Tuesday, August 31, 2010

To Pledge or Not to Pledge? Dah!

So our Nebraska Watchdog Joe Jordan, thinks it's news that Governor Heineman won't sign a pledge not to run for the U.S. Senate in 2012? Now, really.

Joe is smarter than this. He remembers that the 'pledge' not to run probably resulted in then Governor Ben Nelson losing his senate bid to Chuck Hagel in 1996.

Why would any rational governor who has no political place to go after 2014 sign such a pledge when he has a 70% favorability rating? Our contributors have heard Dave say many times over the years that he didn't exactly love the idea of Washington and the U.S. Senate, but let's face it Judas Ben Nelson is easy picking in 2012. If Dave wants the job it is his!

So to Joe Jordan we simply say, "Dah?"

Taxation Without Representation - Rachel Bone

Does this sound familiar to those who were fortunate enough to study the Revolutionary War? TAXATION WITHOUT REPRESENTATION.

Those of us that live outside Omaha by choice are now being asked to pay for the lack of upkeep to the streets and services in Omaha? We have the privilege of driving out of Sarpy County where streets are cleared of snow in to the massive snow drifts that remain for days in the "City".

We have no vote on the Mayor or the City Council, yet they are allowed to put a mandatory tax on us? Is that the way this country was established? Well, the answer is no. It is unfair and inane to say the least.

Are they asking businesses to collect the tax from us or is the burden on the area in which we live? Well my thoughts are, if it is asked of the businesses, they should just say NO. The same for government entities if they are asked to collect the tax.

As of now, I am saying NO to the hierarchy of Omaha and I will not pay the tax. Take me to jail, put a lien on my house, impound my automobile if you must, but I WILL NOT pay to drive into the "City". I will fight this to the Supreme Court if need be. I will not be governed by outsiders!!!

All the people who are affected by this tax should make sure no sales tax monies, restaurant tax or other entertainment tax stays within the "City". They are many fine restaurants, movies theatres and shopping in the surrounding areas. I will never spend another dime within the city limits and all of you should do the same.

Oh wait, they could then come up with a tax to impose upon you when you drive out of the "City". Stand firm on this, people and JUST SAY NO! Big Business in Omaha, what would your work force be if you only have workers who live within the city limits?

Wake up out there and I repeat.....JUST SAY NO Mr. Suttle and the Omaha City Council.

When Will The Boot Drop?

We wonder when the Mayor will bring the citizens the next deal of the century. You know, the Fire Union Contract? A couple of weeks ago we gave you the demographics on where the police department members lived and paid taxes (see: Monday, August 16, 2010 74% of Omaha's Finest Don't Even Pay City Property Taxes!) Although the percentages are quite similar, just to be fair we thought we'd give you the same data on the fire department.
  • 228 or 34% live and pay property taxes in the City of Omaha


    • 115 or 17% live within the City of Omaha wheel tax zone. To be clear, all firemen and policemen and city employees pay the wheel tax as part of their employment.


    • 272 or 41% live in another county


    • 51 or 8% live in another state

    Gosh, given these results one would think that Mayor Suttle might want to get his lackeys Patrick Star Jerram, TAX AND SPEND THOMAS (McGoo) MULLIGAN, Ben I've-never-seen-a-tax-that I don't like Gray and Garry dumb-as-a-tack Gernandt to introduce a bill requiring city employees to be residents of the city. That way they could all vote for the folks they already own and our delusional mayor could sell it as an economic development program to get more homes sold within the city thus increasing property values!

    Anne Boyle, The Elephant in the Room











    With Mister Mike Meister's selection of Anne Boyle to be his running mate in his bid for governor, it seems the duo has aggressively kicked off their attack on Dave Heineman and his bid for re-election, and more importantly what will be his incipient and yet tacit campaign to return Judas Ben Nelson to a senior living facility or to his government supported turkey farm/estate on the Platte River.

    Of course, Mister Mike Meister, Anne Boyle, Jeremy Nordquist and Heith Mello who seem to be the only 'prominent' members of the Nebraska Democratic Party have seized upon Heineman's letter to the Nebraska Educators last week wherein he appealed to them to consider the choices between health care and educational funding. Frankly, we think Heineman's letter was ill-timed and ill-advised, but it certainly wasn't 'blackmail' as so described by new Lt. Governor candidate Anne Boyle.

    But Anne is on a mission and it is to protect and promote her beloved Democratic Party. For this we give her credit and we'd acknowledge that she brings passion to her efforts. We thought it was amusing that Joe Jordan suggested Anne was the big name on the ticket yesterday at the announcement. Anne indicated that she was well know in Eastern Nebraska while Mike was from Scottsbluff on the western side of the state. Well, Anne is the better known of the two. In fact, not only did Mister Mike Mesiter lose hid bid for Attorney General against Jon Bruning in 2002, he wasn't popular enough to win the support for his bid for county attorney in his own home county of Scottsbluff.

    Wasting no time yesterday, Anne also suggested that the Omaha Mayor Suttle recall effort was partisan. She was wrong. But she has taken up the absolutely partisan effort to define all efforts against a Democrat as partisan and you can bet she'll continue to do so until she and her running mate get 36% of the popular vote on November 2nd.

    Ironically, when it comes to her and Mister Mike Meister, she is the elephant in the room.

    Monday, August 30, 2010

    Barack Obama is No Failure - Doug Patton

    August 30, 2010

    “Concentrated power has always been the enemy of liberty.”
    — Ronald Reagan, 40th President of the United States

    When Rush Limbaugh said of Barack Obama, "I hope he fails," everyone assumed that he wanted Obama's policies to make him so unpopular that in 2012 the electorate would overwhelmingly vote to make him the most unambiguous one-termer since Jimmy Carter. As he approaches the half-way point of that one term, Obama does, indeed, seem hell-bent on serving only four years in office — but the word "failure" may not apply to this man after all.

    This president came into office with the most aggressively socialist agenda of any chief executive since Franklin Roosevelt. His goals were simple but radical:
    1. to diminish the image of the United States abroad as a sort of penance for what he perceives as our past sins on the international stage;
    2. to redistribute the wealth of the nation in order to reward his friends and punish his political foes;
    3. to grow the size and scope of federal authority and power beyond even the wildest dreams of FDR himself.

    In other words, as he told us five days before his 2008 election, his goal was to "fundamentally transform America." By these criteria, Obama is anything but a failure.

    Since taking office, he has bowed before Saudi princes and other tinhorn dictators, thereby groveling on behalf of all his countrymen. He apologized for us to our enemies in the Muslim world, offered to talk unconditionally to the leader of Iran (a suicide state if ever there was one), and snubbed Israel, the one democracy and our most important ally in the Middle East. He is preparing to abandon Iraq to the mercy of Syria and Iran. Can Afghanistan be far behind?

    Goal #1 accomplished.

    Obama has taken over banks, insurance companies and two-thirds of the U.S. auto industry. He held General Motors and Chrysler stockholders hostage to his auto bailout while stealing their stock and handing it over to his union supporters in the United Auto Workers.

    He recently signed a $26 billion bill to bail out teachers' unions and prop up their bloated pensions. (It's for the children, you know.)

    He intends to allow the Bush tax cuts to sunset at the end of this year, thereby raising taxes on all productive Americans in the name of "fairness."

    Goal #2 humming along nicely.

    He forced through a monstrous government health care bill that most of the Congress had not read and most of the country did not want. It forces Americans to buy something they may not need or cannot afford, and it increases the burden on an already overworked system at a time when many health care professionals are threatening to leave their vocation. And now that it is law, Obama will spend unlimited amounts of our tax dollars defending it in court.

    He has stated that he wants a gargantuan tax on American consumption (VAT) and upon industry (carbon tax). In short, he wants to be involved in every aspect of our lives.

    Goal #3 right on schedule.

    Barack Obama knows, as did Franklin Roosevelt, that once enacted and accepted as entitlements, the programs he has initiated will never go away. He knows that most future Republican politicians will never have the intestinal fortitude to tell the American people the truth as to why, for the sake of the union, they must repeal his initiatives.

    In recent years, our benevolent federal government has "saved" us from Big Tobacco, Big Alcohol, Big Oil, Big Pharma, Big Insurance, Big Automobile, Big Pollution and Big Business. The question is, when Barack Obama and our other saviors in government and in the media are finished "saving" us, who will save us from Big Brother?

