Boy everyone is so afraid of taxes, or at least the media makes it sound that way, but somehow we will be paying 2% tax on food, which is so unfair in my view. It does not take a genius to know that poor people spend more as a total percentage of income on food. Well it is clear that there are more poor people than the rich and there will be only so much that they will take. Often you hear of the 80/20% rule, and if only half of the 80% vote there will be change to the system. The tea baggers have big voices and Fox News makes it sound like no one wants changes like the public option or any other change that may help the nations poorer people, however, we will see how long the party of "no" will last.
article argues that increased taxes are the only way out of the hole we have dug. One can not simply keep on deficit spending and never pay the piper.
source. Furthermore, do you hear people complaining about the socialist programs like Social Security, medicare and VA programs? Those programs are applauded and counted on by millions, so not sure why so many are so scared of a little government help in the areas that truly make us human. I'm willing to pay a little extra out of my pay check to know that I do not need to worry about if I'm going to be able to have basic health care. For that matter to know that my fellow citizen, no matter what cards he has been dealt in life will be able to not worry about basic health care.
Anyway on the running front I did two separate runs today, 5.3 miles in 48:37, then another 3 mile run with some friends in 30:43. Nice easy running before the marathon this weekend. I don't have a real goal time, but plan to run strong and steady. This is a rare race that gives awards 5 deep in the age divisions and last year the 35-39 year old men proved pretty competive with times of the first five ranging from 2:45 to 3:26. I'd love to be in the top five, but I'm not going to kill myself. If it is not too hilly I think a 3:26 will be just about right for my time. Anyway, couple more days of slow running then off to the race. I should top just over 80 miles this week.
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