Friday, November 9, 2012

My Sentiments Exactly

This is an article written by Andrew P. Napolitano, a former judge of the Superior Court of New Jersey

Only in America can a president who inherits a deep recession and whose policies have actually made the effects of that recession worse get re-elected. Only in America can a president who wants the bureaucrats who can’t run the Post Office to micromanage the administration of every American’s health care get re-elected. Only in America can a president who kills Americans overseas who have never been charged or convicted of a crime get re-elected. And only in America can a president who borrowed and spent more than $5 trillion in fewer than four years, plans to repay none of it and promises to borrow another $5 trillion in his second term get re-elected.
What’s going on here?
What is going on is the present-day proof of the truism observed by Thomas Jefferson and Alexander Hamilton, who rarely agreed on anything in public: When the voters recognize that the public treasury has become a public trough, they will send to Washington not persons who will promote self-reliance and foster an atmosphere of prosperity, but rather those who will give away the most cash and thereby create dependency. This is an attitude that, though present in some localities in the colonial era, was created at the federal level by Woodrow Wilson and Theodore Roosevelt, magnified by FDR, enhanced by LBJ, and eventually joined in by all modern-day Democrats and most contemporary Republicans.
Mitt Romney is one of those Republicans. He is no opponent of federal entitlements, and he basically promised to keep them where they are. Where they are is a cost to taxpayers of about $1.7 trillion a year. Under President Obama, however, the costs have actually increased, and so have the numbers of those who now receive them. Half of the country knows this, and so it has gleefully sent Obama back to office so he can send them more federal cash taken from the other half.
It is fair to say that Obama is the least skilled and least effective American president since Jimmy Carter, but he is far more menacing. His every instinct is toward the central planning of the economy and the federal regulation of private behavior. He has no interest in protecting American government employees in harm’s way in Libya, and he never admits he has been wrong about anything. Though he took an oath to uphold the Constitution, he treats it as a mere guideline, whose grand principles intended to guarantee personal liberty and a diffusion of power can be twisted and compromised to suit his purposes. He rejects the most fundamental of American values -- that our rights come from our Creator, and not from the government. His rejection of that leads him to an expansive view of the federal government, which permits it, and thus him, to right any wrong, to regulate any behavior and to tax any event, whether authorized by the Constitution or not, and to subordinate the individual to the state at every turn.
As a practical matter, we are in for very difficult times during Obama’s second term. ObamaCare is now here to stay; so, no matter who you are or how you pay your medical bills, federal bureaucrats will direct your physicians in their treatment of you, and they will see your medical records. As well, Obama is committed to raising the debt of the federal government to $20 trillion. So, if the Republican-controlled House of Representatives goes along with this, as it did during Obama’s first term, the cost will be close to $1 trillion in interest payments every year. As well, everyone’s taxes will go up on. New Year’s Day, as the Bush-era tax cuts will expire then. The progressive vision of a populace dependent on a central government and a European-style welfare state is now at hand.
Though I argued during the campaign that this election was a Hobson’s choice between big government and bigger government, and that regrettably it addressed how much private wealth the feds should seize and redistribute and how much private behavior they should regulate, rather than whether the Constitution permits them to do so, and though I have argued that we have really one political party whose two branches mirror each other’s wishes for war and power, it is unsettling to find Obama back in the White House for another four years. That sinking feeling comes from the knowledge that he is free from the need to keep an eye on the electorate, and from the terrible thought that he may be the authoritarian we have all known and feared would visit us one day and crush our personal freedoms.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

I just have to say I am completely sickened and disgusted with our country - BO for another 4 years, really people?  I could go on and on and on but suffice it to say that my heart is broken...

Tuesday, October 26, 2010


I has been a while since I have last posted something, anything. I miss blogging and would love to get back into it. Just saying "Hi" and that I have good intentions to get started again.

