Thursday, September 30, 2010

Heineman Gets a "C"

In a Fiscal Policy Analysis, 'Fiscal Policy Report Card on America’s Governors: 2010' by Chris Edwards, Nebraska's Governor Dave Heineman gets only a 'C' for his efforts on tax cuts and spending reduction since 2008.

We thought we would share this information before the Boyle-Meister Team, oops Mister Mike Meister/Anne Boyle team starts telling Nebraskans how bad Governor Dave is. They are, after all, charged by Judas Ben Nelson with the task of softening Dave up for 2012. That is their only reason for their moribund candidacy.

Actually, Governor Dave has some difficult issues to address. Chief among them is finding some $700 million in savings over the next two years. And we will bet he will get it done without any tax increases. Would that the incompetent mayor of Omaha had the same degree of discipline.

Here' what the Cato Institute generated report said specifically about Nebraska and Governor Dave (the complete report can be found at http://www.cato.org/pubs/pas/PA668.pdf) :

"Nebraska

Dave Heineman, Republican Legislature: Nonpartisan
Grade: C Took Office: January 2005

In his first few years in office, Governor Heineman was an outstanding tax cutter. In 2006,
he signed into law substantial personal income tax cuts. In 2007, he approved further income
tax cuts and a repeal of the estate tax. He has also supported property tax relief. In recent years,Heineman has proposed neither substantial tax cuts nor tax increases. His grade was draggeddown because he has proposed increases in general fund spending in recent years, while general fund spending in many states has fallen."

Republican President in Waiting

One great thing that will happen this fall will be the election of Marco Rubio to the U.S. Senate. Rubio, Republican from Florida, is now up by an average of 12 points(http://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2010/09/30/rubio_cruising_crist_fading_in_florida_107378.html?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=rcp-today-newsletter) over his two opponents. Charlie Crist the RINO former governor of Florida thought by running as an independent, after he lost the primary to Rubio, he could still win. He won't and the Democrat opposition is embarrassing.

So why is Rubio's election a great thing? Well, because we believe that Rubio will be one of the next presidents of this great country. You can bet he will give the keynote speech at the Republican National Convention which will be held in Florida in 2012 (former Democrat keynoters--William Jefferson Clinton and Prince of Peace Nobel Laureate President of the World of Equal Nation Barry Soetoro Hussein Obama).

Rubio's is an American story. Son of Cuban immigrants who came here because of Castro. Young family man. CONSERVATIVE, CONSERVATIVE, CONSERVATIVE. No John McCain.

We expect great things of Rubio. Stay tuned.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Could the Pledge be a Gimmick?

We aren't exactly enamored with the Republican Pledge to America (see ). However, we didn't describe it as a gimmick although on reflection that is probably what it is. With that said we have the latest from Rasmussen Polling and thought we'd share their assessment with you:

Voters See Republicans Pledge As Campaign Gimmick, But Half Say They Might Do What They’ve Promised
Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Most voters are skeptical about the Republicans’ new national Pledge to America, but most think the GOP is at least somewhat likely to do what it promises if it gains control of Congress.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey of Likely Voters finds that just 32% regard the Republican Pledge as a serious policy document. Fifty percent (50%) believe instead that it is a campaign gimmick. Eighteen percent (18%) aren’t sure.
But 53% say it is at least somewhat likely that Republicans will do what they promise in the Pledge if they take control of the Congress away from the Democrats. However, that figure includes only 20% who think it is Very Likely.
Forty percent (40%) say the Republicans are unlikely to do what they have pledged, with 17% who say it is Not At All Likely.

Why To Vote Democrat

David Letterman has his nightly top ten. We don't normally spread spam through our highly intellectual blog authored from high on John Galt Blvd, but we thought this was actually a pretty good summary of the mentality of those who vote Democrat (with that said, we want to go on record saying that this is no suggestion that the Republican Party has provided much of difference over recent years.). In fact, this might just describe the aging, mentally diminished Lowen Kruse referred to in the blog entry immediately preceding this one.

10. I voted Democrat because I believe oil companies' profits of 4% on a gallon of gas are obscene but the government taxing the same gallon of gas at 15% isn't.

9. I voted Democrat because I believe the government will do a better job of spending the money I earn than I would.

8. I voted Democrat because Freedom of speech is fine as long as nobody is offended by it.

7. I voted Democrat because I'm way too irresponsible to own a gun, and I know that my local police are all I need to protect me from murderers and thieves.

6. I voted Democrat because I believe that people who can't tell us if it will rain on Friday can tell us that the polar ice caps will melt away in ten years if I don't start driving a Prius.

5. I voted Democrat because I'm not concerned about the slaughter of millions of babies through abortion so long as we keep all death row inmates alive.

4. I voted Democrat because I think illegal aliens have a right to free health care, education, and Social Security benefits.

3. I voted Democrat because I believe that business should not be allowed to make profits for themselves. They need to break even and give the rest away to the government for redistribution as the democrats see fit.

2. I voted Democrat because I believe liberal judges need to rewrite the Constitution every few days to suit some fringe kooks who would never get their agendas past the voters.

1. I voted Democrat because my head is so firmly planted up my ass that it is unlikely that I'll ever have another point of view.

The Sham Recall Hearing or How Lowen Kruse is Against the Recall HE Initiated!

For those of you who missed the Lowen Kruse 'budget hearing'/recall meeting at the Florence City Hall last night, you didn't miss much. In fact, the only thing missing seemed to be a visible number of people to hear this aging poster-child for term limits in the Nebraska Legislature.

Given that poor stupid Lowen was responsible for three sham recall petitions one might have thought that there would be some folks their to sign such, but none did because that was never the intent of this moral paragon who at least tried to provide that image to the public when he was an elected official. Apparently, obfuscation is not part of his moral no-nos.

To further prove this idiot's guile and intent, as well a his convoluted reasoning, we obtained the e-mail below which he sent to City Council members Festersen and Stothert. You know, the two council members he wanted to recall? You know, Pete Festersen whose district the aging and mentally diminished Kruse asserts he voted for in the last election--even though Kruse doesn't live in Festersen's district (in fact, Kruse's signature was disqualified as a signer on Festersen's election petition!).

One last non-sequitur: Doesn't it strike one as odd that at this 'discussion' meeting by the recall initiator that the mayor's Finance Director, Pam Spaccarotella was present--present at a meeting convened by a guy who took out petitions to recall her boss? Can you say collusion? Of course who would believe that of Kruse and his long time friend Jim Suttle?

Here is the e-mail, and frankly a pretty good case for someone to prosecute Kruse for his contrived effort to waste public dollars through a sham recall:

"From: Lowen Kruse [mailto:lowenkruse@cox.net] Sent: Tuesday, September 28, 2010 11:00 AMTo: Festersen, Pete F; Jean.Stouthert@ci.omaha.ne.usSubject: Public Forums on Budget

Dear Jean and Pete

Below is the list of “Public Forums on Services and Taxes.”

You are welcome at all of them, and if you come you will be
invited to briefly speak to the group near the beginning.

Most of the time will be used for an open mike, where folks
will be invited to state specific ideas about cutting services
or raising taxes. There will be no summary statement. When
the crowd begins to leave we will close it down.

We strenuously object to recall of anyone unless there is abuse
of office, which no one is saying.
We believe, and will say,
that our elected officials are working hard and it is good work.


