In my former role as a Trustee for the Maryland State Retirement and Pension System (MSRPS), it was my privilege to attend a number of conferences on the public policy aspects of retirement for public employees. During those conferences, it became increasingly apparent that retirement is an issue of social justice not just for public employees, but for everyone who works for a living.
My dad taught me a lot of things growing up. Some I can share, but some would be best left to late night conversations after imbibing some Wild Turkey. One of the things that sticks in my addled, aging mind is that it is best to “shut the hell up and let everyone think you are an idiot, rather than opening your mouth and getting your butt beat because everyone found out you’re an idiot.”
Somewhere in Potomac tonight there is a family sitting in a home that cost more than $1 million, upset with the noise coming from commercial aircraft flying into Reagan National Airport and they have convinced Montgomery county to spend $150,000 to an aviation expert in order to come up with alternative flight plans into Reagan.
Of the two comments I have heard most regarding media activity in the White House press room, the most ridiculous comment I hear is “Why don’t you guys all get up and walk out?”
After the nest had emptied for the second time, and the family dogs had died, this couple of zealous professional educators decided to take a break from the relatively high maintenance of canines.