Thursday, March 19, 2009

Outraged Over Obama's Tax-out

I am shocked and dismayed to find that the ill-planned attempt to divert the disaster of the AIG bonuses has gone so far.

First of all, who of us would have refused the original "bail-out" money. It was free. Obama said it would help free up credit. Of course the banks would take it. He did not put any stipulations or decrees before they took the money.

Now, Obama is trying to MAKE the banks fail. He is saying to all of the CEOs whose banks are NOT failing that they cannot make any extra money for their good work. My husband works for PNC, which has done pretty well. They didn't make bad mortgages, they used the bail out money to provide credit to people in need. Now, their CEO is going to have to pay the government back his well-earned bonus?

If I were him, I would quit and move to the Bahama's like the AIG CEOs. There is no incentive for him to work hard right now. He should take a well-deserved vacation. Unfortunately, this poorly planned tax is only going to tax the "good guys". The executives that have driven the banks to fail have already taken their money and run away. Just like Obama's friends and acquaintances, they do not plan on paying their taxes. They will let the "chumps" who thought that their hard-earned money was theirs to do what they wanted with take the tax burden.

Obama's plan will backfire. CEOs will drop like wildfire out of banking and into any other industry. Do we have a problem paying our NBA stars $30 million a year? No, because they are in high-profile positions that very few other people could handle. Same thing with most CEOs. So why don't they deserve the money? They thought the bail-out was to be used to free up credit, they didn't realize that accepting the money would force them to change their entire business model. Tell your Congressmen and Representatives that Obama's plan is going to send our economy into a downward spiral from which it may never recover.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

B-12 deficiency

I was shocked when I went to my doctor yesterday. A normal level of B-12 is between 350-1000 (although Japan recently raised their levels to 500 for the low range). Mine was 247.

When I read the list of symptoms, I was amazed at how many I was experiencing. B-12 deficiency didn't even register on my radar. Suddenly I learned how important this particular B vitamin is. I learned it the hard way.

Just to list some of the possible symptoms: memory loss, numbness in the hands and feet, eye twitches, migraine headaches, depression, fatigue.

I thought I had a case of mild depression that I just couldn't seem to recover from. I was always tired and had started forgetting things (which unfortunately is also listed as a depression symptom). I have always had migraine headaches, and I didn't think anything of the minor eye twitches I would get from time to time.

I had no idea that B-12 deficiency is common in up to 30% of the population and can lead to severe brain and nerve damage if left untreated. I just assumed that I had always been a little clutzy.

If you or someone you love seems to be tired and lethargic all the time, have your doctor check B-12 levels. It takes two blood tests, and even borderline results (under 500) can cause symptoms in some people.

Wednesday, March 04, 2009

Visit to the Dentist

So I just got back from a dentist appointment. Is it just me, or does everyone get "to-do" lists from their dentist?

You've been very bad, you should floss more. You really should get a bite guard so you don't grind your teeth away. You have nice teeth, but bad gums. Uh oh, here's another cavity!

No wonder people hate to go to the dentist.

First of all, I do have bad gums. I have had bleeding gums since I was 12. They haven't gotten much worse, but they haven't gotten better either. Sure, I could floss more and use one of those rubber tip things to massage the gums. But the next time I go back, I will still hear the same thing about my gums.

Secondly, I do clench my jaw a lot. But not necessarily at night. I get tense a lot during the day and my neck muscles, shoulder muscles, and jaw clench up. I don't know why it happens, and it's subconscious so I can't really control it. A bite guard at night does me no good, other than being expensive and uncomfortable. My mom has the same thing and her doctor proscribed a muscle relaxant instead of a night guard. Not sure I want to do that either, but whatever works.

Maybe I don't care enough about my dental health, but I just don't want to hear all this negativity from a dentist appointment.