My coworker and I were talking about the number of things that are not actually written down anywhere as to how the Federal government behaves, because everyone has always understood that there are just Ways That Grownup Governments Behave, Dammit. The number of times that “the President can’t *do* that” have turned into “apparently the President can, it’s just that none of them ever have before.” The number of predictions that were based on straight lines of data and are now just people spitballing because, crap, what the hell, y’know?
My wife and I made some large purchases this year from our retirement funds, funds I would not have dreamed of touching two years ago. But rather than waiting until actual retirement (still a couple years off [he said hopefully]) we bought things now because we have the money NOW, and we can enjoy those things NOW, and in a couple years… the money may be gone. Our retirement may be gone. Our house and neighborhood and lives may be gone. So why shouldn’t my wife enjoy her sunporch and garden while she can?