How to Fix Congress

Now I realize I have said this is not going to be a political blog.  Aggie already has that covered, and covered well!  🙂

But, I can’t live in a hole, either.  I know that I’m not the only person who is just fed up to the gills with the way our elected oficials run roughshod over the needs and desires of the American public.  And some days, it just seems like there’s no solution.

But today I read this on a friend’s Facebook posting.  And a tiny glimmer of hope shone out through my cluttered mind.  I’ve thought many of these things…but who is going to listen to me?  I’m no financial genius billionaire.  Well, maybe someday…but Warren Buffett is, and people actually DO listen when he speaks.  So I’m gonna share, and share, and share.  Because I can.  😛

Warren Buffett, in a recent interview with CNBC, offers one of the best quotes about the debt ceiling:

“I could end the deficit in 5 minutes,” he told CNBC. “Y
ou just
pass a law that says that anytime there is a deficit of more
than 3% of GDP, all sitting members of Congress are ineligible
for re-election.

The 26th amendment (granting the right to vote for 18 year-olds)
took only 3 months & 8 days to be ratified! Why? Simple!
The people demanded it. That was in 1971 – before computers, e-mail,
cell phones, etc.

Of the 27 amendments to the Constitution, seven (7) took one (1) year
or less to become the law of the land – all because of public pressure.

Warren Buffet is asking each addressee to forward this email to
a minimum of twenty people on their address list; in turn ask
each of those to do likewise.

In three days, most people in The United States of America will
have the message. This is one idea that really should be passed
around.

Congressional Reform Act of 2012

1. No Tenure / No Pension.

A Congressman/woman collects a salary while in office and receives no
pay when they’re out of office.

2. Congress (past, present & future) participates in Social
Security.

All funds in the Congressional retirement fund move to the
Social Security system immediately. All future funds flow into
the Social Security system, and Congress participates with the
American people. It may not be used for any other purpose.

3. Congress can purchase their own retirement plan, just as all
Americans do.

4. Congress will no longer vote themselves a pay raise.
Congressional pay will rise by the lower of CPI or 3%.

5. Congress loses their current health care system and
participates in the same health care system as the American people.

6. Congress must equally abide by all laws they impose on the
American people.

7. All contracts with past and present Congressmen/women are void
effective 12/1/12. The American people did not make this
contract with Congressmen/women.

Congress made all these contracts for themselves. Serving in
Congress is an honor, not a career. The Founding Fathers
envisioned citizen legislators, so ours should serve their
term(s), then go home and back to work.

If each person contacts a minimum of twenty people then it will
only take three days for most people (in the U.S. ) to receive
the message. Don’t you think it’s time?

THIS IS HOW YOU FIX CONGRESS!

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Thanks Again Microsoft.

I play World of Warcraft.  Stop judging me!  Everybody needs a hobby…or two…or five.

My fantasy universe requires maintenance from time to time, as do all our disks and switches and the millions of line of code that keep us happily posting our deepest thoughts, recipes, stories of kids, or political musings.

The balance of my universe has become upset.  My programs are not downloading and updating as they should, at only the quick right click of my mouse.

I blame Microsoft.  For one thing, it’s just so easy.  Our friendly ‘big corp’ has become so overly dominant in the operating system (for your computer, and possibly your personal-adult-battery-powered friend) market that you have to buy an Apple (who is now using an OS by Microsoft) or you can build your own machine and run Linux.  Who wants to do that as a casual user?

Those days are over for me.  I want to push the power button, have the pc boot up and run without any need on my part for constant maintenance and tweaking.  I just want to browse the internet, blog, and play WoW.  Speaking strictly of free time here…sitting time, not standing-in-the-kitchen-for-some-reason time.  And I started sewing again.  All of this is seriously cutting into my gaming time!

Excuse me!

Well.  That feels a little better.

All my troubles started yesterday, when Curse Client (a program which handily manages all of my little ad-on applications for WoW…and other games) had an update.  I’ve been using this computer, and program to play WoW for about a year and 1/2.  Everything has been hunky-dory.  But suddenly, the CC update can’t find a file.  CRISIS!!!

So I check the details log.  It sends me poking into App Data, and looking at a MS .NET Framework file.  I’m removing programs, deleting files, re-downloading…  still no joy.  😦

At lunch I took a break from playing tech support to myself to dine with my wonderful friend, Josh.  He’s a grad student now, in Florida, so we only get to see him a couple of times a year.  He was driving through today on his Christmas break, so Hubby and I met him for a-lunching.  During the course of our conversation, I learned that MS .NET Framework is a ‘manager’ program, that updates MS Office, among other things.

I don’t even have MS Office!  So why I ask you for the love of all things sacred, WHY DO I EVEN NEED THIS PROGRAM???  And why is it f’ing up programs that I DO use?

Such are the questions that make us hate Microsoft.

Better go try another fresh install.