I am deeply disturbed by the undertow of the recall group, which is
to take us back to a “Two-city Omaha” which we had over ten
ago, West Omaha and the rest of us, Black vs. White. We have
come a long way toward being one city and we do not want to go
back.
Black pastors, as one group, are really upset by the
language and attitudes of those doing the recall. So that is our
focus.

We want to be open and frank with every opinion, including those
who want to recall.
So we will have petitions there if they insist on
signing, but we will be emphasizing there is a better way: talk and
listen. Our strategy is to get people talking before the recall group
gets the stage, and to talk with neighbors about the faults of recall.

Since we find no good reason for recall, the only objection we find
to state is that the budget is weak compared to our infrastructure
problems.
This is a mayor/council budget, so we must have you
representing the council’s hesitation on taxes. As I said earlier to
you, I strongly object to not being allowed to pay our bill. I also
genuinely appreciate the intense work you have done.

In summary, the whole tone of our group (about a dozen) and of the
meetings will be to think of ways to deal with our ongoing problems.
I will not allow a personal attack on anyone.
Our point is to blunt the
barbs coming from the recall group and to get folks to think.

Most of those I hear from support what you and the mayor have done,
and object to even talking about recall
. A small number want less
services, and a small number speak of higher taxes.

I am truly sorry to put you in a public spot, but we are in a crisis
mode and we could think of no other strategy that would get
the public and media attention for our message.

Our support of your work (with critique!) will continue.
Lowen

Here is the final schedule of forums, all starting at 7 p.m.:

Tuesday Sept 28 Plumbers Hall 4801 F Street
Thursday Sept 30 Florence City Hall 29th & State
Tuesday Oct 5 First United Methodist 7020 Cass Street
Wednesday Oct 6 Steamfitters Union 13508 B Street
Monday Oct 11 North High School 36th and Ames"

Monday, September 27, 2010

Are We Really Suffering From Too Much Religion? - Doug Patton

September 27, 2010

Americans have been sold a bill of goods concerning the complicated nature of the society in which we now live. Some things are, indeed, more complicated and fast-paced; of that there can be little doubt. But some things are, in fact, just as simple as they ever were. Such simplicity presented itself for examination when two separate news stories, both from my home state of Nebraska, caught my eye in the last couple of weeks. Juxtaposed, the two form a microcosm of the sad moral state of American society in the 21st Century.

The first article tells the story of 33-year-old Christopher Taylor, a 2001 computer engineering graduate of the University of Nebraska. Between jobs in his chosen field, Taylor refused to be a burden to his family, the taxpayers or anyone else. Instead, in order to make ends meet, he dutifully accepted a position far below his skill and education level, as a delivery driver for a local Pizza Hut.

On the night of September 10, 2010, Taylor delivered a pizza to what turned out to be an empty Omaha apartment. Waiting for him there were four teenage punks, one of whom stabbed him to death. The four then stole the $25 in cash he was carrying. They were soon captured by authorities. Two of them are to be tried for first-degree murder, the other two for robbery and criminal conspiracy.

The kid who actually wielded the knife in the fatal stabbing is 16 years old. Perhaps not coincidentally, his father is serving a sentence in the Nebraska State Penitentiary for drug conspiracy.

A few days after this story shocked the sensibilities of Nebraskans, another article appeared detailing how the Nebraska chapter of the ACLU is warning public school administrators to beware of allowing Christian speakers to bring their message of faith and good citizenship to the youth of our state. The headline in the Omaha World-Herald read, "How much religion is too much in schools?"

Really? After five decades of purging our public schools of all vestiges of Christianity — or even a code of morality based on its teachings — four teenagers entrap and brutally murder a man, and the public question on the table is whether there is too much religion in our schools? If it were not a persistently asked question by supposedly educated, intelligent and reasonable people, and if it were not such a sad irony, this query would be laughable!

The specific issue that has the ACLU in their usual, anti-Christian snit stems largely from a "controversial" talk to junior and senior high school students, given regularly by Ron Brown, a University of Nebraska assistant football coach. Brown is a devout, evangelical believer, and his message is simple: "Be accountable, be dependable, be responsible." He also stresses his faith, saying, "I'm going to talk about Jesus Christ whenever I'm talking about drugs or alcohol or character."

Brown's talks to students are always voluntary, and the reception from the students — starved as they are for moral guidance in our government schools — is almost universally positive. However, as is always the case in these matters, one sniveling complaint was filed by someone who chose to be offended by the message, and the usual suspects had to ride to the rescue to prevent someone — anyone — from hearing an affirmative message about the power of faith.

Coach Brown says his message is the same one he has delivered to students and young athletes for the last twenty years, and he isn't going to change it because of the ACLU.

Good for him!

These two paradoxical narratives paint a heartbreaking portrait of where we are in 2010 America. Perhaps if these four teens had heard an uplifting proclamation like the one the ACLU wants to prevent Ron Brown from delivering to their generation, both stories would have a very different ending.
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© 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.

Saturday, September 25, 2010

A Sand Hills Reflection -- Dean Cowles

From the Objective Conservative Poet Laureate,
Dean Cowles

A Sand Hills Reflection

Lamenting sunburned pasture grass
Straining toward unclouded survival
In the parched, undulating hills
Of my restless youthful yearning,
Spurred childhood recognition
Of nature's seeming inattention.

Nighthawk Boos an Omen of What is to Come -- Suttle Should Resign Now

For those of you who were not at the Omaha Nighthawks game last night, the boos heard upon the introduction of Jim Suttle should have been heard by you where ever you are in the city. They were deafening.

Yes, in the loudest response of the night by the crowd, Omaha's incompetent, arrogant, spend-thrift mayor was resoundly un-welcomed. With 23,000 fans in the crowd we doubt it would have been hard to secure thousands of signatures on recall petitions had the real progress began.

Given the inevitability of a successful recall we might suggest that perhaps the mayor's best and most positive act of fiscal accountability would be simply to resign now and save the city the angst and cost that he is so worried about--the angst and cost that he has already thrust upon the citizens and the that he will continue to do as long as he remains in office.

A Republican Wave or Tsunami?

We don't tend to be the most optimistic here, but we do listen to and read what others are reporting. Stuart Rothenberg is one who speaks with credibility and he has some good commentary on what things look like in the Midwest for the Democrats and it isn't exactly pessimistic if you are a Republican.

By the same token we repeat our assertion that much of what is happening in the political world is not about Republicans being good. Rather its about Democrats having failed to gauge what voters wanted when folks voted for 'change' in 2006 and 2008. It's about their arrogance and their failure to listen.

We believe that the American public is both capricious and driven by the concept of instant gratification. We believe that political 'waves' are going to be much more frequent in the future given such. So what could very will be a political wave in 2010 for the Republicans could turn quickly in 2012 or 2014 if they make the same mistakes, over promise and fail to deliver (Can you say Pledge to America?).

Okay, enough for our diatribe. Check out what Rothenberg has to say below:

"State Waves Add to Democrats’ National Woes" from "The Rothenberg Political Report"
State Waves Add to Democrats’ National Woes

Everyone agrees a political wave will hit on Nov. 2, though Democrats and Republicans disagree on the size of it. Some see a “normal” political wave, while others expect a political tsunami.

