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I Remember exactly where I was on 9/11/2001. I remember exactly what I was doing.

At the time I worked as the IT Manager for a company in Fort Lauderdale called “South Beach Gold”. That morning my boss came into my office and said “a plane just crashed into the World Trade Center”. Being the joker he (he had a morbid sense of humor” was I said “yeah Jerry whatever”. He replied “I wish this was one of my sick jokes”, it was then I looked up from my monitor and saw the look of fear in his eyes. We walked to his office and I saw it for myself, sadly within minutes the second tower was struck and it was then we looked at eachother and said this was no accident.

I remember my now ex-wife calling me, she was hysterical. Her father worked for and retired from the Port Authority and her older brother worked in Tower (North) One as an electrician.

I remember saying to her “where are you now”, she said “at home”.

I remember telling Jerry “I need to go home and be with my wife”. Without questioning me, he said “go to her”.

I remember sitting in traffic, frantically trying to call my brother in law, to no avail.

I remember getting home and seeing my wife sitting on the floor crying her eye’s out and yelling at her phone “ANSWER Paul PLEASE ANSWER”.

I remember feeling helpless because there was nothing I could do to calm the woman I loved. She felt like her entire world was crumbing around her. She practically grew up in the Twin Towers, as she reminded me many times over the next several days.

I remember finding out that same week, that my mother in law had passed away from the effects of breast cancer, leaving my wife feeling even more helpless and me feeling like there was nothing in the world I wouldn’t do for her, but couldn’t.

I remember listening to President Bush’s press conference and not hearing a word.

I remember… How the people of this country came together and helped one another, like one big community.

I remember finding out my brother in law was alive and safe in New Jersey almost a week later, he forgot his phone at home and was stuck in Jersey because they were only allowing emergency personel to cross the bridge. He slept in his car for almost a week.

I remember the look of joy on my wifes face knowing her brother was alive.

I also remember the look on her face when she realized this was not over.

If anyone thinks that just because Osama bin Laden is dead that we should bring the troops home…

Remember this is not over.



America’s Fiscal Future: Paul Ryan’s budget plan dramatically slows spending growth, gets entitlements under control and begins the arduous task of easing the nation’s crippling debt load. So what’s not to like?

As Congress argues over a measly $33 billion in cuts to the 2011 budget to keep the government from shutting down, the plan by House Budget Chairman Ryan for 2012 and beyond not only reverses the Democrats’ profligacy but returns the U.S. to a path of fiscal responsibility.

The plan trims $6.2 trillion from President Obama’s budget (see chart), driving outlays back below 20% of GDP, their historic average, and well below the 25% in Obama’s budget.

As for the squealing of the Democrats over vicious “cuts,” spending actually grows from 2011 to 2021 under Ryan’s plan by $1.12 trillion — an increase of 31%, or 3.1% a year. So those who say government is being “slashed” are being disingenuous.

In contrast, since Democrats took over Congress in 2006, spending has risen $1.2 trillion, or 44%. That amounts to a yearly gain of 9% that has pushed us to the brink of insolvency.

One thing that Ryan does slash is the deficit — by $4.4 trillion over 10 years. That’s $4.4 trillion less for our children and grandchildren to repay. More importantly, debt peaks at a projected 74.5% of GDP in 2013, then recedes to 67.5% by 2021 — vs. 87.4% under Obama’s budget.

This is accomplished mainly by reforming entitlement and welfare spending in ways that lower costs while giving people more choices.

Ryan starts by overturning ObamaCare, saving hundreds of billions of dollars in higher taxes. Then, for the first time ever, he proposes serious reforms for Medicare, the greatest danger to America’s fiscal health.

Instead of government paying providers directly and deciding what their services are worth, new retirees would receive “premium support” to help them buy insurance on the open market — similar to the much-envied plan that Congress itself has now.

Ryan also reforms the welfare system, giving block grants to states for both Medicaid and food stamps. This gets the federal government out of the business of micromanaging Americans’ choices and puts states in charge, as it should be.

None of this, of course, works without a healthy economy. To that end, following President Reagan’s notably successful lead, Ryan proposes a bold tax reform — one that reduces the top corporate and individual tax rates from 36% and 39.6%, respectively, to 25%, and gets rid of many of what Ryan calls “deductions and loopholes” that make our tax code hideously complex and costly.

This is a great plan. And it’s one that Americans, weary of the Big Government meddling of recent years, are ready to embrace. The only question is: Can Democrats muster the political wisdom and courage to support something from the opposition that would work?

The main reason the dems won’t go for it. It repeals ObamaCare. Can’t have that now can they. If they did it would be an admission that ObamaCare was a bad idea and would have ultimately been a failure that would have completed the job of bankrupting a nation.

Mona Charen

April 18 looms like a specter at this time of year, casting a pall over the forsythia and daffodils that coax us to be cheerful. Like a sick child who longs to play outside on a sunny day but must remain confined, we itemizers are chained to desks or dining-room tables littered with receipts, calendars, checkbook registers, and credit card statements for the annual spring ordeal.

Not that we file our own taxes. No, like 71 percent of Americans (according to Rasmussen), and like the overwhelming majority of members of Congress, including those on tax-writing committees, we pay someone else to prepare our taxes. The pencil-chewing dining-room table tribulation is merely the necessary antecedent to the actual preparation of a tax return by a professional.

The April 18 deadline predisposes one to sympathize with all other harassed taxpayers, so when The New York Times lambasted General Electric for paying no federal income tax…

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GOP & Jobs

Posted: March 18, 2011 in Commentary
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If you thought that the change in the house to a GOP majority meant that companies were suddenly going to start shitting out new jobs, then you need a reality check. The economy is still a mess and that isn’t going to change just because of an election. It’s going to be a mess for years to come.

FACT: Unemployment is down… BUT that is because of an increase in companies like Wal-mart needing low paid part time workers and many other people just giving up on finding a job and their unemployment running out.

In spite of what some people think you can not feed a family of four and keep a roof over your head on a minimum wage part time job. 20 hours a week @ 7.50 and hour is not enough to live on.

FACT: The government can’t employ everyone. Unless you want one of those sixteen thousand new IRS jobs that will be created by Obamacare. Which in and of itself is a complete joke.

FACT: Companies won’t be hiring en-mass until they know what the ramifications of hiring large numbers of employees under Obama’s ill advised health care plan. Many companies are trying to find ways to pay for the employees they have now. This will surely lead to higher prices on many services or goods. Are you an AT&T customer? Most of us are… Get ready for rate increases. AT&T alone figures it will cost them one billion to cover all their employees. Who do you think is gonna pay for that?

So again those of you who are already jumping up and down about the jobs promises that were made, shuddup it took almost eight years to get into this mess (longer really) it’s going to take a lot more than two months to get out of it