I’m just getting back in my version of live blogging mode having concentrated on family for the last part of December. I will admit that I didn’t follow the political news as intently as I normally do but that doesn’t mean I was totally ignorant of it. A lot happened, none of it good and I’d like to review some of it with you today. Let’s explore. Continue reading Donald’s Swamp (2017 Holiday Version)
I’m writing further ahead than normal. It is Monday morning and I’m already writing Thursday’s article. There were plenty of topics to choose from. When I went to bed last night this wasn’t at the top of the list. This morning I saw brief news coverage of the five living former presidents coming together for American citizens. The current occupant of the White House basically mailed it in. I feel old because I can still remember when American presidents regardless of Party we leaders. Let’s explore. Continue reading I Remember When American Presidents Were Leaders
The biggest story of the last several weeks is one of a needed conversation that I fear isn’t going to occur – a serious and sincere discussion about how we are going to deal with climate change. There is an old joke about what is the longest river in the world. The punchline is an intentional mispronunciation of the African river Nile. That is the genesis of today’s title. Let’s explore. Continue reading More Than A River Joke
Recently I complimented the decision and Congress’ action to package three must pass issues into a single bill and pass it. Theoretically that left the rest of September to act on things like renewing the flood insurance program and CHIPs. In the interim an initial aid package for Hurricane Irma relief became a front burner issue. President Trump dumped the DACA mess back into Congress’ lap. The talk you commonly hear is that they have six months to act when in reality Trump’s action starts negatively impacting real people’s lives in October. That is still a lot on the table without ever even considering tax reform or an infrastructure package. Let’s explore how Congress is scheduled to handle this slate. Continue reading Should We Say 12 Days?
As much as Hurricane Harvey captivated both the attention of the nation and the “media oxygen” last week I expect it to largely fade from “watercooler conversation” and decline in news coverage by the time you read this article. The debt ceiling, avoiding a government shutdown, the repercussions of Trump’s DACA decision and possibly Hurricane Irma will all overshadow Harvey recovery aid. The negative impact on hundreds of thousands of lives is very real and will make for some news clips; however the greatest danger will remain largely uninvestigated by our government and uncovered by our news media. Let’s explore. Continue reading Harvey’s (Mostly Unspoken) Legacy