Yesterday’s radio show appears to have been one of the best yet.
The topic that seemed to have generated the most post show discussion involved Social Security. I spoke of the anticipated failure by the present administration to provide for a cost of living increase to recipients for the second year in a row.
I was correct. Soon after the show, Washington announced that the cost of living increase would not be paid again this year.
The banks get TARP money, the banks get bailed out, AIG gets bailed out, but 58 million senior Americans get deprived of a lousy 3 per cent increase in their monthly checks.
Before some of you get all crazed out over my position, remember that Social Security is not charity. Every working American payed into the fund over the course of their working career. They are being paid back their own monies. And the return is significantly less than the contribution.
The problem is the federal government has not left those monies sitting in an account to be drawn on as needed. The government has borrowed the funds. There is no money in the account! There has not been for years.
The radio show was interesting. Even more, it was fun to do.
After the show, I joined Lisa and Ally. Ally had the day off from school. Lisa took the day off from work. They were doing an Ally day.
Ally wanted to go to the Butterfly observatory on Duval. She had been there before. I had not.
An experience! Lovely! Peaceful! A huge forested room with butterflies flying all over. All colors.
Ally showed me everything! Took me around on a guided tour of sorts.
We all had lunch at Camille’s. Ally’s choice. Her day, again.
We parted after lunch. I went home to do bills. A chore I hate. Lisa went for a pedicure and took Ally with her.
I was sitting out by the pool later in the afternoon talking with Donna and Terri when Lisa and Ally showed up. To swim. Only Ally swam. The water was cool. The heater is broke. I have to have it fixed.
I am leaving for a vacation tomorrow. My first in years. When you live in Key West, every day seems like a vacation. So you forget to pack the bags and take off for a week or two.
It is time. I am going.
I have decided on Arizona. My base will be Phoenix. I have been there several times before for Syracuse football games so I am not unfamiliar with the area.
There are some things I want to do.
I want to play golf again there. The elevation is high. There is less air resistance. The golf ball travels farther. I want to enjoy that experience.
I have never seen the Grand Canyon. I will next week.
I always wanted to take an air ballon ride. Never did. Will do so next week, also. Preceeded by a sunrise champagne desert breakfast.
There is a town called Cave Creek, just outside Phoenix. A tourist place. A throwback to the old west. I want to visit it.
If time permits, I would like to drive to the border and see the immigration problem first hand.
That is my next week. Maybe I will do none of the above and just lie around the hotel. Whatever, it will be a vacation!
And…..I will write my blog every morning and share with you with my preceding day’s activities.
Enjoy your day!