Monday’s Quick Hits: Food Park, Comey & Trump, & Syria

The spine of the FBI is the rule of law. The spine of the FBI is a commitment to doing the right thing, in the right way, while protecting civil liberties. – James Comey

Today’s quick hits deal with these issues:

  • Madison Food Park
  • Comey vs Trump
  • The Photo

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Extend Unemployment Insurance Now

It’s really a no-brainer – the U.S. Senate and U.S. House should extend unemployment benefits. They should get it done this week.

The 1.3 million people who need these checks lost their benefits late last year when congress failed to act before the holidays. It was a pretty cruel way to treat constituents. These people are now facing two or more weeks without a check.

I only have one condition – find some way to pay for it. I don’t care if it’s down the road a ways, just pay for it.

Members of Congress have overall approval ratings in the single digits, plus a new report found that over half the members of congress are millionaires. They are so out of touch with regular folks that showing just a little kindness might help people have a better opinion about them.

The basic reason for extending benefits is that we should take care of our own.

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Published in: on January 13, 2014 at 6:58 am  Comments Off on Extend Unemployment Insurance Now  
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“Good-Paying Jobs”

U.S. Senator Max Baucus is hosting his 6th Montana Jobs Summit September 16/17 in Butte, Montana.

You have to hand it to Max Baucus, he’s good at campaigning, and he’s never lost an election. History will remember Baucus as the author of Obamacare, but in the remaining months of his last term, Baucus says he will “focus on Montana priorities” probably hoping that he can change the “author of Obamacare” perception people have of him just a little.

I consider Baucus “Brian Schweitzer lite.” While Schweitzer would brand bills from the Montana Legislature on the capitol steps, Baucus would take walks across Montana. While Schweitzer would bus seniors to Canada for cheaper drugs, Baucus would hold a work day where he would work at a local business. Schweitzer was much more fun to watch, and it’s too bad he opted out of running for the U.S. Senate.

Several years ago, Baucus discovered a gold mine in getting much-needed publicity when he started hosting a Montana Jobs Summit. Who would not like to see “good-paying jobs” come to the state? “Good-paying jobs” became his catch phrase.

And if hosting a jobs summit helps you get reelected, that’s even better.   (more…)

TWW Poll: The Fiscal Cliff

In case you are lacking knowledge about the “Fiscal Cliff” the Wall Street Journal’s David Wessel posted a video explaining it back in October.  You can watch “Everything You Need to Know About the Fiscal Cliff’ by clicking HERE.

Today’s Poll Question: “Do you think Congress and the White House will come to an agreement before the United States reaches the “Fiscal Cliff” on January 1, 2013?”

Click on “Continue Reading” to take the poll.

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Published in: on December 11, 2012 at 7:28 am  Comments Off on TWW Poll: The Fiscal Cliff  
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A Chance…

Only in America
Dreaming in red, white and blue
Only in America
Where we dream as big as we want to
We all get a chance
Everybody gets to dance
Only in America

-Brooks and Dunn “Only in America

If you watched Fox News the last 24 hours, you were informed that the speech President Obama gave in Osawatomie, Kansas, yesterday contained the word “fair” a lot or that the President was starting class warfare.

His speech did contain the word “fair” some, but that was just the Fox News “fair and balanced” way of slighting the President.  You should really flip the channel to MSNBC and CNN once in awhile to get a more balanced look at the news…

President Obama’s speech yesterday was darn good.  It was the kind of speech that he could have given from the back-of-a-pick-up-truck-parked-in-the-gravel-parking-lot-at-a-truck-stop and it still would have been good. (more…)

Published in: on December 7, 2011 at 8:03 am  Comments (2)  
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Be willing…

Jobs should be the major issue in the United States today.  Many media outlets have been airing stories about jobs and the economy, but the CBS Evening News has gone a step further and has been conducting a series of interviews with CEOs about how to get Americans back to work.

It has been interesting to watch.  I have placed a link to the story at the end of this column.

Scott Pelley of the CBS Evening News recently interviewed Robert L. Johnson.  According to CBS, “… Johnson founded Black Entertainment Television, and later sold it to Viacom for almost $3 billion. Johnson is now the chairman of RLI, which invests in companies in a variety of industries, from entertainment to real estate.”

Besides his ideas on how to put America back to work, toward the end of the interview Pelley asks him what he would say to elected officials in Washington.

This is what he had to say: (more…)

Published in: on September 28, 2011 at 1:19 pm  Comments Off on Be willing…  
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The President’s Speech and Tuna Casserole

Like many Americans, I caught President Obama’s speech last night.  I normally try to listen to the speech and then read it later.  I also attempt to stay away from the cable and network news and form my own opinion.

I succeeded and here it is… (more…)

Published in: on September 9, 2011 at 7:02 am  Comments Off on The President’s Speech and Tuna Casserole  
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Super Max – Super Committee

Who’s the cat that won’t cop out…when there’s danger all about?  MAX!  Right On!

OK, maybe the theme song from Shaft goes a little too far in describing Montana’s Max Baucus and his career in the United States Senate – way too far – Baucus is really not cool at all.

Nonetheless, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has picked Montana’s Max and two other senate democrats (Patty Murray, John Kerry) for spots on the new Super Committee.  They will join nine others in cutting $1.5 trillion from the federal budget before Thanksgiving.  The Super Committee needs seven votes to pass anything – Max Baucus could easily be that seventh vote.

Baucus was “working” at a market in Billings on Tuesday when word came that he was Harry Reid’s man.  Baucus took time out from stacking the grocery shelves with yogurt to issue a statement saying, “I’m humbled to be appointed to the committee to help tackle this critical issue for Montana and the American people.” (more…)

Published in: on August 10, 2011 at 8:05 am  Comments Off on Super Max – Super Committee  
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One Good Thing

The one and only thing that was good about yesterday’s vote in the U.S. House on the debt limit was that Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-Ariz., made a surprise showing in the House chamber to cast her vote.  Giffords had been absent from the House since January after being shot in the head.  Thank God she is well enough to return to the House.

That was the one good thing.

The bill, the final product, those in leadership working on the bill, and most of the elected folks in the House, the Senate, and the White House have all terribly disappointed most of the citizens in this country the last few weeks.  That disappointment reached the zenith yesterday evening and will continue today with the senate vote.  (more…)

Balanced

On Monday, the word of the day was “balanced” as in a “balanced budget amendment” being called for by several GOP members of the Montana Legislature and “balanced approach” being called for by President Barack Obama in his Monday evening address to the nation.  House Speaker John Boehner used the word or a variation of it several times in his speech, most notably when he mentioned the “Cut, Cap, and Balance” plan approved by the House.

Even a Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey found that, “Fifty-six percent (56%) of Likely U.S. Voters would be more likely to support a candidate for Congress who said that a balanced approach including spending cuts and increased tax revenue is needed to reduce the federal debt.” (more…)

Published in: on July 26, 2011 at 8:22 am  Comments Off on Balanced  
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