Doug must be Norwegian or Irish. One has to have special tact with either subset of species homo sapian (smile). With either N or I, it takes heavy hammer vernacular to get them up for breakfast.
Glad your dad is still kicking and good for you Doug! I starved my way through college myself - brown bagging untouched or lightly touched in a restaurant where I washed dishes. In your case, I just pointed. You did the rest. Now, at 92, I'm still my usual benign, tactful self (pause for momentary disbelief).
Economist "cost" of Iraq-Afghan 11-year-venture is 1.5 trillion! So before you get sticky armpits about entitlements, how about some jail time for patriotic dodo birds who got us into that mess. That 1.5 trillion is the fiscal cliff those local jihadists created, and now sit on their "who me?!" hands.
As I've said before, don't hire mess ups to fix up. Disease and death are God's birth control. Pump up and burn up oil and gas, mine all the coal, kill half the creatures of creation, pollute the water you drink.
So kudos to you Doug. I thought you had it in you!