If you haven’t seen the recent article by Don Walton in the LJS, you really need to read it:
Basically, Nebraska Senator Ben Nelson had himself a little fit, and rang up Walton to bitch and moan about Governor Dave Heineman.
And, of course, all the points he tries to make are wrong.
Nelson complains to Walton, “I’ve run out of patience.”
He then goes on to say,
Heineman inaccurately portrayed the federal education aid, Nelson said, when he suggested it could require $30 million in additional state spending…
Uh, no. You see, that was according to Jake Thompson, Nelson’s spokesman, in this OWH article.
…and that it could not be used in the next biennium when it is most needed for budget purposes.
Well, only problem is Heineman NEVER said that. He said he wanted to know if it could be used in the next biennium and that he is seeking clarification.
We will keep going.
More recently, Heineman suggested that governors and states had no choice whether to accept the money.
Nope. Again, this is according to Nelson’s spokesperson, Jake Thompson in same OWH article.
“Wrong. Dead wrong. Wrong again,” he (Nelson) said.
Now, as we pointed out, it is Ben Nelson who is incorrect here.
But hey, what’s with the weird repetition?
It’s getting a little…desperate. Kooky.
Heck, it’s a little like he’s riding in a grocery cart and Don Walton just told him he couldn’t have the Double Stuf Oreos.
But he continues:
Either Heineman is “intentionally mistaken or he just doesn’t know,” Nelson said.
But hey, note that everything that Nelson is saying Heieneman is wrong about came from Nelson’s spokesman. So…who’s the confused one here?
In the mean time, Heineman responds with two points:
Heineman said he never stated the funds would need to be used this year instead of when they are most needed the following year.
And, he said, the federal law clearly states that the funding shall be provided to the state through another entity if the governor does not apply for them.
The question of whether a governor formally applies is “not really the issue,” Heineman said.
2) (and you can bet this will REALLY burn Nelson…)
“It appears to me Senator Nelson wants to pick a fight,” Heineman promptly responded.
“I think we all know the facts out here,” the governor said.
“Senator Nelson is in deep trouble with the citizens of Nebraska.
“Senator Nelson embarrassed the state with the Cornhusker Kickback. Senator Nelson did not listen to Nebraskans when he voted for the health care reform law.”
And, of course, Governor Heineman is right.
Oh, and some have suggested Governor Heineman might just challenge Senator Nelson for his Senate seat in 2012.
So there’s that…
But this all gets back to Nelson, calling Don Walton, to…whine.
We get the feeling this won’t be the last time Don gets called when the Senator wants…no needs…to whine.
Maybe offer a little cheese next time?