Pay close attention to the drug-discount cards for seniors just announced by President George W. Bush. At first blush, they sound like a small, stopgap way of cutting the cost of prescription drugs while you're waiting for "real" drug benefits under Medicare.
I dare you to try to take notes during a talk with Gloria Wolk. The conversation feels like mental speed-skating. Her rattling sentences dash from stories of fraud victims, to her beloved German shepherd, to a lawyer who took her research without paying her for it, to a tumble of names of investment firms accused of fraud.
--Fred Schwed Jr., "Where Are the Customers' Yachts?"An ancient story has a hick admiring the bankers' and stockbrokers' yachts riding high in New York Harbor. "And where," he asks naively, "are the customers' yachts?" Stockbroker Fred Schwed swiped that joke for the title of his immortal book on the brokerage ("quote-and-fib") business, published in 1940 and, blessedly, still in print.
Don't sweat the small stuff. The dueling Bush and Gore plans, which add a new drug benefit for seniors, are sprinkled with vote-catching details. But either plan would change before being presented to Congress, and change again, after being spun through the Congressional Cuisinart.So instead of comparing what may be meaningless clauses, you might want to reflect on the candidates' very different views of Medicare, and how they want the program run in the years ahead.As a country, we're going to...
First came road rage (infuriating traffic), then phone rage (incomprehensible bills), then air rage (need I even mention airports?). For the next frustration of everyday life, I offer you "juice rage"--the shock of deregulated electricity.If it drives you crazy to have to figure out which phone company costs less, just wait until the juicemen come.