Friday, January 15, 2010


Here is my rant:

I just took myself off Facebook today, yeah! I got completely burned out. It had a lot of what I didn't want or need and not enough of what I wanted. No more Farm, Mafia and Sorority life for me thanks. I prefer to spend my time with family and friends engaged in more meaningful interactions. I will miss certain elements such as connecting with long lost friends and schoolmates. Originally I got on there to just have fun with family and close friends and keep up and stuff. But most of it became full of things I won't miss. I have decided to go back to blogging. Ah, I feel better.

Friday, June 5, 2009

Family Campout

It has been another year and time for another
Pritchard family campout. We stayed at the
Petrified Forest campground in Southern Utah.
Who knew it was going to be so nice! We had perfect
weather and the camp ground was great, it had
hot running water in the bathrooms with
flushing toilets, hot showers, a dish/fish cleaning
station and plenty of big cotton wood shady trees. But best of all we
had a lake! Mom and Ron joined us on Saturday to have
dinner and celebrate Ron's 100th birthday! We took some fun
short hikes, went canoeing and swimming, told fun stories around the campfire
(uncle Rick has a blast scaring the kids) and on the way home we
stopped to take a look at Bryce Canyon. The best part of the
entire trip was just watching the kids/cousins running around
playing and have the time of thier lives!

Looks like tree stumps but they are now petrified rocks

Maddie holding some petrified wood

Joe, Megan and family

The kids

The Vorkink family & Christian

The Utykanski gang


Grandpa & Seth

The view coming down from our hike to the
Petrified Forest

Rick & Nicki

Mike and his "little me" son Ethan

Sarah and the kids

Joe and Rick taking the kids on canoe rides

Watching the kids swim and relaxing: Mom, Susie and Erin

Who's next?


Beautiful Susie and Seth - I just love these two!

Happy 100th Ron!




Milly, Christian and Lauren

Erin and Ethan before the big rain storm hit

The kids having dinner and taking shelter from the
pouring rain

My handsome hubby

Mom, Joe and Ron

Everything got quite wet

Off to the lake

Red light, green light

We walked/hiked to some slick rocks where the kids
has a blast sliding down the rock


Beautiful view

Ethan cautiously sliding down the rock

Laurn lost her tooth while sliding she had to chase
it down the rock but she caught it - she was a little bloody
after that but very excited to see if the tooth-fairy would
come to the campsite - and sure enough she did!

The kids at Fairyland - Bryce Canyon


Rick and me

Susie and Seth

The fun had to come to an end - the kids were
sulking because they had just been told it was time to go.

Thursday, April 16, 2009


Where do I start - The last couple of weeks have been fun and busy. Easter was fun at Dave & Becky's we had a Pritchard family easter egg hunt downstairs in the basement because it was pouring rain outside. The kids were fun and cute as ever. Conference weekend was a great experience - it was low key and relaxing! I was able to listen to all of the wonderful talks which is so important to me. We had a nice birthday party for David and Billy and the week before we went to Madi's birthday party. David and Stephanie also welcomed a sweet little baby girl named Abby and we couldn't be more excited. There is much to be grateful for!

Sunday dinner with Becky & Dave and Lindsay & kids

All of a sudden we could hear a lot of noise
coming from downstairs - Simeon and Christian
discovered the big styrofoam house that David
brought and they decided to karate chop it to bits
Surveying the damage

Brigham and Darby

Christian and Simeon the karate choppers!

Introducing sweet baby Abigail

David and Stephanie - proud parents!

Happy Birthday Madi - she turned 2

Madi is so much fun - she has the cutest personality

Happy Birthday David & Billy
I should have bought Billy some new socks
for his birthday
These guys are so funny!

Thunder Cats cake for Billy, designed by Rick

Chocolate explosion made for David - decorated by me

A Spring day outside of my work window - my
little visitor looked so cute
Easter at Dave & Becky's
Lauren & Christian

Dylan in the tube and Jed in running in action!

Dylan is so darn cute

Seth and Simeon

Kaylin is growing so fast and is such a beautiful baby

Stephanie and Kaylin

Madi in the tube