I was going to take some pictures of the gardens but found the battery in the camera is nearly gone. We will get a couple of new ones next Monday. I shouldn't be surprised since it has been a while.
Now this is a notion I can support. Actually, I think the Treasury should have started not paying legislators before it started raiding the Federal employees pension funds by not paying the government's share.
Chris Martensen's blog had a link to this story from Wheeling, W.VA. I had wondered often in the past about what happened to people who had to try pay off the cost of winter heating if an early heat wave hit which has happened frequently over the last few years. In our area utilities cannot (by law) cut off customers for non-payment between October (I think) and April 1. The news media carry stories at each end of the time frame. I wonder how many people here are visiting Salvation Army shelters for cooling because they are paying off the winter's heating bill and cannot afford to turn on the air.
And then there is this bit of cruelty. At least the shelters aren't charging what a bargain rate motel would. I'm wondering why they don't. I love the selective application of the tough love. Free services corrupt the self-reliance of the poor but it does wonders for the too-big-to-fail banks' fiscal health.
We had a bit of a chuckle over breakfast. One of the CNN talking heads asked "What has happened to the recovery? Has there been a recovery?" We haven't seen it and none of the 'hopeful' signs touted by the media has affected us.