Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Just Say No to Hillary

The nomination of and acceptance of the Secretary of State cabinet position by Hillary Rodham Clinton is a violation of the U.S. Constitution and all Republicans should vote against her confirmation.

According to the U.S. Constitution, Article One, Section 6, second paragraph, "No Senator or Representative shall during the Time for which he was elected, be appointed to any civil Office under the Authority of the United States, which shall have been created, or the Emoluments whereof shall have been encreased during such time; and no Person holding any Office under the United States, shall be a Member of either House during his Continuance in Office."

The italics are ours, but the Constitution is clear. Hillary Rodham Clinton voted for an increase in the pay (emolument) for the Secretary of State during her current term and by virtue of that fact is not illegible to accept the nomination to Secretary of State under any condition, whether she gives back the increase or not.

This may be an 'obscure clause of the Constitution' according to the New York Times, but it is the Constitution and if it's okay to violate it on one item why not any other?

We should note that in one prior case of a Nixon nominee, a "Saxbie Fix" was implemented whereby congress voted to lower the salary of the nominee. Many claimed it was unconstitutional including every Democrat in Congress who voted against it. Republicans should do the same.

For more on this you might check out:











The Smell of Rangel

New York's stellar Congressman Charlie Rangel (D) continues to amaze. Today we learn from our friends at Congressional Quarterly that ol' Charlie has used more than $2,000 of campaign funds over the last eight years to pay his parking tickets in Washington D.C. While not illegal assuming his car(s) was being used for congressional or campaign functions it's still a stinky way to use dollars donated by constituents to help one get elected.

Not bad enough the article also notes that ol' Charlie had one of his vehicles, a 1972 Mercedes, towed away after he had stored the undriveable vehicle in the house garage for several years.

The article notes also that you the taxpayer are paying $758 a month to lease the Cadillac that he drives around when not driving his PT cruiser. Not that we want to mention some Nebraska elected officials that do this (and we won't) but we think that if a congressman needs transportation he should be able to pay it out of his $170,000 or so salary.

Of course, the above items are only a drop in the bucket when it comes to Congressman Rangel's smelling dealings whether it be his use of rent controlled apartments, failure to file accurate income tax returns (lying about resort rental income) or extorting money via congressional letterhead for one of his schools.

REPUBLICANS SHOULD START DEMANDING RANGEL NOT ONLY STEP DOWN FROM HIS POSITION ON THE WAYS AND MEANS COMMITTEE, BUT BE THROWN OUT OF THE U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. While Rangel may be undergoing an ethics investigation don't expect Nancy Pelosi and her cohorts to hold this stinker responsible.

THE DEMOCRAT ERA OF CORRUPTION CONTINUES.

Friday, December 19, 2008

Democrat Culture of Corruption

Just a note that maybe the national press is beginning to pay attention to the Democrat Culture of Corruption. There is a Wall Street Article on this topic today by Kimberly Strassel titled 'Democrats are the New Ethics Story' which you might want to check out at: http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2151287/posts

Republicans need to get on this and hold Reid, Pelosi and president-elect Barack HUSSEIN Obama accountable for these ethics issues.

The Press and Two Women

Jonah Goldberg has a good editorial that reveals very much the mentality of the press in the case of two very different women, Sarah Palin and Caroline Kennedy, and the way they are treated. Worth a short read at: http://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2008/12/cinderella_vs_the_barracuda.html

The Omaha College World Series Stadium

Seems there is not a lot of unanimity on the College World Series Stadium plans when it comes to retail space. Yesterday the Urban Design Review Board frustrated Roger Dixon, MECA's president by sending him back for more retail design considerations.

Just a couple of thoughts: 1) While Rosenblatt needed to be replaced and while this was the
area to move it, the stadium should have been on the Union Pacific
site, not in the Qwest parking lot.
2) Only government can afford to build a facility whose primary use
is for two weeks of the year.

George Bush Continues Record of Failed Decisions

President Bush decided this morning to continue his record of failed financial decisions by granting $17 billion of TARP funds to bail out Chrysler and GM. Obviously, rather than standing for the principles of capitalism and some of the basic tenets of his party he chose to not mar his 'legacy' by allowing the big 3 to fall in their well-earned descent into bankruptcy that would have required both them and the UAW to make real changes. He even admitted that perhaps Chrysler and GM would still end up in bankruptcy.

What Bush's decision assures is that the big 3 will be at the government hand out trough for years to come because there is no way president-elect Barack HUSSEIN Obama will allow his UAW union guys to have to suffer any drastic contract reductions.

We still predict they will end up in bankruptcy, but only after billions of dollars of taxpayer handouts.

So much for conservative values and capitalism President Bush.

When will the goodbyes end?

According to our friends at the local daily (Page 4B), has-been, soon-to-be-only-a-footnote-in-Nebraska-history Senator Chuck Hagel completed his whirlwind farewell tour of Nebraska at Elliott Aviation in Omaha yesterday. We're told he had an overwhelming crowd of about 50 to hear him rail against Rush Limbaugh, the national press and the Democrat and Republican parties.

We weren't there and wouldn't have been had the senator sent a limousine to pick us up. His former business partner, Mike McCarthy, was apparently the emcee--probably because they couldn't have found anyone else to do the job other than his former business partner. We suspect most of the others present were staff and a few friends.

Apparently the senator thought he was enlightening his friends by telling folks that mean old Rush Limbaugh was an entertainer. If Hagel had paid any attention to Rush over the years he would have known that Rush has always considered and acknowledge himself to be an entertainer. Sorry, Chuckie, no insult there except perhaps to your own intelligence.

As to the media, we suspect that Hagel was talking about those who laughed at him after his infamous March 2007 'non-announcement' press conference because he certainly couldn't have been talking about his 'Sunday Morning' friends who allowed him to make a fool of himself over the last several years by his multiple bomb throwing appearances.

Certainly he has reason to have problems with the partisanship of the national parties. Perhaps he has forgotten that this country has been built on a two party system. But, when neither party wants you, you probably can't find anything nice to say about them. After all, he's trashed his own party since his 2002 election and he still hasn't heard from the messiah of the other.
We understand that KFAB fortunately forgot that he was to be on their morning show yesterday--many of us were very disappointed. Rest assured that they will correct their error of omission by having him talk to them from his Virginia home on Monday morning so we all have yet one more time to hear his farewell.

Please, Chuck, just go home and forget Nebraska so we can forget your very unremarkable term as our senator.

