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

Weekly Comments: Food Stamps growing; Farmers declining

Congress is debating a new 5-year Food Stamp Bill. The main argument between Republicans and Democrats is whether able-bodied men and women should be required to work (or get trained for work) if they want to keep receiving free food paid for by tax-paying Americans. Of course if they get a good job they probably won’t need food stamps.

The unemployment rate is below four percent, and businesses can’t find workers to fill open jobs. In many examples, half the people who apply for a job fail a drug test and won’t be hired. That makes sense; who wants to work next to a man or woman who is high on cocaine or meth?

But ironically, that same unemployable person (who somehow can afford to buy hard drugs) can get food stamps. No questions asked. Does anyone in Congress ask, “If you have to get off drugs to get a good job, why don’t you have to get off drugs to receive free food?” Wouldn’t you like to hear Nancy Pelosi and Mitch McConnell answer that question?

You may be wondering, “I never heard of a Food Stamp Bill. Is that a new idea?”  No, it’s always been called the “Farm Bill,” and still is. But in the last several years the portion of the bill for farmers has declined to the point where 80 percent is for Food Stamps. Yes, only 20 percent goes to support food producers. In twenty years the number of food stamp recipients has doubled.

Now don’t get me wrong. I’m all for helping out the 20 to 30 million who honestly need assistance, especially free lunches for hungry students.

But with all the money we’ve spent on education and training over the past fifty years, and with millions of jobs that go unfilled unless immigrants are allowed to fill them, why should taxpayers reward ones too lazy to work.

Historic quotes by Will Rogers:

“People are marvelous in their generosity if they just know the cause is there.” DT #1523, June 10, 1931

“Just read the farm relief bill. It’s just a political version of Einstein’s last theory. If a farmer could understand it, he certainly would know more than to farm. He would be a professor (at) Harvard. The farmers will die in the poorhouse before the guy that wrote it can even get the Senate to understand it.” DT #848, April 15, 1929 [it did not pass]

“I was there on the historic day when Congress actually passed the inflation bill tacked on to the farm bill. Never in the history of the world was such a gigantic piece of legislation ever passed.” WA #542, May 14, 1933 [the first farm bill signed into law]

Will Rogers Humor for the next White House Correspondents Dinner

I’ve read and listened to a lot of comments about the comedian’s performance Saturday night at the annual scholarship dinner put on by the news folks who cover the White House. Several thought she was funny and her commentary was appropriate for what they call a “New United States audience.”

Meanwhile, many in the “old” United States audience were disgusted and embarrassed by the crude language and many of her jokes, especially jabs aimed at other women.

So in the interest in salvaging the dignity (and fund-raising capacity) of this distinguished group of journalists, I offer “Will Rogers” as the after-dinner humorist for the 2019 banquet. Here are a whole bunch of quotes that should draw a few laughs and only a couple of groans:

“All I know is what I read in the newspaper.” [I would expand that to say, Plus radio and television. But I don’t claim to know anything seen on Facebook or Twitter. Most of what you see there ain’t worth knowing.”]

But really,  “We  learn by two things: one is reading, the other is associatin’ with smarter people.”   [So, take a minute to look at the two people sittin on either side of you.  If they look pretty smart… Congratulations.]

Actually ,“we’re all ignorant, we’re just ignorant on different subjects.”


“There’s nothing as stupid as an educated man if you get him off the subject he was educated in.”


You probably know  “I don’t write political jokes… No, I just watch the government and report the facts. I don’t even have to exaggerate.”

“There’s no trick to being a humorist when you have the whole government working for you.”

[Now I want to clear up one thing right off…] “I don’t belong to any organized political party…   I’m a Democrat.”

“But really, I don’t take sides with anybody politically. I kid those folks. But I know that they all get in there and do the best they can. None of ‘em from any party are going to ruin the country, at least not on purpose.”

“Democrats never agree on anything, that’s why they’re Democrats. If they agreed with each other, they’d be Republicans.”

Both gangs have been bad sports, so see if at least one can’t redeem themselves by offering no alibis, but cooperate with the winner in the next election. No matter which one it is the poor fellow is going to need it.

One of the evils of democracy is you have to put up with the man you elect whether you want him or not.”

“If you ever injected truth into politics you have no politics”

“The greatest traits of Democrats is optimism and humor.  You’ve got to be an optimist to be a Democrat, and you’ve got to be a humorist to stay one.”

“The Democrats and the Republicans are equally corrupt where money is concerned —  it’s only in the amount where the Republicans excel.”


“Politics has got so expensive that it takes lots of money to even get beat with nowadays.”

“Democrats are attacking and the Republicans are defending. All the Democrats have to do is promise “what they would do if they got in.” But the Republicans have to promise “what they would do” and then explain why they haven’t already “done it.”

“Democrats never agree on anything, that’s why they’re Democrats.  If they agreed with each other, they would be Republicans.”


