Archive for November 2009
Former U.S. Senator and former Missouri First Lady Jean Carnahan’s latest book is hitting stores … just in time for the holidays.
“The Tide Always Comes Back” is Carnahan’s fifth book to be published. A press release states the Carnahan book includes, “… stories, metaphors, and quotations as she pursues topics such as family, faith and freedom.”
Two book signings are planned, so far: Tuesday, December 1st in Sedalia and Friday, December 11th in Jefferson City.
It was the 118th edition of the rivalry once known as the Border War – Missouri and Kansas – on a gorgeous, sunny afternoon at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City.
As Missourinet sports dude Bill Pollock and I pulled into the parking lot we could see some of the Mizzou fans who had obviously been enjoying tailgating activities for some time. I had been invited to drop by Lieutenant Governor Peter Kinder’s tailgate … and could not resist the lure of chicken, beans, and a cold beverage. The Lite Gov was joined by Senator Kit Bond and others who made sure the food was hot and the drinks cold.
Then it was time for football. And the Tigers and Jayhawks proved that football can be played without benefit of a ground game! Seriously … the Tigers took advantage of Kansas miscues and stormed back from an early deficit to beat KU 41-39 … ending the game with a Grant Ressel field goal as the clock ran out. That sent about half the announced crowd of 70,072 home thrilled, excited, and happy. As for the other half … well … they wouldn’t have gone home happy even if the Jayhawks had won … because they live in Kansas. Hah!
It wasn’t quite the marquee matchup as the Mizzou-KU game two years ago when the Tigers tripped up the Jayhawks to become the number one college football team in America (for a week) … but it was an excellent runner-up. There’s nothing in sports quite like college football … and there’s nothing in college football quite like a good old fashioned rivalry. And a field goal that puts the good guys on top as the clock strikes zero … It doesn’t get much better than that!
Photo 1) Lieutenant Governor Peter Kinder at Team Kinder tailgate
Photo 2) Senator Kit Bond at the Kinder tailgate
Alright … it’s not Thanksgiving turkey … but it’s food for the hungry.
Governor Jay Nixon and First Lady Georganne Nixon traveled to West Plains on Wednesday to help unload about 250 pounds of venison donated by Missouri hunters through the Share the Harvest program.
Share the Harvest encourages hunters to donate their deer to needy Missourians. Through the program, participating meat processors are reimbursed for a portion of the cost of butchering and packaging whole deer donated by Missouri hunters.
I hate to be the one to break the bad news … but someone has to do it … so here goes.
Sorry, kids … there will be no clemency for any of those Missouri turkeys sitting on death row and awaiting execution.
That’s right … Governor Jay Nixon is going to break with tradition and will not pardon one of our fine feathered friends in time for Thanksgiving. Missourinet News Director Bob Priddy and I were sitting in our newsroom late Tuesday afternoon … when the thought hit me that I have not had a chance, this year, to interview a turkey whose life has been spared.
A quick call to the Governor’s Office revealed that there will be no reprieve this year for any turkey. There is some good news, though. President Barack Obama will pardon a turkey Wednesday at a White House ceremony.
A fixture at the State Capitol since he was elected to the Missouri House of Representatives in 1982 is packing it up. Doyle Childers, a former State Representative, State Senator, and Director of the Department of Natural Resources is calling it a political career on Wednesday – his 65th birthday.
The Ironton-born Childers, a Reeds Spring resident, has quite a public career resume, having started out spending four-and-a-half years with the Peace Corps in Central America. His political career began with his 1982 run for the House, followed by a successful run for the State Senate. Forced from the Senate by term limits, he took over as DNR chief in 2005 after being appointed to the post by then-Governor Matt Blunt.
Since leaving DNR, Doyle has worked as a staffer with Senators Gary Nodler and Rob Mayer – primarily on budget issues. Now it’s all over but the hootin’ and hollerin’ – literally. One of the things Doyle and his wife, Sue, plan to enjoy is the annual Hootin’ and Hollerin’ Festival in Gainesville each year.
Good luck, Doyle. We’ll miss you.
Economist Art Laffer weighs in on Missouri, President Obama, and the “train going off the tracks” in 2011
The so-called "father of supply-side economics" visits Missouri to warn the U.S. economy will get worse before it improves to any great degree … and Art Laffer believes Missouri must be prepared for what he sees as the train going off the tracks in January of 2011 when the Bush tax cuts end and the inheritance tax returns. Laffer is famous for the Laffer Curve which demonstrates how extreme levels of taxation produce no revenues (0 percent taxation produces no revenues, for obvious reasons … and 100 percent taxation produces no revenues because the producers have no incentive to produce if the state takes everything). He spoke, Friday, at a Missouri Chamber of Commerce event in Kansas City, and I had a chance to chat with him.
On Democrats and Republicans working together … Laffer sees Missouri – with a Democrat Governor and Republican Legislature – with an opportunity to cooperate to head off disaster. He says there is no time to lose as other states will be doing what they can to offer incentives to attract new businesses and to expand existing ones.
"You want to make output and employment and production as attractive as possible," Laffer told me. "You are in competition with the rest of the nation, whether you like it or not, and if a business locates itself in Missouri as opposed to Kansas or Ohio, you get the benefits of it and citizens of Missouri get the benefits of it. What you should do is make sure you have a tax structure and a spending structure that really makes people attracted to your state."
Laffer is not a big fan of taxing producers to redistribute money through welfare-type programs.
"The best form of welfare is still a good, high-paying job," said Laffer. "When you decide to give people money based upon a characteristic other than work effort you’ve got to be prepared to have that hurt the economy."
What does Laffer think of the policies of the Obama Administration in terms of how it might help the economy?
"I’ve never seen a worse run government in my life," he told me before adding, "He [Obama] is the worst President I’ve seen"
He likes President Obama personally, calling him "one of the finest human beings I’ve ever seen in my life." But Laffer calls Obama a classic professor who, like Laffer and other professors, "never have any skin in the game." Laffer says you should listen to professors but you don’t want them running the country.
Okay … before some of you get ready to criticize me for giving a platform to a run of the mill Republican who just wants to tear down Barack Obama … let it be known that Art Laffer is no run of the mill Republican. He has called Republican Richard Nixon "terrible" … has said Republican George H.W. Bush "wasn’t very good" … and believes George W. Bush "wasn’t all that good, either." Furthermore, Laffer praises the policies of Democrats John Kennedy and Bill Clinton, going so far as to call Bill Clinton … "a great President." Laffer is proud to tell anyone who will listen that he voted for Clinton … twice!
We told you, earlier in the week, about the food drive launched by State Senate staffers … with the help of some House staffers who work on the joint committees. And I promised I would bring you a total of the number of food items and packages of diapers that had been collected in an effort that began on November 2nd and wrapped up Thursday at noon.
The magic number is … 2,989 items!!!
You were also told there was a competition among the various floors at the State Capitol. Well, the folks from the fourth floor won the contest with 1,055 items brought in … followed by the second and third floors with 1,025 items … and the people on the first floor and in the basement came up with 909 items. It was a very close competition and Missourians who depend on contributions made to the Samaritan Center of Jefferson City really win big.
Congratulations to all the Senate (and some House) staffers.