It's the Mother's Day Edition of Sunday Morning Coffee with some of the political news you may have seen and other stuff I dug up just to see if we're paying attention. Each short story is littered with some input...just to make it more fun. And, Happy Mother's Day! Not to worry, I'll write that again later. Grab a cup and let's go!
President Trump doesn't give a rat's ass what you think he has his base and it's solid. The Quinnipiac Poll, released on Wednesday, shows the president has a 58% disapproval rating but 36% of you approve, lovingly, of the job he is doing. True, the poll was done before the firing of James Comey but I bet that if taken today that base would remain solid. They don't care what this man does...they elected him because he was not Hillary Clinton. They elected him because he was not a politician. They elected him because politicians have left their integrity in the toilet. And, they elected him because they saw strength...not weakness. They also elected him because he knows a woman's place is behind roses and a plate of chow from the Mother's Day Brunch. That's what you've got and as long as he's got 36% he does not care.
Who Do You Worship?
We all know president Trump is a devout Christian. He proved it yesterday at the commencement speech at the nation's largest Christian university, where he said, “America has always been the land of dreams because America is a nation of true believers,” Trump told those gathered at Liberty University. (The 36% love that line by the way...)
“When the pilgrims landed at Plymouth, they prayed. When the founders wrote the Declaration of Independence, they invoked our creator four times. Because in America, we don’t worship government, we worship God.” (See, it is government that is the problem...another great line for those of you who voted for him.)
"It is why our currency proudly declares, 'In God We Trust,'" Trump continued. "And it is why we proudly proclaim that we are one nation, under God, every time we say the Pledge of Allegiance." (Actually that was a later addition when we were in fear of a "Godless Communist Russia" during the 1950's...but now Russia is our friend...or...his friend.)
It was kind of like The Godfather. After President Trump was sworn in as #45 he met Jim Comey. They shook hands and Mr. Trump gave the FBI chief a hug. Little did we know that that may have spelled the doom for Jim. Sure, there are now stories that Mr. Trump wanted a pledge of loyalty from the FBI. There are now stories that conversations in the Oval Office are recorded which, by the way, nobody is denying. Then there was that little deal about Russia when the president referenced that nation in the lead up to his decision to fire Comey. You can bet this will continue to haunt the administration but...remember...he does not care. In fact, I was with 200+ Iowans in Washington D.C. last week and not one peep about an independent prosecutor or the Trump/Comey disaster. Those who voted for this man simply do not care. After all, it wasn't Hillary.
Well, Maybe...Just Maybe
On Friday Sen. Dean Heller (R-Nev) said that the appointment of an independent prosecutor to look into alleged links between Trump associates and Russia “should be on the table,” if congressional probes into the matter encounter obstacles. Now, why in the hell would he say something like that? Oh...Heller is up for re-election next year, and his seat is widely seen as the top Democratic target. Now you know.
Governor Terry Branstad (R-IA) sailed through his confirmation hearings meaning that he's soon off to China to repair the world, take on North Korea and leave behind a job well done! During his most recent watch he has: 1) Cured all Iowans of mental health issues, 2) Added over 200,000 jobs, 3) Saved millions of tax dollars by hiring, on his own, three private for-profit health management companies to oversee billions in Medicaid, 4) Fixed the scourge of voting by making sure a smaller percentage of Iowans vote, 5) Got a job for his son in the Trump Administration, 6) Elected the first, and soon to be, longest serving female governor of Iowa, 7) Fixed, once and for all, the out of control workers compensation law that is bad for business, 8) Stripped workers of their anti-business, anti-democratic ability to hold to Commie Rules of collective bargaining (you do know that farms in the Soviet Union were called COLLECTIVES right?) 9) Gave you the right to blow off your fingers any damn time you want to and 10) Upheld the right for kids to handle guns any damn time you think they should while roaming through the Capital. Well done sir! And, in record time! Oh, the header? It's Chinese for...."Buh Bye".
Iowa's Third Congressional District
As you know Congressman David Young (R-IA) at first said he would not vote to strip medicaid benefits with the new American Health Care Act but then when on, to approve Trumpcare. I saw Mr. Young last week and true to form he stuck to the talking points about allowing states to secure care for their residents and this would offer more choice to American's. (Those who can afford it.) Anyway the perspective candidate list is getting larger. Last week I teased that another name had surfaced and this week it became more public following Theresa Greenfield's time at the Polk County Spring Event on Sunday. Theresa, a real estate executive, is holding "listening posts" in the district. Why run for Congress? "I sat there, after the November election, and said to myself; 'I need to do more than vote I need stand for doing good things for the people of Iowa and this nation.'" If she decides to carry on expect an announcement in early July.
Last week I spent time in D.C. with 200+ business, non-profit and local government leaders during the 38th Greater Des Moines Partnership Washington D.C. Fly-In. It was quite an adventure. If you would like to hear some of what went on, from a totally business perspective, head to our radio broadcast page for Insight on Business the News Hour. Scroll through where you'll find several interviews with those who attended. But, beyond that it was a well oiled machine that oversaw 72 hours in our nation's capital. The staff from the Partnership made the event outstanding. Everything (other than a rained out Washington Nationals game) was well done...down to this. It's an image of a paid parking pass for those who parked at the DSM International Airport. Totally unexpected but it's details like this that create a positive brand message.
This week it's off on a Vacation with my Bride. Not to worry...the radio gig goes on, the clients will be taken care of and Sunday Morning Coffee will come to you from Anna Maria Island....perhaps the most relaxing place in the nation.
One more time! Happy Mother's Day...for some of us it's a day to remember for others who have your Mom still with you...enjoy every darn moment. It matters.
Have a great Sunday and thanks for reading!