Wednesday, December 21, 2011

VUBOQ Gets Political (or, well, rants a bit)

Good morning, kittens.
I would like to thank the Congressional Republicans for f**king me over.  They say they are all for cutting taxes and blah, blah, blah.  I guess we all know that is a big ol' pile of poop, since they have all gone on their Happy Holiday Vacations while letting the payroll tax cut lapse.
I guess when you make hundreds of thousands of dollars a year that tax cut doesn't matter.  Well, it mattered to me.  Without the payroll tax cut, my paycheck is going to drop about $100(ish) a month.  Add to that that with their Congressional Inaction, my metro benefits are also being cut ... which means I will have to be paying about $25-50/month more for public transportation.  AND, (although I can't really blame Congress for this ...), my mortgage interest has increased, so my monthly payment for that is going up about $30/month.
So, in total, I'm getting a $150/month pay cut.  $1800 less this year.  Way to spur the economy.  Fingers crossed my company did well and can afford to give me a decent raise.  Otherwise, I will be cutting back, spending less (except on shoes!), and trying to economize.  BAH. 
Congress sucks.
In other news, I am *almost* finished the StickSteven 2011 Year in Review.
AND, I only have one more day of work (after this one) before I fly to NC for the Xmas.
Good times, yo.
Have a great day!


  1. Ugh. That sucks. Nothing worse than when they swan off for vacation without a worry leaving the average Joe struggling.

    We are discussing the possibility of "workforce adjustments" aka lay-offs, when our new government budget comes down in Feb/March. We've heard 10% across the board pretty much, and there's no way you can do that without cutting. Of course they will cut full-time employees, then hire them back on contract because that money is in a different pile. Grrrrrr. Don't get me started.

    I have 2 more days after today. Not going anywhere exciting but out of the office for 10 days. Wheeeee.

  2. Congress both sucks and blows.

  3. Get a fixed rate mortgage. Seriously. You'll know what you face each month - it seems daunting (my 30 year fixed? oy...), but at least you're not at the whims of the market. Just saying... ;-) Enjoy NC - wave to Chapel Hill for me, please! Merry Christmas, Happy Solstice and whatever else!

    -Dr. Liz (and not Fiona the dog, who really doesn't care about the mortgage as long as it doesn't affect the flow of kibble...)

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