Sunday Morning Coffee our special time together sharing stories about politics, religion, gossip, sex...you know...the stuff you really care about. All laced with my opinion. And, because there is no hiding here, my name is Michael P. Libbie. You can leave your thoughts in a comment here or let's connect on Twitter @MichaelLibbie or my personal Facebook Page which is right...here. OK then...let's grab a cup but, caution, the coffee is...HOT!
If You Can't Stand the Heat...
Get out of the country! That's what Gov. Mitt Romney did last week as even members of his own party called on him to disclose more information about his taxes, tax sheltered businesses and Swiss bank accounts. The governor decided he'd take in London (perhaps to reminisce about the Utah games where he accepted millions in taxpayer dollars but doesn't like to talk about) Poland (Seriously? Where I bet he takes in Auschwitz or another extermination camp.) and Israel (Where he hopes to gin up the support of "The Jewish Vote" which often marks their ballots for the Democrats.) The trip has been marked by one mis-step after another...which is pretty much on par for this group of clowns. But...remember he isn't black and doesn't have a funny name with ties to Islam. That's all that matters. (Photo: Maria Dryfhout / Shutterstock.com)
Speaking of Religion
I was with a young lady last week who told me, "I'm a Christian but I'm ashamed to admit it." She was sharing with me the fact that many of her "Christian friends" automatically suspect she is a card carrying member of the Republican Party because she identifies herself as a Christian. When they find out she is a Democrat they immediately dismiss her and call her "anti-Christian". What an interesting group of people you Christians are...I can't keep up.
The cows had a bad PR week. Chick-fil-a President Dan Cathy filled the headlines last week when he said Americans have a “prideful, arrogant attitude” about gay marriage that risks “inviting God’s judgment on our nation.” I have never eaten at a Chick-fil-a (I don't think it's kosher...) and I seriously doubt I will and I've now wondered, out loud, if that decision will hasten "the End of Days". I dunno but, I have stayed at a Marriott. Why bring that up? Check this story from Bloomberg Businessweek on the difference between Mr. Cathy and Mr. Marriott regarding their "religious views". Think of this as a public service....
I see that one (think...1) of Iowa's hard working, part-time legislators have picked up on Gov. Terry Branstad's call to contribute to the cost of their health care coverage. Who? House Member Chip Baltimore (R-Boone) Meanwhile Senator Jerry "I Dunno" Behn (R-Boone) said he "was going to" but "somebody" said he couldn't. Meanwhile Senator Jack Kibbie (D-Emmetsburg) called it like he sees it a "political game" Dear Governor is playing. So, you wanna know how much you are paying these folks who blow about public employees not contibuting to their health care costs...which they negotiated in good faith? I knew you would so here is the full story from our friends at the Des Moines Register.
Speaking of the Des Moines Register
I was sitting with my friend, Polk County Supervisor E.J. Giovannetti (R-Urbandale) last week when the topic of the Register came up. I had made a comment about how newspapers are using more and more video to bolster readership/viewership and mentioned the sagging Register daily circulation of about 115,000. That's when E.J. said, "The real reason the Register is failing is because it's a bad paper." Yikes! He then went on to talk about taxes and "job creators" and "supply side economics". E.J., change the channel for crying out loud.
I wondered, out loud on my Facebook Page, if the Urbandale Chamber of Commerce had a new economic development plan that involved road work on nearly every major street in the city. The unannounced plan would be to keep everybody who lives here...here and make it as inconvenient as possible to...leave. (I'm just kidding Tiffany.) But it is nice to see all of this construction in the midst of an economy that is falling apart because of a "failed presidency". Yawn...
Speaking of the President
My GOP friends are...mum. Hold on kids...this is really too good! Last week the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office (that means they side with...nobody) came out with their long anticipated report on how bad the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) would be to the overall national deficit. You know, the deficit that the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Gov. Mitt Romney, Cong. John Boehner (R-OH) and every member of the Republican Caucus including Gov. Terry Branstad has said will ruin the nation with more debt. Well kids...seems that that nasty Obamacare will actually cut the deficit while the Republican plan to "defeat Obamacare" would add $108 billion. Don't ya just hate this stuff? Here is the story from the CBO.
"Go to hell, Senator. It's time for you to take your final dirt nap." Those are the words of Tea Party Patriot and Arizona citizen Wes Harris angered by (ready for this?) that Senator McCain defended Huma Abedin a Muslim and Michigan born aide to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. How did all of that get started? You may have seen this cartoon in your Facebook Stream...or maybe not. It has to do with Congresswoman Michelle Bachmann (R-MN) and her recent insistence that Ms. Abdedin has close ties to the Muslim Brotherhood and has "infiltrated" the State Department. I need to pause for just a moment. You wonder why people look at Iowa with a raised eyebrow? It was not that long ago that Congressman Bachmann won the GOP Straw Poll in Ames. It's delightful to have such colorful people in our midst. You must read more: Here is the opinion piece from my friend Rekha Basu for the Des Moines Register.
Congressman Leonard Boswell
It's no secret that I support Congressman Boswell in his fight to stay in congress. Yesterday the Congressman was busy blasting around the new 3rd District opening up a several campaign offices. One of which is in the 1300 block of Walnut in downtown Des Moines. I asked him why voters should send him back to Washington:
Thank you Congressman. It's great to be on your team. I admire your dedication and service to this country. Do you always vote the way I'd like to see? Nope. But I believe you are the most honest and trustworthy candidate in this race. Go get 'em!
I've Struggled With This
Two weeks ago, in SW Iowa, two men were charged with having sex with an underage boy. Creston Police saw some suspicious activity in a local park...after midnight. According to the police report the officer witnessed the three, in the back seat of a vehicle, putting on their clothing. When questioned all said they were adults. A further check showed the boy to be 16. So, why have I struggled with this? One of the men in the vehicle was Chad Upmeyer the son of Iowa House Minority Leader Linda Upmeyer (R-Garner). I know Ms. Upmeyer and I was good friends with her father, former State Representative Del Stromer. None of this might make Sunday Morning Coffee except that Rep. Upmeyer is one of the more vocal critics of Marriage Equality and just about anything...Gay. The report, written by Jason Clayworth of the Des Moines Register, is from early in July and there have been no updates.
Thank you to the many people who responded with copies of the Wall Street Journal. Last week my bride graced the front of the Saturday Edition talking about cycling, RAGBRAI and bike safety. I put out a request on Facebook (and here) and we received many, many copies. Thank you all.
Have a great Sunday!!