cur-mud-geon: anyone who hates hypocrisy and pretense and has the temerity to say so; anyone with the habit of pointing out unpleasant facts in an engaging and humorous manner
Medicare and Medicaid were signed into law 50 years ago today by President Lyndon Baines Johnson who praised former President Truman for getting that ball rolling. Here we are five decades later observing the two programs that are an integral part of life in our country, and that are huge federal budget items.
The morning Milwaukee Journal Sentinel featured a front-page story titled ‘Safe and sound at the barbershop’ credited to Jason Stein. It dealt with Damien Smith, a youth organizer for Safe & Sound who has put together a Monday session with a barber where young inner city men gather to talk with him while they receive a haircut. This was an eye-opening story, for me at least; it provided me with the view these young men have of themselves and their individual destiny as they live life day-by-day in the Amani and Harambee neighborhoods of Milwaukee, among the highest crime-rate areas in Milwaukee.
Health care insurers have been in a merger frenzy; fearful apparently that they might either get taken over or get lost in the dance of elephants. The top five in size have now succeeded in making that group the top three presuming that all requisite governmental approvals are received. These three will control a significant majority of the total market.
We are involved in the ‘Drone drama’ whether or not we wish to be involved. Drones have captured much of our attention. We were watching the audience at a recent July 4th Concert in Woodland Park, CO where a drone was being used to gather video to be used later in advertising, etc.