Is it me or are we starting to come out of this thing? As I travel about the country I get the feeling that everything is going to be alright. I was speaking with a friend who stages homes. Her business stinks because people are selling houses quickly rather than having to move in chi chi trappings. They are looking good all on their own.
Healthcare costs are actually leveling off rather than soaring to meteoric heights. Say what you will but hospitals are finally getting the idea you can’t gouge the hell out of people. The fellow who wrote the tome for Time may have the unwashed masses questioning their doctors and their litany of tests. Amen.
There are cardiac and cancer centers cropping up everywhere. I think this is overkill(if you excuse the pun) but it may have some sort of sobering effect on the populace. They will have choices and will shop. That’s a little dicey when we talk about medical outcomes but they are beginning to realize they have alternatives. We still have a long way to go but we’ll take all we can get.
My daughter is an interior designer to the up and coming hot shot set. She charges less than the big timers but her plate is full. Maybe that is why. She has even hired here sister part time which is evidence of a boom or a touch of insanity for both.
Restaurants are the most amazing part. Le Cirque not exactly, but we do inhabit some decent feeding troughs. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday. You name it and the tables are full. We even had an emporium of eats in Denver taking itself just a little too seriously. I asked for a table for four at 7:00PM. The obviously nouveau riche maitre’d said we could come at 6:45 or 7:15. I said I was coming at 7 and to knock off the New York crap.
The Senate passed a budget for the first time in four years. We are actually talking about some element of gun control. I sat there somewhat disbelieving as NRA chief Wayne La Pierre said that a background check was delaying HIS people from buying guns for a couple of days. Then with a straight face he castigated Mike Bloomberg for spending $12 million on ads touting action on gun control that Wayno felt subverted the political process.
Now correct me if I am wrong but doesn’t the NRA give a fair amount of dough or at least threaten reps with extinction if they don’t agree with them? Isn’t that subverting something when polls show 88% of the country is for backgrounds checks? Do as I say not as I do.
Gay marriage. Immigration reform. We may even talk about a balanced budget and the deficit in the not too far distant future. Obama actually coughed up a possible admission that entitlements might be addressed. The only really depressing part was the number of amendments to the budget as passed. Some of them were truly bizarre. Funny until you consider that they had to be…. considered.
We survived the fiscal cliff, a Moody’s downgrade and now at least the front end of sequester. We canceled the White House tours for effect. We’ve closed some towers at obscure airports but I think on a planning basis we might be getting the word out that this can work. You mean TTG that we did not need full-time round the clock staffing at Baker Field in Ottumwa Iowa?
Now Al Sharpton has been saying we need spending but I think we tried that a couple of years ago and found very little makes its way through the morass of bureaucracy to fill those “shovel ready jobs”. About the only infrastructure that is getting built is in DC. Take a look at the backdrop next time a pol is on TV and count the number of cranes.
Color me reckless but I even see a glimmer of hope out of Rome. This guy Frances can’t be all bad. He’s a Jesuit and a down to earth guy. There’s going to be a glut in the used limo market in Rome. Can’t you just see the red hats of the Curia cringing as they saw the “man” getting on the bus and carrying his own bags. Get the popcorn ready.This could be good.
Yesterday I was sitting by the beach smoking a cigar and enjoying a vodka and tonic. Out of the corner of my eye I noticed two preteens walking up from the shore. They were laughing and they were obviously identical twins. As they got closer one had on what looked like a flower colored cast on her leg. Nearing me I realized it was her leg….artificial.
A friend told me her story. It seems that she had cancer earlier in life. She had to have the leg removed and lost all her hair. I am sure she wondered if I was undergoing chemo. But in her own words she beat it and was moving on with life. In my words she was both a heroine and a role model….for all of us.
I wish I could make her a poster child for the US of A. For the downtrodden and swells alike. I’d like her to go before Congress and the President. Tell them to stop the nonsense and speak of moving forward. I wish she could be a constant reminder that life deals you bad cards as well as straight flushes. You just don’t know and that is both the beauty and the tragedy of humanity.
It is sad we need reminders of broken bodies and busted dreams of kids and soldiers to get our act together. It’s a bitch I have to whack myself and you over the head with all we have. Let’s get positive. Something is happening here. Don’t get in the way.
Ted The Great
The federal budget the U.S. Senate passed contained so many proposed amendments that some of its amendments had their own amendments. The chamber voted on only a few dozen of the 572 amendments that were filed to the 94-page bill.
In each of the years 2011 and 2012, the NRA spent nearly $3 million on federal-level lobbying efforts. During the 2012 election cycle, the group laid out more than $25 million on ads primarily supporting Republican candidates or opposing Democratic ones.
The Quinnipiac University poll indicates 92 percent of U.S. voters support gun checks, and 56 percent want a ban on the sale of assault weapons and high-capacity magazines holding more than 10 rounds. At post time a new CBS poll seems to show a weakening of that resolve.
Through January 2013, S&P/Case-Shiller Home Price Indices showed average home prices increased 7.3% for the 10-City Composite and 8.1% for the 20-City Composite in the 12 months ending in January 2013. Kath, I think we better sell.
PS Ted’s Head is about what is going on in my brain. I have been cheerleading and personal lately because that is the way I feel. I’ll get back to being pithy but right now life is good.