Thursday, December 18, 2008

The Senate in 2010

Republicans could, as we've noted here recently, face even more difficulties in the U.S. Senate come 2010. Sam Brownback, (R), Kansas has announced that he won't seek re-election as has Senator Martinez (R), FL. Senator Hutchison (R), TX has indicated she will run for Texas Governor and good old RINO Arlen Specter (R), PA is in trouble there. On top of that the Dems will be enthroning several appointees by election that year including no doubt Caroline Kennedy and Joe Biden's son.

While one doesn't wish the new president or our country ill, it will take some bad turns for the Republicans not to lose more seats (they are defending more) in 2010 giving Barack Hussein Obama that filibuster proof senate.

It is Barack HUSSEIN Obama

For those of you who think we've had malice of forethought in our nomenclature as concerns the president-elect, perhaps you will now understand that the soon to be coronated president-elect's actual name is Barack Hussein Obama and that he intends to be sworn in using precisely that name as he takes the oath on his Bible.

Check out: http://voices.washingtonpost.com/sleuth/2008/12/president-elect_obama_has_said.html

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Reality and Detroit

Thomas Sowell gets our vote today for summing up in a pretty succinct way the problems of Detroit in his editorial, Postponing Reality. We suggest you check it out since he feels much as we do about it: http://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2008/12/postponing_reality.html

He doesn't mention President Bush and his sad leaning toward a bailout, however.

Saying goodbye and still waiting for the call

Has-been, gratefully-soon-to-be-former Senator Chuck Hagel has begun his farewell tour across Nebraska. Tomorrow morning he’ll be saying goodbye to his massive throngs of supporters on KFAB. We suspect the only ones in Nebraska who are interested in talking to him are the media.


In the interim, poor Chuckie waits for that call from president-elect Barack Hussein Obama. Will it ever come?

Don’t hold your breath.


Once again, good riddens and farewell Mr. Senator.

Republicans reach new lows

According to our friends at Real Clear Politics and Rasmussen it seems that the image of congressional Republicans is not very strong:

"Republicans in Congress have a lower approval rating than President Bush, according to the latest Gallup survey (Dec. 12-14, 1008 A).

Just 25% of U.S. adults approve of the job Republicans are doing in Congress, 4 points lower than Bush's 29%. It is the lowest mark for either party since Gallup began polling the approval ratings of Congressional parties in 1999.

Congressional Democrats received a 37% approval rating -- still low, but a 7-point increase from their all-time low at the end of last year."

It would be our bet that this will be a benchmark and that if Republicans articulate who they are and what they stand for the numbers will be much different two years from now. Let's hope.



Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Another Governor Friend of Barack Scandal?


Yes, it seems the FBI is investigating a case involving former Barack Hussein Obama opponent, Governor of New Mexico and Commerce Department Secretary Nominee of Barack Hussein Obama, Bill Richarson. Seems a grand jury is looking into how a California based firm, CDR got contracts from the New Mexico Finance Authority after donating some $100,000 to Richardson organizations in 2004.

Let's see, Blagojevich=Democrat, Rangel=Democrat, William Jefferson=Democrat and now Bill Richardson=Democrat. Seems to be esculating to a DEMOCRAT CULTURE OF CORRUPTION!

CHRISTmas Greetings to the ACLU

While you are telling the President what you think (see below) about the bailout, you might want to think about sending a Christmas card, yes a CHRISTmas Card to our good friends at the ACLU. They will have to open it because they think there could be money in it. Sadly, they will just find that it is the antithesis of what they believe in and were looking for...

You can mail your CHRISTmas greetings to them at:

ACLU
125 Broad Street
18th Floor
New York, NY 10004

Tell the President what you think

If you want to tell the President what you think about him bailing out the big 3, here is where you do it:

202-456-1111

or

comments@whitehouse.gov

The PELOSI Mobile?



We don't normally pass along
'internet spam', but we couldn't resist this one so take it for what it is worth:







Congressional Motors Announces The First Car for 2012, The Pelosi

It's in the way you dress. The way you boogie down. The way you sign your unemployment check. You're a man who likes to do things your own way. And on those special odd-numbered Saturdays when driving is permitted, you want it in your car. It's that special feeling of a zero-emissions wind at your back and a road ahead meandering with possibilities. The kind of feeling you get behind the wheel of the Pelosi GTxi SS/Rt Sport Edition from Congressional Motors.

All new for 2012, the Pelosi GTxi SS/Rt Sport Edition is the mandatory American car so advanced it took $100 billion and an entire Congress to design it. We started with the same reliable 7-way hybrid ethanol-bio diesel-electric-clean coal-wind-solar-pedal power plant behind the base model Pelosi, but packed it with extra oomph and the sassy styling pizzazz that tells the world that 1974 Detroit is back again -- with a vengeance.

We've subsidized the features you want and taxed away the rest. With its advanced Al Gore-designed V-3 under the hood pumping out 22.5 thumping, carbon-neutral ponies of Detroit muscle, you'll never be late for the Disco or the Day Labor Shelter. Engage the pedal drive or strap on the optional jumbo mizzenmast, and the GTxi SS/Rt Sport Edition easily exceeds 2016 CAFE mileage standards. At an estimated 268 MPG, that's a savings of nearly $1800 per week in fuel cost over the 2011 Pelosi.

Even with increased performance we didn't skimp on safety. With 11-point passenger racing harnesses, 15-way airbags, and mandatory hockey helmet, you'll have the security of knowing that you could survive a 45 MPH collision even if the GTxi SS/Rt were capable of that kind of illegal speed.

But the changes don't stop there. Sporty mag-style hubcaps and an all-new aggressive wedge shape designed by Congressional Motors Chief Stylist Ted Kennedy slices through the wind like an omnibus spending bill. It even features an airtight undercarriage to keep you and a passenger afloat up to 15 minutes -- even in the choppy waters of a Cape Cod inlet.

Available in a rainbow of color choices to match any wardrobe, from Harvest Avocado to French Mustard. Inside, a luxurious all-velour interior designed by Barney Frank features thoughtful appointments like an in-dash condom dispenser. A special high capacity hatchback holds up to 300 aluminum cans, meaning fewer trips to the redemption center. And the standard 3 speaker Fairness ActoPhonic FM low-band sound system means you'll never miss a segment of NPR again.

Best of all, the Pelosi GTxi SS/Rt is made right here in the U.S.A. by fully card-checked unionized workers and Detroit's famous visionary jet-set managers. Even if you don't own one, you can enjoy the patriotic satisfaction that you're supporting the high wages, good benefits, and generous political donations that are once again making the American car industry the envy of the world.

But why not buy one anyway? With an MSRP starting at only $629,999.99, it's affordable too. Don't forget to ask about dealer incentives, rebates, tax credits, and wealth redistribution plans for customers from dozens of qualifying special interest groups. Plus easy-pay financing programs from Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.

