leslieedwards.com                                           www.SouthMetroAtlantaMLS.com

Dave's Thoughts on the National Debt

Dave's Thoughts on the National Debt The nation's debt now exceeds $13 trillion. Yes, $13 trillion. You know what you could do with just $1 trillion? You could pay the rent for every renter in the U.S. for three years or pay the monthly payments on all U.S. mortgages for 14 months. A $1 trillion stack of $1 bills would wrap around the equator 2.72 times!

And $1 trillion is just a fraction of the money the U.S. owes. Since Dave can't stand debt, including the national debt, he had some tough things to say as he discussed the issue recently on The Dave Ramsey Show. Listen to the clip here.

What Is National Debt?
The government uses debt to cover its expenses when it spends more than it makes from taxes or other revenue sources. There is no requirement that the country operate on a balanced budget, so, since the country was founded, the national debt has continued to grow.

In 2008, the national debt stood at $9 trillion—the total debt for the entire history of the U.S. In two years, we added $4 trillion to our debt, increasing it by almost 50%!

It is no different than one of us racking up credit card debt on groceries, then getting a car loan and a mortgage on top of that. All the money you make goes to keep up your payments. Not smart.

The Lines Are About To Cross
While $13 trillion of debt is overwhelming to think about, what's worse is the breakneck rate of spending. It only took six months to go from $12 trillion to $13 trillion!

Imagine the U.S. debt and revenue as two lines on a chart. The revenue line is pretty flat, if not declining, but the debt line is shooting straight up. The two lines are about to cross, and that means the country's debt will exceed its ability to pay the payments.

A Political Revolution
The majority of people in America want an environment that gives them a shot to make their own money, and they are not happy with the redistribution of wealth that is happening today. The ballooning debt is just one more reason for a political revolution—to fire the politicians who are doing the spending, regardless of their party.

That's why Dave doesn't buy in to the gloom and doom some political analysts believe. He talks with people all over the country who are angry about the direction the country is headed, and they are not willing to put up with it anymore.

Our debt problem has given our country the opportunity to come up with a solution. With such an impressive problem, the solution it inspires is bound to be great!

Health Care Smealth Care

by Leslie Edwards

Subject:  2011 W-2 Tax Forms--Surprise, surprise!

 Should you want to verify this, go to http://www.thomas.gov/, enter "HR 3590" 
in the search box and look for "CRS Summaries."  This is what you'll find. 
  
Title IX Revenue Provisions—Subtitle A:  Revenue Offset 
"(Sec. 9002) Requires employers to include in the W-2 form of each employee 
the aggregate cost of applicable employer-sponsored group health coverage 
that is excludable from the employee's gross income (excluding the value of 
contributions to flexible spending arrangements)." 

 Starting in 2011—next year—the W-2 tax form sent by your employer will be 
increased to show the value of whatever health insurance you are provided.   
It doesn't matter if you're retired. Your gross income WILL go up by the amount 
of insurance your employer paid for. So you’ll be required to pay taxes on a larger 
sum of money that you actually received.

Take the tax form you just finished for 2009 and see what $15,000.00 or $20,000.00 additional gross income does to your tax debt. That's what you'll pay next year. For many it puts you into a much higher bracket. This is how the government is going to buy insurance for fifteen (15) percent that don't have insurance and it's only part of the tax increases, but it's not really a "tax increase" as such, it a redefinition of your taxable income. 
  
Also, go to Kiplinger's and read about the thirteen (13) tax changes for 2010 that 
could affect you. 
    
Additionally, the current 2.9% Medicare tax goes up to 3.8% and in addition to applying to payroll taxes, now also applies to interest, dividends, incentives, & all other income types.
Remember, the Bush tax cuts expire at the end of the year...that places everyone in a higher tax bracket.
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Yet another very good reason to vote in the primary and the November elections.  Vote out the tax and spend politicians, whether they are Democrat or Rebublican.  The only change in the direction this country is taking will be the result of our votes.  See you at the polls. leslie edwards

Election Day?

by Leslie Edwards

   The news programs having been doing the daily countdown to election day for weeks.  With only 6 days until election day...... 

Last Friday I stood in line with many others for about 45 minutes to vote early in Fayetteville.  Almost half the number of people who voted last year in Georgia have already voted.  In Clayton and Gwinett Counties, the polls have been overrun with early voters.

What if early voters see a political ad between now and November 4th and decide they made a mistake and want to change their vote?  Can they get a do over?      

