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Monday, May 28, 2018 ISSUE #935

Democrats and Republicans agree. Really?

       Attention coffee drinkers. If you depend on Starbucks for your afternoon coffee, be warned that tomorrow afternoon (May 29) all Starbucks will be closed. Better get there early. Perhaps even more important, advance planning will be critical if you depend solely on Starbucks bathrooms.

        Congratulations to a fellow named Will for winning the Indy 500. And his last name is Power. Creative parents. Wonder if he has a brother named Hoss.

          Here’s an update on the “Food Stamp/Farm” bill. Democrats don’t like it. Republicans don’t like it.

          Democrats don’t like the idea that about 2 million of the current 40 million recipients of Food Stamps (aka SNAP) would be required to get a job or job training.  One prominent Senator said Democrats are "not going to live with this work requirement stuff."  Former Speaker Nancy Pelosi stated firmly that the proposed bill would “take food out of the mouths of babies.” Now, Republicans may not be the most compassionate people, but they have never been accused of forcing 2-year olds to get a job.

          Maybe the reason those 2 million able-bodied adults aren’t working is because they would have to pass a drug test.  

          Republicans are holding up the Farm Bill over “amnesty” legislation. They seem to want to give amnesty to millions of immigrants here illegally. The only connection between immigration and the Farm Bill should be a program that would allow about 500,000 farm workers to come here for the growing season then go back home. Most Americans support this idea, especially anyone who likes to eat fruit and vegetables and drink milk. But Republicans and Democrats who want amnesty for ten million don’t want this tiny, popular part of the immigration issue to be separated from a larger, unpopular bill.  

Are Democrats shooting themselves in the foot? They seem to support MS-13 gang members (animals, according to President Trump) and feel strongly that able-bodied people (with no young kids to care for) can lay around the house and collect free food provided by taxpayers who ARE working. Do you remember the California “surfer dude” from a couple of years ago on TV, living on the beach, playing musical gigs, and eating lobster bought with his SNAP card? And he was probably a frequent visitor to Starbucks.

Historic quotes by Will Rogers:

          “Another Decoration Day passed and Mr. Abraham Lincoln’s 300-word Gettysburg Address was not dethroned. I would try to imitate its brevity if nothing else.” DT #268, May 31, 1927

       “It's getting so if a man wants to stand well socially, he can't afford to be seen with either the Democrats or the Republicans.” The Illiterate Digest, 1923

       “You know the more you read and observe about this Politics thing, you got to admit that each party is worse than the other. My only solution would be to keep ‘em both out one term and hire my good friend Henry Ford to run the whole thing, and give him a commission on what he saves us." WA #3, December 31, 1922

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