Nevada News & Views – December 19, 2009
By: Chuck Muth
Nevada News and Views
TODAY’S NN&V HEADLINES
- School Vouchers: The Cure for What Ails Nevada’s Public Education (Chuck Muth) – School bureaucrats and union officials are saying today that if school districts have to reduce their budgets by 10 percent, they’d have to lay off 1,000 teachers….which is pure bullsh*t.
- One Again Teachers Union Shows Kids Don’t Matter (Warner Todd Huston) – A recalcitrant teachers union in Florida once again shows that reform for the sake of the kids doesn’t interest it.
- Angle: Reid’s grasp on reality disappearing faster than jobs (Angle for Senate Campaign) – Sharron Angle (R-NV) said she was taken aback by Senator Harry Reid’s (D-NV) opening remark concerning Nevada’s latest unemployment figures which listed a lessening of six-tenths of a percent to 12.3 percent, one of the highest in the nation.
- How to appeal your property-tax bill before it’s too late (John Dougherty) – Nevada’s two-step property-tax assessment and billing system gives unsuspecting property owners no chance to contest their tax bills unless they carefully monitor assessment notices that county assessors must mail to them by Dec. 18.
- Thirty-seven years of controversy over Roe v. Wade (Samantha Stone) – It’s timely, though the timing is probably accidental, that Republican candidate for U.S. Senate Sue Lowden’s record on abortion is being combed for inconsistencies.
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- I don’t know if any of you have ever hit a deer, but I don’t recommend it. On the other hand, if you do, let me tell you that it’s a heck of a lot better hitting one while driving a big-a** 12-passenger van than one of those little fuel-efficient puddle jumpers that liberals love so much.
- Just a day after the conclusion of the global warming conference, Washington, DC, is getting socked with the mother of all snowstorms. Who said God doesn’t have a sense of humor….and irony?
- “Senate Democratic leaders said they have secured the 60 votes needed to ensure passage of health overhaul legislation after reaching agreement with Sen. Ben Nelson,” the Wall Street Journal reports this morning. Santa Reid must have filled the good senator’s stockings to the brim with goodies. Legal bribery with OUR money. Only in America.
- Nevada’s only government owned-and-operated hospital, UMC in Las Vegas, is bleeding red ink to the tune of $83 million last year, leading uber-liberal Democrat County Commissioner Chris G to bemoan that “if we had universal health care in this country, we wouldn’t be having this problem.” Yeah, instead the WHOLE COUNTRY would be having this problem!
- Team Tark added another member to the team on Thursday as Amy Tarkanian brought into the line-up Jerry Tarkanian Jr., weighing in at 8 pounds/2 ounces. Mucho congratulations to the again-extended Tarkanian family! Check out Baby Tark’s bib HERE
- Republican U.S. senate candidate Sue Lowden disclosed yesterday that she and her husband are worth more than $50 million, and a spokesman said “she is not ruling out using personal funds in a campaign.” No wonder the cash-flush Reidites would prefer to run against anyone other than Sue Lowden.
- Republicans are being criticized by Harry Reid and the Democrats for being the “Party of No.” But the fact is if more parents would tell their kids “No” more often, we wouldn’t have so many spoiled rotten kids growing up with entitlement mentalities who think the world owes them something. Ditto Democrats and their never-ending “gimme, gimme, gimme” proposals for expanding government.
- I hate to be so crass, but Dennis Mallory, union boss for state employees, is a jerk.
He says that if the government has to tighten its belt by 10 percent like the rest of us have been tightening our own belts in our family and business budgets, that we’d have to shut down correctional facilities. “A 10 percent cut would be pretty catastrophic,” Mallory warns ominously. “I would not want to live in close proximity to a prison. It would not be safe.”
What a load of crap. As though there are no non-essential government programs, services and departments which couldn’t be shuttered instead. As the saying goes, when the facts aren’t on your side, pound the table.
And it’s the table-pounding use of such hyper-inflated rhetoric and scare tactics to fight long-overdue and much-needed cuts to non-essential services (which, by the way, would NOT include prisons) is what makes Mallory a jerk.
- Democrat gubernatorial candidate and Clark County Commission Chairman Rory Reid issued a statement on Thursday outlining some ethics reform proposals and greater transparency measures. All fine and good.
But if he’s serious, he’d start by putting the Clark County government’s checkbook online so taxpayers can see where every dime goes, as well as voluntarily post every donation and expenditure to his campaign on his campaign website within, say, 48 hours. Otherwise he’s just another hypocritical politician, full of nothing but hot air.
FAMOUS LAST WORDS
“The CityCenter is architecturally unappealing. It will be the biggest bust in the history of real estate. Good concept but badly designed and really badly executed. Too bad.” – Donald Trump (Hat tip to “Norm!”)