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Friday, July 22, 2016

Question for the Republican Party

How on Earth do you have a presidential candidate, on the last night of your big, once every four years political convention, go on for over an hour, promising the sun and the moon and the stars and balanced budgets and a wall between us and Mexico and equality to the LGBTQ community (who saw that coming?) and who knows what else and then, at the very end, once he's finally, finally finished, how is it you play "Can't Always Get What You Want" by the Rolling Stones?

How do you do that?

Was that code for "Suckers! You're no way getting all I just promised you!"?

What the heck was that?

It's not even the first time this was a thing for The Donald.

'You can't always get what you want,' 

Stones tell Trump

It must be his way of telling the Stones, "up yours."


That or he just told the American public that all he just promised was nonsense.

Not that that wouldn't make some twisted, Trump-sense.

Thursday, July 21, 2016

This Convention Compared to the Next

US President Barack Obama smiles as he arrives to address the final night of the Democratic National Convention at the Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte, North Carolina, USA, 06 September 2012. Obama accepted the nomination to run for a second term at the convention.  EPA/TANNEN MAURY

Think about next week. Think about the Democratic National Convention, just days away from now.

What a contrast.

No hating.

No calling for the opposing candidate to be hung.

No calling for the other candidate to be executed.

Far less fear, if any at all.

People of color, minorities, far as the eye can see.

The convention hall is full to capacity.

There's excitement and happy anxiousness for it all to begin and take place. 

And jokes. There will be humor mixed in, like there hasn't been at all, this week, from Cleveland.

At least one former President will be on hand to see and be seen and speak because Democrats aren't embarrassed by, nor need to be of their former Presidents.

And the sitting President gets to come out and speak and so many are looking forward to it.

And why shouldn't they? Why shouldn't we?

More people in our nation have health insurance than ever have before.

We got out of Iraq. (Well, mostly).

We've cut the deficit. Yes. Really.

Deficit shrinks by $1 trillion in Obama era

We've added more jobs, millions more jobs, since the horrible 2008 election and economic nightmare, with 248,000 added just last month.

Not one true scandal out of this White House and/or administration in these 7 years. That's pretty huge.

In fact, there's plenty for Americans to be both happy and proud of.

So yeah, bring on this Democratic National Convention.  Let's put things back in perspective.

Let's let the adults take back over the narrative.

Republicans Have Gotten Out-and-Out Scary

fear mongering Republican presidential candidates Ben Carson, Do

The Republicans need to lose and lose big this Fall, in the elections, so they hopefully learn lessons and then "come down off the ledge", so to speak, and rejoin the rest of sane, mature, intelligent, educated, far less-emotional America.

It's not about their political party being wrong and ours being right, either.

This is about their calling for the opposing candidate to be killed, etc., etc. They've gone off a very dangerous and deep end.

This, I think, is what we get for ugly, emotional, out of control hate and rhetoric from Right Wing radio and TV. It's what comes from having killed the "Fairness Doctrine" in our media, years ago.

"Tom Tomorrow", as usual, has these people, and their convention, down. You should see all three of these.

This Modern Convention: Day One

And while Mr. Tomorrow is satire, there are extremely accurate, legitimate and even true descriptions of what has happened, what has actually taken place at this nearly insane and certainly irresponsible political  convention.

Happy Birthday, Roy Inman!

Yes, indeed, wishing a very happy, happy birthday to Kansas City's own professional photographer and area history recorder, Roy Inman.

Roy Inman

Roy Inman Photographs | Facebook

No one has documented this city or area or region and people any more or better than you, sir. Thank you and kudos to you for your work, all these years. Terrific stuff.

For, I believe, all his working life, Roy has been photographing and documenting Kansas City, the metropolitan area and region, at least. Some of the best photos of and in the area were captured by him. It was only last Fall, Roy got on top of Union Station, for just a moment, just a shot and got what I believe most everyone in the area thinks is the best photo of the celebration there for our world champion Kansas City Royals. (Go to his Facebook page to see it, at least. It's also available for sale).

If you follow him on Facebook, you will frequently get some terrific Kansas City and local history as well as information on past trains and planes from the nation and world. It's interesting and fun, frequently.

So, again, happy birthday, Roy Inman and thank you for all the years you captured us and our city. We appreciate all you've done and all you've captured for us.

As an extra, added bonus this year, I know you are aware the President and Royals are giving you an extra special gift, too.

