I've been sitting at my computer for nearly an hour and it's not yet 7:00AM. Been reading the news and then some comments made by "real Americans"...it's enough to make you want to...move. Welcome to Sunday Morning Coffee my weekly look at some stories you've heard, or missed, all laced with my editorial. Why? I dunno but it gives me joy that you read it. Thank you and let's go!
The Insanity of Republican Math
Last week we were all witness to how Republicans think and act. I know, some of you have friends who are Republicans. You might even have one or two in your family. If so, take a moment during this "most wonderful time of the year" to ask them about math. Here is the question: "If a dozen eggs cost $1.20 but you only have $1.00 how many eggs can you afford to buy?" Let them think about that for a bit...it's fun to see them squirm. If you are a good Republican your response would be, "A dozen eggs!"How can that be? Simple, you just chalk it up to deficit spending and leave with a dozen eggs. Then walk out of the store and rob the person ringing to Salvation Army bell for the additional twenty-cents.
That is what we saw last week with the insane "Trump Tax Cut" bill that won approval. A measure that will mean nothing to working families and everything to the donor class. You know, the people who really run this country. Ahh...but there is more. "The cat is out of the box." (Cartoon - Tim Lloyd)
So, What's Next?
If you were planning on retiring in the next ten years...forget about it. The GOP will have you working until you drop so that you can pay for their tax cut. And, while on the subject, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) was spot on last week as he called out Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) about his plan to cut Medicare and Social Security once the tax cut bill passes. And all of this happened on the Senate floor. Oh, you didn't hear? This is what Rubio said to a group of Wall Street lobbyists two days before the senate vote: (You can CLICK on the image to enlarge.)
he response from Bernie? "When my Republican friends talk about saving social security and Medicare they are talking about cutting it!" When, on the Senate floor, Sen. Pat Toomey (R-PA) sprang to the defense of Rubio and said that was not true Sanders then asked Toomey for a commitment that he would not cut Medicare and Social Security. Toomey could not do that.
The cat is...out of the box.
There is so much going on with the Liar and Chief it's sometimes hard to keep up. Now, after Michael Flynn has pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI (the least of the offences) it is common knowledge he is cooperating with the Mueller probe. "45" has now switched his story saying he fired Flynn because he lied about Russia. Bullshit. You must remember that, unlike "45", we can read and remember all the wonderful things he said about Flynn up to and after Flynn resigned.
The Mueller probe is getting closer and closer to the White House which may be the real reason the House and Senate had to move so quickly on the tax shaft passage (yes, shaft). They know that "45" will sign anything they take to him and they also realize they had best get this done sooner than later.
What We Really Should Fear
Last week former Secretary of State John Kerry came to Des Moines for a fund raiser for Attorney General Tom Miller (D-IA). Among the comments made was the concern Kerry had that Tweets by "45" which included fake Muslim videos from right wing Britain First could incite violence. Of course he is correct. If you check the story in the Des Moines Register and then read the comments you would see this:
I suspect both of the commentators consider themselves Christians. And, if you check history it would seem we have far more to fear from Christians than from Islam. Anybody wanna debate that? Weary.... And, Merry Christmas.
Death and Taxes
The story is the Iowa Legislature will bring up both when they come back to Des Moines in January. On the agenda is going to be a return to institute the death penalty in Iowa. Watch for it. It's not enough that we incarcerate minorities at such a level or that we deny mental health care to just about everybody. Now we'll just kill people. That measure will be placed on the docket so that you and your family will ignore the really important plan which is to cut corporate taxes. You will get all ginned up about the death penalty while the GOP cuts taxes on businesses and then sticks you with the bill. Watch and learn my friends.
I wrote about this months ago but it is worth another go. Some of you may know about the American Legislative Exchange Council or ALEC. Much has been written about the group who is funded by large corporations and conservative individuals. While ALEC claims to be funded by legislators only 12% of their funding comes from legislative members. It is ALEC that fostered "model bills" like gutting bargaining for unions, cutting school funding, voter suppression laws, school voucher programs. The list gets long. Champion among the legislators who fail to represent people over policy is Sen. Charles Schneider (R-West Des Moines) who is one of the state chairs for ALEC. You need to know that every time Chuck opens his mouth is is the shill for corporate, ultra-right policies that do serious damage to you and your family.
That crap needs to end. The next time you cozy up to your local legislator ask them the question: "Do you support the people of Iowa or the donor class that writes your insane bills?" Go ahead...ask away and then vote them out. You can make that happen...if you just do it.
Yesterday I celebrated a bit with Rob Barron. Rob served for years on the staff of Sen. Tom Harkin (D-IA) before becoming the first Latino school board member for the Des Moines Public Schools. Last week he was a guest on the Business News Hour. Why? The Latino Political Network he co-founded received the Grinnell College Wall Service Award of $30,000. So, why does this matter? Get this: In Iowa there are 7,500 elected officials and only 12 of them are Latino. No joke. In places like Storm Lake, Denison and Marshaltown where there are significant Latino populations there are no elected officials who represent that community. Stunning...no? If you have a few moments take a listen to that conversation with this link to the Business News Hour.
Hey, thanks for reading! Have a great Sunday and an even better week. Resist and shed light...daily.