Diary of a Brown Girl

Wednesday, August 18, 2004

Can You Go Back?

William Faulkner said, "You can never go home again." Is this true? I understand time can not be reversed, but can it be revisited or at least the idea entertained? I am not specifically talking about going home but speaking in general about re-opening relationships or returning to people we have moved on from.

Are we doomed to repeat history or can we re-direct our paths? Have you ever run into an ex-boyfriend or girlfriend and just not been able to "see" what you saw before in them? The magic is gone... What if you see that ex and the magic is stronger than ever??? Nothing else has changed situationally, the reason you broke up is still there, but the chemistry won't let you digest the truth. Can you go back? Is it worth it? Is destiny and fate taking charge? Does anyone know the answers?

Friday, August 13, 2004

Food for Thought (of the Day)

Reports: Bush tax cuts help rich
Congressional Budget Office says tax burden fell for those making $1M, increased for lower levels.August 13, 2004: 7:22 AM EDT

NEW YORK (Reuters) - President George W. Bush's tax cuts have transferred the federal tax burden from the richest Americans to middle-class families, with one-third of the cuts benefiting people with the top 1 percent of income, according to a government report cited in newspapers Friday.
The Congressional Budget Office report, to be released Friday, is likely to fuel the debate over the cuts between Bush and his Democratic challenger in November, Sen. John Kerry.
The report said the top 1 percent, with incomes averaging $1.2 million per year, will receive an average $78,460 tax cut this year, and have seen their share of the total tax burden fall roughly 2 percentage points to 20.1 percent, according to The New York Times.

In contrast, households in the middle 20 percent, with incomes averaging $57,000 per year, will receive an average cut of only $1,090, the newspaper said, citing the CBO report.
Taxpayers whose incomes range from $51,500 to about $75,600 saw their share of federal tax payments increase, according to CBO figures cited by The Washington Post.
The calculations, requested by congressional Democrats, confirm the long-held view by independent tax analysts that the tax cuts, enacted in 2001 and 2003, have heavily favored the wealthiest taxpayers, the Times said.
Bush has said the cuts provided crucial support to the U.S. economy after the Sept. 11 attacks and the three-year decline in U.S. stocks.
But Kerry, who wants to roll back the cuts for households whose incomes top $200,000 per year, has said the cuts did little for the economy and helped cause the federal budget to swing from a more than $100 billion surplus in 2001 to a projected deficit exceeding $400 billion this year.

The newspapers, citing the CBO report, said about two-thirds of the benefits from the cuts went to households in the top 20 percent, with an average income of $203,740.
People in the lowest 20 percent of earnings, which averaged $16,620, saw their effective tax rate fall to 5.2 from 6.7 percent, though their average tax cut was only $250.
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Thursday, August 12, 2004

Get out and Vote!

Since 9/11 I have been very very watchful of our nation and the world. I am not a super genius when it comes to politics or international relations. But, I read social/political commentary in newspapers, watch the news, and follow my own opinions (based on experience).

As you know we are in an election year. I feel this is one of the most important elections of our lifetime and our parents' lifetime. There are issues in the wings that greatly effect American life and unless we do something about them now I feel America will go down the drain.

Some may fear the voting process. I know I was very intimidated my first time. I thought I would somehow do it wrong and loud alarms would start ringing as I attempted to leave my booth. I pictured armed guards running up to me with mace aimed at my face yelling, "Ma'am, you have completely screwed up the voting process, now you will have to come with us Downtown." This was always followed by "THE WALK OF SHAME" from the voting area with other people shaking their heads in disgust and pity.

I figured if anyone could mess up voting it would be me, sometimes I get desesperada and I stop thinking rationally and act like a baboon. But much to myastonishment, the above events have never happened to me. I have managed to vote without any incidents! Thank God, me siento mucho!

The moral of the story is, if I can do it...YOU CAN TOO! Your vote does matter and is extremely valuable. It is time Brown people in this nation stand up as force to be reckoned with and say we are NOT going to take our voting right/privilege for granted! Washington listen to us NOW!

--Brown Girl

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Wednesday, August 11, 2004

Thought of the Day

I have been absolutely obsessed with working out lately. I've got a big special event coming up and I want to look very unforgettable. Is that so wrong? I don't think so. Anyway... I'm working out 6 days a week for 45 mins. to an hour and I'm not seeing any results. I'm absolutely disgusted.

This is enough to drive me to McDonald's or In 'N Out for a double cheeseburger with large fries. I know that not all "white girls" are thin, but my roommate never works out and she is a stick. I sweat my nalgas off and with no success. I'm beginning to believe that God did favor gringos by giving them better metabolisms and bodies.

Can't a Brown Girl catch a break? P.S. I'm not talking about the Brown Girls like Gisele or Adriana Lima...Brown Girls were never intended to be 5' 11' 115 pounds.

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Greetings everyone. Welcome to my Blog! I am very excited to have an avenue to enlighten people on the day to day comings and goings of a humble Brown Girl. If you have ever wondered what it is like to be a Mexican-American female, you are in luck, I hope to share my insane life with anyone who cares to read.

I do not claim to be the definitive Mexican-American female...This is not a social statement. I just want to rant about the inconsequential happenings in my life.

I hope you enjoy!

--Brown Girl