Tuesday’s Quick Hits

We may have different religions, different languages, different colored skin, but we all belong to one human race. ― Kofi Anan

Today’s quick hits deal with these important subjects:

  • Wilmot Collins – U.S. Senate
  • China/USA Trade War
  • Vladimir Putin & Hockey

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The Wednesday Read: State of the Union

This is the time to re-ignite the American imagination. This is the time to search for the tallest summit, and set our sights on the brightest star. This is the time to rekindle the bonds of love and loyalty and memory that link us together as citizens, as neighbors, as patriots. – President Donald J. Trump 02/05/19

President Donald J. Trump gave his State of the Union (SOTU) address last night. The speech lasted 1:22:25 making it the third-longest SOTU speech in history.

Here are some of my thoughts about his speech.

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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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“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.

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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?”

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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. Continue reading

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.

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