The comedian Stephen Colbert once said in testimony before the House Judiciary Committee, "I'm not a fan of the government doing anything. But I've got to ask, why isn't the government doing anything? ... Like most members of Congress, I haven't read the bill." Colbert was referring to an entirely different issue but Congress actually did something and, as usual, one’s opinion on whether it is good or bad depends on one’s individual circumstances. Here are the highlights of the SECURE Act (even though I haven’t read the bill either):
Our ability to recall past events in detail is uneven at best. Chances are your spouse or your sibling remembers something that happened, or didn’t happen, 20-30 years ago much differently than you do. My brother, for instance, can recall 15-20 vicious things I did to him when we were teenagers while all I remember is the love and praise I showered on him. We all tend to base our expectations of the future, however, on our memories of the past. And, if our memories of the past are less than accurate, what does that say about our ability to predict the future?
A Special Announcement: