diary of a crafty momma

confessions of an impatient crafting momma, prone to procrastination & downright laziness.

my side

on November 7, 2012

i held it in all day, but now i’m letting it all out. quite frankly i’m just beyond the point of understanding and feel the need to vent my frustrations…read it or not, i really don’t care.

my husband is a small business owner. he’s a “one-man shop” who works hard for his clients, he never turns his phone off, has worked weekends, holidays, & even on our vacations. so i know first hand how difficult it is to run a business, i see how much the irs/federal government feels the need to take from us. my husband is successful, he is good (if not great) at what he does and sadly, i’m now having to watch him make the decision to shut down his business. all because of the regulations, policies, mandates, & increasing taxes that will be coming within the new year, not to mention all the policies that will take effect within the next 2 years. it’s more than he (or i) can take. the more successful he becomes, the more money the government wants and i simply can’t understand that. i can’t understand why successful, hard working individuals are being punished for having ambition, for having the drive to want to improve themselves, or their situation, using their own hard work & not from some hand-out by the government.

the results of yesterday’s election have started the ball rolling on our plans to move out of the country. yes, we are seriously thinking about leaving the country. and it’s not because of the person who won, it’s because of the policies, mandates, regulations, & tax increases that will be coming in the next few months & years (like i previously stated) and yes, some blame belongs with congress…they certainly are not blameless in all this. quite frankly i find the whole political process to be old, broken, & in need of desperate change…on both sides of the aisle.

we are by no means wealthy. my husband is the sole “bread winner”, because we made the decision before having kids that we would do what we had to so that i could stay home with the children & be an at-home mom. we drive older, used, paid for cars. we live below our means so that our children can go to catholic schools. i make most of my daughters clothes, as well as many christmas & birthday gifts. we took advantage of the housing “crisis” by purchasing a foreclosed house in a neighborhood that we would not have been able to afford otherwise, but we only did that when we could afford to. i make a budget each month, clip coupons, look for sales & deals, and all kinds of other money-saving things that i can think of. i don’t ever want to waste money on anything.

sadly, we just can’t take it anymore. it’s time for us to seriously think about our options & what the future will hold. my husband is not the kind of person who will simply work “less hard” to avoid the tax increases, it’s just not in his nature and i admire that quality in him. but because he makes over a certain amount he’s taxed at the highest rate. so it’s not just the so-called millionaires & billionaires that the government is going after when they call for higher taxes. it’s people like my husband…a one-man shop, small business owner. it’s families like ours that are effected. and i’m sure there are many other families like ours out there and my heart goes out to every single one of them.

changes are coming…at least they are for us.

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