Separated at Birth…
First for your Friday afternoon, a little SAB…
(Yes, yes, I know many of you wanted Draco Malfoy for Swanson. But frankly Gowdy has more Malfoy in him, so I went the more direct route for Swanson.)
ICYMI, the latest podcast on The Wheels Down Politics Show features Platte Institute CEO Jim Vokal discussing Con Agra’s move from Omaha to Chicago.
Vokal is pushing the theme of tax reform for boosting Nebraska’s economy in many different ways, to not only attract business, but more and more talented people.
There has to be some truth to that, though just how much of that affected the Con Agra decision in the long or short run is unknown.
What seems to be clearer is that when Con Agra hires a guy from Chicago to run the Omaha-based company, he is going to be inclined to move the company to his hometown.
Funny how that works.
The Jobbers Canyon Rats would be a great band name
Erin Grace wrote a long, interesting tome in the OWH, kvetching about Omaha being told, “It’s not you, it’s me!” from the CEO of Con Agra. She essentially tells Omaha to go out with the gals for Appletinis and start flirting with some really cute Fortune 500 companies.
But it’s interesting to see her, and other OWH writers, already longing for the days of Jobber’s Canyon. They complain about the “west-Omaha modern” design of the Con Agra campus, and “what could have been”.
I’m not sure I get it.
Sure, wouldn’t it have been awesome if Jobbers Canyon had been filled with modern businesses and people and restaurants and art and…and….
Was that going to happen?
Sure the current Old Market from 10th to 12th Street is pretty great. But how many businesses on the 12th to 13th Street stretch have failed? You get to 13th Street and you may as well be on the 16th Street “Mall”. Omaha should have resisted Con Agra back in the 80s? How much of that would have been empty today?
But hey, maybe it’s me. Maybe knocking down half of the Con Agra “McMansions” will provide tons of new development. (Though, last time I checked, the Embassy Suites isn’t going anywhere, and THAT’s where the Old Market would have extended.)
Maybe just eat up that Green Space and driveway along 10th Street, right? That’s gotta be prime real estate. Maybe a new Wal-Mart.
And am I the only one chuckling that Congressman Brad Ashford called Con Agra “a bunch of rats”?
That from the guy constantly calling for more civility.
You can take the woman out of America’s Dairyland….
On another note, a woman from Wisconsin was found not to be the right fit for the job as Nebraska Economic Development director.
Apparently she didn’t know the players, didn’t know how they worked, and left VIPs wondering why she wasn’t in-touch with them.
Hmm. Hiring a staff from mostly outside of the state to run the state’s government. Doesn’t always work out.
Funny how that works.
Those “Unprofessional” Russians
U.S. Senator Deb Fischer and some of her colleagues took to the Ohio Clock near the Senate chamber to discuss the President’s lack of a coherent policy towards Syria, where Vladimir Putin is flexing his muscles.
Seems the Russians said they were going in to fight ISIS, but then ended up bombing U.S. allied rebels who were fighting Syrian President Assad (he of crossing Obama’s “red line”).
And now the President and the Secretary of Defense and the rest of the Commander in Chief’s staff are trying to hold press conferences claiming the Russians are “unprofessional” and on the wrong side of history and using other harsh words against Russia’s bombers.
In her press call yesterday, Senator Fischer put it mildly when she said…
“It seems fair to suggest that the White House has fundamentally misread both Russia’s imperialistic intentions and events on the ground in the Middle East.
“It’s greatly concerning that the administration is continuously caught off guard and publicly expresses confusion over obvious consequences and foreseeable occurrences.”
Makes you wonder how the President’s plans will go once he gives Iran $150 Billion.
They’ll probably just spend it on stuff that we’re into…
McConnell ain’t goin’ anywhere
And in her call, Senator Fischer echoed Senator Chuck Grassley when she said that she has not heard any word about Senator Mitch McConnell resigning as Majority Leader or anyone stepping up to challenge him in any way.
After Speaker Boehner announced he was stepping down, many on the GOP Right were calling for McConnell to do the same. Senator Ted Cruz wouldn’t voice any support for McConnell, but only said, it was a decision for McConnell to make.
The road to Cham-bana
Have a great weekend and Go Huskers!!!
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