Ben SteinThere's a news item giving Ben Stein's four lessons from the government shut down. They are "Your started it", "No, you did", "Did not", "Do so." ... Stein is probably not going to get invited to the annual Tea Party Guru Appreciation Dinner. He says taxes are too low to support the services we already have. But he has recommended that the next time this happens both sides get sent to their rooms without supper.

 ... We also need to plan for the future. It's not too early to have some new phone messages - "Hi, you've reached the United States government. We can't come to the phone right now, but you can leave a message after the beep" ... I understand the next meeting of John Boehner fan club will be held in the back seat of a VW beetle ... The congressional leadership has signed up for a "Get Out of Debt " seminar at a local hotel.  .. Saw a TV ad this week that features former Senator Fred Thompson. You have to feel sorry for him. Here's a guy who at one point hoped to be president and deciding the fate of the free world and now is telling people bout reverse mortgages.. ... A sure sign of age? I looked at the pictures and names on the Yahoo Entertainment site and didn't recognize any of them. Oh , I did notice Liv Tyler's picture. I just thought her dad had an operation to become younger and prettier. But rescue was at hand. I clicked on through to the news section and there were pictures of some of the old folks - Demi Moore, Gavin Rossdale and Gwen Stefani, and Charlize Theron. Whew! ... You know what they say - No news about Miley Cyrus is good news. ... Had a meeting in my hometown with some classmates. I looked at the table they were sitting at and thought 'I wonder who all those old people are" ... Microsoft has introduced Windows 8.1. It's very revolutionary. It is supposed to do many of the things Windows 8.0 was expected to do, like work with other software packages.

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Bob Scott

Bob Scott has been informing and entertaining the mid-market financial software community with his email newsletters for 10 years. And he has been covering this market through print publications for 18 years, first as technology editor of Accounting Today and then as the Editor of Accounting Technology from 1997 through 2009. He has covered the traditional tax and accounting profession during the same time and continues to address that as executive editor of the Progressive Accountant.

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