With Holiday Wishes…

With the holiday week upon us, we want to wish you and yours a Happy Thanksgiving and hope the nation can stop and be thankful for all we have.
It is a special and unique holiday and says something about our values when we do.
With that in mind, we will cease adding to your mail after this blog – unless events occur that drive us to reach out.

Some Thoughts As We Head Into The Week – First, Donald Trump

Does’t it seem, as you watch and read the political news, that one name continues to dominate above all else – Donald Trump?
This from the weekend:
Paul Ryan said he was never a “never Trump” person; but he is a “never again Trump” person.
He added, “because I want to win, and we lose with Trump.”
At a Las Vegas gathering of Republicans, the candidates who spoke were clear, 2024 is not 2016 and they are ready to take on the former President and see the party win in 2024.

Then there was Elon Musk reinstating the former President to Twitter.
The left’s immediate reaction was “how many are going to die” because of this?
What? What was that based upon? How many died because of the riots you supported in 2020?
For his part, the former President said he was not going back on Twitter.
He was dedicated to his own produced site, “Truth Social.”
Let’s see now, he has 4.6 million followers on Truth Social — and 83 million on Twitter.
What do you think?

Finally a Democrat on a Sunday show saying something nice about the former President?
It’s true:
Sen. Mark Warner on “Fox News Sunday” said this about TikTok:
“I think Donald Trump was right. I mean, TikTok is an enormous threat. … So if you’re a parent, and you’ve got a kid on TikTok, I would be very, very concerned. All of that data that your child is inputting and receiving is being stored somewhere in Beijing.”

It’s a Christmas miracle!

Now Politics In General

In the end, after all the noise and spending, only 26 seats in the House switched parties in the 2022 mid-terms.
8 went from Republican to Democrat.
18 went from Democrat to Republican.
A total of ten difference, which now gives the Republicans the same edge the Democrats had after 2020.

One more thing of note from the election: 96% of U.S. House races were won by the biggest spender.

President Biden turned 80 yesterday. If he runs again, he will be 82 on inauguration day. That’s five years older than Ronald Reagan was when he left office.
Do you think he’s running?

Here’s one to watch today and this week. Remember all the praise the President got before the election about avoiding a rail strike? We told you he pushed the issue back to after the election. This is the week.
The two largest railroad unions will decide whether to ratify a contract with freight railroads as early as today.
A “no vote” could force Congress to step in to try and avert a rail strike just before the holiday season.
A strike could happen as soon as Dec. 5, after the first cooling-off period ends for the 12 involved unions.

Is it The Gun Or The Individual?

You’ll hear a lot about guns after the Colorado incident this weekend. It has begun on the networks, but we know little about the shooter so far. What we do know is this about him:
A year and a half before he was arrested in the Colorado Springs nightclub shooting, Anderson Lee Aldrich allegedly threatened his mother with a homemade bomb, forcing neighbors in surrounding homes to evacuate while the bomb squad and crisis negotiators talked him into surrendering. 

Yet, despite that scare, there’s no record prosecutors ever moved forward with felony kidnapping and menacing charges against him, or that police or relatives tried to trigger Colorado’s ‘red flag’ law that would have allowed authorities to seize the weapons and ammo the man’s mother says he had with him. 
When they start telling us it was the gun again:
Let’s ask why no action is taken when someone exhibits a threat.
Ask too:
If they want to ban knives, because that was the weapon of choice in the Idaho murders and many recent NYC subway attacks.

Maybe it’s the person and the failed action to remove them from the streets to protect the public.

As We Get Ready To Consume – Consider This

We have all grown up knowing that America was the bread basket of the world. We fed the world right?
Well know this:
New USDA data reported Friday, indicates that for the first time in decades, the U.S. is now buying more food from the rest of the world than the amount of our domestic agriculture products that are sold abroad.
In 2022 the U.S. is expected to end the year with a net IMPORTER of food.

So first we went from energy independence to depending on the world, we are now importing more food than we exporting.
Comfortable with that?
Not me, but we just reelected the people who are leading us down that path.

Here’s Wishing You and Yours a Happy Thanksgiving.

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