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Jim Rose

April 9, 2022
Jim Rose

Nebraskans get their mid-year college football fix today. It’s the annual Spring Game. It used to be more like a game. Split the squad in half, give one side red jerseys the other side white and play like its real. But these days, jittery coaches with so many cameras around game plan in a poker face. 46-thousand tickets have been sold. After 22 seasons without a conference championship, is the place half full or half empty?

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Your legislature, fighting for most of this session, got together and passed 900M worth of tax cuts, largely paid for by Federal Covid Relief funds. A few not voting but nobody voted against it. Amazing how much easier it is to get along when you’re spending somebody else’s money.  

So much for the line-item Veto. Tax tight-wad Governor Pete Ricketts carved 172M out of the Unicameral’s multi-billion dollar 2-year budget.  Most of it to increase pay for Medicare and Medicaid workers, nursing home staff in greater Nebraska and prison guards. The 49 Senators voted to override his red pen and put it all back.  

When this session of lawmaking, tax cutting, money spending takes full effect, hardly any of these decision makers will still be in office.

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Not everybody loves or respects Omaha’s billionaire next door, Warren Buffett. At the global Bitcoin conference, Peter Thiel, who founded Pay Pal called Buffett the “sociopathic Grandpa from Omaha.” Stems from Buffett’s public rejection of digital money, crypto-currency, Thiel has invested heavily in cryptocurrency exchanges, and Republican politics and has railed against ESG, a wokey Buffett project that stands for Environmental, Social and Governance standards.

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Is this the new economy? A restaurant in the Twin Cities, Broder’s Pasta Bar, thinks its customers are racist. It says so, right there on the website. Sit down in Broders, you’ll pay a 15% equity tax on everything. That doesn’t include the tip. The money goes to the servers and dishwashers.  Broder’s owners say minority servers routinely get a smaller tip. They can’t prove it and didn’t name names. But isn’t that much of what the entire BLM message has been? Lots of table pounding. Not much fact pounding.

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It was another bad look for the President this week. Had the old boss in the White House. While the staff nearly carried Barack Obama out of the room on their shoulders, video captured President Biden lost wandering around the stage. There is some evidence that video was doctored to make the aging Biden look even more in decline. But quietly, this President, a 5-star Deal Maker while a US Senator is on the cusp of two major, bi-partisan bills---they would pour billions into public high-tech research, construct regional semi-conductor facilities, and begin stealing tech wizards and entrepreneurs from other countries. They have 68 votes in the senate right now. That’s a lot of Republicans.

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Move over Estes Park, Move over Yellowstone or the Lake. Amazon is building a vacation spot---in outer space. Called the Orbital Reef. First one has 30,000 square feet and is due to open in 2030.

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Tiger Woods isn’t the only thing enjoying a roaring comeback. Today, for the first time 50% of Americans admit they’ve listened to at least one audiobook or podcast. That’s radio. It’s always been true. No picture no matter how rich the color or high the definition can compete with the one inside your imagination.

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One more. A judge in Ferndale, Michigan has thrown the book at the town drunk. The last time cops picked him up he tried to run them over with his SUV. Two counts of attempted murder, assaulting, resisting, obstructing police. Single counts of third-degree fleeing, eluding arrest, malicious destruction of police property and a building, operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated, driving with an open intoxicant and driving on a suspended license. He’s looking at 20 years. He’s Reverend David Jones, Senior Pastor at the Hilton Oaks Baptist Church. -30-

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