Friday, February 20, 2009

Friday Musings

Another Friday, another list of random Flick thoughts. . .

  • Jeff Francis is out for the year (supposedly). Marquis better eat some inning and one of those young guys (Hirsh, Smith, Morales) needs to step up big.
  • I would like to present a big, big 'IF' statement. IF Franklin Morales learns to control his pitches, IF Greg Smith stops walking every third batter, IF Jorge De La Rosa continues to pitch like his last 5 starts of 2008, IF Greg Reynolds learns to relax at the major league level, and IF Jason Hirsh ever gets around to remember how to dominate batters, the 2010 Rockies rotation could be the best in the history of the franchise.
  • With Cook and Ubaldo (and a healthy Francis), we really only need 2 of these to happen. Much more likely.
  • Last Sunday was the Daytona 500. We had a crew head over to our house to watch the race. Unfortunately, the last 48 laps were canceled due to the rain. Disappointing.
  • My goal was to get the bathroom operational by Daytona. Robert left my house at about 6:00 or 6:15. At that point, you could use the toilet and the sink. I call that a success.
  • A big thanks to Jorge, Robert, Dad, John, Matthew, and Randy for all their help in this remodel process.
  • I thanked Chew even though he usually was watching chick flicks with Sarah in the other room when the men worked!
  • All I have remaining down in the bathroom is the trim, some paint touchups, and the shower needs caulk.
  • The hallway needs to be painted, the closet doors need to be hung, and the light fixtures need to be put up. As soon as all that is done, we are going to replace all the carpet in the basement and put up new baseboards.
  • Then I start the next project. . .
  • I read that the stimulus bill was 1,073 pages long. Yet it only took 18 hours to pass both the House and the Senate. That makes me sick to my stomach.
  • This quick legislation is after Nancy Pelosi promised that we would have 48 hours to read the stimulus bill online before they voted.
  • And it is after President Obama promised that the American people would have 5 days to read bills before he signed them into law.
  • Seems like government is still full of the same old cheats and liars. I really had hoped that Obama would move the government in a new direction of honest and transparency.
  • I did like this, though.
  • For those of you out there that are car people, you will like this article about the Hofmeister Kink. Nothing says 'luxury' like a kink!
This weekend should be a good one as Blackhawk, a housewarming party, and Winter Park will all make appearances. I hope you all have good ones as well.

Til the next post,


Jonny said...

Couldn't agree more about no one actually reading the stimulus package plan. Simply disgusting.

Have to disagree about one thing though. Rick Santelli is a moron. It's not as simple as he (and everyone for that matter) would like to believe. While I agree that there are people who acted irresponsibly out of selfishness and willfully bought houses they couldn't afford, the problem of bad mortgages is systemic and touches the entire spectrum of decision makers. From those in Congress who instructed Fannie and Freddie to give out loans to poor people who can't afford them to the hucksters in the banking industry who built what is essentially a ponzi scheme out of the housing market, the blame is cast broad and deep.

Some people bought houses they knew they couldn't afford, others were just out and out lied to by the system they were told they could trust. It's easy to point a finger at Obama, but in my estimation, he's making a good faith effort to make things right without pointlessly playing the blame game. It matters less how we got here, and more how we fix it.

Mikey said...

In all honesty, I don't really know much about Rick Santelli other than the fact that he went off the other day on TV. What I liked about his little rant was the fact that he publicly voiced a common displeasure with the government's handling of this crisis. I would like to think that Americans in general are tired of the ineptitude we are seeing in our national government. It is truly pathetic.

I agree with you - the blame could (and should) be spread far and wide. I also agree that we need to focus on how we fix this problem. Obama's (and Congress's and the Senate's) idea is to inject money that we don't have into a system that is artificially inflated. I disagree with that stance. Spending imaginary money is a major part of why we are here. Spending imaginary money will only make things worse. I guess that us peons can only wait to see how it all plays out.

Jonny said...

I agree that using "imaginary money" is not the answer either, and we'll see on Tuesday how our President plans to cut our deficit in half (as he has claimed he'll do) over the next four years.

While I'm generally not in favor of expanded government spending either, the consequences associated with just letting it all burn would be worse than taking measures to try and stem the bleeding - at least in my estimation. Congress continues to astound me with how incompetent it can be (on both sides of the aisle), but our President seems to at least make an effort to put forth a detailed plan where we can mark progress in a semi-tangible way.

The common argument is that he's a "tax and spend" liberal, but it's better than the ideology President Bush seemed to live by where he'd "cut tax and spend anyway" without a thought to where the money came from.

Like you, I'm interested to see how this plays out, but for now I'm willing to give Obama the benefit of the doubt to see if it actually works. And really, what other choice do we have?