And budgets and the wealth gap and the environment and health care and education and … well many more. Can I substitute for Dean Borg one week? Please?
1) Let’s start with the budget. Once again we appear to be moving to war with no talk of how we will pay for the bombs and the planes and the soldiers so on and so forth. Yet that will not stop us from going to war. However, we have bridges about to fall down, schools that are unsafe, sewer and water lines bursting around the country that are not being addressed. Why do we always have money for war, but no money for infrastructure needs?
2) An add on to the previous question, how will you pay for the next war? Please be specific on added taxes or program cuts and who will be affected.
3) Around the country we have seen corporations create major public damage to common goods like waterways, aquifers, land, health and more yet they walk away from responsibility for those damages. Tell me what you will do to relieve taxpayers of the burden of corporate irresponsibility?
4) As a country we have spent trillions to secure oil from the middle east through wars and standing armies and aid. It looks as though we will be in the middle east as long as we need oil. What are your proposals to get off the oil addiction?
5) who are you largest donors? What will they get for their investment in you?
6) When we go into war, the lives and bodies of soldiers are broken. We have been greatly negligent in repairing those broken lives and bodies. Would you favor a tax to pay for soldier maintenance throughout their lives before we send them into war?
7) Should there be a tax or cost added to products to pay for their impact on the environment?
8) Why do companies get tax breaks when they move jobs and facilities out of the US? What will you do to bring these jobs and facilities back? How will your approach work.
9) There is a new awareness of battered women in this country. What have you done in the past to address this problem and what do you propose that the government can do?
10) Finally – It has been nearly 2 years since the Sandy Hook massacre. We are killing each other as if we are in an internal war. What proposals will you advance to end this slaughter and tell us why they will work?
I could go on and I bet you could also. I really want to hear questions that affect our daily lives and see if the politicians understand what their platitudes mean.
“I’ve got a thousand million questions
About hate and death and war.”
Hosts Karl and Linda Reichert began this tradition when their son Nate was running for the state House in 2004. Unfortunately, Nate did not survive the 2010 election, but the Reicherts continued their fundraiser for the local party.
This year’s headliners are Monica Vernon, Democratic candidate for Lieutenant Governor and Congressman Dave Loebsack from Iowa’s second district. Other local officeholders will also make an appearance. Donation levels from are suggested from $300 down to $25 are suggested. There is also a meal provided by A Guy and A Grill for a $10 donation.
The setting is bucolic and there will be lots of friendly Democrats around to trade stories with and some great candidates to listen to. If you are looking for a good time in a beautiful setting with some new and old friends next Saturday, come on down. And maybe you can persuade Karl to make you a root beer float!
From 9:30 until 12:30 today Free Speech TV (Dish channel 9415, Direct TV channel 348 or online at https://www.freespeech.org/) will be carrying live coverage of the People’s March For Climate Change. This will be a Democracy Now presentation. The major part of the march will be in New York City ahead of the UN Summit on Climate Tuesday.
2500 marches are taking part in the event across the world. Already today 30,000 people showed up in Melbourne Australia – a country where Prime Minister Tony Abbot has rolled back much of his predecessor’s climate actions.
As far as we know, no corporate broadcasting entity in the US will have any coverage.
Anglophiles everywhere can sleep better tonight. The rumored breakup with their rascally little partner, Scotland, did not come to pass. That doesn’t mean all is bliss. England made lots of promises to keep the marriage together. We will see how well those promises are kept in the near future. But for now we can visit their home without having to duck flying dishes and nasty name calling. Peace – isn’t it wonderful?
Were you paying attention last week?
1) President Obama committed troops and money to combat what potential major threat in Africa?
2) What independent senator made his very first appearance on Meet The Press, saying issues are pushing him to run for president?
3) Claiming he was “too busy” what official was able to get his scheduled deposition delayed until after the election?
4) A vintage Kent State sweatshirt with what looked like bullet holes and blood was marketed last week by what company?
5) What Chinese company attracted major publicity for its initial public offering Friday on the New York Stock Exchange?
6) Is this a sign that things are getting better? The number of gamblers in Iowa increased by what percent in 2013?
7) Let no man out asunder. England and Scotland are still together. When were they put together under one parliament?
8) Who was the leader of the of the “YES” position in the vote to split Scotland from England?
9) The No Child Left Behind law has listed more or less than half of Iowa’s schools in need of help?
10) September 24 1957. President Eisenhower sends federal troops to Arkansas for what purpose?
11) While many major corporations have threatened to uncouple from the NFL over the domestic abuse issue, what corporation has actually pulled its campaign against breast cancer from the NFL?
12) In the run up to the independence vote in Scotland, what major financial company threatened to move its headquarters out of Scotland?
13) What politician joined the Nuns on the Bus as they kicked off another national tour this time promoting voter registration?
14) In a horrific crime Thursday in Belle Florida, a man killed who?