So take the bus to your local CM dealer today and find out why the Pelosi GTxi SS/Rt Sport Edition is the only car endorsed by President Barack Obama. One test drive will convince you that you'd choose it over the import brands. Even if they were still legal.

A Tale of Two Churches - Doug Patton

December 15, 2008

This is a tale of two American churches. One is in a major city. The other is in a small town. One preaches hatred of America and its institutions. The other preaches love and patriotism. One is infected with a toxic dogma known as Black Liberation Theology. The other espouses the Gospel of Jesus Christ. One was just firebombed. Guess which one.

Barack Obama spent twenty years sitting in the pews of the Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago, listening to some of the foulest teaching ever to come from the mouth of a “preacher.” That preacher was a poison-tongued demagogue named Jeremiah Wright, who has spewed racist lies and hateful conspiracies from his pulpit during his entire career.

Meanwhile, in Wasilla, Alaska, an evangelical church, attended by Gov. Sarah Palin and her family, teaches the true meaning of Christ’s message to His church and to a fallen world.

On Friday, Dec. 12, the Wasilla Bible Church was firebombed. Authorities said the fire started at the main entrance of the church and that they are investigating the blaze as arson. They estimated the damage at $1 million. No one was injured, although a small group, which included children, was inside at the time.

The Wasilla congregation gathered for their services at a local middle school the Sunday following the fire. The statements of the members and their pastors, as reported by the Associated Press, are telling:

Patsy Inks said the news initially shocked and frustrated her. But by Sunday, she was feeling blessed, she said at the school, where worshippers lingered over a potluck dinner for a church family leaving Alaska. “This tragedy has brought us all together,” Inks said, her eyes tearing up.

The congregation realizes the church is more than the building, said John Doak, associate pastor at Wasilla Bible Church. “The definition of the church is the body of Christ, made up of God’s people,” Doak said. “The church is still there. We are the church.”

Gov. Palin, who was not at the church at the time of the fire, stopped by Saturday. She reportedly told an assistant pastor she was sorry if the fire was connected to the “undeserved negative attention” the church has received since she became the vice presidential candidate on Aug. 29.

According to AP, worshippers acknowledged the possible Palin connection with the fire, but more in a “gee, maybe” sort of way, said Rob Tracy, a member of the church. But people are speculating about other motives.

“It’s just as likely to be some troubled person who has a beef with God,” Tracy said.

“Or some local punks,” Doak said.
The AP seemed to offer a different motive for the attack:

“After Palin was named John McCain’s running mate, the evangelical church was the subject of intense scrutiny. Early in her campaign, Palin’s church was criticized for promoting in a Sunday bulletin a Focus on the Family ‘Love Won Out’ conference in Anchorage. The conference promised to ‘help men and women dissatisfied with living homosexually understand that same-sex attractions can be overcome.’”

So let me see if I have this straight. The media fell all over itself during the Obama campaign avoiding an in-depth look at the vitriol flowing like a river of vomit out of Wright’s Chicago church. Yet, when Sarah Palin was named as John McCain’s choice for vice president, every major news outlet in the country put reporters on planes to Alaska to “investigate” this woman’s strange church. And now that this same church has been burned — an act that would surely be hailed as a “hate crime” had it happened at Obama’s church — we are told that a ministry to help homosexuals who want to leave their deviant lifestyle may be the reason for the attack.

Meanwhile, the loving, forgiving members of the Wasilla Bible Church are turning the other cheek after their church has just been burned to the ground. Can you imagine Jeremiah Wright and his ilk having such a reaction had it been the Trinity United Church of Christ that was attacked?
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© Copyright 2008 by Doug Patton
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Doug Patton is a freelance columnist who has served as a political speechwriter and public policy advisor. His weekly columns are published in newspapers across the country and on selected Internet web sites, including Human Events Online and GOPUSA.com, where he is a senior writer and state editor. Readers may e-mail him at dougpatton@cox.net.

Disappointed with Bush - Mark Anich

I worked to reelect Bush. I chaired a coalition for him. I sat on a state steering committee for his campaign. I attended his inauguration. Yet today Bush is trying to out-left the Left. In political terms, I now know what it feels like to be raped by a Republican. And it is no better than being raped by a Democrat.

Modern economists who promise that the solution to a recession is to deepen debt, are of the same academic ilk as those who thought up such brilliant experiments as Communism and National Socialism. To them, government is the answer. Yet to our founding fathers, government is always the problem, the enemy of freedom and prosperity, to be heavily constrained lest it inevitably constrain the freedom of all that it governs.

No terrorist need destroy America. Bush and Obama are doing that nicely.

Bush has already socialized more assets than has Cesar Chavez. Bush bailed out our worst bankers, our most inept corporate executives, our most unproductive industries, all the bad and stupid that in a free society normally withers and dies. Now Bush wants to bail out auto unions that guarantee uncompetitive US production in world markets. He feeds America's cancers. Obama the Democrat promises to do the same.

Bush and Obama think government is the answer because if they don't, then they cannot be America's saviors. Every tyrant in history has believed himself to be a savior of his country. Are these tyrants or just egotists? And does the difference really matter if the result is a diminishment of American freedom and prosperity?

I spent several decades in uniform flying and sailing into harms' way for America. I personally endured a life of less freedom and less prosperity for sake of me giving such gifts to other Americans. Our elected leaders are now throwing those gifts away.

The only ray of sunshine is the GOP minority in the Senate putting on the brakes ala the auto industry bailout.

I have a feeling that the USA is blindly walking near a cliff. Where do we go from here?

Monday, December 15, 2008

The Next Republican President?

There's lots of talk about Bobby Jindal and rightfully so. The Governor of Louisiana may well be the next President Reagan. There is a very good article about him and his background courtesy of Newsweek at: http://www.newsweek.com/id/174518/output/print

Check it out.

Shame on President Bush


We at the Objective Conservative may start throwing our size 10 shoes at the president (Just a figure of speech, REALLY, if the Secret Service is monitoring our radical publication) too! Looks like George Bush who really never learned how to say no to more spending will try to make sure that his legacy doesn't include the bankruptcy of Chrysler and GM. He will therefore see that they get some TARP money under whatever contrived conditions to keep them alive long enough for Barack Hussein Obama and a new congress to establish a regular feeding program for them. And, of course, Barack Hussein Obama would never allow a bankruptcy (which is what needs to happen) that might end up making the UAW pay 'competitive' wages if it is to survive along with the big 3.


