Monday, December 18, 2006

Happy Birthday Mom

Happy Birthday Mom,

Tomorrow will be your first birthday since the day you died. Two days later will be the first anniversary of your death. I still miss you terribly, and not a day goes by that I don't try to pick up the phone to give you a call and tell you something funny, ask your advice, or just see how you're doing.

I had to go to a funeral yesterday. A family friend had committed suicide. When I was listening to his family speak of him, I remembered my efforts to speak of you at your funeral. I'm sorry I didn't do very well, but I tried...and that was usually good enough for you.

I'm watching my girls grow up and watch their accomplishments with a level of awe that until recently was reserved for events such as when Moses spoke with a burning bush.

Anyway Ma, happy birthday.

I love you,


Monday, December 11, 2006

A fine quotation

“Democrats are talking about an increase to $7.25 an hour, and they’re promising to push it through in the first 100 hours of the Democratic majority rule. Bush has said he supports an increase, but won’t haggle about the numbers in public... Bush has said that he also wants to be sure that the increase is done in ways that won’t hurt small businesses. Which is, of course, impossible. Regardless of where you stand in the intense debate over whether increases in the minimum wage reduce the number of jobs available to low wage workers, an increase in the minimum wage will hurt small businesses. Do the math: Suppose you employ ten people, full time, at minimum wage. A two dollar increase will cost you about $40,000 a year. How would we react to a tax of the same size imposed on the same scrappy entrepreneurial grocer or clothing store owner?”

~Katherine Mangu-Ward

(Source: The Patriot Post)