Tidbits From A Snarky Mind

As I said in yesterday’s Snarky Snippets post, it is getting easier to find positive things to snark about, but today I’ve got a bit of snark rolling out of my ears in the form of steam, so … I shall share it all with you!

Has Grassley’s time come?

Grassley-1Senator Chuck Grassley from Iowa is still debating whether to run again in 2022 for another 6-year term.  Grassley is 87 years old and has been in the U.S. Senate for 41 years.  He is currently serving his 7th term.  While he may not have made up his mind, it seems that the people of Iowa have decided it’s time for him to retire.

According to the latest Des Moines Register poll, 55% of Iowans want Grassley to end his political career next year as compared to just 28% who said they would like to see him run for another term. More than one-third of Iowa republicans say the time has come for him to retire.  I would agree. He, like Mitch McConnell, is a poster boy for term limits.

At 87, he is the second-oldest member of the chamber — only California Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein is older — and if he did run and win an 8th term, Grassley would be 95 by the time it ended.  Grassley has consistently been popular among Iowans, and it is widely believed that he is the best bet for the Republican Party to hold on to that senate seat, but it seems the people aren’t too keen on voting for a man 89 years old, as he will be by election day.

If Grassley decides not to run, he will be the 6th Republican senator to decide not to seek re-election in 2022.  Let us hope there aren’t even worse ones waiting in the wings.

Lunacy in Ohio

I am sickened and disgusted that two Ohio state legislators, Jon Cross and Reggie Stoltzfus, have proposed legislation to make June 14th a state holiday in honour of the former guy.  To date there are 11 cosponsors for the bill.  People have lost their bloomin’ marbles!!!  If they succeed, I will do everything in my power to move myself and my family out of this state of numpties!  But wait … there’s more!

In North Eastern Ohio there is a park named Mosquito Lake State Park.  Another Ohio state representative, Mike Loychik, wants to rename the park after the former guy!  I swear I don’t know why I live in this state with this bunch of loons!

Filibuster mania

President Biden has been quiet on the subject of the filibuster, but yesterday during an interview with ABC News he opined …

“I don’t think that you have to eliminate the filibuster; you have to do it what it used to be when I first got to the Senate back in the old days. You had to stand up and command the floor, and you had to keep talking. It’s getting to the point where, you know, democracy is having a hard time functioning.”

And that is the truth, my friends.  For years now more bills have failed in the senate largely because of the filibuster than I can count.  There are some critical bills coming up in the Senate, covering voting rights, gun laws, police reform, etc.  To have them all fail simply because the Republicans in the Senate are determined to play games with our lives is unconscionable.  Mitch McConnell, however, is throwing threats around, should the rules for the filibuster be changed to make it more difficult to obstruct legislation.

“Everything that Democratic Senates did to Presidents Bush and Trump, everything the Republican Senate did to President Obama, would be child’s play compared to the disaster that Democrats would create for their own priorities if — if — they break the Senate. Let me say this very clearly for all 99 of my colleagues. Nobody serving in this chamber can even begin — can even begin — to imagine what a completely scorched earth Senate would look like — none. None of us have served one minute in a Senate that was completely drained of comity, and this is an institution that requires unanimous consent to turn the lights on before noon.”

As I said before, McConnell is a poster boy for why we need term limits … his power has gone straight to his head and he no longer believes that good governance is important or that he has a responsibility to the people of this nation!  Sadly, McConnell’s term doesn’t end until 2026, so there are only two ways he will be leaving the senate:  voluntary retirement or death.  He’s just stubborn enough to refuse to do either.

**Note to readers:  It is now 1:00 a.m., and I put this post on the schedule two hours ago.  Just this minute did I realize that … OH SHOOT … this is Wednesday … Good People Doing Good Things day!!!  My sincerest apologies … this is the result of a cluttered and aging mind.  Good People will be on Thursday morning this week … thank you for your understanding and patience!

25 thoughts on “Tidbits From A Snarky Mind

  1. Dianne Feinstein, Nancy Peloci, Mitch McConnel, Maxine Waters and all the rest of them who have served for more than 2 terms should all retire sans the volunteerism of it all, in other words, term limits.