SHAME ON YOU PRESIDENT BUSH

Happy Anniversary

Yes, today is a special day--the anniversary of the adoption of the first ten amendments to our constitution, the Bill of Rights.

From our friends at The Patriot Post we get this:

"BILL OF RIGHTS ANNIVERSARY"

"Today, 15 December, is the 217th anniversary of the adoption of the Bill of Rights, the first Ten Amendments to our Constitution, as ratified in 1791.

"The Bill of Rights was inspired by three remarkable documents: John Locke's 1689 thesis, Two Treatises of Government, regarding the protection of "property" (in the Latin context, proprius, or one's own "life, liberty and estate"); in part from the Virginia Declaration of Rights authored by George Mason in 1776 as part of that state's Constitution; and, of course, in part from our Declaration of Independence authored by Thomas Jefferson.

"Read in context, the Bill of Rights is both an affirmation of innate individual rights and a clear delineation on constraints upon the central government. As oft trampled and abused as the Bill of Rights is, Patriots should remain vigilant in the fight for our rights."

The Democrat Culture of Corruption







We read today that over 45% of the American public believe that the Obama team was involved in the Blagojevich scandal. Get on board Republicans--let's get the message of the Democrat culture of corruption out there! 2010 is just around the corner and we already have Rangel, Blagojevich and Jefferson to talk about.

Friday, December 12, 2008

Energy Department and Global Warming

For what you can expect on energy and global warming you might want to check out an article in today's Washington Post at: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/12/11/AR2008121103380_pf.html

For those of you who tend to be doubters of man made global warming (as are we) you may need to have lots of Tums available over the next four years. Gore should be happy with this guy.

For those of you who believe all will end in the next century, we suggest you go see the reincarnated version of 'The Day the Earth Stood Still'.

So much for tailfins for now

The big 3 bailout failed the test vote yesterday which means all bets are off for a congressional bailout of these dinosaurs. However, now the pressure is on for President Bush, etal., to use TARP funding to bail the guys out until President Barack Hussein Obama's boys take over in January and can reward their union loving pols with a bailout that will just be the first of many until bankruptcy finally comes.

In somewhat of a surprise, Senator soon-to-be-thankfully-former Hagel didn't vote. Perhaps he was busy preparing for his whirlwind Nebraska thank-you tour.

On the other hand, for those of you who thought Ben Nelson was a conservative just as good as Pete Ricketts, you should know that the good Senator Nelson voted for moving the bailout forward. You can take it to the bank that had it been Senator Ricketts, unlike both Hagel and Nelson, he would have voted NO!

With that said, beware President Bush may well show his real colors or trepidation by approving TARP funds so that his legacy isn't the failure of the big 3. Given his propensity for giving in to the free spending congress over the last 8 years it would not surprise us at all.

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Hagel to say good-bye

Brace yourself. Seems Senator Hagel and Barack Hussein Obama endorser/contributor Lilibet Hagel will make their farewell and thank you tour of Nebraska next week on Wednesday and Thursday. They will go to Ainsworth, Grand Island, Kearney, Lincoln, Norfolk, North Platte, Scottsbluff and Omaha. Sounds like more of an announcement tour than a farewell one, but at least they will be able to get their airplane into and out of those locations quickly. One suspects they won't have a lot of folks stopping by.

Who knows, maybe it will be the last time they will have to be troubled with visiting their "home state?"

We wish the Hagels well as they return to their real home--Washington, D.C.

Failed Senator Supporting Failed Big 3

Apparently, soon-to-be-hasbeen-former senator-but-not-soon-enough Chuck Hagel is leaning toward the big 3 bail out bill. Seems he thinks allowing them to fail would be "astoundingly dangerous" even though he acknowledges his belief that they will probably end up in bankruptcy anyway.
What's more disappointing is that he acknowledges that most of the constituents contacting him are opposed to the bail out.

So we have a failed senator supporting a failed big 3 bail out.

So much for representative government..

Saving Print Journalism - A bail out?

For a little fun you might check out P.J. O'Ruroke's editorial on saving print journalism at:

http://www.theaustralian.news.com.au/story/0,25197,24781911-7583,00.html

What's good for the goose....

Over the last few days we've taken note of a few scandals, most of them involving Democrats. Well, the Republicans dealt effective with one potential fall out of the Ted Stevens Alaska debacle by having Rep. Dan Young (R), Alaska step down until his issues relating to Stevens are resolved.

An article on Real Clear Politics today suggests that perhaps this will put pressure on Nancy Pelosi to remove Congressman Rangel from his committee leadership. If she doesn't the Democrat era of corruption will continue and Republicans should make the best of exposing it.

See the article at: http://realclearpolitics.blogs.time.com/2008/12/10/added-pressure-on-pelosi/

Thanks to Terry, Smith and Fortenberry

While we thought we might have one defection among our congressional delegation we are pleased to report that all three Nebraska congressman voted against the bail out of the big 3. Congratulations and thanks to Congressman Terry, Smith and Fortenberry. We're sure that they were all under lots of pressure from auto dealers (contributors) and various manufacturers across the state that produce products for auto related businesses which makes their votes all the more meaningful.

Now we'll see which way our senators will vote on this. We'll be surprised to see Senator Nelson vote against his party on this one--which should be instructive to Nebraskans that think he is a Republican at heart or as good as one. As for soon-to-be-has-been Senator Hagel who knows. He might vote for the bail out in hope that he can become the Domestic Auto Czar........

Ashford on Right Track

State Senator Brad Ashford seldom gets kudos from the Objective Conservative, but it appears he is at least moving in the right direction on the immigration issue. He will be holding a hearing in Lincoln tomorrow at the Capitol at 9:00 a.m. in room 1524. At the hearing there will be a discussion of a report compiled at numerous hearings across the state this last summer. While the report sets out several options, some very undesirable like issuing illegals drivers licenses, it appears Senator Ashford is leaning to introduce legislation that would require all employers to utilize electronic verification prior to hiring. This is a good start.

There are other potential recommendations in the report such as working with ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) under the 287(g) program that would give local law enforcement officers the training to enforce immigration laws. This should certainly be considered.

If nothing else, when the economy is going south, the state should ensure that the first to have an opportunity for a job be an American citizen and after that a legal immigrant. For those not here legally they should be the first to go south.

Hopefully, Senator Ashford will carry through with his plans and support some of Governor Heineman's options as well in the next legislative session.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

A Final No to a bad GOP Senator

In what we hope is the last we hear from former senator "meet-me-in-the-stall" Craig, a Minnesota appeals court rejected his latest effort to withdraw his guilty plea after his arrest in a Minneapolis airport bathroom.

