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Friday Happy Hour: Traffic Cone Edition

Tax reform was the top story this week if you successfully ignored every social media post about the NFL, which was admittedly a tough thing to do.  The Trump Administration Traffic cone turned to taxes (and more specifically tax cuts) as a way to salve the wounds of yet another repeal-and-replace disaster.  For the nuts and bolts of the GOP plan, check it out here

Team Trump, however, spent much of the week trying to convince Hurricane Maria-ravaged Puerto Rico that help was indeed on the way after it seemed as though the POTUS was a wee bit preoccupied with what was happening on football fields across the land.  Yesterday Trump announced he would waive shipping restrictions to get the ball rolling a little faster

The President was reportedly also not too thrilled that his preferred candidate in the Alabama U.S. Senate race got whipped by Roy Moore, a man who by his own admission believes the 9/11 terror attacks were God’s retribution against the United States.  If you spent the entire week tweeting about the NFL, maybe you need to pay a bit more attention.

Returning for a moment to the latest “repeal-and-replace Obamacare” effort, the Senate GOP once again found itself a few bricks shy of a load and had to scuttle the Graham/Cassidy bill, most likely killing health care reform until 2018.  Maybe – just maybe – the latest collapse will convince everyone in D.C. to work together.  Bwaaaaahahahahahahaha!  Just kidding; it won’t.  

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Friday Happy Hour: Snake in the Grass Edition

President Trump this week went in front of the U.N. and called the North Korean emperor “Rocket Man”, which immediately enraged former Yankees ace Roger Clemens, who Snake_in_the_grass__surveying_by_android3000-d35zcfu then threw a 98-mph fastball at the president.

Facebook this week announced it will turn over thousands of ads paid for and placed by Russian operatives during the 2016 elections.  Maybe Facebook can also explain why, if we have a conversation with our colleagues about new shoes, we are immediately inundated with shoe ads on Facebook.  We know what you’re doing, Facebook. And its creepy. 

The U.S. Senate was at it again this week, tilting furiously at the Obamacare windmill. At some point during the week, things got weird quickly as late -night television star Jimmy Kimmel got into a very public fight with the bill’s prime sponsor.  The week came to a close with Kimmel calling Fox News’ Brian Kilmeade a “phony little creep” and threatening to pound him into sand. Welcome to the health care debate of 2017. 

By comparison, U.S. Senator Bob Casey was much more circumspect about the new Obamacare repeal bill, referring to it as a “snake in the grass.”  This was actually one of the milder characterizations of the bill we heard this week. 

And while we watch Congress repeatedly play with one-sixth of the national economy as if it were a fidget spinner, we thought it would be a good time to share this piece by Daniel Hilferty, CEO of Independence Blue Cross.  The moral of the story here is that uncertainty is not a friend to insurance markets.

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Friday Happy Hour: Hangover Edition

This week, Americans took a brief time-out from relentlessly bashing each other’s politics to commemorate the 16th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. While we will Hangover (002)indeed “#NeverForget", maybe this would be a good time to tone down our national discourse a bit.  

Triad Strategies also sends our most sincere condolences to the friends, colleagues, and family of state Rep. Dan McNeill, who passed away unexpectedly this week.

Just a week after president Trump sent shockwaves through the GOP-controlled Congress by doing a deal with the Democrats on raising the debt ceiling, he was at it again this week.  In the latest version of the Chuck and Nancy Show, the President may (or may not have) agreed to a plan on a path to citizenship for children brought to this country by illegal immigrants.  If you believed for one second that Trump would only ever dance with who brought him, you haven’t paid attention to the first 71 years of his life.

Our own Tony May has some thoughts on the issue of how to treat the so-called Dreamers, which you can check out here.

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Friday Happy Hour: Naked Truth Edition

First, the good news: those tropical storms you’ve been hearing about aren’t really real. They are – according to Rush Limbaugh, at least – the overhyped product of the liberal media, Naked bikers (002) which is hell-bent to convince us that the climate is changing when actually it is not.

So Hurricane/Tropical Storm Harvey, far from a record-setting rainfall event, was a mere scattered shower that gave Texas some much-needed irrigation, and those 70-plus people who died in it were exaggerating their minor injuries. Hurricane Irma, far from the most powerful Atlantic storm in history as it heads toward Florida, is just a figment of your imagination. Climate change? Fake news! Nothing to see here, move along…

Meanwhile, Triad’s inimitable Tony May posits that Ronald Reagan wasn't thinking about natural disasters and other crises when he said, "The most frightening nine words in the English language are: "I'm from the government and I'm here to help."

President Trump, having an increasingly difficult time being pals with congressional Republicans, thought he’d try to cozy up to the folks on the other side of the aisle. And we kid you not, it worked! Trump and his new BFFs agreed to a three-month bill to fund the government and extend the federal debt limit, along with an initial aid package for Hurricane Harvey (we presume the “aid” will consist of fake money for the fake damage caused by the fake storm). The Washington Post wondered how things might be different today if the president had tried such a triangulation gambit from the get-go.

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Friday Happy Hour: Fire Ants Edition

The country and indeed the world spent the week watching an unspeakable disaster unfold in Texas and Louisiana as Hurricane Harvey pounded those states with historic rainfallFire ant Triad invites all our readers to join us in doing whatever is possible to help rebuild what millions of our fellow Americans have lost.  

And if a direct donation is not your thing, maybe head to one of Philly’s famed eateries and drop some coin.  Several Philly restaurants are banning together to donate a portion of all sales to Hurricane Harvey relief.  Good stuff from the City of Brotherly Love!

Of course, no crisis ever goes to waste in the Federal City, where sniping has already begun on a proposed federal aid package for those in Harvey’s destructive path.  Let’s just be clear, friends: the aid package is going to be very large and very expensive.  But that’s what we do here in America.

After touring flood-ravaged Texas, President Trump switched gears and headed to Missouri to begin his push to enact a broad tax reform (or tax cut, depending on where you sit) package, which would go a long way to silence his already-very-cranky base.  With the House and Senate firmly in the hands of the GOP, this one should be a slam dunk.  Which means it will be an off-balance three-point shot from ten feet beyond the arc.

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