Friday, June 11, 2010
Remember when Congressman Tom Osborne was thought to be anointed the next Governor of Nebraska?
What if, eh?
What if Dave Heineman hadn't stepped up his game and snatched that office away from Osborne?
Well, (unfortunately for you haters) we're not looking on the Gov side right now.
Instead, think if TO wasn't there to be driving this wagon train as Athletic Director. Would the Huskers be making this bold move?
The answer could likely be "no", right? Osborne has bristled and fought against the Texas centric Big XII since its inception. TO is the kind of guy who can make a grand decision like this, and everyone in the state pretty much follows his lead. (Mainly, because they trust him and know that this is something that is firmly in his wheelhouse. Who would be better prepared for such a decision?)
And again, for you haters, there is something to be said for the guy in charge having the job in his blood. Heineman = government and politics. Osborne = Football and athletics.
Osborne has the gumption, clout and incentive to pull this off.
Nebraska football, athletics and the University and state as a whole should be thankful that Heineman won four years ago.
And it's funny how many quotes we've seen from the state Congressional delegation, the Governor and other states' elected reps on the question of Nebraska going to the Big Ten and in turn the rest of the Big XII blowing up, moving to the Pac 10 and elsewhere.
We're not sure what it means that the reflex reaction is to run to Congress to try to fix the woes of college football and other sports.
Then again, in the nanny state that has been created -- where we are told that the village is supposed to raise your child, that the government creates jobs and where the President talks about how wealth should be distributed -- maybe we shouldn't be surprised.
And we still won't be surprised if this all ends up in the courts.
FYI, Omahans (and non-Omahans) who have seen the proposition of the wheel-tax being increased: know that the question of whether you would accept the increased tax -- instead of, as presented, laying off police and firemen and having chuck holes go unfilled-- has been thoroughly polled lately (by Mayor Suttle's office?).
But apparently the Wheel Tax was a relatively minor point in the polling. The main questions involved increasing sales taxes and implementing occupation taxes.
You've been warned.
Oh, and Tom White is out in the field polling as well. He is apparently pushing the issue that he has fought for lower taxes while in the legislature.
So, know that any poll results you see or hear from his camp have been heavily pushed to get the results he wants.
And also remember that he would be a supporter of the President's and Nancy Pelosi's schemes in Congress. (Just a small detail, that.)
And finally, the guys at KLIN have put together a little ditty on the whole state Senator Kent Rogert flap, and his boat.
We got a chuckle.
Enjoy. Enjoy your weekend. And enjoy (hopefully) the Big Ten!
Posted by Street Sweeper at 9:00 AM