Let's hope this flushes away any further efforts by Craig.

No Car Czar

In our relentless campaign against a big 3 bail out we offer a great piece by Maggie Gallagher at:
http://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2008/12/no_car_czar_please_were_americ.html

She does a great job of summing up our thoughts.

The Culture of Corruption

We've already suggested that Republicans get on the band wagon, but today Michelle Malkin seems to be saying the same, siting numerous examples and concluding, "The Democrats have met the culture of corruption, and it looks like it ain't just elephants among the jackasses soiling public office."

You might want to check out her piece at: http://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2008/12/the_democratic_culture_of_corr.html

Senate Seats

It gives one a little pause to think about the upcoming U.S. Senate seat appointments. The replacement for Barack Hussein Obama in Illinois will no longer be appointed by soon-to-go-to-jail Governor Blagojevich, but no doubt by the Illinois legislature. The New York senate seat replacement for Hillary will be decided by "Let's have a three-some" Governor David Paterson who filled in for "just-one-more-quickie" deposed governor Eliot Spitzer. No doubt, Caroline Kennedy will get that spot as she embarks on a future White House run. Then, you have the replacement for vice-president elect Biden who has ensured the future of his son as the ultimate senator from his state (in two years) through the interim appointment of Biden's long-time aide.

Draw your own conclusions.

Blagojevich, Axelrod, Obama, Clinton, Carter

From our friends at "Real Clear Politics" today we read:

"Shortly after President-elect Obama said this afternoon that he had had "no contact" with Gov. Rod Blagojevich regarding his vacant Senate seat, it was reported that Obama senior adviser David Axelrod said last month in a televised interview that Obama has "talked with the governor."

In a statement released tonight, Axelrod took it back. "I was mistaken when I told an interviewer last month that the President-elect has spoken directly to Governor Blagojevich about the Senate vacancy," Axelrod said. "They did not then or at any time discuss the subject."


Perhaps Axelrod has taken semantics from Bill Clinton? In any event, while we assume that president-elect Barack Hussein Obama had no knowledge of "senate-seat-for-sale-gate", we wonder if like Jimmy Carter and his Georgia mafia the soon-to-be president won't be plagued with his Illinois mafia connections?

Senator Hagel's farewell

When you read today's Omaha World-Herald you might check out page 7B and the editorial by has-been, soon-to-be-former-senator, "I'm-waiting-for-that-phone-call-from-my-friend-Barack Hussein Obama" Chuck Hagel. Hagel, who (for his "last letter to his constituents") can only find one bill to mention that had his name on it, provides nothing more than a lot of rhetoric about and a litany of the 12 years of global reorientation that occurred under his watch.

In his editorial he shows his "worldly" outlook by noting that, "Regional, comprehensive strategies--rather than individual nation-by-nation compartmentalized polices--will be required to confront our 21st century global challenges." Certainly sounds like the Hagel doctrine of the world first the United States second.

Hagel notes further that, " For too long, our country has drifted without a coherent national energy policy. A new national energy policy must incorporate our economic, environmental and national-security priorities while developing a wider and deeper domestic portfolio of energy resources." He continues, " Comprehensive energy reform will help provide America with the resources required to meet our 21st-century energy needs and compete in a new competitive world." To these comments we simply ask what has soon-to-be-forgotten Senator Hagel accomplished or even offered to face this challenge during his too-long tenure as a U.S. Senator?

Acknowledging, perhaps unwittingly, his last 12 years Hagel says, " Democracies and great societies flourish through informed and engaged citizens. I will always be grateful for the support, advise and assistance of the people I have represented." Well, we're not quite sure how the soon-to-be (thank goodness) former senator ever listened to his constituents. Perhaps, in a way he did listen when he chose not to run for re-election under the inane pretext (delusional at best) that he might seek the presidency (a notion brought asunder by his ill-fated and embarrassing press conference wherein he announced that he had nothing to announce).

One of the things Hagel said that we do agree with is that, "One of the most gratifying things about being your U.S. senator has been the opportunity to serve Nebraskans when they needed help. This work is not glamorous, but it makes a big difference in the lives of real people. For this, I owe my staff a tremendous debt of gratitude." Yes, the senator did have a well-oiled staff that did a very good job of taking care of constituents and their needs. Too bad the senator failed to listen to and represent his constituents as well.
Senator Hagel will soon be an unremarkable footnote and not much more in the long succession of Nebraska's U.S. Senators. For many of his constituents that day won't come soon enough and sadly he will leave little accomplishment for which to be remembered.

Farewell.

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

More Proof the Inmates are Running the Asylum - Doug Patton

December 8, 2008

In the inmates-are-running-the-asylum department, too many cases are popping up to ignore them. Here are a few modest examples:

At the state capitol in Olympia, Washington, Gov. Christine Gregoire (a Democrat, of course), has approved the placement of an atheist sign for public display next to a nativity scene. The sign reads: “At this season of THE WINTER SOLSTICE, may reason prevail. There are no gods, no devils, no angels, no heaven or hell. There is only our natural world. Religion is but myth and superstition that hardens hearts and enslaves minds. Placed by the Freedom From Religion Foundation on behalf of its Washington State Members.”

Tell that “hardens hearts” nonsense to the millions of Christian believers who have been martyred down through history at the hand of atheist monsters like Stalin and Mao. Personally, I wish I could get a little freedom from the unbelievers who have so totally screwed up life in America.

In an unrelated Christmas story from the Netherlands, a gay group in Amsterdam has organized a “Pink Christmas” festival featuring a nativity scene with two Josephs and two Marys. The rationale for this bizarre display is “to increase the range of options for homosexual men and women during the Christmas holiday week” and to “encourage people to think about homosexuality and religion.” Just what I want to think about at Christmastime.

In Bloomington, Indiana, an undercover pro-life college student told a Planned Parenthood “nurse” that she was 13 and had been impregnated by a 31-year-old man. The nurse told the girl not to disclose her age or the age of the man. She then encouraged the girl to lie and say that the “boy” in question was 14. Apparently, local police, although they have been notified of the statutory rape implications in this case, have chosen to do nothing to investigate Planned Parenthood. They did, however, post extra security around the clinic in case of a “pro-life backlash.”

In Great Britain (which is no longer so great), Muslims have so cowed the government that public schools have stopped teaching about the Holocaust. It seems that a significant percentage of the Islamic population in the U.K. (which is growing by frightening quantities) believes the same fairy tale espoused by Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad — namely that the holocaust never happened.