    By his own reckoning, Barack Obama is no failure. Even if he is a one term president, he has done damage that may never be repaired.
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    © 2010 by Doug Patton
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    Doug Patton describes himself as a recovering political speechwriter who agrees with himself much more often than not. Now working as a freelance writer, his weekly columns of sage political analysis are published the world over by legions of discerning bloggers, courageous webmasters and open-minded newspaper editors. Astute supporters and inane detractors alike are encouraged to e-mail him with their pithy comments at dougpatton@cox.net.

    Sunday, August 29, 2010

    Tell Businesses To Turn On Fox

    In today's 'we get e-mail' category, we share with you one from our friends at Moveon.org. Seems they have their panties in a bunch over Fox News mother company giving $1 million to the Republican party. So the solution is to get their members to talk to any public venue and prod them into turning off Fox. Apparently, they think some impartial source like CNN would be more appropriate. Our contributors will continue to frequent those venues that have Fox News on--and there are a lot of them.

    Dear MoveOn member,

    Did you hear that Fox News' parent company came right out and gave a $1 million contribution directly to the Republican party? So much for "fair and balanced."

    Fox News is a problem. Which is why we want to pass on this important email from our friends at ColorOfChange, who've just launched a new campaign to get Fox News off of TVs in public spaces. Check it out!

    From: James Rucker, ColorOfChange.org

    Subject: Glenn Beck vs. Dr. King?

    A year ago, Glenn Beck called the president a racist who had a deep-seated hatred for white people. In just over a week, he says he will "reclaim" the legacy of the civil rights movement by holding his "Restoring Honor" rally at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C.—on the same day and place as Dr. King's "I Have a Dream" speech.

    You can get mad at Beck. You can protest and try to prevent him from stepping on Dr. King's honor for one day. The reality is that the next day—and five days a week from there on out—Beck will be back on Fox News, speaking to millions and spreading hate, lies, and fear, as he does every week.

    The real problem is Fox News. Fox News gives Beck his platform, and Fox promotes his events—all despite Beck losing virtually all of his major advertisers in the last year.
    Fox's rhetoric is not just divisive; it's dangerous. Last month, a heavily armed man got into a gunfight with police after he was pulled over on his way to kill people at the Tides Foundation—a non-profit that was little known until Glenn Beck repeatedly demonized it, claiming it to be the center of a great conspiracy. Last year, Kansas doctor George Tiller was gunned down while at church after Bill O'Reilly called him a Nazi, a "baby killer," and warned of "Judgment Day."

    It's why today we're launching TurnOffFox, and we hope you'll join us. TurnOffFox is the first step in our overall effort to beat back the poison, hate, and division of Fox. We'll get Fox turned off in stores, restaurants, and other public places—places where Fox pulls in new viewers and gains legitimacy. But we need your help.

    Click below to declare your household "Fox free" and at the same time call on establishments in your community (and across the country) to follow your lead and turn off Fox. Armed with thousands of signatures, ColorOfChange members will visit businesses in their communities that play Fox, explain how divisive and dangerous it is, and call on them to stop. And we'll give you a FREE Turn Off Fox sticker when you do—it takes just a moment:

    Some people watch Fox at home because it reflects their view of the world; but there are others who see it on TV in public places and assume that it's legitimate news. Fox News is often on in bars, restaurants, airport lounges, stores—appearing to be real news, while spreading lies and fomenting hate and division.

    The goal of Turn Off Fox is to reduce the number of public TVs showing Fox News, while spreading the word about Fox's poison (and how it works) to those who don't know.

    Signing up for the campaign is just the first step. We make it easy for you to tell us about businesses playing Fox. If you're willing to talk with them, we'll provide you with straightforward materials that explain why they shouldn't be a party to what Fox is doing. And if there are businesses you know that want to tell the world they would never play Fox, you can help them declare themselves a "Fox-free zone."

    As businesses Turn off Fox and stand up as Fox Free, and as we encourage our friends and family to do the same, we'll help make clear, to people across the country, what Fox is about. And we'll reduce their ability to do harm.

    Click the link below to join us and our partners at Truthout.com in standing up to Fox, and we'll give you a free TurnOffFox sticker. And then please ask your friends and family to do the same."

    Saturday, August 28, 2010

    More on Suck-Up GOP Rhino Hagel

    We shared with you our feelings about failed former Rhino U.S. Senator Chuck Hagel earlier this week (Monday, August 23, 2010 Hagel To Endorse Democrat U.S. Senate Candidate). It seems that we aren't the only ones who have questioned Hagel's motives. It is evident to us that Hagel is nothing more than a want-t0-be suckup for a presidential appointment. We would suggest that if the Prince of Peace Nobel Laureate President of the World of Equal Nations Commissar Barack Barry Soetoro Hussein Obama is stupid enough to support Hagel to any post, he deserves exactly what he will get--an unreliable maverick whose loyalty and support is something he will soon find he can't count on.

    Here is what Newweek had to say this week:

    "With the political parties more divided than ever, it has been surprisingly difficult to keep track of party lines in this year’s Pennsylvania primary. In May, Democrat Joe Sestak defeated Sen. Arlen Specter, a former Republican who switched to the Democratic Party not long beforehand. Sestak is now running a heated race against Republican Pat Toomey, and happily accepting endorsements from members of his opponent’s party.

    On Monday, former Nebraska Republican senator Chuck Hagel announced his endorsement of Sestak for Senate, Politico reports. Hagel said in a speech in Pittsburgh on Tuesday afternoon that his views had changed since the first time he voted—on an absentee ballot filled out in Vietnam—and he was no longer voting straight Republican, reports the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. He added that Sestak’s “independence” would be helpful to both parties in Washington.

    This is not the first time Hagel has thumbed his nose at his party. In 2008, he refused to endorse Sen. John McCain in his bid for the presidency—Hagel’s wife even went as far as to throw her weight behind Obama. Sestak also has experience disappointing leaders in his party, most recently by defeating Specter, who was the chosen candidate for top Democrats such as Obama and Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell, the AP reports.

    Why is a retired politician from Nebraska weighing in on a Senate race in Pennsylvania, and will it even help Sestak? Hagel's reasons are unclear, although they are the subject of much speculation. While endorsements in general have little effect, cross-party endorsements are so rare in this age of all-for-one and one-for-all party politics that they invariably garner heavy news coverage, with the question of ulterior motives often dwelled upon. The following are examples of cross-party endorsements in recent political history, including Hagel's, and the possible reasons behind them.

    The Sucking-Up-for-a-Job Endorsement: A report in The Atlantic suggest that Hagel’s cross-party endorsement may have something to do with Secretary of Defense Robert Gates’s recently announced 2011 departure. If Hagel has his eye on that position, cozying up to a Democrat might help. But it also might backfire if the chosen Democrat has recently ticked off the president.

    The Shared-Cause Endorsement: Hagel and Sestak share not only a military background—as a Vietnam veteran and a retired naval officer, respectively—both have been critical of the decision to invade Iraq and the mismanagement of the resulting war. Hagel penned a column for The Washington Post in 2006 questioning U.S. military strategy in Iraq. And both Hagel and Sestak have said that military efforts should have been focused in Afghanistan, not Iraq."

    An E-mail From Judas Ben Nelson

    In our 'we get e-mail' category today we share one with you that we got from none other than Nebraska's own Judas, Senator Ben Nelson. In it Ben defends his support of the 'Disclose Act', a bill to circumvent the recent Supreme Court Decision which seems to have gotten the Democrats all atwitter, resulting in the attempt by the Democrats to change the law. Once again, the liberal Ben Nelson shows and support for Harry Reid's agenda.

    He will continue to tell us how he really is Nebraska's independent George Norris hero, but in 2012 he is dead meat. Nebraskans are buying his lies and misrepresentation.

    The memo:

    "Thank you for contacting me regarding the Democracy Is Strengthened by Casting Light On Spending in Elections (DISCLOSE) Act, S. 3628. I was glad to hear your thoughts on this issue.

    As you know, the DISCLOSE Act seeks to regulate the money which influences elections and to enhance reporting requirements for those involved in electioneering communications and independent expenditures. This legislation was written in response to the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission. The companion bill, H.R. 5175, was passed by the House of Representatives on June 24, 2010. I personally believe this bill answers the call I have heard from Nebraskans who are tired of attack ads with little information as to the party responsible. This legislation provides a new level of transparency and lets individuals who belong to a group know how their money is being spent. Furthermore, it prohibits foreign entities from paying for ads which try to affect the outcome of elections in America.

