Congressionally Duped Americans
Last week’s column, “Is There a Way Out?”, generated quite a few responses, some a bit angry. Some people were offended by my reference to Social Security and Medicare as entitlements or handouts. They said that they worked for 45 years and paid into Social Security and Medicare and how dare I refer to the money they now receive as an entitlement. These people have been duped by Congress and shouldn’t be held totally accountable for such a belief. Let’s examine the plethora of congressional Social Security lies. I’ll leave the Medicare lies for another column.
Needed: Consumer-driven reform, not Obamacare
Supporters of the insufferable Obama administration’s misnamed Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act continue to rope low-information Americans into believing that needed health care reform will be achieved only by a policy like “Obamacare,” which forces healthy individuals to pay for policies filled with services – and costs – they neither want nor need in order to provide lower-cost coverage to the sick.
Does anyone think before speaking?
I wonder sometimes if politicians ever listen to what they’re saying. If it weren’t so depressing, it might be funny.
Start with that maverick, Republican Sen. John McCain, who has of late taken on the tea party members of Congress, calling them “wacko birds” and the government shutdown engineered by people like Ted Cruz and Mike Lee “shameful.” Except for the wacko birds, who would disagree?
The Case of the shapely partner
Sam was the victim of a blisskrieg. After meeting the shapely Helen, he couldn't sleep, eat or even think about playing the ponies, his favorite pastime.
He was so smitten with her, in fact, that he finally packed his bags, left his wife and set up housekeeping with his Helen of Joy. As security for her future, he promised her that she would be his equal partner in any business venture in which he might engage.
How to improve the road ahead
One of the more amazing spectacles in the days after the government shutdown ended was the obsession in Washington with who won and who lost in the showdown. Yes, the capital is focused on next year’s elections, but honestly! There was only one real loser, and that was the American people.
Dr. Politics Rules on Ted Cruz
Ask Dr. Politics! You are fair, and we are unbalanced!
Dear Dr. Politics: There is no sugarcoating it. The website has been working too slowly. I think it’s fair to say nobody is more upset than I am. Can you help the surge of the best and the brightest to fix the Obamacare site? Asking for a friend.
Answer: First, is your Wi-Fi router on? A lot of people forget this. They also can’t remember where their Wi-Fi router is. Yours may be in the Situation Room or in the bowling alley or underneath Joe Biden.
Second, restart your computer. But back up all the data for the entire government first. This should take no more than two or three years.
Hail to the Redskins!
After Sunday mass at Holy Trinity, the parents left their four boys in Georgetown to drive to Griffith Stadium to join 27,000 fans to watch "Slingin' Sammy" Baugh take on the Philadelphia Eagles.
Already a legend, Baugh was the greatest football player of his era. Record-setting passer, runner, punter, place kicker, defensive back. Yet, not until the fourth quarter did Sammy throw for a pair of touchdowns to finish off the Eagles 20-14.
Something else was happening that Sunday. As the scoreless tie went on, there came a series of public service announcements calling on admirals, generals and officials to leave the stadium and report to their posts. Only when mom and dad left did they learn why.
The Case of the Repentant Nazi
Otto was born in the United States, and like any good American, he grew up on apple pie and cookies. Notwithstanding, prior to WWII, he took off for Germany, renounced his U.S. citizenship and joined the Nazi party. When the war ended, however, he decided his having pursued the goose step was a misstep and returned home. After a respectable period, he filed an application to become a naturalized U.S. citizen.
“Sorry Mac,” he was told. “When you decided to follow the Fuhrer in his furor, you blew your chances of ever becoming a U.S. citizen again.”
James Street, the All-American settlement planner
For 20 years, my definition of a true Texan has been James Street. Fun with boundless ambition and the ultimate competitor.
When James suddenly passed away at the age of 65, it was a major story around the globe. Almost all of the ink focused on his success as one of the greatest sports legends in the history of Texas.
The stories usually stopped when James was 22 years old. They missed the great story of what James accomplished after sports ended and his business life began. He built one of the most successful structured settlement and settlement planning firms in the United States.
Workplace relationships could cost you your job
“Hey, did you meet the new hire? I really like the person. They seem very easy to get along with,” one employee states to a co-worker.
The co-worker smiles and replies, “I got the chance to work with the new hire last week and they mentioned that they are single. You two seem like a good match. Maybe you should go out one night.”
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