Each week I take a break from the world of business and get into a political rant or five. Welcome to Sunday Morning Coffee my way of coping with the "New World Order" under Trumpism and because I live in Iowa, which is soon to become Kansas, I have that right. Grab a cup and let's have some fun.
What The Hell Have You Done?
Last week I was with a young man who is still, months after the election, asking friends, "What went wrong?" He can't believe that Hillary Clinton, who got nearly 3 million more votes than Donald Trump lost the election. Worse yet that, because of the system we have in place, he questions if he will ever vote again. "So, we have this system that discounts the majority of people who vote so what's the sense in even casting a vote?" All good questions and the only answer I have to "What went wrong?" is that we had a lousy message, a candidate that was hated (truly hated) by a large swath of men and women and some thought it was going to be a coronation. That's what I think.
And It's Not Yet The 20th of January
The "New World Order" under Mr. Trump implies that we deal with policy matters such as trade with 140 characters. Who would have thought we would be watching Twitter for clues as to what was on the mind of this lunatic? What is interesting is that he doesn't take on China but picks on the weaker Mexico. Last week it was a swipe at Toyota but Japan fired back. I tell you this reality TV personality turned President of the United States is bad news and I can't wait until my friends who voted for him find that out. Hang on...
Meanwhile Congress is all set to trash the Affordable Care Act and shove 20 million people back into the insecure world of being too sick to care. Remember "Repeal and Replace" except they ain't got nothin' to "replace" it with. But, a promise is a promise and, damn, we gotta get rid of Obamacare and put in something else. What? I think our contributor Tim Lloyd knows what happened. Thanks Tim! (Cartoon - Tim Lloyd)
Intelligence What Intelligence?
Now it's the CIA, the FBI and Homeland Security that is wrong, or at least in question. Not Russia. Not "Big Daddy Vlad". Mr. Trump takes a swipe at our intelligence community and says they are wrong about Russian hacking because they got it wrong about "weapons of mass destruction". Yep, this is the guy you voted for. How very pathetic. But I do like something I saw recently. Thank you Roxi.
Trump Supporter - "I voted for Trump because he means what he says!"
Normal Person - "But what he said was cruel, hateful and a lie."
Trump Supporter - "He didn't mean that."
While my young friend who is holding his head in shock about national politics is moaning he's missing what is going on here at home. He knew nothing about how Iowa Republicans are working toward suppressing the vote. Last week Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate (R-IA) announced that he is moving forward with a plan to require Voter ID so that, "Iowa can be assured of voting integrity." What a crock of crap. The former Secretary of State tried to prove there was voter fraud in Iowa and spent thousands of dollars and came up with...zip. Now this guy, with the support of the governor and both houses of the Iowa Legislature figures it's time to start suppressing the vote and we start with ID laws that are not needed. And, before you start out about, "Well I need to show ID when I check out a book." or "I need to show proof of insurance." or "My kid needs a school ID" it ain't the same thing. Voting is a fundamental right and any attempt to make it more difficult isn't right. It is voter suppression. And, it's just stupid.
Last week we got our first glance at what may be a crowded field of Democrats seeking to recapture Terrace Hill. Rich Leopold, a honest-to-goodness tree huger announced he is running for governor. He's a good person but he might be too honest. In his announcement, made on a live Facebook feed, Mr. Leopold said things like, "We have the dirtiest water in the nation..." and "We set up study committees to study problems and then we don't do anything about it." You know...stuff that makes sense and is true. Good luck with that. You need to learn to lie better. Ask Donald Trump...or Paul Pate.
Meanwhile In GOPLand
Last week I read a plea from the co-owner of the Carroll Daily Times Herald, Douglas Burns that Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds (R-IA) should pick former legislator Rod Roberts to be her Lieutenant Governor because he would "shore up" the radical right. Like she really needs that. That's Mr. Roberts chatting it up with Lt. Gov. Reynolds. Mr. Roberts is about as right wing as you can get. He is in the mold of Rep. Steve King (R-IA) but appears "softer" and more gentle. Once again...if you like Kansas...you are going to love the New Iowa. (Photo: Carroll Daily Times Herald)
You see, rather than hold our heads in our hands moaning about the presidential election we need to stay on top of what the GOP has in store for Iowa and none of it is good. Ask anybody delivering care through the new managed health care system Gov. Branstad rammed through last year. Yeah...THAT'S working just dandy.
I'm having this conversation with a restaurant owner who tells me it is common practice for people to reserve tables for a large party and then not show up. This has happened to him three or four times over the past thirty days. What the hell is wrong with you people? Here is a small business person who makes his and a bunch of other folks living serving outstanding food in a great atmosphere and some people treat the restaurateur like dirt. No phone call nothing...just a "no show". I get it if there is a death in the family or the party bus runs into a ditch but...seriously? I suggested that with large groups he should get a credit card number and let the guest know that if there is a cancellation at the last minute there will be a charge. After all, they do that in hotels. He was not too keen on the idea. But...he is a nice guy. I'm a bastard.
Thanks for reading...have a great week!!