It is totally one thing to mess around with your business. Lying and cheating an be the ugly underbelly of some, and many, business dealings. But, when it comes to soiling an entire nation in front of the rest of the world...all we can say is we are sorry. Welcome to Sunday Morning Coffee a look at some political stories you may have seen or maybe not...all laced with a comment or two. Why, it's my way of dealing with the mess we've gotten ourselves into...a tiny voice from Iowa. Grab a cup and enjoy...
We Just Don't Give A Damn
That's the end result of this disaster cooked up by Senate Republicans and laid out bare before the people of the United States. I've heard it called lots of things but "cruel" seems to be the best description. I'm from Iowa and once-upon-a-time Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) warned of "Death Panels" where, "They are out to pull the plug on grandma..." Remember that? It seems that now, finally, that has come true. Senator Grassley and Senator Joni Ernst (R-IA) remain noncommittal on this "health care plan". However they, like the rest of them in DC really don't care. This is all about evil and cruelty and power. They have had seven years to come up with a workable plan however what they have offered is the same old story: Massive tax cuts to the wealthy while sticking it up the ass of the poor and working class. You should all be ashamed. (Cartoon - Tim Lloyd)
I think it is a first. Last week the New York Times listed the lies that President Trump has uttered since taking office in January. They ran out of ink. What is more important is that we do not become numb to what this man says. He lies every time he opens his mouth and for some that has become acceptable. What the hell is the matter with you people. He is a fake and a fraud and for some reason 34% of the American people are OK with that. It is all astounding especially for a person who grew up under the, at one time, moral responsibility of holding our leaders to telling the truth. That has gone out the window and for that our nation is poorer. Want a peek at the Lies of President Donald Trump? Here you go...but come back?
Of Shoes and Books
In the ever expanding work of placing fear at the heart of all Americans now it's being reported that the Transportation Safety Administration (TSA) is going to require that passengers not only remove their shoes but also remove books from carry-on luggage so they can "flip through them" to find hidden ________ (hell, I don't know...you can fill in the blank). Books! What? Will we be collecting books that are offensive to our Dear Leader and then burn them in the public square? Here is the real reason stuff like this happens: YOU must be distracted and grow ever fearful of "them". "Them" is anybody that the regime determines is bad. That way your government (who by the way is being run by people who hate government) can keep you distracted while they do awful s#it like pass draconian health care laws or simply lie about it.
Lots and lots of money (like $50+ million) was spent on the congressional race in Georgia's 6th District. In the end Democrat Jon Ossoff was defeated by Karen Handel by less than 10,000 votes. The national media is making a big deal out of this loss by the Democrats saying there is no way they can win back the House in 2018. Hold on...we need to remember that the 6th District is a deeply red part of Atlanta. Heck, Newt Gingrich (speaking of liars) held this district before Tom Price came along. To get to within 10,000 votes is pretty remarkable. I wouldn't put a stake in the heart of Ossoff just yet. He may be back in 2018 with an even more fired up base.
Last week I attended the Polk Country (Iowa) Democratic Central Committee Meeting in Des Moines where Stacy Walker, a recently elected Linn Country Supervisor, spoke about four things that will turn the tide for Democrats moving forward. One of his four points was, "To win Democrats must come back and embrace liberalism!" He went on to say that because of liberals this nation adopted voter rights, the 40-hour work week, equality for women, collective bargaining and a host of progressive values that, sadly, too many of us seem to forget or take for granted. It was a great speech and Stacy is somebody we might want to watch in the future. It was refreshing to hear that language.
Last week seven Democratic hopefuls gathered in Des Moines for a forum conducted by the Asian/Latino Coalition. On hand were State. Senator Nate Boulton of DSM, Davenport City councilman Mike Mattson, Cathy Glasson a nurse and union organizer from Johnson County, Dr. Andy McGuire a physician and former Chair of the Iowa Democratic Party, attorney Jonathan Neiderbach of Windsor Heights, John Norris former Chief of Staff for Governor Vilsack and Rep. Todd Prichard from Charles City.
It was a friendly banter and the democrats were polite to each other and there as no sign of friction. Neiderbach said that win or lose the reason he is in the race is to get big special interest money out of politics, John Norris spoke to Iowa values as they relate to economic development and schools. Councilman Mike Mattson talked up his experience in the military and in education. Cathy Glasson was the most outspoken of the candidates saying she would run on a 15 dollar an hour minimum wage rate for Iowa. Dr. McGuire touted her experience in Iowa politics and in health care. Rep. Pritchard spoke about necessary legislation needed to drive our economy forward and Sen. Nate Boulton said he was the only one of the candidates who has gone after the Branstad/Reynolds Administration and won…
Today Congressman Tim Ryan (D-OH) will be at Cooney's Tavern in Beaverdale (Des Moines). You might remember that Tim challenged Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) for the minority leadership position in the House. That message, since Georgia 6, that Nancy needs to go has gotten more strident. It's as if the Democrats think that Republicans will "play nice" once Ms. Pelosi is kicked to the curb. I don't think so. As outlined in the Daily Beast: "Democrats don’t have a Nancy Pelosi problem. They have a fight problem, and a vision problem. They’ve lost touch with the art of mobilizing their own base and adding non-voters to it and then protecting and defending their right to vote. They’ve forgotten how to stay on the battlefield and defend their own and the values that make them Democrats." (See above!)
But, it will be fun to go and listen just the same.
A quick shout-out to George Ensley from the Boone County Democrats. You've got a great group there and it was super to see you in DSM last week at the forum. Keep working hard!
My Bride has been watching Sarah Cooper of Des Moines in her Race Across America. She finished this morning riding from California to Maryland in 13 days, 18 hours and 54 minutes. First place in the Women's Solo Division. Big ups for Des Moines and we are so proud.
Thanks for reading and have a great week!