Welcome back to the Get More Smarter Podcast! In this episode, we cover a lot, from the controversial Speaker of the House, "MAGA Mike," to the ongoing antics of our 7th and 8th favorite members of Congress. But first, we dive into some ANGRY RANTS about local school board problems, largely in reaction to our interview with Logan Davis about the Woodland Park School Board, so if you haven’t had a chance to check out that special interview-only episode, go ahead and pop that in your boombox.
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We’ve got two letters from listeners this week, and you’re not going to miss them, because apparently the heinous American Birthright Curriculum isn’t stopping at Woodland Park, we find out that the tentacles of doom from the ex-Jeffco school board creatures who got booted out of the county in 2015 are spreading elsewhere, from Rifle to Northern El Paso County.
So, Uh, Mike Johnson?
After a whirlwind 22 days and 13 different Speaker of the House candidates, Republicans have finally chosen someone to lead them. Meet “MAGA Mike” Johnson, the new Speaker who shares almost nothing in common with Denver's Mayor other than the fact that he’s walking around with an extra consonant. We discuss:
Johnson's controversial background, including his support for Donald Trump's Big Lie and his attempts to change the electoral college process.
His stance on abortion rights and LGBTQ rights (bad!).
Johnson's ambitious agenda, including cuts to entitlement programs like Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid.
How Did Johnson Win a Unanimous GOP Vote?
Can Johnson Make Congress Function?
Can Johnson Keep Republicans in the Majority?
What the Buck
We examine Ken Buck's flip-flopping on his stance regarding Jim Jordan and Mike Johnson and his peculiar voting behavior. The truth is, this guy believes in nothing.
Beware the Fascism
A concerning incident unfolds at a press conference following Johnson's selection, where members of Congress shout down a reporter asking relevant questions. We discuss the implications of this behavior.
The Boebert Report
We delve into the latest developments surrounding our 8th favorite Member of Congress from Colorado, including endorsements and her “appearance” on Saturday Night Live.
Yet Another Mass Shooting
The tragic mass shooting in Lewiston, Maine, raises the same questions about gun control we’ve been asking since Columbine, namely, when is enough enough, or are we past the point of no return? We discuss the lack of federal action on gun reform and potential progress at the state level, as well as Maine Congressman Jared Golden's comments on the matter.
And that's a wrap for this episode of the Get More Smarter Podcast! Stay tuned for more updates, insights, and completely accurate predictions of the future. Don't forget to send us your thoughts and questions at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks for tuning in!