    I appreciate your concern that this legislation applies disparately to corporations and unions; however, I voted for the bill with the belief that greater transparency is always better and moves our nation in the right direction towards more open and honest elections. The motion to invoke cloture (end debate) failed in the Senate by a vote of 57-41 (60 votes were necessary).

    Thank you once again for contacting me. Your comments and concerns are an important part of the legislative process, and I encourage you to continue sharing your thoughts and ideas.

    Sincerely,

    Ben Nelson
    U.S. Senator "

    Will the Democrats Dump White?

    There is an article in the Politico (http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0810/41521.html) wherein Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Chairman Chris Van Hollen is quoted as sending a message to under-performing candidates that difficult decisions will have to be made about their funding.

    We personally believe that Tom White's campaign against Congressman Lee Terry is one of those that the Democrats will soon realize is a non-starter. As the Democrats do their polling they will recognize that dollars spent on White against Lee Terry will be about as effective as the 'stimulus' has been.......

    From Politico:

    "Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Chairman Chris Van Hollen sent a cold-blooded message Friday to under-performing party candidates: Get your act together, or you’re on your own.

    Facing a perilous political environment that has left the House Democratic majority in jeopardy, Van Hollen told reporters in a briefing at the National Press Club that the party faces a series of difficult decisions about which candidates to invest in this fall — and whom to leave behind.

    “At the end of the day, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee will look at races we can win,” Van Hollen said.

    The Maryland congressman explained that the committee would take a close read of polling and candidate fundraising “so we can make a determination about whether or not those campaigns can be successful.”

    The House Democratic campaign arm holds a $14 million cash advantage over the National Republican Congressional Committee. But the Democrats will need to spread their dollars far and wide to defend their seats — of the 60 districts targeted for advertising by the DCCC, 54 are held by Democrats.

    Van Hollen’s remarks came amid growing concern among party officials that the House Democrats are in danger of seeing their 39-seat advantage erased this fall."

    Friday, August 27, 2010

    Lowen Kruse Is Chris Jerram's Useful Idiot

    In an effort to distract from the real, legitimate, citizen recall effort of Jim Suttle, those that are afraid of the effort rolled out their own effort to confuse the citizens and distract citizens' attention while revealing their own ignorance.

    We saw former (thankfully) Lowen Kruse in front of the Douglas County/City of Omaha Civic Center yesterday. Apparently, he had stopped there to drink the Kool Aid before displaying his total ignorance of the recall process.

    First, he and his buddy on the city council, yes we said his buddy on the city council (Can you say CHRIS JERRAM), engineered this thinking they could block the legitimate recall effort by doing so--which they couldn't. This was also Jerram's way of getting back at Festersen and Stothert for not voting with him on the budget and police contracts.

    Then Kruse revealed his total ignorance by requesting a petition to recall his 'friend' and councilman Pete Festersen. Only problem is that Pete Festersen isn't Kruse's councilman even though the non compos mente former senator said he had voted for Festersen before.

    After going through the process yesterday, Kruse revealed that he had no intention of really recalling his friends, that he only "wanted to raise the level of conversation" about spending priorities. In checking with our contributors that attended the budget hearings, they never saw the demented former senator appear to testify. Maybe, his mental calendar doesn't have Tuesdays on it.

    Former Senator Kruse is nothing more than a useful idiot who given the ignorance he has shown over the last few days is thankfully no longer a member of Nebraska's legislature. Apparently, he is ready for the 'memory care unit' in some assisted living facility. Chris Jerram could have done a better job of finding a lackey to do his bidding.

    Tom White Begins to Reinvent Himself for the Public

    Beginning tomorrow, congressional candidate Tom White will run his first commercial. In it he will tell you how he worked his way through college and law school by working construction, how he work hard for Nebraskans for the largest tax cut in history, how he cut millions in state spending to balance the budget without tax increases and how both parties in Washington just don't get it. He goes on to take up what has worked for his would-be future associate, Judas Ben Nelson, by closing with the caption, 'Tom White, Nebraska Independence for Congress.'

    In other words, Tommy apparently doesn't want people to know he is a Democrat. He also fails to say that he supported Judas Ben Nelson's Healthcare bill. Somehow we suspect Tom will stay away from both Ben and healthcare.

    Wednesday, August 25, 2010

    Mayoral Recall

    After Anthony (one man show) Fasthorse's failed effort to even begin a recall it is no surprise that another group has stepped forward, and frankly at an opportune time. By the time most of our folks have read this the Thursday morning press conference will have come and gone.

    From what we know of the new group, it will be will organized, will funded and will be very credible with a consultant such as Jim Cleary who engineered the Mike Boyle recall a quarter of a century ago.

    The committee will take the next several weeks assessing the sentiment for recall, the potential funding of it and the likelihood of success. It would seem to us that they will reach the conclusion that all of the factors are positive for a successful effort.

    Should be interesting times ahead.

    Drinking the Kool Aid at City Hall?

    It is absolutely amazing that not only is Omaha's mayor delusional, but also some of his bed mates, err city councilmen. Yes, we understand after TAX AND SPEND TOM MULLIGAN and his mentor Chris Jerram finished their revisions of the mayor's budget Tuesday, they were bragging about how they had served the needs of the people and, in fact, suggesting that they were mayoral material. It has to be the water, or the Kool Aid

    Judas' Thirty Pieces of Silver

    In today's 'We get e-mail' category we got one from our friends at Americans for Prosperity that shouldn't be particularly surprising to anyone who watched Ben, Judas, Nelson's sellout of Nebraskans last December when he mortgaged his soul to Prince of Peace Nobel Laureate President of the World of Equal Nations Commissar Barack Barry Soetoro Hussein Obama on the health care takeover. We knew all along that when Ben sold out he made a deal to try to rehabilitate his image with Nebraskans. That didn't work and he'll find the real results of that misguided treason to his constituents when Dave Heineman becomes his replacement in 2013.

    Anyway, back to the e-mail:

    "Do you remember the TV ads during Nebraska’s bowl game (where we crushed Arizona, who else is excited for 2010?!?) and Sen. Ben Nelson came on the air explaining he ‘listened’ to Nebraskans during the health care debate?

    Of course that wasn’t true, poll after poll confirmed the overwhelming majority of Nebraskans opposed the government health care plan. Nebraskans knew what politicians apparently did not – Washington, D.C. should not manage our health care.

    I want to share an interesting new piece of the story – just days after Sen. Nelson cast his decisive vote for NelsonCare the national Democratic Party from D.C. transferred nearly $1 MILLION to the Nebraska Democratic Party to run those TV ads.

    Call Sen. Ben Nelson today; it is time he set the record straight. We deserve to know if he was promised money by the Democratic Party to run those ads, and how much he was promised for his vote!

    Omaha – (402) 391-3411Lincoln – (402) 441-4600Scottsbluff – (308) 631-7614Kearney – (308) 293-5818South Sioux City – (402) 209-3595Washington, D.C. – (202) 224-6551

    $1 Million in national Democratic money is transferred to Nebraska just days after Sen. Nelson’s decisive vote for a bill his constituency overwhelmingly did not want. It simply does not pass the smell test. Nebraska voters deserve to know from Sen. Nelson – what were you promised and when?

    Thank you for your efforts for transparent government!"

    Tuesday, August 24, 2010

    The Continuing GOP Shift

    Yesterday, we noted under our post, Shift Continues For GOP that the landscape is changing and continues to change in favor of the GOP whether they deserve it or not. Today, we got yet another e-mail from Rothenberg, noting a shift in their evaluation of the Ohio senate race so we thought we'd share it with you.

    "Lt. Gov. Lee Fisher (D) remains unreasonably optimistic about his prospects in the Senate race given his financial disadvantages, his standing in the polls, his campaign staff turnover and the national political environment. While Republican Rob Portman’s record certainly gives plenty for Democrats to shoot at, Fisher’s problems seem even larger. Because of that, we are moving this raced from Toss-up to Toss-up/Tilt Republican. Even this rating may understate Fisher’s problems a little more than two months out from Election Day."

