Wednesday, August 29, 2012
But, I digress.
While I was watching, I was thinking in terms of future presidential nominees. I liked John Kasich (Ohio governor), John Barrasso (Wyoming senator), and Luis Fortuno (Puerto Rico governor). Of course, these were first impressions, but first impressions are important, in my opinion. I'll be paying more attention now to these three. Chris Christie, the New Jersey governor, has been in the spotlight here and there since assuming office, and usually with favorable reviews from vocal Republicans, but my mind isn't made up yet. He tries too hard...or something. There's something about him I don't quite trust yet. The rumor around the interwebs is that he plans to run for president in 2016. Guess we'll see.
On a different note, has anyone seen the website put out by the Obama campaign, Who is Fighting for Middle Class Tax Cuts? You can input your family's income and see your tax savings and/or increase according to Obama's and Romney's tax plans. Of course, no matter what income level is entered, you have tax savings with Obama's plan and a tax increase with Romney's plan. Let's just pretend for a moment that this is not skewed at all, absolutely no assumptions were made, it's completely unbiased and all facts are known. Umm, so what? We're in debt, people! How can we expect to get out of debt without spending any money? It's sad that many Americans would have made better choices, and wouldn't have put our nation in the crisis we're currently weathering, and now those same people (read: you and I) are going to have to shell out to fix it. But I don't see any other way around it. Do you? It'll definitely help (a really LOT) if we cut wasteful spending, but that won't get rid of the debts we now owe. Just my two cents on the subject.
Friday, August 17, 2012
Some financial “experts” will try to tell you they know the safe way to invest your money. Others will say, “Cash is King,” and by that they mean real, in-your-hands cash, not “digital” cash that you have tied up in banks or stocks or bonds. Others say that cash will soon be worthless; you need to invest in precious metals, because gold and silver won’t lose value even if the dollar fails. And still others say that cash will soon be worthless and so will precious metals, because once the monetary system fails, people will be wanting practical items, and gold isn’t good for eating, wearing or building.
So my question for you is, what are you doing right now with your cash? Are you still investing? Are you keeping it in the bank? Or are you stashing it somewhere safe? Are you diversifying? Buying precious metals? Stocking up on supplies and items to barter? Are you of the mindset that cash will be king, or that cash will be toilet paper? Or, maybe you are looking at it percentage-wise? (i.e., keep 30% of your assets in cash, the rest into other options).
I’m not asking for numbers, of course, and I’d rather you didn’t give any. But just in general terms, how are you protecting your assets?
Thursday, August 9, 2012
|My favorite new hangout|
Things have been hectic around here. We've been non-stop busy. Well, at least it feels that way. The hubster and I both caught "the crud," and passed it back and forth for a while. Then the growing season came on, and the garden took up most of my time. We've had some family issues and some job-related issues, and coupled with everyday worries about the economy, etc., we've been pretty stressed out at times.
|Bike Night on Beale Street|
We had a storm shelter installed this month. We had to choose between a 6- to 8-person unit, or a 10- to 12- person unit. At first, we decided on the smaller unit. But after sleeping on it, we called the company back and upgraded. Now that it's in place, I'm really glad we did. We could get 10 people in it--heck, we could probably get 20 people in it if we had to--but it wouldn't be comfortable. Hopefully we'll never have to use it, and if we do, hopefully we won't be down there for more than a few minutes. We've told four relatives and as many neighbors to come on over if a tornado's headed our way. As far as our pets, the plan is to throw them in the utility room, which has no outside walls, and hope for the best. At any rate, we're both glad to have the shelter.
Well, that's a long enough synopsis of what I've been up to for the last several months. Hopefully I'll get back into the blogging groove now. I've missed you guys.