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Monday, October 6, 2008

Fibromyalgia Spoils UWEC Homecoming, Art Tour

It has been four rather ugly days since I last contributed to the blog. If anybody knows an absolutely good medication to take for fibromyalgia please let me know. When it is "on me" like it was the past days, there is no way to describe the intense pain and distress my body feels. Every muscle group in my body feels like it is inflamed and all my joints hurt so badly that it takes a real effort just to get out of bed.

Saturday we attended the UWEC Homecoming game. the day started out well enough with tailgating in the parking lot, but by the time we were seated I was really uncomfortable. In the photo I seem to be covering for it pretty well! but mostly, I was wathing the clock and wishing that it would end.

Sunday was no better -- I must have taken at least three very hot baths to try to ease the pain throughout the day. Then to add to my misery, the Packers lost to the Atlanta Falcons AT LAMBEAU! I have lost all patience with Ted Thompson and want his head on a pike!

Following the game, I soaked in the hottest tub possible and we went out to find Tiit Raid's art display which was part of the "Falling Leaves Art Studio Tour" -- a backroads tour of art studios hidden among the farms and woods near Augusta. Fairchild, Fall Creek, Humbird, and Osseo, Wisconsin.

What a great concept for this time of year -- to get out and enjoy local artists when Mother Nature herself is doing some of Her finest painting!

It would have been so much more enjoyable had I not found that every step I took brought on waves of searing pain in my reconstructed knee.

Today I awoke to find the curse has lifted somewhat and I have been giving thanks throughout the day. I sat down and wrote as many bills as I could with what little money I have in my checking account and quietly cursed the present administration and Mr. McCain and all his Wall Street cronies that have gotten us into this terrible mess!

I admit that the Democrats are not blameless in this either -- but they have not been in power for the past eight years, have they?

I did have to smile at this treatise by T.J. Burkenmeier on the current financial fiasco:

Hi Pals,

I'm against the $85,000,000,000.00 bailout of AIG.

Instead, I'm in favor of giving $85,000,000,000 to America in a We Deserve It Dividend.

To make the math simple, let's assume there are 200,000,000 bonafide U.S. Citizens 18+.

Our population is about 301,000,000 +/- counting every man, woman and child. So 200,000,000 might be a fair stab at adults 18 and up..

So divide 200 million adults 18+ into $85 billion that equals $425,000.00.

My plan is to give $425,000 to every person 18+ as a We Deserve It Dividend.

Of course, it would NOT be tax free.

So let's assume a tax rate of 30%.

Every individual 18+ has to pay $127,500.00 in taxes.

That sends $25,500,000,000 right back to Uncle Sam.

But it means that every adult 18+ has $297,500.00 in their pocket.

A husband and wife has $595,000.00.

What would you do with $297,500.00 to $595,000.00 in your family?

Pay off your mortgage - housing crisis solved.

Repay college loans - what a great boost to new grads

Put away money for college - it'll be there

Save in a bank - create money to loan to entrepreneurs.

Buy a new car - create jobs

Invest in the market - capital drives growth

Pay for your parent's medical insurance - health care improves

Enable Deadbeat Dads to come clean - or else

Remember this is for every adult U S Citizen 18+ including the folks who lost their jobs at Lehman Brothers and every other company that is cutting back. And of course, for those serving in our Armed Forces.

If we're going to re-distribute wealth let's really do it...instead of trickling out a puny $1000.00 ( 'vote buy' ) economic incentive that is being proposed
by one of our candidates for President.

If we're going to do an $85 billion bailout, let's bail out every adult U S Citizen 18+!

As for AIG - liquidate it.

Sell off its parts.

Let American General go back to being American General.

Sell off the real estate.

Let the private sector bargain hunters cut it up and clean it up.

Here's my rationale. We deserve it and AIG doesn't.

Sure it's a crazy idea that can 'never work.'

But can you imagine the Coast-To-Coast Block Party!

How do you spell Economic Boom?

I trust my fellow adult Americans to know how to use the $85 Billion

We Deserve It Dividend more than I do the geniuses at AIG or in Washington DC

And remember, The Birk plan only really costs $59.5 Billion because $25.5 Billion is returned instantly in taxes to Uncle Sam.

Ahhh...I feel so much better getting that off my chest.

Kindest personal regards,


T. J. Birkenmeier, A Creative Guy & Citizen of the Republic


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