Practically Speaking

Kyle and her husband moved to Brookfield in 1986. She became active in local politics and started blogging in 2004. Her focus is primarily on local issues but often includes state and national topics, too. Kyle looks at things from the taxpayers' perspective in a creative, yet down to earth way, addressing them from a practical point of view.

Passing the buck to future generations


So, why do we need change? 

I listened to Michelle Obama last night. She spoke passionately about how she and Barack came from humble roots. No trace of her for the first time I''m really proud of my country attitude.  

It was very clear she had wonderful parents. She spoke passionately about how they were hard working and dedicated to their family. From the transcript: (My emphasis throughout)

He and my mom poured everything they had into me and Craig. It was the greatest gift a child can receive: never doubting for a single minute that you're loved, and cherished, and have a place in this world. And thanks to their faith and hard work, we both were able to go on to college. So I know firsthand from their lives — and mine — that the American dream endures.

She then spoke of Barack's background and how even though he was raised by a single mom and grandparents, they shared those values that you work for what you value. 

And you know, what struck me when I first met Barack was that even though he had this funny name, even though he'd grown up all the way across the continent in Hawaii, his family was so much like mine. He was raised by grandparents who were working class folks just like my parents, and by a single mother who struggled to pay the bills just like we did. Like my family, they scrimped and saved so that he could have opportunities they never had themselves. And Barack and I were raised with so many of the same values: that you work hard for what you want in life; that your word is your bond and you do what you say you're going to do; that you treat people with dignity and respect, even if you don't know them, and even if you don't agree with them.

I could relate to her speech. I was raised in a blue collar family. My parents did not go to college; my father did not even attend high school. I was the first in the family to go to college. God blessed me with fantastic parents who instilled in me the very same values as the Obamas.  

And Barack and I set out to build lives guided by these values, and pass them on to the next generation. Because we want our children — and all children in this nation — to know that the only limit to the height of your achievements is the reach of your dreams and your willingness to work for them. 

Hard work is the common thread to achievement. She then goes on to talk about how she and her husband have made sacrifices to serve their country, which she admits has given her much.

And in my own life, in my own small way, I've tried to give back to this country that has given me so much. That's why I left a job at a law firm for a career in public service, working to empower young people to volunteer in their communities. Because I believe that each of us — no matter what our age or background or walk of life — each of us has something to contribute to the life of this nation.

Very nice. It is good to give back. But that life of public service is hardly on the same plane as joining the Peace Corps. The Obama's live very comfortably serving the public and are considered rich by most American people's standards. Don't get me wrong, they have every right to make money. I am all for it. I guess I just take exception to the idea that they somehow are living sacrificially now. I suppose all things are relative.

She concludes with, 

And as I tuck that little girl and her little sister into bed at night, I think about how one day, they'll have families of their own. And one day, they — and your sons and daughters — will tell their own children about what we did together in this election. They'll tell them how this time, we listened to our hopes, instead of our fears. How this time, we decided to stop doubting and to start dreaming. How this time, in this great country — where a girl from the South Side of Chicago can go to college and law school, and the son of a single mother from Hawaii can go all the way to the White House — we committed ourselves to building the world as it should be.

If a black blue collar worker without college from the south side of Chicago could produce an ivy league schooled lawyer who is now a potential first lady of the land and a single mom on welfare? now has her private schooled, Harvard/Princeton educated son as the Dem. candidate for president, doesn't this prove America is the land of opportunity? She even said the American Dream is still there. She summed up the reason for their success. Notice that it was NOT government programs but the simple principle of HARD WORK.  During the fundraiser in San Francisco, Barack Obama said some working-class voters are frustrated by job losses under both Republican and Democratic administrations, adding, "It's not surprising that they get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren't like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment."

Clinton pounced on the remarks, calling them "elitist and out of touch" and quickly produced a television ad.

Michelle Obama said bad decisions by recent administrations of both major political parties — Bill Clinton is the only Democratic president since 1980 — have robbed many hardworking people of the opportunity to enjoy the fruits of their labors. "We shouldn't be surprised that people are cynical," she said. "Because there is a level of cynicism that comes when you feel like no matter how hard you work, no matter how much you do, you never catch up. And you certainly can't get ahead.

me: how much more so when we are taxed even higher? Barack's $860 billion and 23% more govt. programs? 



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