Each day, I receive thousands of messages and emails. Below are three of them from the past 24 hours, and the response I’ve given to each. NOTE: I do not include the last name of the sender unless they explicitly request that I do so.
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1) From Rita B:
Hi DML, I saw a democrat view of House Bill 610. Do you have any information about this Bill since all I read was negative. Thank you, Rita B
DML: Here is what is on the Congress.gov website.
Introduced in House (01/23/2017)
Choices in Education Act of 2017: This bill repeals the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 and limits the authority of the Department of Education (ED) such that ED is authorized only to award block grants to qualified states.
The bill establishes an education voucher program, through which each state shall distribute block grant funds among local educational agencies (LEAs) based on the number of eligible children within each LEA’s geographical area. From these amounts, each LEA shall: (1) distribute a portion of funds to parents who elect to enroll their child in a private school or to home-school their child, and (2) do so in a manner that ensures that such payments will be used for appropriate educational expenses.
To be eligible to receive a block grant, a state must: (1) comply with education voucher program requirements, and (2) make it lawful for parents of an eligible child to elect to enroll their child in any public or private elementary or secondary school in the state or to home-school their child.
No Hungry Kids Act: The bill repeals a specified rule that established certain nutrition standards for the national school lunch and breakfast programs. (In general, the rule requires schools to increase the availability of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and low-fat or fat free milk in school meals; reduce the levels of sodium, saturated fat, and trans fat in school meals; and meet children’s nutritional needs within their caloric requirements.)
2) From Val:
Hi DML – Pres Trump recently tweeted how it would be great for all his supporters to march for him and show their support. But why isn’t he doing something about his supporters getting attacked by leftist thugs? The police are not protecting peaceful march participants in some cases. I think that is odd. Maybe if he promised rally-goers safety then more people would turn out for him. Thanks.
DML: The president cannot send in the military to protect pro-Trump participants. It is the responsibility of local law enforcement to protect and serve the people of a given town / city. Keep in mind, many of the places where these attacks happened were in liberal areas, like Berkeley. Good cops don’t stand down on their own — they are given the call from the “top.” That’s where people need to look.
Just for kicks, here is the mission statement from the Berkeley PD website. Sounds like a bunch of BS to me:
The mission of the men and women of the City of Berkeley Police Department is to reduce crime – property crime, violent crime and traffic collisions, to provide professional, courteous and respectful service with every contact and to be open, transparent and accountable for our behavior and our work.
3) From Kris:
Always a leery person, I didn’t care for any of the president-elects and refused to vote this year. I guess I need to stop comparing them to those I admire. People like our founding fathers who where quite intelligent and graciously loquacious. Of course, they were human. Still, no one like that around. I digress . . . I have been an avid WATCHER of late to a few news sources, ie. DML, FOX website, Hannity, O’Reilly, live from the senate, and interesting Facebook posts. I’m disheartened by the mud-slinging from both sides of the aisle and feel it beneath the office of statesmen and presidents to do so. I want to turn it all off and rewind. The hope I had begun to have in the current administration has fallen. I’m reminded of petty fights in Junior High. Please, make it stop! Sorry, know its not in your power.
DML: Kris, you have to vote. Please don’t do that again.
As for your lack of confidence in the news, and the left-right mudslinging, you are correct, the bias is disgusting, and the victims are the American people. That’s why we work so hard doing what we do, and I’m trying to grow our news business at triple the pace reasonable. My daughter just said to me last night, “Dad, you look exhausted.” And that’s after having a day off. LOL. People are so thirsty for the truth, and for insight without prejudice and bias. I try hard to provide those things, even when I take a hit from the “diehards.”
There are so many people who want us to be “The Pro Trump Channel.” There are so many people who want us to say “Fake News.” I won’t do that. If a news report has a bias, we will call it out. If a news report is wrong, we will point it out. If the president does something good, we will put spotlights on it. If the president is attacked unfairly by the left, we will put spotlights on it. If the president acts less than presidential or doesn’t make the policy moves he promised, or if we think he is making moves that will hurt the American worker, we will cover it. Although I do not like him personally, O’Reilly does the same thing.
As for leadership, I am with you, Kris, 100%. I believe in acting like a statesman if you are in a big leadership role. I believe in proving the other side wrong with results. I believe in allowing the other side to scream like crazy, but you always keep your cool. I believe the best response to the nonsense from the left is a big smile — let them think you know something they do not. Don’t let them see you sweat. For example, I like the way Pence carries himself.
That said, we are 45 days into this new administration. We have a few executive orders, but we have no bills to showcase. Trump has held numerous meetings with CEOs, and the stock market likes what it hears. There have been no terror attacks, and deportations appear to be on the rise. Time will tell if Trump will turn the country around.
I truly believe in my heart that some good stuff is coming soon with taxes and healthcare, and the positive impacts will show in larger lights. If they don’t, it’s not the president who suffers, it’s all of us as a country. The more he focuses on the issues at hand, the better he will do.
You appear to be upset with the tweets and such. I agree with you. People keep telling me I am wrong about the president’s tweets, that the president has a “strategy” and a much “bigger plan” than I understand. Maybe so. Maybe I am missing this one.
I often tout how I am always proven right in my political forecasts. If the silly tweets are part of a “bigger” strategy, then who knows, maybe I will be proven wrong in the long run and have to eat crow. I am man enough to do it. But if I am right, and it has nothing to do with a strategy, then heed my warning… If the focus doesn’t start to be 100% placed on America, the American people, and the future for our kids, then I too am concerned. That said, I still support the president and most of his policies — so I hope we can make America great again. Lord knows, we need it.
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