The Art of Distraction

The great Distractor in Chief was working overtime this weekend when he started another twitter fight–this time with the entire NFL.  We can argue another time whether the kneeling thing at NFL games is really an issue, but peaceful expressions of protest and a President demanding that NFL Owners fire the (Expletive omitted) who protest created a firestorm of controversy overnight.  A lot of people got fairly irate that the President was ordering private business owners to fire employees who were conducting lawful, peaceful protests.

The firestorm was not an accident.  He meant to create it.  He probably does not care about National anthems and who sits or stands.  What the President wanted, needed even, was to get our minds off the latest episode of “Grand Theft Oxygen meets the Republican Approach to Healthcare and Tax reform.  As I have already seen Senate hopefuls Rokita and Messer weigh in on the President’s side, I took a few moments to ask my Representatives to not be distracted.


Stop Lying to America

Americans elect their Senators under a few basic assumptions. Yes, yes, I know the old adage about Assume makes an ASS out of U and ME, but it is what it is).  We assume the Senate will come to work and forward an agenda that serves, protects, defends, and improves the community, security, and prosperity of America.  It is their job.  We also assume that they will tell us the truth.  It is a felony to lie to the Senate–even if not under oath, so it feels reasonable to me that they should tell the truth.

They are not.  They are lying through their teeth on this latest sham-a-lama-scam-scam they are calling a healthcare bill.  I sent the below letter to my Senators from Indiana, and hope my ever growing audience will share, forward, talk about my letter and write their own.

senate letter 21 sept

Did You Know?

Did you know that there is a US Congressman from Indiana running to unseat Senator Joe Donnelly in Indiana?  The fellow I am referring to is Congressman Todd Rokita of the 4th Congressional District.  He is running on a campaign slogan of “Defeat the Elite.”  After a bit of researching how he has voted on key issues, I begin to wonder if he is aware that this campaign slogan portrays him as blissfully free of the ravages of intelligence.  Out of a sense of fair play, I decided to share with him some questions this morning…



Does Your Congressman Have Their Head With Them Today?

I am not sure if everyone is paying attention, but a couple of knuckle dragging Oxygen Thieves are busy trying to take away your healthcare again.  The Graham-Cassidy bill will remove outright the healthcare of around 32 million people.  It will triple the costs of healthcare for another 63 million middle class workers. This is the worst attempt yet and feels downright vindictive in the steal from the worker and pay the rich fat white guy variety.  I was less than sunny in my letters to Congress today.


The Bully-In-Chief Finally Found a Pulpit He Doesn’t Like

Well, anyone who had the DACA (Dreamers Act) in the office pool as the next cowardly conflagration to be set ablaze by the White House, go collect your winnings.  Upwards of 800,000 young men and women whose parents brought them into the country illegally by their parents have been able to continue to live here as students or working jobs because of the DACA executive action put in place during the Obama era.  To be fair it was not–and should not–be a permanent measure.  Congress should have elected to (and must now) do their jobs and address this issue.  Not surprisingly, Mr. Trump decided it is best to repeal now and replace later because that always works so well… O wait.

Given how busy congress is at the start of their new session, I sent along a few pointers today…


Five Words for Today…

Fifty one inches of Rain.

So our Intrepid Twitter in Chief took a fly-over to visit Texas in the wake of Hurricane Harvey.  Said Hurricane made landfall not that long after the Compassionate Commander in Chief made America great again by stripping federal protections against flooding in major cities.  The irony would burn if it was not for the tens of thousands flooded out of their homes and the number of lives lost.  (Spoiler alert:  Any number greater than 0 is too many.)

In ten minutes of remarks, Mr. Trump praised himself 11 times, and went on about the Crowd size.  What is really compensating for here?  These are people in need, not campaign contributions to rack up.

I sent my Congressional Delegation a note on the subject of climate change and the fact that Harvey just dumped 1.4 trillion gallons of scientific evidence of that fact on Texas.


Friday was Trash Day at the White House

Trash Day at the White House is a sleepy Friday, where late in the day controversial stories are released.  After all, who is glued to CNN on a Saturday?  OK, so these guys forgot about Social Media and web alerts, but, well, I am not claiming they have both oars in the water.

The White House got really lucky last night as there was a Hurricane keeping everyone busy. (Everyone at CleanUpOnAisleFour is praying for the safety and recovery of all persons and furry friends impacted by Hurricane harvey).

I decided it might have snuck past my members of Congress that all this was happening, so I helped them out with a quick note.  Here is the one I sent to Todd Rokita: