(A brief discussion twixt Baer & Baer's editor, a.k.a. BE)
JB: Hey, what's for dinner at your house tonight?
BE: I don't know, probably beans and franks, why?
JB: Oh boy, too bad you're not eating like your elected leaders.
BE: I don't follow.
JB: Yeah, most people don't. See the White House holds these state dinners for elected folks such as governors. There was one last night.
BE: Wait. You mean while the rest of us eat...
BE: This is going to depress me, isn't it?
JB: No, no. It's your government at work, setting an example, showing how connected it is to the ongoing plight of the people who pay for it all.
BE: Is that sarcasm?
JB: I got the menu for last night's National Governors Association dinner from the White House press corps pool report.
BE: OK. Tell me.
JB: Salad of roasted pears, homemade ricotta, walnut crisps on White House Kitchen Garden Greens; scallops with spiced mango chutney; "surf & turf" of Black Angus Beef and blue crab; black beans and rice and plantain chips; coconut sorbet in a coconut shell with poached tropical fruits and White House honey, each course paired with American wines from California, Washingrton and New York.
BE: Just like at my house.
JB: And it's nice that the governors, so strapped for money that they're cutting services and laying off workers and reducing benefits for the needy, can find time to take a little nourishment. Though check this pic of Gov. Christie. Maybe he didn't like going off his diet.
BE: Gov. Walker didn't go, did he?
JB: Not according to Politico.com. Plus, he probably can't get throught the crowd of protesters in Wisconsin.
BE: Other no-shows?
JB: California's Brown and New York's Cuomo stayed home, according to that same report.
BE: Gov. Corbett?
JB: You betcha!
BE: Well, in fairness, it was only a meal.
JB: Right, and even though the rest of us take pay and benefit cuts IF WE HAVE A JOB, face prolonged economic recovery, get to listen to our politicians tell us how tough things are and we ALL have to sacrifice, I think it's nice that normal traditions such as lavish banquets for people making six-figures in taxpayer money can continue as if everything's just fine.
BE: That's sarcasm again, isn't it?