Hello and welcome, again, to Sunday Morning Coffee a look at some of the political (and maybe religious) stories you've seen or perhaps missed...all with my commentary. Sometimes fun, often caustic but never dull. Grab a cup and let's slog through the news of the week but careful it can be habit forming!
The 36 Percenters
President Donald Trump has been in office six months and during that time he has done something no other president has accomplished. His approval rating, among Americans, is the lowest of any president at this point in his presidency in seventy years. For those of you who voted for him let me help you with the hard math. Today only 36
percent of Americans approve of what "45" is doing to our nation and our standing in the world. The only other president that comes close to having such a low approval rating was Gerald Ford at 39% back in July of 1975. Meanwhile at this point in their presidencies President Obama and President George W. Bush we sitting at a 59% approval rating. Wanna see the numbers? Here you go...but promise to come back! Nice going America... So, why would this be? Read on dear citizens.
The Trump Tax Plan by The Numbers
The numbers regarding the tax reform effort laid out by "45" are in. Guess what, suckers, he is out to screw you...big time. Stay with me on this. The Tax Policy Center has looked at the numbers and their analysis tells us federal revenues would be cut by $7.8 trillion over the next ten years. But don't worry. The benefits of those tax cuts would flow to the top 5% of earners. But…hey there is more from the Tax Policy Center: The package, the report says, would overwhelmingly help the wealthy. The overall plan would give the average family earning under $25,000 per year a $40 tax cut, or a 0.3 percent boost in after-tax income. The top 0.1 percent, earning above $3.4 million a year, would get an average tax cut of $937,700, or a 13.3 percent boost in after-tax income. What was that word? Oh, yeah...suckers.
Maybe the approval rating for "45" is also the reaction of Americans coming to the reality that this guy would rather strip you of your health care, creating those very cool Sen. Charles Grassley (R-IA) "Death Panels" while he and his buddies are trying to figure out what to do with you. Meanwhile Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) said yesterday that the vote to repeal your health care under the Affordable Care Act has got to wait just a bit longer. I mean who in the hell knew this health care stuff was so difficult. Weary...
"You're in such good shape...beautiful."
"45" could not help himself. He jets over to France to meet with President Macron and without missing a beat, at his first meeting with the wife of the French President, Brigitte Macron, says, "You're in such good shape. She's in such good physical shape. Beautiful," but he was standing next to first lady Melania Trump. There is no word on if "45" reached a little lower for a...grab.
The "Trumpvangelicals" Were in Town
I was in Mason City for the Sabbath so I missed out on the snake swinging in Des Moines yesterday complete with Kellyanne Conway and Bob Vander Plaats in a cozy sit down conversation full of lies and distortions. It's so amazing to me that these holy rollers can simply make crap up and the Trumpvangelicals eat it. Ms. Conway told the gathering that, "People are not telling the news, they're giving you the noise." Yet another attack on the media and its efforts to lay bare the facts about...well, hell...everything "45" touches. Or grabs. Speaking to about 900 of the faithful Conway cast the president, herself and their supporters as victims of political critics while they dismiss the administrations public policy efforts. “I understand that we’re nation of charged opinions and partisan rancor but I do find most of the vitriol comes from people who don’t know and who are very brave on social media — which means they’re not brave at all,” she said. Know what Ms. Conway, my name is Michael P. Libbie and I ain't hiding behind social media and you are welcome to engage anytime. Have I indicated "Weary" yet? But wait! What about those emails??? (Cartoon and "Trumpvangelicals" word by Tim Lloyd)
Meanwhile On the Same Block of Soil
Progressives got a full dose of Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) during the Citizens for Community Improvement annual convention. About 1,100 folks herd Sen. Sanders, speak a few hours later and less than 1,000 feet away from where Kellyanne was busy making stuff up and complaining. It was classic Bernie as he railed against "45" and the claim that the president actually cares one shred about the working people of America. "President Trump, don’t tell the people of this country that you support the working class when you are defending legislation which will throw 22 million Americans off of the health care they currently have," the former Democratic presidential candidate said. "That is not defending the working class. That is a major attack on middle class and working-class families all across this country." Bernie did not give any hint on if he will run again in 2020 but last week he did say in an interview that he was not ruling anything out.
It was hot last Sunday as Democratic hopeful John Norris took the stage at his "down home" rally held at Living History Farms. John even got in a Johnny Cash tune with the band. No, really and he did pretty well. One of the things we know about Mr. Norris is that, like his former boss, governor and former agriculture secretary Tom Vilsack, he is a "policy wonk". He loves the details of policy and he loves to share them. However, somebody on his "kitchen cabinet" needs to share with John that on really HOT Iowa days it's OK to cut his speech from 40 minutes to 20. Honest. Good news was the "pulled chicken" I took in the crock-pot was a hit. Not a shred of it left to take home. Oh, and the pie...was delish!
I'm "thinking" about a run for political office. No, really. There is a bunch of stuff up in the air right now but if that clears out I may just do it. Here's the deal: I am so weary of people in my community (and outside) of Windsor Heights focusing on problems and not looking at opportunities. Sure we are not without challenges however, working for something is much more invigorating than always working against. Last week I attended a community meeting that focused on the potential for bringing real economic development to my town of 4,900 people and the "boo-birds" were out in force. The comments and questions focused on negatives rather than the vision which would build a retail and service base that would bring in much needed revenue while saving property taxes for residents. And the funny thing was this meeting was simply a "kick off" event. There are more meetings with stakeholders to come. The Windsor Heights Chamber of Commerce came out with a statement following the meeting. If you would like to read...have at it.
OK...sorry this is late. It was a busy day yesterday and the drive home (without air BTW) was exhausting. But...that was yesterday! Have a great Sunday and THANKS for reading!