Champion Kansas City Royals to visit 

White House July 21


Some Relevant Missouri History

I saw this today from the New York Times. Given the presidential election currently proceeding, it's interesting to see how we've developed and changed--at least somewhat--and where our past leaders and current policies came from.

Harry S. Truman

Choosing a vice-presidential nominee has never been easy, but once upon a time the candidate at the top of the ticket didn’t have to sweat it, as it wasn’t his decision.

In the latter half of the 1800s, the power to pick a running mate often belonged to the party bosses who ran the local political machines. They helped determine turnout, which helped decide elections. Their strategy centered on geographic balance.

One of the their last great convention victories came on this day in 1944, when they replaced on the ticket President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s vice president, Henry A. Wallace, with Harry S. Truman, a Missouri senator.

Truman wasn’t the top choice of likely Democratic voters. A Gallup poll that July found that 65 percent preferred Wallace, and Truman came in eighth place, with just 2 percent.

Roosevelt didn’t want him either. The three-term president said that if he were a delegate, he would back Wallace, whom conservative party bosses opposed. Roosevelt’s wishes were ignored, and when a delegate tried to enter the vice president’s name for the nomination, the day’s proceedings were quickly adjourned.

The decision was momentous, as Roosevelt died less than three months into his fourth term and Truman ascended to the presidency. Today, it’s customary for a convention to honor the presidential nominee’s choice for vice president.

One More Dangerous Right Winger Running For Office

I just saw this ad, last evening, on television, for one Republican Will Kraus running, as I'm told, for Secretary of State.

And he is, once again, dangerous as so many Right Wingers and Republicans are.

And here's why.

First, he begins by injecting (infecting?) religion into what is a race for a government position by saying he's "Sustained by faith in Christ..."

Could we have at least a LITTLE separation of Church and State?  Please?

Next, he comes out to support the Republicans' voter ID laws and we know what those are.

Proposed voter ID law is both 

unnecessary and expensive

He follows that up by saying he will "... report Liberal schemes to cheat at the ballot box", all the while showing a sign for the Acorn group.

Investigations and facts from these have since shown that the group that tried to "expose" the Acorn group lied and that Acorn was doing good and important work.

Voter ID laws are famously, provenly expensive for governments, wasteful, unnecessary and discriminate against minorities, most notably Blacks and Hispanics but also the poor and elderly. Voter ID laws are created to take away the votes, disenfranchise Americans. Voter ID laws are decidedly un-American.

Finally, he ends this ad with the claim that he will "...protect the voting rights of our troops fighting abroad..."

Since when was that an issue? For whom is that a problem? Who is attacking American soldiers' voting rights?  Who's doing that?  No one I know. Not one person, not one group. I don't know where this is coming from.

It needs to be said. It needs to be clear. This guy, given this ad, is just either empty or out and out dangerous. Disenfranchising Americans, for one, to begin, is just un-American. 

He's dangerous the way Catherine Hanaway is dangerous and the word needs to get out.

Who knows what else he's for but just this one, brief ad shows he's dangerous and should be avoided at all cost.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Donald Trump: What This Really Is

Donald Trump's Republican National Convention, Night II

New York supporters eager to represent Trump at convention

Every time a candidate for national political office promises he's going to rebuild our military, as Trump just did, I want to scream.

Suddenly, according to Mitch McConnell, they're "Clinton Democrats."

I love this.

Every time Mitch McConnell comes out to speak--twice tonight--he's booed.

I love 'em.

Republican, just now, on Hillary Clinton, says she would be a continuation of the status quo.


The first woman president. Ever. In the history of our nation.

Got it.

Now Chris Christy tells us Hillary is for Syrians, not Americans, not America.


That convention hall isn't full.

Nowhere near it.

Compare, in a week, to the Democratic convention.

Trump's oldest son has made fun of Harvard and Wharton schools and students and "fancy colleges" just now.

And not just once but twice.

"Everyone can prosper, together."

--Donald Trump's oldest son, tonight at the RNC Convention.

They just need to be given a million dollars to start their career like his father.

Donald Trump's oldest son says his father wants us to have the same opportunities his own children had.

I'm hoping he has all our mailing addresses to send the checks.

What you don't know about this Republican National Convention tonight if you've only watched TV, possibly, is that there were fights in the hall, among the Republicans, by different people, fighting for their states' votes, protesting the results of the vote and how their states votes were recorded.

Donald Trump's oldest son, Donald Trump, Jr., says a President Trump (shudder) will see to it all advance, not just the "crony elites at the top of the heap."