    Democrat Attack Dog Plays Pawn to Tom White

    In today's 'We get e-mail' category we get one from esteemed South Omaha State Senator Jeremy Nordquist. For those of you who may be unaware, and given Nordquist's abilities and talents that's understandable, Nordquist is the useful idiot and future of the Nebraska Democratic Party.

    Nordquist has been spewing Judas Ben Nelson's anti-Heineman effort in hope of tarnishing the Governor's reputation so that Ben can seek and get re-elected to another term in 2012. Nordquist would be just as well to run himself given Judas' likelihood of re-election.

    Now, Nordquist is promoting his new hero, Tom White. Nordquist writes us pleading for money so poor Tom can run ads to compete with Lee Terry. White has the money to run ads but needs to save enough to be competitive when folks really start thinking about the election.

    In the interim, Nordquist is building his credentials as a Democrat and being moved around the chess board like a pawn.

    Here's part of his plea:

    "$9,282 TO GO BEFORE TOM WHITE CAN GET ON THE AIR – CONTRIBUTE NOW

    On Saturday morning, my dog Wilson and I joined Tom White and volunteers at the Arrows to Aerospace Parade in Bellevue. Tom is one of the most energetic campaigners I've ever seen – he spent the parade crisscrossing the street to shake as many hands as possible.

    And he got a great response. It's clear that people want someone in Congress with the energy and dedication to fight for them.

    Lee Terry's first ad went up on TV today, and he'll be using all the cash he's raised from special interests to mislead voters about his decade in Congress and Tom's record.

    Tom's campaign team told me that they have a great ad ready to go, and what they raise this week will determine when they can put it on the air. Tom's raised over $10,000 since his email last Thursday, but he needs a total of $20,000 before the urgent media-buy deadline on Friday.

    Can you chip in right now?

    Tom was one of my first supporters when I ran for Legislature, and as colleagues in the Unicameral we’ve worked together for good jobs, strong schools, and accountability in government.

    Tom has always stood up for those who don’t have a voice in the halls of power: seniors trying to make ends meet, young people struggling to afford health insurance, working families like the ones I represent in South Omaha.

    Please, click below to give what you can before the urgent media-buy deadline. Generous contributions of $25 or more are greatly needed, but even a gift of $10 will go a long way.

    Thanks

    Jeremy Nordquist
    State Senator"

    Monday, August 23, 2010

    Hagel To Endorse Democrat U.S. Senate Candidate

    Well, there he goes again. Yep, Nebraska's failed, former, has-been, renegade, afraid-to-run-for-a-third-term, rhino Republican U.S. Senator Chuck Hagel is trying to be relevant once again.

    But is he trying to be relevant with Republicans?

    NO.

    This embarrassment of a former Nebraska U.S. Senator is going to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania tomorrow(August 24) to help a Democrat win a U.S. Senate seat over Republican conservative Pat Toomey. He'll show up their to promote and endorse Joe Sestak's candidacy.

    Perhaps by helping the Democrats maintain control of the Senate he believes he can further suck up to the Prince of Peace Nobel Laureate President of the World of Equal Nations Commissar Barack Barry Soetoro Hussein Obama in his own quest for political relevance (appointment as something, anything).

    It's unfortunate that nothing has ever been named after this liberal turncoat here in Nebraska. Bob Kerrey got a bridge. Even our ever-more-disgraced former Mayor Fahey got a street. But poor Chuckie gets nothing--not even a statue of himself in his formative years as a Boy Scout.

    We at the Objective Conservative still believe that Chuckie deserves his due. We hope that our soon to-be-recalled mayor will consider naming, as we've suggested in the past, the $3 billion dollar government-mandated sewer separation project the Senator Chuck Hagel Big Stink Sewer Project. Somehow that has an aroma that seems to remind us of this, hopefully, former Nebraskan.

    Despite Media, Public Sees Truth About Obama - Doug Patton

    August 23, 2010

    Jake Tapper of ABC News had, until recently, struck me as a fairly straight shooter. He's no Brit Hume, Major Garrett or Brett Baer, by any means, but during his tenure as host of ABC's "This Week" (the program started by the legendary David Brinkley and later turned into a partisan Democrat vehicle by former Clinton hack George Stephanopoulos), Tapper seemed to be aiming for something approaching the fairness of the late Tim Russert.

    Not any more.

    Apparently again covering the White House, Tapper now seems to be drinking the Obama Kool-Aide along with the rest of his colleagues. In a story concerning recent poll numbers indicating that as many as one in four Americans now believe that their president is a Muslim, Tapper went to great lengths to say that this was not true. Before Obama's comments in support of the controversial mosque being built at Ground Zero, Tapper intoned, "eleven percent of Americans wrongly believed Obama was a Muslim. Now, eighteen percent wrongly believe that. They were wrong then, and they are wrong now!"

    Obama is a man about whom virtually nothing was known prior to him bursting onto the national stage in 2004. He may well be everything he would like us to believe he is, but the evidence has not been forthcoming. Because he has glossed over everything from his birth certificate to his Indonesian Muslim education, from his college transcripts to his Law Review articles, from his radical associations to his discipleship under one of the most hateful, racist church leaders in the history of the country — Jeremiah Wright — thanks to the fawning media who covered it all up, the American voter had little by which to judge the man.

    In the last year and a half, we have seen the real Obama — and we don't like what we see. Look at his actions before the rest of the world. Does he ever proclaim American exceptionalism? No. Does he ever tell the dictators of the world that liberty is the byproduct of America? No. Instead, he apologizes for us! He goes before our friends and our foes alike and tells them how arrogant America is. Our America, which has done more good for more people in more corners of the world than any other nation that has ever existed. Our America, as Colin Powell once observed, which has never asked for more land after liberating another country than was necessary to bury our dead.

    Obama told our enemies in the Islamic world that America is not a Christian nation. In fact, he called it the largest Muslim nation in the world. He has said that the Muslim call to prayer is "one of the most beautiful sounds on earth." He has snubbed Christian observances of Christmas and Easter while celebrating Ramadan with Muslims in our White House.

    And now, when he praises the odious idea of building a shrine to Islam on the very ground where nearly three thousand innocent people were murdered — by radical Muslims in the name of Allah — we are supposed to believe that he is a Christian?

    A man operates out of what he believes in his heart, and only God can truly know what that is. But it is becoming clear to the American people that what Barack Obama believes is not what they believe. It has become obvious that he favors Marxism over Capitalism, and that he favors Islam over Christianity. He claims he never heard the venomous sermons of Jeremiah Wright. He says, "This is the man who led me to Jesus." The Jesus I know, the One from Nazareth, told His followers that a time would come when "another Jesus" would be preached to them. It appears that an ever-growing number of Americans believe that Obama's "Jesus" is called "Mohammad."

    Despite the lies of this president and the cover-up by the national media, the people of this country instinctively know the truth. America is not the problem. It is the solution. Christianity is not the problem. It is the solution.
    ______________________________________________________________________________
    © 2010 by Doug Patton
    ______________________________________________________________________________ Doug Patton describes himself as a recovering political speechwriter who agrees with himself much more often than not. Now working as a freelance writer, his weekly columns of sage political analysis are published the world over by legions of discerning bloggers, courageous webmasters and open-minded newspaper editors. Astute supporters and inane detractors alike are encouraged to e-mail him with their pithy comments at dougpatton@cox.net.

    Shift Continues For GOP

    According to the Rothenberg Political Report, the situation for Democrats continues to worsen. Now we don't believe that Republicans for the most part are particularly deserving of any victory based on their past performance, but then, the government and the economy now belong to the Democrats who in 18 months have created no real jobs, not brought an end to the recession and only found more ways to spend your money and regulate your life. Hence many Republicans may win by simple default.

    With that said, as we follow much of what is going on we continue to be amazed at the 'trend' of things. Just today we received the following communique from Rothenberg on several races. While we hope that things continue to move in this direction our nervous stomachs won't rest until the morning of November 3.

    "House Ratings Changes in GA8, IL11, TX17, TX23, WA3
    • Georgia 8. Republicans had a hard time finding a credible challenger to Democratic Cong. Jim Marshall. But now that state Rep. Austin Scott is in the race, this district becomes dramatically more interesting. Marshall has proven his skill since he was first elected in 2002, but he faces a difficult test this year. Marshall has done better in presidential years (2004 and 2008) than in midterms (2002 and 2006), and four years ago, during a huge Democratic wave nationally, he almost lost his seat. Move from Lean Democrat to Toss-up/Tilt Democrat.

