Finished goal of running the distance of 2,080 miles from Lafayette, LA to Washington D.C and back!!! 339.1 miles

0.0 miles run this week.
Daily running average for the week is 0.00 miles per day.
Total amount run in the past 800 days is 2,419.1 miles.
Daily running average overall is 3.02 miles per day.

Day312 Thursday 07/07/11

ran 4.0 miles
“Let’s stop talking about new taxes and start talking about new taxpayers, which means jobs. This debt is the No. 1 issue on everyone’s minds and rightfully so. It is a major issue, but everywhere else, in the real world, the No. 1 issue on people’s minds is jobs. And I tell you, every other problem facing America — a mortgage crisis, a home foreclosure crisis, this debt problem — all of these issues get easier to deal with if people are gainfully employed across America. And the impact that unemployment is having across this country is devastating. …

Our job here [in Congress] is to do everything we can to make it easier for them to find a job, not harder. And I think that’s what we have to do when it comes to ‘a balanced approach’ and when we talk about revenue. We don’t need new taxes, we need new taxpayers, people who are gainfully employed, making money, paying into the tax system and then we need a government that has the discipline to take that additional revenue and use it to pay down the debt and never grow it again. …

So you look at all these taxes that are being proposed and here’s what I say: I say we should analyze every single one of them through the lens of job creation, issue No. 1 in America. I want to know which one of these taxes they’re proposing will create jobs. I want to know how many jobs will be created by the planes tax. I want to know how many jobs will be created by the oil company tax that I’ve heard so much about. How many jobs are created by going after the millionaires and billionaires that the president talks about? I want to know! How many jobs do they create? …

I traveled the state of Florida for two years campaigning. I have never met a job creator who told me that they were waiting for the next tax increase before they started growing their business. I’ve never met a single job creator who has ever said to me I can’t wait ’til government raises taxes again so I can go out and create a job. I’m curious to know if they say that in New Hampshire because they don’t say that in Florida. So my view on all that is, I want to know how many of these tax increases the president proposes will create jobs because if they’re not creating jobs and they’re not creating new taxpayers, they’re not solving the problem.”

---Florida GOP freshman Senator Marco Rubio from a speech made on the Senate floor

Sometimes you read something and you admire it so much because the man or woman who wrote the words articulated with such brevity and concision the exact idea you feel but are incapable of articulating yourself. That is what Marco Rubio’s words above just accomplished. Where is the common sense in the White House?

Here are some stats and polls from Rasmussen Reports:
  • Barack Obama’s presidential index rating shows that 24% of American voters strongly approve of his performance while 39% strongly disapprove, giving Obama a presidential index rating of -15.
  • Overall, 49% of voters say they at least somewhat approve of Barrack Obama’s performance and 50% disapprove.
  • Among American voters, 25% believe the America is generally heading in the right direction.
  • Only 23% of Americans are at least somewhat confident that U.S. policymakers know what they’re doing when it comes to handling America’s current economic problems.
  • Generic Republican candidate 44%, Obama 44%.
  • Favoring repeal of the health care law hit a new high at 53%.
1,153.1 miles to go.

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