My little sister, Diana, who works in Washington as a Legislative Correspondent for Bob Bennett, pointed out to me, that my previous post was inaccurate.  I stated that the proposed bailout being discussed in Congress presently was unconstitutional.  She called me on it, so I went and looked up the wording in the Constitution, Article I, Section 8, which defines the scope of Legislative power:

Section 8. The Congress shall have power to lay and collect taxes, duties, imposts and excises, to pay the debts and provide for the common defense and general welfare of the United States; but all duties, imposts and excises shall be uniform throughout the United States;

To borrow money on the credit of the United States;

To regulate commerce with foreign nations, and among the several states, and with the Indian tribes;

To establish a uniform rule of naturalization, and uniform laws on the subject of bankruptcies throughout the United States;

To coin money, regulate the value thereof, and of foreign coin, and fix the standard of weights and measures;

It continues, but that’s the relevant part.  After reading that, I have to say that what Congress is doing is within the scope of their constitutional power, I just think that the way they are planning to exercise that power is stupid.  Thanks, Di.


If You Care, Stand Up and Do Something

Congress is setting up this week for another catastrophic, unconstitutional error.  Only 7% of Americans actually support the planned bailout of our financial institutions, but they’re going to do it anyway.  They are perfectly happy to rob the American people to pay Wall Street a bonus for being stupid.  Rather than fixing the gaping hole in the boat, they’d rather spend their time bailing water on the sinking ship.

I’ve just taken five minutes to write my Congressman & Senators a quick email to let them know my opinion.  Here’s your chance to do something, to voice your opinion.  Just Google “<Insert Politician Name> Contact” to get an email address or web form.  Let them know what you think.  Let’s not take this lying down.

No Rest for the Weary

I can’t seem to find the time or energy to maintain the blog lately, but I’m on hold with the auto shop and it might be a while, so here’s a quick update.  Things are going well here in Vanderhoof.  I’m working way too much, keeping up with both my jobs and trying to start a computer cable manufacturing company in my spare time.  I had planned to join the volunteer fire department here in town, but with all my work, and now being called to be Young Mens President in our ward, I can’t seem to find it in me.  Hopefully things will settle down eventually.

I’m working from home, which has its pros & cons.  Commutes are definitely nice, but having no separation from home life is difficult.  We’re looking around to buy a home now, and I would love to find something with a separate building on the property that I could turn into a private office.  If that doesn’t happen, I may get an office in town.

Karli and I have both been losing weight since we moved here.  Karli’s been training to run a marathon with her sisters next year, so I haven’t lost nearly as much as her, but it feels good.  The biggest hurdle has been that they don’t have diet Mountain Dew here, so I’ve had to switch to Coke Zero.  Oh well.

Porter started his first partial day of Kindergarten yesterday.  He’ll be going every other day, all day, starting next week.  That’s one of the reasons we moved, actually.  He gets to start a year earlier here than he would have in the States.  He’s very excited and we know he’ll do well.  I recently installed Edubuntu (a Linux distribution for learning) on my old computer, so he spends some time here in the office with me playing learning games.

There’s probably lots more to tell, but I’m off the phone with Canadian Tire now and I’d better get back to work.