    • Illinois 11. Rep. Debbie Halvorson (D) finds herself in deeper trouble than she expected, as GOP challenger Adam Kinzinger has emerged as a serious threat to her. The state political environment is increasingly toxic for Democrats, and polling shows Halvorson, a former leader in the state legislator, in bad shape. Move from Toss-up/Tilt Democrat to Pure Toss-up as Halvorson’s prospects deteriorate.

    • Texas 17. Democratic Rep. Chet Edwards is a survivor, but he’s never been in a hole this deep. Multiple polls show him trailing by double-digits, and it’s unclear whether his attacks on GOP challenger Bill Flores will be enough to allow Edwards to pull this one out. Flores deserves to be favored. Move from Toss-up to Toss-up/Tilt Republican.

    • Texas 23. There is now enough evidence that Cong. Ciro Rodriguez (D) is in a tough fight to move this race from Democrat Favored to at least Lean Democrat. Challenger Francisco “Quico” Canseco (R) lost in the GOP primary in 2008 but now founds himself the nominee in a much better year for Republicans. Keep your eye on this race, since Canseco now appears to be a threat to the incumbent.

    • Washington 3. This open Democratic district looks more vulnerable now than it did before the primary. While Democrat Denny Heck finished first in the balloting, three Republicans combined for over 53 percent of the vote – and an 11-point margin over the total Democratic primary vote. Since Republican Jaime Herrera appears to have an edge in the race, move this contest from Toss-up to Toss-up/Tilt Republican."

    Sunday, August 22, 2010

    Is Suttle Guilty of Malfeasance?

    We're no fan of the Douglas Street Rag, aka the Omaha World-Herald, but today's Midland's article, 'Suttle says Fahey's fuzzy math' led to budget woes' certainly leaves us wondering not only about Suttle's competence to be mayor (we've certainly provided our opinion on that many times here) but also as to whether he may in fact be guilty of malfeasance in office.

    Anyone who has ever sat on a board of directors or any public body understands, or in Suttle's case should have understood, that when the financials you receive tell you that the walls are imploding around you, it's time to do something about it. Such was certainly the case during the four years our current mayor spent on the council.

    Yes, Suttle was busy attending every community event, neighborhood meeting and funeral he could find to go to after taking office in 2005, but one only needed to listen to Human Resources Director Richard O'Gara at the public hearing on the budget two Tuesdays ago to hear how in each and every year the council got Milliman's audit report on the pension fund it failed to act. To hear such is to believe that malfeasance in office is a realistic consideration for what brought Omaha and its citizens to this abysmal financial point.

    The local daily provides a time-line beginning in December 2008 that clearly shows that only the most incompetent of public officials could have been unaware of the even further deteriorating crisis. But, oblivious to that, Suttle continued his promises to find ways to lower Omaha taxes by implementation of his efficiency ideas. In fact, the truth of the matter is Suttle simply refused to put forth any tangible ideas during his campaign as to how he would manage the challenges and issues facing the city.

    Now he is blaming his predecessor Mike Fahey for all the problems. Let's be clear, Mike Fahey is responsible for leading the city toward it's rumination. But he's got a street named after him and is enjoying life in the Ozarks.

    But Jim Suttle who apparently never found the time to read or open his mouth to the plight of things is equally responsible. We wonder if he ever read one of the pension audits? Failure to do so or doing so and failing to act and then running for mayor as if all things were rosy is in our opinion tantamount to malfeasance.

    Saturday, August 21, 2010

    Doin' the 'rithmatic, the Mayor's Fuzzy Math

    We listened to the Grow Omaha Show this morning with Trenton Magid and Jeff Beals. Their guests were Pam Spraccarotella and the the less than competent, irrational, non compos mente Mayor Jim Suttle.

    We were struck by the mayor's fuzzy math and something in regard to the proposed entertainment tax. We've assumed as many restaurant owners we've talked to that if the proposed budget is passed the restaurant will simply charge 11% on top of your bill rather than 7%. NOT TRUE. According to the mayor and his $140,000 Finance Director, the new revenue enhancement (wonder why Suttle hasn't come up with that euphemism?) would require the restaurant to charge 4% on the gross bill before the 7% sales tax is applied. We highly doubt many restaurants and citizens understand this. Why is this important? Because it means the restaurant tax is actually more than 4% and the city ultimately will receive more than that.
    Here's the 'rithmatic:

    Gross restaurant bill (includes all food and drink): $100.00
    Entertainment Tax: $4.00 entertainment tax (4%)
    7% state/city sales tax on $104.00: 7.28
    Total Bill: $111.28

    So in reality, your 4% 'entertainment tax' is 4.28%. Now since the the state/city sales tax is charged on top of the 4%, the city get's more than it's 1.5% ($1.50) that it would get out of the 7%. It gets 1.5% of the $7.28 or $1.56. While the governor and those 49 senators that Councilman Jerram attacked on Tuesday will be happy with this 'windfall' (they will get an extra $.22 because of the city's increase, the citizens have once again been misled by Suttle's fuzzy 'rithmatic.

    Probably worse, there will be a lot of businesses that don't understand that which will face the problem and penalties of dealing with the OMAHA IRS and the State of Nebraska Department of Revenue when their next audits come up!

    On another note, one of the interesting comments made by his eminence the mayor in response to a question regarding city/county merger was telling of his liberal bent. The mayor said that countys deal with social issues/services as opposed to basic city services. We find it amusing that one new spending item in the mayor's budget is the $1.5 million for Bright Futures. Sounds like kind of social issue to us. Especially when Bob Stubbe from the Public Works Department is telling us that even with the proposed increase in the wheel tax there won't be enough money to repair and repave our streets next year. So let's fund social issues over basic city services? You know those service that the mayor said so many that were priorities to maintain?

    The mayor continues to reiterate that "we don't have a spending problem, we have a revenue problem." Well, dah.... And if that's the case why does his budget collect approximately $10 million more than needed? To fund new spending!

    This mayor and the four marionettes that are apt to approve his/their (they voted for it when they voted for the police union contract) budget is simply guilty of fuzzy math. And don't forget his/their 'we're not going to kick the can down the road' comments as he/they postpone this year's $12.5 million city contribution to the union pension plan to 2012!

    Friday, August 20, 2010

    Tom White, Please Stop the Corruption! Sign the Pledge!

    Our last report of breaking news, courtesy of Tom White, that Lee Terry would begin airing campaign ads on Monday came as part of our comprehensive 'we get e-mail' efforts.




    Today we got one from our dear friends at moveon.org asking us to call Tom White and ask him to sign the pledge. No not to quit drinking or beating his wife. No, too sign on to moveon's so-called effort to Fight Washington Corruption!


    Somehow, encouraging Democrat congressmen and candidates to sign a pledge to fight corruption seems a bit odd given the corruption endorsed and tolerated, hence encouraged, by the 'drain-the-swamp queen Nancy Pelosi who seems to have plugged the swamp as she, with eyes wide open, ignored the swamp gas permeating her chamber and her members, i.e., Maxine Waters and Charlie Rangel.


    Nonetheless, given the request from our friends at Moveon, a request to sign a pledge that somehow blissfully ignores the illegal, unethical behavior of the likes of Waters and Rangel, we wonder why Tom White is tardy in responding and why we even need to contact him to sign the pledge? After all, he is a good ethical Democrat isn't he? Surely, he wants to be part of the Moveon 100? Could it be the simply duplicitous behavior of White who might want to get some of those 'corporate' dollars. Please Tom, show us you're a real liberal, someone we can count on. Please, Tom sign the pledge!


    "Dear MoveOn member,

    Exciting news! As of a few minutes ago, half a million people have officially endorsed the Fight Washington Corruption pledge—a blueprint created by MoveOn members and allies to reduce corporate influence in government and fix our democracy.

    This is a huge milestone—and shows unmistakable momentum. But now comes the hard part—getting a critical mass of our elected leaders to take the pledge and commit to concrete steps to fight the influence of corporate lobbyists.


    We've set a big goal—getting 100 members of Congress and candidates to sign the pledge before they head back to Washington on September 10.

    Forty-seven have already pledged, but the Democratic candidate in your district, Tom White, has not.Can you call Tom White and ask him to stand up to corporate influence and sign the pledge as well?


