We almost never knew how much our checks would be. This was not a good thing for folks like me who were living from payday to payday. Then they changed it to the 15th and the 30th – all checks being the same. Sometime in the late ‘70s the bean counters figured out that if they bumped paydays from the 15th to the 1st, that would put an entire half month of payroll into the next fiscal year. Very clever.
For the past several weeks we’ve seen the politicians, bureaucrats and government bean counters spreading lies, threats and innuendos about sequestration, government shutdown, defunding Obamacare, and why it’s all George Bush’s fault. Despite all the bluffs, threats and accusations, I suspect that on Tuesday morning the sky will not fall, government will not shut down and “the anointed one” will be planning another round of golf in Hawaii.
Meanwhile down on Route One Millsap, plans are coming together to ring out the old and ring in the new. In fact, if we remember to take all our pills, we may stay up and watch the 10 o’clock news instead of watching our usual 9 o’clock early edition on Fox 4.
Larry M. Jones is a retired Navy commander and aviator who raises cattle and hay in the Brock/Lazy Bend part of Parker County. Comments may be directed to email@example.com.