It was a very busy week for President-Elect Donald Trump, as he opened a can of tweets on companies who may be thinking about moving their operations out of the country. Trump’s plan would slap a 35% tariff on such companies, prompting Congressional Republicans to hyperventilate. There is a new tariff in town, partner.
The country also found out what can happen when you spend your time sharing and tweeting and re-tweeting conspiracy theories, or as the media calls them “fake news stories.” As the so-called “pizzagate” unfolded in suburban Washington, D.C., we couldn’t help but think that living in a post-fact world has some serious drawbacks. Sometimes pizza is just pizza, not a code word for “pedophile.”
Jill Stein this week continued her assault on windmills, pressing for recounts of the Presidential vote because, essentially, she raised enough money to do so and she has nothing better to do.
For their part, the folks who oversee the vote in Philadelphia announced this week that there is nothing to see there, and the vote is the vote, like it or not.
Trump this week also announced his pick for Department of Labor Secretary, Andy Puzder, the CEO of Carl’s Jr. and Hardees. Trump can also supersize Puzder for an additional fifty cents, or replace him with tater tots or a side salad.
The Donald also took a swipe at Boeing this week by tweeting that he intends to renegotiate the aerospace giant’s contract to build two new Air Force One 747’s. Here is the thing, Mr.
President-Elect: if there is one contract you don’t want to go to the lowest bidder, it is the construction of the thing that will carry you around the country forty-thousand feet off the ground.
Back home in Pennsylvania, the political cognoscenti is decamping for the Big Apple and the annual Pennsylvania Society Weekend. Amidst the glad-handing, speechmaking and eating will be the political posturing and positioning for a whole host of politicos who are looking to make the jump to higher office.
One of those looking to jump up a level is Congressman Pat Meehan, who is exploring a 2018 run against U.S. Senator Bob Casey, Jr. A victory would make Pennsylvania the only state in the union to have a pair of Patricks in the Senate.
One person who will not be at the PA Society extravaganza is our own Governor Tom Wolf, a man who eschews the bright lights and big cities for more mundane things, like traveling to Erie to talk about combatting opioid addiction and investing in treatment for addicts. Glitz and glamour, he is not. Wolf did, however, put pen to paper this week to reflect on November and assure Pennsylvanians that no matter the partisan makeup of the General Assembly, he is still hard at work.
This just in: if you continue to blow through the EZ Pass lanes on the Pennsylvania Turnpike while not actually being enrolled in the EZ Pass program, you are gonna lose your driver’s license thanks to a new law. So, knock it off, Jack.
State gaming regulators reported this week that slot machine revenue is off by 4% this year. If there were only an easy way to help casinos reach new demographics and make more money for the state…oh, hey Internet gaming! We didn’t see you standing there in plain sight.
The war over who is at fault for the impending layoffs of hundreds of unemployment call center workers continued unabated this week. The game of he said/he said between a Senate GOP member and the Governor’s office yielded no progress, except for the volume being turned up to ear-splitting decibels. Oh, and people will still be laid off, by the way.
Employers looking to fill position in Philadelphia will no longer be able to ask applicants for their salary history, thanks to a new ordinance signed by Mayor Jim Kenny. The new law is designed to help eliminate the pay gap that exists between men and women by forcing employers to pay what the job is worth, not what they can get away with. Expect this plan to be introduced by lawmakers in Harrisburg sometime very soon.
Despite the fact that the President-Elect will be bringing back coal at some point very soon, solar panel manufacturers are expanding in Pennsylvania. Because despite what happens politically, no one ever has to really “bring back” the sun. It is kinda always there.
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In our We Can’t Make This Up section, we take you to Lancaster where a fugitive from the law was captured with the help of a cat. While to man hid inside a shed, the cat sat outside and meowed (and presumably pointed her paw) until the police looked inside. This is the first documented case of a cat also being a rat. Let that one rattle around for a minute.
That is what passes for news around here as winter sets in at Triad World Headquarters. Be sure to check in with us next week as we report on all the news we care to mention. From all your friends at Triad, have a great weekend!
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