Monday’s Odds & Ends

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

Anti-Refugee Rally:

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.

Jeb Bush:

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.

Two places that debunk some of the misinformation on the Social Security post are the Social Security Administration and Factcheck.org.

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7 thoughts on “Monday’s Odds & Ends

  1. I have a few questions, though I’m not really expecting any answers:

    What do you think those protesting refugees are afraid of?

    I’d have to get about 130 signatures to run as an Independent in my district. Why would anyone sign my petition to do that? After all, that might hurt Dems or GOPers.

    If Trump is the nominee, I don’t see him losing. How about you?

    We know that in the 2030s, Social Security will run low and benefits will dip. As a person that won’t get benefits until the 2040s or 2050s, how should I feel about that?

    • Greg – Thanks for your comments. Here are some answers. -JmB

      What do you think those protesting refugees are afraid of?

      I think they are afraid they are all terrorists…

      I’d have to get about 130 signatures to run as an Independent in my district. Why would anyone sign my petition to do that? After all, that might hurt Dems or GOPers.

      It would be hard to gather that many signatures. Maybe people will get ticked off enough at the political parties to sign it. The political parties have voters cornered. It needs to be changed. Heck, if someone had to go around and get several thousand signatures to run for U.S. Senate or U.S. House, why not just start a petition drive (Initiative) to allow Independents to get on the ballot the same way Dems and Reps do?

      If Trump is the nominee, I don’t see him losing. How about you?

      Some polls (Quinnipiac & Fox News) show Clinton beating Trump, and Rubio/Cruz beating Clinton in a head to head matchup. I think the Dems feel that Trump is the opponent Hillary can beat. I don’t see her losing to Trump.

      We know that in the 2030s, Social Security will run low and benefits will dip. As a person that won’t get benefits until the 2040s or 2050s, how should I feel about that?

      You should feel that you want the Washington politicians to work together to fix it, and stop using it as a political football. It always ends up with one side saying the other is trying to take away or privatize Social Security. Washington politicians these days use everything from war to social security to score political points.

      Thanks again,

      -JmB

      • I also think that Hillary will lose to Trump. Republicans will get really energized to go out and vote against her…no matter who it is. If it’s Trump I don’t think she has a chance.

        I still think the email server will get here. March is the month the FBI is supposed to come out with more. I’m just not convinced that Obama’s Justice Department is going to keep coddling her. I believe it was Valerie Jarret that released the email server information to the press in the first place.

        Why? Because the Obama White House hates the Clintons.

        Most of America does as well. We’ll see that in November quiet clearly, should we need to.

    • Barry – I thought Abe said, “Don’t believe everything you read on the internet.” -JmB

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