Obviously, with reapportionment and redistricting on the schedule for 2011 and 2012, a huge Republican victory has larger ramifications than merely who will control the House for the next two years.

Waves seem to work themselves down the ballot, and a national Republican Congressional wave surely is going to be mirrored by strong GOP gains in state legislatures and gubernatorial contests.

But an unusual dynamic also seems to be working against Democrats this year that could add to the party’s woes: the weakness of both Democratic Senate and gubernatorial candidates in some key states.
In Illinois, for example, there are signs of a GOP wave that could give Republicans the state’s governorship, a Senate seat and some House seats.

Voters in the state, certainly fatigued from the bizarre drama surrounding former Gov. Rod Blagojevich and angry about the economy, seem prepared to elect Republican Bill Brady over the sitting governor, Democrat Pat Quinn, who succeeded the discredited Blagojevich when he was impeached in 2009.

Brady has been leading Quinn in polling since the February primary, and voters seem to have lost patience with the state’s Democrats. That can’t be helping state Treasurer Alexi Giannoulias (D), who was hoping to hold the Senate seat once held by President Barack Obama. Giannoulias may not be able to swim against the current in his race against Rep. Mark Kirk (R).

In the state’s Congressional races, Rep. Debbie Halvorson, a former state Senate Democratic leader, looks likely to lose her seat after just a single term. Democratic Rep. Phil Hare unexpectedly finds himself fighting for re-election in the state’s 17th district, and Rep. Bill Foster (D) is hoping to hang on by his fingernails in the 14th district.

And Republicans might be able to hang on to Kirk’s open seat because of the Illinois voters’ change of heart about the two parties this year. Remember, Illinois is no longer the swing state that it was 30 years ago. It’s solidly Democratic — normally.

Democratic prospects are just as bad in Pennsylvania.

Attorney General Tom Corbett (R) will defeat Allegheny County Executive Dan Onorato (D) in the gubernatorial race, and I’ll be surprised if it’s close. The next question is who will vote for Corbett as well as Democratic Senate nominee Joe Sestak?

Democrats certainly hope Sestak does better in the Philadelphia suburbs than Onorato will, but recent polling suggests Sestak is trailing Republican Pat Toomey in the Senate race. On style points alone, Toomey has the edge. When you add Republican enthusiasm, the midterm dynamic and money, the GOP top of the ticket looks strong in the Keystone State.

As in Illinois, House races are also going the GOP’s way in Pennsylvania. Rep. Paul Kanjorski in northeast Pennsylvania and Kathy Dahlkemper in the far northwestern corner of the state are in deep trouble, no matter whose polling you believe. Sestak’s open House seat probably favors the GOP slightly, and the very Republican 10th district, now held by Rep. Christopher Carney (D), is at risk, even though Tom Marino, the Republican nominee, has far more political baggage than he does campaign dollars. And Democrats can forget about knocking off Rep. Jim Gerlach (R) this cycle.
Wisconsin is also looking like a mess for Democrats.
Milwaukee County Executive Scott Walker (R) is favored over Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett (D) in the gubernatorial race, and challenger Ron Johnson (R) is surprisingly no worse than even money against veteran Sen. Russ Feingold (D). The “time for a change” mood in Wisconsin, normally a swing state but one Obama won by 13 points, is helping both Walker and Johnson, and each seems to be helping the other.

Further down the ballot, retiring Rep. David Obey’s open seat is at risk, and Rep. Steve Kagen (D), who holds a Republican-leaning district, could well fall because of the momentum in the state.

And now we come to the biggest headache for Democrats: Ohio.

Some of the state polls undoubtedly exaggerate Republican advantages in both the Senate and gubernatorial contests, but there is also no doubt that Republicans lead in both. After all, Gov. Ted Strickland (D) released his own poll showing him down to Republican John Kasich by 3 points in an attempt to counter the growing buzz that the gubernatorial contest has turned into a blowout.
Going into the cycle, most observers thought voters liked Strickland and would re-elect him. But the state’s economy and Democratic control of almost all state government have created a different dynamic.

Republican Rob Portman looks to have a clear edge over Democratic Lt. Gov. Lee Fisher in the Senate race, and Democrats are likely to lose at least two House seats and possibly as many as five.

The top-of-the-ticket dynamic is also working for Republicans elsewhere. In California, GOP gubernatorial nominee Meg Whitman’s spending and attacks on Democrat Jerry Brown seem to be helping Senate hopeful Carly Fiorina (R).

The dynamic isn’t as easy to see in Nevada. Yes, the Reid name isn’t popular, so Democratic Sen. Harry Reid’s low personal ratings aren’t helping his son, Rory, who is the Democratic nominee for governor. Rory Reid will lose, and it will not be close.

But it isn’t clear whether voters will take the opportunity to vote against two Reids or will split their “Reid” vote, giving the Senate Majority Leader another term. A stronger Republican opponent for the Senator would surely mean both Reids would lose.
After eight years of Blagojevich/Quinn in Illinois, Gov. Ed Rendell (D) in Pennsylvania and Gov. Jim Doyle (D) in Wisconsin, voters in those states seem ready for a change, and not only in the state’s top office. For Strickland, who is finishing only his first term, it’s simply a matter of timing. Of course, in politics, timing is everything."

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Taking the Pledge

The big news for the week on the national front is the Pledge to America, the Republican rehash of the 1994 Contract with America. The latter offered much hope and propelled the Republicans to a 'takeover' (the term popularized by the media-you know a coup d'etat?) of the House and U.S. Senate. Unfortunately, after passing a few of the issues promised in the contract, Republicans simply became the same kind of politicians that had infested the congress for years. After the failed shutdown of government in 1996, they simply worried about being re-elected. Forget the contract.

Now we have the Pledge to America. A nice sounding name for a 21 page document that doesn't say much. You can find it here at: ttp://www.foxnews.com/projects/pdf/pledgetoamerica.pdf if you are so inclined.

With that said we tend to agree with the commentary of Taxpayers for Common Sense and their Weekly Wastebasket. Rather than send you there, we thought we'd just include it below. We think they make a lot of solid points which basically indicate much business as usual come next year assuming another 'takeover.'
"Show of Hands

Volume XV No. 38:

September 24, 2010

Okay, you're the President. And you are about to address a joint session of Congress. You walk into the well of the House of Representatives and step to the podium in front of the entire Congress. You ask: By a show of hands, who here is fiscally responsible with our nation's checkbook? Naturally, everyone in front of you raises their hand. Yet somehow, despite the unanimous enthusiasm in Congress for financial prudence, our country is drowning in red ink. How can this be?

This week, House Republicans, who many commentators are predicting will regain the majority, released their Pledge to America, a throwback to the Contract with America they announced before the historic rout they pulled off in the 1994 elections. In it, the Republican leadership sets forth its plan to halt the President's agenda and restore – yes – fiscal sanity to Congress. And, not surprisingly, there are more than few places where vague language, caveats and exceptions undercut what they are promising.

They promise to cut government spending to pre-stimulus, pre-bailout levels … with the exception of spending on seniors, veterans and defense. Besides the fact that when considering our budget woes everything should be on the table, this exception leaves a pretty small slice of budgetary pie to start whittling away. It is difficult to believe they could carve out the promised $100 billion in savings. The section on budget process reform begins with a promise to protect entitlements – only promising to get a full accounting of them, setting benchmarks and reviewing them. Not exactly a profile in budgetary courage here.

