Deficit Thinking

Wednesday, 16 July 2003, 20:36 | Category : Politics
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Please, don’t anybody ever refer to Republicans as the party of fiscal responsibility again. A $450 billion deficit? And that doesn’t include the costs of Bush’s excursion into Iraq. They say it will be cut in half in a few years. And even that figure would have been a near-record deficit before the one just announced. Democrats may be the part of “tax and spend” – but Repubicans are the party of “spend and spend”. At least Democrats are honest enough to admit that you have to have government revenue to pay for all the programs. Look at recent history – the Reagan administration gave us deficits that exceeded the cumulative deficits of all previous Presidents.

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The Zen Of Trenching

Thursday, 10 July 2003, 9:26 | Category : Life
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I haven’t had the energy for political rants lately. Or the collectiveness of mind that would let me say anything beyond “Republicans blablabla…”. What I’ve been doing is going home after work, almost every day for the past several weeks, and working in the yard. The latest project was a 130′, 20″ deep, 6″ wide trench for the electricians to run the power line for the pool pumps and (hopefully) my new workshop. I rented a Ditch Witch from the local Home Depot, and soon discovered that while it works great on level, dry ground without roots or hard packed clay, once you get outside those parameters, it becomes a very different beast.

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Garden pictures

Wednesday, 2 July 2003, 9:33 | Category : Gardening
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I was out in the front garden early this morning and took a few pictures. No vegetable garden at all so far this year, the pool construction would have destroyed anything I would have planted anyway. So I’ve been concentrating on getting the front yard into shape. I like the area, it’s a nice place to sit in the evening. With the picket fence along the street, and some chairs under the Bradford pear, it’s like an outdoor room.

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