Friday, December 21, 2018

Ah, the Mandatory Rites of Winter Are Here!

Some things happen every year … you can almost set your watch by them.  In no particular order …

Dire Weather Prognostications - Going to Florida?  There is a hurricane brewing in in Outer Mongolia and it will arrive on Christmas Eve!

Beddy Bys at the Airport of Your Choice!  Don't buy hard shell luggage!  You need a duffle for this.

Traffic Reporters - "We're expecting 17 trillion people, driving to Grandmas and another 32,000 driving from San Diego to Cabo San Lucas - bring plenty of water!  And snacks for the little ones.  Figure at least 10 days to get back across the border into the U.S.

And another old favorite - Henny Penny the sky is falling!  And the government will be shut down!  In 2013 to date has taken $24 billion out of the economy and 0.6 per cent off of the annualized 4th quarter of 2013 GDP growth.  That's not all a shutdown  shuts down.  Bill Clinton and The Intern Event That Will Not Die was one of them.

What I cannot understand is the poor financial planning that causes all of this fanfarod about the budget.  Graphic verbal pictures of starving babies, Santa, sleigh and reindeer sitting mournfully by the side of the road somewhere in Arkansas surrounded by sobbing toy manufacturers ... all because the government is or is going to be shutdown.

If we ran our personal finances in this slipshod manner … we would be in bankruptcy court or debtor's prison.

I vote that we shut down the idiots who keep passing unworkable finances the previous year. Yes, this removal of a counted-upon annual event will cause grief in certain circles, but it's time to do it.  

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