Conspicuously missing from either the "Stopping Out of Control Spending" or "Reform Congress and Restore Trust" sections is any mention of earmark reform or the existing House Republican earmark moratorium. Considering this has been a hot topic and earmarks have been subject to so much public criticism (and not just from us), that's a pretty big hole. This is just further evidence that the House Republican Conference is in a quandary as to what to do with earmarks. One vocal part of the conference, led by Republican appropriators, want earmarks back in a big way, while others would rein them in or eliminate them entirely. Guess they haven't figured that out yet.

But that's just half of the lawmakers you see jumping up and down with their hands up. On the other side of the aisle, you have the Democrats pointing to the PAYGO (or pay-as-you-go) law - new spending or tax changes must be offset and cannot to add to the federal deficit – as proof of their commitment to fiscal responsibility. As nice as PAYGO sounds, it has so many holes it has at times become more of a shield to deflect criticism than an actual form of accountability. Sure, the requirement for offsets has stopped some new programs and spending in the margins, but billions of dollars are exempted and annual spending increases in discretionary and entitlement spending continue unabated. Like the Republican pledge, PAYGO is more smoke than fire.

It seems every politician wants to claim the mantle of fiscal responsibility without being fiscally responsible. Political promises come and go, we will have to see if this most recent pledge has any traction or is even remotely implementable. Remember, the vast majority of the much ballyhooed Contract with America never got implemented."

The Tom White Biden Visit

To follow up on our recent post, Monday, September 20, 2010, The V.P. to raise BIG $'s for Tom White to be fair and impartial we thought we'd provide a link to a Wall Street Journal article that tells us that mister second in line to become president (see the Joe Biden Foot in mouth award below left) is going to campaign for 60 of White's hopeful peers. You can find it at: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748703399404575506091990833422.html?mod=WSJ_newsreel_us

Tom should enjoy his 15 minutes of fame because it won't be long before the national Democrats bid him aloha.

The Other Recall Shams


Below you'll find our previous entry on the phony Suttle Recall effort of former (thankfully) Senator Lowen Kruse, The 'Other' Recall. Our point on that was that if he was serious he would have requested and taken out at least 1,500 petitions (20 signatures to a petition) but he only took out 50. What does that tell you?
In the same regard, we'll tell you what the local news media and other blogs haven't in regard to the sham Festersen and Stothert recalls. While each campaign would require at least 200 petitions (about 4,000 signatures) the sham artists conducting these campaigns took out only 10 petitions for Stothert and 50 for Festersen. These folks have no intention of going forward with their efforts.

As we've noted previously, all three of these efforts were simply the brainchildren (we use that term loosely) of His Honor Mayor Suttle and his buddy Councilman Chris Jerram who wanted to confuse potential signers and get even with two council members who didn't support Jerram.

These sham recalls are nothing but poorly disguised distractions that have no funding, no support and no chance of succeeding. The perpetrators should be ashamed and, frankly, punished for wasting tax payer dollars.

Ben Nelson Becomes Techno-nerd

We're told by AP today that Judas Ben Nelson is using new social media technology, i.e. Twitter. What the report should have said is that Judas' campaign is using the technology. Let's remember that Judas has never even used an ATM (although he feels comfortable regulating them).

The Irreversibility of ObamaCare

We don't normally put a lot of credence in the dribble written about the Ben Judas Nelson/Reid /Pelosi/Obama health care bill and we certainly don't tend to publish their op-eds, but we're going to provide the one written by Congressman Chris Van Hollen (D) today in an effort to show just how hard the bill will be to repeal. The bill is itself like an insidious cancer slowly spreading throughout the body and at a certain point it metastasizes to the point where cure is impossible. That, frankly, is how the bill was designed and unfortunately it is also why at a certain point repeal becomes impossible.

We continue to assert that the bill will never be repealed and that any politician that says a Republican takeover of the U.S. House and Senate is simply lying. Yes, hopefully, some funding and some portions of it can be reversed, i.e., the 1099 filing requirement that failed to pass this last week. But for Republicans to include repeal in their soon to be released Pledge to Americans (son of the Contract with America) is folly.

But the bottom line is like that small spreading cancer many of the provisions start taking place today and will continue over the next several years. As they are implemented more and more of the voting public will perceive some benefit to them and will oppose changes that affect their coverage.

Here are some examples, based on Van Hollen's op-ed, which as they are implemented will be very difficult to take away:
  • Some who have health care won't be able to be dropped (however, this won't protect them from high cost increases as others leave their coverage under such plans and the policy goes into a death spiral with huge premium increases).

  • Children with pre-exisiting health issues cannot be denied coverage (Already many companies have indicated that they simply will no longer write individual policies on said children which really defeats this initiative).

  • Seniors under Medicare who reach the 'donut hole' will get a $250 check this year and payments in future years as the donut hole finally disappears in about ten years. (There are 4 million seniors receiving those checks this year alone, and the baby boom generation is just reaching the point where they will be covered. Do you think those seniors getting this manna from Washington are going to vote for someone who wants to take away their subsidy?)

  • Young adults up to the age of 26 can now stay under their parents health care plan. (Many of these simply don't buy coverage now because they are young and don't want the expense, but if daddy is paying for their care do you think that they or their parents are going to vote against repealing it?)

  • There will no longer be lifetime limits on health insurance coverage and annual limits will disappear over the next few years. (Whether most folks will ever reach current limits, can you imagine the demagoguery when your congressman or senator votes to take that potential benefit away from you?)

These are just a few of the items (based on Van Hollen's article) that politicians will find almost impossible to repeal even if Republicans take control of the house and senate this year and the presidency in 2013. When has congress ever taken back benefits? Yes, we will all pay for these and the lies of cost containment, universal coverage, lower premiums for all and reduced budget deficits will all be exposed for what they are.

Sadly, because of the spend-thrift mentality of the congress from 2001 through 2008, because of the inability of George W. Bush to manage the country's spending, because of the Republican Party's failure to nominate a viable candidate in 2008, because of the likes of Judas Ben Nelson who voted against the well of Nebraskans, and a multitude of other reasons the citizens of the nation are going to be saddled with this monstrosity until the liberals reach their final goal of a single payer system. To be sure the Judas Ben Nelson/Reid/Pelosi/Obama health care plan is designed to fail and leave nowhere to go but to single payer. And sadly, all Americans will pay for these mistakes with huge tax and deficit increases and a system that rations their health care in the future.

Here's the Van Hollen op-ed:

"By REP. CHRIS VAN HOLLEN 9/23/10 12:31 AM EDT
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Six months ago, President Barack Obama signed the new health reform legislation that will bring down health care costs for American families and small businesses, expand health coverage to an additional 32 million Americans and end the widespread abuses in the health insurance industry. The Affordable Care Act is the most groundbreaking reform of health care coverage since Medicare. It reduces the deficit by $1.2 trillion in the next 20 years, according to the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office.

Americans are already benefiting from several important provisions that have taken effect. More than 4 million small businesses are eligible for $40 billion in tax credits, helping them offer employee health insurance coverage. Children with pre-existing conditions who have long been denied coverage now have access to a health plan in every state, including Maryland. Seniors in the Medicare Part D program are now receiving an annual supplement of $250 as the first installment toward closing the notorious “doughnut hole.” No longer will seniors be forced to choose between food or heat and lifesaving medications. Early retirees are also benefiting, because the program helps employers continue their health coverage.

