Columbus: Speaker Pelosi did not like the State of the Union as delivered by President Trump, so she ripped it. Literally ripped it. All 19 pages. She couldn’t tear it all at once, so she ripped it in thirds starting with where he talked about the economy. Then she ripped the middle third where he honored folks including a 100-year old Tuskegee Airman, a middle school student, the widow of a soldier killed by ISIS, the wife of a soldier deployed overseas (who surprised her by walking in), and Rush Limbaugh (who got widely ripped afterwards). Then to be sure everyone saw her, she ripped the last few pages and flung them on her desk.
The next day the Senate ripped up the two Articles of Impeachment. Out of 100 Senators only Senator Romney of Utah did not vote with his Party. Chuck Schumer needed 67 votes to convict Trump, but could only round up 49. At least he kept all 48 Democrats in his corral. Many of those Democrats who were ripping Romney in 2012 are praising him today.
Trump signed the new trade agreement with Canada and Mexico which ripped up the old NAFTA.
In the Super Bowl on Sunday the half time show got ripped. Several football fans thought the pole dancing would be more appropriate in a strip club and was a big setback for women. On the other hand people loved all the fancy dancing and were impressed by the pole climbing talent of a 50-year old mother, Jennifer Lopez. Oh, for the viewers who hung around until the fourth quarter, the Kansas City Chiefs ripped the San Francisco 49ers, coming from 10 points down, scoring 21 to win 31-20.
Iowa Democratic leaders got ripped because 1600 precincts could not count votes and get the results to Des Moines. I thought about joking the delay was because they were transporting them by Pony Express; then realized that would be an insult to the Pony Express. As it turned out, Pete B. and Bernie S. were pretty much tied. Out of the 1990 convention delegates needed to win the nomination, Iowa gave the Mayor 16 and Sen. Sanders 14.
President Trump will present the Budget to Congress tomorrow. That’s gonna rip a bigger hole in the national debt. We had a Trillion dollar deficit last year and everybody blamed the tax cuts. But, amazingly, they collected just as much dough after cutting the rates as they did before. So maybe the problem is they spent too much. Yes, they will eventually agree on spending far more than we take in, but they will have a roaring good time spending it before the election.
The Oscars just ended (11:35 pm). The “best actor” ripped into dairy farmers for using AI instead of bulls. He wants calves to consume all the milk from cows instead of humans using it. He wants us to eat dry cereal dry and, like Starbucks, add only nut juice to our coffee.
Historic quotes by Will Rogers:
“Did you ever hear of as crazy a law as Kentucky [Iowa??] has? They make ’em wait TWENTY-FOUR HOURS before counting the votes. That’s to give the counters a chance to think it over and be honest. Twenty-four hours is supposed to make you honest in Kentucky… Then they wonder why we don’t take our lawmakers serious.” DT #1339, Nov. 7, 1930
“I’m not a member of any organized political party… I’m a Democrat.” (paraphrased)
“The Budget is a mythical bean bag. Congress votes mythical beans into it and then tries to reach in a pull real beans out.” DT #2047, Feb. 24, 1935