    Sometimes, We vote for people and sometimes, once they are in office, we can't remember why we voted for them in the first place.  Often the choice we make is merely the lesser of two evils.  Alot of people who think this election will dramatic change anything are going to be surprised nothing really changes.  The real estate market will improve and the stock market will recover, both of which would have happened regardless which party is in power.

And someone please tell Matt Towery that the fake tan looks freakish in high definition.

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leslie edwards                                                                                    sells real estate                                                                      770.460.9448                                                                          RE/MAX Around Atlanta                                 leslie@leslieedwards.com

 

Politics and Spin

by Leslie Edwards
  This is the most exciting Presidential Election since John F. Kennedy won in 1960. The longest election cycle ever has more people paying attention, getting involved in the process, registering to vote and going to the polls.  Some think more voters is a good thing.
Maybe, Maybe Not 
   The average American is probably not watching hours of CNN, FOX or MSNBC, but those who do typically watch the 24 hour news channel that leans towards their own political party.
Right after the Vice Presidential Debate, CNN talking heads agreed that obviously Joe Biden won the debate. At the same time, on Fox, the talking heads called it a “knockout” and a “homerun” for Sarah Palin.
   People who watch mainly network TV are bombarded with political ads full of attacks and half truths and those ads may be the only thing they know or think they know about the candidate. Network TV and many major news outlets  lean Democratic which is often reflected in the way they report on different candidates. Positive press helps the candidates raise money and attract voters. The candidates with the most money buy substantially more ad time so that often, the candidates with less money and fewer ads don’t have a chance.  People who know advertising claim  that a person has to see/hear the message 7-9 times before they are ready to buy. The candidate with the most ads has a much better chance of winning.  So really, politics is about the money. The issues? Spin, Spin, Spin
    Each party will “spin” so much that it is hard for anyone to figure out what the real truth is. The party best at the “spin” has a better chance of winning, regardless of the real truth. Each candidate seems to have less than ten “talking points” and regardless of the question, they will answer with a prepared statement that may or may not refer to the question. If the interviewer asks a follow-up question, often  the candidate will repeat the same answer which, again, may or may not be related to the question asked.
  Do we really know any of these people? The fact that someone runs for President is not really because they want to “serve the people”. Why would someone spend $600,000,000 for a job that pays $200,000? Why would special interests donate multimillions to a political candidate if they are not buying access? There is money to be made or people wouldn’t do it. 
Bush and Cheney will be ultra rich and not because Congress gave them a raise. The wars in Iraq have been major money makers for private companies that contract with the government to provide services in the war zone. It is widely accepted that Cheney had previous relationships with companies that were awarded big contracts after some questionable bidding processes. When politicians leave office it’s payback time. There are so many ways for the money to get to the former politicians, like the exorbitant speaking fees the corporations pay. Payback? Maybe.
Reverend Wright, Tony Resco, Bill Ayers “The American people don’t care about that. They want to know who can solve the economic crisis”. If you heard that message over and over, you stop questioning the relationships because it is not important.
Spin, Spin, Spin
 
Regardless who wins, the economy will recover and the party in office will take all the credit and all the blame will be heaped on the other party. Spin, Spin, Spin. The market moves in cycles and always has. It will improve. Time is the  variable.
 
Whoever wins, it will be an interesting four years. It is like a soap opera. I can’t wait to see what will happen next.
 