    Tom White (402) 578-5723

    Be sure to say that you live in the district. Then say something like this:
    "Hi, my name is ___. I live in Nebraska's 2nd district. I'm calling to see if Tom White was aware of the Fight Washington Corruption Pledge and whether he will sign it.
    Half a million people have endorsed, and 47 candidates have already signed on. The pledge commits politicians to stop taking corporate money and get corporate influence out of our politics by supporting a three point plan:


    • Overturn the Supreme Court decisions allowing unlimited corporate spending on elections;
      Support Fair Elections—Provide public financing to grassroots candidates so they can compete; and

    • End backroom deals with corporate lobbyists by making all lobbying activity public, and shutting the revolving door between K Street and the government.

    Will Tom White sign this pledge?

    He can go to www.fightwashingtoncorruption.com to learn more and to sign."

    Then, click here to report your call."

    Terry to Begin Airing Campaign Ads

    Breaking News:

    Lee Terry is going up on TV on Monday.

    Where did we learn this amazing piece of news? From Lee Terry? No.

    No we learned it from our good friend Tom White. (hope he read the 'Mullings' memo below.)

    So as part of our ongoing, 'we get e-mail' category postings, here is what the 2nd Congressional District messiah sent us:

    "Dear Objective Conservative

    I just got this email from our media consultant. Congressman Terry's campaign purchased TV ads starting on Monday.

    We can't let him own the airwaves and risk letting him define me on their terms. We have an ad ready to go, but the amount of money we raise in the next 48 hours will determine when we can put our ads on the air.

    Can you chip in $100, $50, $25, or whatever you can afford? I really need your help right now.

    Thanks for everything,

    Tom"


    Memo to Dems and Tom White and Judas Nelson

    At the risk of being sued for copyright infringement (it won't be our first or last violation) we thought we'd share Rich Galen's 'Mullings' latest iteration, a so-called memo from the White House to those poor embarrassed Democrats whose lives the Prince of Peace Nobel Laureate President of the World of Equal Nations Commissar Barack Barry Soetoro Hussein Obama continues to make more difficult. You can check out 'Mullings' by clicking on our links directory to right and below. Perhaps


    "Memo to Dems Rich Galen
    Friday August 20, 2010

    MEMORANDUM


    To: Democrat Candidates for House and Senate
    Fr: White House Political Office (In the Martha's Vineyard White House)
    Re: This Whining Has Got to Stop

    We are getting just a little tired of hearing from Democrat candidates across the country about the so-called "problems" that President Obama and our Administration are causing for you and your campaigns.

    If you were real Democrats, instead of members of what White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs properly called the "Professional Left," you would understand the enormous opportunity running for office with Barack Obama in the White House presents to your candidacy.
    As an example, we heard from many of you asking why, while you were home celebrating the July 4th recess with your constituents, Attorney General Eric Holder chose to announce he was suing the State of Arizona over its immigration law.


    Many of you said you hadn't planned on talking about immigration while munching on hot dogs and pretending to laugh when little children dripped their ice cream cones on your new cowboy boots and having to explain
    • A. Why the Obama Administration was suing Arizona,
    • B. Why the Administration had chosen to do it when you were actual among your constituents, and
    • C. Why the President thought this would be a helpful issue to be discussing at all.

    Well, it just so happens that according to a CNN poll, fully 40 percent of respondents are opposed to the Arizona law. The political office analyzed the CNN data and we have concluded that the 55 percent who say they support the Arizona law probably weren't going to vote for a Democrat anyway.

    Next, many of you wasted some prime cell-phone minutes by calling the White House about Michelle Obama's trip to a five-star hotel in Spain when unemployment is at 9.5 percent, the economic data is heading in the wrong direction at an increasing rate, and while the U.S. Gulf Coast resorts are sitting idle because of fears of being, literally, tarred and feathered as a result of the BP oil spill.

    While we disagreed with your characterization of Mrs. Obama's trip, we took your concerns to heart and sent the President to Florida for 27 hours, including a dip in water which is very, very close to the Gulf of Mexico to prove it is perfectly safe.

    Further, we were very displeased with the New York Daily News' headline:
    Material girl Michelle Obama is a modern-day Marie Antoinette on a glitzy Spanish vacation
    And don't think for one second we didn't dial up the Daily News and let them know just how we felt about it.

    Then, just this past week, you were in a full, ears-back panic over the President's reported support for that Mosque which is proposed near Ground Zero in lower Manhattan.
    First of all, the President never endorsed building the Mosque there when he spoke at that Iftar dinner, and putting that aside, the next day he clearly backed away from what he had never said in the first place.

    We understand that it has also re-ignited a discussion about the President's religious beliefs, especially that poll by what ABC News identified as the "nonpartisan Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life" which found that:

    • "Nearly one-in-five Americans (18%) now say Obama is a Muslim, up from 11% in March 2009.
    • Only about one-third of adults (34%) say Obama is a Christian, down sharply from 48% in 2009.
    • Fully 43% say they do not know what Obama's religion is."

    Whether this poll makes any sense or not, we disagree with your claims that yet another weekend of the August recess will now be spent talking about something which cannot possibly be helpful to your campaign.

    Again, sounds like whining to us here in Martha's Vineyard.

    Finally, the figures released yesterday showing that an astonishing 500,000 people had filed for first time unemployment insurance will, we believe, proved to be incorrect. We have ordered a full investigation into who at the Department of Labor was responsible.

    Do not fall into the Republican trap of publicly worrying about the unemployment figures.
    President Obama has saved or created 10s of jobs over the past two years. Many of them right here in the White House Political Office."


    Wednesday, August 18, 2010

    Chris Jerram, The Great Bloviator

    As we've asserted in the last couple of posts, it's really difficult to endure a city council meeting given the inane diatribe and arrogant attitude of several of the members (TAX AND SPEND TOM MULLIGAN, Ben I've-never-seen-a-tax-I-don't-like Gray, Garry dumb-as-a-tack Gernandt and Chris I-can-bloviate-for-hours-on-minutiae Jerram).

    Yesterday, Jerram, the Great Bloviator, went on a rant. In discussion of the 'need for a wheel tax increase', Jerram decided to blame Governor Heineman and the 49 legislators who approved a revision in the state gas tax reimbursement schedule. He was particularly unkind to Senator Deb Fisher, noting that when he went turkey hunting in the Valentine area they had great roads. Fisher is the head of the transportation committee by the way. Jerram went on a rampage blaming them all for Omaha's dire streets after Public Works Director Stubbe spoke in support of the 60%+ wheel tax increase.

    Jerram, who earlier in the discussion about the police contract said he'd take his chances with the voters in 2013, seems to be looking to support his Democrat allies by his rant. We're a little surprised he didn't get in a few licks against Congressman Terry, but then perhaps that wasn't in the script given him by Nebraska Democrat Chair Vic Covalt.

    Public Absent on Public Hearings on Tax Proposals

    As we noted in our prior post, our folks were at the Omaha City Council meeting yesterday. You've already seen our observations on the police contract issue below.




    Sadly, most of the audience left after the approval of the police contract, but there were a number of other issues that were very important that followed. Some may not have realized that public testimony on them was to occur. They included:

    • Restoring a cash reserve fund (totally depleted by Mayor Suttle)

    • The Occupation tax on bars and restaurants.

    • The increase in the wheel tax.

    Restoring the Cash Reserve: $140,000-a-year Pam Spacarotella stood up for the administration in support of the 'funding' of a cash reserve which according to the ordinance will occur over the next ten years. Of course the funding additions aren't even over the next ten years. No, Mayor I'll never kick the can down the road Suttle, funds it with progressive $250,000 increases every three years over the next ten. In case you missed it in one of our prior posts, Mayor 'I'll-never-kick-the-can-down-the-road Suttle did exactly that when he postponed this year's pension contribution for the now passed police contract down the road to 2012. Isn't fiscal responsibility great?

    The Occupation Tax on Bars and Restaurants: Despite last week's outcry by citizens over the budget and tax increases, only 5 folks spoke in opposition to it at the public hearing that now authorizes it to become part of the mayor's tax scheme and which will be passed as part of the budget next week. The owner of Mark's Bistro in Dundee told the council that the 4% tax represents the profits that lots of restaurants have to get by on. Bob Freeman, from MECA, testified against the the new tax because it singles out a specific group, but opined that in his opinion it gave the possibility of extending to other entertainment events. He also noted several concerns about non-profits being affected. Interestingly, the way the ordinance is written, a caterer who isn't domiciled in Omaha can cater an Omaha event and isn't subject to the tax but a caterer in Omaha who caters an event outside the city must charge the tax. That might just encourage a lot of business for catering to go to someone outside of Omaha, or maybe encourage catering businesses to move outside the city. Government at it's finest.

