Three Things You Need to Know - September 6, 2017

Pressure Points

Revolution. These three things are present in every single one.

Economic instability. War. Civil unrest.

It’s top down, bottom up, and you are caught in the middle turning inside out through the chaos. Pretty soon the cries can be heard for someone --- anyone --- to make it all stop. By any means necessary.

After getting bogged down in multiple foreign wars, the economic fallout was inevitable. The ineffective --- and increasingly corrupt --- government was powerless to stop it. In fact, it appeared they actually wanted it to happen. Spending then borrowing, spending then borrowing --- in just three years the national debt doubled.

Was it really a surprise when the academics and other members of the middle class began inciting the poor and disenfranchised to violence?

What I’ve just described may sound familiar, but it’s actually the same conditions that led to the French storming the Bastille in 1789.

How many pressure points can a nation endure?

We’ve been bogged down in foreign wars since the turn of the 21st century. Now, North Korea is knocking on our door. From the year 2000 until today, the national debt has nearly quadrupled. First Harvey, now Irma. Can the already weakened economy withstand this much weight?

And finally, civil unrest. We are approaching violence in the streets not seen since the 1960s. People like Frances Fox Piven were advocating violence in 2004, but the Occupy movement just a few years later didn’t quite get there. Fast forward a few years. Antifa and the alt right are lighting streets on fire.

Our pressure points are being pushed and we have tough times ahead of us. Beware those inciting violence and advocating hate. Chaos is coming. Don’t let them turn you inside out amongst it.

Miami's Vulnerability

It won’t survive.

That’s what the former FEMA Director said when he was asked how the Miami area would hold up under a severe water surge from a major hurricane and related flooding. It. Won’t. Survive.

Hurricane Irma is on a projected path to make landfall in south Florida. It could hit Miami this Sunday. Irma is a Category 5, with 185 mile-per-hour winds, already the second strongest storm ever recorded in the Atlantic.

Amazingly, Miami hasn’t been hit by a major hurricane --- Category 4 or stronger --- since 1926. That one killed 400 --- the third deadliest hurricane in U.S. history. But Miami at the time was a quaint resort town compared to what it is today.

Yesterday, two firms estimated a repeat of the 1926 Miami hurricane could cause $130 billion in property damage.

Why is Miami so vulnerable? Its flood-control system was designed in the 1950s and desperately needs updating. Our government has blown through hundreds of billions of dollars on wasteful spending that could have been applied to preparation.

Just last year, the government found the cash to study TV binge-watching, comedy clubs, monkey drool, fish treadmill endurance testing and hamster fights. Miami itself has been the home of a radio and TV station, attempting to broadcast into Cuba, but was blocked by Fidel Castro. Half a billion dollars down the tubes.

What happens when you have a country more concerned with political favors than prioritizing what really matters?

It. Won’t. Survive.

Even Congress Doesn’t Trust Congress Anymore

Yesterday, the Trump administration announced it would be ending DACA. That’s the Obama-era Presidential edict that allowed hundreds of thousands of illegal immigrants to avoid deportation.

The plan would give Congress six months to fix the problem.

And the reaction, from too many members of Congress, was, "How dare he let us handle this!"

Even Congress doesn’t trust Congress anymore.

It was Obama who in the fall of 2010 said this: "I’m the president of the United States, I’m not the emperor of the United States. My job is to execute laws that are passed."

We all knew that was true then (except Barack Obama).

Now, Trump returned power to Congress and many complained.

Our Founders thought the balance of powers would work because each branch would want to protect their own power. Now, when decisions are tough, they fall over themselves to give that power away.

As Trump said yesterday: "I know some here wish that I could just bypass Congress and change the law myself. But that’s not how democracy works."

Sorry, that wasn’t Trump --- that too was Barack Obama. He was right.

Even Congress doesn’t trust Congress anymore. And neither should you.

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Christians are conflicted when it comes to President Donald Trump. Some proudly support him and his policies, while others just can't accept the man behind the boorish language.

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Ryan: Bernie at the airport Holiday Inn

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(Part One) . (Part Two). (Part Three).

Some poor guy booked a hotel at the Holiday Inn Airport Conference Center in Des Moines on February 3, 2020, assuming it would be a harmless Monday night. Only to find himself in the middle of an overflowing Bernie rally on the night of the caucuses.

For the record, the man was not a Bernie Sanders supporter. Far from it. He popped his head backward when I told him where I work, smiling. Well, grinning, to be precise.

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After her speech, Klobuchar wandered into the crowd, immediately submerged. Selfies. Everybody wanted them. A minute later, the other candidates began to appear on screen, giving speeches.

"Bernie," asked Justin Robert Young, host of Politics Politics Politics.

"Bernie," I said, and we paced to the car and lurked out onto the depopulated streets and the trenchant cold. But we were both bright with excitement, a couple of detectives. The valet attendants in their satin outfits saw two oddities, and they were right.

Justin Young and I had just left the Des Moines Marriott Downtown for Amy Klobuchar's "Amy for America caucus night party." She gave her speech, in a brilliant maneuver. I skated the Nissan down empty streets, quietly listening to Bernie's speech on the Iowa Public Radio station.

"I love this, what we're about to do," I said, gripping the wheel, words hurried, leaning forward, tapping my left boot. "We're going to hear Bernie talking, then we'll park, then walk through some doors and we will stroll into that very room as Bernie is giving the speech that's being broadcast to millions of people."

It was like how in the game Mario Bros., Mario can jump into giant green storm drains, occasionally. Like leaping into the television and joining the cast.

"There's nobody out on the roads," one of us said. "Holiday Inn, right up there." As broad-winged commercial airplanes floated overhead. We scoured for a parking spot and each second felt wasted. Urgent. We needed to be inside that hotel. But there was nowhere to park. Even the illegal spots were taken. Cars had creviced every inch of parking lot and curb and all that, had even jammed into dark pyramids of sludge.

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Rita Dove wrote, "I prefer to explore the most intimate moments, the smaller, crystallized details we all hinge our lives on."

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There were so many more journalists press at Bernie's event that the only media spots left were in the overflow room, which itself seemed at capacity. Dank, too. With a heavy vibe, like a sinister library.

The entire hotel exuded gloom. A quietness you hear in locker rooms after a game that should have ended differently.

Bernie supporters, dazed, stomped out into the snow, or to the bathrooms, or just in need of a bit of stomping.

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Back to Beechwood Lounge, where we watched the Super Bowl a day earlier. Although it felt like a week had passed since then.

Approaching midnight, by that point.

Because Justin consumes politics with an all-encompassing urgency. As if it's a duty. He's clearly studied history and politics for years. Part historian, part political scientist, but also part reporter and part comedian. On one hand, he's guided by the old school approach to journalism. Objectivity. Solemnity. Accuracy.

An American has the right to tell nobody who they voted for. Or maybe it's a cultural thing.

Snow everywhere you look, piles of it full of gas and oil, and rubbish as well. That day was unseasonably warm. The next would plummet us into literal freezing. The kind of day that slows everyone down. With all that ice, you have to be cautious about every step.

Shame is for the uninitiated.

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The booklet, titled, 'Wit & Wisdom of Michael Bloomberg,' has resurfaced to haunt the Democratic presidential candidate after "The Washington Post" published the full text on Saturday.

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