Government, even in its best state, is but a necessary evil; in its worst state, an intolerable one. – Thomas Paine
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 Trump’s recordings, the Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017, Space Corps, Kansas City Chiefs, and One More Thing!
Fox News reported that President Trump tweeted on Thursday “I did not make, and do not have” any recordings of conversations with ex-FBI Director James Comey.
I’m sure it pained Fox News to report that story.
I bet it took the President since May 12 to come up with a way to justify the tweet in which he said:
James Comey better hope that there are no “tapes” of our conversations before he starts leaking to the press!
I’m sure his lawyers helped him craft the response because Trump’s initial tweet was very close to intimidation of a witness.
Now he says he did not tape Comey, but he has “no idea” if there are recordings.
Meanwhile, here in the real world, his actions can be described in four words:
Trump is a liar.
I have not cared for some of Trump’s exploits from the beginning, but I wanted him to do well as President because this is my country. I would be saying the same if Clinton had won.
Maybe I’m late to the party, but now when I look at him I see nothing but a blithering old man – a blithering old man who is losing the confidence of his country.
Better Care Reconciliation Act:
A select few Republicans in the U.S. Senate unveiled their health care bill on Thursday. Most Democrats and a few Republicans in the Senate did not like it. You can read the bill, which is titled, “Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017,” HERE.
If Congress really wanted to do the peoples’ work, they would now work together to find common ground from the House GOP health care bill, ObamaCare, and the Senate GOP health care bill.
This is Washington, D.C., so there has to be winners and losers. The Republicans will try to tweak the latest bill to get just enough Republicans to support it to pass. The same thing happened a few years ago with ObamaCare, but that was when Democrats were in charge.
The Associated Press has an interesting report about the differences between the House bill, the Senate bill, and ObamaCare. You can review it HERE.
We won’t know the final version of the Senate GOP bill or how the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) scores it until later. As it stands right now, I don’t care for the Senate GOP bill.
Roll Call reported this week that Air Force leaders pushed back on a House Armed Services panel’s plan to build a new fighting force dedicated to space. The new fighting force is affectionately called, “Space Corps.”
That is a true story.
I served in the U.S. Air Force for about 12 years and it was the best job I ever had. I did know several people who could easily be members of the Space Corps – I called them Space Cadets.
Ironically, most of the “Space Cadets” were officers…
Kansas City Chiefs:
If you read this blog very much then you know I am a Chiefs fan. In fact, I have instructed my family to have members of the Chiefs be pallbearers at my funeral so they can let me down one last time.
On Thursday the Kansas City Chiefs announced they had fired General Manager John Dorsey. They also announced that they had signed Head Coach Andy Reid to a contract extension.
I’m not sure I am happy with this move. Dorsey has done some good things with the Chiefs.
Dorsey recently released Jeremy Maclin, who was a product of the University of Missouri. He also played for Reid in Philly. That could be a reason Dorsey was fired.
Chiefs’ fans were pretty happy with Reid and Dorsey. A step back to not making the playoffs would not be good for the team.
Many fans (me included) don’t believe that Andy Reid can get the Chiefs to the Promised Land (Super Bowl). I hope I’m wrong.
One More Thing:
The NBA draft was held last night and Foot Locker aired a “Father’s Day” commercial with draft prospects Lonzo Ball, De’Aaron Fox, Jayson Tatum, and Jonathan Isaac.
In case you do not follow basketball, Lonzo Ball’s father has said a lot of outlandish things and is always good for a soundbite. Enjoy: