May your pockets be heavy and your heart be light, May good luck pursue you each morning and night. – Irish Blessing
Happy St. Patrick’s Day!
Welcome to the big show to end the week “Caught My Eye” (CME)!
If you are a first-time visitor, CME is posted right here every Friday morning. This is when I take a look at some of the stories I did not have time to write about during the week. I often throw in a touch of sarcasm to make you smile – or to irritate you just a little – maybe both.
Topics that I am providing commentary on today include the Montana Legislature’s party-line votes, the “America First” budget, Sean Spicer & wiretapping, Sean Hannity & Jihad, McDonald’s tweet, and much more!
To say it sucks to be in the minority in the Montana House of Representatives would be an understatement. The Democrats probably did not need to show up for the budget bill (HB 2) vote on Thursday, but they did. MTN News reported that the Democrats tried 25 times to amend HB2, and each time they lost on mostly party-line votes 59-41.
It was like watching a one-sided football game where one team scores a touchdown every time they had the football.
About all the Democrats could do was make a few comments on the House floor and tweet about it. The state party sent a press release about “the massive cuts” to try and embarrass the Republicans.
There might be a chance or two that when the bill gets to the state senate, some Republicans might vote with the Democrats on key issues.
Since I am a “glass half full” person, let me point out the Democrats have one thing to be proud of, and that is they worked hard enough to get Democrat Steve Bullock re-elected as Governor. Maybe Bullock can fight to restore funding for some programs.
Let me also point this out to the Montana Democrats – It’s not the end of the world, but you can see it from Helena…
The “America First” Budget:
The first budget from the White House could be called the “cold-hearted” budget or the “chickens have come home to roost” budget or the “tough love” budget.
Of course, we are $20 trillion in debt. That’s $20,000,000,000,000.
We need to cut back on spending; everyone probably agrees with that – as long as they cut funding for programs that don’t affect them.
The bottom line is that this budget is just a start – a proposal. The final product will look a lot different after Congress has their say. Relax.
Sean Spicer & Wiretapping:
Thursday’s White House daily press briefing was an instant classic. It was delayed for almost an hour maybe because the leaders of the Senate Intelligence committee, Richard Burr, R-North Carolina and Mark Warner, D-Virginia, had issued a statement just before it was to begin. The statement contained this shocking information:
“Based on the information available to us, we see no indications that Trump Tower was the subject of surveillance by any element of the United States government either before or after Election Day 2016.”
The first question for Sean Spicer was from Jonathan Karl of ABC News:
It did not get much better for Spicer after that. I think Saturday Night Live has all the material they need for their next “Spicy” skit.
Sean Hannity & Jihad:
I’ll admit that I used to watch Fox News a lot and I listened to Sean Hannity take on the liberals. One day it was like a lightbulb came on and I started watching other cable news channels to get the big picture (not just from the right side).
During the Obama years, Fox News went after him pretty hard. Some might say we have Donald Trump because of Fox News.
Now Sean Hannity is saying that there is a “corporate jihad” being waged by NBC News against President Trump.
The thing that Hannity does not understand is that President Trump is giving the media plenty to report about. It’s not a jihad, it’s reporting.
McDonald’s claims their Twitter account (@McDonaldsCorp) was hacked when someone posted this tweet:
“@realDonaldTrump You are actually a disgusting excuse of a President and we would love to have @BarackObama back, also you have tiny hands.”
When I first read the tweet, I thought maybe McDonald’s was trying to say since the President has tiny hands that the new “Mac Jr” sandwich would be just right for him.
The tweet was quickly deleted, but as you can see nothing is really deleted. This is especially true of the photos and recordings being taken by your microwave…
One More Thing:
May the road rise up to meet you.
May the wind be always at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face,
and rains fall soft upon your fields.
And until we meet again,
May God hold you in the palm of His hand.