You know you love it! Just the mention of "politics" and "religion" helps build the blood pressure and sends it racing through those cholesterol clogged arteries. And, when I add just a dash of gossip to the mix...BAM! It is so damn healthful! Here's your Sunday Morning Coffee...grab a cup but, careful, it's HOT!
Politicians for Sale? Why Sure!
Some of you folks really dislike the Koch Brothers and I get that but at least they put their money into somebody else's mouth. So, who's on tap? Gossip suggests that Chuck and Dave are eager to funnel about $900 million to Gov. Scott Walker (R-WI). But there is a hitch (isn't there always). It seems that Gov. Scott "Tough on Crime" Walker is at odds with the recent statement that the Koch Brothers would like to see some justice reform. And, then there is that pesky stadium issue. Gov. Walker is planning to force the taxpayers of Wisconsin to cough up half of the cost for a new $500 million basketball arena for the Milwaukee Bucks. The local chapter of Americans for Prosperity, surprisingly, has been outspoken in its criticism of the idea. Maybe they will mend fences...lots of time left but Gov. Walker needs some help soon as he is dropping in the polls.
Told Ya So!
Weeks ago I said that Donald Trump will win the Iowa Caucus and I'm sticking to it. The other night I watched The Donald in a press conference. It was a room full of angry white folks and I saw the magic. These folks are tired of politicians who promise stuff but then can't get it done. (Except that President Obama promised and delivered but...he's not white.) They hang on his every word no matter if it makes sense. They want action and they love his brashness. The latest poll has him up three times his closest rival Ben Carson. It is going to happen. Write it down.
The Social Security Act was signed into law by President Franklin Roosevelt on August 14, 1935 and it has become an indispensable foundation for thousands of American's. Unless, of course, you are a Republican. Nearly every Republican candidate for president wants to cut or actually do away with Social Security saying it is is unsustainable. What a crock. What we should be doing is EXPANDING Social Security and the way we make it secure? Lift the dang $118,500 income cap. As it stands today people who make over $118,500 a year pay not one more cent into the program. That's just goofy.
I was asked the Social Security question at the Iowa Democratic Wing Ding on Friday evening. When I gave the answer the lady that asked the question looked at me like I was nuts. "What?", she asked. "Is that really the truth?" Yes, it is.
Had a great time at the Wing Ding! Saw lots of friends it was a great event and packed as it featured four of the five announced Democratic Candidates. Only former Senator Jim Webb (D-VA) failed to show up.
Somebody that DID show up, and I have proof he was WORKING, was the great Don Gonyea from National Public Radio. Every political season it feels like I'm stalking him...and maybe I should. He is, after all a Moo-U grad. (Michigan State). Good to see you again sir!
Sharon gets her nick-name, I am told, from her clerk who says, "She just doesn't sit. She is up and down, up and down, go, go, go. Hence..."Popcorn". I likey! And, in case you were wondering...it was the same story at the Wing Ding.
Speaking of Desmund Adams
It is the worst kept secret in Iowa Politics. Tomorrow Jim Mowrer who got buried in his run against Rep. Steve King (R-IA) is set to announce his candidacy to run in Iowa's 3rd Congressional District. That will set up a primary against Desmund who announced in July. It will be a typical "establishment candidate" (Jim) who will run against an outsider (Desmund). Should be fun to watch. I have seen Jim Mowrer speak.
The Des Moines Register Soapbox
Speaking of speaking: Cudos to my friends at the Des Moines Register. Each election year they have a "Register Soapbox" where candidates come and speak for a few minutes and then, if they wish, take questions. I've seen several and it's a great service. Yesterday Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) spoke but did not take questions. Given all the stuff he wants to do (free education, single payer health care, $15 an hour minimum wage, paid family leave) it would have been nice to have somebody ask him how in the heck would he pay for it all. Not to fear...I look forward to visiting with him at some point.
I get it that there are some who look at all of this "stuff" going on with politics and the Iowa Caucus and think.."phooey". "Them politicians spring up every four years like...weeds." That could very well be the caption for our contributing cartoonist Tim Lloyd.
Thanks Tim, you caught the feelings of many.
They are asking a BUNCH when they schedule an event for tomorrow morning with Carly Fiorina at 7:45! Seriously? It's part of the Iowa Caucus Consortium program. A candidate comes and speaks to a, usually, packed auditorium at the Iowa Historical Building and then takes questions. But, really? You expect us to be on our game at 7:45AM?
Last week my friend Deb During Brown lost her Mother. She was a teacher, a Mom and a friend to so many. The tribute table at the funeral home in Hampton was a testimony to a long and successful life. The death of a parent leaves such a gaping hole and the best any of us can offer is that that may the memory of your loved one continue to inspire all she touched. Shirley During touched so very many. I suspect her memory is secure.
Thanks for reading and have a great Sunday!