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In a somewhat surprising fashion, the Sheriff of Broward County plus the Superintendent of Broward County Public Schools, got political in their speeches to the media.
We spend too much time talking about the rights of gun owners. What about the rights of kids to go to school in a safe environment? Who is looking out for those rights?
I think this is a winning argument, and in my role as Republican antagonist I will continue to pound this message until they as sick of hearing it as I was Behnghazi.
I didn’t watch the State of the Union address tonight. Like millions of others, I turned the channel to HGTV to impact the Nielson ratings. (I also don’t invite Amway salespeople over).
What I found humorous afterwards however, is the statement by Kevin McCarthy who described the performance as “exceeding expectations.”
The big question is though, what exacty were those expectations? As several prominent Republicans put it on twitter this morning, “The bar is so low, if he goes out there, reads from the transcript and doesn’t burn a cross for 90 minutes, people will describe it as “Presidential.”
For the past few months or so, Marco Rubio has been tweeting a bible verse per day. The theme has been predominantly verses to calm our fears about the political climate we’re in. A recent example:
The evil understand nothing of justice, but those who seek the LORD understand everything. Proverbs 28:5
“Do not be afraid; just have faith.” Mark 5:36
Here’s the rub. THE ENTIRE REPUBLICAN PLATFORM depends heavily on Mark 5:36.
They would like nothing more than for all of us to bury our heads in the sand while they pick our pockets and rig the system for their special interests. Just give us the keys and we’ll take care of it. Don’t you worry your little heads about it none.
Soledad O’Brien frequently trolls Rubio and puts up a counter verse to illustrate the technique of cherrypicking verses to suit your agenda:
Mark 7:6 ‘These people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me.”
I don’t follow Marco Rubio. I only see his posts when someone I follow responds to a tweet of his. But if I were to troll him, here would be my contribution:
1 Timothy 6:5 Their minds are corrupt and they have turned their backs on the truth. To them, a show of Godliness is just a way to become wealthy.
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Immediately following the 2016 election, CNN’s Van Jones traveled to rural Ohio to meet with and interview a family that switched from Obama voters in 2012, to Trump in 2016. His goal was sincere. “I really want to know what the hell happened.”
On the trip out there, the camera crew captured images of rusted out factories that not long ago provided living wage jobs to thriving communities.
The crux of the interview was that this particular family believed Donald Trump’s promise to return jobs to those factories, coupled with not being big fans of Hillary, they decided to switch. Not uncommon in rural America, a total pocketbook decision.
Trump is less vocal about the Carrier deal these days as layoffs outnumber jobs promised.
The irony here is that Trump’s base consists of generally white, blue collar workers whose livelihood depends on living wage jobs. A recent article by the Brookings Institute asserts that while indeed the economy is adding jobs, the vast majority of them are going to college educated individuals.
The number of Americans with high school degrees or less who are employed, in this 9th year of economic expansion, has fallen by 2,995,000.
I find it odd that virtually everyone is voting against their own economic interests. The college educated demographic voted overwhelmingly for Hillary.
In any case, I’m sorry to inform the Trump voters out there, those factories are just as rusty as ever. The real threat to job loss isn’t immigrants or bad trade deals. It’s automation.
The yoke’s on you.
President Bone Spur seems to be fairly indifferent to optics. Witness his unending golf trips at his private clubs.
I can only imagine Mitch McConnell this morning, munching on his poached egg and toast, wondering if Trump is going to provide commercials for every democratic candidate tonight by prancing around Mar-a-Lago to a $100,000 a plate affair celebrating a year in office.
Regarding DACA: I cancel it, you fix it.
I’m not fond of working weekends either, Mitch. It kinda sucks. But you have to play the hand you’re dealt.
Yesterday a Chinese credit rating agency downgraded the U.S. credit rating over “political deficiencies”.
It’s worth noting that this occurred prior to any government shutdown. A shutdown will of course further reduce the U.S. credit rating and likely have an immediate impact on interest rates.
I believe this is a case where the minority party actually has a better poker hand than the majority. 80% of Americans want the DACA issue settled. The question then becomes “who looks worse if the Dems take a stand on Dreamers and government shuts down?”
I think Republicans will take the hit.
The question is then, do Democrats have the cajones to risk public opinion on a shutdown? I’m not convinced they do. However, it would be a historic stand and the right thing to do. 3 days to find out. My money is on kick the can down the road on a short term resolution.