Angry Prepubescent Brat Considers The Future on Tenth Birthday
It's kind of surprising that this rant has been going on for ten years now. I've been through a lot since this started, most recently pretty much withdrawing from the active practice of law and easing into the role of genial host of this blog and part time amp hobbyist and mechanic.
The brat has plenty to whine about. I won't bother restating the obvious but we are headed into a roughish patch for at least the next four years. A lot of things we thought were a sure bet are on the butcher's block, and they are assuming major importance.
We here at the Dougloid Towers are functionally retired, and I think the Dragon Lady will be officially in that category before too awful long-the last twenty years have been a hard slog for her but she has learned that although you may not outwit or outplay your enemies you can always outlast them. and have the last word.
That brings up the subject of what you have to do as you approach this part in your life.
You simply have to have an income. If you don't, you're looking at reduced circumstances.
We're now approaching the subject of managing our budget and meeting our expense requirements out of income. Two social security checks and an IPERS pension check will be our income although I hustle a few dollars here and there with my various scams.
Part of that calculus is figuring out how to pay for our share of Medicare and the part D prescription meds cost. It's not as easy as it sounds and Judy has made a study of it so that she knows the territory. It's important because old folks often have complaints of a physical nature that require meds. We ought to be able to manage it if the creek don't rise.
However, the proposed secretary of HEW in the new administration has made it known that he is not friendly to the programs that exist today.
That being said, I think it is important to stay up on the issue and get involved in the political end of it.
The GOP has now been deluged by avalanche of cockamamie ideas and pet projects from the formerly out of the picture tea bag wing of the party. At least some of these canards will be put in place, but I suspect they will fail when they founder on facts because, as we know, facts are stubborn things.
As usual we will soldier on here and continue the practice of being buttinskis as required.