Friday, February 24, 2006

Tax Cuts and Mandatory Payouts

A couple of weeks ago, I suggested that everyone who blogs or comments on blogs should take the same time to write at least one MSM outlet about the administration's inflated aid claims. Also, said that I received at least an attentive response form Deborah Howell (the WAPO's ombudsman). I just noticed that Deborah Howell forwarded a response from a reprter on the story the same day--I rarely use that gmail account. Unlike yahoo or hotmail, gmail bundles together all responses to same mail, still can't believe I missed it-- so I just responded this afternoon. But am I missing something? I don't like posting emails without permission, especially since I didn't write as a blogger, but the following seems like it would be okay to post:

There is debate as the writer states over whether the administration ought
to be credited for money spent under a mandatory program like flood
insurance, which is owed to insurance holders regardless of congressional

There is also debate over whether tax cuts should be counted as aid.

In both cases, however, the impact on taxpayers and the budget is real, in
a truth-in-budgeting sense.

A final wrinkle is, regarding the $17B in flood insurance borrowing
authority, that the administration has not yet disclosed if it plans to use
some of the $18B supplemental it has requested to pay off some of that
borrowing. If so, it's a stronger argument to count such dollars as new
aid, although the underlying argument the writer raises is not changed. An
explanation on this last point is expected next week

A couple of points. As I said I just replied to Ms. Howell to forward to Mr. Hsu this afternoon, so no response as of yet. The numbers seem to be off slightly--it was $67B+18B, not 68B+17B. I have to agree on the tax cuts, much as I hate to say it. The budget impact is the same with tax cuts as direct spending, although I would like to see the numbers get enough scrutiny that the Republicans actually had to acknowledge that. I've avoided the issue, even though I think it's the stupidest way to give the aid, because it is money out of the entire nation's budget.

Can someone explain to me how the flood insurance money is the same? Yes, it's money out of the federal budget just as the actual aid is, but as the reporter says:

which is owed to insurance holders regardless of congressional

It's not an optional expense. So, yes, it is money out of the federal budget that goes to the Gulf South, but so is my mother's social security check. My tax refund will be also. I suspect that reporters often over analyze in the interest of balance, at least that's what I make of that last paragraph. It's been two weeks and I don't believe we've heard an explanation of the last point about the supplemental yet.

modified 2/27: names taken out, to avoid quoting without permission.

Hello. Prompt how to get acquainted with the girl it to me to like. But does not know about it
I have read through one history
Each of you has your personal story; it is your history. Keeping a diary or writing your feelings in a special notebook is a wonderful way to learn how to think and write about who you are -- to develop your own identity and voice.

People of all ages are able to do this. Your own history is special because of your circumstances: your cultural, racial, religious or ethnic background. Your story is also part of human history, a part of the story of the dignity and worth of all human beings. By putting opinions and thoughts into words, you, too, can give voice to your inner self and strivings.

A long entry by Anne Frank on April 5, 1944, written after more than a year and a half of hiding from the Nazis, describes the range of emotions 14-year-old Anne is experiencing:

". . . but the moment I was alone I knew I was going to cry my eyes out. I slid to the floor in my nightgown and began by saying my prayers, very fervently. Then I drew my knees to my chest, lay my head on my arms and cried, all huddled up on the bare floor. A loud sob brought me back down to earth, and I choked back my tears, since I didn't want anyone next door to hear me . . .

"And now it's really over. I finally realized that I must do my school work to keep from being ignorant, to get on in life, to become a journalist, because that's what I want! I know I can write. A few of my stories are good, my descriptions of the Secret Annex are humorous, much of my diary is vivid and alive, but . . . it remains to be seen whether I really have talent . . .

"When I write I can shake off all my cares. My sorrow disappears, my spirits are revived! But, and that's a big question, will I ever be able to write something great, will I ever become a journalist or a writer? I hope so, oh, I hope so very much, because writing allows me to record everything, all my thoughts, ideals and fantasies.

"I haven't worked on Cady's Life for ages. In my mind I've worked out exactly what happens next, but the story doesn't seem to be coming along very well. I might never finish it, and it'll wind up in the wastepaper basket or the stove. That's a horrible thought, but then I say to myself, "At the age of 14 and with so little experience, you can't write about philosophy.' So onward and upward, with renewed spirits. It'll all work out, because I'm determined to write! Yours, Anne M. Frank

For those of you interested in reading some of Anne Frank's first stories and essays, including a version of Cady's Life, see Tales From the Secret Annex (Doubleday, 1996). Next: Reviewing and revising your writing
Just starting out and want to learn. Thanks for the help.
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