A Statesman’s Parting Thoughts
November 30, 2012 by Chip Wood
Ron Paul’s farewell address. After 23 years in the House of Representatives, Ron Paul chose not to run again. Two weeks ago, he gave a farewell address on the House floor. He wanted to express “a few thoughts as to why the people of a country like ours, once the freest and most prosperous, allowed the conditions to deteriorate to the degree that they have.” Click here to read his complete speech.
Solving the post office debt. Did you see the story that the U.S. Postal Service reported a record loss of $15.9 billion for the current fiscal year and is scheduled to lose even more money next year? Years ago, I proposed a radical solution on my daily radio program: Give the whole darned enterprise to Federal Express. While it figured out how to make a profit delivering mail, we could begin taxing all the property, trucks and other stuff the Postal Service owns. Sad to say, my win-win proposition never caught on.
Getting the perfect poker face. Now I think I’ve heard it all. It seems that a plastic surgeon in Manhattan is offering a new service: Botox injections for gamblers who want to develop that perfect poker face. Want to make sure you don’t twitch or raise an eyebrow when you have a good hand? Get “Pokertox” for a mere $800 and your face won’t give away what you’ve got.
The cost for “12 Days of Christmas” goes up. Those five golden rings will cost a lot more than they did a year ago, thanks to gold’s higher price. Since the minimum wage didn’t go up this year, the maids-a-milking and ladies dancing will cost the same. But overall, giving your loved one all of the gifts in the “12 Days of Christmas” will cost 6.1 percent more this year than last, according to PNC Wealth Management.