If politics, gossip and religion get you going...you've come to the right spot. My name is Michael Libbie and, in my spare time, I enjoy chatting with people about all three. I hear some pretty wild stories and, some would say, I share some myself. Sunday Morning Coffee isn't a long rant...but it does give you something to think about. Shall we?
The Iowa Caucus
With just over a week to go the race, and the advertising here in the Des Moines Metro, has picked up...big time. As I predicted months ago Mr. Trump will win Iowa. I am more convinced than I was back in the summer. Why? Because some people simply hate everything and believe there are simple answers to complex problems. Besides, who really wants to think. The big question is will the excitement generated by Sen. Bernie Sanders supporters be enough to snatch victory away from the establishment candidate Sec. Hillary Clinton? I think so and if that happens here and in New Hampshire... Needless to say, both national committees, who back establishment candidates, are in full panic. This should be fun.
Speaking of Mr. Sanders
I know you've no doubt seen this but, because it is just such a great piece of work, I offer it up here:
Think...hopeful not hopeless. Think what is right vs. what is wrong. Best political ad I've seen in a very long time and...yeah...that's my business so I ain't guessing.
Des Moines Register Endorsement
My friends, at the once mighty Des Moines Register, have made their selections for the Iowa Caucus. They believe that Sen. Marco Rubio is the best pick among the GOP contenders. Why? Because they usually get stuff wrong. Actually this is a hedge. Sen. Rubio, while he doesn't like to work much, is a sort of tolerable. That had to be a tough pick. And the Register also selected Sec. Hillary Clinton as their endorsed candidate for the Dems. That too is not surprising. It's safe and you must remember when it's corporate you need to follow the money. In the end...does it matter? May I remind you that it was the Des Moines Register who endorsed Gov. Mitt Romney in 2012.
Meanwhile Gov. Sarah Palin took some time out to travel with Mr. Trump and offer her endorsement to the "Make America Great Again" crowd. Mrs. Palin was delayed in her travel plans because she was dealing with yet another legal matter involving domestic abuse instigated by one of her sons. I truly feel bad for the family...one can only imagine what they go through on a daily basis. But really...a Sarah Palin endorsement?
Our contributor Tim Lloyd thinks we have a new "American Gothic" and wrote in the note that came with his cartoon, "The jokes write themselves." True...very.
If you want to see how Tina Fey used the moment. Here is a link to Saturday Night Live from this week. You'll love it.
I hear talk, among those who think all taxes are bad and that all government is bad, that we should treat government like a business. Pure stupidity by the way. Often they are the same crowd who push for fewer taxes while cutting public services. Mostly because they fail to realize there are actually human consequences associated with austerity and..."Hey, I'm doing just fine! Those people are the problem." Sound familiar? One word: Flint. Yes, friends, this is what austerity government looks like. Besides, the overwhelming minority community is made up of "a surplus population" anyway. This is how austerity government works. Those that have get the tax break those that do not...get screwed. Gov. Snyder (R-MI), by the way, is the poster child for austerity government. How is that working out Rick? (Photo: Susanne Posel)
It gets worse. Folks in Flint, who wish to drink bottled water being distributed by the Michigan State Police and the Michigan National Guard, are requested to show a government issued ID to receive said water. The State Police walked that order back on Friday but still. You've got a community of 100,000+ people who have been poisoned by the government wanting to make sure folks who wish to drink water...deserve it. Sick bastards.
Speaking of Water
It seems that we see daily stories about water in Iowa. The water flowing out of this state is so polluted that the City of Des Moines has to employ a "nitrate scrubber" at roughly $7,000 a day to clean up mess. Which got me to thinking...what about those communities along the river that don't have the cash to clean their water? Never mind...doesn't matter. "Those people" probably don't deserve it. Oops...
Last week I had the opportunity to listen, rather than speak. I was surrounded by a very large group of people who are solid members of the GOP. Nice people, whom I happen to like. however allow me to offer you some direct quotes about politics. No...really:
"If this country doesn't change direction and put a Republican in the White House our people will revolt to take it back."
"Bernie Sanders is running for president? When did that happen?"
"Donald Trump has a solid plan to make American great again. We need to run our nation like a business."
"I've got my gun and I hope you have yours it's going to be a blood bath if we don't fix America."
"There are secret cells of Muslims all over this country waiting for the call to action and when it comes heads will roll down Main Street."
"If a Democrat gets in office our taxes will increase by seventy-five percent. You watch!"
"Democrats are just scary people who take from this country and give nothing."
"Jesus, we pray that you come soon and fix all that is wrong with our country. You are the only answer to our messed up society being controlled by godless people and homosexuals."
Just a sample...
Chet Ain't Running
Last week, if you remember, I mentioned that Gov. Chet Culver (D-IA) would enter the race for the Third Congressional District here in Iowa. That looks less likely today. I've been told that he can run for office if he gives up his seat on Farmer Mac, a prime lender to agriculture, and a "stock-holder controlled company" that paid out nearly $18 million in salaries and compensation according to the financials from 2013. Gov. Culver ain't gonna leave that money pot for a long-shot opportunity...or so I am told. I am also told that the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee is STILL seeking an establishment candidate to take on Rep. David Young (R-IA). Doesn't say much about the three who are currently in the race...but the DCCC is based "out there" and they have been soooooo successful in the past.
Yesterday I visited with James Freeman (left) who moved to Iowa from Chicago and started a business called Iowa Bike Law one of dozens across the country that represents bicyclists who have been injured in crashes. I asked him, "Why Iowa?" and he told me, "Nobody else is in the space." Good enough! We'll feature Jim on a segment of the Business News Hour but, in the meantime, if you are interested here is a link to Iowa Bike Law and more. Here is a shot of him and Drake Law Student Jeffrey Perkins...a former Fort Dodge resident and son of my friend John Perkins...it is indeed a small world!
One more? RAGBRAI has selected it's 2016 route. Southern Iowa it is...many of the overnight towns (think Leon - pop 1,900) will see their population grow by 30,000 people this summer. It's going to be interesting to see how they handle that large a gathering.
By the way, last night at the RAGBRAI Route Party the Village of Windsor Heights got a shout out. No, really. Mark Wyatt from the Iowa Bicycle Coalition was talking to the crowd about new adventures by communities across Iowa and said, "And we're about to put together a protected bike lane in Windsor Heights...yeah...Windsor Heights." Thanks for the shout-out Mark. We think you would find our little village quite progressive.
Have a great Sunday...and thanks for reading!