Really. He has to stop. He's killing me.

That this evening's theme for the Republican National Convention is "Make America Work Again" is, once again, rich.

It's been the Republicans in the House of Representatives and Senate, in Washington, that have, since 2008, since President Obama was first elected, that have blocked an jobs and/or infrastructure bills for the nation. Americans need the jobs, our infrastructure, heaven knows, needs the updating and improvements and the economy, then to now has needed the boost.

But not one, not one jobs bill from this Republican Congress.

Finally, at long last, someone on TV news mentions that the convention is grossly under-attended and the convention center largely under-filled.

And the ones that are there are in deep disarray.

People are being shot and killed in our city, our cities, our state, our region and the nation in small and large numbers, daily yet we still have candidates of all stripes, saying they're fighting for "gun rights."


How many more gun rights do we need?

Isn't it clear it's "gun rights" that are getting all these people killed?

And they don't see this?

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Notes and Observations of a Republican National Convention, Night One

Monday, Night 1

So, what was that entrance, Donald Trump?

According to one of the panelists just now on PBS, Melania Trump doesn't want Donald to be president, either.

Suddenly I like her.

Good God. Tom Cotton.

If there's a bigger, more empty demagogue, I don't know them.

Tom Cotton, a nearly bleached white boy from Arkansas, saying we're all born equal.

If he were any less informed someone would have to tell him how to breathe.

"No enemy the American military can't defeat....."

Well, except Vietnam.

And Iraq.

And Afghanistan.

For the Republicans, at this political party convention of theirs, to bemoan the shootings in our nation of late when they and their blinding support of guns and the NRA and their constant blocking of required background checks for mental stability and criminal history all got us to where we are is nearly maddening.

Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions, bitching about not enough jobs in America. Not one Republican in Congress all the way back to 2008, ever wrote, proposed or tried to pass a jobs/infrastructure bill for those jobs, improved infrastructure and a rejuvenated economy.

Then he goes on to say "Donald Trump will kill Obama trade."


He wants more jobs but then he wants to kill "Obama trade"?

What the hell is Obama trade?

What is that old fool rambling about?

"Thank you to the Cleveland Police Department for protecting us!"

---Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani

But we are not honoring your request to deny open carry of weapons at our convention!

How rich is that, for Republicans, now, to claim Hillary is a liar?

Compared to Donald Trump?

"Donald Trump loves all people!"

--Rudy Giuliani

Yeah, just not Muslims. Or Mexicans. Or gays. Or women. Or the poor. Or the disabled or physically-challenged.

If the Republicans didn't want the power and the White House back again, they would be embarrassed. Embarrassed by this candidate Donald Trump. And they would know they should be.

I hope the Democratic Party doesn't miss out on the opportunity to hear from an underwear model and their opinion on this campaign for the leader of the nation for at least the next 4 years.

Stephen Colbert is savaging The Donald on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert just now. It's pretty wonderful.

The Republican National Convention, 2016.

The gift that keeps on giving.

Monday, July 18, 2016

Harvard Study On Guns, Summary


6. A summary of the evidence on guns and violent death

This book chapter summarizes the scientific literature on the relationship between gun prevalence (levels of household gun ownership) and suicide, homicide and unintentional firearm death and concludes that where there are higher levels of gun ownership, there are more gun suicides and more total suicides, more gun homicides and more total homicides, and more accidental gun deaths. (bolding and italics added for emphasis).

This is the first chapter in the book and provides and up-to-date and readable summary of the literature on the relationship between guns and death. It also adds to the literature by using the National Violent Death Reporting System data to show where (home or away) the shootings occurred. Suicides for all age groups and homicides for children and aging adults most often occurred in their own home.

Miller M, Azrael D, Hemenway D. Firearms and violence death in the United States. In: Webster DW, Vernick JS, eds. Reducing Gun Violence in America. Baltimore MD: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2013.

Harvard Study On Guns V


5. More guns = more homicides of police

This article examines homicide rates of Law Enforcement Officers (LEOs) from 1996 to 2010. Differences in rates of homicides of LEOs across states are best explained not by differences in crime, but by differences in household gun ownership. In high gun states, LEOs are 3 times more likely to be murdered than LEOs working in low-gun states.

This article was cited by President Obama in a speech to a police association. This article will hopefully bring police further into the camp of those pushing for sensible gun laws.

