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Congress Wants to Help

Bill Radke

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1. Congress is passing a bill to help homeowners facing foreclosure and to shore up struggling mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. President Bush doesn't love it but he won't veto it. Is the bill Good News, Bad News or No News?

2. Government scientists announced this week that north of the Arctic Circle, deep in the ground, lies 90 billion barrels of oil and a third of the world's undiscovered natural gas. Does that strike you as Good News, Bad News or No News?

3. This economy is brutal, gas prices are painful, there's war and disease - but a hot-selling T-shirt declares, "Life is good." This summer, there are "Life is good" festivals across the country -- there's one this weekend in Ridgefield, Connecticut. Call it a fad, call it a movement -- is it Good News, Bad News or No News?

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  • By Mick Simon

    07/26/2008

    Today's (July 26th) Good News, Bad news or No News left me scratching my head. All three panelists completely missed the boat regarding Life Is Good. Their cynical positions all seemed to be that the Life Is Good company is promoting the flaunting of success. On the contrary, the whole basis of the Life Is Good message is optimism, simplicity and drawing satisfaction from those things that money can't buy. It isn't an in-your-face, my-life-is-better-than yours message. I fail to grasp how an image of a guy sitting on a log with his dog by a campfire drinking coffee can be construed as flaunting American success at the expense of less fortunate people.

    So far this year I've been diagnosed with cancer, had surgery to remove the cancer and had the follow up radiation, etc. I was also diagnosed with an unrelated brain tumor which I had removed a month ago today. In spite of these ordeals, from my perspective, life is good. My health issues have made me "stop and smell the roses" as I haven't done in years. I walk 7 miles a day with my dog. She loves it. I love it. I'm closer to my family and friends than ever before.

    Indeed, life is good.

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