Good Morning and Happy Birthday America! Hope you are enjoying a
meaningful holiday full of friends and family. I was reading a Facebook Post that was authored by a friend. In it he wrote that a person was complaining that the 4th of July should be free of politics. Darling, everything is political however, in deference to her concern...you get Sunday Morning Coffee on the 5th of July. See how politically correct I can be?
The Thirty-Seven Percent
It's true that 63% of the country is behind marriage equality. It's true that supporters have won a great victory with the Supreme Court case a week ago. It is also true that as victors in this battle we need to civil. The 37% of the population that, for whatever reason, believe marriage equality is wrong will, at some point turn into 30% and then 24%... It's important, I believe, that we are careful not to marginalize those who oppose. Calling folks bigots doesn't help some kid, who is gay, come out when his parents may be one of the 37%. I think we need to accept this victory with some class. You in?
Speaking of Class...
Classrooms in Iowa are about to get larger. Programs in Iowa's schools are about to get cut. The governor of Iowa, Terry Branstad lacks...class. Following months of legislative negotiations that took the General Assembly well past their adjournment date the Democrats caved to the 1.25% growth figure demanded by the Republican controlled House. Then they negotiated a one-time funding package of $55.7 million for K-12 schools. Gov. Terry Branstad, out of town and out of touch, vetoed that compromise. I asked the House Majority Whip, Chris Hagenow (R-Windsor Heights) if he would urge his party to come back to the State House and override the veto. He said, "We're talking about it. I am hearing from the same people you are." Talking about it. My bet is they don't have the guts. You?
Oh, You Want More?
My friend Sharon Steckman (D-Mason City) offered up this list of the other items Governor Branstad vetoed. It's quite a list:
HF 666 – One-time funding bill (all vetoed below)
• $55.7 million for k-12 schools
• $1.8 million to keep Clarinda MHI open
• $2.3 million for substance abuse treatment
• $310,000 for transition costs to new Ft. Madison facility
• $2.5 million for community colleges
• $2.8 million for the UI
• $2.2 million for ISU
• $1.1 million for UNI
HF 651 – E911
• Vetoed language to improve communication between local emergency providers.
SF 499 – Economic Development Budget
• Vetoed language to ensure administrative law judges can operate free from political influence.
SF 505 – HHS
• Vetoed language to prevent a private managed care company from charging additional fees for services;
• Vetoed expanding eligibility for child care assistance to more Iowans;
• Vetoed language that could have kept Clarinda open under private management;
• Vetoed funding for Mt. Pleasant MHI.
This is on you people who held your nose and voted for Mr. Branstad because you believed Sen. Jack Hatch was a poor choice. Silly people.
And he calls himself "The Education Governor" and "The Job Creator". Please...and YOU fell for it. I suspect, and would hope, this election cycle you remember this cowardly act and who sided with...who. It is all shameful.
Star Trek actor George Takei took it to Justice Clarence Thomas last week saying, the Justice was a "clown in blackface" because of his decent in the recent Marriage Equality case. Justice Thomas had written, "Human dignity cannot be taken away by the government. Slaves did not lose their dignity (any more than they lost their humanity) because the government allowed them to be enslaved. Those held in internment camps did not lose their dignity because the government confined them."
Takei, a Japanese-American who is openly gay and was held in an internment camp during World War II, blasted Thomas's remarks in an op-ed published Wednesday on MSNBC.com entitled, "George Takei to Clarence Thomas: Denying our rights denies our dignity."
Takei backed off of his statement saying that his "words were not carefully considered". Emotions run...hot. Careful what you write in the heat of the moment.
Billy Joel Gets Married
He's 66 and his bride, long time girlfriend Alexis Roderick (33) were wed yesterday. Presiding was New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo. The bride and groom have been dating since 2009 and are expecting a child this summer. Why is this is Sunday Morning Coffee? I dunno...figured you needed a break.
Like Old Times...
Yesterday was parade day and my friend Desmund Adams who is officially running for Congress in the Third Congressional District toured the Downtown (Des Moines) Farmers Market, the Windsor Heights parade launch and walked a bit in Waukee. It was a relaxed day before all the world changes. Here he is courting the canine vote.
I'm really proud of my Bride and her legions of friends. Two weeks ago the Mayor of Windsor Heights, Diana Willits asked Georgie if she would get some bicycle riders together for the parade. The call went out and over 40 members of the Des Moines Cycle Club turned out...and, I think, was the largest contingent of folks in the parade. Here is the "after photo" at the end of the route. The Mayor is pictured just to the left of the rocket. Well done "G" and thank you everybody...she (Georgie) the "nice one" of the two of us...
Have a great Sunday and thanks for reading!