Cap and Trade

We have been hearing a lot about the “Cap and Trade Bill.” If you want to find out more about it you can read about it at The Tax Foundation. The Working Paper No. 6, By Andrew Chamberlain explains it all in detail.

Here is its abstract:

Many U.S. lawmakers view cap and trade as a politically superior non-tax approach to climate policy. However, cap and trade imposes identical economic burdens on households to a similarly designed carbon tax. Using the newly-released 2002 input-output accounts we present new estimates of the distributional impact of a typical cap-and-trade system by income, age, U.S. region and family type. In total, households would face an annual burden of roughly $144.8 billion per year with costs disproportionately borne by low-income households, those under age 25 and over 75 years, those in Southern states, and single parents with dependent children. Using RIMS II multipliers we estimate the broader economic impact of cap and trade. Depending on how the system is structured, cap and trade could reduce U.S. employment by 965,000 jobs, household earnings by $37.8 billion, and economic output by $136 billion per year or roughly $1,145 per household. Lawmakers weighing the costs and benefits of climate policy should be aware that cap and trade would impose a significant and regressive annual burden on U.S. households, and would not represent a “tax free” way to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

If you want to find out how it will effect your household go to the Household Cap-and-Trade Burden Calculator.

After you find out how it will hit your household, call your Representatives and Senators.

Remember Obama’s promise that households that make under $250,000 will not see a tax increase? He lied.

Menu Planning Monday — June 29

Time to get back in the habit of menu planning, the past month or so has been crazy and it has fallen by the wayside. So I have sat down and planned it out for the week.

Becky AM doctor appointment
Liz AM doctor appointment

Grilled Chicken
Roasted Summer Squash

Zippy Beef

My Birthday

Teriyaki London Broil
Baked Potatoes


4th of July Cookout
Hamburgers/Hot Dogs
Macaroni Salad
Potato Salad
Cole Slaw
Baked Beans

Crockpot Pork Roast
Green Beans
Herbed Rice

Share a Recipe Sunday

This has become a new favorite in our house. I double the batch and it is still gone within 3 days. We eat it with yogurt, as a snack or even in a bowl with milk.

Peanut Butter Granola

2 tablespoons butter
1/3 cup natural peanut butter (to make it nut free double the honey)
1/3 cup honey
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1/4 teaspoon salt
3 cups rolled oats
1/2 cup raisins or other dried fruits (optional)
1/2 cup chocolate chips (if being used as a trail mix type of thing)

Preheat over to 375 degrees.

Begin by melting the margarine and peanut butter together in a 3-quart saucepan. Add the honey, vanilla and salt. Stir the mixture until it is smooth and hot throughout. It doesn’t need to boil. Add the oats. Stir until the oats are completely coated with the sticky gooey peanut butter mixture. It will be chunky. Turn the mixture into an ungreased cookie sheet, or a large 9 by 13-inch pan. Spread the granola out evenly and bake it for 10 minutes.

It will be brown and crispy. Now remove it from the oven and allow it to cool right there in the pan. Break it up into pieces after it is cooled. Transfer the granola to a clean coffee can or sealed canister. Add the raisins, fruits and or chocolate chips if you are using them, when the granola is cool.


Summer Saturdays

Today has been busy and it isn’t even noon around here.

The lawn is weed-whacked and mowed. Some beans from the garden harvested. House work is done. Dinner is planned (tacos). So other than running Liz to work this afternoon we can have some fun in the sun. Right now the older 6 are in the pool. Richard will be joining them soon. After nap the girls will be joining everyone for the first time ever. Pictures will follow I am sure!

So how are you spending your summer Saturday?

Our house…

This is our house. We have finally gotten rid of the old dying evergreens and cleaned out the front.

I love azaleas. So I let this one survive.

For Mother’s Day my darlings gave me a yellow rose bush. My favorite roses are yellow roses. These are very pretty with a pink blush on the edge of the petals. I hope it survives. This area seems to kill rose bushes.

In the top picture you may be able to see the bird feeder hanging above the azalea bush. It took the birds a couple of weeks to find it. Where it hangs is very safe. Right in the middle of the porch, no trees around it, no way for predators to climb to it. BUT you know those pesky squirrels. They will try anything to get to a bird feeder. So two days ago all of a sudden we hear a thump and see this:

The tree rat is trying to get to the feeder. He tried and tried.

My cat wasn’t happy with this!

He took a flying leap and landed flat on is stomach in the azalea bush. He hasn’t been back. LOL

Graduation — Senior Awards

These are not the best of pictures since they were taken from quite a distance away. They were taking during the Friday morning senior awards ceremony.

Being presented with a City of Abderdeen Award.

Group Shot of the graduates

To be honest we gave up taking pictures we could not get close enough to get better pictures.