Caught My Eye…

No matter how long you have traveled in the wrong direction, you can always turn around. – Unknown

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 Great Falls Public Schools, U.S. Space Force, Chain Migration, Trump & Mueller, and One More Thing!

Great Falls Public Schools:

There was a discussion the other night during a Great Falls Public Schools board meeting about a 2% raise for several district personnel which includes school administrators.

The Great Falls Tribune covered the meeting. That report can be read in full HERE.

Sadly, there is a group of vocal people in Great Falls who are against just about anything the school district tries to do. They complain about everything. They believe there’s a conspiracy in everything the school district does. This time they are against some of the more highly-educated people in the district getting a pay raise. The people who would receive these raises are the leaders in the district and their schools.

I voted for most of these school board members. I have confidence in them. If they feel these administrators should be given a raise, then I support it.

The naysayers in the community are hurting the Great Falls brand. It needs to stop.

U.S. Space Force:

The Trump Administration may be looking for a few good men and women to be “Space Cadets.”

Today, Vice President Pence made this announcement:

Now the time has come to write the next great chapter in the history of our armed forces, to prepare for the next battlefield where America’s best and bravest will be called to deter and defeat a new generation of threats to our people and to our nation. The time has come to establish the United States Space Force.

Pence added:

The President made it clear that our ultimate objective is to create a new branch of our military that is separate from, and equal to, five other branches.

This is a crazy idea. Asinine. We already have the very capable Air Force Space Command. We need a new branch of the military like we need a military parade in Washington, D.C.

Before the Vice President’s remarks were even posted on the White House website, the Trump campaign was already sending emails asking people to select a Space Force logo to use on their campaign merchandise.

Chain Migration:

The New York Times reported that President Trump has repeatedly and vehemently denounced what he calls “chain migration,” in which adult American citizens can obtain residency for their relatives. On Thursday, his Slovenian in-laws, Viktor and Amalija Knavs, became United States citizens in a private ceremony in Manhattan by taking advantage of that same family-based immigration program. Melania Trump had sponsored her parents for their green cards.

Welcome, Viktor and Amalija!

Trump & Mueller:

Just about every day President Trump’s lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, talks about the President being interviewed by special counsel Robert Mueller.

One day they are close to a deal, the next day they are not. Giuliani is playing a game with the media to paint the special counsel as the bad guy.

If (and it’s a big if) the President is dumb enough to voluntarily go and testify under oath, he would be destroyed.

One More Thing:

When you talk, you are only repeating what you already know. But if you listen you may learn something new. – Dalai Lama