15) In Florida, a bill that gives students “sole discretion in determining whether an inspirational message is to be delivered” at a student assembly has been embraced by what religious sect?
Well I guess I won’t have to get my kilts out and press them. Never did look good in them anyway.
2) Bernie Sanders
3) Gov. Branstad. – Hey,guv, we all get busy.
4) Urban Outfitters
5) Ali Baba – already worth more than Amazon
8) Alex Salmond
9) more than half – 54.4%
10) to desegregate Little Rock’s Central HS
12) RBS or Royal Bank of Scotland
13) VP Joe Biden
14) his daughter and his six grandchildren before killing himself
15) The Satanic Temple which in turn is rallying for Florida governor Rick Scott.
A story that sort of went under the radar at the end of last week was one about how once again our Governor stretches the limits of equal treatment under the law. Branstad is the defendant in a lawsuit concerning discrimination and illegal tactics in forcing an employee to resign. The plaintiff, Christopher Godfrey, had sought a deposition from Branstad during September or October.
But Branstad claimed he could not carve out a few hours until after the election. Seems to me if Branstad were an ordinary citizen like you and I then he would have been told “No you have to give this deposition.” But once more he pulls rank, claims he is too busy and mocks the justice system.
It is just one thing after another with this guy. He puts himself above the law time after time. Should we list a few? Let’s start with the hush money paid to employees that were let go under suspicious circumstances by the Branstad Administration. Then how about the illegal closing of the state home for juveniles in Toledo? Or maybe taking his governor’s pension while he is governor? We can go on with his ignoring traffic laws and the subsequent firing of a highly respected Highway patrol officer. Then there is the unilateral changing of the administrative law judge’s position to an at-will position.
Let us not forget his total disdain for people – how he line item vetoed a unanimous funding for food banks, how he fought like the devil to stop the Medicaid upgrade, how he continues to bust unions at every turn, or how he passes out our economic development money like its his pocket change. It is our money.
Just like it is our money that is defending Branstad in this lawsuit and will be our money in lawsuits that will no doubt be coming. Like so many Republican governors across the country – Christie, Perry, McDonnell etc. – Branstad just seems to set himself above the law.
It is way past time for Iowa to look forward once more. It is way past time to put someone in the governor’s mansion that will be looking out for the common Iowan, not his donors and rich buddies. Hopefully on Wednesday November 5th we can all look to Des Moines and wave a final farewell to Terry.
If I am not wrong I wrote last week’s quiz as if the last Harkin Steak Fry was last week. I am a total Bozo, but I am not telling you anything you already didn’t know. If you did go to the event last week you no doubt secured an excellent seat. Hopefully you get squatter’s rights for this week.
Thirty-seven years is a long time. I think phones were still connected to the wall 37 years ago. Thank you Senator and a long life to you. By the way, I certainly hope we don’t see you as a lobbyist for any corporation.
And now: the quiz!
1) In recent years Harkin has invited 3 folks who have made noises about running for the Democratic nomination in 2016 besides Hillary. Can you name them (hint: 2008,2011, 2012)
2) Which state has had its bond rating downgraded for the seventh time and second this year under their governor who wants to be president?
3) The eyes of the world will be on what want-to-be nation next week as it votes for its independence?
4) At a Board of Supervisor’s meeting in Maquoketa, a gunman died while apparently trying to kill what county official?
5) Experimental vaccines have kept a group of macaque monkeys free from what disease for 10 months?
6) Two Minnesota senators have addressed the crowd at the Harkin steak fries over the years. Can you name them?
7) Multitudes of female Ravens fans attended Thursday night’s game wearing the jersey of what Ravens player?
8) The National Organization for Women (NOW) called for the resignation of what business leader this week?
9) On Wednesday, President Obama announced what strategy for the Middle East?
10) The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that for the first time ever fewer than half of American adults were what?
11) DNA tests revealed Aaron Kosminski as one of history’s most sought after mystery men. Who was Aaron Kominsky revealed to be?
12) Yet another major retailer announced that its credit customers may have been compromised. What retailer announced it was hacked this time?
13) What major world economy contracted at an annual rate of 7.1% in the second (April – June) quarter?
14) The Apple watch was introduced this week. The screen of the Apple watch will be made of what ultra-hard substance?
15) The sheriff of Rock Island County, Illinois resigned this week when he pled guilty to official misconduct for what actions?
It was a busy week. Bet Senator Harkin won’t miss the foofahrah all that much.
1) 2008 – Brian Schweitzer, 2011 – Bernie Sanders and 2012 – Martin O’Malley
2) New Jersey
4) the county assessor – he had a tax complaint.
6) Paul Wellstone and Al Franken
7) the suspended for domestic violence Ray Rice
8) NFL commissioner Roger Goodell over his handling of the Rice affair.
9) air strikes on ISIL
10) married – maybe we need more marriage equality.
11) Jack the Ripper
12) Home Depot
14) sapphire glass
15) cyber stalking a woman.