Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Finally - 3 Important Actions from the White House!

The political gridlock in Washington, D.C. has been really frustrating for everyone. It used to be that Republicans and Democrats would work together. Now, neither want to consider anything the other proposes, so with a GOP majority and a Democratic President, the only alternative to get things done is by Executive Order. So, this week President Obama signed 3 Executive orders to help   (about 17% of the population)   federal-backed mortgages, veterans who are returning from Iraq to get jobs and students paying loans.
   Congress has given the President NO CHOICE but to work through Executive Orders - and I applaud him.  As for Congress- I think they all need to be ousted, especially the Tea Party, who won't even work with their Republican colleagues.
   Here are the summaries of the THREE Executive Orders now signed into Law:
1) U.S. throws lifeline to underwater homeowners
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Homeowners who owe more than their properties are worth got new help on Monday with the government's expansion of a refinancing program in a step that could help up to 1 million borrowers.            
The regulator of mortgage finance giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac eased the terms of a program that helps so-called underwater borrowers who have made payments on time but have been unable to refinance.             FULL STORY: http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/10/25/us-usa-housing-idUSTRE79K6JY20111025?feedType=nl&feedName=ustopnewsearly

October 25, 2011 06:04 AM ET WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House said on Tuesday that President Barack Obama will take executive action to help military veterans find work, bypassing congressional Republicans to show voters he is serious about creating jobs. "Today, we are announcing two new initiatives that will help create jobs for veterans at community health centers and expand opportunities for veterans to become physician assistants," a White House official said.
FULL STORY: http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/10/25/us-obama-jobs-veterans-idUSTRE79O23P20111025?feedType=nl&feedName=ustopnewsearly
3)  Help for Students Paying Loans  
The Administration is moving forward with a new "Pay As You Earn" proposal that will reduce monthly payments for more than one and a half million current college students and borrowers. Starting in 2014, borrowers will be able to reduce their monthly student loan payments to 10 percent of their discretionary income. But President Obama realizes that many students need relief sooner than that. The new "Pay As You Earn" proposal will allow about 1.6 million students the ability to cap their loan payments at 10 percent starting next year, and the plan will forgive the balance of their debt after 20 years of payments. Additionally, starting this January an estimated 6 million students and recent college graduates will be able to consolidate their loans and reduce their interest rates.  FULL STORY: http://content.usatoday.com/communities/theoval/post/2011/10/obama-orders-changes-to-student-loan-payments/1?csp=Dailybriefing

Gift/Memorial Suggestions

Several of our friends have lost loved ones (human and pets) and we found that one of the best ways to honor their memory is to give to an animal charity.
What better way to recognize a life of love, than by giving another life a chance for love?
We donate to many animal rescues, but because we volunteer with
DC Weimaraner Rescue and Coast-to-Coast Dachshund Rescue, those are our 2 favorites.
Consider giving the chance of life to a dog or cat.

Great Books by our friends

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We're two married guys who enjoy the simple things in life, especially our dogs. We volunteer for dog rescues, enjoy splitting dinners, exercising, blogging, helping friends and neighbors, ghost investigations, coffee and tea, Tudor history, weather, superheroes, comic books, mystery novels, traveling, 70s and 80s music, classic country, piano, gardening, writing books on ghosts and spirits, architecture, keeping a clean house, cooking simply, and keeping in shape. You'll find tidbits of all of these things on this blog and more.

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