This Week in News: 7/24/19
On this episode of Retrotone News Minute: Robert Mueller is back in the headlines! Congress needs a lesson in finance as the national debt grows to epic proportions! A car accident turns bust and Shirley Bassey sings about money as we tap our toes.
Episode 29: July 25, 2019
TITLE: This Week in News: 7/24/19
HEADLINE: Feds, Finance, and America’s Future
EPISODE DESCRIPTION: On this episode of Retrone News Minute: Robert Mueller is back in the headlines! Congress needs a lesson in finance as the national debt grows to epic proportions! A car accident turns bust and Shirley Bassey sings about money as we tap our toes.
Here is a snappy summary of the news – a weekly digest of the latest events and happenings at home and abroad. I’m your host, Rodge Bigsby and this is your Retrotone News Minute!
Greetings Mr. & Mrs. America and all the dime bags in D.C.. Empty your pockets!
1) IT’S MUELLER TIME… AGAIN
This guy just won’t go away!
For months Republicans and Trump have claimed it a conflict for Mueller to have interviewed for the FBI job and then become special counsel. Trump claims he rejected Mueller for the director job, tweeting out hours before the testimony:
It has been reported that Robert Mueller is saying that he did not apply and interview for the job of FBI Director (and get turned down) the day before he was wrongfully appointed Special Counsel. Hope he doesn’t say that under oath in that we have numerous witnesses to the...interview, including the Vice President of the United States!
For the first time today, under oath, Former Special Counsel Robert Mueller denied the allegations, alleging that when he talked to the President on the FBI Director decision, he was not himself a candidate. Rep. Louie Gohmert asked Mueller this today: "When you talked to President Trump the day before you were appointed as special counsel, you were talking to him about the FBI Director position, again, did he mention James Comey?"
"Not as a candidate," Mueller said.
Will the truth of this matter ever be uncovered? Rodge can only hope we can close the book on this boondoggle!
2) IN BIG MONEY
By God… the Recent Report on the National Debt is a Bummer
The unrivaled debt levels revealed in a recent Congressional Budget Office report is enough to make Rodge break out in some reprehensible rage! As revealed by Reason.com, the national debt will hit "unprecedented levels" in the coming decades, with debt soaring high above record highs set during World War II. And what do the infidels in Washington propose? (Producer: Rodge, stick to the copy.) Why Congress proposes RAISING the debt ceiling by over $50 thousand over the next two //break// (Producer: No Rodge that’s not the number.) Oh. Yes. Their pushing it to $50 million buckaroos! (Producer: Rodge I think it’s... $50 Billion). WWWWWHAT!?!?! 50 Billion?! That’s a lotta frog skins! Folks, did you know President Andrew Jackson was the last — and only — president to scale the national debt to zero on top of having a balanced budget in 1835. 1835!
Get a load of these facts and figures:
As of July 1, 2019, the official debt of the United States government is $22.0 trillion ($22,023,127,457,029). This amounts to:
$66,907 for every person living in the U.S.
$172,614 for every household in the U.S.
105% of the U.S. economy.
6.2 times annual federal revenues.
* At the close of 2018, the size of the national debt relative to the U.S. economy was 3.6 times higher than its average over U.S. history.
You want to know Rodge’s 2¢? The jig is up. It’s high time we demand… the hacks inside the beltway need to tighten their belts. Sharpen your pencils. Write your reps. Make your voice heard! Let’s turn this runaway debt train around!
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4) BAD DRIVER BUSTS DRUG DEALERS TURNED DINGOS
It’s no dice smuggling that ice!
Monday evening, a 28 year old Australian man lost control of his vehicle, crashing into a van and knocking it into a Sydney police paddywagon. The crazy part? The van fled the scene even though it was not at fault for the accident. An hour long police chase ensued, concluding with officials arresting the van driver upon discovering $200 dollars million worth of Methamphetamine. You know, Crank, Chalk, Wash, Trash, Dunk, Gak...Pookie – a mountain of Speed was just stowed in the back of the man’s van. The moral of the story? Bad driving doesn’t always end badly!
5) Let’s Get Randy with Bigsby’s Beat of the Week...
If you’re going to go big, why not cue up a glass of courvoisier, roll the dice, and go for broke –– with a buxom tune and a classy broad like Shirley Bassey’s and her classic, “Big Spender”. But watch out… she’s bound to steal your heart AND billfold. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5KU2Cf-5_T0
6) SIGN OFF STATEMENT:
And that's one for the Republic! I'm your host Rodge Bigsby and this has been news from Retrotone, a service of Evergreen Podcasts.
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