Brief post today…unless more hits the later.
Deb Fischer has a web video up that you can watch here:
Basically lots of B-Roll with a spaghetti western soundtrack, and Deb’s positions.
Jon Bruning and Lee Terry were both endorsed by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce over the past few days. Usually a desired endorsement by Republicans.
But Don Stenberg — egged on by South Carolina Senator Jim DeMint — has castigated the Chamber as being a pawn of Wall Street and corporations! And if he is in the Senate, these power-brokers will be struck down with a mighty swipe, or something.
“I’m not going to Washington to support big business and corporate welfare. Nebraska voters will send me there to support free enterprise.”
We gotta, we were a little surprised by this hostility to business by Don. Yeah, yeah, we get the whole, “Main Street, not Wall Street!” blathering on, but we hadn’t seen a direct attack on the Chamber — or business in general — like this from Conservatives. Another arrow in the quiver, we guess.
Interesting story in the Wall Street Journal (though you’ll need to subscribe for the whole thing, greedy bastards!) the other day. It discussed the rebuilding projects in both Tuscaloosa, Alabama and Joplin, Missouri after godless tornadoes ravaged each city.
Very different strategies were taken by each city to rebuild. Tuscaloosa saw it as their big chance at urban planning — coming up with a 128 page “recovery plan” that had an extensive permit process and demands for planned village shopping centers and the like. Enhanced zoning rules and building codes have meant that very few businesses have been rebuilt and everything as far as getting the community back on its feet has slowed to a crawl. And they are waiting for the federal grants to kick in.
Joplin on the other hand also put together a plan, but their’s was only 21 pages, and focused on getting things built. Permits were scaled way back and builders were allowed to get moving. the WSJ reports that 8 out of 10 affected businesses in Joplin have reopened, while less than half in Tuscaloosa have even applied for permits.
See a short video of this here, focusing mainly on Joplin (without the Tuscaloosa component):
We have no doubt that future reports and reviews will be done on these two towns. And you can go to the comments of that story to see some of the backlash from Tuscaloosans. But if the goal is to get a city back up on its feet quickly, the contrast between letting free enterprise and markets push things forward, instead of central planning, is certainly telling.
Always reminds us of the story of the wise priest, who after the church was built, waited to put in the sidewalks leading up to the building. After a few weeks of seeing the paths worn by the congregations only then did he have the concrete laid.
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