    The Wheel Tax Increase: Public testimony was almost non existent. Bob Stubbe, Public Works Director, told the council that even with the tax increase there still wouldn't be enough money to do the job. Let's see, we can contribute to the zoo, the convention and visitor's bureau, programs like Bright Futures and we still can't find the money to do our street work? Jean Stothert somewhat called out Stubbe by noting that the city had received considerable stimulus money for public street repairs which he somehow didn't seem to mention on his own. And councilman blather, Chris Jerram went into a diatribe on who was to blame, an issue we'll discuss in our next post.

    In the end, Suttle got his way on all of these issues assuring the funding for his reckless police contract and spending increases.

    Suttle's Four Marionettes Pass Police Contract Assuring Major Tax Increases

    Some of our contributors had the agonizing experience of sitting through yesterday's Omaha City Council meeting. To listen to Suttle's four marionettes' (TAX AND SPEND TOM MULLIGAN, Ben, I've never-seen-a-tax-I don't like, bloviating Cris Jerram and dumb-as-a-tack Garry Gernandt) arrogant and seemingly endless diatribe about why the new police contract was the greatest thing since manna from Heaven was enough to drive one to projectile vomiting or to a more acceptable venue like sitting in a dentist chair for a root canal without Novocaine.

    Most of what our folks heard on the police contract was about justification of their votes. Jerram, who could talk on endlessly for hours about a paper cut, simply did his regular lecture to enlighten the rubes in the audience as to why voting for the police contract was the right thing to do. Gernandt made a special effort to say that his vote was cleared by three different opinions and that he didn't have a conflict of interest in voting for a contract that might very well have assured the future of his pension payments. He once again proved his mastery of Robert's Rules by suggesting that he had the right to talk after the question had been called. His meeting leadership skills would be best utilized as a muted attendee. As the President of the city council he is an embarrassment, but one that represents the majority who elected him (their useful idiot, as well) to the position.

    Now, TAX AND SPEND TOM MULLIGAN did his best to read his prepared statement so he wouldn't get anything wrong. Obviously, he needed prior tutoring to prepare it has we understand he spent more than an hour in his office behind closed doors with his substitute puppet master, Human Resources Director Dick O'gara who was intimately involved in the writing of the contract. Even so, TAX AND SPEND TOM MULLIGAN had difficulty reading his comments. TAX AND SPEND TOM MULLIGAN is simply an ass-licking useful tool for the Suttle administration. You may recall that we wrongly asserted that the council would never appoint a Republican to replace Chuck Sigerson. We were right. TAX AND SPEND TOM MULLIGAN is no Republican. He obviously got his appointment by making promises to support whatever the Suttle, Gernandt, Jerram and Gray would ask of him.
    Surprisingly, one of the guys who voted for the infamous 2003/04 contracts, Franklin Thompson, provided his mea culpas for that ill-reasoned decision and implored Suttle's four marionettes to not make the same mistake. Obviously, they pay no attention to history thus dooming the city to repeat the same mistake.

    In the end, despite the reasoned, rational pleas of Thompson, Festersen and Stothert, Suttle's four marionettes prevailed assuring a major tax increase for Omahans.

    Monday, August 16, 2010

    Nabity is OC Hero of the Month, Hason Decorates OC Hall of Shame













    It occurred to us that it is nearly the middle of August and we have nominated anyone for our hero of the month or for the more ignominious Objective Conservative Hall of Shame. Our nominations really go hand in hand.

    Our Objective Conservative Hero of the Month is Dave Nabity. We know who he is and we appreciate the fact that he and his alliance have stood up for the tax payers of Omaha for about a year now, exposing the crazy spending ideas of an irrational, delusional, out of touch mayor. We also appreciate the fact that, despite personal attacks, Dave has stood up against the equally irrational, unaffordable and unjustified police (and maybe some day, fire) contracts and the thugs that have threatened him.

    And naturally, the award for the Objective Conservative Hall of Fame goes to none other than union thug-master Aaron Hanson who doesn't know doesn't seem to know or want to know who Dave Nabity is. From his 'Bottom Line' mailing to thousands of Omaha citizens, to his demeaning personal attack ads against Dave on the radio and television, Aaron Hanson has demonstrate a lowness and stench that one would not expect of any public employee. But then when you own a mayor and four councilman you need to do everything, no matter how sinister, to protect your investments. In that sense, Hanson has done the job and brought the reputation of many fine police officers and their department to a new low.

    Our congratulations to both Nabity and Hanson.

    No Boat Taxes and Free Lunches

    Is it John Kerry? Is it Maxine Waters? Is it Charlie Rangel? No, none quite so famous.

    It is Nebraska State Senator Kent Rogert we're talking about.

    Everyone knows how Rogert avoided paying sales tax on his boat for seven or so years while he was actively trying to sell it as a 'boat dealer.' Somehow, he found a lot more time to use it over those years than to make ANY EFFORT to sell it. Seems he and John Kerry do have something in common here.

    Now we are told that Rogert seldom has to pay for his lunch while 'working' at the State Capitol. In fact, it seems that when no one else is offering he actively seeks out a certain young, single female lobbyist from a major Lincoln lobbying firm who seems more than willing to save poor Kent, who can pay his taxes on a $30,000 some boat, from paying for his lunch!

    We've advocated an increase in salaries for our state senators and it certainly appears that it would help poor Kent pay his taxes and for his lunches!

    74% of Omaha's Finest Don't Even Pay City Property Taxes!

    With the likes of the four Suttle marionettes (including TAX AND SPEND TOM MULLIGAN) about to pass the police union contract which is itself a vote for the mayor's outrageous spending and tax increase we thought it was interesting to consider where all the policemen/policewomen live

    Of the 822 on the force 300 (36%) live in the city, 214 (26%) live within the current wheel tax assessment area while 266 (32%) live in another county and 42 (5%) live in another state. So, in other words 74% of our police force doesn't even pay City of Omaha property taxes and 37% don't even pay city wheel taxes.

    If you get your donuts for free at Krispy Kreme the entertainment/food tax apparently doesn't matter much either.

    Let's Start Blaming Millard Fillmore - Doug Patton

    August 16, 2010

    Just when it appears that no one could possibly get away with blaming former President George W. Bush for even one more thing, another crazed liberal Democrat exercises the right to do just that. The latest knee-jerk, Bush-bashing excuse came from none other than Maxine Waters, perhaps the second dumbest member of Congress, right after Sheila Jackson Lee of Texas. I know that it is terribly politically incorrect of me to notice their stupidity and race-baiting, since both of them are black and female — especially since they have so much competition in Congress from obtuse white men. But in 2010, it's really more about corruption than it is about race, isn't it?

    Not according to Maxine.

    Waters, the radical leftist who, for ten terms, has represented South Central Los Angeles in the United States House of Representatives, is up to her eyeballs in charges of corruption for trying to help funnel millions of dollars in federal TARP funds into the coffers of a failing bank in which her husband just happened to be heavily invested. Always ready to flash the race card, Waters (who like President Obama, is hardly known for eloquence without the use of a teleprompter) blamed racism and the Bush administration.

    Granted, George Bush can rightly be blamed for foisting the TARP bailout on us as his "adios" on the way out the door, but this is a stretch even for a whiner like Waters.

    Nancy Pelosi promised to "drain the swamp" when she and her House Democrat cronies ran against the "culture of corruption" in the Republican-controlled Congress four years ago. Alas, however, it appears that Maxine Waters, Charlie Rangel and a few of their black colleagues are being sucked down that same whirlpool — and it's just not fair! You see, in Charlie and Maxine's world, if the Office of Congressional Ethics (OCE) drains the area where corrupt Republicans play, it's called "justice", but if it pulls the plug on the stagnant pool where the Congressional Black Caucus meets, it's called "racism." Such is the state of the Democrat mindset today.

    "There's a lot being said about why so many black elected officials [are] getting caught up with this new OCE organization," Waters said during her defiant denial of any wrongdoing." I think about now, or recently, about eight members of the Congressional Black Caucus are being investigated, and I think more to come. So, people are raising questions about that!"

