Wednesday, October 28, 2015

COLA Reflections

I read recently with mild amusement that Retirees will not be receiving a cost of living adjustment (COLA) to their Social Security income this year.  Apparently the measure that is used did not indicate that an increase was warranted.  The article went on to speculate that perhaps this measure didn’t adequately measure the cost of living for seniors and so forth.  I opened my remarks with noting my mild amusement.   I suspect some may not find a lack of a raise amusing, but I also suspect that many would agree with me that the infamous COLA is seldom all that it is cracked up to be.

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

The Lunatic Fringe

After the first round of debates, the clear question for both parties is, “Where are the moderates?”  The Donald would be heralded by some as the poster boy for lunacy… and he’s the front runner.  To quote Michael Moore, “Dude Where’s My Country?”  For many years I worked with the mentally ill and I very much enjoyed their company.  They often saw the world in a different way and even the most disturbed schizophrenics would sometimes stumble on things that somewhat would make sense.  So it is with the Donald – when he makes comments such as “we don’t like ISIS and Syria & Russia don’t like ISIS so let them go at it”, it makes good sense to me.  Let me be clear, I’m not a fan of the Donald and I have a hard time imagining a situation where I would vote for him, but let’s give the devil his due.  Sometimes this politically correct diplomacy makes zero sense… it’s our place to tell Russia which countries to stay out of while we (the U.S.) seem to have to have a presence everywhere?  It’s not wise to throw stones at a glass house after you’ve accidentally bombed a hospital…