Charity is no part of the legislative duty of the government. – James Madison
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 Omnibus Spending bill & Tester, the Republican Senate debate, the Montana ExpoPark grandstands, Biden vs Trump, here comes Bolton, and One More Thing!
The Omnibus Spending Bill:
U.S. Senator Jon Tester (D-Mont.) was able to secure funding to build the Southwest Montana Veterans Home in Butte. That is a good thing. Several other worthwhile projects are due to be funded that are contained in the bill that passed the Senate early this morning (Friday).
Now for the cold hard facts:
All these great things are basically being placed on a credit card. All across the fruited plains senators and representatives are sending out press releases and going on talk shows to tell about the great gifts they are bringing home.
Back when candidate Jon Tester was running for U.S. Senate in 2006, he often said that the folks in Washington, D.C., were spending money like drunken sailors.
In 2007, which was the year Tester took office, the national debt was about $9,007,653,372,262.00.
Today the national debt is $21,041,031,400,000.00
In case you suck at math, this is more than double what it was when Jon Tester initially took office.
Seems as though the “drunken sailors” Tester talked about in 2006 were replaced by more “drunken sailors.”
The Republican Senate Debate:
In case you missed it, the four Republicans running for the nomination to face U.S. Senator Jon Tester in November met in Bozeman at Montana State University for a 90-minute debate Thursday night. The participates were Russell Fagg, Troy Downing, Matt Rosendale and Al Olszewski.
From reports I’ve seen, it was a pretty boring debate.
Holly K. Michels of Lee Newspapers reports that all the candidates “worked to fall in line with Republican President Donald Trump” and that “little separated the four Republican candidates.” You can read the Lee Newspapers story HERE.
The Bozeman Daily Chronicle has a report about the debate HERE.
I still believe this race leans “Safe Democrat.” Right now none of the Republican candidates are doing anything to make people want to change senators.
Montana ExpoPark Grandstands:
The Cascade County Commissioners announced that pieces of concrete underneath the grandstands at the Montana ExpoPark were falling off creating a safety hazard. Due to this problem, they will need to move the betting windows for horse racing this summer to a different location.
I guess the commissioners decided that nobody wanted to “gamble” about being hit in the head with a rock while standing in line to bet on a horse.
The Great Falls Tribune reported that the commissioners assured the public that the structure of the grandstands themselves is still safe.
I guess the commissioners are willing to place a big bet on that…
The New York Times reported that President Trump named John R. Bolton, a hard-line former American ambassador to the United Nations, as his third national security adviser on Thursday, continuing a shake-up that creates one of the most hawkish national security teams of any White House in recent history.
Mr. Bolton will replace Lt. Gen. H. R. McMaster, who replaced Michael Flynn.
Bolton served as United States Ambassador to the United Nations in the George W. Bush Administration, but he was never confirmed by the U.S. Senate, although the Republicans were in the majority.
I doubt he lasts very long working for Trump.
Biden vs Trump:
75-year-old Joe Biden had this to say about President Donald Trump:
“A guy who ended up becoming our national leader said, ‘I can grab a woman anywhere, and she likes it,’ ” Biden said during a speech at the University of Miami, according to ABC News. “ They asked me if I’d like to debate this gentleman, and I said ‘no.’ I said, ‘If we were in high school, I’d take him behind the gym and beat the hell out of him.’ ”
“I’ve been in a lot of locker rooms my whole life,” Biden continued. “I’m a pretty [darn] good athlete. Any guy that talked that way was usually the fattest, ugliest S.O.B. in the room.”
71-year-old Donald Trump had this to say in response, via Twitter:
Crazy Joe Biden is trying to act like a tough guy. Actually, he is weak, both mentally and physically, and yet he threatens me, for the second time, with physical assault. He doesn’t know me, but he would go down fast and hard, crying all the way. Don’t threaten people Joe!
I Tweeted that I thought they should have a boxing grudge match on pay-per-view. Proceeds would go to pay down the national debt.
CNN’s Jake Tapper had the best response:
Reminder that between the two of these tough guys are nine Vietnam deferments and claims they couldn’t serve because of asthma and bone spurs.
I hope I have that much spunk when I am in my 70s. I’ll probably get my butt kicked if I do…
One More Thing:
Full Disclosure: I used to cry when Fred Flintstone put the saber tooth tiger outside before he went to bed. The pesky tiger would go back in through the window and grab Fred and put him outside and lock the door with Fred outside. Fred would then scream for Wilma to come and help him.
Some people are complaining about CBS Sports showing crying kids in the stands after their teams lose in the NCAA Men’s Basketball tournament.
Yahoo Sports reports that CBS executive producer Harold Bryant defended the networks’ showing of crying kids: “It’s part of the drama and the storytelling of the tournament,” he said, speaking on behalf of both CBS and Turner. “It’s part of the emotion. We try to capture the emotion and we try to strike that right balance.”
I don’t have a problem with the cameras showing the reaction from the fans, but if the child is a little older they may suffer some teasing from their friends – or become a meme.
Winning and losing is part of life. I’m a Kansas City Chiefs fan so I am used to crying at the end of the season…