Welcome back to Sunday Morning Coffee my look at the world of politics and religion all tainted with gossip and opinion. You know you love it... My name is Michael P. Libbie and if you want to join the conversation and leave a comment here...go to it. (But if you say it...own it.) Or let's get together on my personal Twitter Stream @MichaelLibbie or here is my personal Facebook Page. Ready? Grab a cup...let's go!
We've Got Money To Burn!
Last week Iowa landed its second big-time fertilizer plant. (Otherwise known as "Project X") It's a $1.7 billion project financed with millions of dollars in loans, forgivable loans, tax credits and grants. The project will, when done, create 100 jobs. Math was never my strong suit (even though I'm Jewish) but it just seems we've got money to burn when it comes to handing out cash to already successful companies based in agriculture. Several weeks ago Iowa invested about a million dollars per job for an Egyptian owned fertilizer plant...now this. I just paid my Iowa taxes. I suspect a "thank you" note any day. Here's the full story from our friends at the Des Moines Register.
Let Them Eat...Uhm...
Every time I see Governor Branstad handing out millions of dollars to "job creators" I can't help but think about his line item veto of $500,000 to the Iowa Food Bank system. Something about that just seems so...Republican.
I use Twitter...a bunch. And, often, when folks decide to follow me I check their profiles. Or when I'm surfing a Twitter Stream, let's say for example, @DSWTweets (Debbie Wasserman-Schultz) and I see the vitrol spit out I'll often take a look at the profile of the person doing the spitting. My question is this: "How come so many of you really hateful people self-describe yourselves as "Christian"? What the hell does that mean? That when you say vile, insensitive things about another person you get a "pass"? You are giving "your prople" a bad rap. I don't get it...I really don't. My Christian Bride tells me her Bible says, "You will know them (Christians) by their fruits." Maybe that's it "words" and "work" don't matter...only how many strawberries you pick? Perhaps you can enlighten me?
Speaking of Christians...
I have this Obama bumper sticker on my vehicle. Last week I came out of a grocery store in the GOP Stronghold of Urbandale and found this note on the windsheld: "As a Good Samaratian I thought I should tell you about the vandalizm done to your car. Somebody has placed a Barack Obama bumper sticker on it, written in Hebrew! Everybody knows that Obama is no friend to Israel and in light of that I just wanted to make you aware of the fact." If he/she wasn't lying it would be funny. The fact is that President Obama has had a great relationship with Israel and they with he. My Christian Friends (and some of my Orthodox Jewish Friends) don't want you or me to believe that. I am always "touched" by the "concern" my fundamental friends say they have for my nation...even though mis-guided. But, don't believe me watch what Israelis Ehud Barak and Shimon Peres say... Wait! This just in! For those of you who think President Obama is bad for Israel...have a look at this endorsement by Israel's oldest daily newspaper Haaretz. Now go peddle that to the uninformed. Weary...kids...weary.
It's been interesting watching the media reports on Iowa State Senate District 22. This past week, as I predicted, John Ward has thrown his hat in the ring to "carry on the legacy of (his wife) Pat". The local media has been all over this but rarely do they even mention Desmund Adams the guy who has been campaigning for over nineteen months. Here is another example from "The Patch" who mention "Adams" but give no indication who the hell "Adams" is. That could all change on Tuesday if the Democrats lose one or two Iowa Senate seats and throw the chamber to the Republicans. However, if that does not happen...perhaps the coronation has already been completed and "Adams" just needs to lay this one out.
Let's Stay Local...
Last week the Iowa Democrats and their Urbandale, Iowa candidate John Forbes launched an attack ad against Republican Mike Brown. I'm no fan of Brown...I (frankly) think he's a little creepy. However in this TV ad Forbes starts out by mentioning Brown's drinking problems and contends has been arrested for DUI. The announcer says of Brown, "irresponsible". John Forbes will win on Tuesday...even without this ad. It's just too bad his campaign joined some local GOP ads (think Chris Hagenow R-Windsor Heights) in mud slinging. But, the experts say attack ads...work. What do you think?
Speaking of Republicans
Last week I had the opportunity to meet the campaign strategist for the Republican Party of Iowa:
Who would have thought they would turn that job over to a...women? I never did believe there was a "GOP War on Women" and this proves it.
The Des Moines Register
I have written a business blog, carried by the Des Moines Register, for several years. I've got several friends who work there and several more who have been terminated during one of several "Great Purges" which reduced the papers staff. Yet, I'm a loyal reader. Each morning at 5am it's a cup of coffee and the Des Moines Register. Depending on the number of pages that time together lasts about thirty minutes. When the Register failed to deliver last Sunday I should have known something was up. (It seemed the delivery people shuddered at the idea of spreading the endorsement of Gov. Romney) The reason I share this with you is that I have been a loyal fan and I did not, as many have done, cancel my subscription over the endorsement flap. However, it seems what the Register did in its endorsement was to uphold obstructionism and even reward the practice. That the GOP led congress has made it their mission to insure a "one term presidency" for Obama is clear but one would have never thought "The Newspaper Iowa Depends On" would ever reward that. Unless it was an order. Meanwhile today the Iowa Poll gives the president a five point lead in the Hawkeye State...take that.
Speaking of the Hawkeyes
Nah...let's not. Yesterday's loss to Indiana (24-21) was reason enough to ignore there is a season. Loved the sub-headline this morning, "Bowl in doubt after third straight Big Ten setback". Bowl? Seriously? The only reason that might even happen is because the folks that put on bowl games know that Iowans love to travel in the winter...to someplace (any place)...warm.
This is what it looks like as volunteers work precinct by precinct for Democrats. Starting yesterday thousands of people across the nation gathered in basements, office buildings and places like Kerry Bowen's Windsor Heights, Iowa garage to get out the vote. It is a house by house outreach project that takes hours of time. I can tell you that the groups I've come into contact with are fired up and ready. Did I see campaign workers for the GOP? Nope...only crickets.
The Company You Keep
It's said you can tell a bunch about a person by "the company they keep". My Republician friends would have you believe they are "moderate" and they will try to sell you on the idea "we are one of you". That, my friends, is crap. Two amazing things to remember: 1) There is NO GOP Platform listed on the website of the Republician Party of Polk County...nada. If there were you would see how extreme this gang really is. 2) They are all about making sure there is a Supreme Court that looks more like an Islamic Nation than a "free nation". I don't believe Iowans will kick Justice David Wiggins to the curb...but, given what happened in 2010...fear may rule the day. These people are on a "Christ Driven Crusade"...you better be very careful.
Last week I got an interesting call that may alter some things. Many of you know that for several years I did an Internet Television/Radio program. It was a blast and it allowed me to hone some broadcasting skills that had gotten rusty. It was also cool to be on the cutting edge of something brand new. The effort took me away from my business for four to five hours each day. That was tough and so, in the end, and because my friend J. Michael McKoy made the decision to throw in with the "Bat-Crap-Crazy" neocons...I hung it up. That may change...again. Last week I got a call from some interested producers to come back to radio for a live morning show. I don't know if it will come to pass...but it could be cool. I'll keep you in the loop.
One more thing: I wore these campaign buttons to the "Non-Political" Central Iowa Bloggers (CIB) meeting on Friday Morning and reminded the folks there that only ONE of these folks had ever been elected President. Only...one.
Have a wonderful Sunday!