Talked in Terry Armstrong’s government class at Labrea High School in Leavittsburg, Ohio, today. Mr. Armstrong is one of the most proactive high school government teachers we’ve met in our travels across the country. He brings candidates in to talk to his students, takes the students on field trips to political events, and so on… We did a “town meeting” format in the class today, and rather animated discussions started up around health care, taxes, immigration, Social Security… Mr. Armstrong said projections indicate that the Social Security Fund will run out in the year 2037. “The year I retire,” Mr. Armstrong smiled (sort of). I said that, among other things, my administration would push for the Social Security Fund becoming a “lock box.” That is, unlike it is now, the government couldn’t borrow from the Fund… Yesterday in Warren, Ohio, I stumped with a group of older women (a majority probably on Social Security) who were playing bridge at, perhaps, the most impressive McDonalds that we’ve seen anywhere in the country. It had two stories (no Playland), an atrium, a piano (really ), a glass elevator… The women were playing cards at four tables. I waited until each table was shuffling, then approached, and as if it were Vegas (a little literary license here), dealt out “average Joe” cards to everyone. A few women looked up askance when I said I was running for president. “Well, somone has to do it,” I smiled. Note: The Cleveland Plain Dealer newspaper noted yesterday that a new federal Hardist Hit Fund will help some 26,000 homeowners in Ohio (many of them jobless) with up to $15,000 apiece to help them stay in their homes… In Winona, Minnesota, several years ago, we researched that town’s Home Share Program. Families are doubling up, or renting out a room in a place, etc., as innovate ways to share space, and expenses. Common sense says there are a lot of creative ways to come at the housing crisis in America. In fact, it might not so much be a “crisis,” as it is an “opportunity” to start moving in a more frugal and conservation- minded way in this country.