Fiscal Cliff My Hind Foot!

Published: Monday, January 14, 2013 at 10:03 AM.

Billie Jean liked me a little back in high school. I kinda liked her back but she was big on brand name sweaters, eating out and, boy howdy, how she loved going to the movies! I was working summers at the swimming pool and cutting firewood for a little extra money……but Billie Jean’s taste seemed to outstrip my pay check. I liked long walks on a bright sunny afternoon or a bicycle ride out to the Tri-County Stockyards. She didn’t give a hoot about sitting on the porch and watching for out of state cars to pass by. I was sixteen years old. And I was forced to think about a budget. It was idiotic to expect that I could spend more than I had! It fell my lot to determine when I had the money for a movie and when we had to ride out to the stockyards. Somehow I managed to live life, enjoy Billie Jean’s company, buy a Timex and make enough sensible decisions that I didn’t go over any fiscal cliffs…..

Folks, most all of you have done the exact same thing! Daddy would say we were “living within our means”. If we figured it out years ago, why does it seem to be such a mystery to our national government? 

It might get back to a Senator that is worth $200 million not being in touch with the rest of us. A Congressman raised on caviar and Rolexes might not have a clue about a bicycle ride versus a fifty cent movie. Of course, when you take Billie Jean along, it became a dollar movie. And sometimes that extra fifty cents made the difference!

I don’t think they count half dollars like we used to.

And they can talk “fiscal cliff” until the cows come home, it doesn’t ring authentic to me when so many of the ones voting for us have such a large personal safety net to fall back on. We need to send people to Washington who have actually SEEN a fiscal cliff!

Or, maybe, it would be a refreshing wake up call if we plunged over one time. I wonder how we would react as a nation if both of our trucks got destroyed in the same year……

Respectfully,



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