-December 2, 2013-
3:00 -- Is it unethical for Rep. Tim Moffitt to publish a newspaper outling all the great things his Republican Party passed in the NC Legislature?
4:00 -- Americans don't trust each other any more. Why? Plus Art Pope and William Barber exchange words.
5:00 -- Kevin King joins us to talk about his grassroots organizing work on college campuses. Plus, Milton Friedman debates Frances Fox Piven.
-December 3, 2013
3:00 -- Pete offers NC Democratic candidate recruiters the opportunity to come on the show. They chicken out.
4:00 -- The rise of the administrative state and why budget battles will be the focal point now.
5:00 -- The Hobby Lobby lawsuit over the Affordable Care Act, plus should chimpanzees get legal "personhood" status.
-December 4, 2013
3:00 -- A coup on the Mecklenburg County Commission might make it easier for South Asheville to de-annex from the city. Plus, a Hindu guy is mad at a local brewer for naming a beer Shiva.
4:00 -- Jake Frankel from Mountain Xpress joins us to talk about the latest edition on news stands. Plus, Buncombe County Commissioners say they want to reduce the carbon footprint by 80%.
5:00 -- Kurth Schlichter, columnist at Townhall, says liberals have to lie. Plus, human cheese.
-December 5, 2013
3:00 -- Fast food workers protest for an increase in the federal minimum wage.
4:00 -- Ford O'Connell, GOP strategist and former McCain-Palin adviser, talks about what the Republican Party needs to do to win the Presidential race in 2016 - including "getting over the fact that Reagan is dead."
5:00 -- It turns out President Obama did know his illegal alien uncle living in Boston. Plus, the Democrats are desperate to get everyone to focus on income inequality.
-December 6, 2013
My wife's mom died a week ago Friday. She'd been hospitalized with a fever after undergoing a chemotherapy treatment for cancer. She got pneumonia and died within a few days. Her name was Betty.
The grieving process was made easier by the fact that Betty and her husband, Tom, had made all the arrangements for their funerals in 1988 - from the funeral home to the cemetary. Everything was decided and paid for long ago.
It was a gift to their daughters and to themselves.
Tom did not have to worry about how to pay for services now. He'd already bought them at a time when they cost about 25% as much as they do today, and while he was better able to afford them.
He told me he'd made monthly payments for about 5 years. He said it gave him peace of mind.
Last week, I saw an article at the Blue Ridge Now website about how the aging population in our nation is ill-prepared for their future needs.
A new poll examined how people 40 and over are preparing for this difficult and often pricey reality of aging, and found two-thirds say they've done little to no planning.
In fact, 3 in 10 would rather not think about getting older at all.
Not only is our society in denial, but we're also thinking the burden will fall upon someone else.
The poll found most people expect family to step up if they need long-term care — even though 6 in 10 haven't talked with loved ones about the possibility and how they'd like it to work.
This is also interesting given the breakdown of the American family over the recent decades.
With an estimated 70% of people over the age of 65 needing some sort of long-term care, it's obvious we're heading for a pretty rude awakening.
Growing up, my family cared for two of my grandparents. Being the caregiver for an elderly family member can put a lot of stress on the rest of the family. What begins as helping out around Grandpa's house can suddenly turn into feedings, bathings, and administration of medicine. Not everyone is cut out to be a health care provider - especially when there are emotions involved.
As America ages, people need to talk with their loved ones about wills, living wills, funeral services, and long-term care.
I know my family has.