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Claire McCaskill appreciates the limits of federal spending, after all

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Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO) has no problem spending money we don’t have on porcine stimulus bills that don’t work, unpopular and violative national healthcare bills that don’t curb costs, and perpetual unemployment benefits that don’t create jobs.

But what about paying for improvements to a cherished national monument and civic treasure– a universally-recognized icon of Claire’s home state of Missouri?

Claire’s got just the idea– bake sales!

UPDATE: MikeM writes,

shuckie darns we need more cash? how about a good ol fashin’ ho-down dibberty jibbity doo!


Written by Shittypundit

August 20th, 2010 at 6:51 pm

Sen. Claire McCaskill Announces New Cartoons To Help Confused Missourians

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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!

Next Up: Der… Whats A Elekshun?


Written by Whattapundit

August 4th, 2010 at 6:29 pm

Show-Me The Money

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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 Democrat’s shrill questioning and insults (she called the Goldman traders “lemmings” and “gamblers”) took away from what could have been a politically savvy point: How could she explain the rationale for Goldman’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, but 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, on the Forbes list of “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).


Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder seeks to join 13-state suit against feds on Obamacare

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From the St. Louis Business Journal:

Kinder called the health-care overhaul a violation of Missouri’s sovereignty and Missourians’ rights.

“At 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,” Kinder said. “At 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.”

Kinder said he would join the suit using his statutory authority as Missouri’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.


Written by Moog Rogue

March 23rd, 2010 at 4:30 pm

Oh Crap! (Poor Missourah.)

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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.


Written by Whattapundit

January 10th, 2010 at 5:49 pm

Missouri gets $1.2M stimulus to identify green skills

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Are you fucking kidding me?

Missouri has won a $1.2 million grant funded by the federal stimulus package for research on “green” 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 “green” 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.

Report: 98% Of Stimulus Jobs Created Involve Analyzing Or Reporting On Job Creation


Robin Carnahan, social media maven.

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She figured out that Twitter is a platform for annoyingly, incessantly hawking campaign merchandise WAY before Roy Blunt did. (Has he even figured it out yet?)

And she’s sure to stay on top of things, too, what with the zero people she’s following.

H/T Matthew G.


Written by Moog Rogue

December 23rd, 2009 at 11:19 am