Democracy is the art and science of running the circus from the monkey cage. – H. L. Mencken
Today’s quick hits deal with:
- Senate Tax Bill
- Down Goes Flynn
- CFB Playoffs
- Kansas City Chiefs
Senate Tax Bill:
The U.S. Senate bill called “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act” passed the Senate around 2:00 a.m. Saturday morning by a vote of 51-49. Here in Montana, Senator Jon Tester (D) was a No vote and Senator Steve Daines (R) was a Yes vote.
Nobody had much of a chance to read the bill to see what was in it.
Now the two separate tax bills passed by the House and the Senate must be reconciled with each other and then voted on again. There will be a House/Senate conference committee to iron out the details. That may be harder than it looks.
We really don’t know what the final bill will look like – or if the Republicans can even come together long enough to pass a final bill.
Senator Jon Tester received a lot of publicity when he went on Twitter showing the 497-page bill with hand-written notes on it. Tester complained that they were supposed to vote on the bill in just a couple hours. It was retweeted thousands of times.
Some people pointed out to Tester that ObamaCare was ramrodded through without time to read it.
In my opinion, neither bill was done the correct way. It’s a shitty way to pass legislation.
Then after Tester received his 15 minutes of fame, we had the Tweet from Senator Steve Daines that he quickly deleted:
Montanans deserve to keep their hard-earned dollars. @SenatorTester stop the show and vote in favor of Montana families, workers, and small business owners.
It was un-senatorial for Daines to go after Tester. Someone must have alerted Daines to this and that was the reason for the deletion.
The Republicans want to get a bill to the President by Christmas. That means it will move fast and we may not know what is in the bill until long after it is passed.
Down Goes Flynn:
Several sources, including the New York Times, reported that President Trump’s former national security adviser, Michael T. Flynn, pleaded guilty on Friday to lying to the F.B.I. about conversations with the Russian ambassador last December, becoming the first senior White House official to cut a cooperation deal in the special counsel’s wide-ranging inquiry into election interference.
Most legal experts believe that Flynn is cooperating with the special counsel and that means others in the Trump Administration may fall. Drip, drip, drip…
Then President Trump sent out this Tweet:
I had to fire General Flynn because he lied to the Vice President and the FBI. He has pled guilty to those lies. It is a shame because his actions during the transition were lawful. There was nothing to hide!
So did Trump know that Flynn lied to the FBI? After people started questioning it, Trump’s lawyer said he wrote the tweet. Crazy.
The night before the College Football Playoff teams were selected, I made my picks on Twitter:
My picks – 1. Clemson, 2. Oklahoma, 3. Georgia, 4. Alabama.
That was the way the selection committee saw it, too. It should be fun. Alabama may have some injured players back, so watch out for them.
Big applause goes to the Missouri Tigers! Mizzou is playing in the Texas Bowl on December 27 against the Texas Longhorns.
Check out the bowl schedule HERE.
Kansas City Chiefs:
The Chiefs lost again on Sunday. This time to the Jets. The offense showed up, but the defense was terrible.
The Chiefs lack discipline. There are too many penalties. Marcus Peters threw a referee’s flag into the stands. If I was his coach, he would be suspended. He has talent, but he is not worth it.
Discipline starts with the coaches. Andy Reid has lost his team.
The Chiefs started the season 5-0 and now they are 6-6. The Chargers and the Raiders are 6-6, too. The Chargers, Raiders, and Chiefs all play each other in the final weeks of the season. The Chiefs play the Chargers and Raiders in Kansas City. The Raiders play at the Chargers in the final week.