Also in England, the popularity of chaste pop idols like the Jonas Brothers has not been exalted. In fact, girls caught wearing “purity rings,” signifying that they wanted to remain virgins until marriage, were forced to remove them. Apparently, the authorities didn’t want the slutty girls to feel ostracized.

In Congress, Rep. Charlie Rangel (D-NY), after having violated about half of the federal tax laws, is staying on as chairman of the tax-writing House Ways and Means Committee. Meanwhile, Sen. Chris Dodd and Rep. Barney Frank, the king and queen of congressional oversight of the banking industry, are still in charge of running their respective asylums. Frank, whose boyfriend ran a prostitution ring out of the congressman’s townhouse back in 1990, and who more recently was involved in a homosexual affair with an official of Fannie Mae, one of the bankrupt quasi-governmental entities Frank oversees as head of the House Financial Services Committee, sees no conflict between his public and personal life. Pay no attention to that little gay man behind the curtain.

Speaking of Congress, the heads of the so-called Big 3 auto manufacturers were summoned to Capitol Hill for a little public flogging before handing them their bailout money. Of course, they had to be humiliated further for daring to fly in to Washington on their corporate jets (an admittedly stupid PR move when begging for billions in public alms). The great irony here is that Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi has a jet available to her at all times as well. Not to worry, though, because the auto makers have been so cowed that they drove to DC in their own “green” vehicles the next time they came calling with their hands out.

It’s like “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” meets “Mr. Smith Goes to Washington.” Except that Mr. Smith is in a straight jacket in a rubber room while the loons run the asylum.

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Doug Patton is a freelance columnist who has served as a political speechwriter and public policy advisor. His weekly columns are published in newspapers across the country and on selected Internet web sites, including Human Events Online and GOPUSA.com, where he is a senior writer and state editor. Readers may e-mail him at dougpatton@cox.net.
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Former Republican Congressman gets jail

Just to be fair and balanced, we're quite happy to see former New York Republican Congressman Vito Fossella get sentenced to jail, if only for a too short 5 days. You may recall he was picked up earlier in the year for driving under the influence at over two times the legal limit. That led to the unveiling of a scandal about how this upright, outstanding citizen and lawmaker was having an affair with gal who had born his child despite his being happily married.
Oh well, for today that's one for the R's and three for the Ds.

Do the ones in charge know what they are doing?

We at the Objective Conservative do, admittedly, tend to present editorials and articles that reflect our point of view and we do so unapologetically because after all we are right. Right? Anyway, since we continue to oppose any automaker bail out, we thought we'd suggest you check out a piece by one of our favorite Democrats, Ed Koch, who thinks that all the folks making the bail out decisions don't have the slightest idea what they are doing. Check it out at: http://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2008/12/those_in_charge_of_our_economy.html

Corruption - More on Rangel

Continuing our harangue about corruption, there is even more on DEMOCRAT Congressman Rangel today. This guy should be indicted with the likes of William Jefferson and ultimately arrested as with Blogojevich.

Remember the corruption scandal of 2006 and the Republicans? Let's start on the corruption scandal of 2010 and the Democrats. And......Barack Hussein Obama hasn't even served his first day in office.

Maybe someone should ask him what he thinks of the future of these, his party mates.

When will they listen?

Even as your lawmakers get ready to vote on a mere $15 billion bail out of the big 3, the citizens (those dumb rubes) are 53% opposed to any bail out. See the results of the latest Rasmussen Report at: http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/business/general_business/53_oppose_government_loans_to_automakers

This is an opportunity for lawmakers, and WE HOPE NEBRASKA SENATORS AND CONGRESSMAN, to oppose this initial trip to the well. Our guess is that there will be two senators and one congressman from Nebraska that will sell out to the bail out? What do you think?

JUST VOTE NO!

January Hall of Shame Nominee - Rod Blogojevich

Looks like we have a new Hall of Shame Nominee and this guy is a Democrat. Yes, seems the FBI has arrested none other than Illinois Governor Rod Blogojevich for just about everything from trying to sell Barack Hussein Obama's senate seat to bribery and corruption charges.

Now, Illinois as you may recall is not exactly a state that produces honest governors. You might remember that it was in fact the former Governor Ryan (yes, a Republican) who we can probably blame for helping create president-elect Barack Hussein Obama when he left the Illinois U.S. Senate race because of his many problems. That allowed Barack Hussein Obama to beat carpet bagger Alan Keyes who replaced Ryan on the ticket. And here we are today.

Back to Blogojevich. This guy is a real bum. Republicans across the nation should be screaming Democrats and corruption (forget Stevens in Alaska). And to think, according to the FBI, the good governor was consorting with none other than Barack Hussein Obama soul-mate Tony Rezko in his scheming.

SHOUT IT FROM THE ROOF TOPS. ILLINOIS ASSOCIATES OF BARACK HUSSEIN OBAMA BEING INDICTED REGULARLY. COULD THIS BE A PORTENT OF THINGS TO COME FROM THE PRESIDENT-ELECT? ONE IS KNOWN, ACCORDING TO A POPULAR ADAGE, BY THE COMPANY HE KEEPS.

Monday, December 8, 2008

So long and go to jail


It appears that Rep. William Jefferson, (D) La., has been defeated by an relatively unknown Republican. The citizens of Louisiana, like those of Alaska threw out their scumbag crook. However, like the Alaska situation, Jefferson prevailed in the primary only to give up the seat to the other party. Wouldn't it be great if this would happen more often?

Good bye Mr. Jefferson and we hope you spend a long time in jail.

Keep building those cars with tail fins


We hate to keep kicking a dead horse but it seems it's ugly head keeps rising so we will say once again that it is absolutely absurd to grant the big 3 auto makers any bail out money until they actually go into Chapter 11 and can restructure their union contracts and make the real changes necessary for competing with their rivals. Much better for the government to become a secured creditor in Chapter 11 Bankruptcy than an unsecured creditor whose bail out will only assure continued trips back to congress and 100s of billions more poured down an abyss.

Senator Shelby, R-AL, got it right when he said, "This is a bridge loan to nowhere...This is a down payment on many billions to come. They've got to compete. They can't compete."
It appears that Nebraska's soon to be senior senator Ben Nelson is already preparing to sign on to the bill which will apparently give the big 3 some $15 billion to get them by. One can only guess what has-been, not-soon-enough-to-be-former-senator Hagel will do but one certainly wouldn't expect him to take any valiant stand since it might further erode any hope that his good friend Barack Hussein Obama might offer him some lowly post in his administration. Keep hoping Chuck.

