Right after the midterms several of my friends said, "Whew, that's over! Now we can get on with life..." Ah, but 2020 is here and for the politico folks there is always another campaign. Welcome to Sunday Morning Coffee, thanks for clicking through. It's 5:30 and very quiet around here so let's go!
Thankful for Me!
It was painful to read. "45" when asked what he was thankful for was able to include himself, “For having a great family, and for having made a tremendous difference in this country,” Trump said at Mar-a-Lago, his private Florida club. He went on: “I’ve made a tremendous difference in the country. This country is so much stronger now than it was when I took office that you wouldn’t believe it.”
I'm sure that the five words of his response were canned given the rest of the remark. Had to say SOMETHING about family...right?
Thankful for Him...
One of the hallmarks of Obama's presidency was combating hunger across the globe. In 2009, his administration pledged $3.5 billion over three years to Feed the Future initiative and in 2016 signed the Global Food Security Act to boost government efforts toward Feed the Future initiatives.
Not the first time Obama has volunteered during the Thanksgiving holiday. He and his family spent the day before Thanksgiving in 2015 serving dinner to homeless people and veterans in Washington. Back then Obama said, "It is our national obligation to make sure all those who serve and sacrifice for our county have a place to call home."
The contrast could not be more clear. (Photo: Barack Obama Foundation)
It's a daily grind. A journalist and legal resident of the United States is murdered in the Saudi Arabia consulate in Turkey. The CIA says the leader of Saudi Arabia is implicated in the plot. Congress wants answers. Meanwhile "45" says that if we employ sanctions on the kingdom gasoline prices will skyrocket.
So, there you have it. Justice takes a backseat to you driving to Grandmas for Christmas.
Weary. (Cartoon: Tim Lloyd)
The Rural Vote
There has been much written about why the Democrats lose the rural vote as it happened here in Iowa. Democrat Fred Hubbell lost the rural vote and lost the election. Congresswoman Elect Cindy Axne ran in Iowa's Third Congressional District and won...because she did well in Polk County (urban/suburban) but lost each of the other 15 counties in the district. And it goes on and on.
So, how do we get rural folks to climb on board the Democratic cause?
We need to start talking about things that concern Rural America and, frankly, all of us. Three areas: Education, Healthcare and Jobs.
And, they are all linked. School districts and rural healthcare facilities are the main sources of jobs for rural counties. So rather than allowing lousy policy designed to strangle our school districts and failed healthcare programs we should be speaking up against them and show where the Democrats have the right answer for both. And, that creates...jobs.
For example according to a study by the Tippie College of Business at the University of Iowa 61 of Iowa's 99 counties will have an acute shortage of physician assistants by 2020. There goes your healthcare.
Going out on the stump and promoting Planned Parenthood, gun control and legalizing pot isn't going to play well. So why not have the conversations about stuff that matters?
Police respond to a reported shooting at a mall in Alabama. Police shoot and kill an armed black man. Police say it was a mistake and that Emantic Fitzgerald Bradford Jr, 21, was not the person who fired the shots that wounded two others. Alabama police say that Bradford may have been involved in the altercation. And the gun he had was legal and he had a permit to carry. The family has hired a civil rights attorney and the police say they will update the story today...
I was having a conversation with a Canadian friend the other day about folks killing folks and the subject of guns came up. Canada, as you may know is a popular hunting, fishing and outdoor nation. Yes, they have guns. About 26% of the population there own one or more guns. Here is it 25%. But what is interesting, because I looked at the stats, in 2016 there were a total of 130 homicides committed with a handgun in Canada. Meanwhile in the United States there were 7,105 homicides committed with a handgun. Maybe because we've got more people? More guns? I dunno... You can click on the image to enlarge.
Just thought you should know.
By the way...have you ever heard of the Socialist Rifle Association? Didn't think so.
The Des Moines Register had a story last week that said ridership for Iowans on Amtrack is down 4% year over year and down 16% from peak usage back in 2010. Why? Remember what was going on in 2010? High fuel prices, a recession...low wages, lost jobs. But then again look at what we have to go through to get on Amtrack. There are no ticket agents in Osceola, the closest boarding site for Des Moines and ya gotta drive to Osceola for crying out loud.
One of these days we'll see rail service return to Des Moines. Wouldn't it be great to hop on a train in Des Moines and head to Chicago for the weekend? Yeah...that.
It was a great Thanksgiving. Enjoyed the day with family and the food was fantastic. My brother was here and we sat and swapped stories until nearly midnight. It was good. And, I didn't get out of my "comfy clothes" all day. And failed to shave. I know...right?
Congratulations to my friend Rep. Todd Pritchard (D-Charles City) for being elected Minority Leader in the Iowa House and to Rep. Sharon Steckman (D-Mason City) for being elected as Assistant Minority Leader in the Iowa House.
OK, the sun is finally up and I need to get this out the door. Have a great week and thanks for reading.