I have to make little sticky notes about this stuff and get it out of the way right up front, so: Sherri, send me your email address, so I can share it with Basset, who wants to know something about your transportation package.
Also, MichaelG? Send up a flare. We’re worried about you.
And now it is Friday, or nearly Friday. Another insane week on the national scene, in which the president unveiled a budget that would make him a literal granny-starver. Of course it won’t go through like that, but here’s what we are in for, for the next four years.
Forcing rictus-like smile here.
At least we’re not one of these people:
In interviews, nearly a dozen White House aides and federal agency staffers described a litany of suspicions: that rival factions in the administration are trying to embarrass them, that civil servants opposed to President Donald Trump are trying to undermine him, and even that a “deep state” of career military and intelligence officials is out to destroy them.
Aides are going to great lengths to protect themselves. They’re turning off work-issued smartphones and putting them in drawers when they arrive home from work out of fear that they could be used to eavesdrop. They’re staying mum in meetings out of concern that their comments could be leaked to the press by foes.
Many are using encrypted apps that automatically delete messages once they’ve been read, or are leaving their personal cellphones at home in case their bosses initiate phone checks of the sort that press secretary Sean Spicer deployed last month to try to identify leakers on his team.
Imagine working like this, day after day. Would it be worth it, because you were in the Oval? Or would it be the sort of soul-sucking hellishness that makes you lie in bed at night and stare at the ceiling with laser-beam eyes?
And here, of course, is another terrible story about our world today, heroin division:
West Virginia officials estimate 150,000 residents — 8 percent of its population — needed substance abuse treatment in 2016. Just a fifth received help from treatment providers belonging to the state’s top behavioral health association. And only 156 detox beds were available across the entire state.
“There are not enough resources available,” said Kim Miller, director of corporate development at the Prestera Center, West Virginia’s largest behavioral health service provider. “There’s a workforce shortage. If we could pay people better, we could have a more robust workforce — more docs, more psychiatrists, more counselors — and more treatment.”
Went big for Trump, who wants to cut drug treatment from health insurance.
I don’t want to leave you with bummer stuff, but it’s almost the weekend, and hey! Happy St. Patrick’s Day. The Irish are a wonderful race. Enjoy it.