The View from Mar-a-Lago, Load of Manure

It’s About Me: President Trump was up first thing this morning, thinking about health care. He tweeted, “Based on the fact that the very unfair and unpopular Individual Mandate has been terminated as part of our Tax Cut Bill, which essentially Repeals (over time) ObamaCare, the Democrats & Republicans will eventually come together and develop a great new HealthCare plan!”

Yesterday he was tweeting Christmas wishes and self-congratulations “I hope everyone is having a great Christmas, then tomorrow it’s back to work in order to Make America Great Again (which is happening faster than anyone anticipated)!”

Ouch: The Salt Lake Tribune has named Sen. Orin Hatch its Utahan of the year. With 42 years in office, Hatch is the longest serving Republican senator in US history.

The Tribune pointed out that it named Hatch not as an honor, but for the significance of his actions in the past year, listing the following.

  • Hatch’s part in the dramatic dismantling of the Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante national monuments.
  • His role as chairman of the Senate Finance Committee in passing a major overhaul of the nation’s tax code.
  • His utter lack of integrity that rises from his unquenchable thirst for power.

The editorial said, “It would be good for Utah if Hatch, having finally caught the Great White Whale of tax reform, were to call it a career. If he doesn’t, the voters should end it for him.”

Gift Receipt: Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin received an anonymous gift box at his Beverly Hills mansion the day before Christmas. The bomb squad was called and the neighborhood shut down for a while.

“To Stevie,” the sender wrote on an envelope. Inside was a note saying, “We’re returning the ‘gift’ of the Christmas tax bill. It’s bullshit.”  It was signed, “Warmest Wishes, The American People.”

The box was filled with manure.

Robby Strong, a psychologist for Los Angeles County, told a local radio station, “What I did, I would like to compare to what Jesus did when he went into the temple and overturned the tables of the money-changers, who were exploiting the people financially in the name of religion.”

While the neighborhood was in lockdown, the late Zsa Zsa Gabor’s husband told the LA Times, “We have $50 million homes and we can’t move.”

World Roundup: Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny will not be allowed to run for president next year because of a fraud conviction, the Russian government announced. The conviction is considered to have been a political frame-up. Although he’s assured of winning, Russian President Vladimir Putin likes to be sure the fix is in. Guatemala announced that it will follow the US lead and move its embassy in Israel to Jerusalem. North Korea has called the latest UN sanctions against the country “an act of war.”

The Obit Page: William Agee, the one-time CEO of the Bendix Corporation who became a household name in the 1970s for his then-scandalous romance with one of his executives, has died at age 79.

Agee was 38 when he took over Bendix. He was a casual-dressing, forward-looking manger with a new style of running a company. He hired bright young managers, one of whom was Mary Cunningham, who became vice president for strategic planning within 15 months.

Amid rumors that the two were having an affair, which both denied, Cunningham was forced to leave the company, putting a spotlight on the lesser power of women in corporate America. Both she and Agee later divorced their spouses and married.

If it happened today, Agee would be fired.

> Actress Heather Menzies-Urich, who played Louisa von Trapp in the 1965 film, “The Sound of Music,” has died at age 68. Her husband, actor Robert Urich, died in 2002.

Christmas in Florida: The Christmas dinner menu at Mar-a-Lago:

The Entrees: Turkey, char crusted filet mignon and seared foie gras, braised short ribs, pan seared seabass, and diver scallops.

The Desserts: Piña Colada Crème Brulée, Brilliant Cheesecake, Black Forest Trifle Martini, Bread Pudding, and Trump Chocolate Cake.

The Guests: No one who qualifies for the middle class tax cut.


Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Page Two

Jaw Meet Floor

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

The Small President

Thursday, December 15, 2016

The Cuba Diaries

Sunday, March 13, 2016

An Alphabet of Maladies

Friday, February 26, 2016

The Healthcare Confusion Act

Thursday, January 7, 2016

Freedom from Speech

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Too Big to Fire

Friday, June 19, 2015

More Probable Than Not

Thursday, May 14, 2015

It's Been Said

" 'The enemy of the people,'" was what the president of the United States called the free press in 2017 ... It is a testament to the condition of our democracy that our own president uses words infamously spoken by Josef Stalin to describe his enemies. It bears noting that so fraught with malice was the phrase 'enemy of the people,' that even Nikita Khrushchev forbade its use, telling the Soviet Communist Party that the phrase had been introduced by Stalin for the purpose of 'annihilating such individuals' who disagreed with the supreme leader."
Arizona republican Sen. Jeff Flake speaking on the floor today.

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