Friday, December 5, 2008

More thoughts on the Big 3


Our friends at Taxpayers for Common Sense (http://by110w.bay110.mail.live.com/mail/InboxLight.aspx?n=1397925811) while taking a perhaps more moderate stand on a potential bail out of the big three than we noted this in their weekly letter:
"But the most telling testimony before the Senate banking committee on Thursday came from Mark Zandi, the Chief Economist at Moody's Economy.com (speaking on his own behalf, not the company's) that in the end, the cost to keep Detroit from going bankrupt could be between $75 and $125 billion. The automakers admit that the costs could certainly go higher."

We've suggested all along that any bail out would simply represent the first of many more installments to these guys and that ultimately only bankruptcy will cure their ills--bloated union contracts. We still believe that to be the case and while some argue of the domino effect of big 3 bankruptcy on suppliers, etc., as well as whether their would be buyers for their vehicles given future parts availability, we wonder why it wouldn't be smarter for the government to allow them to file for bankruptcy and THEN become a secured creditor to help them through their rebuilding process?

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Received a Wish list form for our bailout plea

One of our readers was kind enough to send us a formal bailout wish list. You may want to use it to list the top 10 things you want to have the government or one of its agencies give you, your business or your organization for Christmas. See below.

http://skitch.com/dml247/787q/tarp-bailout-christmas-application.doc

Information for Fatties

It's no secret that we at the Objective Conservative have little use for what we regard as intrusive regulation that often benefits no one in the end. Thus, our continuing battle with those who think they can regulate us to lead healthy lives through food labeling.

Whether it be Philadelphia (one of our last iterations), Chicago, New York or the fat police of the left coast, we don't believe that posting calorie or other information will keep fatso from buying his daily allotment of Big Macs or Whoppers.
RINO Arnie Schwarzenegger might think regulating trans fats out of restaurants will save people and the Los Angeles City Council may think that refusing anymore chain restaurants the ability to locate in southeast L.A. will improve the health of the diabetic, obese folks who live there, but only personal responsibility will do that.

So where are we going now? Well, if you didn't notice Senator Harkin, D-Iowa has said he will reintroduce a bill to require chain restaurants to post fat, sodium and calorie content on their menus or menu boards where the chain has more than 20 restaurants. He calls it the Menu Education and Labeling Act, or the 'MEAL' Act for short. Does he really think this is going to make people healthier?

The sad thing is that because of those 'progressive' states and cities mentioned above some state restaurant associations are actually signing on to such national legislative attempts since it makes it easier to deal with one law rather than 57 (opps, we remember Barack Hussein Obama telling us there were 57 states).

Two questions:
1) Does anyone believe this will keep someone from eating his 2000 calorie double Whopper,
double fries and shake for lunch?

2) Where in the Constitution of the United States of America does it give the federal government
the right to regulate what we eat. (we know, you liberals will call it interstate commerce)?

We'd continue our treatise, but it's dinner time and we need to get to Hardy's for our 1200 calorie super burger...........

What Got us in this Mess

There is a really great read on the current financial crisis this country is experiencing. It comes from Peter J. Wallison at the American Enterprise Institute and although long goes through the litany of government decisions that got us to where we are. It will tell you everything you need to know about the home lending policies that precipitated this crisis.

Before you blame just the greedy capitalists, you should read Cause and Effect, Government Policies and the Financial Crisis at: http://www.aei.org/publications/pubID.29015/pub_detail.asp

Frontier Spirit

At a time when every financial institution and endeavor around us seems to be failing, one could assert that our country is a nation of institutions too big to fail and one where risk taking is only a problem if you are "too little to fail".

There is a good piece in the Wall Street Journal, America Needs it's Frontier Spirit", by Daniel Henninger that sounds a note of caution to those who would over react. It's worth the read.

See it at: http://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2008/12/america_needs_its_frontier_spi.html

2010

Yes, we just finished one election and already are thinking about the next national one. And prospects for Republicans will have to change immensely if they are not to lose a couple of more seats in the Senate in 2010, giving the Democrats a truly veto/filibuster proof Senate.

According to Rasmussen Reports, in the upcoming Pennsylvania U.S. Senate race, RINO Republican Arlen Specter leads liberal, unbiased MSNBC reporter Chris Matthews by only 3% at this point in time, 46% to 43%.

This shouldn't be a surprise to anyone. Specter has been 'surviving' his last elections and bringing down other conservatives along the way. While he is a much needed 'Republican' vote in the senate, that is in fact what he is, a Republican vote.

Like other RINOS, he does little to define the difference between Republicans and Democrats so the voter can hardly be blamed when it comes to casting a vote.

While we wish President-elect Barack Hussein Obama well, it will take a major failure on his part to save Specter from himself and a confused electorate.

Republican Senators - 2010 - Minus 1

What's Good for the Goose......

We don't normally print letters to the editor without some permission, but since this one went to the Washington Post and is from a very credible authority, Robert Bixby, Executive Director of the Concord Coalition, we will do it anyway. We believe his analogy that the government should be held to the same standards congress intends to impose on the auto industry is right on--although we still believe that best choice for the big 3 is bankruptcy. In any event, here is what Bixby has to say:

" Congress in a Glass House

By Robert BixbyThursday, December 4, 2008

"After hearings last month to consider the plight of the Big Three automakers, Congress's warning was clear: no plan, no bailout. It was a tough-love message, but it rang a bit hollow coming from lawmakers who have no plan of their own to avoid a fiscal debacle that could be many times more serious than anything the automakers face."

Although this year's budget deficit, likely to top $1 trillion, can be largely explained by temporary factors, shortfalls of this size will become routine and ultimately unsustainable if nothing is done to close the projected gap between government revenue and spending on federal health-care and retirement benefits."

In these circumstances, it is worth asking what might be demanded of Congress by a special guardian appointed to safeguard the interests of today's youth. A good place to start is the letter written to the automakers by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Harry M. Reid."

The two said they would consider assistance to the auto industry under certain conditions. They called for a "documented assessment" of the companies' "current operating cash position" and an explanation of how the automakers "will meet the financing needs associated with the plan to ensure the companies' long-term viability."

The letter demanded "varying assumptions" of expected sales along with "specific measures designed to ensure transparency and accountability." This included "proposals to address the payment of health care and pension obligations." Any loans would be "immediately callable" if long-term benchmarks were not met."

Pelosi and Reid declared that the American people "deserve to see a plan that is accountable to taxpayers and that is viable for the long-term," with "significant sacrifices and major changes to [the automakers'] way of doing business."

These sound conditions should be applied to the federal budget as well. Unfortunately, though, there is no special guardian of future generations to make such demands. That job belongs to our elected leaders. They, too, must demonstrate significant sacrifices and major changes to their way of doing business. After all, they share responsibility for the nation's future just as the Big Three executives share responsibility for the future of the auto industry."