This week, some crucial health care consumer protections begin. This new Patients’ Bill of Rights helps Americans obtain better care, lower their costs and improve their health coverage security.

Health insurance companies will no longer be able to drop people’s coverage when they get sick and need health care the most. Young adults — the largest population of uninsured Americans before passage of this law — can now remain on their parents’ health insurance plan until their 26th birthday. Health plans can no longer impose lifetime limits on coverage, and annual limits are to be phased out over three years — a dramatic change for families, because more than 60 percent of people who declared bankruptcy in 2007 cited medical bills as a reason, and medical costs have only increased since.

Over time, the Affordable Care Act will prohibit insurance companies from denying anyone coverage based on pre-existing conditions, create insurance exchanges so that Americans have the same health plan choices as members of Congress and implement the biggest tax cut for health care in U.S. history to ensure that middle-class families can afford insurance. The new law puts Americans, not the health insurance companies, in charge of their own health care.

Unfortunately, Washington Republicans want to repeal the law and take away these important consumer protections and benefits. Under their plan, things would grow worse and the deficit would increase. The CBO found that the Republicans’ plan would increase the number of uninsured to 52 million — higher than today.

The Republican plan would also make coverage unaffordable for millions of Americans, eliminate tax credits that help people cover their premiums and remove assistance to small businesses that offer coverage for their employees.

I am proud that these reforms, enacted by Congress, are helping make a difference in Americans’ lives today, and I am committed to ensuring the legislation is implemented successfully.

To learn more about these provisions and other ways that health reform will help you, please visit www.healthreform.gov.

Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) serves as assistant to Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and is chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.Read more: http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0910/42567.html#ixzz10MZ7PiYB"

Speaking of Lee Terry

It seems that if you can't attack the congressman you attack the messenger. That seems to be the case with a Nebraska Democratic blog mouthpiece known as the New Nebraska Network (NNN) which itself only exists to do the mud-throwing dirty work of its party. Today's effort is to destroy Congressman Lee Terry's messenger, his campaign manager David Boomer. How could Lee possibly hire a guy like this who is guilty of such horrendous crimes against humanity? A guy that as a campaign manager would 'destroy Tom White?'

Well, let's face it NNN, every campaign's ultimate goal is to destroy their opponent. If David Boomer is good at that he is a great campaign manager.

And by the way, perhaps the Nebraska Democratic blog mouthpiece, the NNN, ought to opine on the lies that White and his campaign manager have been putting forth in their current ads attacking Congressman Terry? At least Lee's efforts to 'destroy Tom White' are based on fact, not the trumped up lies of a campaign manager messenger.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Lee Terry Polling Will Show Significant Edge over White













Despite the fact the the guy that is number 2 in line to be the president (his words, not ours), Joe Bidden, is coming to Omaha on behalf of Tom White's congressional campaign, we'd suggest Joe might be wasting his time. While White and his buddy Joe will tell us the campaign to dethrone Lee Terry is close, that simply isn't true.
We have it on pretty good authority that the Terry campaign has some pretty good polling results to release in the next few days. Those results will show Terry leading White by approximately 20%! Not exactly a close race.

Of course, White will counter with his contrived polling results but we'd suggest that a credible authority review them as that is exactly what they will be--contrived.

Regardless of Joe Biden's appearance the national Democrats will abandon White before mid-October if not before. He can't win. They have better places to put their money.

The 'Other' Recall

We find it very interesting that while a legitimate group says it is moving forward with a recall of Omaha's incompetent spend-thrift mayor, the 'other' group led by an equally incompetent former state senator, Lowen Kruse, has checked out it's petitions presumably with the intent of not recalling his friend Mayor Suttle but rather 'raising the level of discussion.'

That the press gives any credence to this campaign is beyond us.

A good gauge of the seriousness of the Kruse petition is the fact that he asked for and picked up only 50 petitions. Let's see, 50 petitions times 20 signatures per petition equals 1,000 potential signatures. That's just a little short of the 27,000 signatures needed. And the election commissioner would have told Kruse to take out the number he anticipated for the campaign since it's a lot easier to print them all at once. You can bet when those behind the serious petition check out theirs that they will be asking for 1,500 or better.

One last thing, Kruse will never turn in any petitions because he won't get anywhere near the signatures required and he won't want to reveal the names of the few who actually sign them.

Faced with Recall Suttle Continues to Mislead (LIE)

Despite what appears to be a well-organized professionally run grassroots effort to remove the incompetent spend thrift, Omaha Mayor Jim Suttle, continues his lies and fear mongering in what appears to be the ever more likely successful effort to recall him.

In his statement released subsequent to the press conference today Suttle continued to redefine history. He talks about the half-billion dollar police/fire union pension shortfall that he inherited upon becoming mayor. Somehow he forgets that the police/fire pension shortfall was only about $200 million when he took office as a city councilman. Apparently, during those for subsequent years he failed to ever raise a discussion as to what was happening as he received each year's audit reports of the deteriorating pension fund. Maybe he was too busy running for mayor since being sworn in as a city councilman? Maybe he was too busy attending funerals and neighborhood festivals, not in his council district but throughout the city to pay attention to the city's finances? In either case we believe that Suttle is guilty of malfeasance for doing nothing in the four years prior to becoming mayor.

Suttle has blamed past administrations for the city's financial problems, but somehow forgot he was part of the elected city leadership. He talks about how past administration kicked the can down the road, but did exactly that by postponing $12 million for the 2010 police/fire union pension plan (which he negotiated and got passed by his liberal council) contribution until 2012!

Secondly, he tells us that the city is well positioned to move ahead. Our contributors listened to the budget hearings and the police contract hearings. We watched him recommend an 11% increase in spending--$44 MILLION DOLLARS. $10 MILLION IN NEW SPENDING!!!!!!!!!! When asked, his Public Works Director Bob Stubbe said there still wouldn't be enough money to do the required street repaving and pothole repairs. In other words, new spending on new programs was more important than basic services like streets.

Suttle says in his statement he worked with the council to address the pledge he made to address Omaha's financial problems (which he conveniently acted ignorant of until he was elected). Apparently, the pledge to reduce taxes must have slipped his mind?

And finally, he has the audacity to tell the citizens of Omaha that they can't afford an election for a recall and threatens to some that he will have to close libraries, etc. Did he somehow ignore the fact that even after the council cut some of his recommendations and eviscerated programs like Sun Dawgs, he still raised taxes millions by his new spending? $900 thousand would be a bargain for the taxpayers of Omaha to get rid of this mayor who will certain propose millions of new spending and new taxes in his remaining years in office. Can you say street cars?

Enough for our thoughts. Here is what the mayor had to say:

“Mayor Suttle took office during a difficult financial crisis and was faced with a half billion dollar shortfall in the police and fire pension system. Mayor Suttle came together with the City Council to address the City’s major financial challenges, keeping his pledge to the citizens of Omaha. Now, the City is well-positioned to move forward with a balanced budget and a platform to make City services more efficient and cost-effective.”

“It’s unfortunate that this group would rather spend $900,000 of City funds on a recall effort that could result in cuts to City services. Instead, it’s time for our community to unite to solve the City’s challenges rather than becoming divided by destructive, political theatrics.”

