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Colorado Bails Out the Federal Government?

It looks like a beautiful Saturday here in Southwest Colorado. I think we’ll be visiting the pumpkin patch today and putting out our Halloween decorations. The mountains that we can see from our house have a nice coating of snow from a storm over the last couple of days, and that’s always pretty to look at. I don’t think I’ll ever get tired of mountain views. Speaking of mountains, I found it interesting that the state of Colorado shelled out $362,000 to the federal government this week to reopen Rocky Mountain National Park for ten days. The governor vows to keep it open until the US government shutdown is over. Several other states followed suit, essentially bailing out the federal government to open popular tourist attractions. Fall is a  huge tourist time in Colorado because of the fall color, and it’s elk bugling season!  The little town that borders Rocky Mountain National Park is called Estes Park. You may be familiar with Estes Park because it is home to the Stanley Hotel, which played the part of the Overlook Hotel where Jack Nicholson lost his marbles in The Shining. I’ve been to Estes Park, and it’s a great town. It ...

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Maybe First Graders Should Run the Government

I don’t want to get into a huge political discussion on a Friday, but I”m sure everyone is well aware of the US government shut down this week. I also don’t need to get into the reasons why in great detail, but basically, the United States government can’t seem to practice good life and financial skills that many first graders know. I’ll use my own darling 6 year old as a prime example of why maybe first graders should be running the government. We learned lots from her in kindergarten, and now, here are some recent conversations from a first grader’s point of view. Money On Tuesday morning Jim and I were discussing the government shutdown when our daughter asked a few questions. Here is that conversation. Daughter: “What is the government, Mommy?’ Me: “It’s the President and the people elected to run our country. They spent more money than they had and had to close up because they are broke.” Daughter: “Well that’s stupid. You can’t buy things if you don’t have enough money! You remember that show we used to watch? (Referring to Suze Orman before we cancelled our satellite TV) Maybe they need to watch Suze. She ...

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