Grab a cup of Sunday Morning Coffee; where I mix politics and religion into a hot pot each Sunday. What could go wrong? The stories you may have seen, or missed, all laced with my, generally, acerbic commentary. Let's go!
Remember when we were told that the swamp would be drained? Remember when we were told only the "best and brightest" would be welcomed to the White House leadership team? Gosh, that seems like so long ago...but, of course if was a lie. It was a lie designed to get those of you silly enough to believe the candidate, who who would become the "Huckster in Chief", was going to "shake things up" and put people who, like you, distrusted government and would finally put a stop to "business as usual". It was a lie. Sorry it didn't work out the way you thought... But, in a way it has. Follow along.
Stamp Out The Post Office
Folks like Adolf Hitler, Pol Pot, Vladimir Putin and Xi Jinping would love this. Article 1 Section 8 of the Constitution of the United States says that Congress has the power to "...establish Post Offices and roads". The silly idea was that mail and mail delivery should not be a private business but a public service. Today "45" is seeking to abolish the ability of the postal service to deliver ballots for the 2020 election. Dictators are cheering. One of the people living in the White House Swamp is Louis DeJoy...the Postmaster General. Louis is a wealthy guy who gave lots of cash the the president's campaign. He has zero post office experience and he was fast tracked to become one of the three deputy finance chairmen of the Republican National Committee joining Michael Cohen (convicted) and Elliott Broidy (under investigation...and screwing a Playboy Playmate who had an abortion and received "hush money" from the married Broidy). Nice bunch...
Anyway Louis is up to his neck in attempting to dismantle the Post Office. Last week news surfaced that 671 mail sorting machines were ripped out of USPS sites and that scores of mail drop off boxes were being trucked out of cities across America. The goal is not to improve postal service but to slow the mail so that come November hundreds of thousands of mail in ballots will not arrive or be counted.
Vote and Die
Here is a real winner: Democrats, more so than Republicans, tend to take protection against COVID19 more seriously. You know "social distancing" and wearing a mask. Stuff that science says can stop community spread. So (now follow along) if you dismantle the ability to vote by mail and create a situation where you must go and vote in person it would make sense that many Democrats might just opt out. Ya gotta hand it to the GOP they have spent some time really thinking this through.
The U.S. Senate is out of town for a month long "vacation". Of course they left without passing a stimulus bill that would help protect Americans from being thrown into the street because they have no job and no income. On Friday the Commerce Department released their retail sales report that said you boosted your consumption of "stuff" by 1.2% and that "American consumerism is now back on track to pre-pandemic levels..." Nice job! And, because retail spending accounts for a major portion of the economy...we're on a roll! Oh, but wait! That retail sales report was for July when millions of unemployed Americans were receiving $600 a week to help cover their lost wages. That is now...gone. Wanna take bets on where retail sales go this month? Yeah, Mitch and Chuck and Joni went on vacation...
When New York City gets six inches of snow the media is quick to tell the world about the "Snowmageddon" that will inflict so much pain upon the residents of Gotham. But when an "inland hurricane" with sustained winds of 100 mph hits the "Fly-Over States" and wipes out billions of dollars of crops, homes, businesses and results in over 500,000 without power for...days. Nobody says a word.
That must be why Gov. Kim Reynolds (R-IA) waited days until she activated the National Guard and actually visited the dismantled city of Cedar Rapids. While there she said she would request federal disaster aid on...Monday or Tuesday of...this week. Why the long wait? Well, if you don't say it is real maybe it will go away? But in reality the word is she was busy doing her "COVID19 Back to School Math" and couldn't be disturbed. (Image-KGAN)
You'll Be Just Fine...
Meanwhile teachers in Iowa are quitting. You see the State of Iowa really, really wants them to go back to teaching in those petri dishes we know as schools. It will be safe because COVID19 will take "snow days" and not be present when Jimmy and Suzie board those busses and head off to do math, english and science (no...strike that...we don't believe in science). Of course then, following school, those same kids need to go home or to their grandparents (who by the way are old and disposable) so they can spread the love and chear and "ronna" around.
Teachers, who have been over worked and underfunded for years, are leaving the profession because they figure it might be safer to stay home. But, not to worry...Iowa is looking for substitute teachers and volunteers to "repair the breach" and get in there to instruct the kids. No qualifications necessary. This is a perfect time for those of you who vote GOP to do the right thing and volunteer your time and energy. I know you are up to the task. (Image - Brian Duffy from Cityview)
Yesterday I did my first Zoom Torah Education Class with my congregation in Mason City. That was really...neat and they want to do it more often. Connection is so...important. Meanwhile my Bride is hiking in the Porcupine Mountains of Michigan located along the coast of Lake Gitche Gumee. For those of you who know of Gordon Lightfoot you know what I'm talking about.
Last week we spent three days without power. (I know...others have it much worse.) The first day was OK. Other than scrambling around to find a way to produce Insight on Business the News Hour with no electricity things worked out. Tuesday was a bit more difficult and by Wednesday we were looking at spoiled food, hot weather and sleep that was, at best, a four hour adventure.
Thursday morning came (way too soon) and we were visited by two young men who worked for Midwestern Electrical Contractors out of Norman, Oklahoma. They and others from states as far away as Colorado and Mississippi were in Iowa working 24/7 to get power restored. They were "walking the lines" to make sure it was OK to repair the broken wire that had about 40 houses still in the dark.
I went up to them to thank them for their efforts. Here is what they told me: "We love you people in Iowa. You are the best. People, whole neighborhoods, come out to clap and cheer us as we drive down the streets. We've been offered food, drink and a chair in the shade. It's not like that in other places. We just got back to Oklahoma from being on the East Coast where people flipped us off, cussed at us and even tried to run us off the road. Iowa is way-cool."
Congratulations friends...it is "Iowa Nice" after all.
Thanks for reading and have a great Sunday!