HAPPY BIRTHDAY, AMERICA! I truly hope you have many, many more...but that may not be a certainty anymore. With the attacks on the Constitution coming from the left leaning politicians in OUR OWN government, who knows how long our freedoms and liberty will endure. I actually have seen a glimmer of hope recently, when some of the White House Press Corp. (Helen Thomas, a liberal) have posed some tough questions to Press Secretary Gibbs. It was so heartening to hear her DEMAND an answer to a question when the giggling Gibbs tried to laugh and joke his way out of answering. It is about time that some of the main stream media DEMAND answers from this administration about the way the economy is still failing and the stimulus money is being wasted or simply not applied. Barack Obama is not above the rule of law or the requirements of the Constitution, and it is about time someone held his feet to the fire about the way he is circumventing our Constitution. His tactic of appointing czars for every perceived need is his way of avoiding the safety feature of "accountability" as set forth in the Constitution. His czars are required to report only to the President. He sets their salary, and they have to answer to no one but him. How's that for transparency?! Where are the checks and balances in that tidy little arrangement?
Meanwhile, the push for Cap and Trade and nationalized health care rushes forward. Both of these bills, if approved, will destroy our economy. The limitations put upon businesses by the emissions caps and the carbon credits scheme will eliminate the possibility of fiscal success by American businesses. It will also have the added effect of raising the cost of EVERY SINGLE THING PRODUCED, BOUGHT, SOLD, SERVICED, SHIPPED,ETC. in America. Our standard of living will plummet! I'm sure you've heard about the requirement buried in the fine print of this scheme whereby, when you go to sell your home someday, there will be a government appointed inspector who will examine the energy efficiency of your home (window leaks, insulation in walls and ceilings, old appliances which use more electricity, and efficiency of your furnace and air conditioner, etc.). If the inspector finds your home to be deficient in any area, you must (at your own expense) repair or replace those items before you ARE ALLOWED to sell your home! Talk about BIG BROTHER! Please contact your Senators and plead with them to vote "no"on these these two pieces of legislation.
I've already contacted mine, but they are both liberal and likely to vote for these horrific bills. Every Congressman should be REQUIRED by law to read every sentence and every word of a bill before they are allowed to vote on its passage. The practice of voting into law legislation without having studied every possible consequence for American citizens is just reprehensible. Legislators should be ashamed to admit to (much less joke about) not reading a bill that they just voted to adopt into law. Ridiculous.
The above picture is one of the early rugs that I hooked, and measures 7" x 11 1/2", and is hooked using all #8 cut, hand dyed wool.
The above picture of a picture is one that is in my studio. I love the folk art print, bought locally several years ago. Please excuse the awkward angle of the shot, but I was trying to avoid camera flash reflection in the glass!
I hope you had a wonderful Fourth of July and a great weekend!