So when Congress turns its attention from bailouts to budgets, it should begin work on a fiscal sustainability plan -- applying the same high standards to the government that it is asking of the automakers. Congress may find a willing partner in President-elect Barack Obama, who recently noted that "as soon as the recovery is well underway, then we've got to set up a long-term plan to reduce the structural deficit and make sure that we're not leaving a mountain of debt for the next generation."

Crafting such a plan would incite controversy over timing and the appropriate mix of spending cuts, revenue increases and borrowing. The basic facts, however, should not be in dispute:
Congress will soon receive two reports that could be used to set the stage for reform. If lawmakers want a "documented assessment" of the nation's "current operating cash position," they should read the Treasury Department's Financial Report of the United States Government, due to be released in mid-December. This often-overlooked annual report details the extent to which the federal government is falling short of meeting the financing needs associated with the nation's long-term fiscal health. Last year's report found that promised Medicare benefits over the next 75 years will exceed dedicated revenue and premiums by $34.1 trillion in net present value. The corresponding Social Security shortfall was $6.7 trillion."


If lawmakers want to assess fiscal policy under "varying assumptions," they can review the annual Congressional Budget Office report on the government's long-term fiscal outlook, also due to be released in mid-December. Last year's CBO report found that even under an "extended baseline" scenario in which spending is constrained and the Bush tax cuts are allowed to expire, annual deficits will reach nearly 20 percent of gross domestic product by 2082. In contrast, this year's "record" deficit will be around 7 percent of GDP. Under an "alternative fiscal scenario," which more closely reflects recent policy, the outlook is considerably worse. Deficits are likely to exceed 20 percent of GDP by 2050."

Any plan should include transparency measures. There must be no scorekeeping gimmicks that hide costs or produce fanciful savings. For accountability, the plan should include realistic benchmarks for spending and revenue, with triggers that can be altered only by a specific vote, and pay-as-you-go rules should be written into law."

Congress is right to insist on a long-term plan for the automobile industry. It should impose similar conditions on itself. The problem is largely a lack of political will to act on information that is already available. The longer this situation persists, the bigger the bailout that future taxpayers will be left to finance."

As Pelosi and Reid told the automakers, "Thank you for your prompt attention to this matter."

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Is the Sky Still Falling?

We've often asserted that the Church of Global Warming is nothing more than a cottage industry that produces grants for those who fall in line and simply accept the premise that the earth is warming and that man(sorry you sexist females) is the cause. And as Debra Saunders notes in the article below some of what the press provides you is just a little askew, not to mention what so-called 'credible' groups provide. It's short but worth reading for those of you who don't regularly attend church with AL GORE.

See: http://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2008/11/when_the_warmest_in_history_is.html

Objective Conservative seeks bailout

With banks, insurance companies, auto manufacturers and states now seeking bailouts what could be next? Maybe cities? Newspapers? When and where will it end?

Well, we at the Objective Conservative think we need a bailout too! It's only fair. After all, we fit the mold. We have too much competition, too little talent and ability. We seldom change. We have little or no financial resources and no one ever clicks any of the google ads that generate a penny or so to help us pay our bills.

Uncle Sugar (Uncle Sam, Santa Claus), couldn't we just have a couple of hundred dollars if we promise to quit being so cynical about government? We promise not to criticize the president-elect or the Democrat leadership. We'll sell our corporate jet and buy a big three vehicle that gets at least 35 miles per gallon. No more expensive planning sessions at vacation resorts. We Promise.

PLEASEEEEEEEEEEEE. Just a little bailout?

Another Government Success Story

For those of you who who believe in government's ability to do things like bailouts, just think about how well they put together the new Capitol Visitor's Center. It started out as a $70 million effort in the early 1990s and opened today at a cost of only about $600 million more or nearly 10 times more than anticipated. Think about what these guys can do with Ford, GM and Chrysler not to mention the $700 trillion our congress has already given them to spend. And of course, that doesn't take into consideration the $2 trillion or so in guarantees they've given the likes of Citigroup and others.

You might want to check out the story of the visitor center, but probably one of the most telling revelations about it's dedication is the arrogance of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid who according to the Washington Post said:

"In the summertime, because of the high humidity and how hot it gets here, you could literally smell the tourists coming into the Capitol.... "Well, that is no longer going to be necessary."

An Upside Down World for Chuck Hagel

It's an upside down world.

As President-elect Barack Hussein Obama goes about filling his cabinet posts one can only wonder whether Lilibet Hagel is thinking she should get her donation and endorsement back.

Poor ol' soon-to-be-has-been (He's actually been a has-been much longer than he realizes) Chuck Hagel must be wondering whether he should have been bold enough to follow his wife's lead and actually endorse the guy.

Everybody is getting a job but Chuckie.

If he can get beyond his intellectual paralysis, perhaps he can start a think tank or maybe just settle to run the Sandhills Pac in case he wants to run or actually endorse someone in 2012.

Oh well, at least Chuck and wife will have seats for the inauguration. And who knows, maybe the president-elect will give Lilibet a job?

The Mayor Race - Is the Idea War Escalating?

With the Omaha Mayoral race heating up and three real candidates (and a couple of also runs) in the race the ideas game is reaching new highs. Just yesterday, candidate Suttle escalated the ideas war by suggesting on KFAB that Omaha's Archbishop Eldon Curtis should recruit the Pope to come to Omaha's new College World Series Stadium. That's really dreaming since the Pope seldom goes anywhere where there are crowds of less than a million.

Suttle went even further by suggesting that given its height a toboggan run might be set up so local denizens could take a slide on Omaha made snow from the top of the new stadium to its infield. Check out the article on today's Leavenworth Blog (see links below) and see the utube video at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g_aHdr8cVX0&eurl=http://leavenworthstreet.blogspot.com/&feature=player_embedded

Will the idea war escalate further? Perhaps new mayoral candidate Jim Vokal will raise the ante and suggest that a ski run be established from the top of the Union Pacific Headquarters? Not to be out done, candidate Hal Daub could be expected to petition for the 2016 Winter Olympics to be held right in down town Omaha with the 40 story First National Bank tower the center with man made ski slopes and a bob sled run from its summit. Who knows, maybe one of them will offer to get God to carry the Olympic torch across the Bob Kerrey Memorial Bridge to open the games..... And one could count on Suttle to suggest that the new CWS Stadium simply be flooded and turned into an ice rink.

Candidate Suttle could have just started an avalanche of ideas--or simply showed what Omahans could expect from him should he somehow slide his way into the mayor's office.