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

NSEA Stays with the Winner, Dave Heineman

Say all you want, but Dave Heineman is going to coast to re-election despite the Anne Boyle Mister Mike Miester 'lets-damage-Heineman-for-Nelson-in-2012' reason for their running. Proof of the pudding is the failure of the NSEA (Nebraska State Education Association) to reject its endorsement of Heineman at it's recent meeting. These folks may be liberal but they are not dumb. They know who the next governor will be and who they'd better support if they are smart (they are educators, you know).

Shaking Up the Establishment

Cal Thomas has a good column today relating to the Washington establishment (Republicans included) and it discusses that pariah Christine O'Donnell who just happened to defeat liberal Republican Mike Castle for a chance to become Delaware's next U.S. Senator. Yes, O'Donnell may be a long shot, but she surely will send the message to D.C.

Here is part of what Thomas had to say:
"The establishment hates people it can't control and who are not beholden to those who run it. Conservative candidates who are scoring well understand this is a contest between the Washington establishment and the rest of the country. The establishment has one set of interests and the country has another. The conservatives are beholden to the people. The establishment is beholden only to itself and those it chooses to admit to the inside-the-beltway inner circle."

Monday, September 20, 2010

The V.P. to raise BIG $'s for Tom White











Gosh, what a great deal. If you have thousands of dollars you can help Tom White and the Nebraska Democratic Party by meeting with Tom's special guest, Joe Biden. We thought only Republicans were guilty of having these huge fundraisers. Obviously, Tom wants to be joined at the hip with his liberal friends in Washington. His special guest tells us just what Tom White is and will be, a big spending Pelosi supporting lapdog for Biden and Obama.
Here is what we got in our 'We Get E-mail category' from our friends at the Tom White Campaign and the Nebraska Democratic Party:
"Special Event in Support of Tom White
by Nebraska Victory 2010
Field Club of Omaha * 3615 Woolworth Avenue * Omaha, Nebraska Thursday, September 30th * 12:30 - 2:45 pm


RSVP by ordering your tickets below.RSVPs must be received by noon on September 22nd.
For this event, contributions from currently registered federal lobbyists, registered foreign agents, political action committees, or minors under the age of 16 are prohibited. Corporate contributions are also prohibited.

Questions? Please contact Abigail Martyr at 402-212-0624 or abby@TomWhite2010.com
Contributions or gifts to Nebraska Victory 2010 are not deductible for federal income tax purposes.

The first $2,400 of each contribution from an individual will be allocated to Tom White for Congress. The next $10,000 of each contribution from an individual will be allocated to the Nebraska Democratic Party. Any contributor may designate his or her contribution for a particular participant. The allocation formula above may change if any contributor makes a contribution that, when allocated, would exceed the amount that the contributor may lawfully give to any participant.

Paid for by Nebraska Victory 2010, a joint fundraising committee authorized by Tom White for Congress and the Nebraska Democratic Party."

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Why You Shouldn't Send Your Money to The National Republican Senatorial Committee

We aren't exactly fans of giving money to national committees. That includes the National Republican Senatorial Committee, the Republican National Committee, the National Republican Congressional Committee or, Heaven forbid, any of the same Democratic committees. Seems to us that for the most part these entities seldom provide much help here in Nebraska (although Lee Terry may differ).

In any event, if you are a conservative you probably have even less reason to donate. That was clearly illustrated last night and has been illustrated by the NRSC in recent primaries where the unfavored Tea Party candidate won.
We thought the following blog entry from the American Spectator was interesting and informative in this regard:


It was an amazing bit of television. Almost instant followed by an amazing bit of scoop.
Mere minutes after Fox News had reported the victory of conservative activist Christine O'Donnell over Establishment Congressman Mike Castle in the Delaware GOP U.S. Senate primary, former Bush Deputy Chief of Staff and Fox News consultant Karl Rove was in place on Sean Hannity's TV show to analyze.

Or…well…something.

The normally rational and analytical Mr. Rove had vanished. In his place was someone who looked like Karl Rove, sounded like Karl Rove…but spoke like the last guy out of the hoped-for-victory-party of the landslide losing candidate for Register of Deeds in NoPlaceville, Texas.

What on earth was Rove thinking? He was bitter, angry, cutting, demeaning, mean-spirited…and those were the nice things he had to say about O'Donnell. It's as if the scene were 2000 and an aide to the just-beaten-by-George W. Bush Senator John McCain took to the Hannity show and said:

"Well, Bush has had a drinking problem, has p….ed off any number of friends, reporters and others with his drunk-as-a-sot rich boy behavior, and that doesn't count that everybody knows he's dumb as a post. Which is why they gave him that baseball team as a favor to his father, and he dodged time in Vietnam because his father had the whole thing fixed. So this victory will be a problem for Republicans. Not, Sean, that we're bitter over this loss."

I have no idea what Karl Rove was thinking when he sat down in front of the Fox cameras to speak with Hannity. But I know this.

All by himself Karl Rove has just given Christine O'Donnell a huge leg up on this election. In seconds he has made her look like what Americans absolutely love -- the underdog who has been unmercifully unfairly treated by the powerful and well-to-do. AKA: What we call here at The American Spectator the Ruling Class. Or, if you prefer, The Establishment.

And now, Carl Cameron of Fox News is reporting the National Republican Senatorial Committee will not be helping the official nominee of the Delaware Republican Party for the United States Senate in her Senate campaign.
So, in other words, having helped the losing incumbent Lisa Murkowski in Alaska, the losing incumbent Robert Bennett in Utah, swallowed hard at the victories of Sharron Angle in Nevada and Rand Paul in Kentucky, the NRSC will not be helping O'Donnell because she beat the pants off a liberal Establishment Republican Congressman?

If this is true, there is but one question:
Is the Republican Establishment suicidal?

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Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Sticks and Stones Will Break My Bones But Names Won't Hurt Me (Unless I'm an Illegal in Fremont)

Anne Boyle and co-runner for governor Mister Mike Meister (the guy/loser Ben Nelson bribed into a no-win candidacy) are trying to make an issue of the 'tense' situation of name calling in Fremont and Governor Heineman's anti-illegal-immigration stand.

According to the Douglas Street Rag (a.k.a., Omaha World-Herald):

"Boyle, of Omaha, said she met Sunday night with members of the “One Fremont, One Future” organization, after reading on Thursday that the group had fielded 65 complaints of racial harassment and threats following a June special election.

Most of the reports involved rude comments, such as “Go back to Mexico,” but there was also one alleged threat of arson to a Hispanic-owned business and one claim that a boy had been shoved to the ground because of his race."

What a shame that there are such bullies in Fremont.

Yes, the people of Fremont voted to take their city back from illegals. Given the recent court judgement about a similar case in Pennsylvania, the law probably won't hold water, but the citizens spoke. Now some group, 'One Fremont, One Future' (http://sites.google.com/site/onefremontonefuture/) wants to say folks are calling names. Does that group somehow sound like 'Omaha Together One Community, a.k.a., OTOC? Apparently, this is a group supported by the Fremont Ministerial Alliance. Sound a little like OTOC?

Anyway, it's obvious that Anne and Mister Mike Meister are just going through Judas Ben Nelson's 'let's try to dirty Heineman' strategy to make him less electable against Nelson in 2012. That is the only reason for their campaign as no credible Democrat could be found to run a credible campaign against Heineman in 2010.

