*They only need a million more. There was a story in the papers just before Christmas about Dennis Ferguson, a recent retiree who sent the State of California a check for $10,000. The gift was his way of saying “thanks” for unemployment benefits he received back in 1964. Gee, if they could only get a few more folks to be so appreciative. It would only take … let’s see now … oh, about a million more such gifts to pay off the state’s deficit.
*No more Happy Meal toys. At least not in San Francisco, where city officials recently prohibited restaurants from giving away toys with “unhealthy” meals. McDonald’s can continue to give away Happy Meals there — but only if the meal is less than 600 calories, contains fruits and vegetables, and is served with a non-fatty and non-sugary beverage. Don’t you just love their Big Nanny attitude?
*So much for security on Capitol Hill. While security has gotten pretty strict for tourists in Washington, our elected representatives are able to wave and walk through the screening procedures on Capitol Hill. Every Senator and Representative wears a tiny lapel pin so the guards will recognize their special status. But guess what? You can buy a replica of the pin at the gift shop in the Longworth House Office Building for $4.14. Or you could go to the Capitol Hill gift shop and buy one for the Senate for $5. Hope no terrorists ever learn about this.
*Quote of the week. Like the story above, this one also comes from Washington. When one of the newly elected Tea Party congressmen was told there was no way the Senate would agree to abolish Obamacare, he replied, “Maybe we can’t repeal it. But we can starve it to death.” We’ll know pretty quickly how tough they will actually get.