Either you run the day or the day runs you. – Jim Rohn
Happy Monday! Today is another one of those days in which there are several major stories out there that I want to comment about – so it’s another “Odds & Ends” day!
Today’s topics include:
- Anti-Refugee Rally
- Two-Party Political System
- U.S. Senate Freshman
- Jeb Bush
- Social Security Misinformation
Last week the Ravalli County (Montana) Commissioners held a public hearing about writing a letter opposing the relocation of Syrian refugees.
It looks like the paranoia is spreading.
The Helena Independent Record reported that an anti-refugee rally is scheduled for 11 a.m. Monday (today) on the steps of the Montana State Capitol.
I think these rallies and public hearings are an embarrassment to Montana. As I said last week, if these people did a little research they would find that the refugees are vetted. It sometimes takes from 18-24 months for them to get into the USA because of the vetting process. You can read about the process HERE and HERE.
Two-Party Political System:
All you have to do is watch how Congress or our state legislature operates and you can see that it’s hard for Democrats and Republicans to work together. Those who do try to work together and find a compromise are ridiculed.
It’s hard for independent candidates to even run for office in places like Montana because of all the hoops they must jump through to even get on the ballot.
The Great Falls Tribune asked readers, “Do you think moving away from a two-party political system is good for the United States?”
74% said “Yes” and 24% said “No.” See the results HERE.
It looks as though others are getting a little tired of it, too.
U.S. Senate Freshman:
Montana’s freshman U.S. Senator, Steve Daines, was mentioned in a recent Roll Call article about the GOP Senate freshman. You can read it HERE.
There were several interesting parts to the story, but the one thing that I took away from the story is that even with these new freshmen coming to the senate, it’s still as dysfunctional as it’s ever been.
After his fourth place finish in South Carolina, former Florida Governor Jeb Bush suspended his Presidential campaign.
Bush often looked unprepared for the contact sport of Presidential politics. He never seemed excited to be running for President. He did not communicate a vision for the country very well. He just seemed tired most of the time.
Pundits believe the race is between Donald Trump, Ted Cruz, and Marco Rubio. Trump has won New Hampshire and South Carolina. Cruz won Iowa. Rubio has won nothing. USA Today reports that since the South Carolina contest moved up on the political calendar in 1980, no Republican has carried both New Hampshire and South Carolina and then failed to win the nomination.
I think the Democrats would love to have Trump as their competition.
Social Security Misinformation:
I enjoy debunking some of the idiotic information that is posted on Facebook and Twitter and on websites. The latest is the misinformation about Social Security that starts with this:
Just in case some of you young whippersnappers (& some older ones too) Weren’t taught or just didn’t know this. Be sure and show it to your kids. They need a little history lesson on what’s what.
And it doesn’t matter whether you are a Democrat or Republican. Facts are facts!!!
Yes, facts are facts, but it seems that some of the people who posted this are a few fries short of a Happy Meal. Some of the information is correct, but a lot of it is way off.
You can find the full post by searching Facebook or Google for “History Lesson on Your Social Security Card.” If you have a Facebook account, your friends who have posted the misinformation will appear first.
I saw one post about this on Facebook that had over 900 shares.
There seems to be a lot of gullible people with Facebook and Twitter accounts who post and repost silly propaganda without checking it first.