If you don’t stick to your values when they’re being tested, they’re not values: they’re hobbies. – Jon Stewart
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 the Senate tax bill, Bobby Hauck, the Thunderbirds, Alabama Senate Race, and One More Thing!
Senate Tax Bill:
Will the Republicans have enough incentives in the Senate tax bill to get enough votes to pass it? We may know today. According to reports from late Thursday, the bill had stalled because some Republicans were concerned about how much it adds to the federal debt.
As for the latest version, Reuters reports:
As drafted, the Senate bill would cut the U.S. corporate tax rate to 20 percent from 35 percent after a one-year delay and reduce the tax burden on businesses and individuals, while ending many tax breaks, but would still add $1.4 trillion to a federal debt load that already surpasses $20 trillion.
Some reports say the bill raises healthcare costs by 10% and cuts Medicare by $25 billion.
Another report says that John McCain, who is undergoing cancer treatment, plans to vote for a bill that takes $25 billion from the part of Medicare which pays for chemotherapy.
What the Republicans need to do is step back, take a breath, and work on a tax bill that is good for all. They might even ask the Democrats for input.
Right now all the Republicans have to offer America is a crap sandwich.
According to Skyline Sports (SkylineSportsMT.com), Bobby Hauck will be the next football coach at the University of Montana. The formal announcement is expected today (Friday).
Hauck had previously coached the Griz from 2003-2009.
Not all Griz fans are happy with the apparent hire of Hauck. The Missoulian newspaper reports that Lisa Davey put together an on-line petition telling the University of Montana not to hire Bobby Hauck as its head football coach. The Missoulian reported that Davey “became the subject of an online doxxing campaign on a Grizzlies fan website that included vile personal comments and publication of her home address.”
C’mon. That’s not nice.
I’m not a fan of the Griz or the Montana State Bobcats, but I do follow and occasionally write or tweet about them. I think Hauck will find a different attitude about the football team when/if he arrives back in Missoula. Times have changed.
Ouch. This is from an Air Force Thunderbirds press release:
Brig. Gen. Jeannie Leavitt, 57th Wing Commander, relieved Lt. Col. Jason Heard of command of the U.S. Air Force Air Demonstration Squadron upon the completion of the 2017 season effective Nov. 20, 2017.
While Heard led the team through a highly successful show season, Leavitt lost confidence in his leadership and risk management style.
I wonder if he tried to do some penis sky drawing like his friends in the Navy…
Alabama Senate Race:
The Alabama Senate Special Election is Tuesday, December 12. Although Republican Roy Moore lost some ground recently to Democrat Doug Jones, it looks like Moore is starting to regain momentum.
Real Clear Politics shows him with an overall average two-point lead. The last two polls have Moore up by five and six points, respectively.
If Moore does win the election, what will the Senate Republicans do?
One More Thing:
You can have an impact anywhere you are. – Tony Dungy