Is it too much to ask that individuals who are seeking to serve at the highest levels of government pay their @#$%^& taxes? I mean, come on — millions of Americans pay their taxes every year! This kind of development not only hurts the credibility of the new Administration, it also feeds into the growing feeling of contempt and disenchantment that many Americans feel for their federal government and federal elected officials. How can Americans trust individuals to make intelligent, objective decisions about policy if those officials don’t even comply with one of the most basic obligations of citizenship? The kinds of news stories we have been seeing the past few weeks only reinforce the feeling that many Americans have, to the effect that there is one set of rules for our elected officials and their cronies and campaign contributors and another set of rules for the rest of us. That is not a good thing.
Well, we’ve encountered our first issue with Penny since her return. It’s obvious she has been following a different schedule at the Bells. They may have just left food out for her, or fed her later in the evening, but in any case she has been waking up very early in the morning — 4 a.m. a few nights ago, and 2:30 a.m. last night — which is much earlier than her wake-up time before she left . So, we are instituting the Penny Project to try to get her back on a schedule that lets us get a full night’s sleep. Tonight’s experiment is to give her part of her dinner at the regular time (about 5:30 p.m.) and then give her the second half later than normal (about 8 p.m.). If that doesn’t do the trick, we may experiment with a late-night walk, or even later night feeding. Suggestions are, of course, welcome.