Most people have never learned that one of the main aims in life is to enjoy it. – Samuel Butler
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 about today include Roy Moore, Steve Daines, Joseph & Mary, the tax plan, ObamaCare, Ryan Zinke, and One More Thing!
Things just got interesting in the Alabama senate race. Roy Moore, who is the Republican nominee in Alabama for a U.S. Senate seat, has been accused of sexual assault by four women. These are not anonymous accusers; they are all are named in the story that appeared in the Washington Post. One accuser was 14 at the time.
The Post reported:
Alabama resident Leigh Corfman said that in 1979, when Moore was an assistant district attorney, he brought her to his home and touched her sexually. Three other women said that Moore — now a candidate for U.S. Senate — pursued them when they were teenagers and he was in his early 30s.
Moore responded to the story with a statement:
“These allegations are completely false and are a desperate political attack by the National Democrat Party and the Washington Post on this campaign.”
Moore’s views on the issues are troubling, to say the least. I don’t see how any person in their right mind could support him – and that was before these other allegations came up.
Those extreme far-right views did not stop Steve Daines from supporting Moore.
Daines is Montana’s Republican U.S. Senator. He now says Moore should drop out of the race if the sexual assault allegations are true. That seems to be the GOP talking point passed around as I have seen it from several GOP members of Senate.
Joseph & Mary & Old Roy:
It was kind of weird yesterday listening to some of the defenders of Republican U.S. Senate candidate who is being accused of sexual assault. One of his accusers was 14 years old at the time.
One defender stood out and that was Alabama State Auditor Jim Ziegler. Ziegler defended the age difference between Moore and the teenager. In a “hold my beer and watch this” moment he told the Washington Examiner:
“Take the Bible. Zachariah and Elizabeth for instance. Zachariah was extremely old to marry Elizabeth and they became the parents of John the Baptist,” Ziegler said choosing his words carefully before invoking Christ. “Also take Joseph and Mary. Mary was a teenager and Joseph was an adult carpenter. They became parents of Jesus.”
“There’s just nothing immoral or illegal here,” Ziegler concluded. “Maybe just a little bit unusual.”
One thing for sure, there’s a lot of ignorance from those defending Moore.
The Tax Plans:
Both the House and Senate Republicans have tax plans out for review. Who knows what they can get passed. CNBC has a chart that compares some of the major provisions in the plans. You can see it HERE.
The Washington Post compares them HERE.
If the past nine or so months are any indication, the Republicans will fail to get anything passed because they will be fighting with each other. Some issues that are sticking points are deducting the state/local taxes and adding to the deficit. One report says that CBO has projected the House bill will raise the deficit by $1.7 trillion.
Forbes reports that the predicted implosion of Obamacare looks even less likely after the Trump administration released numbers Thursday showing that more than 600,000 Americans signed up for individual coverage under the Affordable Care Act in the first four days of this year’s open enrollment period.
I wish members of Congress would work together to make Obamacare better.
It was announced in a press release from the Department of Interior that Secretary Ryan Zinke had hired four more veterans to work there. They join more than 11,000 veterans working in the Department.
I commend Zinke for hiring veterans.
If you’ve read this blog much, then you know that I have advocated for the hiring of veterans in all federal agencies. Although veterans do get some preferences in federal hiring, agencies have found ways to get around it.
One More Thing:
Saturday (Nov. 11) is Veterans Day. This is a great day (as is every day) to thank a veteran for their service. Thanks to all my fellow veterans for your service. God bless you.