Good morning. We're very cold, gray, and bundled up here in the nation's capital. But this is a nice spot of good news: "For the first time in 10 years, the US health insurance industry is expected to report a decline in medical expenses." Woohoo! Now get my premiums down, ya hear?
Budget, budget, budget: "Over the last two years since President Obama has taken office, the federal government has added 200,000 new federal jobs. If some of those jobs are lost in this, so be it. We're broke. It's time for us to get serious about how we're spending the nation's money. " (House Speaker John Boehner, yesterday.) As for us, we're happy to see no cuts to Social Security, but big cuts to energy assistance are raising red flags around here: " With heating costs rising for many this past winter, cutting $2.5 billion from this program is unfair and potentially dangerous, and would mean that millions of households wouldn't get the help they need to keep their homes warm in the winter months."
In case you needed a guide to being a good Internet commenter: "People can easily mistake your vehemence for rage, insanity or rudeness, and they will treat you accordingly. (This is something that happens to me quite a bit, as I often get very worked up! So, you know, I've been there! Regularly.)"