Today is the last day of the year. It looks like any other day to me (raining and nasty in Lincoln, IL), but it doesn’t quite feel that way. This last year has been a tough one for our family, losing my mother in law is at the “I could have done without that” list. My oldest granddaughter with all her problems and gall bladder surgery weren’t too much fun either. Because of the personal goings on, I wasn’t involved in our politcal process this last year as I was in the past. I just didn’t have the time, or the inclination emotionally. I did try to pay attention, but I lost touch with the hardcore. I think my nerves are better for it though. 🙂
I was reading Jessica McBride‘s “year in review” last night and it seems to me, she got pretty much everything covered. I have to admit, not living in the Milwaukee area, I’m not too familiar with some of those mentioned. That’s ok, I don’t mind being oblivious about some things.
Jessica mentioned one of our blog buds, Spring City Chronicle. I’m trying to convince him to “leave his zip code” and make that move to Tennessee too. 🙂 But I think Waukesha needs him right now, so maybe in a few years, he’ll reconsider leaving the “tax hell” as well. 🙂
So, what is 2007 going to bring? I can’t even find my crystal ball, much less figure out what it would tell me. (Reminder to self, get organized.) I do know it’s going to be an “out with the old, in with the new” year. Remember, new is not always improved. I’ve no doubt taxes will go up, and as a result, the economy will start a slow decline. At least I hope it’ll be slow. President Bush is moving more towards the left, so I don’t see much hope in that area. He’s never been conservative enough, in my opinion. 🙂 There will be many dropping in and out of the race for the White House in 2008, from both sides of the aisle. I don’t see anyone I consider conservative enough so far, so we shall see where that goes.
Mr. Ol’ Broad and I will be leaving the beautiful state of Wisconsin in the spring to begin a new chapter in our lives, AFTER spending a week in Jamaica of course. 🙂 This will probably be our last annual trek to the Caribbean for a few years since it’ll be the first time we’ll actually have MORTGAGE payments. Perhaps if Mark Green and Jean Hundertmark had won, we’d have reconsidered? Nah….too bloomin’ cold in the winter for this ol’ Texan!
The world has changed a LOT during my lifetime, and it’s not really for the better. Life is easier for us in the Western world, but I think it’s too easy. We don’t seem to be striving for excellence anymore, we’ve become complacent. Our kids are suffering because we don’t demand more from them. We’ve become a nation of “let the government deal with it”, we’ve forgotten WE are the government. We’ve allowed others to take control of our lives, griping and complaining, but doing nothing to stop them. We’ve become so afraid of offending anyone by something we say, we say nothing, watch people destroy our way of life, and still stand by and do nothing.
My wish for 2007 would be backbone….cajones….common sense! Cuz the Good Lord knows, we sure could use some about now!