“I read where they are going to limit debate in the Senate.  It used to be that a man could talk all day, but now, as soon as he tells all he knows, he has to sit down.  Most of these birds will just get up and nod.  Why, some of them won’t be able to answer roll call.”

“We all joke about Congress but we can’t improve on them.  Have you noticed that no matter who we elect, he is just as bad as the one he replaces? But they’re all good folks at heart—and if they wasn’t in Congress, why, they would be doing something else against us that might be even worse.”


Compared to Congress…”The thing about my jokes is they don’t hurt anybody. You can say they’re funny, or they’re horrible, or they’re good, whatever, but they don’t do any harm.

But with Congress every time they make a joke it’s a law… and every time they make a law, it’s a joke.”


“There is one thing you can bet on this year. No voter is going to do anything that a politician thinks he will do. The way most people feel, they would like to vote against all of ‘em, if it was possible.”



“I do honestly believe the Republicans have reformed and want to do better. But whether they have done it in time to win the election is another thing. The old voter is getting so he wants to be saved before October every election year.”

“This country has gotten where it is in spite of politics, not by the aid of it. That we have carried as much political bunk as we have and still survived shows we are a super nation.”

“I would love to see Mr. (Henry) Ford in there, really. I don’t know who started the idea that a President must be a Politician instead of a Business man. A Politician can’t run any other kind of business. So there is no reason why he can run the U.S. That’s the biggest single business in the World.”

“I make a living off (politicians), so I can’t knock ’em. Every time we elect some fellow we think he’s terrible and then when we get another one in he’s worse.”

“When you straddle a thing it takes a long time to explain it.”

“America has the best politicians money can buy.”

“Calvin Coolidge made less speeches and got more votes than any man that ever run. (William Jennings) Bryan was listened to and cheered by more people than any single human in politics, and he lost. So there is a doubt just whether talking does you good or harm.”

“Congress is so strange; a man gets up to speak and says nothing, nobody listens, and then everybody disagrees.”

“Congress meets tomorrow morning. Let us all pray: Oh Lord, give us strength to bear that which is about to be inflicted upon us. Be merciful with them, oh Lord, for they know not what they’re doing. Amen.”

“Now these fellows in Washington wouldn’t be so serious and particular if they only had to vote on what they thought was good for the majority of the people in the U.S. That would be a cinch. But what makes it hard for them is every time a bill comes up they have things to decide that have nothing to do with the merit of the bill. The principal thing is of course: What will this do for me personally back home?”

“The “Ways & Means Committee” is a committee that’s supposed to find the Ways to divide up the Means.”

“Never blame a legislative body for not doing something. When they do nothing, they don’t hurt anybody. When they do something is when they become dangerous.”

“The Senate just sits and waits till they find out what the president wants, so they know how to vote against him.”

“In Washington, one man could do what ten of them do. There could be only a quarter or a third as many congressmen or senators, and we would pick better ones then. But it’s the system that we have always used, and there is no use getting all overcome with perspiration over it. Things kinder run themselves, anyhow.”

“Senators are a never-ending source of amusement, amazement, and discouragement.”

“Funny thing about being a U.S. senator, the only thing the law says you have to be is 30 years old. Not another single requirement. They just figure that a man that old got nobody to blame but himself if he gets caught in there.”

“Our president delivered his State of the Union message to Congress. That is one of the things his contract calls for — to tell congress the condition of the country. This message, as I say, is to Congress. The rest of the people know the condition of the country, for they live in it, but Congress has no idea what is going on in America, so the president has to tell ’em.”

“A president just can’t make much showing against congress. They lay awake nights, thinking up things to be against the president on.”

“You know Lincoln’s famous remark about “God must have loved the common people, because he made so many of them?” Well, you are not going to get people’s votes nowadays by calling ’em common. Lincoln might have said it, but I bet it was not until after he was elected.”

“There wasn’t any Republicans in Washington’s day. No Republicans, no Boll Weevil, no income tax, no cover charge, no disarmament conference, no luncheon clubs, no stop lights, no (radio), no head winds. My Lord, living in those days, who wouldn’t be great?”

“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.”

“There is something about a Republican that you can only stand him just so long; and on the other hand, there is something about a Democrat that you can’t stand him quite that long.”

“Everything is changing. People are taking their comedians seriously, and the politicians as a joke, when it used to be vice versa.”

“Many a politician wishes there was a law to burn old records.”

“Politics is the best show in America. I love animals and I love politicians, and I like to watch both of ’em at play, either back home in their native state, or after they’ve been captured and sent to a zoo, or to Washington.”

“A Republican moves slowly. They are what we call conservatives. A conservative is a man who has plenty of money and doesn’t see any reason why he shouldn’t always have plenty of money. A Democrat is a fellow who never had any, but doesn’t see any reason why he shouldn’t have some.”

“Funny to watch these Senators switching back and forth on Prohibition (and other major issues). Politics is a great character builder. You have to take a poll to see what your convictions are for that day.”