Category Archives: Aside

Vetting

VETTING: “Before Trump took office, his transition team vetted dozens of people for potential roles in the administration. That kind of thing leaves a paper trail — one that’s now at least partially public. Axios obtained nearly 100 documents that detail the potential vulnerabilities of former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos and Secretary of Energy Rick Perry, among lots of others. Many of the “red flags” had to do with negative comments about Trump.” Axios

Coins

MONEY HONEY: There used to be a good economic argument to be made for $1 coins — coins are more expensive to make but last much longer than paper money. But now, driven in part by our increasingly cashless world, that’s no longer the case. In 2011, a typical paper dollar lasted for a little more than three years — now it lasts nearly eight. The Government Accountability Office estimates that the government would lose between $611 million and $2.6 billion over three decades by eliminating the dollar bill (NPR)

White Crackers

POOR WHITE CRACKERS: I spent the day driving through the mountains and valleys of North Georgia. Everything is in bloom here and it really is beautiful. I came down from one mountain into a creek bottom and was stunned by a sea of red, white, and blue. There was a small army of native-born poor American white crackers, donned with red, white, and blue kerchiefs around their necks and bright red MAGA caps on their heads, working the blooming onion fields. I did some research and the blooming onions will be exported to Australia, thus improving our nation’s trade deficit. This freaking Trump is working his genius. Who needs immigrant pickers when you got a bunch of poor white crackers? BTW, I swear on a stack of Trump autographed Bibles that this is true!