Why Washington should call my mom
By Kathryn C on July 30, 2011
For reals, I’m so over the debt ceiling talks. I am so over it that I’ve now resorted to listening to The Covino and Rich Show in my car because I can’t stand listening to the debt talks. Actually, “resorted” isn’t the right word because The Covino and Rich Show is quite possibly the best show on satellite radio these days.
Yesterday they were talking about that there aren’t any young hot chicks in Hollywood anymore, they’re talking about hot young chicks like Carmen Electra and Pamela Anderson back in the day. Apparently Taylor Swift and Miley Cyrus don’t cut it for them. I thought they actually had a point.
I can’t keep track of what guys think is hot these days. I went out with one guy a bit ago who I think likes girls who look like sex pots, you know, the ones who look like Sofia Vergara.
When we were at dinner he was eyeballing every girl that walked by in a little dress with boobs hanging out, which is pretty much everybody in LA. I don’t look like that so I think that’s why he fired me. Oh well, he kinda sucked anyway, he talked about money a lot and that’s the most annoying thing on the planet when guys do that on dates.
But seriously, you know my stance on all this dating and marriage stuff, most nights I’d rather sit home and write stuff for my blog, which is a bit of a problemo, unless I want to be single the rest of my life. In fact, some guy asked me to dinner last night and I told him: “Sorry I can’t make it, I want to go for a run then I have some “stuff” (code for my blog) I wanna get done.”
Despite what it might seem like, lately I’ve been thinking that it might be a good idea to back into my future life. Let’s say I’d like to be married by the time I’m 40; I say 40 because 40 year olds can still have kids, I think. If I said 50 that might be a little too old to have kids.
Anyway, that means it would be good to meet someone, let’s say, by the time I’m 37 or so, so I have some time to make sure I want to marry them. Yes, it might take me 3 years to figure that out. I’ll need some time to assess; The Notebook isn’t real people.
I know I sound like a crazy person, but I’m not, you have to plan for stuff. What about those girls who say stuff in college like “I’d like to be married by the time I’m 28 so I need to meet my husband in college!” They planned, so don’t make fun of me. BUT you know they’re gonna wake up at 40 and look at their husband and say: “WTF was I thinking ……you’re ugly!” while I’m sipping mai tai’s on my honeymoon with someone who thinks I’m the best thing since sliced bread because we’ve been together for like, a day. I guess that I’m doing the same thing as those girls, I just have a different timeline for my plans.
I’ve always been pretty good at setting long-term goals and then backing into how I can achieve my goals. You’ve gotta do little things on a daily or weekly basis to make sure you’re heading in the right direction so you don’t get in crisis mode when you hit your deadline. My mom taught me how to do this, actually.
When I was little my mom and I would look at my homework that was due in the coming weeks and then we’d have a plan for each day to make sure I was doing enough so that I didn’t leave it all until the last minute. I backed into getting my school work done.
Then when I started running marathons after college I used the same strategy she taught me, there’s no other way to do it. If you wanna go from running 3 miles to 26.2 miles, you have to plan your weekdays around your shorter runs so you can build up to running 20 miles on the weekend. I backed into running marathons.
Apparently Washington didn’t get the memo that you can’t wait till the eleventh hour to get something done; you have to back into whatever you’re trying to accomplish. Doing something in crisis mode never works, like trying to have a baby at 50.
After The President’s press conference this morning where he told us absolutely nothing new except that he will be working all weekend – boo hoo, sucks for you I’m going to see my friend’s show tonight, The Lalas, - I’m actually starting to get a little nervous that America’s debt will be downgraded by the credit agencies if they don’t figure out this mess by end of this weekend.
America has essentially maxed out its credit card – we reached our debt limit of 14.3 trillion dollars – that’s the max amount we’re allowed to borrow.
Our Treasury controls America’s revenue. Right now our bills (expenses) are bigger than our revenue we bring in from taxes, so, Treasury needs to borrow more money to pay for those bills, and figure out a way to spend less, or make more money on taxes because we can’t keep borrowing more and more money.
So for now, Treasury is asking Congress to raise the amount of money they can borrow because they don’t have enough money to pay America’s bills.
For you, imagine if you maxed out your credit card and you have some outstanding bills that you’re eventually gonna need to pay on your card. The problem is, you don’t make enough money to pay off your bill, so, you call the credit card company (Congress) to ask them to raise your borrowing limit on your credit card because you have all sorts of bills you need to pay.
If you maxed out your credit card and you have bills outstanding that you need to pay, what would you do to fix the situation?
You don’t need an M.B.A. to answer this one.
If you want to pay off your credit card bill you’d need to:
1) stop spending as much on your credit card
2) make more money
3) save money to pay off your bill
Apparently Washington likes to spend more than they make, then ask for a higher limit on their credit card so they can pay some of their bills with their card, and then figure out how they’re going to use their credit card less. The last part is what nobody can agree on, nobody knows how to stop using their credit card and pay cash.
Wow, and you wonder why Americans are such financial bozos…..our government doesn’t even know how to make a simple budget plan.
Washington is seriously pissing me off. The system is broken, you have to plan ahead for what you’re gonna need to spend, you can’t just wake up one day and think that the money is going to magically appear. Just like your life won’t magically happen the way you want it to or your dream job won’t magically appear; you have to back into the situation and plan for the things you want, and the life you want.
Things don’t work in crisis mode. Don’t do what our dysfunctional government is doing; don’t wait till the eleventh hour to figure out what you want. Figure out your dream, set your plan, and back into making it happen.
A dream is just a dream. A goal is a dream with a plan and a deadline.
— Harvey MacKay
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