Swedler DI, Simmons MM, Dominici F, Hemenway D. Firearm prevalence and homicides of law enforcement officers in the United States. American Journal of Public Health. 2015; 105:2042-48.


Harvard Study On Guns IV


4. Across states, more guns = more homicide (2)

Using survey data on rates of household gun ownership, we examined the association between gun availability and homicide across states, 2001-2003. We found that states with higher levels of household gun ownership had higher rates of firearm homicide and overall homicide. This relationship held for both genders and all age groups, after accounting for rates of aggravated assault, robbery, unemployment, urbanization, alcohol consumption, and resource deprivation (e.g., poverty). There was no association between gun prevalence and non-firearm homicide.

Miller, Matthew; Azrael, Deborah; Hemenway, David. State-level homicide victimization rates in the U.S. in relation to survey measures of household firearm ownership, 2001-2003. Social Science and Medicine. 2007; 64:656-64.

Harvard Study On Guns III


3. Across states, more guns = more homicide

Using a validated proxy for firearm ownership, we analyzed the relationship between firearm availability and homicide across 50 states over a ten-year period (1988-1997).

After controlling for poverty and urbanization, for every age group, people in states with many guns have elevated rates of homicide, particularly firearm homicide.

Miller, Matthew; Azrael, Deborah; Hemenway, David.
Household firearm ownership levels and homicide rates across U.S. regions and states, 1988-1997. American Journal of Public Health. 2002; 92:1988-1993

Harvard Study On Guns II


2. Across high-income nations, more guns = more homicide

We analyzed the relationship between homicide and gun availability using data from 26 developed countries from the early 1990s. We found that across developed countries, where guns are more available, there are more homicides. These results often hold even when the United States is excluded.

Hemenway, David; Miller, Matthew. Firearm availability and homicide rates across 26 high income countries. Journal of Trauma. 2000; 49:985-88.

Harvard Study On Guns I


1. Where there are more guns there is more homicide (literature review)

Our review of the academic literature found that a broad array of evidence indicates that gun availability is a risk factor for homicide, both in the United States and across high-income countries. Case-control studies, ecological time-series and cross-sectional studies indicate that in homes, cities, states and regions in the U.S., where there are more guns, both men and women are at a higher risk for homicide, particularly firearm homicide.

Hepburn, Lisa; Hemenway, David. Firearm availability and homicide: A review of the literature. Aggression and Violent Behavior: A Review Journal. 2004; 9:417-40.

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Breaking: Baton Rouge Shooter From Kansas City

Here's some sick, unfortunate news on top of the ugliness and tragedy and stupidity of the shooting of the police officers in Baton Rouge today.

The shooter? Reported to be a Kansas City, Missouri resident.

Baton Rouge shooter was from Kansas City


Donald Trump: Truth Bender

Articles from across media in the last 24 hours.

I saw this one yesterday, with video, showing as much.

Tim Tebow Reveals Trump LIED About 

Him Speaking At GOP Convention

Then there's this one from the head of the IRS. I only saw it today but it's from last March.

IRS Chief: “Trump Is A Liar, 

We Audited Him

Finally, this one from today's New York Times

Anyone see a pattern here, folks?

And people think Hillary's a liar?

Additional link:

161 Silicon Valley Leaders Warn America


Artie Shaw, kids. He used to be big. Look him up. Google him.

Saturday, July 16, 2016

Entertainment Overnight -- Smooth

Reminds me a bit of Diane Krall. Smooth and wonderful.

Hope you're having a great weekend, y'all.

Kansas, You're Killing Us Here

So Kansans elected and then re-elected the Right Wing, Republican, uber-conservative, "trickle down economics" demagoguing numbskull that was and still is Sam Brownback as governor and we all know how that's gone.

Deficits, slashed school spending, robbing children of state funding for programs, lowered state debt rating, etc., etc.

It's not gone well, to say the least.

And with all that, it seemed they were learning, finally, at long last. Kansans had and have a large disapproval rating of Mr. Brownback, albeit far too late. So you'd think they'd be learning, right?

Well, turns out you'd be wrong. This broke in the last 24 hours.

PollTrump leads Clinton in Kansas

What the freak?

Are you kidding me?

Do you people not know Donald "Don't Bother Me With the Facts" Trump supports the same kind of slash-the-taxes-for-the-wealthy policies as your failed and failing governor? Do you not know that?

Do you learn nothing?

Not only that but The Donald is far more emotional and less educated in politics and government than the Guv'. This guy is and would be a walking nightmare.

