Who wants more taxes?!

Senator Deb Fischer was on MSNBC’s Morning Joe yesterday and discussed the “inevitability” of Hillary and her equal pay amendment.

See it here:

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Senator Fischer is very “even keel”. She doesn’t get wound up or distracted and stays on message like a champ.

She represents Nebraska well.

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Nebraska Unicameral Speaker Galen Hadley made a point to the LJS about raising taxes:

“I’ve heard a lot of the arguments that people in Nebraska do not want to raise taxes,” he said. “I think that’s true if you go out and just ask, ‘Do you want to raise your taxes?’ … But if you say, ‘Are you willing to raise taxes for this purpose?’ you get different answers.

“The idea that Nebraskans do not want to raise taxes I think needs to be couched in terms of: increased taxes for what?”

This is similar to a conversation between Fat Tony and Bart Simpson:

Fat Tony: Bart, is it wrong to steal a loaf of bread to feed your starving family?
Bart: No.
Fat Tony: Well, suppose you got a large starving family. Is it wrong to steal a truckload of bread to feed them?
Bart: Uh uh.
Fat Tony: And, what if your family don’t like bread? They like… cigarettes?
Bart: I guess that’s okay.
Fat Tony: Now, what if instead of giving them away, you sold them at a price that was practically giving them away. Would that be a crime, Bart?
Bart: Hell, no.

So yes, the people can be suckers who can be convinced of anything.
We will concede that.

This vote and Driver’s Licenses for “DREAMers” will be very telling for those in the halls of the capitol.

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Appearing on KLIN’s Jack & Dave Show, Lincoln Mayor Chris Beutler said, “We (the city) are not spending any roads money on anything but roads.”

This seemed to be in response to Republican Mayoral candidate, and Lancaster County Treasurer, Andy Stebbing in the recent Lincoln Chamber of Commerce “debate”, where Stebbing suggested cutting the Lincoln Wheel Tax.

In that forum Beutler said

“That’s nonsense,” said Beutler of Stebbing’s plan, including reducing the wheel tax substantially.

“Our roads are badly underfunded.” That was the reason for raising the wheel tax, Beutler said.

So is Lincoln ONLY spending road money on, you know, roads?

Well, Stebbing points on in a recent release that Beutler spent nearly a million dollars of roads money on, you guessed it, bike paths and sidewalks. You know, those overused bike paths, which are crowded from November through March, full of chuckholes and guys doing cold patches…

Adds Stebbing:

The statement that the city is not spending roads money on anything but roads is pretty definitive and very wrong.

Citizens in Lincoln are unhappy with the conditions of their roads. Is Mayor Beutler trying to hide the fact that some roads money is being spent on bicycle paths and sidewalks, or is it a case where he just doesn’t know?

Nancy Hicks of the LJS told us that Beutler “understands how city government works“.

So, as an expert, was Chris Beutler lying, or does he just not understand how the city spends roads money?

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And back at the LJS, Don Walton had this to say about Omaha state Senator Burke Harr:

But not before Harr was able to deliver one of his patented clever lines.
“How much does this bill mean to you?” Sen. Ernie Chambers, an opponent, asked Harr during the debate.
“It means the Woodmen of the World to me,” Harr said.

But Walton apparently missed this one from Harr, as Tweeted by Deena Winter:

“We have some very good debaters in here. They’re very good. Some call them master debaters. That’s not the issue.”

Apparently that’s what passes for funny at Notre Dame…and on the floor of the state legislature.
(It was also hilarious…in the 9th grade.)

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And Don Walton, ever the Yankee fan, wishes MLB would “reboot and restart this baseball season“.

Ya see his Yankees, who spend over $200 million dollars on their lineup, are in last place in the the AL East.

Whereas the nearby American League Champion Kansas City Royals, major league club to the Omaha Storm Chasers, are 7-0. Oh, and they spend about a 100 million dollars less on their players than the Yankees.

Oh but hey Don, you’ve still got 39 year old Alex Rodriguez (at first base) making an average of $27M per year. So there’s that.

(And as Rick Pitino might say, Mickey Mantle is NOT walking through that door…)

10 comments

  1. Brandi says:

    Hey Sweeps,

    Ease up on my Yankees. We’re still in mourning over Jeter’s retirement… And most of us share hatred for A-Fraud like the rest of the world…

  2. OmahDomer says:

    Typical comment from an individual who went to a college that is neither a College nor in Boston to take a cheap shot at a Domer.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Bill Gates got rich by finagling ownership of something he didn’t invent. Ben Franklin has a better case for owning all electricity used on earth because his key lit up. Similarly, Buffett buys areas of stocks, for example news media, after he publishes books saying don’t invest in areas like news media. He makes windfalls by playing “oracle” to herds of MBA’s and Econ profs whom he massages to a fiscal erection so they screw themselves to his benefit.

    People like Gates and Buffett tilt markets as far as possible toward them in every deal they make. And so too must successful state government. Because like these unproductive but immensely wealthy scammers, states especially without oil wells and gold mines, that have limited resources they can makes deals with, they must ensure every dollar deal results in more coming in than goes out, because otherwise there is nothing to tax inside the state.

    When a state squeezes its own flesh, the state withers.

    Any elected official in Lincoln who fails to put forth ideas for NE wringing money from outside sources should be fired yesterday. If they mention taxing Nebraskans, they should have their heads removed because they sure has hell aren’t using them.

  4. Anonymous says:

    My economics professor friend who lost his house to the finance company would say that isn’t how money works.

  5. Matt Butler says:

    Kay Orr once coined a term similar to the disorder voters present as described by Speaker Hadley: “Cornhusker schizophrenia.” We are facing a renaming of the state we love to that of, “Taxabraska” if we do not contain our Legislature’s historical thirst for money. Our taxation is not competitive, nor are our electricity costs per the story by Henry Cordes. It’s time to admit we have problems requiring difficult choices.

  6. TexasAnnie says:

    To Anonymous @4:35pm & Matt Butler:

    Now that roads funding draws from the general fund there (Sen. Fischer’s successful sales tax swipe), I understand your displeasure Anonymous. Gas-taxing all cars driving through Nebraska brings in outside cash. Voila! Use gas taxes to fix the roads, but Nebraskans will still pay, as they should.

    What hard choice are you promoting Matt?

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