Those who want to reap the benefits of this great nation must bear the fatigue of supporting it. – 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 about today include the pep rally for Trump, government shutdown averted, Jon Tester, Steve Daines, Greg Gianforte, CHIP, Obamacare, the Zinkes, and One More Thing!
Pep Rally for Trump:
After the tax bill was passed, several Republican members of Congress took buses to the White House for a pep rally with President Donald Trump.
The love for the President was so thick that you could cut it with a knife. Here are a few examples:
Speaker of the House Paul Ryan: Something this big, something this generational, something this profound could not have been done without exquisite presidential leadership.
Senator Mitch McConnell: Well, let me just say, Mr. President, you made the case for the tax bill. But this has been a year of extraordinary accomplishment for the Trump administration.
Vice President Mike Pence: Well, thank you, Mr. President. Thank you for those kind words. But more importantly, thank you for your leadership. Thank you for your boundless faith in the American people, and thank you for keeping your promise to see this Congress deliver the largest tax cut in American history before Christmas of this year.
Senator Orrin Hatch: Well, Mr. President, I have to say that you’re living up to everything I thought you would. You’re one heck of a leader, and we’re all benefitting from it.
You can read all the remarks by clicking HERE.
The event reminded me of the Bud Light commercials with people going forward and giving the King some Bud Light and being called a “true friend of the Crown, dilly, dilly.”
No Government Shutdown:
The House and the Senate passed a continuing resolution (CR) to fund the government through January 19. According to The Hill, the funding bill includes a short-term extension (through March) of the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). That is a good thing.
Montana’s delegation, Senator Jon Tester, Senator Steve Daines, and Representative Greg Gianforte supported the CR.
The Senate and House will be on holiday recess until January 3. #DillyDilly
The Associated Press is reporting that nearly 9 million people signed up for “Obamacare” next year, as government numbers out Thursday proved predictions of its collapse wrong yet again.
This week President Donald Trump, once again, said something that was not true:
We essentially repealed Obamacare because we got rid of the individual mandate … and that was a primary source of funding of Obamacare.
Politifact rated Trump’s comments about repealing Obamacare “false.”
Republicans and Democrats need to work together to make Obamacare better for all.
We interrupt this column to bring you a holiday message from the Zinkes…
Secretary of Interior Ryan Zinke, his wife Lolita, and their dog Ragnar — the Ambassador of Happiness — send their best wishes for a safe and happy holiday season:
I am so happy that President Donald Trump won the war that made it OK to say Merry Christmas again…
One More Thing:
“We just passed one of the shittiest bills that’s ever come in front of the Senate last night… so you know the country’s seen better days.” – U.S. Senator Jon Tester, (D-Mont.), commenting about the recently passed tax bill.