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Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO) has no problem spending money we donâ€™t have on porcine stimulus bills that donâ€™t work, unpopular and violativeÂ national healthcare bills that donâ€™t curb costs, and perpetual unemployment benefits that donâ€™t create jobs.
But what about paying for improvements to a cherished national monument andÂ civic treasure– a universally-recognized icon of Claireâ€™s home state of Missouri?
Claireâ€™s got just the idea–Â bake sales!
UPDATE: MikeM writes,
shuckie darns we need more cash? how about a good ol fashin’ ho-down dibberty jibbity doo!
Whether she’s addressing the financial meltdown, or the contentious new healthcare bill, or any other major public policy issue of the day, Claire McCaskill continues to exhibit preternatural patience with the benighted moonshiners of the state she represents.
But Claire has really outdone herself with the new series of cartoons and other pitch’ers she is creating so that Missourians might better understand the legislative process. In a Missourah.com exclusive, here is the first in the series. Thank you, Claire!
The Wall Street Journal gave “credit ratings” to the personalities in this week’s farcical populist flogging of Goldman Sachs. Our own junior senator received a junk bond rating:
Ba2 Sen. Claire McCaskill. The Democratâ€™s shrill questioning and insults (she called the Goldman traders â€œlemmingsâ€ and â€œgamblersâ€) took away from what could have been a politically savvy point: How could she explain the rationale for Goldmanâ€™s profitable short trades to her constituents back home in Missouri who lost their jobs amid the financial crisis.
“Shrill” is the right word to describe Claire McCaskill, but I disagree with the premise of the question posed. The people of Missourah are not, as perhaps both Claire and the Journal believe, fucking retards.
Long positions are not noble and short positions are not evil. If Americans weren’t perpetually talked down to by politicians and newspeople who don’t bother to understand capital markets themselves, then that might be more clear to everybody. The whole Wall Street vs. Main Street narrative is ready-made for the MSNBC chyron, butÂ it is a pat cop-out.
It is interesting that the Journal focused on Missourah, because our own UMB Bank and Commerce Bank were named #2 and #3, respectively,Â on the Forbes list ofÂ ”America’s Best Banks.” Barney Frank, chairman of the House Financial Services Committee, even made a personal visit to Kansas City to recognize the banks.
Commerce and UMB attained the distinction by making sound business decisions, lending prudently– and, consequently, sitting out the subprime meltdown that ravaged much of the financial sector.
Perhaps the Senate has more to learn from Commerce, UMB and the great companies of Missourah than we do from them (or the Wall Street Journal).
From the St. Louis Business Journal:
Kinder called the health-care overhaul a violation of Missouriâ€™s sovereignty and Missouriansâ€™ rights.
â€œAt no other time in the history of our nation has a mandate forced citizens to purchase a product or face penalties, even imprisonment, for not doing so,â€ Kinder said. â€œAt a time when our state is dealing with vast budget deficits, we cannot afford to have the federal government throw this huge financial burden in our lap.â€
Kinder said he would join the suit using his statutory authority as Missouriâ€™s official senior advocate.
I am still unclear in what capacity he expects to join the suit, but glad somebody in Missourah’s ready to fight.
UPDATE: Dana Loesch has more, including the press release.
From the Department of Homeland Security readiness site:
Most of the graphics at the site are generic cartoons of the in-flight safety manual variety. So why does the sheet on the “Biological Threat” imagine an attack on a specific Midwestern state?
This whole thing makes me uneasy, even though I live in Town D.
Are you fucking kidding me?
Missouri has won a $1.2 million grant funded by the federal stimulus package for research on â€œgreenâ€ occupations and the skills needed for these jobs.
The planned research includes statewide and regional green growth reports with localized analyses of green industries and job trends; a green competency model, which will spell out the skills and competencies needed for green occupations; and a green pathways career guide, which will present a step-by-step guide to securing green careers with assessments, skill lists and training information.
Examples of specific occupations with â€œgreenâ€ potential include farmers, engineers, environmental compliance inspectors, biologists and construction managers.
I’m not even going to touch that second paragraph because it’s indecipherable consultant-speak. I’m kind of surprised the Business Journal published that sentence.
So let’s look at that last passage about prospective “green jobs.” If we’re talking about potential career paths, this is a no-brainer– you’ve got to go with “environmental compliance inspector.”
Essentially, the federal government is paying Missouri to research how people can receive more money from the federal government for enforcing federal government regulations that destroy actual jobs. What kind of schmuck would pick “farmer” or “engineer” when you’ve got a shot at a triple-reinforced federal bureaucratic green job like that?
I am reminded of this satirical chart. It seems less absurd every day.