    Waters' shot at Bush came later in the same statement. "The question at this point should not be why I called [then-Treasury] Secretary Paulson," she insisted, "but why I had to. The question at this point should be why a trade association representing over 100 minority banks could not get a meeting at the height of the crisis."

    This got me thinking. Poor Maxine. Like the president, she needs some fresh lines other than "it's Bush's fault!" So, I humbly offer a few of my own that might help these beleaguered politicians out of their use of that monotonous, increasingly ineffective mantra.

    How about an oldie but goody? Something like, "It's Hoover's fault! Remember the Hoovervilles!" But then, Herbert Hoover has been the butt of jokes and derision for decades.

    Maybe this could work: "Woodrow Wilson was a racist! It's his fault!" (Oops, he was a Democrat…can't blame him.)

    Benjamin Harrison said he didn't believe the Constitution permitted him to stop the lynching of "coloreds." Maybe he's to blame. Yeah, Harrison…it's his fault!

    Or, as a fallback, they could always blame Millard Fillmore, the last Whig to occupy the White House. Fillmore was president of these United States for a couple of years after Zachary Taylor died in office. As president, Fillmore signed The Fugitive Slave Act on September 18, 1850. Abolitionists nicknamed it the "Bloodhound Law" for the dogs that were used to track down runaway slaves and return them to their masters, because that is exactly what it allowed.

    To hear Maxine Waters tell it, not much has changed in America since then, so let's just blame it all on old Millard Fillmore.
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    Friday, August 13, 2010

    Mayoral Marionette Jerram

    Since we mentioned mayoral marionette Councilman Jerram in our last posting we thought we might share his numbers from the Metropolitan Omaha Property Owners Association Poll as compared to the overall average. Councilman Jerram would be wise to consider them.




    Question 1: In general, do you believe that the city of Omaha is headed in the right direction, or have things gotten off on the wrong track?


    Overall:



    • Right Track - 19%

    • Wrong Track - 70%

    • No Opinion - 11%

    Jerram Numbers:

    • Right Track - 32%

    • Wrong Track - 61%

    • No Opinion - 7%

    Question 2: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Jim Suttle is handling his job as mayor of Omaha?
    Overall:

    • Approve - 23%

    • Disapprove - 67%

    • Undecided - 10%


    Jerram:

    • Approve - 31%

    • Disapprove - 58%

    • Undecided - 11%


    Question 3: Do you approve or disapprove of the way that your city council member is handling his or her job on the City Council?
    Overall:

    • Approve - 52%

    • Disapprove - 28%

    • Undecided - 20%

    Jerram:

    • Approve - 57%

    • Disapprove - 25%

    • Undecided - 18%


    Question 4: Do you approve or disapprove of Mayor Jim Suttle's handling of the Police and Fire Union contract negotiations?
    Overall:

    • Approve - 23%

    • Disapprove - 62%

    • Undecided - 15%

    Jerram:
    • Approve - 32%

    • Disapprove - 60%

    • Undecided - 9%


    Question 5: Are you for or against Mayor Jim Suttle's proposal to raise property taxes by approximately 10%?
    Overall:

    • For - 10%

    • Against - 88%

    • Not Sure - 2%


    Jerram:

    • For - 12%

    • Against - 82%

    • Not Sure - 7%

    Question 6: Are you for or against Mayor Jim Suttle's proposal to enact a 4% city entertainment tax on restaurants?
    Overall:

    • For - 16%

    • Against - 78%

    • Not Sure - 6%

    Jerram:

    • For - 37%

    • Against - 58%

    • Not Sure - 4%

    The Marionettes

    We thought the inset was a pretty good image of what Councilmen Jerram and TAX AND SPEND MULLIGAN represent.

    More and more the City Councilmen Jerram, Gray, Gernandt and TAX AND SPEND MULLIGAN are looking like nothing more than marionettes of the police and fire unions and our incompetent, delusional and out-of-touch Mayor Jim Suttle.

    While citizens had hoped Jerram and TAX AND SPEND MULLIGAN might at least look like they were standing up against the union thugs, who after getting their vote continue to run their disgusting personal attacks on Dave Nabity, they nonetheless have shown their insensitively and lack of responsiveness to the cries of protest. Citizens should just remember that the vote for the union contract is not only a sell out but also a vote for the resulting tax increase.

    Just Let Them Die

    We'll take a short break from our harangues about our incompetent mayor and rhino Republican TAX AND SPEND TOM (Mulligan) and suggest you take a gander at the following oped piece that appeared in the New York Times regarding the government sink holes known as Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. We don't always agree with the Libertarians from the Cato Institute, but in this case we certainly do.

    Say Goodbye to Fannie and Freddie

    By William Poole

    THE Federal National Mortgage Association — known as Fannie Mae — and the Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation — Freddie Mac — were poorly structured from the time, 40 years ago, when they were set up as so-called government-sponsored enterprises. Both of these technically private companies, designed to foster the issuance of home mortgages, enjoyed implicit federal backing in the event they got into financial trouble but only weak regulation to prevent such trouble. Essentially, the federal government insured the companies' liabilities but never charged a premium.

    Fannie and Freddie had a license to print money. They could borrow at an interest rate only a bit over the Treasury rate and then accumulate large portfolios of mortgages and mortgage-backed securities earning the market rate. What a deal — borrow at the low rate, invest at a higher one, hold little capital and let the federal government bear the risk! Investors enjoyed high returns, and management enjoyed high salaries. Incidentally, politicians also got a steady flow of campaign contributions from the companies' executives.

    Fannie and Freddie's risky policies led to their near collapse; in September 2008, the federal government brought them under federal conservatorship. Fannie and Freddie have cost taxpayers about $150 billion so far.

    On Tuesday, the Obama administration plans to hold a conference to address the question of what to do with the two companies. Clearly, it would be an inexcusable mistake to reconstitute them as private companies in anything close to their prior form. Some people have suggested recasting them as a single new "Fan-Fred agency" that would continue to securitize and guarantee home mortgages. It's true that Fannie and Freddie played an important role in developing the market for mortgage-backed securities. But they have completed that work, and they should not be preserved in any form. They should be thanked for their successes and gracefully retired.

    Can the home mortgage market stand on its own, without support from federally sponsored mortgage companies? Experience tells us that the answer is an unambiguous yes. When Fannie and Freddie curtailed their operations after the disclosure of accounting irregularities in 2003, there was no effect on mortgage rates. We have seen how the jumbo mortgage market, for loans too large to be eligible for Fannie and Freddie purchases, has long operated efficiently, with rates only slightly above the rates on smaller mortgages. And many other asset markets, like the one for securitized auto loans, have functioned well without federal intermediaries.

    If Fannie and Freddie were to continue to operate with the government absorbing all their risk, they would keep a large share of the market. But that system has been terribly expensive for taxpayers. The evidence shows that the private market can originate, securitize and distribute home mortgages efficiently on its own. While it's true that the private market brought on the financial crisis by creating so many subprime mortgages, Fannie and Freddie did not block that parade; they joined it — indeed, in some respects led it.

    In principle, it ought to be possible for government financial agencies to be self-supporting. But decades of observation have convinced me that there is no practical way to prevent the government from inserting hidden subsidies and special interest mandates into the agencies' operations. If there are to be more federal housing subsidies — and I hope there are not — they should be legislated transparently.

    The danger in having any new mortgage agency is that its guarantees would subsidize mortgage risk, eventually leading to further taxpayer losses. The only sure way to prevent that outcome is to phase out Fannie and Freddie. If the home finance market were fully private, then it would bear the losses from its own mistakes in pricing and insurance. The proper government role is regulatory oversight and not direct operation of financial firms.

    Fannie and Freddie could not be shuttered immediately; they are too large. A sensible transition plan would have them stop buying new mortgages, and their portfolios would decline as the mortgages they own are paid down. Within 10 years, the portfolios would shrink to insignificance.

    Their securitization business, whereby they purchase mortgages and issue securities against them, should likewise be wound down. A practical approach would be to set a gradually rising schedule of fees, motivating private companies to enter the securitization business.

    In 10 or 15 years, the companies would be gone, closing a chapter in American financial history that enjoyed considerable success but ended very badly and at great taxpayer cost.

    William Poole, a senior fellow with the Cato Institute and a distinguished scholar in residence at the University of Delaware, was president of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis from 1998 to 2008.

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