But what the heck. It isn't like we don't have our own problems over here in Missouri. Eric Greitens, Catherine Hanaway and the entire Republican roster for our own governor being the source of many.

Link:  The Shameless Catherine Hanaway

Friday, July 15, 2016

More Noblesse Oblige Than Some Would Like

This past Wednesday evening, on PBS, they played the end of their series on the 9 months of pregnancy that creates a human.

This is the program overall:

9 Months That Made You

And it was this last part of the series I'm speaking of:

It was interesting, period, no surprise, being on PBS as it was, but one part, especially, struck me.

One part told of how, in Canada, there had been a huge ice storm that struck a city. A doctor used that event to study the effects of stress on pregnant women and their offspring. 

The results were fascinating.

The children born after this event were stunted mentally and even physically and by clear, even measurable  degrees. It seems the children were slower to gain speech as infants and not as developed in later years when it came to sports, etc.

It's pretty stunning what this means, at least in part.

While we're all human and lots of us put stress on ourselves and/or others, it shows that people with less means, the poor, are quite possibly if not likely to be exposed to this stress and so, hold them back again, mentally and physically. 

I've known people, even friends who made fun of people "inbreeding" and their conclusion that was why they were stupid or poor or both or whatever.

With this not completely surprising scientific revelation, it seems clear there's even more "nobless oblige" or responsibility of the moneyed or gifted people to help others than people might want to admit or recognize. That being "your brother's keeper" becomes even more real and actual.

So when people or, worse yet, whole political parties say or claim that people really can "pull themselves up by their own bootstraps" or that we're all equal so none deserve any more help than another, not only are they not being very "Christian", it's also patently untrue, as this science shows.

We have more obligation than ever to be "our brother's keeper" on this planet, in this life, in spite of widely held beliefs otherwise.

Jesus was right.

Not Right Wing but right.

Who'da' thunk it?


The US Congress: Best Job in the Nation

US Congress rejects amendments to cut funds for Pakistan

Yes, I have to say, being a member of our own US Congress has GOT to be the cushiest, most over-paid, vacation- and benefits-laden job in the nation, at least, if not the world.

I've been thinking this week about Congress since they are, yet again, about to go on "recess."

A seven week recess, no less.

What's a recess, you ask? We don't have those at my work.

Why, that's what you call vacation when you're otherwise too embarrassed to be going on yet another. And the great thing is, like your own pay raises, you give them to yourself!

Herewith is a list--partial, I'm sure--of just why being a Congressional representative, House or Senate, has got to be one of the best, if not the best job in the world.

As said above, you create and give yourself, both your own pay raises.

Congress Votes Itself a Pay Raise

Even if things are going badly for the nation, for your constituents, you can give yourself a pay raise. Hey, whatta' they gonna' do?

You create and give yourself your own vacations, as mentioned above.

Worst Congress Ever: House Republicans Refuse To Vote But Give Themselves More Vacation Days

How many days vacation this year, 2016, you ask?

Congress: No Paid Leave For You255 Paid Days Off For Us

To put all those vacation days in perspective:

Here's How Much Less Congress Works 

Than You

Name recognition gets you re-elected, usually for as long as you want the job. And why wouldn't you?

People hate Congress. But most 

incumbents get re-elected

If you're already in Congress, it's easier, far easier, to get campaign contributions.

91% of the time the better-financed 

candidate wins

You have a FANTASTIC pension plan. And again, you created it yourself and gave it to yourself.

How Your Retirement Package Compares 

to Members of Congress

You have a great paycheck, of course.

Congressman's Lament: $174,000 Isn't Enough To Make Ends Meet

You have an expense account. And like your vacations that have another name, you call it something else.


Insider trading is 100% legal for members of Congress, and they refuse to pass a law that would change that. Naturally.

Congress Quickly And Quietly Rolls Back Insider Trading for itself

At this point, more than half of those “serving the American people” in Congress are millionaires.

Get elected to Congress and get rich: study

In 2010, the federal government spent $33,387 on the hair care needs of U.S. Senators.

In 2010, U.S. Senators pulled $72,370 out of the “Senate Restaurant Fund”.

In 2010, U.S. Senators took $166,673 out of something called the “Senate Gift Shop Revolving Fund”.

Basically, let's face it, you're above the law.

Finally, amazingly, really, for all the pay and recognition and benefits, you don't really even have to do your job.

