1. I’m grateful for the study that came out this week that showed that approximately 50% of Americans who get government aid in the form of social security disability, child and dependent care tax credits, unemployment insurance, Medicare, and student loans, believe they don’t. (To read more click here.) Apparently the guy I saw on television at a Tea Party rally a few years back carrying a sign that said GET YOUR GOVERNMENT HANDS OFF MY MEDICARE wasn’t just some lone guy with a marker and a misguided brain. It’s not that I’m so happy that so many Americans seem to have swallowed the nonsense being dished out by the Republican party for the last thirty years. But at least I can try to be hopeful that SOMEONE, ANYONE, will be able to educate these people, to use this new, actual data to help these Americans find their way again, and to maybe stop voting against their own pocketbooks. I realize this is probably a naive hope, since faith-based beliefs are obviously not subject to actual facts but I can hope if I want to. Seriously, folks. The other night I was watching the hilarious Jon Stewart, and I actually heard his guest, Bruce Bartlett, who was none other than Ronald Reagan’s budget guy, call the current Republican party insane! You can’t make this stuff up.
2. I’m grateful for Jon Stewart. Any time. Always. The guy is a comic genius. (Bill Maher is also a genius, albeit slightly more disturbing one.)
3. I’m grateful for the wonderful Paul Anka. Now THAT man could croon. We met some friends at a fantastic, authentic Italian restaurant in the Bronx, and every so often during the meal, the waiters would present someone with birthday cupcakes, while on the speakers on at top decibel there would be the memorable opening strains of Anka weeping out,”Did you have a happy birthday? Even though I wasn’t there.” Okay, so I’m old. But for atmosphere, this musical choice was a winner. To hear this classic on youtube, click here.
4. I’m grateful that my two-year-old grandaughter, after trying and trying, was finally able to balance a spoon on her nose.
5. I’m grateful that after putting up a new tab in my blog (Need Advice? Just Ask Me. Click the tab above to check it out.), I’ve received my first letter. I’ll post that, and my answer, soon.