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Sunday, April 24, 2016
ISSUE #866
Clinton vs. Trump would alter high fashion

The New York primaries pretty much propelled Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton into an insurmountable lead. Polls say that in the November election, Clinton will win easily. Already, fashion designers in New York and Paris are preparing for the hot, new must-have styles for 2017: pant suits.

Sen. Sanders has not given up. He wants to ban coal mining, fracking and nuclear energy. Since coal, natural gas, oil and nuclear provide almost 90% of our electricity, he may as well say he wants us to spend our evenings listening to a battery-powered radio in the dark. Of course, he would arrange for free batteries to arrive weekly, courtesy of Wall Street bankers.

In their recent Democrat debate, Secretary Clinton said she would sign a minimum wage law of $15 per hour if Congress passed it. Sen. Sanders objected that $15/hr was his idea, and she campaigned on only $12/hr. While they were arguing over who first favored $15/hr., I wanted the moderator to ask two follow-up questions: Would you also sign a law for a minimum of $18 per hour? And what would you do with all the unemployed young people who aren’t worth $15 or $18 per hour, including a slew of college graduates?

In California, the Legislature and Gov. Brown did raise the minimum wage to $15/hr, saying, “It may not make sense economically, but it’s part of living in a world community.” Well, in the “world community,” 99% can only dream of earning $15/hr.

Historic quotes by Will Rogers:

“These big politicians are so serious about themselves and their parties. 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. If by some divine act of Providence we could get rid of both parties and hired some good men, like any other big business does, why we would be sitting pretty.”  DT #1948, November 1, 1932

(All my professional speaker friends and Toastmasters Club members will get a kick out a few excerpts of Will’s comments below on the 1924 Democratic convention.)

“I saw something yesterday that for stupidity, uselessness and childishness has anything I ever seen beaten. It was the Democratic Convention [Day 5].

Imagine, if you can, thousands of people gathered at 10:30 in the morning from all over our Union being forced to sit there to 6:00 in the evening and listen to the very same identical speech made over and over again by fifty different people… This has been going on for four days. Just think of taking up the valuable time of 12,000 people, day after day, with: ‘The man I am about to name, that matchless leader, the man who can carry us to victory in November, that son of Democracy, the only true successor to that great man, Woodrow Wilson’.  Where these delegations get these speakers from, Heaven only knows.  

Can you imagine a theater audience sitting there listening to the same old hokum over and over again? Why, they would get the hook on you so fast these delegates would be back home in three days… Practice some of your oratory on your own family and see how quick they will walk out on you… Now, I never propose a thing unless I have a solution to it. Make every speaker, as soon as he tells all he knows, sit down.  That will shorten your speeches so much you will be out by lunch time every day.

I did want to run for Vice President, but I have changed since yesterday. I want to go down and take my rope and when the speaker has said enough, rope him and drag him to his delegation. I will be a bigger help to my country in that way than any way I can think of.  Now, my readers, I hope you will pardon me for not being funny in this article. But I like these delegates, and I want to try and do them a service that they will thank me for as long as they live.” Convention article, June 28, 1924


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