Just half-a-cup of Sunday Morning Coffee today. I'm working on policy statements...several...and that has taken my focus off of the National Embarrassment that is the current President of the United States. He's in Europe...maybe he should stay. Let's dive into just a couple of things that you may have heard...or perhaps missed.
Czar of Business
Last week "45' told U.S. corporations that he demands they leave China and bring their manufacturing to the United States. He actually "ordered" them to do that. Never mind that he really can't do that and the 1977 law he has pointed to would need congressional approval to declare a national emergency that would then, perhaps, force private corporations to pack up and move. But, let's say they did move back the the U.S. Two questions:
- Who is going to do the work? Currently we have 7.5 million open jobs in the U.S. and only 6 million people seeking employment;
- You willing to pay double for your ________? No, didn't think so.
He also asked you to figure out which is the biggest "enemy" of the United States, President Xi Jinping or Fed Chair Jerome Powell. The president is miffed that the Fed didn't announce another interest rate cut, something that he has lobbied for, after last week's meeting in Wyoming.
I don't want to bore you with the details...however...should there be an economic downturn (recession) and the Fed has cut interest rates to the bone there is little it can do to "right the ship". We will have used all our tools.
Other than another tax cut. With the deficit already touching $1 trillion dollars (something that the GOP screamed about during the Obama Administration when he enacted measures to stave off a depression early in the Great Recession) that doesn't seem to be a smart move. The guy has no clue...zero.
Now that "45" has determined that the trade war with China should escalate further the tariffs imposed and about to be imposed are going to hit your pocketbook. Until this time consumers have been spared which retail companies have, mostly, figured out ways to absorb the new taxes. But, no longer. A study out last week from JP Morgan says that the new tariffs will cost the average U.S. consumer about $1,000 to $1,500 a year. That, my friends, takes away any benefit you may (or may not) have seen with the 2017 tax cut.
All You Need To Know
Now that Sen. Charles Grassley (R-IA) and Gov. Kim Reynolds (R-IA) have been named as "honorary co-chairs" for the re-election of "45" is all you need to know about these people who have turned their backs on the citizens of Iowa. Meanwhile where is Sen Joni Ernst (R-IA)? Oh, that's right...she has a tough election facing her in 2020 but you would think her slavish devotion to "45" would have gotten her a spot...too?
While others may run on general themes regarding overall policy. I'm thinking a more direct method would be to foster a discussion on truly ground-breaking public policy ideas that will truly make a difference. Ideas that will boost the quality of life for everyday working Iowa families.
But, here is the deal. The policies can't be "wonky". But must be clear and concise answers to the things that plague our citizens. So, sorry for the short cup of coffee. That's what I've been working on last night and early this morning. It takes some time.
Looking forward to Labor Day...you?
Polk County Steak Fry
It's is going to be...an event! From what I understand the Polk County Democrats Steak Fry has already generated thousands of folks who will come and celebrate the work of our local county party. I hear that we've sold tickets to nearly every state in the nation AND we'll have lots of guests from other countries. If you have not yet purchased your ticket...HERE IS THAT LINK. See you on September 21st!
This was my weekend attending to the spiritual needs of my congregation in Mason City, Iowa. Each month I get to travel there for services, a community bible study program, visit the hospitals, nursing homes and private homes of the folks who are affiliated and with Adas Israel one of only ten active Jewish congregations in Iowa.
It's always incredible and moving time to spend quality time in the work of caring for the spiritual needs and questions of people there. I'm grateful for the 30+ years I've been doing this. And even more grateful for the lessons I learn along the way.
This week I'll sit down with Congresswoman Cindy Axne (D-IA) for a far ranging conversation about her work in Washington D.C. So looking forward to that. And, yes, we'll share.
Thanks for reading and have a great Sunday!