Seems Anne says her running mate, (oops she is Mister Mike Meister's running mate) doesn't favor amnesty, no he favors a path to citizenship for those who haven't broken the law. Well, Anne, every illegal immigrant broke the law when they crossed the boarder! Is this Democrat double talk or just plain stupidity on your part and Mister Mike Meister's?

We'd suggest that Governor Heineman ask Mister and Mrs Mike (Meister and Boyle) what they think of the Dream Act which their leaders in Washington are trying to include in the Defense Authorization Bill. Let's see if they give the same answer that Tom Osborne did in 2006. Our bet is that they won't answer it, or that they will simply tell the governor to go to Fremont......

Monday, September 13, 2010

Wasting Tax Dollars on Buses and Taxis

We find it interesting that the members (coerced, in some cases) of the Learning Community will spend $1,875,000 this year to transport 437 students from one district to another for so-called "economic diversity." At an average cost of $4,300 this is no more than a reinvigorated new name for integration busing. One wonders what could be done with those dollars if spent on the real needs of each of those students instead of transportation to a district where they have no association? Oh, and that doesn't include what it will cost to transport their parents to those locations for teacher conferences, etc.

What should frighten taxpayers is that this is just the beginning as it represents only a very small percentage of those deemed illegible (and necessary) to achieve a 40% diversity population at each school in each of the 11 school districts. That cost could run upwards of $50 million. Now you could do a lot with that money if it were applied to the student and the classroom rather than bloated bureaucracy and transportation.

The War on Prosperity During the Summer of Recovery -- Doug Patton

September 13, 2010

As Barack Obama parties with his vacuous, celebrity friends this week, with galas at the White House and elsewhere, the American middle class sinks further into the morass he has created with his doomed policies. If FDR had his WPA as part of his New Deal and LBJ had his War on Poverty as part of his Great Society, then surely BHO has his War on Prosperity as part of his Fundamental Transformation of America during his Summer of Recovery.

Not since the time of Nero has so much idle fiddling taken place while a society burned. It has gone well beyond incompetence. It is even beyond tone-deaf tinkering. This man is deliberately trying to destroy the nation he was elected to lead. Why? Because he hates it; it's that simple. He looks at the United States of America as a limitless pot of gold in the hands of a few, who stole it from the less fortunate over the last five hundred years.

Obama's insistence on allowing the Bush tax cuts to expire on the most productive among us is testimony to his malevolent ignorance. He really believes that those who have accumulated more than he deems necessary are evil and must be plundered by government to the greatest degree possible. Hence, his call, during a deep and severe recession, for a tax increase on the only people who are in a position to create jobs. Instead of encouraging our entrepreneurs, Obama seems bent on destroying capitalism, which he despises, and decimating the working class, whom he desires to see in bondage to government.

Ronald Reagan was fond of quoting Thomas Jefferson's admonition that a government big enough to give you everything you want is big enough to take everything you have. Obama seems determined to pattern his administration on just such a premise. As an educated man, he should know that big government never provides people with liberty. Ask yourself: When was the last time big government set someone free — anyone, rich, poor or in between? Such a scenario has never existed in the history of mankind.

The prosperous among us, most of whom have worked hard to accumulate their wealth, are enslaved by the taxes that gobble up much of the resources that would otherwise go to create new jobs. Those in the middle class likewise are victimized by higher taxation because they have less to spend on other things and therefore the economy suffers. Stealing from the rich through confiscatory tax rates only profits government, not the middle class. And the poor are destroyed in body, mind and spirit by a system that says, "You can't make it on your own, so we'll have to take care of you." When job-producing wealth is stolen from the private sector by government, everyone suffers. Regardless of what "class" you fit into, how is your life enhanced when government robs from someone else?

I would like to believe that the upcoming off-year election is going to truly change things, but then I hear Republican leaders like John Boehner, who will likely be the next Speaker of the House, tell the Sunday morning talking heads that he is willing to compromise and accept a partial continuation of the Bush tax cuts if that's all he can get out of the president. Anyone who has ever bargained for anything knows that you don't start out the negotiations by saying, "I want to pay $100 for your widget, but I'm willing to pay more." Likewise, the seller never starts the process by weighing in with, "Well, I want $250 for my widget, but I'll take as little as $100."

Similarly, Boehner should not start the bidding with a statement like, "I'll vote for whatever tax cuts I can get," when the reality is that tax increases on anyone — especially the prosperous, especially at a time like this — are a prescription for economic catastrophe.

It might be a clichĂ©, but no poor person ever gave me a job. Wealthy people — or at least prosperous upper middle class small business owners — have given me every job I have ever had in my life. If you think about it, the same is true for you.

Perhaps if Barack Obama had ever had a job, he would understand that principle, too.
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Parlez Vous Francais? Nebraska? Mayor Sutte?

In case you missed today's USA Today, you might have been unaware of Nebraska's effort to lure foreign tourists to our state by making our information language friendly. It would appear that $56,000 may not be unreasonable for that effort. But it does lead us to wonder why our big-spending, grant-getting Omaha Mayor Suttle hasn't found some way to do the same with many thousands or millions of your tax dollars (money from Heaven/D.C., local grants and future local spending commitments)? Just wait, he'll be announcing his plan.

In any event, here is what USA Today Reported:

"LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — State officials want foreign tourists to know there's more to Nebraska than fields of corn and soybeans along Interstate 80.

There's history everywhere, and real cowboys still round up cattle in the rolling hills.
Not wanting the state's delights to get lost in language barriers, Nebraska officials used a $56,000 federal grant to pay for a redesign of the state's Nebraska Byways brochure and creation of brochure Web pages for downloading in English, Spanish, French and German.
The brochure includes information on nine trips along U.S. and state highways that course through rural areas of Nebraska.


State officials say they don't know how many people from other countries drive through Nebraska, but a record number of hits on the state's tourism website provides a clue: Web visits are most frequent from people in Canada, the United Kingdom, Germany, Ireland and France.
Matt Gersib, public relations manager at Snitily Carr Advertising Agency, said the decision to create French and German versions of the website was guided by that information. He said the Spanish version was created for Nebraska residents whose first language is Spanish.
Snitily Carr was hired by the Nebraska Economic Development Department's Division of Travel and Tourism for the brochure and Web work.


"There are so many travelers who never get off the interstate. Our byways are such a neat resource," Gersib told the Lincoln Journal Star.

"The literature is an appeal to travelers to go a few miles off I-80 and see what a beautiful place Nebraska is, and we want to be able to say that in their native language," Gersib said.
Paula Bohaty, who oversees international tourism for the Travel and Tourism Division, said Nebraska already plays host to international visitors."

Thursday, September 9, 2010

The Eyes Of the Objective Conservative are on You, Senator Rogert

Well, it seems that Senator Kent Rogert is going more than nuclear (see immediate post below), he's also being, shall we say, going less than discreet? Yes, we noted in prior posts that Senator Rogert has a particular female lobbyist that he seems to favor for lunches. Let's just call her Katie....Apparently the two can stay far from one another. Case in point. The recent golf outing fund raiser held in Ogallala for State Senator Ken Schilz. Several of our correspondents have confirmed that the two shared a golf cart...and perhaps more than that.

