By The Big Guy
Well, Happy New Year to all. I think my favorite moment from the celebration was watching ABC’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve and seeing Ryan Seacrest kissing Dick Clark’s widow at the stroke of midnight…on the lips. Talk about transition. Looking back, I wasn’t crazy about last year from the start but I think it’s only because it ended in 13, although the markets did pretty well in spite of the bad luck implication and the do-less-than-nothing congress.
Speaking of our pals in the House, if you think they did nothing in 2013 just wait. I’d say you ain’t seen nothing yet, but you have. This year it will be more of nothing as the House calendar for 2014 calls for them to be in session only 113 days. So, out of approximately 250 available work days this year your congressman will only be on the job 45.2% of the time. Couple that with the fact that — Hey kids! 2014 is an election year! — and you can bet that a whole new standard for nothing may indeed be on the horizon.
New year, new laws on the books. Several states are raising the minimum wage from whatever laughable amount it is currently at to something which will afford the minimum wage worker the opportunity to purchase an additional loaf of bread and a can or two of soup each week. Whether this is indeed better than nothing is up for discussion. Of course something known as the Affordable Care Act now allows those with chronic illness to purchase health insurance they can actually afford for the first time ever. Not much happening on gun control except in Connecticut where it only takes the mass shooting deaths of dozens of five year olds to get a law requiring registration of assault weapons, and Illinois which due to a court mandate assures that there is no longer a state in the union where one cannot conceal carry a properly registered hand gun, just in case. Drone laws are being established in several states. It remains to be seen if their future will bring you pizza in five minutes or just allow the police to blow up your house without messing up the neighbor’s lawn. And it is now impossible to rent warehouse space in the city of Denver (really) because it is all tied up in the legal growing of marijuana which is now legally on sale in Colorado. The state of Washington follows later in the year. So if you’re looking for good investment advice I’d suggest buying a warehouse in Seattle.
For those planning well into the future the Mars One Project has whittled their first batch of over two hundred thousand applicants to a bit over one thousand candidates. The first flights will not take place until 2024 and 2026. It’s never too late to apply for flights beyond the initial ones. Just one thing you might like to consider: It’s a one way trip.
Whatever your plans, have a great 2014 because there’s no going back.