Rescue Plan Is Largely Another Shortsighted Bailout

First of all let me point out these photos of the day.


The first one are blue lines on the floor at Whole Foods telling people to keep their social distance from other customers. 


One person crossed the blue line and another customer promptly yelled at them that they were going to get them sick!


The second photo is limiting Nutter Butters (“Nut Butters”) to 4 per customer during this coronavirus–sh*t people are downing Nutter Butters like there truly is no tomorrow.  LOL


Finally, looking over the $2 trillion Coronavirus Rescue Plan, I see a lot of bailouts–about half through grants and half through loans.  


On the positive and largely necessary side are increases to unemployment insurance payments and aid to needy households (up to $150,000 for married couples is needy?) and to hospitals and transit.


In terms of the business loans, there are “forgivable” ones to small business, so not sure how that is a “loan.”


Overall though, it seems like we are throwing a lot of other money around that we as a country don’t have and will end up paying in terms of a higher national debt and higher interest payments for generations to come.  


This is another lost opportunity!


If we were already going to spend big money like this, why not pass the infrastructure spending bill to rebuild our aging roads, bridges, electric grid, aviation, public transit, and expand internet coverage.  This would actually put people back to work and build America again, rather than give corporate handouts that are shortsighted and with squat to show for it for the country’s ultimate benefit.


Everyone likes to get freebies, but eventually the country will come back to pay the piper, and there will be bread lines and not Nutter Butter. 😉


(Credit Photos: Minna Blumenthal)

If You Give A Moose A Muffin

So one of my colleagues told me an interesting saying:

If you give a moose a muffin, they will never go away. 


What a funny image and thing to say. 


But I get the idea that if you keep giving freebies and treats to people, they will just keep coming back for more. 


Everyone needs to be taught self-sufficiency to the extent possible. 


These days where everyone is some sort of specialists and “subject matter expert,” there are very few people who are really self-sufficient and can survive on their own. 


Instead, we have a society of people that are mutually dependent (codependent)–and most would starve or freeze to death if they didn’t have someone else supplying the “muffins.”


This all reminds me of a funny story when I was a kid, where a crazy lady friend of my parents came over to their house when my parents were sitting shiva (in mourning after the loss of one of my grandparents).  


This crazy lady actually laid down on their living room couch so the other people coming to pay their respects couldn’t, and then she wouldn’t leave–hint after hint, she just laid there sprawled on their couch. 


Finally, my dad got up from his mourning, fed her some food, and actually gave her some money–literally to leave–which she finally did and not to be mean, but really as a relief to everyone. 


In this case, my dad gave the moose a muffin to go away and it worked, thank G-d. 


But as is with moose’s, I am pretty sure she came back another day for more muffins. 😉


(Source Photo: here with attribution to OpenClipart-Vectors)

10 Reasons To Love Trader Joe’s and 2 To Not

Trader Joes
There are many reasons to love Trader Joe’s, but here’s my top 10 (can you tell I just came from there?):



1) Pretty much you can depend that their food is good and fresh, and a lot of it is readymade and “convenient”. 



2) Prices are a value considering much of what they sell is private label, premium, or super premium–like the “Belgium chocolate” above!



3) They have many items in single-serve portions, so the food is easy to make, clean up, and store. 



4) The stores are relatively small, clean, well lit, and cozy with a limited number of goods, making shopping quick and easy–they’ve already narrowed the field for you. 



5) They have freebies to taste in the aisles–tonight it was 2 types of coffee and a pumpkin cheesecake sample–the check out guy asked me if I had a chance to try it–uh, not on my diet, but thanks!



6) They have a cool customer service bell in front that they ring whenever you need something done–tonight it was as simple as replacing a package that had opened up–ring, ring–a clerk brought up a brand new one, jiffy quick. 



7) They double bag the goods, so the bags don’t break on the way home and the goodies don’t fall out. 



8) Typically convenient locations in major shopping areas and short lines inside…never have to wait more than one person ahead on the line. 



9) They are eco-friendly and have lot’s of stuff that is organic, non-genetically modified, and without artificial anything. 



10) They ask you–and seem to mean it–if you found everything okay with your shopping experience, and seem more than ready to correct anything that was less than perfect. 



Despite these wonderful traits, there is something about Trader Joe’s that’s Normal Rockwell all smiley, small-townish annoying and claustrophobic, especially in the age of the more modern megastore supermarkets and Costco warehouses.



So it’s not the only store I go to–variety is still the spice of life. 😉



(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)