Congress is a dysfunctional messHere’s why you should want to work there anyway

Our US Congress.

What's not to love?

Thursday, July 14, 2016

On the Republican Candidate

Historian David McCullough on the possible Donald Trump presidency.

Republican Senator Roy Blunt, Then and Now

In November, 2006, The New York Times ran an article about the Republican Party and our very own representative Roy Blunt and what he means and represents in Washington, DC and this country. I ran a post on it then, all those years ago. It's still true, very true, right up to today.

 Some excerpts from that article on this man, what he is, what he does and how he represents us and more to the point, just who he actually represents:

Roy Blunt embodies the insidious, half-legal corruption that has permeated the G.O.P. majority since 1995. Blunt’s election as minority whip, by a 137-to-57 margin, was a defiant Republican rejection of calls to clean up their act. Warnings by Blunt’s challenger, John Shadegg of Arizona — “We ceded our reform-minded principles in exchange for a ...tighter grip on power” — went unheeded.

  In 2004, Blunt turned his lobbyist team loose to win passage of a bill eliminating a $50 billion corporate tax break that the World Trade Organization had ruled in violation of international agreements. These lobbyists inserted $143 billion worth of new corporate tax breaks, turning the bill into a Fortune 500 Christmas tree. bland, unctuous and adept at keeping a low profile. But there is plenty to see. After divorcing his wife of 35 years to marry a tobacco lobbyist, Abigail Perlman, he cleared his second marriage with the House Ethics Committee to get “a waiver of the limitations of the gift rule to allow me to accept gifts in connection with my wedding.” 

 Blunt unblushingly told the Heritage Foundation this month that Republicans “have allowed our efforts to defend traditional values to be defined as little more than a politically driven effort to appease ‘family groups.’ ” 

 For Blunt, the blurring of boundaries is a family tradition. His son Matt is the governor of Missouri. Another son, Andrew, is one of the state’s top lobbyists. Almost all Altria subsidiaries — Kraft, Miller Brewing, Philip Morris (remember Abigail Perlman) — hired Andy Blunt, along with other financial backers of Roy Blunt. (Bold font added for emphasis).

 In Blunt, House Republicans have kept on display a top official reminding voters why they cast ballots for Democrats on Nov. 7. After winning the post of minority whip last week, Blunt declared that the Republicans had “come together ... frankly, to get rid of the bad habits that we may have developed in 12 years in the majority.” This is precisely the opposite of what they actually did, which was to affirm their bad habits. The burden on the Democrats will be to make the elusive Blunt a nationally recognized figure.

 All reasons why we need to get Roy Blunt out of our government and with all due, deliberate haste.

 Link to original post:  Same Old Party

Congress Actually Does Something

I see that, today, from an post on Senator Roy Blunt's Facebook page, he's congratulating himself and our other Senator Claire McCaskill, for getting something done in Congress this week.

Blunt-McCaskill Bill to Make SteGenevieve a National Park

Great. Another National Park. In an election year. A National Park that, next year, when the election is over, Republicans won't fund. 

Meanwhile, the Senators and all of Congress are about to go on a 7 week "recess." 

Read: vacation.

But have they worked on the national budget we need?

I doubt it.

And one thing they absolutely HAVE NOT worked on, nor will, is an infrastructure/ jobs bill for the nation.

Sure, our nation's infrastructure--our roads, bridges and highways, at minimum--have been underfunded and neglected and ignored now for some years and they all need repairing and improving and updating but are the Republicans in Congress going to give America and Americans an infrastructure/jobs bill?

Oh, heck no.

Forget that we need all those repairs and updates. Forget that I-70 is an unrepaired, far-too-narrow dangerous threat of a main artery that cuts across our state. Forget that Americans need the jobs. Forget that the economy could use the boost. Forget that it would make Americans safer in our travel. Forget that it could make even business easier to make happen. Finally, forget that improved infrastructure actually makes the nation stronger, healthier while war spending, Defense spending is money down a rat hole that weakens us.

What's important is that the Republicans in Congress, in the Federal and state governments, too, across the nation, take care of themselves and their own offices and their own sources for campaign contributions first, and Americans and America, second, if even then.

It's Republican Party first, make no mistake.

I love how they call it "recess", too.  Note they don't call it vacation. Can you imagine if you had a job where you had multiple times off work, that you created yourself, and one of them was seven---count 'em, 7---weeks long?

We should be so lucky.

And we Americans tolerate this nonsense.