One might think that Senator Tax Evader Rogert would better utilize his time back home in his district going door to door talking about the plight of small boat dealers....

Troubled Lawmaker Goes Nuclear

Apparently, hoping he can change the conversation from his 'boat dealings' (see Kent Rogert in our index), tax-evading State Senator Kent Rogert has now gone nuclear. Yep, he is suggesting that the Omaha Public Power District spend a few billion dollars on building a second nuclear plant which according to O.P.P.D. spokesman Jeff Hanson is "more than we can afford" and which is more than O.P.P.D. needs. This subject will be part of a legislative hearing scheduled for September 17th in Blair.

Tax evader Rogert's proposal stimulates a couple of thoughts:

  • Why waste time having a legislative hearing when the public utility he wants to build the plant doesn't want, need, nor can afford it?

  • We wonder how many folks in Rogert's district get their power from O.P.P.D.? (None)

  • Why does Rogert, who doesn't even live in the O.P.P.D. service area think he should tell this public utility what it should do?

  • Where would the money to build such a facility come from? Yes, we know the answer--from the O.P.P.D. ratepayers and, of course, the manna from Heaven that falls freely from Washington for other idiotic tax dollar wastes such as, dare we say, bicycle coordinators? And after all if its a grant from a federal or state agency, it doesn't really come from tax payers does it?

  • Is this just some kind of contrived effort to just take the heat off Rogert's crooked behavior and what appears to be a moribund final campaign for re-election? (Yes)

We can only presume that Rogert like his mentors, the Prince of Peace Nobel Laureate President of the World of Equal Nations Commissar Barack Barry Soetoro Hussein Obama and Mayor Jim Suttle, has imbibed too much of the Kool Aid.

The Separation between Church and State

It seems that our ever less esteemed Prince of Peace Nobel Laureate President of the World of Equal Nations Commissar Barack Barry Soetoro Hussein Obama who sometimes confuses his statements as to whether he is a Muslim or a Christian, who doesn't seem to find time to attend services at his mosque or church now wants to pontificate on some misguided minister who intends to burn the Koran.

If this were George 43 or Ronald Reagan, maybe the admonition would be more logical. Somehow, it's okay for Democrats and liberals to talk from their bully pulpits when it serves their needs, but the separation between church and state is otherwise a line that should never be crossed.

(Having so opined, we hope that our new abode high over John Galt Blvd. will be protected from retribution by Islamic extremists)

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Suttle Has Truly Gone Nuts


There is no question that Omaha's Mayor Suttle has simply gone nuts. He is non compos mentis for sure. Not only is he comfortable recommending an 11% tax increase to deliver to his police (and soon fire) union supporters and fund new spending programs while he lets necessary city services, i.e., street repaving, pot hole filling, etc., go unfunded, now he is spending your federal tax dollars by creating perhaps his first real job in Omaha, that of a bicycle coordinator.

Yes, a Bicycle Coordinator.
Sure, the $65,000 salary of this 'coordinator' isn't being paid by Omaha tax dollars, but it is being paid by the tax dollars of Omaha citizens whose federal tax dollars provide the unnecessary dollars to fund the grants to pay for it (as well as some local non-profits). And how long will those non-city tax dollars be around to fund this position before Omahans have to kick in? Three years we're told.

Somehow, Omaha's mayor just doesn't get it. Is it any wonder that folks want to get him out of office before he becomes even more delusional?

Bruning Should Look Into Bribery

Let's see if we got this right....Democrat State Chairman Vic Covalt wants Attorney General Bruning to investigate Governor Heineman for bribery? Just because he wrote a letter to some educators suggesting that their support of Obamacare might jeopardize educational funding?

Gosh, having Bruning investigate bribery might be a good deal. Maybe he should start with Judas Ben Nelson who not only took the Cornhusker Kickback as payment for his vote to sell out Nebraskans for Obamacare but also extorted $600,000 from the Democrat National Committee to rehab his traitorous image?

Burnishing His Presidential Credentials?

Seems that Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty is burnishing his image for a presidential run. Recently, in our 'we get e-mail' category we received the following communication from Pawlenty's Freedom First PAC. Pawlenty obviously is positioning himself as a 'conservative' choice for Republicans come 2012. We at the Objective Conservative aren't quite sure he is the conservative he says he is, but we're glad he is trying to be or at least trying to convince us that he is.

Pawlenty, R-Minn., today signed an executive order forbidding his state’s agencies for applying for new grant programs made available under President Obama’s health care law.

Pawlenty said he has identified some 15 categories where he believes the new law would conflict with Minnesota policies, including a new sex education program, where the governor rejected an $850,000 grant yesterday.

“Obamacare is an intrusion by the federal government into personal health care matters and it’s an explosion of federal spending that does nothing to make health care more affordable,” Pawlenty said in a statement. “To the fullest extent possible, we need to keep Obamacare out of Minnesota. This executive order will stop Minnesota’s participation in projects that are laying the groundwork for a federally-controlled healthcare system.”

Pawlenty told reporters in Minnesota that he would do all in his power to limit the reach of the new health care law during his remaining four months in office.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Krusin Recall?

With the increasing talk of a legitimate recall of Mayor Suttle we are wondering where former and apparently mentally deteriorating State Senator Lowen Kruse is on his effort to recall Mayor Suttle? You know, the one he told radio talk show host Tom Becka that really wasn't about recalling his friend Jim Suttle but rather about starting a dialogue?

Some are wondering whether the oath he took on requesting the recall petition should subject him to legal sanction since he never apparently intended to go through with the recall. Perhaps someone is considering discussing this with Attorney General Bruning or County Attorney Kleine?

We'll see.....

Waiting for the Gag to Come Off

Some time ago we referred to Doug Bereuter in a blog entry (Monday, July 12, 2010 And Now for The Nebraska Republicans) suggesting that U.S. Senator Scott Brown and he probably had similar 'moderate' philosophies. To many, the term would 'moderate' would equate to RINO.

We've kind of wondered why we haven't heard anything of political significance (not that we ever did when he was the First District Nebraska U.S. Congressman) from Doug since he returned to Nebraska and his home in Cedar Bluffs some months ago after several years with the Asia Foundation. Well, now we know. Doug's formal employment with his former employer doesn't end until October 1st.

That should send chills down the backs of many conservative Nebraska Republicans who wouldn't be surprised at whom or what he might support when the gag is removed. To be honest, however, Doug has never been as embarrassing as former failed, ineffective, chameleon Nebraska U.S. Senator Chuck "I'll-say-and-do-anything-for-an-Obama-cabinet-post" Hagel.

For those who may not remember, then Congressman Bereuter was nearly booed out of the 1996 Nebraska Republican Convention after insulting then Congressman Jon Christensen and the majority of the delegates present by his harangue against Christian conservatives.

Inopportune Political Infighting


Somehow we wonder how it is that Republican State Auditor Mike Foley and Republican head of Nebraska's Administrative Services Carlos Castillo find it necessary to start a pissing contest at the kickoff of the fall election campaign? Frankly, if anyone has ever heard of HIPPA, they might question why Foley feels he needs names and personal information to do his audit. Regardless of who is right in the end, such political infighting doesn't look good for Governor Heineman whom one would also think would have better control over his elected brother Foley and his appointed Carlos Castillo. There issues should have been handed behind closed doors or after November 2.

Bad timing guys......