Politics and Spin
  This is the most exciting Presidential Election since John F. Kennedy won in 1960. The longest election cycle ever has more people paying attention, getting involved in the process, registering to vote and going to the polls.  Some think more voters is a good thing.
Maybe, Maybe Not 
   The average American is probably not watching hours of CNN, FOX or MSNBC, but those who do typically watch the 24 hour news channel that leans towards their own political party.
Right after the Vice Presidential Debate, CNN talking heads agreed that obviously Joe Biden won the debate. At the same time, on Fox, the talking heads called it a “knockout” and a “homerun” for Sarah Palin.
   People who watch mainly network TV are bombarded with political ads full of attacks and half truths and those ads may be the only thing they know or think they know about the candidate. Network TV and many major news outlets  lean Democratic which is often reflected in the way they report on different candidates. Positive press helps the candidates raise money and attract voters. The candidates with the most money buy substantially more ad time so that often, the candidates with less money and fewer ads don’t have a chance.  People who know advertising claim  that a person has to see/hear the message 7-9 times before they are ready to buy. The candidate with the most ads has a much better chance of winning.  So really, politics is about the money. The issues? Spin, Spin, Spin
    Each party will “spin” so much that it is hard for anyone to figure out what the real truth is. The party best at the “spin” has a better chance of winning, regardless of the real truth. Each candidate seems to have less than ten “talking points” and regardless of the question, they will answer with a prepared statement that may or may not refer to the question. If the interviewer asks a follow-up question, often  the candidate will repeat the same answer which, again, may or may not be related to the question asked.
  Do we really know any of these people? The fact that someone runs for President is not really because they want to “serve the people”. Why would someone spend $600,000,000 for a job that pays $200,000? Why would special interests donate multimillions to a political candidate if they are not buying access? There is money to be made or people wouldn’t do it. 
Bush and Cheney will be ultra rich and not because Congress gave them a raise. The wars in Iraq have been major money makers for private companies that contract with the government to provide services in the war zone. It is widely accepted that Cheney had previous relationships with companies that were awarded big contracts after some questionable bidding processes. When politicians leave office it’s payback time. There are so many ways for the money to get to the former politicians, like the exorbitant speaking fees the corporations pay. Payback? Maybe.
Reverend Wright, Tony Resco, Bill Ayers “The American people don’t care about that. They want to know who can solve the economic crisis”. If you heard that message over and over, you stop questioning the relationships because it is not important.
Spin, Spin, Spin
 
Regardless who wins, the economy will recover and the party in office will take all the credit and all the blame will be heaped on the other party. Spin, Spin, Spin. The market moves in cycles and always has. It will improve. Time is the  variable.
 
Whoever wins, it will be an interesting four years. It is like a soap opera. I can’t wait to see what will happen next.
 
Politics and Spin
  This is the most exciting Presidential Election since John F. Kennedy won in 1960. The longest election cycle ever has more people paying attention, getting involved in the process, registering to vote and going to the polls.  Some think more voters is a good thing.
Maybe, Maybe Not 
   The average American is probably not watching hours of CNN, FOX or MSNBC, but those who do typically watch the 24 hour news channel that leans towards their own political party.
Right after the Vice Presidential Debate, CNN talking heads agreed that obviously Joe Biden won the debate. At the same time, on Fox, the talking heads called it a “knockout” and a “homerun” for Sarah Palin.
   People who watch mainly network TV are bombarded with political ads full of attacks and half truths and those ads may be the only thing they know or think they know about the candidate. Network TV and many major news outlets  lean Democratic which is often reflected in the way they report on different candidates. Positive press helps the candidates raise money and attract voters. The candidates with the most money buy substantially more ad time so that often, the candidates with less money and fewer ads don’t have a chance.  People who know advertising claim  that a person has to see/hear the message 7-9 times before they are ready to buy. The candidate with the most ads has a much better chance of winning.  So really, politics is about the money. The issues? Spin, Spin, Spin
    Each party will “spin” so much that it is hard for anyone to figure out what the real truth is. The party best at the “spin” has a better chance of winning, regardless of the real truth. Each candidate seems to have less than ten “talking points” and regardless of the question, they will answer with a prepared statement that may or may not refer to the question. If the interviewer asks a follow-up question, often  the candidate will repeat the same answer which, again, may or may not be related to the question asked.
  Do we really know any of these people? The fact that someone runs for President is not really because they want to “serve the people”. Why would someone spend $600,000,000 for a job that pays $200,000? Why would special interests donate multimillions to a political candidate if they are not buying access? There is money to be made or people wouldn’t do it. 
Bush and Cheney will be ultra rich and not because Congress gave them a raise. The wars in Iraq have been major money makers for private companies that contract with the government to provide services in the war zone. It is widely accepted that Cheney had previous relationships with companies that were awarded big contracts after some questionable bidding processes. When politicians leave office it’s payback time. There are so many ways for the money to get to the former politicians, like the exorbitant speaking fees the corporations pay. Payback? Maybe.
Reverend Wright, Tony Resco, Bill Ayers “The American people don’t care about that. They want to know who can solve the economic crisis”. If you heard that message over and over, you stop questioning the relationships because it is not important.
Spin, Spin, Spin
 
Regardless who wins the election, the economy will recover, the party in office will take all the credit and all the blame will be heaped on the other party. Spin, Spin, Spin. The market moves in cycles and always has. It will improve. Time is the  variable.
 
Whoever wins, it will be an interesting four years. It is like a soap opera. I can’t wait to see what will happen next.
 

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