Herman Cain and “9-9-9”

When I first heard about Herman Cain, I was very impressed and the more I hear from him and about him, the more impressed I become. I am very happy to see that he is doing well in the polls. My concern remains that the Republicans need to put up a candidate that compete with and beat President Obama in 2012. I’m not sure that Cain is there, yet, but I am hopeful that his ideas catch on with more independent voters like me.

I have been supportive of a national sales tax for a while now. In my mind, Cain’s “9-9-9” plan is a great idea. It ensures that all are contributing their part to the cost of our federal government. I also eliminates all of the loop holes, deductions, and tax credits that a lot of people (businesses, wealthy, middle class, poor – pretty much everyone) have discovered and used to avoid paying taxes. We hear all of the time about how businesses and the wealthy aren’t paying their share, but we never hear about the 50% of Americans who don’t pay taxes, at all. We all live in this great country and we all need to contribute. Cain’s “9-9-9” plan ensures that everyone contributes.

I know of people who receive more back in their tax refund every year than what they originally paid in taxes – that is absurd and shouldn’t be called a “refund”! I have said in the past that nothing in life is free, but I was wrong. Under the right (or wrong depending on how you look at it) circumstances, you can receive free money back from the IRS under the guise of a “tax refund”!

Here are links to two articles that appeared online today regarding Cain’s 9-9-9 plan:

The first is written by Herman Cain in response to attacks to his 9-9-9 plan – http://www.northstarwriters.com/2011/10/16/9-responses-to-9-false-attacks-on-the-9-9-9-plan/

The second was posted to MSNBC and is based on his appearance on Meet the Press yesterday – http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/44921197/ns/politics-decision_2012/#.TpzJ894UqdA

 

 

Tebow-Mania

Last week, Tim Tebow was named the starting quarterback for the Denver Broncos for their 10/23 game vs. Miami. Hopefully the coaches will have enough time, given the bye-week, to get Tebow ready. I am not a football expert and will never claim to be, however, I am tired of hearing about how Tebow’s throwing motion is wrong or weird or whatever. In my opinion, Tebow should focus on his accuracy and consistency. If he can be accurate and consistent with a wonky throwing motion, who will care? Tebow brings more than just a wicked throwing motion to the game. Anyone who saw the second half of the game vs. San Diego saw how the team responded to having Tebow on the field. The team rallied around him. His personality and demeanor are contagious and his teammates can’t help but get revved up for the game and give 100% when they see their quarterback on field playing his heart out. That’s the “intangible” that John Elway is always talking about.

Good luck on Sunday Broncos!

Avs off to a great start

It is very early in the season and you can’t make predictions for the season based on just a few games, however, you can identify key, significant improvements from last year’s team.

Beginning with a bigger defense, the Avs defense the last few years was small and mobile, which was supposed to bring us more scoring from the defense. I guess theoretically they would score enough points to offset the points that they would allow? That didn’t work and kudos to Greg Sherman and Joe Sacco for seeing that their defensive-approach was not working. There is only 1 defensemen on the team this year that was here at the beginning of the season last year. All of the defensemen are over 6 feet tall and weigh more than 200lbs. Peter McNab (Altitude/Avs network color analyst) pointed out in the last game that the size of our defense this year is more intimidating to opponents. I agree. Last year, opponents would easily cross the blue line and we spent way too much time in our own end. Special teams were also a huge failure last year which I think can also be contributed to the lack of size on defense (2 of our big defensemen last year – Adam Foote and Kyle Quincy – were out with injury much of the season).

Our other significant improvement from last year was in net. Both Varlamov and Giguere are huge improvements over Anderson and Budaj. So far, Varlamov has started all but 1 game and has shown quickness and composure in net. He not only stops the 1st shot on net, but he also smothers the rebound – something we’ve been sorely missing since Patrick Roy retired. Giguere looked great in net on Saturday and I’m hoping he stays healthy.

The rookie, Gabriel Landeskog, is impressive. I had the privilege to attend opening night and he was thrilling to watch. While we lost the game to the rival Red Wings on Peter Forsberg’s night, Landeskog was a bright spot with several scoring chances. The Hockey News picked Landeskog to win the Calder trophy this year and from what I’ve seen so far, they are spot on. He will be fun to watch this year.

Dan Wheldon 1978-2011

 

 

 

I did not know who you were before yesterday and I do not follow the IndyCar series, however, as a fan of Formula1 any motor sport accident like what happened yesterday definitely captures my attention. We are not invincible and while significant advances have been made in auto sport over the last decade, accidents still happen. There is only so much you can prepare for and while some will spend the coming days dissecting the accident and second-guessing the IndyCar series on any number of things, we all must realize that this is a dangerous sport and always will be. A certain amount of risk will always exist and cannot be 100% eliminated.

My thoughts and prayers are with the Dan Wheldon family, his friends, teammates and all of motor sport. “May our Father in Heaven reach down and hold his wife and young sons in His loving embrace and may they know His love, protection, comfort, and strength.”

Cartoonist Drew Litton created the following tribute: Dan Wheldon 1978-2011

Welcome!

I have thought for a long time about starting a blog. Everyone seems to be writing a blog these days, so some may ask why I would want to add myself to the increasing number of bloggers. In short, I’m doing this for myself.

Right now, the Occupy Wall Street movement is wrapping up its first month of protest and with each day, I get more and more frustrated. After initially seeming to have no purpose or mission, the “Occupy” protesters have adopted the motto “We are the 99%!” My reaction upon first hearing this was, “The 99% of what?” and then my thoughts snowballed into, “Do they really think that 99% of the country agrees with them?” “Are they speaking for me? If so, please stop!”

I know that there are people involved in the protest with very legitimate concerns and as with any protest, there will always be the career protesters that get involved to “organize” the movement.

Regardless of the motives of the “Occupy”ers, I have decided that if I don’t want other people to claim to speak for me, then I must speak out for myself. So… what do I want to say? What can you expect to find here?

  • I will provide my thoughts and point of view on current events whether on current events, entertainment, movies… whatever
  • I am a registered Independent voter – I vote for the person that I think is the best candidate for the job
  • I am a Christian and work every day to place God first in my life – as a Christian, I do not expect others to share my values, but I do expect others to respect mine as I will respect theirs
  • I grew up in a small town in Southern Colorado (we have 1 stop light!), but now live in the greater Denver area
  • I am a fan of the NHL (Go Avs!), NFL (Go Broncos!), and Formula1 (Go Vettel and Alonso!)
  • I have 2 dogs – Sookie is a 142lb Great Pyrenees/Lab mix and Rory is a 12lb Lhasa Apso
  • Family is important to me and comes in 2nd in my life – God is 1st
  • I drive an Audi, and if I can help it I will never drive anything else

I encourage comments; let’s have a real discussion. I am open to all points of view – I will respect your opinions and in turn ask that you respect mine.