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.

Day326 Thursday 07/21/11

ran 3.9 miles
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 41% strongly disapprove, giving Obama a presidential index rating of -17.
  • Overall, 45% of voters say they at least somewhat approve of Barack Obama’s performance and 53% disapprove.
  • A generic Republican candidate leads Obama 47% to 41% for the 2012 presidential election. Romney, in particular, leads Obama 43% to 42%.
  • Only 21% believe that America is generally heading in the right direction.Link
  • Among American voters 53% support drug testing for welfare applicants.
Below is an informative list of common sense arguments for not raising the debt ceiling. The list was compiled and issued by the Acadiana Patriots of Lafayette, Louisiana. It makes far too much sense for Washington D.C. to acknowledge, but it is a testimony to the common sense that so many Americans share, which so often goes ignored by the leaders we elect. Organizations like the Acadiana Tea Party Patriots are useful resources for those who seek a sensible ground between the players’ stage of D.C. and the exaggerations of the media


1. We won’t default if we prioritize our spending.
* Tax revenues for this year are projected to be around $2.2 trillion.
* Interest payments for this year amount to approximately $300 billion.
* If we pay the interest first, that leaves us with about $1.9 trillion to spend on our most important priorities, and we avoid a default.
* If we enact Senator Toomey’s Full Faith and Credit Act (S. 163) directing the Treasury to pay principal and interest on the debt held by the public before all other obligations it would ensure that the nation does not default.

2. If they raise it, they will spend it.
* The debt ceiling has been raised 10 times in 11 years. In fact, since Congress enacted the first debt limit it has never failed to raise it. (
* The federal government spends more per second than the average family brings home in income per year.
* Since World War II, government spending, on average, accounted for around one fifth, or 19.6 percent, of GDP. Today, federal spending accounts for nearly one quarter, or 23.8 percent, of GDP.
*The national debt in 2006 stood at approximately $8.5 trillion, we are now over $14 trillion in debt (over $100 trillion if we count unfunded liabilities).

3. We have been warned to stop the reckless spending.
* Moody’s, Standard & Poor’s have warned us that our credit rating will be downgradLinked if we do not control our debt.
* If the nation’s credit rating goes down, borrowing money becomes more expensive, making our existing debt crisis even worse.
* China issued a statement, as our primary lender, saying that the US must rein in spending– now – or face severe austerity measures suddenly.Link
4. We don’t have to reinvent the wheel on spending.
* It would take about $750 billion in spending cuts by the end of this fiscal year (ending September 30) to get us back to 2003 spending levels, which would allow us to avoid default and pay for the rest of government, all without raising the debt ceiling or increasing taxes.
* The Federal Government holds more than $1 trillion in highly liquid assets that should be sold to the private sector, and doing this now would allow the cuts to be phased in more slowly.
* If we even rolled spending back to the Clinton-era budget we could make our obligations without raising the debt ceiling or increasing taxes.
* America’s politicians have a spending problem and NOT a revenue problem. There is no reason to raise taxes or the debt ceiling except to grow government.

5. A rising national debt hinders jobs and the economy.Link* Once the size of government, and its spending, increases, economic growth falls.
* Government spending failed to create economic growth when tried in the 1930’s, ‘60’s and ‘70’s.Link* Every dollar spent by the federal government is money taken from the private sector.
* The International Monetary Fund (IMF) cut the US growth forecast and warned of a looming debt crisis. With little growth, unemployment will remain high.
* Since February 2009 there are 2.3 million fewer people employed while government spending has increased by 19% since 2008. Raising the debt ceiling means increased spending and means less jobs.

1,108.4 miles to go.

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