If you want to make everyone happy, don’t be a leader, sell ice cream. –Steve Jobs
Welcome to the big column to end the week, “Caught My Eye” (CME)!
REMINDER: Today (Friday, June 14) is Flag Day. Fly your flag proudly!
If you are a first-time visitor, welcome! CME is the once a week column that is posted 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. There may be some sarcasm and pointed independent commentary so be warned!
Here are the topics that “Caught My Eye” this week:
- Bullock Out
- Trump & Foreign Governments
- Sarah Huckabee Sanders
- Kellyanne Conway
- Rocky Mountain High Colorado
- One More Thing
Several sources including The Hill reported that the Democratic National Committee (DNC) on Thursday announced the 20 presidential hopefuls who qualified for the first debate. Four candidates, Montana Gov. Steve Bullock, Rep. Seth Moulton (D-Mass.), former Sen. Mike Gravel (D-Alaska) and Miramar, Fla., Mayor Wayne Messam, were not among them.
I know that Bullock thought it was more important to stay around Helena until the clowns in the Montana Legislature finished their session, but let’s get real here for a second.
There are 24 Democrats running for President and he was one of four not to make the first debate. Do I think he can climb the hill and get into the next debate? Maybe. Does he have a chance to be President? Not much.
I’m sure we’ll hear about him being the “underdog” in the race and that is all well and good, plus the fact that he won in a state that Trump won by 20 points, blah, blah, blah.
Hearing candidates talk of being an underdog, reminds me of when I watched the cartoon called Underdog:
Speed of lightning, roar of thunder,
Fighting all who rob or plunder
Underdog, Underdog, Underdog.
Maybe Bullock should come home and give Steve Daines a real race in November 2020. We can call it the battle of the Steves…
Trump & Foreign Governments:
In an interview Wednesday with ABC News, President Trump said that he would be willing to accept opposition research from a foreign government during an election and that he would not be obligated to tell the FBI about such contacts. (AlterNet)
The anti-Trump crowds went wild and the calls for impeaching Trump were heard all across the fruited plains like a thunderstorm forming in the distance.
Even the head of the Federal Election Commission (FEC) sent a message via Twitter warning that anyone who solicits or accepts campaign help from foreigners “risks being on the wrong end of a federal investigation.”
The biggest problem with Trump is he is ignorant when it comes to election rules and how the Federal government operates. That’s not his fault; it’s the fault of the people who elected him.
Maybe sooner or later his ignorance will get him in so much trouble that he can’t get out of it. It may be the deciding factor in November 2020.
Sarah Huckabee Sanders:
White House Press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders is leaving the administration, President Donald Trump announced Thursday. Sanders plans to depart the White House at the end of the month and return to her home state of Arkansas. (NBC)
I’ve felt sorry for Sanders for the past two years. I think she was in a tough position and in over her head most of the time.
She seemed to be a good honest person at the beginning, but I think she traded in her morals and lowered her standards to protect the President. She had to see that he is a liar and a terrible person.
Sanders basically did away with the daily White House briefing and that was too bad. Trump and she may not like the White House press corps, but they have a job to do.
The Associated Press (AP) reported that the U.S. Office of Special Counsel, which is unrelated to special counsel Robert Mueller’s office, recommended Thursday that President Donald Trump fire one of his most ardent defenders, counselor Kellyanne Conway, for repeatedly violating a law (Hatch Act) that limits political activity by government workers.
It’s not going to happen.
Although the Federal Government may have rules about politics and work, there’s too much political activity by government workers, especially in the House and Senate. That is part of the reason we have such gridlock.
Rocky Mountain High Colorado:
The Associated Press is reporting that Colorado has surpassed $1 billion in tax revenue from marijuana sales since recreational use of the drug was legalized in 2014.
Did you hear that, Montana?
The AP also reported that the Colorado Department of Revenue says sales since legalization have topped $6.5 billion, generating $1.02 billion from taxes, licenses, and fees. The state has more than 2,900 licensed marijuana businesses and more than 41,000 licensed workers in the industry. Gov. Jared Polis says, “This industry is helping grow our economy by creating jobs and generating valuable revenue.”
Imagine that – growing the economy, creating jobs, generating valuable revenue!
I hope that Montana legalizes recreational use of marijuana in 2020.
One More Thing:
Five drunk guys will start a fight…Five stoned guys will start a band. – Unknown
As the campaign rhetoric heats up and rightwingnuts start hollering about Constitutional principals and the ‘rule of law’ and all that righteous patriotic drivel, just ask them why they didn’t object long and loud to the behavior of Trump, his personnel and their party’s complicity since his inauguration. Sit back and watch them stammer.