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  2. A state holiday for DJT? 😉 This will not become an easy day for the police, and the other security related persons. I think such a day will become an official day for demonstrations!
    Why to be re-elected as a elder one? Here in Germany no one of the elder politicans (Note: Only the men!) are willing to leave, even they are over the age of 75. Michael

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    • Exactly! It would be like you guys having a national Adolf Hitler Day, honouring the former murdering dictator! I can only hope it doesn’t pass and never happens! I would think that the old guys 70+ years of age would like to have some time to do other things, but nope, that power seems to be addictive and they will hold onto it until their dying breath if they can.

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  3. Hello Jill. Too often now legislators are making their decisions and casting their votes on what is good for them personally rather than what is good for the country. As a group / profession they no longer feel the job is to serve the people but it is the golden lottery ticket to riches, fame, and wealth. Hugs

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    • That is so very true, my friend. Many of the people whose salaries we pay have forgotten their oaths, have forgotten to whom they owe their loyalty. Never was this more obvious than the last four years when they swore an oath of fealty to the former guy, leaving We the People out in the cold. Perhaps it’s time we had a good house-cleaning. Hugs

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  4. I think I disagreed with Grassley on just about every issue. But I respected him for standing on principles.

    Sorry to say, but those principles went missing during the past 4 years. Yes, it is well past time for him to retire.

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    • Yes, that is how I viewed him too, much as I viewed John McCain … I didn’t agree with him often, but I never doubted that he was a man of conscience, one who truly did have the interests of his people at heart. There aren’t many of those left.

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    • Roger, I read something that I wanted your opinion on. I read only The Guardian and Financial Times are reporting what disaster Brexit has been, with trade with the EU countries falling 41% since the first of the year. The article was in The Guardian, but it noted that main stream press has been pro-Brexit, so the the impact I just described has been masked. What is your reaction and thoughts for the future? Keith

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      • Hello Keith.
        I believe Brexit will be another step by the UK on the path to the decline all nations go through more then once in their histories.
        A substantial portion of the native white population still lives in the folk memories of Empire while being on the winning side in WWI & WWII, thus believing we can somehow rise to these heights again if we shed the weight of the EU.
        What they have failed to grasp was the Empire was already proving unmanageable and unaffordable by the mid-1930s. The two world wars masked that, while also draining the resources of the nation.
        As much as it pains any one with a heritage of lofty power and victory by the 1960s the UK had become diminished in world status.
        We are an island without its own mercantile fleet and a woefully small navy. We are a nation in which substantial portions of industry are owned by overseas companies. We seem to rely on the chimera of international financial dealings believing this has to take place in London, whereas in the computer age the axis of operations can be shifted.
        Now there is nothing new going on here in the dynamics of history. Nations, Empires etc rise and fall (Except for Russia- that rule doesn’t apply there due to a unique combination of area, fatalism and an almost mystic link to the Motherland).
        This is our turn. The wise move would be to have stayed in a tight group with other post imperialist, war denuded European nations (that would cover every state in the western half of Europe and should bring in the eastern ones as a balance against Russia’s natural inclination to have a large collection of buffers).
        Instead the romantics, the racists and those who mistake Unity for Enslavement spent most of the Thatcher years rewriting history and building up a folk myth.
        Thus we are a small, isolated island off of the west coast of mainland Europe, cut off from the ties which secured our independence from the usual predatory natures of global economics. We are now open to those very forces.
        The irony is, this was how in part we built our empire, picking off weakening, declining nations.
        Where we go from here is open to debate.
        If we do flourish it will be through the Grace of God and due to some global events which we not of our making but because some as yet unseen astute opportunists took advantage of.
        The response by the various regional administrations during Covid shows a potential for the whole UK to fracture into a very loose confederation in which parts might find ways to return to the EU.
        And to repeat there is the possibility of the UK becoming an economic subsidiary of other nations or combines and thus losing this ‘freedom’ Brexit was supposed to bring.
        As you will have observed in the USA, Denial however is a powerful force.

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  5. Jill, the senior Iowa senator needs to call it a day, not because of age. Every once in a while, he gives a glimmer of being a reasonable lawmaker, only to disappoint when votes are cast. We need him to be the statesmen his experience warrants, not someone like Cruz or Graham who fawn over the seditious former president because the fans want him to.


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    • You’re right … he isn’t the worst of the lot, but he’s been around too long. I don’t understand why these old geezers so stubbornly hang on. I would think they might like to retire and spend a couple of years enjoying life, travel, hike in the woods, play with the family dog, take up a hobby, write their memoirs … but no, they want to hang on to their ‘power’ until they take their last breath!


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