We close this week, and start a sort of long holiday week with a few notes we’ve passed up during this week of campaign announcements and goings-on.
But first, about one of those Senate campaigners…
Did you hear Former Fed Chief Allen Greeenspan’s comments yesterday?
He said, regarding President Obama’s massively massive stimulus package:
“There is no evidence that huge inflow of money into the system basically worked.”
Wow. That’s pretty damning.
Umpteen trillion dollars spent…for nada.
As a commenter noted, Greenspan is referring to the Fed’s stimulus, and not the OTHER failed stimulus program, the President’s gagillion dollar stimulus, that went through the Senate.
You know, the one which created no “shovel ready” jobs. The one which still sees unemployment climbing. The one that massively increased the debt.
Now we continue the post…
Now who was the deciding vote in the Senate on that monstrosity?
Who…who…(cough, BEN NELSON!)…who…who….
Now we will jump back a week and remind you of the fine handed down on Jane Kleeb for her cheating when she raised $8,000 in her bid to join the Hastings School Board.
There was some interesting back and forth after all of that.
Our first amusement came with Jane’s characterization of the FINE.
Uh, no. That was a FINE. As in, “You are a cheater, so you have to pay a penalty.”
Amazing that she pleads guilty, then can’t even tell the truth on what she plead guilty on.
What an excellent message to send to the school children of Hastings.
So anyway, we got lots of follow-up from other whining Dems to the tune of, “Hey Leavenworth Street! How about you investigate some Republicans, like Bruning and Heineman! Yeaaahhh! How about it!!!” (Fill in your favorite whiny voice, and you’ll get it just right.)
Our response to that was, of course, that contrary to popular internets beliefs, Leavenworth Street is not a regulatory body, and we don’t do investigations. We just read and opine about them.
Oh, and on THAT subject, the Federal Election Commission DID investigate Jane Kleeb’s and the the rest of the Dem’s complaint about Bruning and Heineman and a campaign donation made by TransCanada.
And the FEC found that nothing improper was done! And they have closed the books on it.
And that was after all the whining and moaning Jane Kleeb had done on the subject.
Sort of takes you back to what Governor Dave said about Jane — that Nebraskans are tired of her political attack tactics. She accuses and accuses, then nothing comes from it. But when she is found guilty of cheating — oh now she pays a “fee”.
So we can hear her banging the pots and pans about Canadian oil, but then we never hear her mention that 90% of Nebraska landowners have signed easements with TransCanada and 87% of those in the Sandhills have done so.
But of course, Jane’s arguments against the pipeline have nothing to do with the pipeline. She is carrying the water for the radical enviros who HATE the Canadian oil that will flow through it, and who don’t care if Canadian Justin Bieber himself slowly hauled the oil down to the Gulf on his Segway.
They’d still be against it.
Just a final note on the Lincoln Journal Star’s hit piece on the Lincoln Independent Business Association’s Coby Mach.
We always get a little teed off when the gist of a “news” story is, “How dare this person speak his mind or do his job, when he is getting paid SO much!”
Here is the intro paragraph:
Coby Mach, the voice of Lincoln’s small business community, who often criticizes local government spending and government employee raises and benefits, earns more than $106,000 a year.
Well then, Nancy Hicks of the LJS, if he makes that much, he should just keep his trap shut, yes?
Well, then to back things up, what would be best is to get some quotes from…state Democrat chairman Vic Covalt! Of course!
And no one else.
But for the record, we will post the letter that went out to LIBA members:
Dear LIBA Member,
In the local section of the Journal Star today, there is an article that contains more fiction than it does fact about LIBA.
During the recent recession, LIBA’s President did make $115,000 during one year. It’s true that was significantly more money than the year before; however, LIBA was often operating with only two full-time staffers. We were doing exactly what we urged elected officials to do: “Operate with fewer employees.” Times were tough, and the LIBA Board of Directors set benchmarks for our President in order to weather the recession. When he hit those benchmarks, he was paid accordingly. While Mr. Mach worked harder and made more in pay, it meant precious time with his wife and two daughters was lost.
LIBA did not raise his salary to $115,000. We made very prudent decisions in order to keep LIBA strong during a time when many membership driven organizations in the U.S. lost 50% to 60% of their membership.
The Journal Star article also made it appear as though LIBA cut Mr. Mach’s salary to $106,000 in 2010. It should also be clarified that at no time did the Board vote to cut Mr. Mach’s base salary. We reiterate that he was paid based on performance and benchmarks.
The Board would also like to point out that LIBA does not have any pension or retirement benefits for our staff and our insurance offering is a bare bones option.
The fact that the Journal Star turned to Democratic Party Chairman Vick Covalt for quotes is quite puzzling. One must ask why? We would have been equally as puzzled if they had called the Republican Party Chairman.
Even if it were legitimate to go to the Democratic Party for comment, it does not justify the fact that Mr. Covalt’s statements were completely false. He claimed that the LIBA President works part-time. The LIBA President is required to work a 40-hour week. In fact, the Journal Star reporter had the documents that showed Mr. Mach is required to work a 40-hour week and she still chose to publish, and not correct, the false information. Those who attend LIBA committee meetings know that Mr. Mach is often in the office by 7:00 a.m. He also returns to the office after his radio show at 6:00 p.m., attends many night meetings and is in the office prior to church on Sunday mornings. He typically works a 50-60 hour week.
Finally, we must address the absurd comment by Mr. Covalt that LIBA doesn’t pay taxes on salaries. LIBA pays payroll taxes just like every other business.
Please feel free to share this information with your employees, friends and family to set the record straight about your organization.
Tim Cox – Chairman of the Board
Boy, we can’t wait to read the full story on how much each and every person who works for the LJS makes, so we can decide who they can and can’t criticize in their paper…
And vote for the Huskers’ Tunnel Walk tradition here! (An ESPN vote thing, against Michigan.)
Hey, and thank you to everyone who has bought your Amazon.com stuff via Leavenworth Street’s Amazon links!
And we will throw this one in for good measure: