Saturday, December 06, 2008

Welcome to the Revolution

It's an interesting time, is it not?

Our economy is in a deep recession, and they just admitted it this week. The government rushed to bail out the banks, but they are making the auto makers beg for relief. There were over 600,000 jobs lost during the month of November alone, and it's going to get worse before it gets better.

This is why I want to be self-employed. I don't want to worry about a paycheck. I want to be my own boss. I want to work the hours I want to work, as hard as I want to work them (I have one hell of a work ethic, ask anyone who knows me). I want to live my life, no worries about the bills getting paid and just have some freaking FUN for a change!!


More than anything, I want freedom.
Freedom from the drive to work and back.
Freedom from the hassle of putting up with crap from people who have a higher position than you and never hesitate to remind you of that.
Freedom from worrying about whether I have a job or not when things get slow.
Freedom from depending on an employer to give me a paycheck every two weeks.

What set me off on this thread? A blog post by Pat O'Bryan, an entrepeneur who has a new book out on I like his style. I like what he has to say, and he is living the lifestyle to which I would like to become accustomed. If you want to check it out, here's the link:

All through the election, they preached to us about CHANGE. Changes are happening right now, but not good changes. Too many people are losing what they have worked their asses off all of their lives to get: jobs, homes, and that wonderful 401(k) that isn't worth the paper it's printed on, not to mention the stocks that went into the toilet a few weeks ago.

Christmas is coming and nobody can afford it.

What is it going to take before we as a country stand up and say "NO MORE!!"

Where is OUR economic bailout?

I say we not have to pay taxes for the next 4 years. That'll boost the economy!

Have all of those CEOs who put us in this financial meltdown pay back all the bonuses they received for running their businesses into the ground. Have the thieves and the scammers pay everything back and then some to the Social Security fund.

Or better yet, find those millions and millions of dollars we all sent in to help those out after 9/11. Where did that money go? Inquiring minds want to know.

Because I think we are all just pissed and we are not going to take it anymore. Call your senators, your congress people, your state representatives, your governor in your state and in the federal system too.

Remind them, they work for US.



Marta Stephens said...

Last year property taxes in our state doubled. In some counties they tripled and quadrupled. Countless retirees had to sell the home they'd paid for years before because they couldn't afford the property taxes. In many cases savings were depleted to cover the costs.

The citizens banned together to force a change. This year, taxes were cut in half and our governor is pushing for a change in our state constitution that mandates property taxes cannot exceed 1% of the assessed property value.

... of the people, for the people, by the people.

Anonymous said...

Wonderful post Laura. Thank you. That's how I feel too. I'm sick and tired of listening to those "people" we elected, who got us into this mess, act as if they are the ones to save us.

Count me in on this Revolution. Let's do all we can to let them know that in Washington DC they work for us -- and since we are their employers, they must listen to us.

With what I heard on the news today, about California sending some rotten thugs who perpetrated a home invasion on an old woman, to Washington for the inauguration. I am beginning to think that state and federal government people are simply and absolutely nuts.

...whew, now my blood is really boiling.

Yes, to what Marta said too.

Thank you again Laura.

Laura M. Crawford said...

Marta and Electric Words,

Thanks for your support. I'm glad I am not alone in feeling or thinking this way.

Marta, in my county, the property taxes have gone insane. I rent, so it affects my landlord, but QH's parents are having to pay a huge amount and they live on a fixed income. Both are retired. Our friend Connie, who owns 40 acres, had her property taxes go up to $5,000!! She's disabled and living on Social Security! Where in the world do these people think these homeowners are going to be able to come up with the money to pay that?

It's bad enough people are having a hard time paying for their mortgages or rent, and the rest of everything has gone up, like groceries. Now on top of everything, this county expects people to cough up this kind of money at Christmas time?? Not only that, we have only a few months before Income Taxes, what then??

They had a "town hall" meeting, and QH's folks went to it and they said that the room was full of angry homeowners and when the Assessor's officer tried to tell them that it was a "State Mandate" they all stood up and said they were full of SH*T!!!

The people are pissed. They are filing a class action lawsuit against Sherburne County for unlawful and unfair taxation. There was one lady there who had a business and they were trying to increase her property taxes 900%!! Yes, Nine Hundred Percent!!

Isn't this why we left England?? I think it will take more than just throwing some tea into a bay for things to change around here.

I will keep you all posted as to what happens. In the meantime, I am building a website called "Legalized Extortion", all about the government taking advantage of us and offering a forum for what we can do to change some things, if not for us, then maybe for our children or our grandchildren. I should have it up this week.

If you are interested, I will be forming a Yahoo Group. I'll let you both know where you can sign up.

It's important that we have discussions about this, and as Electric Words said, we need to let them all know that they work for US!

Laura :)

Geri said...

Things are bad. I can only hope Obama's economic team gets things turned around.