Politics and Religion...the two things you Mother said you should never discuss. That's why I'm here, to help. This is Sunday Morning Coffee my regular rant on those two items with a little gossip thrown in for flavor. My name is Michael Libbie and you may leave a comment here, on Twitter I'm @MichaelLibbie and my Facebook Page is here... It's going to be a depressing week so let's get started.
Nice Work (If you can get it)
The United States House of Representatives (according to Rep. Eric Cantor R-VA) will, sadly, gavel to order this week. No doubt high on their priority list will be another attempt to de-fund or otherwise mess with the Affordable Care Act, make sure nobody messes around with raising the minimum wage, continue to mess with a woman's vagina and make sure they yank food off the tables of the poor and unemployed. Hey, it's all in a days work. Which, by the way, if you look at the House Calendar, the folks making $174,000 (plus perks) will be working 113 days this year. Down from 126 working days in 2013. But, maybe that is a good thing. If they ain't there...
Then Sen. Grassley Said...
You've got to hand it to Sen.Chuck Grassley (R-IA) for looking out for agriculture and those dirt poor farmers. He said, last week, that he believes there is room to compromise with regard to the USDA Farm Bill, that can't seem to get out of committee. "But, if not we're going to have to dig in and pass the House version of the Farm Bill." And, what is that? See above. Weary...
Sometimes I Think...
...that the GOP wants violence. It must fit into their overall belief in "The End of Days" and if they can hasten that along...so much the better. My point is when you cut safety net programs like unemployment, food assistance, medical care folks get angry. And, those folks who get angry will find their way to...say...West Des Moines and simply take what they need. It causes a back-lash when somebody steals your Lexus and justice must be served. It's all great for the prison and firearms industry. Hey, it's just a theory.
I had not heard of them until last week. It seems that some business folks want to reach out to their employees who need some cash so they are floating loans to them...with an interest rate of about 300%. Oh, the company doesn't actually make the loan but they do work, it seems, through "Payday Loan" sharks to make it happen. I found this article interesting...perhaps you will too.
Politics in Iowa
Man, it has been a very, very busy week here! State Sen. Janet Peterson (D-Des Moines) said she is not going to run for Governor and gave the greatest reason in the world when she said last week, "I'm struggling with taking on a governor who has been governor forever and doesn't miss a parade or ribbon cutting.". Also out is Bob Krause and he told us on Facebook that he was ending his campaign and supporting State Sen. Jack Hatch (D-Des Moines) and would likely work on his campaign. Bob is a stand-up guy with great ideas. I'm sure Sen. Hatch will welcome his efforts. Saying "he's in" at least to explore the possibility of running for governor is Jonathan Narcisse. We've scheduled Jonathan for a segment on The News Hour next week. We'll see.
Meanwhile for Congress
Since Rep. Tom Latham (R-IA) said "I'm not going to run for re-election." it's really shaken up the Iowa GOP and the far-right of the party isn't going to let this opportunity go by. Already announced is my friend State Sen. Brad Zaun (R-Urbandale) and David Young is abanoning his effort to run for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Sen. Tom Harkin (D-IA) and taking aim on Iowa's 3rd District. Also said to be considering a congressional bid is Iowa's Secretary of State Matt Schultz (R-IA) who best figure out what he is going to do other than get trounced in 2016 by Democrat Brad Anderson who announced months ago a progressive candidacy for Secretary of State. You know...actually helping more people vote rather than work toward voter suppression. But...hey...I'm not biased.
What Should Happen
State Senator Joni Ernst (R-Red Oak) should abandon her senatorial campaign and throw in for Iowa's 3rd District. She would win...big. But sometimes the glitter of the Senate is too much of a lure. Rep. Bruce Braley, according to all the polls I've seen, beats all of the Republican candidates and, I think, he'll win. Not because he is a Democrat but because he is a great thinker with a fantastic personal story. But, once again...that's just me.
To share with you the lawsuit between some Iowa Legislators and Gov. Branstad who...may have overstep his authority in closing the home in Toledo. We'll see how this plays out.
My Bride has made reservations for Beatles Brunch as what was voted the best in DSM. Cafe di Scala. And then do a little more "wood work". Have a wonderful Sunday!